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Movie night shows society’s apathy

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Camila Rios
Staff Writer

The Students Engaged in Environmental Discussion and Service club, better known as SEEDS, hosted a movie night on Friday, showing the comedic science-fiction film “Idiocracy” in room 212 of the Arts and Communications Building to an intimate group of approximately 10 people.

“Idiocracy” is a film about two people who are sent 500 years into the future due to a military experiment.

There, they find a society where intellectual curiosity and social responsibility are absent.

The film is a satire focusing on how society cares less and less about education and logic and how easily people fall for the consumerist marketing that we already see on a daily basis.

“We wanted to show this film because the point needs to be made that, as a society, we need to become aware of our surroundings and our impact on the environment,” Tyler Deacy, sophomore business administration major and president of SEEDS, said.

SEEDS has been a club on campus for the last four years.

“We’re in trouble in terms of the way that we live our lives,” Jay Jones, SEEDS adviser and professor of biology and biochemistry, said. “In essence, we spend so much time in the virtual world and in this physical cocoon that we call structures, we have failed to pay attention to what really matters.”

SEEDS came into existence after Jones asked a group of concerned faculty members if they would like to co-sponsor the club with him.

“Our club’s mission is to make people aware of their impact on the Earth and encourage those who join to promote activism,” Deacy said.

The movies shown at SEEDS’ movie nights are usually related to the environment or to health.

“It’s not easy for college students to pay full attention to a documentary, and something light hearted like ‘Idiocracy’ would better capture their attention to let the lesson we wanted to emphasize sink in,” Deacy said.

Students who attended the movie night understood the message the movie was portraying and enjoyed watching a film that could portray that message in a more relatable and entertaining way.

“It was a very interesting movie,” freshman sociology major Jazmine Marquez said. “It really made me realize why we need an education to help us learn about the impact we as a society could have on the environment.”

The club meets every other Monday at 6 p.m. at the outdoor theater steps in Sneaky Park.

Camila Rios can be reached at camila.riosgomez@laverne.edu.

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