The Monthly Media Roundup

JUNE 2018

As people of the modern age, we can access the whole world through a simple swipe or scroll. We can read about the global politics, listen to music from the 1970s, or binge watch cat videos. This is one of the most exciting aspects of being alive today, but it can be undeniably overwhelming. Sometimes it seems like stories, slogans, and images are constantly fighting for our attention. Additionally, the endless array of options can make deciding what to consume difficult. Well, we want to help! We are starting The Monthly Media Roundup to streamline your media selection process. Each month, we’ll put together a cultural list of pieces that are making us think, feel, and smile in hopes that you’ll like them too.

 

Here are some things we were into this month:

*Disclaimer: Some language and content may not be suitable for all ages*

 

Our choice for outstanding movie of the month:

The Incredibles 2

 

One of our favorite shows:

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2

 

An instant piece of culture that can’t be ignored:

Apesh**t Music Video

If you want to read about some things you might have missed in the video, we recommend this article.

 

A podcast we found particularly intriguing:

Hidden Brain – Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus (a podcast about the psychology behind food choices)

 

And finally, we compiled a list of a few songs our staff is listening to this month. Check it out on our Spotify:

June Jams Playlist

 

If we missed a piece of media (movies, books, songs, podcasts, memes, whatever!) that you think is utterly wonderful, let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup.

Summer Activities on a Budget

Summer is well underway, which if you’re lucky, means that you have a little more free time. If you’ve found yourself in this position and catch yourself thinking “Well, what the heck am I going to do all summer?” or “I can’t afford anything off the dollar menu, let alone any fun activities,” worry not, we’ve got a couple of (discounted) ideas for you.

What you’ll want to do is head over to this link and log in with your EUID and password. It’s the Dallas-Fort Worth activity resource page we’ve compiled especially for UNT students. If you want to manually find it, go to the UNT Union home page under the Student Affairs website and click on “Perks” under the “Things to Do” tab (pro tip: you can also find fun on-campus activities under the “Things to Do” tab, ranging from UPC and Fine Arts Events to various jazz shows in the Syndicate).

But without further ado, here are some highlights from the DFW Perks page:

Six Flags

That’s right, we’ve got Six Flags tickets at a discounted rate. Type in the provided username and password to access different ticket options. Hurricane Harbor is also included in this deal if you want to splash around and cool off in this Texas heat.

Rangers Baseball

It’s still early in the game, but you don’t want to be struggling for ideas of what to do this summer in the Bottom of the 9th. Get ahead with less expensive Rangers tickets, available on the Perks page. Follow the link and use the code given in the description to plan a knock out evening.

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If baseball really isn’t your thing though, we also have discounted FC Dallas tickets available on the Perks page as well. And trust us, they’re good seats.

Movies

Let’s face it. It’s hot outside and it’s only going to get warmer. If you want to avoid the Texas heat, then why not go see a movie? We have the DL on the best priced movies around Denton. This includes:

  • Cinemark
  • Movie Tavern
  • Silver Cinemas (the Dollar Theater located in the Golden Triangle Mall)

Catch up on the movies you might’ve missed during the busy semester. Grab us some popcorn, we’ll see you there!

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Museums

If you’re looking for an art and culture filled summer, you’re in luck because we also have A LOT of museum perks available to UNT students!  Here are the museums we have discounts for:

  • Dallas Museum of Art- Special Exhibits
  • Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • African American Museum of Dallas at Fair Park
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Take some time this summer and immerse yourself in something that can expand your mind. Keep in mind, museums have air conditioning too 🙂

Health

So now that you’ve got all this extra free time, you can’t really say “Oh, I would love to workout, I just don’t have the time!” …Right? Well, if you’re feeling up to pumping some iron or running a few miles, we’ll help give you a little extra motivation. We’ve got discounted deals on all of the following:

  • Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga
  • Crossfit Denton
  • Karma Yoga
  • CrossFit 940

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Honorable Mentions

Obviously we can’t list every single perk we have available on the site- there are just too many -but here are a few other notable options you might be interested in!

