Al Fresco shakes up campus

Louis LaVenture,

For the 28th time in Cal State East Bay history, the annual fall festival al Fresco took over the Hayward campus yesterday.

More than 100 booths and tables lined the Arts and Education walkway to showcase clubs, organizations, departments, students services and other campus resources, which aimed to welcome students, staff and faculty back to campus.

A major attraction of the event are the live performances, which are free of charge to all students and staff. Oakland rapper Kamaiyah and San Francisco-born musician Marc E. Bassy headlined the event. Kamaiyah performed her hits “Out The Bottle” and “How Does It Feel” and Marc E. Bassy performed “You & Me,” which features rapper and Oakland native G-Eazy, who was not present at the event. Last year’s event featured Pia Mia, a hip-hop singer from Guam, and Southern California artist Casey Veggies. Oakland singer Adrian Marcel and Oakland hip-hop group Los Rakas performed two years ago.

Al Fresco is about more than just performances. Director of Student Life and Leadership Marguerite Hinrichs said the goal of the event is to connect students with the resources available to them, as well as highlight clubs, organizations and the importance of student involvement on campus.

“I got an alarm system and I basically changed my major,” sophomore Brandon Carillo said. “I thought it was just a party, but I can’t believe it is all of this.”