Festival celebrates incomplete Student Union

Festival celebrates incomplete Student Union

Festival celebrates incomplete Student Union
March 12
00:11 2015

Iyana Edouard / Staff Writer

Hundreds of students gathered throughout the library mall on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to #RISEWITHTHEUNION, a Twitter hashtag the UNT Student Affairs created to promote the event.

UNT’s 39th annual Union Fest celebrated the upcoming new Union with food, games, music and giveaways.

“The tradition of Union Fest began in 1976 with the completion of the renovated Union and there has been an annual celebration ever since,” read the UNT Division of Student Affairs website. “This year is special as it’s the last Union Fest before we get to celebrate in the new Union!”

Students gathered in long lines waiting to receive free food and drinks, including a slice of the traditional giant Union Fest Cake.

“I’m really enjoying the free ice cream, chilling, and getting free stuff,” biology freshman Sergio Orna said.

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Students gather in front of the Hurley Administration Building yesterday to try out new food that will be featured in the Union.

Union Fest actives also included giveaways of free T-shirts, henna tattoos, a photo booth, live music and a disc jockey, a bungee cord bounce trampoline, an inflatable obstacle course, and a tour inside the Union construction site.

Tours inside the unfinished union were first-come, first-serve. Each visitor swiped their student ID, put on a hard hat, safety vest, protective glasses and were given a walk through and explanation of every floor.

Medical lab science sophomore Kyra Pulido was in one of the first groups to go on the tour, and is excited about the new nap areas and the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop that are being built.

“I feel like it’s going to attract more students. It felt outdated the last time I saw it,” Pulido said.

The new Union is expected to open by early fall 2015. With construction not on schedule, UNT president Neal Smatresk said in a previous interview with the NT Daily that construction could push the opening back to October.

Some students estimate the union will be done much sooner or much later.

Business sophomore, Dwayne Jones believes it will be done by July.

“They say fall but I think it won’t be done until December,” political science junior Sanchez Murray said. “They seem like they need more time.”

As the UNT community grows, so does the Union. The new features and construction gallery can be found on the UNT Division of Student Affairs website at http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/university-union. Tweet questions and comments by using the hashtag #NEWUNTUNION or directly to the twitter page @UNT_Union.

 Featured Image: Biology freshmen Gabby James, left, and Carla Perez pose for a photo in a booth set up in the Library Mall for Union Fest. Photos by Caitlyn Jones – Editor-in-Chief

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