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SUB movie committee brings award-winning films to campus

first_imgThough many students associate room 101 in DeBartolo Hall with large classes such as chemistry or biology, the lecture hall becomes a movie theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with the help of the Student Union Board’s (SUB) movie committee members.Junior Daniel Riley heads the committee, which is comprised of dorm representatives and student SUB members. In total, the ten committee members work with graphic designers and a publicity team to bring 10 movies to campus each semester.The committee members work on the movie lineups for half a semester at a time, ensuring they will have access to the movies, since release dates often change. To pick the movies, Riley said the committee members first peruse the list of available films from two third-party sites that deal directly with movie production companies for the rights to a film, which organizations can then rent. Then the committee members who have seen the films give input about the movies on the list.“We find out which ones are the popular ones that we think the majority of the student body would like, as well as maybe some of the hidden gems that we think are worth showing that maybe there’s not a huge following for,” Riley said.The committee members also look for movies from a variety of genres, Riley said.“We do search for a little bit of diversity,” he said. “We try to get one family movie in [during a half semester period] … We don’t want it to be all comedy or all drama.”Once the committee members have made their selections, Riley emails his contacts at the sites. The committee gets the movies either through a pre-released DVD or downloading and streaming from a router box, and must return the movies when they are finished with them.“Because we are a college campus, we do get a bit of an advanced screening on it,” he said. “For example, ‘La La Land’ — my guess is it won’t be out on DVD for another month or so, at the earliest. … You actually get to see them before you would have the access on pay-per-view, Netflix, DVD, things like that.”While attendance varies with different movies, Riley said a weekend’s showings will typically average between 100 and 300 people, although “Moana” attracted over 600 people. Riley said most people attend the 8 p.m. showings on Fridays or Saturdays.Because bringing the movies to campus is not free, the committee uses its budget and revenue from people who attend the movie to fund the movie nights. While the committee can cover all costs with some movies, Riley said, it takes a loss on others.One such film, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” is Riley’s favorite film of the ones he has brought to campus. Riley called the film a “special gem,” and said while the attendance for the film was small, the people who saw it enjoyed it.“We don’t make all our money back from the cost of renting a movie like that, but it does make me very happy [to see] how the student body gets excited for it as well,” he said.The rest of this semester’s SUB movie lineup features Academy Award-nominated films “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight” and “Fences,” as well as “The Lego Batman Movie.” The committee will also be showing “The Breakfast Club” for AnTostal week.Students who are interested in following the movies on campus for a given week can email Riley at driley2@nd.edu to be added to the movie email list. Riley said the email list has over 150 members, and members receive information about the schedule and special movie promotions.Tags: movie nights, Student Union Board, SUB movieslast_img read more

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Syracuse finishes weekend with 6-1 win at Harvard

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2018 at 4:16 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Syracuse (8-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) earned its second consecutive road victory in as many days Sunday morning when the Orange defeated Harvard (4-6, 0-0 Ivy League) 6-1. The win marks five-straight wins for SU. The Orange came out firing to the tune of 6-1 wins at first and second doubles. Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez continued their unbeaten record together this season at first doubles, earning their sixth win as a pair in the doubles competition. At second doubles, Sofya Golubovskaya and Anna Shkudun improved their record as a team to 6-1 on the year.With a point already in hand, Syracuse continued its solid play into singles. No. 18 Knutson battled through a tight first set to eventually win 7-6, 6-1 over Erica Oosterhout at first singles.At third singles, Golubovskaya battled through the peaks and valleys of her game when she overcame a tough 6-4 second set loss to win in the third set. She improved her singles record to 6-1 on the season.Harvard earned its lone point at fourth singles, as Dina Hegab dropped her second consecutive match of the weekend after a 6-0 start to the season. Natasha Gonzalez of Harvard defeated Hegab 6-4, 7-6.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith two wins under its belt in this five-game road stretch, the Orange will now travel to Virginia Tech next Friday as the Orange reaches the bulk of its ACC schedule. Commentslast_img read more

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