On April 27, 2019 the University of California, Merced had its annual Coachella concert. Cowchella is an annual spring concert for UC Merced students, hosted by the ASUCM Campus Activities Board. There was live entertainment, food, and games. This event was open to all UC Merced students including, staff, faculty and alumni with valid CatCards, but the event was not open to the general public. 

Cowchella had a number of activities for students including a henna tattoo station, an airbrush tattoo station, and even a palm reader. Francisco Ortiz said, “ I had too wait a long time in the lines for an airbrush tattoo, so I wish there was more things to do other than whats here.” There was also a booth where if you follow ucmcrossenroll on instagram you can spin a wheel answer a question and if you answer correctly you get a free fanny pack. After you get the fannie pack you have a chance of winning a hydro flask, by playing a game if you win you get the flask. If you don’t win then there is still a chance to get candy and other goodies. There was also the timeless carnival games like throwing basketballs to win a prize and ring toss. 

Despite all that there was to do there were some unhappy people in the crowd of UCM students. Courteney is a 3rd year student at uc merced and she had this to say about this years cowchella. “ Honestly, this cowchella sucks, when I was a first year there was a lot more games a better line up and a better location, they even has bouncy castles.” 

The entertainment list consisted of four acts. First up was DJ Saucy a student performer at UC Merced. Next was DJ Toasty, then Ray Jay, and last but not least Wale. ASUCM also included UC Merced food trucks, J&R Tacos, Rita’s, and Teppanyaki. 


Photo Credit: CC Gillespie

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