AUSTIN (KXAN) - Musicians and speakers took to the west steps of the UT TowerFriday in support of the CactusCafé.
Student Friends of the Cactus Café hosted the rally togarner interest in its proposal supporting the campus's iconicmusic venue.
"We're hoping that [our proposal] takes into consideration theneed for more student involvement and the need for supplementingthe funding with community support," said Hayley Gillespie,co-founder of the student organization.
The group's proposal will go before the Texas Union Board atFriday’s meeting along with two other proposals in support ofthe establishment. The University Unions Student Events CenterExecutive Cabinet will also present a proposal for thecafé.
The student-run Texas Union Board decided to rededicate theCactus Café’s staff to other work positions andrepurpose the venue after UT was asked to cut costs by anadditional five percent.
Since the January decision, grassroots efforts, like Savethe Cactus Café, have sprung up in support of keeping thedecades old music venue open. The non-profit organization is tryingto raise $66,000, the amount quoted by UT to run the café on abi-annual basis. They set a goal of raising $6,600 byFriday’s Texas Union Board meeting. $12,000 in donations camein.
The organization's Facebookgroup has more than 24,000 members.
For UT student Ambika Singh, a singer, the Cactus Café hasspecial meaning.
"The Cactus Café is the one place I felt comfortable to goto and attempt to perform in front of people,” Singh said.“It’s a humbling experience and yet it’s alsovery inspiring."
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