In just a matter of weeks, the Union Board of Governors (UBG) faced two costly setbacks regarding scheduled campus events.
Parachute, the band scheduled to co-headline with the Plain White T’s for this year’s Big Event, informed UBG in October that the group was unable to fulfill its original commitment for Nov. 18.
As a result, the concert had to be quickly rescheduled for Nov. 19. Shortly afterwards, on Oct. 21, UBG’s culture and fine arts governors received the news that author Maya Angelou was ill and could not travel to Sioux Falls for her planned appearance.
“I teased Adam Jorde from last year’s Big Event committee that he used up all of our good luck with Macklemore and Phillip Phillips,” Jeff Venekamp, director of student activities, said. “This might be the mojo coming back and haunting us a little bit because we got a little spoiled.”
Though changing the concert date was, according to UBG Big Event co-governor Emma Konold, “better than having to cancel it,” the switch caused unforeseen financial losses from re-marketing the event with the updated information.
“It costs a lot of money when people change our plans,” Konold said. “We’re going to seek some damages [from the band], obviously.”
While the Big Event’s date change was an inconvenience for UBG governors and ticketholders alike, Angelou’s cancelation was the more expensive change of plans.
Senior Mallory Schulte, UBG culture and fine arts governor, said that the losses are “composed of marketing expenses, ticket sales, and some logistics.” She estimated that the UBG could lose “upwards of $6000,” though it is still unclear exactly how much the cancelation will cost Augustana directly.
“We are going to attempt to reschedule Dr. Maya Angelou,” she said. “If we reschedule the event, we will recover most, if not all of our losses. If we do not reschedule, there is still a possibility that we will be able to recover some losses as well.”
Despite the recent obstacles, UBG’s governors are remaining upbeat.
“We’ll get back on our feet. It was just kind a hiccup for us,” Konold said. “It’s just weird that it happened all at the same time.”