On the chilly night of April 22, UC Merced hosted its 3rd Annual Cowchella Spring Concert in The Bowl with the help of Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Office of Student Life (OSL). Cowchella is UC Merced’s version of Coachella, where students enjoy themselves before the hustle and bustle of final exams. This year’s concert was an electric jungle theme starring Chingy, Cash Cash and Nef the Pharaoh.

Neon lights and a mosh pit filled the Bowl to create a rave-like atmosphere. Bobcats had a blast sliding down giant inflatable slides and running in giant hamster balls while local vendors such as Bella Luna, Taste of Little India, and Sam’s Cafe sold delicious food.

Rockstar beverages and strobe light sticks were given away as freebies, an artist painted neon glow in the dark murals paying tribute to celebrities such as the late Prince, and before the concert there were student music and dance performers from INTRO and Dance Coalition.

When asked what she thought about Cowchella this year, fourth year psychology major and INTRO dancer Demetria Howard said, “so far I like it from previous years and it’s also good that they’re bringing new things for the students to have.”

Cowchella 2k16 was a hit and continues a great annual tradition at UC Merced. It was a great way for students to come together and have fun before school ends.

Photo Credit: Anjeliko Garcia

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