Philip Clothiaux, sophomore in business, brought the Redbox into the Student Center and funds its operation.
Clothiaux and his roommate have put their college savings and a tremendous amount of effort into constructing the optimal way for students to conveniently rent DVDs.
The Redbox first occupied the Student Center in October, but has officially been running since the start of the semester.
“It’s all about keeping the kids on campus,” Clothiaux said. “It reduces the need for students to have to get in their car and drive all over the place to find a movie.”
Student reactions to the new Redbox addition seem to be mostly positive.
“I think that having the Redbox right at the tip of our fingers of campus is much more convenient than driving to the movie store,” said Katie Blume, sophomore in pre-nursing. “I’m always around the student center, as many other students are, so returning the DVD wouldn’t be out of the way.”
To rent a DVD, a debit or credit card is swiped and charged a fee of only $1.50.
Every day after, $1.50 is billed to a renter’s account up until the 10th day of the rental when the movie is then charged to the credit card and is theirs to keep.
In comparison to other movie rentals such as Blockbuster, Redbox is a cheaper option.
“Whenever I rent a movie I typically only watch it once anyway and if you use Redbox instead of a movie store you can easily save almost $4.00 on your rental,” said Kendall Hartman, sophomore in building science.
The machine is set up to calculate which movies are most popular, in order to figure out what movies students want.
There are movies available including ’90s films, TV shows, new releases including “Devil’s Advocate,” “The Ugly Truth” and “District 9.”
Ideas concerning the Redbox are continuously expanding, including the proposal for Redbox to carry video games as well.