What is 7220 Entertainment?
Whether you find yourself at a movie showing here at the University of Wyoming, walking through an art gallery, or if you’re at one of the large-scale shows put on by the university you likely don’t know who to thank for providing the entertainment. The answer is 7220 Entertainment. According to their website they are, “The student fee-funded entertainment programming organization for students at the University of Wyoming”.
One of the primary goals for 7220 Entertainment is, “To provide a diverse schedule of events for the student body.” says Gabriel Lattimer, the films coordinator at 7220 Entertainment. “We’re trying to reach as many different communities and diversified students as possible.” says Danielle Smith, the large-scale events coordinator.
The one commonality between these statements is obviously the importance of trying to appeal to as many students and members of the surrounding community as possible. As daunting as this task may seem, the members of 7220 Entertainment are determined to make sure that it is done with the highest quality possible.
Diversity on large-scale events
Comedian Adam Devine did a show here on campus earlier this semester.
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Smith coordinates the large-scale events here at the University of Wyoming. She plays an integral role in bringing acts such as comedians and performing artists to campus, with the help of the large-scale events committee, where the need for diversity is ever prevalent.
“We want to make sure that we’re reaching as many students as possible when it comes to entertainment.” says Smith.
When booking big events, it seems as though it’s all about finding the perfect act. “Obviously Beyoncé is going to be out of our price range but somebody that is super local and small-scale is not going to be big enough to sell enough tickets,” says Smith. “We vote on everything, and then pretty much whoever gets the highest vote is who we’re going to advance with.”
Smaller events need mass appeal as well
Although the large-scale events certainly get a lot of publicity, there are many smaller, and more frequent, events such as the films that are shown every Friday night in the union. “For films I try to provide a diverse lineup.” says Lattimer.
Lattimer is also trying to appeal to more people by making the films more than just a movie night. “One of my focuses for this semester and this year is to make these films more event, rather than just a film that’s showing on Friday.” says Lattimer.
One way of doing this is the incorporation of raffles. They are also incorporating live streaming as well into the ski and snowboard week this year during which live events will be streamed for all to see in the union.
7220 Entertainment also provides alcohol free entertainment. According to their website, “The Late-Night Events Committee is responsible for providing the University of Wyoming student body with free, quality entertainment that is fun, unique and exciting, that take place during targeted prime social hours.” This appeals to those who may prefer an alternative to going downtown to the bars every weekend.
Entertainment can be educational as well
The attorney from the television show, Making A Murderer, Dean Strang spoke on campus in 2016
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Maybe one of the lesser known committees involved in 7220 Entertainment is the Fine arts and Lecture committee. According to their website the Fine Arts and Lecture Committee states, “We host exhibits in Gallery 234 throughout the academic year. We also work to bring in thought-provoking lectures and artists.”
This certainly helps to appeal to students who are more focused on the educational or artistic aspect of entertainment.
“Fine arts and lectures will bring speakers to campus, and performing acts that are rarely seen in Laramie.” says Vanessa Alvarez, the Fine Arts and Lecture Coordinator.
As far as deciding which acts or speakers to bring to campus, 7220 Entertainment wants to make sure they select what the students want to see.
“It’s a lot of, have we ever seen these acts perform on campus? If we have, should we bring an act back or should we look for something different?” says Alvarez. “For lectures it’s mostly looking to see if anyone else is also interested in bringing a certain type of lecture to campus.”
What do you want to see?
Student feedback is critical in determining what kind of entertainment is brought here to the University of Wyoming. After all, this organization is funded by student fees. That is why 7220 Entertainment really relies heavily on students here at the university getting involved, and having their opinions heard.
It is apparent that this organization is going to great lengths to ensure that there is some form of entertainment for the majority of students attending the University of Wyoming as well as members of the surrounding community. There is an abundance of diverse activities being brought to campus throughout the school year that are certainly worth attending.