The University Registrar has agreed to meet with student leaders to discuss the opening of Langwith bar following a large scale protest outside of Heslington Hall.
An estimated 100 students dressed in boiler suits demanded to see Vice Chancellor Brian Cantor following the University’s recent announcement that Langwith Bar would not be ready in time for the coming Freshers’ Week. The building was locked after protestors gathered.
An earlier briefing on Campus Development was cancelled after Cantor withdrew after word the planned protest spread. Cantor is believed not to have been in Heslington Hall at the time of the protest.
YUSU President Anne-Marie Canning was allowed into the building and, after meeting with Neocosmos, addressed the gathered students with a megaphone.
She read out the following statement: “It is regettable the the meeting about campus development had to be cancelled. We will take steps to find an alternative date and time for the meeting to go ahead. In the meetime, the strength of feelings among students about various issues has been noted and the Registrar will meet with student leaders to hear their concerns on Tuesday 24th June.”
Canning urged students to return on June 24 and continue the protest.
Zach Pepper, Langwith Chair, said of the protest: “Its been really well attended, which shows how people feel about this issue. I think Cantor has come off really badly as he hasn’t attended his own meeting. I think he’s a coward.”
“It’s been a great success,” said YUSU Service and Finance Officer Matt Burton, who is leading the Bar project. “Over 150 students who care about the bar have turned up to speak to the Vice-Chancellor. I think he is getting our message,” he continued.
Canning urged the protestors to return on Tuesday.