Rock out at the Madaraka Festival
By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter
Donate to Kenyan arts programs while enjoying African music, a fashion show, and a documentary premiere at the Madaraka Festival on June 24.
The festival is going for its fourth year led by the non-profit organization One Vibe Africa, and is being hosted by the Museum of Pop Culture at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle.
Events start at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m.
All net proceeds from the festival are being donated to One Vibe Africa's music education and to arts programs in Kisumu, Kenya.
"Over the last four editions, One Vibe has been able to raise at least $100,000," said Kenju Waweru, a Highline student and member of One Vibe Africa's organizing and outreach team.
"Around 500 students have benefitted [from these festivals]," he said.
One Vibe Africa has been reaching out in the U.S. to encourage others to get involved in the Kenyan culture, and also to promote and support arts programs in Kenya.
"A great thing about this is I get to share my culture with people in Seattle too," said Waweru.
Madaraka sets out to educate and include people of all backgrounds into the African culture. One of their main missions is for youth to gather, connect, and realize their potential and skills, he said.
"It was through education that I got to where I am today… so I wanted to be part of an organization that will help other people get that platform and opportunity," said Waweru.
The fashion show is featuring African trends, and the benefit concert will have artists such as Dynamq, Otieno Terry, Meklit Hadero, Rocky Dawuni, Pyramid, Big World Breaks, and surprise guests.
Madaraka The Documentary will also be premiering at the festival.
This short film is about empowering communities through the arts, and the work that One Vibe Africa has been doing in Kenya.
"It's just a lot of good vibes and good energy at the Madaraka Festival," said Waweru.
Tickets for the festival are $25.
For tickets or information visit mopop.org., or go to onevibeafrica.org to learn more about the non-profit organization.
An alert Highline staff member and local public safety officers helped stop a potential suicide on campus last week.
While a staff member was working, he noticed a suspicious male wandering the East Lot around 6:25 a.m. May 25. The staff worker called Highline Public Safety who responded to find the individual running around with a rope in his hands, looking for a place to possibly hang himself.
This prompted Public Safety to contact Des Moines Police and South King County Fire and Rescue. By the time first responders came to the scene, the distraught man climbed into a tree near Building 99, ready to use the rope on himself.
First responders talked to the man, successfully convincing him to come down from the tree. After the turmoil settled the individual was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation.
Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said this was the first time he has encountered someone attempting to endanger their own life on campus.
Staff member passes out
Public Safety said the actions of the staff member who reported the incident is an excellent example of how “see something, say something” could potentially save a life. A staff member was reported to have passed out in Building 4 at 8:10 a.m. The person was sitting in their chair when they lost consciousness, then fell out, hitting their head on the ground. Public Safety arrived but the staff member refused any medical treatment.
Late night fast food runs a no-no
A suspicious car was spotted on campus at 1:35 a.m. on May 28 by a Public Safety officer. The car was occupied by two students and parked between buildings 29 and 22.
The two students had gone to Jack in the Box and decided to eat the fast food on campus.
They were told by the officer to leave because campus was closed.
Wash your tobacco elsewhere
Man is found washing cigarette butts in bathroom.
Officers made contact with a non-student who appeared to be washing cigarette butts in the third-floor bathroom sink in Building 26 on May 25 at 10:40 p.m.
The man was told to clean up and leave campus. He complied and took his cigarette butts elsewhere.