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Mean Green Fling offers students opportunity to get involved on campus

Mean Green Fling offers students opportunity to get involved on campus

Mean Green Fling offers students opportunity to get involved on campus
August 28
07:26 2013

Mollie Jamison / Staff Writer

The 15th annual Mean Green Fling took place last night at the The Hill by Apogee Stadium as students, organizations and university departments gathered to kick-start the school year with food, fun and a taste of the student life and activities offered across campus.

“It keeps getting bigger every year,” said sociology senior Anna D’Alfonso, who works at the UNT central housing office. “The enrollment is increasing, and every summer we have more and more freshmen coming in.”

D’Alfonso worked at the zip line, a new addition to the Mean Green Fling. She said the new location for the Fling made room for improvement.

Photo By Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

“Of the past three Mean Green Flings, I think this is the most physically fun activity we’ve had,” she said. “In the past we’ve had hot air balloons and the Velcro wall, but I think we have more space over here by Victory.”

Organizations used inventive tactics to draw attention to their booths and tables. Some students offered candy and flyers while others gained attention by juggling and shouting “dodgeball.” Vice President of the UNT Dodgeball Club and history senior Sam Kalash said they considered throwing the dodgeballs at passing students.

“We thought about it, but in the end we don’t trust our aim,” Kalash said. “Which I know is bad to say being part of the dodgeball club.

UNT fraternities and sororities also participated in the event.

“We’re not allowed to recruit. We’re only allowed to wear letters and everybody else has to go to the Panhellenic table,” said journalism junior Caitlyn Jones, a member of Alpha Delta Pi. “That’s just for the sororities, but the fraternities can do whatever they want. For other organizations it helps out, it gets the word out. It gets people excited about the school year and excited to join all these cool clubs that are offered.”

Psychology freshman Hayli Boren said she attended Mean Green Fling to get involved.

Photo By Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

“I did band in high school and newspaper, so I always had that sense of community,” Boren said. “I transferred too late because I was going to Dallas Baptist University and then I just changed to UNT two weeks ago and so I missed all the band stuff. I hope that I’ll be able to find some stuff out here that I can get plugged in to because I don’t know what I’m going to do without that sense of community.”

The University Program Council and DentonRadio.com sponsored the live musical entertainment. UPC President Lucy Hill said they paid $100 for each band that performed including Gravity Feed and Zack Balch. There were also two DJ’s that performed for students.

Students could swipe their UNT identification card and gain access to the free food. The menu included barbeque sandwiches, baked potato chips and Scrappy’s ice cream.

Associate Director of Resident Dining Services Peter Balabuch said well over 5,000 students were served.

Photo By Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

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