A second protest against the University has taken place outside of Heslington Hall.
The protesters, who are campaigning for an October opening of the new YUSU-owned Langwith Bar, gathered on the lawn behind the Hall and used drums and a loudhailer to attract the attention of University staff inside.
“Our aim is to make sure the Vice-Chancellor and other university staff know how much an October opening for the bar means to York students,” said Tom Langrish, YUSU Policy and Campaigns Officer, and leader of the protest.
Langrish lead chants of “What do we want? YUSU Bar! When do we want it? October!” Around 50 students assembled for the protest.
YUSU President Anne-Marie Canning and Langwith JCRC Chair Zach Pepper had earlier been granted access to the Hall to meet University Registrar Sally Neocosmos for a meeting with regards to the University’s stance on the opening schedule of the bar. All other protesters were prevented entry by porters on all entrances.
The protest comes just five days after a group of 150 protesters gathered outside of the Hall following the decision by University Vice-Chancellor Brian Cantor not to attend a scheduled meeting on campus development. Following that protest, Neocosmos agreed to meet with student leaders to discuss the situation.
The outcome of their meeting is currently unknown.
Earlier, YUSU President-elect Tom Scott had fired a cannon from Central Hall to launch the protest. He later thanked security staff for their co-operation with his “Anne-Marie Cannon”.