“The Tub” – a symbol of lifeless democracy and broken dreams

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On the 9th May 2016, the University of Bath Student’s Union shook students to their cores when they delivered the news that our beloved Tub is to remain exactly the same with no changes.

The Tub, also known as ‘the bit without Starbucks’ or ‘where dreams come to die’, is known for being a hip, forward-thinking venue and students were outraged that the University has stemmed the flow of change.

Katie Raettig, Head of student media TV station CampusTV stated, “I just don’t know what to think. The University is my favourite building site – I just don’t know how to deal with the fact that I’m going to have to remember what it looks like after I leave.” Ms Raettig’s sentiment has been echoed by many students, with many expressing shock and awe about the bad timing of the announcement.

“It’s just so selfish, telling us something like this during exams,” said a Mr V Rull, well-known outspoken Bath student, “I’m just trying to revise for my speaking test and now all I can think about is how we’re not getting Tubby McTubface. I just feel betrayed.”

The fallout from the SU’s decision to stick to its own continuity has been massive; bathimpact has received reports that the campus ducks have been seen fraternising with the seagulls, and that freshers have been seen turning down free pints and discussing final year dissertation topics. It is unclear just when the University campus will be able to move on from this monumental news.

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Helen Edworthy is a former News & Comment Editor at bathimpact (2013/14). She writes about student and equality issues, popular culture and the University of Bath.

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