Discussions about how to best regulate school entertainment never seem to end at UBG office. Ever since the dances were re-evaluated, UBG began reconsidering the safety of students in other activities.
According to incoming head governor and junior Emily Huntley, the next step towards a better campus environment is to show only G-rated movies.
Supporting Huntley’s idea, film governor Amanda Johnson said that she has seen the negative impacts on Augustana community after the screening of PG-13 and R-rated movies.
“I heard the wrestlers are doing a Chippendales-style show on the weekend ever since we showed Magic Mike,” Johnson said. “Campus safety keeps shutting down the show, but they always find a new place to do it.”
The other movie that UBG showed last month, PG-rated Despicable Me, inspired a group of students, led by sophomore Sarah Kocher, to illegally use GSC labs during the night to figure out how to create real-life minions.
“We need to start making changes,” Huntley said. “I’m just concerned about what would happen if we showed movies like Knocked Up or The Exorcist. We just can’t risk that.”
This decision disappointed many students. Junior Gretchen Huber was upset about the cancelation of her favorite PG-13 movie, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
“It was madness, you know?” Huber said. “I expected a perfect night of watching Crazy, Stupid, Love with my best friends, but UBG destroyed every girl’s dream by not letting us see Ryan Gosling’s hunky body.”
In order to address the issue and complaints, UBG adviser Jeff Venekamp made an announcement on Monday about easing the regulation. UBG will allow more movies if more than 50 students each bring a valid parental permission slip. However, the rating of the movies screened by UBG is still limited to PG.
“Well as you can see, PG stands for parental guidance, so having parental permission slip is necessary,” Venekamp said. “If they want to watch anything else, they can watch it elsewhere.”
Venekamp also believes that showing only G-rated movies will attract outside guests to come to Augustana campus, especially young children. Venekamp sees this as an opportunity to work with the admission office to recruit future Augustana Vikings.
Although the easing of regulation still does not please the majority of the student body, some of the students see it as a better situation than before.
Senior Courtney Williams has hope for the future, and she is just going to watch whatever is shown for now.
“At least we can see [PG-rated] Frozen now,” Williams said. “Finding 50 people to watch Frozen is a piece of cake. Who doesn’t love Frozen, let me ask you?”
According to Johnson, the G-rated movies that UBG Film will screen in the future include Rio 2 and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. For PG-rated nights, UBG will show One Direction: This is Us and Justin Bieber’s Believe due to popular demand.
According to Huntley, the switch to G-rated movies will be effective immediately, but UBG will moniter event attendance and see if further action needs to be taken for students to feel safe at UBG events.
“We pride ourselves on providing entertainment for students,” Huntley said. “We just want to make sure that we’re also helping students make decisions that won’t even slightly offend anyone.”