Fun film fills First Friday

By Chris Ventura

A screening of the film “21 Jump Street” concluded an evening of comedy and fun on Friday as Orientation Services and Associated Students, Inc. BEAT hosted their First Friday event.

The screening of the film began shortly after 9 p.m., following a performance by comedian Luis Villasenor. Students were given popcorn and refreshments to enjoy during the screening.

The film, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is about two friends in the police force who become partners, patrolling the city by bicycle.

In one botched attempt at an arrest while on patrol, the two are given a second chance and assigned to go undercover as high school students, because of their youthful appearances. Their goal is to shut down a drug ring within the school.

The film was full of comedic moments and dialogue. The movie poked fun at high school stereotypes and examined the generation gap that existed for the two main characters and their unfamiliar high school surroundings.

At various points, the film also poked fun at Hollywood movie cliches, which also provided some good laughs.

Students’ reception to the film was generally positive as members of the audience remained attentive and engaged during the entire screening, filling the room with laughter.

The crowd was split with students who had seen the film previously and those who had not. Those who had seen the film previously said they were looking forward to seeing it again.

About two-thirds of the students who had filled Ursa Major to see Villasenor, stayed for the film screening.

In addition to the movie, the night was packed with activities from the moment students arrived through the very end.

Upon arrival, all students were given raffle tickets. Raffle prizes for the night included Bronco Bookstore gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, AMC Movie tickets, tickets to Sea World and Disneyland Park Hopper tickets.

The first 100 students to check-in were also given tickets that could be redeemed for a free meal at Qdoba Mexican Grill, which was served later that evening.

The first stop for arriving students was Ursa Minor, where participants could play various games for the opportunity to earn additional raffle tickets. Among the games were a beanbag toss and ring toss. Students also had the opportunity to have their photos taken.

An obstacle course was also set up where students navigated the course while wearing “drunk goggles,” distorting their vision significantly”simulating what it might be like to be drunk. A board describing some myths and facts about drinking was on display for students to read while waiting in line.

Students also had the opportunity to find out more information about becoming an orientation leader.

Ashley Orosco, a fourth-year communication student and orientation leader, was stationed at a table that was set up with an information board, a sign-up sheet and flyers.

Orosco shared her experiences as a leader, provided information and answered questions.

After the activities in Ursa Minor, students made their way over to Ursa Major to watch comedian Luis Villasenor perform.

After the performance by Villasenor, orientation leaders kept the crowd engaged by asking trivia questions about Cal Poly Pomona. Correct answers earned students additional Qdoba food and other small prizes.

The evening concluded with the raffle, which took place around 11 p.m., immediately following the film.

The major prize of the evening, the Disneyland tickets, went to William Wu, a first-year hardware engineering student, who heard about the event through a friend.

Civil engineering student Ezekiel Kim was among the group of orientation leaders that helped organize the event.

“It’s an opportunity for students to hang out with orientation leaders and we give insight about our job and see if they’re interested in becoming orientation leaders, themselves,” said Kim.

The First Friday events will continue throughout the winter quarter and will provide students with events encouraging campus involvement.

First Friday Movie

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