Last chance to comment on Cactus Cafe before May 7 deadline
We just sent this email to our email list, urging all Cactus Cafe fans to write VP for Student Affairs Juan González and UT President William Powers before Friday’s deadline:
Dear Cactus Cafe fan,
If you haven’t yet, it is critical that you voice your concerns now over the proposed hybrid “KUT” model being proposed for the future Cactus Cafe. Comments from students, faculty and the community will be received by Vice President for Student Affairs, Juan González, through Friday, May 7, and he has indicated he will “make a final decision promptly thereafter.”
Here are some key points to consider:
- The plan is so vague as to be incomprehensible, with many issues left open for interpretation.
- Only 150 nights of musical performance is mentioned and guaranteed—a drastic reduction—and all “outside the main academic calendar.”
- Current permanent Cactus Cafe staff and student employees will lose their jobs.
- No continuing daily cafe and bar operations.
- No short-term and long-term community input.
- Little or no learning opportunities for students.
- No paid student internships or student artist-in-residence programs as called for in other proposals.
- An untried business model with potentially three entities (KUT, SEC, bar operator) running the same space is simply too risky and a recipe for disaster.
- If KUT has shortfalls in fundraising, the Cactus Cafe will be the first thing to go.
- Although it has a wonderful musical heritage and its offer to step in for the Cactus is appreciated, KUT simply has no experience in booking a music venue that must sell tickets to survive.
Please be respectful when you comment to:
- "Juan C. Gonzalez, Ph.D." <VPSA@austin.utexas.edu>
- "William Powers Jr., President, UT Austin" <email@example.com>
We invite you to repeat your comments on our website, here:
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The SaveTheCactusCafe.org team