Festival raises money for sorority

Shaman Cult was the first of two bands to play at Phicadelic Fest Wednesday on the South Quad. Its members include keyboardist Andrew Villaescusa, drummer Matthew Rugamas, guitarist/vocalist Francisco Vargas and bass player Luis Huizar. Phi Sigma Sigma hosted the event, which also featured music from DJ Rvysprvy and Dead Bedouin. / photo by Sara Flores
Shaman Cult was the first of two bands to play at Phicadelic Fest Wednesday on the South Quad. Its members include keyboardist Andrew Villaescusa, drummer Matthew Rugamas, guitarist/vocalist Francisco Vargas and bass player Luis Huizar. Phi Sigma Sigma hosted the event, which also featured music from DJ Rvysprvy and Dead Bedouin. / photo by Sara Flores

Lauren Crumbaker
Staff Writer

Students wearing flower crowns and tie dye shirts filled the South Quad Wednesday to listen and dance to live music for the first Phi Sigma Sigma Phicadelic Festival.

The event showcased two local bands, Shaman Cult and Dead Bedouin and one local DJ, DJ Rvysprvy.

Diana Garcia, fundraising chairwoman for Phi Sigma Sigma and creator of the event, grew up with some of the artists, so she invited them to help get their name known within the community.

“I am a struggling musician and do music on the side,” said sophomore history major Patrick Swart. “I love listening and supporting local artists, because a lot of people work really hard and are under appreciated.”

Many Phi Sigma Sigma sisters attended Coachella Music Festival, the inspiration behind the Phicadelic Festival.

“I think this was a great idea, and we have never done anything like this on campus,” said Jennifer Nguyen, junior accounting major and president of Phi Sigma Sigma.

“We just had Coachella, so we wanted to bring that vibe to La Verne,” she said.

No similar event has been done before, and Phi Sigma Sigma wanted to create a low-key vibe where students can get away from the stress of finals.

“We just want everyone to have a good time to take students’ minds off of studying and to take a break from hitting the books,” Garcia said.

Several booths kept students entertained throughout the event. They could create flower crowns or buy tie dye shirts.

Phi Sigma Sigma wanted to make this event a social, bonding and a fundraising event all wrapped up in one.

All proceeds from the event will go to Phi Sigma Sigma. It will most likely go to sisters in need, such as helping them with payment plans so they can stay in the organization.

This was the final event of the year for Phi Sigma Sigma.

“Ultimately, our goal is to make ourselves known on campus and to make a bigger presence here,” Nguyen said.

Lauren Crumbaker can be reached at lauren.crumbaker@laverne.edu.

Lauren Crumbaker
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