As college students, free events are always great. This past Sunday, February 23, I had the opportunity to attend a free event that was hosted by the Hofstra group Entertainment Unlimited.
Entertainment Unlimited (EU) is a student run organization that hosts various events and activities for the students throughout the course of the semester. Some of the events they’ve hosted in the past have included their Annual Burlesque show and Hypnotizing Hofstra.
One of their most common events is their Free Movie Weekends. Every Saturday and Sunday the group hosts multiple showings of various films that are free for students.
This past weekend for instance they showed “The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. I attended the film myself and thought it was a great way to spend my Sunday evening. I wasn’t the only one who thought so either.
““I thought it was great. Overall I thought the movie was very educational” said freshman student Nicholas Machlitt.
However, I was surprised at the lack of student turn out. Not only was it a free movie, it was a free movie that has been popular lately.
“I think that depending on the events we’re either used or underused by students,” said EU president Alex Rexha. “The movies, I think, are underused.”
“I was here last night too and I don’t think that a lot of people are very aware, this is for the students” said movie attendee Athelene Collins, Director of the Cultural Center at Hofstra University. “I think EU does a really good thing in that they offer really up to date movies for the students but sometimes it’s nice to tie the movies into current events, like this month is Black History Month.”
Personally I think that not only was the free showing of “The Butler” a great opportunity to see a good free movie, it was also a chance for people to learn a bit more about a part of our American history.
Also, this upcoming Tuesday, February 25 Will Haygood, the author of the book that inspired The Butler will be a guest speaker at the student center theater. Having the opportunity to see the movie before Haygood’s presentation will help amplify the experience of his presentation and understanding the things that he discusses.
I hope that in the future more Hofstra students will take advantage of the opportunities that they’re presented by groups like Entertainment Unlimited.
Entertainment Unlimited Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HofstraEU
Hofstra Calendar http://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=7520