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The Che Cafe Is Under Attack!
On May 1, 2014, University Centers Director Sharon van Bruggen called the Che Cafe into a meeting. She had a "proposal": the Che building would be closed at the end of the school year and the Che Cafe Collective would become a "booking agent," hosting shows at the on-campus bar Porter's Pub. Sharon claimed that the Che Cafe building was dangerous and unoccupiable without renovations and that UCSD could not afford to pay for these renovations.
The University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB), was going to vote on this proposal in less than two weeks, on May 13. Thanks to all of our efforts, they have tabled the decision for more discussion until next week. If you haven't already, please sign the petition right away!
Support the Che Cafe! Updated!
UCAB will be meeting again on May 23rd. Learn more about this and other ways you could support the Che Cafe!
Thankyou Community for Showing UCAB How Much We Care About the Che!
The UCAB meeting on May 13 was an enormous success! A hundred+ supporters turned out to tell UCAB how much the Che Cafe meant to them. Read more about it (with photos!) here.
The Facts About The Che's Facilities Situation:
- The Che Cafe was given no notice of this impending closure prior to May 1! The Che Cafe was not consulted about what would happen in the future. Sharon van Bruggen has been completely untransparent and dishonest with the Che Cafe throughout this process.
- The financial information that Sharon Van Bruggen presented to UCAB was factually wrong. She claimed that the repairs she wants done to the Che would cost the University more than $850,000 dollars. After pressing her for supporting facts, she presented a piece of paper listing the cost of her rennovations - the things she claimed were necessary only added up to $420,000, less than half of what she originally claimed.
- These renovations are not even necessary! When pressed to prove that they were necessary, Sharon admitted that some of them were "recommended" by the Fire Marshal, but that they did not present a safety risk that needed to be resolved. The rest of them weren't even safety-related.
- Sharon Van Bruggen has the money! Last year, the University Centers budget spent millions of dollars on new furniture and office equipment. In this next budget, all of the administrators are getting raises - but they're cutting the Custodial and Maintenance departments. They're spending far more than the cost of these Che renovations on aesthetic improvements at the Price Center.
The truth is simple: this is an orchestrated attack on the Che Cafe! University Centers Director Sharon Van Bruggen has trumped up some excuse to close the Che Cafe just because the UCSD administration doesn't like what the Che does and doesn't want to fulfill its obligations as a landlord to provide maintenance to the building.
You can let Sharon know what you think by emailing her at email@example.com. And make sure you sign the petition if you haven't already!
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