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University of Windsor students rally to save pub

Students at the University of Windsor are rallying to save their campus pub.

Facebook page calls on student alliance to change its mind

Abe Korney has worked at the Thirsty Scholar for five years. His future - and that of about 50 other employees - is up in they air. (CBC News)

Students at the University of Windsor are rallying to save their campus pub.

After learning the Thirsty Scholar will close for good and be converted into a small licensed cafe and bookstore, a Facebook page cropped up encouraging students to get the student alliance to change its mind.

"Apparently, The Pub will be closed to make way for the University Bookstore and cafe area. Why didn't we receive any consultation or information regarding this, UWSA?" the Save UWIN Pub page description reads. "UWSA and the University Administration, made a decision without even attempting to speak to students."

News of the closure hit the social media sphere Monday night. People weren't shy about posting their feelings.

Student alliance board member Sami Habib doesn't like that the situation was handled by the student executive behind closed doors.

"The board, once we have our first meeting, we will look into the contract," Habib said. "If we could cancel it and make it null and void, we will do that.

"Other than that, we have some plans for the execs, because they have been overstepping their boundaries too much."

But outgoing student alliance president André Capaldi says everything was handled according to bylaws.

Pub lost $1.2 million

After losing money for years and in the wake of a multiple stabbing incident in March, the space previously used as a pub is about to undergo a major makeover.

Abe Korney has worked at the Thirsty Scholar for five years. His future — and that of about 50 other employees — is up in the air.

"I think whatever decision is made, we're just going to have to make it work for the best," Korney said. "I think it's kind of sad in the long run that students aren't going to be able to experience the student pub as it was, or as it could have been."

The university is converting the pub into a much smaller, licensed cafe.

Pub employees have to re-apply to work there.

The rest of the space will be turned into the campus bookstore.

There's no official timeline for the project yet.

The Thirsty Scholar pub has been losing money for years and is $1.2 million dollars in debt.

Capaldi said the pub just wasn't good for students anymore.

"It was losing money each year and that cost was students money," Capaldi said. "So that $1.2 million that was lost,, that was fees that were paid to us. And that's not doing a service to our students."

Capaldi is excited about the cafe project. But not everyone is happy about the latest developments.