The "RSMU" has launched a petition to save Claud's cafe, a privately run cafe in the Royal School of Mines building. The cafe was under threat last year as part of the Bessemer and Mines refurbishment: College wanted to close it and then re-open it as a College-run common room. Lobbying from the RSM (and a change in refurbishment plans) led to a reprieve in May last year.
The reprieve was short-lived however, with College now pressing ahead with the refurbishment. Claud's is well loved by staff and students alike, particularly because of its cheap prices: tea for 35p is something people in other areas of College can only dream of. Quite why College feels the need to charge over twice this much for a teabag, some water and some milk remains a mystery.
Students yet again have cause to accuse the College of putting profit and commercial interests before the needs of its students (and staff in this case).
Live! made requests for more information about Claud's from the RSM last year, and again on the Facebook petition group this year. The Felix Editor had also not received any information (or indeed a tip-off that there was a problem) last week, despite the miners knowing about it since 7th February. The reason for this bizarre lack of communication with the media was explained by one seasoned Guildsman, who commented "they don't really understand computers".
You can sign the online petition against the closure, if you have any idea what Claud's is... At the time of writing 43 people have signed it and 184 people are in the Facebook group.