The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 34
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Student Union Evolved
As part of the New Music College Tour's
Product Showcase, Dean D. Sadler demon-
strates the wonders of Condition styling pro-
ducts to Leslie Dorn. Photo by Daniel Gibson
Robin Zaruba, program advisor for UPC, gets
a lift while decorating the Union's huge
Christmas tree in the Union Courtyard.
Photo by Daniel Gibson
_ _ hen NT students walked into the University
Union, they probably didn't think about all
the work that went into planning
and building it.
The building was completed in
spring 1949, but the planning pro-
cess began about 19 years before
that, in 1930.
So far, the Union had been ex-
panded twice, once in 1965 and
once in the early 1970's. The sec-
ond expansion project was com-
pleted in 1976.
Dr. James Rogers, who had
taught at NT as a journalism fac-
ulty member for about 13 years,
said the Union began as a World
War II army surplus building.
"The building had been a sort
of student Union for the troops,"
Students saw a need for a stu-
dent Union in 1930. A group of
students attempted to raise
$100,000 in the summer of 1931,
but the depression was too much
of an obstacle.
In August 1933, uni-
versity officials tried to
secure funds for a
union building i
Franklin D. Roose-
velt's National Recov-
ery Act, but fell short
By raising the stu-
dent activity fee from
$11 to $15 and by au-
thorizing a bond sale
of $150,000 in February
seemed closer to reali- =
However, the feder-
al government twice
denied the application
for materials to be
used in construction.
By spring 1947, plans
that had been drawn
up for the first wing of
a student union were
delayed because of
prices exceeding the
To Meet Students'
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