The office of Student Engagement and Leadership at CSU-Pueblo has placed restrictions on College Night at the movies this semester. Students who don’t use their free ticket to the movies after signing up will not be allowed to sign up for the event until next semester.
The SEAL office changed the policy due to a recent increase in ticket prices at Tinsletown, Pueblo’s only movie theater, and because some students didn’t attend the event last year after signing up.
“We’re not trying to be a stickler; it’s the way the world works,” said Tyler Hobson, graduate assistant for the SEAL office. “We want to be able to give more students opportunities to attend.”
CSU-Pueblo partners with the movie theater to give the first 125 students who sign up a free ticket to any movie of their choice.
SEAL pays for the tickets with money generated from mandatory student fees. Hobson said that because the price of movie tickets increased to $8 this year, SEAL had to limit the amount of students eligible to attend. Last year, 150 slots were open to students.
“We just want to show students they need to commit,” Hobson said.
Since there are fewer opportunities for students to attend College Night at the movies, the office added an outdoor movie night to its list of activities.
“It’s part of our Commuter Start Program which brings in family and friends of relatives to watch movies that haven’t come out yet,” he said.
Students who want to sign up for movie night must present the SEAL office with their student ID, Hobson said. Under the new policy, students have until noon on the Friday before the event to cancel.
“We used to have a limited selection of the movie students could see, now they watch what they want and the time they want. The new policy will track how many students sign up, uses their student ID’s more,” he said.
The new policy “gives us less hassle of tracking everyone down on a piece of paper.”
College Night is the SEAL office’s most popular event, Hobson said. This year’s movie nights are scheduled for Oct. 3, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Feb. 14, March 19 and April 16.
The SEAL office is located in the Occhiato University Center Underground in room 006, across from La Cantina.