Student bar may call last drinks


ROCKHAMPTON student Scott Anderson has heard of the pub with no beer, but never a university with no bar.

Mr Anderson fears life experiences of future university students at Rockhampton could be compromised if services, such as those offered at his favourite watering hole, The Bird Cage, close.

Tomorrow night looms as the bar's potential swan song as Central Queensland University and Student Association officials discuss the facility's future.

The parties have been involved in on-going negotiations for several months about which of the association's current services will be kept once voluntary student unionism comes into effect for next semester, which starts early in July.

Yesterday, armed with a Fourex Gold in his hand, Mr Anderson said he had enjoyed soaking up the atmo-sphere at The Bird Cage for more than 10 years.

"What's a uni campus without a beer?'' Mr Anderson, who is also the association's administration coordinator, said.

"It's not all about study, there is a social aspect (to university life) as well,'' Mr Anderson said.

Student Association president Brendan Kirkman said the university was being "absolutely cooperative'' in discussions.

"Ideally we would not want to lose any of the services.''

He said it was not just CQU which was having to deal with the ramifications of the introduction of voluntary student unionism.

"This is having an effect on students across the country,'' Mr Kirkman said.

A university spokesman did not want to comment on the issue at this stage, but said information would be provided once decisions were made.

About 20,000 students are in the university's Student Association.



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