Helping Students Get ‘Over the Hump’

By Alexis Rufener

Students looking forward to a weekend of relaxing from a strenuous week of classes got the chance to experience a movie without having to leave the comfort of Youngstown State University on Feb. 11.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be hosting their “Over the Hump” movie series at the President’s Suite in Kilcawley Center. This month “The Best of Me,” directed by Michael Hoffman, will be played. The movie is based on one of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling books.

With the majority of students living in dorms not having vehicles to drive to other locations to see their favorite movies, Jacob Stanley, assistant director for residential education and development, decided to create something so students can see recently released movies without having to leave campus. The attendance rate tends to range from forty to fifty people depending on the movie that is showing.

“Since a majority of our residents do not have cars on campus, it makes it hard for them to get to the movies on their own, so we tried to provide newer titles on campus for them so they didn’t have to worry about getting there on their own,” Stanley said. “We also thought it would be a really cool way to add to all the great programs currently going on campuswide.”

Stanley has been involved with the “Over the Hump” movie series since its liftoff. He found the movie choice to be appropriate since Valentine’s Day is only a few days away.

“Housing and Residence Life does an outdoor movie every year in conjunction with our Welcome Week festivities. Last year, we thought it might be a good idea to offer students a monthly movie to give them something to do and look forward to,” Stanley said.

This year Residence Life wanted to make the movies mostly new releases. In the past, they have presented “The Hunger Games” and films from Marvel.

Stanley stated how he enjoys giving the students a chance to go see movies with their friends on campus free of charge without spending their money or having to go out in the cold and drive to the theaters. Popcorn and beverages will be provided for students who attend with their YSU ID.

“Personally, I love getting to bring popular movies to campus. I’m really into all the Marvel movies, but it’s fun to see others get excited about them when you bring them to campus,” Stanley said.

To learn more about the “Over the Hump” movie series, students can keep watch for the posters being put up on campus or email Jacob Stanley at