Sofia Vergara’s schedule prevents visit to Wash. U.
Sofia Vergara fans will have to settle for seeing her on TV as she will not be coming to speak on campus this semester.
Her shooting schedule for “Modern Family” conflicted with her ability to visit.
Student Union approved the Association of Latin American Students’ (ALAS) appeal to bring Vergara to campus to speak at one of the group’s 20th anniversary events, but according to Speaker of the Treasury Julian Nicks, no contract was ever drawn up to bring Vergara to campus.
Student Union Treasury allocated $32,251 for Vergara’s appearance on Sept. 21.
“Sofia Vergara’s contracts never came in…a lot of her coming was contingent on whether they were filming for ‘Modern Family.’ So they ended up filming this spring so she couldn’t come,” Nicks said.
He learned on Thursday that Vergara would not be coming to campus.
Edward Poyo, president of ALAS, says the group was looking forward to bringing a popular public figure for its 20th anniversary.
“All of ALAS is very disappointed; I think she would have been a very good speaker. From ALAS’ perspective, it would have attracted a lot of people to our event,” Poyo said.
According to Nicks, the money that was set aside to fund her visit has been put back into the Treasury appeals account, which now stands at a bit more than $150,000.
Earlier this year, the College Democrats’ attempt bring former Vice President Al Gore to campus failed as well, after SU allocated $92,350 for the event. Gore was unable to come due to scheduling difficulties.
Nicks says that the multiple speaker cancellations are unusual but may be due to the particularly high-profile speakers SU funded this year.
“It has never happened before, but we’ve never funded speakers of this size before. This initiative to bring big speakers is new, so we’ve never seen problems like this,” Nicks said.
Last year, Harry Belafonte and Richard Gephardt also cancelled their speaking engagements on campus. Gephardt was not funded by SU.
“Of course it’s sad—[Vergara] was one of the ones that Treasury and the student body was really excited to see come to campus, but these kind of things happen on other campuses all the time. It happens, and hopefully we try to change the structure to make it less common in the future,” Nicks said.
Treasury funded two other major speakers for this year: Amy Chua and John Legend. They are booked to come to campus later this semester.
According to Poyo, ALAS may organize another event to replace Vergara’s appearance.
“We’ve been brainstorming and trying to figure something out, but with time constraints it is going to be pretty hard to get anything in. I would like to bring someone else in or replace the event with something else,” he said.