Contributing Writer Anthony Davidson
The first logical question that a student asks when they hear about Movie Night: “What is it?”
According to Tabitha Sherrell of the Student Life and Diversity Office: “It is a community event. You do not have to be a student to come and view the movie. It roughly starts at dusk, approximately 7:30 or whenever the sun goes down that day. You can bring your blankets and your lawn chairs, and there will be concessions available. I know one of our student clubs will be providing popcorn.”
That said, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and enjoy the movie. The movie is free because the college’s Student Government Association (SGA) has its own “blow-up screen.”
Movie Night allows students to bring their friends and families out to enjoy a free movie and have some fun, and non-students get the chance to watch a movie and enjoy an autumn night. “If you are a student with your own children, this would be a perfect opportunity to bring your kids on campus and enjoy some time with them,” said Sherrell.
The next logical question: “How many students know about Movie Night?”
On a survey of students, the Settler found that 4 in 5 students asked did not know about the event. Advertisement of the event is strongly encouraged by Faculty and Staff.
This free showing takes place on the Volunteer State Community College quad, in the middle of Warf Sciences, Thigpen Library, Wood Campus Center, and the Pickle Fieldhouse.
This year’s showing will be Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on Sept. 18, 2015.
For students who haven’t kept up with the series and related films, the movie stars Scarlet Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader as the voice of the AI, Ultron. The movie follows the storyline of the Marvel comic book series. The film is rated PG-13, due to language and thematic violence.
The viewing is scheduled to be played on the quad, however, if the weather should not permit, it will be shown in the carpeted dining room of Wood Campus Center.
Concessions will be sold and the proceeds from concessions will benefit the school’s clubs and programs. The Settler does not currently have a list of specific concessions, but concessions will be available at the event.