UPB holds survey for upcoming movie night

Rachel Baggett, Staff Writer

Armed with a catalog of hundreds of recent movie releases and other popular titles, the University Programming Board will be holding a movie survey on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

During the survey, which will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the breezeway between Founders Hall and CEMC, students will be able to vote for which movie they want to be shown at the upcoming movie night.

The movie will be screened in the Lowrimore Auditorium. Refreshments are often provided, and the screenings are open to any FMU student who wishes to attend.

LaTasha Brand, Assistant Dean of Students, said that UPB initially began having the survey since purchasing the rights to show a film to a large audience was expensive and the tastes of FMU students were so diverse.

“Girls would say, ‘We want more romantic movies’, but then the guys would then say, ‘Well we want more action movies’,” Brand said. “We hold the survey to make sure we show something that would appeal to everyone.”

In recent semesters, the winning movies voted on by students included the box-office hits “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Takers,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Orphan,” “Law Abiding Citizen” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

“Last semester, we had a lot of votes for the horror film ‘Paranormal Activity 2,’” Brand said. “What we ended up doing was working together with SGA and holding a double feature. We showed the first ‘Paranormal Activity,’ had an intermission, and then showed ‘Paranormal Activity 2.’”

Titles that students can expect to choose from this time include recent blockbuster hits such as “Toy Story 3,” “Inception,” “Iron Man 2” and “Sex and the City 2.”

Besides blockbuster hits, Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., the company that UPB purchases the movie rights from, has a huge variety of other movies.

Students interested in comedies can select a title from their Top 25 Comedy Favorites, which has titles such as “The Hangover” and “He’s Just Not That Into You.” The catalog also has horror, action, drama and documentary titles.

The first UPB movie night has tentatively been set for either Saturday, Sept. 17 or Sunday, Sept. 18, and the movie that was chosen by the students on Aug. 24 will be shown.UPB plans to host a movie screening at least once a month.