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Good Clean Fun

Lisa Mutnick

By Lisa Mutnick

So maybe getting drunk and passing out on the so-called rape trail is not exactly your thing. And maybe 50 cent pitchers at Thirsty Dog’s don’t tickle your fancy either.

Not to worry. Not all social activities at UConn involve alcohol.  Here are some ways to stay alcohol free and have fun, too.

The Student Union Board of Governors sponsors events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For example, world- famous comedians perform at the Student Union Theatre on Thursday nights. The admission is free for students.

“The SUBOG comedy series enjoys regular attendance of 200 to 300 students per show,” SUBOG President Miguel Almodovar said.

Students can take advantage of performers such as Nick Swardson, of the Comedy Central show “Reno 911” and the stoner cult-classic “Grandma’s Boy.” Performers in the past have included BJ Novak, of the Emmy Award- winning TV show “The Office” and James Smith.

Julian McCullough also entertained at UConn. In 2002, The Rutgers University alumni started hosting comedy shows at The Stress Factory, a popular New Jersey comedy club. He now opens for top name performers such as Dave Chappelle and has had his own comedy special on Comedy Central. People pay $30 or more to see him perform live. UConn students saw him do an hour of stand-up for free.

Getting out of town

Despite the on-campus action, most students feel the need to get the heck out of Storrs every now and then. Such a change of scenery can be achieved even when students do not have cars. SUBOG plans two off-campus trips a month and these are a guaranteed good time.

For example, a December trip to New York City costs a mere $10 per student including transportation. Students are able to find their own fun in the best city in the world, or for and additional $45 attend a Broadway show.

“We send two buses down to the city, each bus has about 40 students. This is our most popular trip,” said Almodovar. According to information on the Peter Pan bus company’s website, a round-trip bus ticket from Storrs to New York City is $70. Do the math and save by booking with SUBOG.

Scary fun at Halloween

For Halloween, UConn students can go on the Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard trip.  The Haunted Graveyard is a lot scarier and more entertaining than the usual aftermath of an alcohol-soaked party.

The secret is out. There are fun and sober activities at UConn.

Interested in all the fun activities SUBOG is bringing to UConn?

Check out the SUBOG home page for a full calendar of events!

Here’s a video of Julian McCullough, one of the comedians that SUBOG has brought to UConn.


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Popcorn, candy and cheap flicks

Caitlin Marquis

By Caitlin Marquis

It’s no wonder students enjoy weekend movies at the Student Union Theater—cheap tickets, recent films, buttered popcorn and Kit Kat bars.

Students standing in line, munching their popcorn, might never consider the work it takes to make these fun weekend flicks a reality. But there’s more to the movies than flipping the switch on the projector.

Enter senior Priya Amin, film chairperson of the Student Union Board of Governors.

She’s the student behind the movies.

Amin has been a SUBOG member since her freshman year.  She’s been active with SUBOG’s concert committee.  So, she applied to be film chairperson in the spring of 2009. She was interviewed, selected and wasted no time getting started.

Priya Amin

Year’s movies chosen in summer

By mid-June, all the movies for the fall 2009 semester were already chosen.

“Big hits are the safest thing to go with,” she said.  For the Thursday, Saturday and Sunday night feature, she tries to pick “mainstream movies—things that did well in theaters.”

The Ugly Truth was one of many movies shown at the Student Union Theatre this semester.

For the free “Friday Night Flick,” she chooses a film that ties in with the featured movie. For example, the week the main movie was the romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth,” Amin chose to show one of the same genre, “P.S. I Love You,” which also happens to be one of her favorite movies.

Amin said she can’t simply choose movies she likes, however.

“My favorites change a lot,” she said, noting her favorite movie used to be “Pretty Woman,” though right now her favorite genre is action/adventure.

A coordinated effort

She works with campus organizations and coordinates with campus events.

For example, on Oct. 6, SUBOG and the Asian American Cultural Center co-sponsored the showing of “New Year Baby,” a movie about Cambodian genocide.

For Family Weekend, the animated film “Up” was featured.  “The comedy show isn’t always appropriate [for families],” Amin said. “We not only get parents on family weekend, but younger siblings, as well.”

And finally, before students sink into their seats and sip their sodas, they may wonder how SUBOG gets these movies before they hit DVD.

Amin’s job description does not include sneaking a video camera into movie theaters.

“We work with an agency called Swank [Motion Pictures, Inc.],” Amin said.  The company is a non-theatrical movie distributor.

“I give [Swank] a list of movies and when we would like to show them,” Amin said.  “They tell us if they will get them in or not.”

SUBOG buys these movies through Swank—the newest ones are the most expensive.

A fickle audience

Catering to college students is not easy.  Their interests change as rapidly as the weather.  So how does Amin keep students in the audience?

This year, one of her plans included 13 hours worth of Hogwarts, Quidditch and Dumbledore—a 13-hour “Harry Potter” marathon event for Halloween weekend because Amin said “a lot of people associate Harry Potter with Halloween.”

Last year SUBOG hosted a student-made film competition to break up the usual pattern of weekly films.

Want to see what movies are coming to the SU Theatre?

Follow this link to see the full schedule.

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