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Students, faculty, staff and alumni join for WingSpan Week

Students, faculty, staff and alumni join for WingSpan Week

2016-04-16 Denton, TX. Wingspan 2016 University of North Texas. Frank & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism. Photo: Junebug Clark

Students, faculty, staff and alumni join for WingSpan Week
April 21
02:46 2016

Adalberto Toledo | Senior Staff Writer

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The university community celebrated UNT’s 125th anniversary last week as the University Union officially opened. Crews put the finishing touches to the exterior of the Union hours before festivities began, and students received giveaways, ate BBQ and free ice cream.

Students said they not only enjoyed the festivities but are happy the construction crews are leaving the middle of campus and the green spaces are back.

Green outside Union. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Students walk through the new South Lawn outside the Union. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

“I was here when there were tents and barricades everywhere,” biology senior Skylar White said. “I transferred last year and thought the campus looked dirty. Now it’s a lot more open and the union is really big and nice. I still get lost in it.”

The Union was transformed, adorned with green balloons and filled with alumni and students. A historical exhibit of mascot Scrappy was displayed in the art gallery inside the Union, and culminated in a table filled with Scrappy ice cream, UNT’s brand of ice cream. The exhibit told the history of the mascot, had an old costume displayed and a large, mechanical eagle bike rode around campus.

Education junior Gabby Estringel mentioned she did not attend the Wingspan Week functions but likes that the university went all out for it.

“I think it’s really cool they did show much for the anniversary,” Estringel said. “They finished the new park really quickly and I love that campus is cleaner and greener now. Now all that’s left is to tear down Willis [library].”

2016-04-16 Denton, TX. Wingspan 2016 University of North Texas. Frank & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism. Photo: Junebug Clark

Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pose during WingSpan week. Courtesy | Frank & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism-Junebug Clark

Other students were excited to see the gazebo outside the Union. It used to be outside the old union, which was torn down to make way for the newly-lain south lawn along Highland Street.

Accounting senior Zach Cunningham is happy his walks are shorter now.

“I love the new park in front of the union,” Cunningham said. “I’m in the [Business Leadership Building] all the time and now it’s a straight shot through the union to the BLB from the other side of campus. I used to have to walk around construction all the time.”

Cunningham said it was the worst when Highland Street was being repaved. He said the fence around the street often forced him to walk all the way down Highland Street to get to the BLB from Library Mall, something he does not miss anymore.

History freshman James Ross said he didn’t experience a lot of the construction around campus, but feels that the university looks way better than it did when he started last semester.

“It doesn’t even look like the same campus,” Ross said. “It looks so much smaller than it did when I first started here. I like that you don’t have to take detours and stuff.”

Ross also said the celebrations left him prouder of the university, he saw many organizations he didn’t even know existed on university day and learned a lot about the history of UNT.

Featured Image: Balloons line the main hall of the Union during WingSpan week. Courtesy | Frank & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism-Junebug Clark

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    kdt34 April 25, 19:00

    someone installed a time capsule i heard. that’s huge

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