“Barbie” to show on campus

Rock The Weekend presents a showing of summer blockbuster

Published by Kayla Raynak, Date: November 7, 2023

Rock the Weekend will be hosting a movie night in the SSC Theater on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m, with a special showing of “Barbie.”

The Rock the Weekend series is coordinated by various departments on campus including Student Engagement and Leadership, UPB and more. It was created for students to have the opportunity to go to an activity or social event while staying on campus for the weekend. 

They host various activities and events throughout campus. It is meant to be a safe and positive way for all students to socialize and meet new people.

Kimberly Wilsoncroft, a graduate assistant that helped with the event said, “I think it’s an amazing way to get students connected with each other and the university, even students who live off campus but students who live on campus looking for something to do over the weekend.”

One of Rock the Weekend’s upcoming events is a movie night of “Barbie.”  Wilsoncroft said they organization chose the film because it is “[t]ruly a great movie with a great message that a lot of people can relate to and connect with.”

The Barbie movie made $1.34 billion at the box office, according to colliders.com. It was also one of the most watched movies of 2023.

Many students have been showing excitement to attend the movie night with their friends and expressed they enjoy the activities and events campus hosts on the weekends.

“I think it’s a good thing because it gets people out and it gets people interacting with different clubs and organizations that they wouldn’t know about if they didn’t go to these things,” freshman Molly Ingerick said.

Wilsoncroft agreed and said, “I think it’s a opportunity to kind of allow for something fun for students to do while also creating community and connection.” 

A few students have mentioned wearing pink clothing and Barbie themed merchandise to celebrate the event.

“Everyone is welcome to dress up, have the best time [and] make so much fun out of it,” Wilsoncroft said.

Dressing up and wearing pink was a trend in theaters during its release. The film also sparked conversation due to its discussion of social justice issues. 

“I believe that it’s an important film for bringing awareness to issues about womanhood, and I see it as a breath of fresh air from many of the male-dominated films in the industry,”  Sydney Wuchevich said, a member of the Film Society Club.

“It made a lot of women feel like more seen and more heard in different aspects of the movie,” Ingerick said.


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