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El Paisano

Rio Hondo’s Premiere Student Festival

Jake Laurell, Reporter

Jason Reyes Firetech major and Center Chairman for campus engagement for ASRHC said when asked about his thoughts on the turn out of this event.

Reyes stated that he was overall really happy about the aesthetics and the turn out for Riopalooza.

“I wanted Riopalooza this year to have bubbles, have that spring feeling you know? Kind of to match with the 70s hippy theme I was going for.” Stated by Jason Reyes.

The lower quad was filled with balloons and stations pumping out bubbles like a scene out of feel like a colorized modern version Woodstock.

Spectator Janet Valdez stated that she really loved the live performances and the food truck they brought. “This event is really colorful and I like the Tie Dye booth.” Valdez said when asked about what she thought of the theme of Riopalooza this year.

“This was so fun, so colorful and such a great day to be out here like this!” Cassandra Torres, a music major that sang “Somebody To Love” by Queen during the event.

She stated that because of her 11 year background in singing, she loves to challenge herself and choose that song to do that.

There was even a lip-syncing competition that the Band from ACT (Artist Creating Theatre) club placed first in with their performance of Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.

Student Jonah Collazo, Member of the club and theatre major, that performed during the competition said that they choose this because everyone “knows” Journey and thus easy to get into it.

Collazo and her bandmates expressed that how they really enjoyed Riopalooza this with it having a bigger crowd than last time and plan to participate next year.  

While the idea of Riopalooza is relatively new,it’s really taken to the student body, with a larger response each year it’s been on campus.

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Rio Hondo’s Premiere Student Festival