After a year-long hiatus, the Sachsen Society is bringing back their main event this Saturday, April 16. Psychedelic Circus will celebrate its 10-year anniversary and the society has not held back in the planning process. “There will be some new attractions, but we are also bringing back the classic elements of Psych Circus,” junior Adam Fossier said.
Psychedelic Circus will take place in the Upper Quad from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is planned to be a festival full of games and unique entertainment for everyone. “This event is a big part of showing our individuality,” sophomore and event chair Kirsten Trout said.
A large part of this event is the variety of activities provided, which the Sachsens hope will encourage students to experience a piece of that individuality. “We invite anyone and everyone into a safe environment where they can spend a little time having fun with friends and family and express themselves through art, games, dancing, and more,” Trout said. “It’s all about having fun being your own dorky self.”
Some elements that the society has offered the student body in the past and will offer again are tie dye, henna, inflatable games, and live music performances by bands and DJs. In addition to the crowd favorites, there will also be multiple show-stopping new elements. Some that will be introduced this year include a laser maze, a beer garden, a psychic and more. “It’s basically a big carnival,” sophomore Jasmine Martinez said.
The introduction of these new elements respond to the data that senior Andrew Tejada reported to the Quaker Campus on March 10 that showed students are unhappy with the typical Whittier College dance experience and would rather have more variety.
According to Trout, there was a lot of pressure to plan an event so important to her society. When the Sachsens requested funding at the ASWC Senate meeting, Tejada was present to support their cause by emphasizing that their event is in line with his research. They even altered a request from a Slip N’ Slide to a laser tag course to appease the new Environmental Action Representative. “This will be the biggest year for us,” Trout said. “We’ve never received funding anywhere close to this in the past.”
Both Trout and junior Christina Gonzales are new to the Social Chair positions in their society and have never been a part of planning Psych Circus before. “We’ve had a lot of alumni support and our 10 year anniversary will be great,” Trout said. Both Trout and Gonzales have been working since February to bring the event together. Smaller committees were formed such as band, decorations, budgeting, fundraising and more to help fulfll every element of Psych Circus. “This is a great event for us, so all of us were excited to pitch in and help,” Trout said.
In addition, the society hopes to give back even more to the community, beyond simply entertainment. There will be a station for an organization called PLUR for KIDZ where students can make a kandi bracelet that will be given to a child in the hospital. PLUR stands for Peace, Love, Unity and Respect.
“I loved the idea right away because it kind of reflects what Sachsens are all about,” Trout said. “I’ve experienced being a child scared in a hospital, and even the smallest note or gift can make them feel better. If our society can help to make a few sick children happy, then we want to do all we can.” This is just one example of the various groups that collaborated with the Sachsens and will be present at the event that such as the Whittier Tells Funnies Improv Team and the Drinking Privileges Progam. The Sachsens hope to involve other student groups that aren’t a part of society life to promote an inclusive environment.
This event is also not formatted like a dance. This was another element that Tejada cited as essential in his senior presentation. “We are making it less of a dance by laying out blankets for people to sit on and enjoy their food while listening to music or tie-dyeing a shirt,” Trout said.
There also won’t be a fence around the event that is typical to many dance events. “We also made the event open so people are free to come and go as they please,” Trout said. “I think the lack of a single entry place makes the whole event more inviting and much less intimidating.” Join the Sachsens this Saturday in the Upper Quad to be a part of their festival experience.