Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Silk Ties and Shiny Shoes
The town hall meeting yesterday regarding the closing of the Cactus Cafe was nothing more than an exercise in placation on the part of President Will Power and Texas Union director Andrew Smith. The latter of which who sat silently on the front row,back to the audience, head down like a cowering pup. Answering to no one, save a few prompting whispers to the president who repeatedly expressed his "appreciation" for our concerns and opinions. Would have been nice if he had shown as much appreciation for the truth. He was engaging in a so called dialogue about how to save the Cactus, all the while standing on the corpse of the place. The meeting was a sham. He walked in with an air of resolve and it was apparent that there was nothing to be said by anyone that could change his mind on the matter. When it came out that the actual number attached to the Cactus and justifying the cut was $66k a year, an audible gasp filled the room. When people offered to "cut a check right now", the president used students as shields to further protect the agenda,the board and himself. It was obvious that the Cactus had been in the cross hairs for a while and to think they thought they could get away with dragging it out behind the barn and killing it off is the most appalling notion of this whole mess. I remain hopeful and will continue to do all I can to fight it, but honestly I won't be surprised if a year from now some corporate entity sits on that site right along with the Starbucks,Taco Bell and Wendy's that sit near it now.