Mabee Dining Hall was full of students Thursday night for Student Programming Boardâ€™s (SPB) 9:09 Movie Series, featuring â€œThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire.â€ The film, the second in the 9:09 series, followed â€œEnderâ€™s Game.â€ Each 9:09 movie will be played the second Thursday of every month.
Greg Mak, an SPB member, introduced the film and thanked students for attending.
â€œIt is something new that Student Programming Board is trying, and I think it will be successful because we are playing recent movies through a company called Swank, who rents movies to colleges before they are available for rent to the public,â€ Mak said.
Students commented on the movie selection and said they were glad the movies are current. Senior Hannah Michaelsen said she appreciates the thought SPB put into the choice.
â€œI think it is cool I can come to see a movie I would have had to pay for in theaters,â€ Michaelsen said. â€œThey are movies that you actually want to see.â€
Michaelsen attended the film with friend and fellow Phi Kappa Delta (PDK) sister Paige Carlson.
â€œWe are also here because this is a standards event for Greek life,â€ Carlson said. â€œI normally stay away from the â€œHunger Gamesâ€ franchise because I donâ€™t like the concept of kids killing kids, but Iâ€™ll watch part of the movie for my sisters.â€
For standards events, Greek life requires 75 percent of the club to be in attendance, unless a member has an excused absence. SPURS sorority was also in attendance.
Before the movie started, students were encouraged by Mak to grab refreshments from a snack bar set up near the pizza station. Popcorn, soda, nachos, guacamole and cookies were available for moviegoers.
Senior Edward Gomez said that he had already seen â€œCatching Fireâ€ but that he really enjoyed it and wanted to see it a second time.
â€œI liked it the first time and I enjoy Jennifer Lawrence in the movie,â€ Gomez said. â€œShe makes me feel the emotion of the movie.â€
Gomez also said that he does not mind seeing movies a second time.
â€œA lot of times you see things that you did not see the first time,â€ Gomez said.
Accompanying Gomez was junior Nicole Jeskey. Jeskey said that she had seen the first â€œHunger Gamesâ€ movie and had been looking forward to the second.
â€œI think that the â€œHunger Gameâ€ series is great,â€ Jeskey said. â€œItâ€™s also gotten great reviews. Iâ€™ve never been to movies in Mabee before, only at the fountain, but I think this will be a good location.â€
Mak said that SPB has discussed several movies for the next 9:09 movie, but no decision had been reached.
â€œWe are open to student opinion,â€ Mak said. â€œWe ask students to tell SPB what movies they would like to see and weâ€™ll do our best to make that happen.â€