  • University Lanes Bowling
  • Rusty Taco
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Cafe Brazil
  • Bullseye Bike Shop

Go check out the UNT Union Perks page and get your summer of fun started!

 

 

Apple Teacher Certification

Do you love the Apple brand? Are you a macbook pro… pro? Well, even if you’re not, The Mainframe UNT has got a proposition for you. Every Tuesday, where there used to be Tech Tuesdays, there will now be an opportunity to earn Apple Teacher Badges. Which is arguably even more tech-y, and offers a real benefit to you. Here’s why:

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Every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 in Union 394, you can earn credits towards official micro-certifications, which with some additional online work on your part, you can earn an Apple Teacher Certification.

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an Educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

The classes are free to take, and if you finish all the courses and earn every badge, you get a very official certification card in the mail.

Becoming a certified Apple Teacher has a lot of benefits. First off, it can be listed on your résumé as a valuable skill. It shows you’re tech-savvy and capable of teaching others the skills you have learned. Even if you don’t complete all the courses required to be an Apple Teacher, you can still take advantage of the skills taught in these workshops. The badges and courses have a large variety of skills that can be useful for everyone, no matter what your major. Check them out every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm in Union 394.

How the Union Means Green

Everything you need to know about the sustainability of this grand building.

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LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

The UNT Union is still working towards that highest level, Platinum. Currently, the building has reached gold-level certification, the next-highest level.For even more information, visit here.

UNT’s efforts to make this building green start at the building materials and the interior of the building, as well as making building functions greener too.

Since we Mean Green here at the UNT Union, here’s some specific examples of how we worked extra hard to make this building as eco-friendly as possible:

  • The water fountains come with bottle-filling stations, which by Earth day tomorrow will have saved over 30,000 plastic bottles from being used. That’s a ton of waste that was kept out of the waste system!
  • The trash cans @ the Union make recycling easy! The different shaped holes correspond with what kind of waste goes where, increasing recycling in the building and making it easy for students.
  • The Union has cisterns (rain water receptacles) that collect rainwater to use for building functions.
  • 92% of the Union’s construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Bathrooms contain censored faucets, dual flush toilets and low-flow urinals.
  • The Union uses low-emitting and low-hazard materials indoors such as paints, adhesives, and carpets.
  • The Union’s 28% energy reduction is enough to power a whopping 246 homes.
  • Lights in the Union are on motion-censors to ensure the lights aren’t on when areas aren’t in use.
  • The meeting rooms in the Union sync with the room’s schedule to turn on the AC, lights and AV equipment only when meetings are scheduled.
  • As much of the old Union’s foundation and structural elements were reused in the construction of the new Union, amounting to a large amount of the current building’s materials. All the bricks you see in the new Union are from the old Union!
  • The Union also has sun panels on the top of the building.
  • The Union’s rooftop garden features native landscaping that is drought resistant and indigenous to Texas.

So while the Union’s still under consideration for the highest level of LEED certification, know that the UNT Union really does MEAN GREEN. We love our school and we love the environment. We are happy that we are able to reduce our impact on the environment while providing a great space and many great services to our students. GO MEAN GREEN and HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!
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UNT Union April Fools Prank Goes 2 Far

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Unfortunately, the UNT Union Phase 2 is an April Fool’s joke. All in good fun, the UNT Union released this blog post, detailing grandiose ideas for a Phase 2 construction set to begin in May of this year. Again, this post IS A JOKE.

We love our new Union. Now we can enjoy the full brevity of food options available to us, plenty of study and lounge space, great performances and more all right in the middle of campus. We do apologize for any unnecessary excitement, but encourage students to enjoy the many features that the Union, along with other facilities on campus, provide. Thank you for being a part of a very fun joke. APRIL FOOL’S!

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