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"Chi Omega raises major money"

A sizeable crowd of about 100 people gathered at the HUB Auditorium last night for Chi Omega’s “Rock the World” concert, a benefit affair for Kenyan charity Mama Na Dada and Children of the Nations in the Dominican Republic.
Olympus was one of four bands that performed at a benefit concert for Children of the Nation and Mama Na Dada. The concert, held Thursday night in the HUB auditorium, was organized by the Chi Omega sorority.
Cliff Despeaux

Olympus was one of four bands that performed at a benefit concert for Children of the Nation and Mama Na Dada. The concert, held Thursday night in the HUB auditorium, was organized by the Chi Omega sorority.

Drummer Kyle Pagel of Olympus does a sound check before a benefit concert last night in the HUB.
Cliff Despeaux

Drummer Kyle Pagel of Olympus does a sound check before a benefit concert last night in the HUB.


Spirits remained high as four local bands — Olympus, Goldenhaan, Akufunksher and Chris Sharpe — entertained the audience with original songs and playful antics.

Tickets were sold for $5, with 50 percent of proceeds divided among both charities. The concept of a benefit concert was realized during a Chi Omega philanthropy committee meeting, said junior Caroline Cardosi, a member of the sorority.

“It was sort of a side project in addition to our regular philanthropy projects,” Cardosi said. “Both charities sort of hit close to home for many of the women in our chapter. Several of us went to the Dominican Republic as part of a mission trip with the Inn [a campus Presbyterian ministry]. We wanted to give back again.”

Sophomore and Chi Omega sister Lauren Wotherspoon said she felt inspired to help organize the event by her past experiences volunteering in the Dominican Republic.

“It was incredibly challenging but awesome being there,” Wotherspoon said. “The work we did was very meaningful to us and hopefully to the people we worked with.”

Children of the Nations (COTN) is a Christian organization which provides orphaned and destitute children in the Dominican Republic, Sierra-Leone, Uganda and Malawi with relief materials, education resources, medical care, counseling and evangelistic Biblical training. Mission groups from nationwide churches make regular service trips to COTN-based nations.

Nairobi, Kenya-based Mama Na Dada — which means “mother and sister” in Swahili — is a “nonprofit, non-governmental organization formed by and for African women to support the empowerment of the African girl-child,” according to its Web site. It focuses primarily on the education of young African women to enable them to succeed professionally, and also as a means of AIDS education, prevention and awareness.

In Kenya’s Kunya village where Mama Na Dada is based, there is a 40 percent AIDS rate, and 50 percent of pregnant mothers are HIV positive, frequently passing the disease onto their babies, said Daniel Rateng, an HIV/AIDS counselor in Kenya who works with the organization.

“As you have fun tonight, you’re going to contribute to the well-being of children in Kenya,” Rateng said during the show to a cheering crowd. “It goes to show you can make a difference, no matter where you are in the world.” - The Daily (UW)


Discography

In the summer of 2008 Puget Sound System began to self-distribute their 'Live at Studio 7' EP from their August 9th, 2008 show with Natural Vibrations.

In the Winter of 2008 their song "Hit the Split Cigar" was featured (Track 3) on The Pier's Pacific Northwest Sampler which has received over 10,000 downloads since November 2008.

The track has also been played on Global Vortex Radio. Their song 'Triumph' has been played on TLP Independent Radio Chattanooga.

The band has recorded 8 songs professionally that will eventually be released on their debut studio album 'Fake it till You Make It'.

They are currently recording at the Art Institute of Seattle.

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Puget Sound System is one of Seattle's hottest up and coming local bands. Their own brand of reggae mixed with hip hop and rock has caught the attention of many in the local concert circuit. Most often recognized for their unique style, driven by vocalist Taylor's quick and catchy lyrics, PSS is already starting to make waves throughout the West Coast reggae/rock scene.

Unlike other bands in the genre, Puget Sound Systyem has their own take on things. Heavily influenced by hip hop artists like Wu Tang, 2pac and Bone, they bring a unique flavor to the scene. Puget Sound System is definitely not your average reggae band.

Hip hop has played an important role in the bands musical development. They are well known and respected in both the local Seattle hip hop and reggae communities, and flow seamlessly between the genres onstage. Their blazing sets have earned them opening spots for many national hip hop and reggae artists, including Canadian hip hop powerhouse The Sweatshop Union and Hawaiian reggae legends Natural Vibrations.

Since the bands inception, they have performed at multiple festivals in Oregon and Washington and are well known throughout the Fraternity circuit at the University of Washington and Washington State University for their energetic shows and out-of-control, all-night parties. They have taken the stage at some of Seattle's most reputable venues including: Nectar, Studio 7, El Corazon, High Dive, Tost, and headlined the Seeley Stage at Seattle's annual 'Hempfest' Festival, the biggest Festival of it's kind in North America. After a short time on the scene, Puget Sound System has already played with such notable performers as Natural Vibrations, Mo Thugs, Krayzie Bone (of BONE Thugs n Harmony), The Sweatshop Union, Miska, Inhale, Moka Only (of the Swollen Members), Ken Peterson (of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band), The Warsaw Poland Bros., Henry Turner Jr., The Dirty Heads, 880 South, as well as local legends Panda Conspiracy, The Cauze, Little Big Man, The Staxx Bros., etc...