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!

 

 

Alumni Throwback: Shane Silagi

Shane Silagi (aka Patchens), ’15

Multimedia Assistant, 2014 – 2015

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What was your fondest memory at Design Works?

All of the fun projects. I was able to work with highly creative people that I enjoyed working with. Every day was memorable, there was always something going on. I was always trying to keep up with all the creativity and it was a great place to grow. But shooting the GAP commercial was fun. I wasn’t there for it, but I edited it.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

I really enjoyed the Fine Arts project because it gave me an opportunity to talk to different people at different departments. I feel like it helped me tap into the spirit of the school itself, like it’s always been a big arts school. I loved listening to people talk about what art is and how it is a part of the Denton culture.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at Design Works?

It was my boss, Steve. This place wouldn’t be what it is without him. To come here and be given the freedom to create was great. He believed in us as a team. He is a rare boss.

Where did you go after graduating?

I cried. There was a gallon of ice cream, at least three hour showers, and we got two cats; I went through the whole grieving process and then just searched for jobs for a long time. I ended up in a customer service job back at home, at a recreation center I really liked. I enjoyed that. And now I’m a program coordinator for them, which allows me to do fun side projects for them. They don’t have a marketing team, so I’m trying to change that. I’ve also been doing some acting and stand-up comedy. I just had my first television debut on CNN. Language of Laughter* is still going strong, we’ve been doing that for three years. It’s been growing and got nothing but good coming back. We want to keep helping out the community.

How would you say that your time at Design Works prepared you for your current job?

Coming here every day and having to assess our projects and being creative, all of that was amazing. Because now I wake up with the same mindset wanting to create.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

Everything. I miss the people and the campus. It keeps growing and changing, and I love it. I miss all the fun events that happened on the side, but I’m kind of spoiled to because I get to come back to do comedy shows.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don’t get discouraged when you graduate. There’s a time frame, when you leave college, when you’re going to have to do a lot of things you don’t want to do. Don’t let that stop you, be patient. Keep working hard. You will get to where you want to be eventually, but you have to stick it out.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

A whale. An orca whale specifically because they’re at the top of the food chain, but in the ocean. I like to swim.

What’s something you could not live without?

My girlfriend.

What is on your music playlist?

Black Panther album, it’s so good.

What is your favorite color?

Pink.

What can you not leave the house without?

Water.

If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would be in a Hollywood movie.

* Language of Laughter is a non-profit organization that uses stand-up comedy as a vehicle for raising money to improve childhood literacy in local schools. Shane, along with his best friend Stu Hollowell, started Language of Laughter in 2015. Since then, they have raised thousands of dollars for Denton ISD schools, held bilingual story-times for young students, held multiple literacy workshops, and started an annual comedy festival. You can learn more about Language of Laughter on their website and facebook. Their next event will be on March 17th, 8PM – 11PM, at Tom’s Daiquiri in Denton.

 

UNTThreads: February 2018

When the calendar turned to February, we started ironing out the details of our UNTThreads campaign. The mission of the campaign is to highlight and celebrate the unique variety in style on campus. We love seeing how the students at UNT express themselves through their fashion! Check out what these creative, beautiful humans were wearing in the cold and rain this month.

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We can’t wait to see what you are wearing in March! Be on the lookout for #UNTThreads on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Ashton Priddy

Designer Profile: Ashton Priddy

If you don’t know what UNT Design Works is, you’re missing out. Run by Union Marketing, Design Works is a print shop that prints large and small format specialty print jobs, as well as operates as a graphic design firm. Services are available to students, departments, and the public. Design Works produces a lot of really great designs (hence the name) so we would like to take some time to profile the excellent designers we have on staff not just because they’re awesome but so you can see their past work and find insight on their personal style, should you like to hire them.

Ashton Priddy

ASHTON PRIDDY, SOPHMORE COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN MAJOR, INTP UNION DESIGN WORKS

ASHTON’S STRENGTHS, ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST, ARE:

  1. Adaptability
  2. Belief
  3. Empathy
  4. Intellect
  5. Connectedness

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR DESIGNER PLAYLIST?

  1. Ben Howard’s Old Pine 
  2. Bright Eyes’ First Day of My Life
  3. Jason Mraz’s Geek in the Pink
  4. The Head and the Heart’s Rivers and Roads
  5. Sleeping At Last’s Turning The Page

 

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“[The other designers and I] decided that I am a hungry albino squirrel.”

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Breakfast tacos.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“Black.”

WHAT TOOLS COULD YOU NOT DESIGN WITHOUT?

“My brain and either a computer (definitely Mac) or something to write with.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“Sweet N’ Low and Ibuprofen.”

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T A DESIGNER? 

“Photographer.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE (OR LEAST FAVORITE) TYPE FACE? 

“I like the free kind and I don’t like Myriad because it’s the default on our computers at Design Works.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A DESIGNER?

“Just making things look nice and I have a lot of fun just being creative. I like the people that I work with and the work that I do [at Design Works] while I am in college.”

You can follow Ashton online:
https://www.instagram.com/ashtondelaine/
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ashtondelaine/