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UTEP SELC shows “Greenland” at in-person Movies on the Lawn

Jasmin Campoya
People were welcomed at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza for a movie on the lawn, hosted by the Student Engagement and Leadership Center on April 13, 2021.

UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted Movies on the Lawn on Tuesday, April 13 at Centennial Plaza for a screening of “Greenland” directed by Ric Roman Waugh. 

“Movies on the lawn is a collaboration between SELC and Union Services,said Anthony Vincent, fraternity and sorority life coordinator for UTEP and one of the coordinators for Movies on the Lawn. “We wanted to give students the opportunity to be outdoors engaging with each other and to provide students with an awesome experience in a movie.”  

Greenland, a 2020 film, centers around Gerard Butler’s character, John Garrity, embarking on a journey with his estrange wife Allison played by Morena Baccarin and their young son, to find a possible haven in Greenland from a planet killing comet hurling toward Earth.  

UTEP students and faculty members spread across Centennial Plaza on blankets and lawn chairs with friends and family, as they followed Garrity family through the various obstacles they encountered to avoid extinction. 

 “I understand that not every student is comfortable being back on campus in person just yet, but I know that there are students who are really taking advantage of these in person opportunities and the events that we are putting on,” Vincent said. I know that in the fall when we transition into being inperson, we are definitely going to see more students at our events and they’re really going to take advantage of all of the opportunities.” 

Some individuals who attended the event included Christian Peruyero, a UTEP history student, and Luis Suira, who graduated with his masters in Latin American Border studies at UTEP in 2019. 

This is a great opportunity to meet students and to recruit them to our fraternity,” said Suira, who is a part of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. I would like to see SELC show more culturally cautious events that will mobilize the students on campus to be more cautious about the community that they are in and how their education impacts the community as a whole.” 

Peruyero agreed and said he would also enjoy seeing Movies on the Lawn focused on current issues happening at the border, which he believes would be a good opportunity to educate borderland students. 

SELC will be hosting another Movies on the Lawn at 8 p.m., April 27, where it will be screening “Anchorman 2.”  

A list of events hosted by SELC may be found on MineTracker at 

Alyson Rodriguez may be reached at; @alyson_rod1127 on Twitter. 

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Alyson Rodriguez
Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer

Alyson Rodriguez is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, currently majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in leadership studies. She is a contributor at The Prospector. She joined The Prospector in the Fall of 2020 as a contributor for the Arts and Culture section and has now written articles for the sports and news section and has done podcast segments as well. After discovering her passion for journalism through The Prospector, Alyson has gone to intern at El Paso Matters, NPR Next Generation Texas Newsroom and the Texas Standard. 

Jasmin Campoya
Jasmin Campoya, Photographer
Jasmin Campoya is a bilingual student who is a senior currently majoring in digital media production at UTEP. She is a staff photographer for The Prospector, a photo editor for Minero Magazine, and is currently a social media and marketing intern for El Paso Inc. All while being a full time student, she also takes photos for her own small business, JasminCPhoto. Jasmin plans on continuing photography and hopes to work full time at an El Paso publication.
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UTEP SELC shows “Greenland” at in-person Movies on the Lawn