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Students to provide a look ‘behind the fence’ of Union construction

Students to provide a look ‘behind the fence’ of Union construction

April 07
15:03 2014

Ashley Salazar // Intern Writer

The construction around the University Union has been hidden behind fences for nearly a year, but a video series being developed by students will give the community a look at what lies behind those blue walls.

“The series is being produced to give students and the UNT community an inside look at what’s happening in the Union project,” Assistant Director for the union Steve Meehin said. “It’s a safe way for viewers to actually get ‘behind the fence’ and learn about the project, directly from the source. More importantly, viewers will be able to see the project.”

The hosts of the series, aptly titled “Behind the Fence,” will talk to project managers, construction workers, union administration and students to provide information as well as perspective on the project. As more of the union is built, it will give viewers first-look exclusives at the new space.

“Students deserve to see what is happening with their student fee dollars,” Union Director Zane Reif said. “Without being able to take all 37,000 students behind the construction fence, this will allow us to share the information with a broader group and keep everyone as informed as possible.”

Hospitality management sophomore Priscilla Torres is one of those students concerned about where her money is being spent.

“I will definitely watch the series. I should know what’s going on. I’m paying to go to school there,” Torres said. “I feel like part of the money I pay is for that construction.”

The UNT Union Marketing Team will produce the series. The team is made up of five to six students and Meehin, who works there full time.

The students are very passionate about the project and will write the scripts, shoot and edit the footage and serve as hosts, Meehin said.

The team for “Behind the Fence” completed casting calls and is currently finishing up auditions as they select their hosts.

“Our expectations for this series are to keep students engaged and excited about the project,” Meehin said. “Our hopes are to provide students an entertaining but informative look into the project.”

The project is still in the brainstorming stages of development. Meehin said he hopes to have the first episode ready by spring graduation.

Up-to-date info on the Union project and the latest Union news can be found through the UNT’s Union Twitter and Facebook pages.

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