The following are links to news stories featuring UNT people and programs, as well as stories of general interest to the higher education community.

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What Does a Diverse Hollywood Look Like? This Brooklyn Film School

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

By Helene Stapinski

Amanda Reyes was auditioning for her umpteenth acting role in New York City recently when the casting director asked her to “be more ghetto.” It was nothing new. She had worked for several years in Los Angeles, and the acting parts for Latinas were for teenage moms, gang bangers and hustlers — never the protagonist — and more often than not, an offensive stereotype.

“I go through this almost every audition,”...

UNT breaks ground on $49M project

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 - 11:09pm

By Jenna Duncan

University of North Texas officials conducted a groundbreaking event Monday for their latest project: a tour center and residence hall, set to open in fall 2018.

The residence hall will be for freshman students and is designed to foster inclusiveness and community, said Gina Vanacore, director of housing. There will be beds for 500 students, with two students per room. These will be sectioned off in pods — clusters of 20 rooms plus designated bathrooms, study areas and common spaces.

“Pod style is just a term we use in the industry for creating units that break down the community within the...

UNT, SMU extend football series through 2021

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 - 11:06pm

By Brett Vito

The football series North Texas fans wanted for years isn’t going away any time soon.

UNT and SMU announced Monday they have tacked four games on to their last agreement and now will play through the 2021 season.

UNT will host SMU on Sept. 1, 2018, and Sept. 5, 2020. The Mean Green will travel to SMU on Sept. 7, 2019, and Sept. 11, 2021.

UNT will travel to SMU for this season’s game on Sept. 9.

“I’m excited we were able to extend the SMU series,” UNT athletic director Wren Baker said via text message. “It is one that is easy to travel to for both fan bases and of interest to...

Mile walk puts eating disorders in spotlight

Sat, Feb 25, 2017 - 11:09pm

By Matt Payne

Erika Buenaflor, a speech and hearing sciences senior at the University of North Texas, has spent the past year in recovery from one of the deadliest mental illnesses in America.

She always considered herself a perfectionist growing up. She was a girl who accomplished a lot, was heavily involved and had great grades in high school through college.

But Buenaflor grew to equate her self worth to how well she matched her idea of what perfection was, which included an idealized outward appearance and weight.

“Despite all of my accomplishments, my life felt empty,” she said. “Loneliness ruled...

UNT Board of Regents approves plan for new venue, demolition of stadium

Fri, Feb 24, 2017 - 11:07pm

By Brett Vito

The University of North Texas Board of Regents approved a plan Friday to build a venue to house its women’s soccer and track and field programs.

The $11.9 million facility will be behind Warach Tennis Complex near South Bonnie Brae and Willowwood streets.

Building the venue will allow the university to demolish the remainder of Fouts Field, opening up a prime piece of land near Interstate 35E that will be converted into parking.

UNT’s track and field team currently uses Fouts Field as its home venue. Construction of the facility, which will include office space, locker rooms and meeting...

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