First we lost the Che Café. Now another alternative music venue on campus is staring down the barrel of UC San Diego’s gun.

Porter’s Pub is a small restaurant, bar and all-ages venue that regularly hosts live bands, many of which are fairly well-known touring bands. It’s a favorite haunt for alternative-minded students. In my undergrad days, I spent many nights watching live bands play Porter’s Pub and afternoons studying at a table with some fries and a pint. They’re probably responsible for the freshman 15 I never dropped.

According to a report in the Reader, the University Centers Advisory Board has decided not to renew Porter’s Pub’s lease for numerous reasons. Here is their reasons, taken from a statement released by UCAB.

“Porter’s Pub was initially brought onto campus to meet a desire which students expressed in retail surveys for an on campus pub, serving both food and alcoholic drinks. In order to satisfy the pub concept, the ratio of food to alcohol sales is key: it is especially important that food sales outpace alcohol sales. This has not been the case at Porter’s for a significant amount of time. Additionally, the restaurant generally sells the least amount of food, out of all of the restaurants in University Centers.”

Many people are calling B.S., however, and feel it’s just another step toward corporatizing the university.

I spoke to a few UCSD alumni about the closure, some of whom have donated to the school in the past. As a result of this new closure on campus and that of the Che Cafe, they’ve decided to stop donating.

“All the places that made UCSD great during my time there will be gone,” one alum, who declined to share his name on the record, told me. “So I don’t want to give them my money, and I plan on telling them that when I get yet another call asking for alumni donations.”

You’re reading the Culture Report, Voice of San Diego’s weekly collection of the region’s cultural news.

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Alex Zaragoza is a freelance writer covering arts and culture in San Diego and Tijuana. She also writes the column "There She Goz" for San Diego CityBeat,...

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