Augustana highlights WUStock

| Contributing Reporter

Woodstock may have just celebrated its 40th anniversary, but its spirit is still alive on Washington University’s campus. This past Saturday, WUStock was held on the Swamp, concluding South 40 Week with a variety of musical performances, activities and food.

The day kicked off with tons of sun and three student bands—Sobriquet, the Noam Chomskys and String Theory—and culminated in a performance by Augustana.

In addition to live music, the Swamp played host to about a dozen student groups, a food stand catered by Bon Appétit and a wide range of Congress of the South 40 (CS40)-sponsored activities, which included face paintings, a moonbounce, a mechanical bull and a dunk tank. CS40 had a budget in excess of $30,000 to put on the event.

“I thought it went really well,” said sophomore Mike Hsu, the CS40 Swamp chair. “I thought the turnout was really good, and I was really pleased with the event.”

According to Hsu, CS40 went to a booking agent in order to sign musical talent for the event. A large list of bands was narrowed down to 10. Ultimately, Augustana was chosen because of widespread student support.

Hsu acknowledges that good weather added to the atmosphere and the success of the event.

“This was the last event of South 40 Week, so we just wanted it to be really fun and make it kind of like Woodstock,” Hsu said. “The weather really helped us out. I think a lot of people had a really great time.”

Student reception of the event was equally positive.

“It was nice to sit on the field, have Augustana playing in the background, the smell of barbecue wafting through the air, taking in the sun,” sophomore Lorraine Kim said.

According to Hsu, the event went smoothly.

“The most surprising thing was that there weren’t that many surprises,” Hsu said.

With prospective students storming campus, the event couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I thought it was really cool,” pre-freshman Seth Girsky said. “Seeing that as one of the first things when I went on to the campus was exciting and something I look forward to next year.”

With additional reporting by Michelle Merlin

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