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In a press release dated today, May 12, the Ché Café collective is calling for community support in the University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) vote for a budget plan that may close the venue for “an undetermined time period until funds can be allocated to carry out, what the University deems, ‘critical renovations.’”

According to the collective’s statement, such a delay could be “detrimental to the continuity of the Ché Café as a reputable all-ages venue and community space.” In other words, out of sight, out of mind, out of time.

The Ché opened its doors in 1980 as a campus/community food co-op (Ché is in the Universty’s charter as an acronym for “cheap healthy eats”) and meeting hall, later earning its upkeep by hosting reggae and punk shows that, over the years, has garnered an impressive visitor’s book that includes [deep breath] Green Day, Rise Against, Billy Corgan, Blonde Redhead, At the Drive-In, Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Bright Eyes, Mike Watt, Acid Mothers, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bon Iver, Unwound, Jawbreaker, as well as many local notables, including Drive Like Jehu, Gogogo Airheart, the Locust, Three Mile Pilot, Heavy Vegetable, The Album Leaf, Rob Crow, Cattle Decapitation, and Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower.

So, you see, this place, this hand-painted hall that has sound history in and on its walls, is one of the last bastions of all ages and all sorts. If you’re even aware of the Ché Café and its import to San Diego’s youth as a safe house for exchanging artistic and political ideas, then not showing, not voting, is not an option.

Ché Café

9500 Gilman Drive, UCSD

Unfortunately, this all comes with short notice to the public at large: “The Ché Café Collective urges community members to come voice the importance of keeping the Ché's doors open at this Tuesday's UCAB meeting, which will be held at the Earl Warren Room in Price Center West on UCSD's campus from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.”

If you absolutely cannot make it, sign the ongoing petition.

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa May 13, 2014 @ 11:26 a.m.

Awesome idea: name it Putin Cafe, then hold a referendum to be annexed by Russia. I'm sure old Vlad would be happy to fund the place under those circumstances. Problem solved.

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carlo_che May 14, 2014 @ 12:36 a.m.

It is clear why this would cause a response and that is why it is failing. As a millennial looking at life in the now, there are many factors to why the "Che Cafe" article is worth its weight. Mainly because of how other Generations show up to see the shows, eat and part take in the events held here. With that said I wish to see you in the next show; wether at the "Che" or the "Bin Laden".

"The constitution is a tool by tools for tools" (Let it sink in every pore before you even think of speaking) -Carlo

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Barnaby Monk May 17, 2014 @ 3:12 p.m.

Just heard from a Ché rep who asked that I relay an update:

"The follow-up meeting of the University Centers Advisory Board will be Monday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Price Center. The board still has to vote on properly including the Che Cafe in the board's annual budget."

http://www.change.org/petitions/assistant-vice-chancellor-gary-ratcliff-save-the-che-from- closing?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides

Monday, May 19---this coming Monday!---for all of you who didn't get the chance speak up on the Ché's behalf, and thanks to all who've signed the petition and are keeping the doors propped open. Monk

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Barnaby Monk May 18, 2014 @ 11:43 a.m.

Hey all. This link is the one: change.org/checafe

And the meeting is Monday, May 19, from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. in Price Center Ballroom A.

Thanks much, Monk

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