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Fun Fact: Sunday Fun Day will bring a small town to campus

Sunday Fun Day students move in to residence hallsCrowds of students with bulging boxes, anxious parents, a few trailers and helpful volunteers will descend on campus Aug. 21 for Sunday Fun Day. Above, volunteers in 2010.

About 4,800 students will move into 13 residence halls in preparation for the start of the fall semester. The move-in is equivalent to moving the total population of which nearby town?

A. Roanoke

B. Pilot Point

C. Decatur

D. Gainesville

The correct answer is B: Pilot Point. The City of Pilot Point, population 4,500, is 18 miles north of Denton and owes its name to its location on a ridge covered with trees. A tall cottonwood, says the Texas State Historical Association in its Handbook of Texas, was a landmark used by travelers, settlers, Native Americans and soldiers exploring the area in the early 1800s.  

Residence halls will open at 8 a.m., Aug. 21 ready for students to settle in with clothing, computers, favorite pillows, stuffed toys and mementos of home. You’ll be filled with Green Pride when you see those energetic students arriving on campus for the university's 121st year of classes.

So enter to win a UNT T-shirt to show that pride, especially on Friday Green Pride days. Send an email to InHouse with “Sunday Fun Day” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Winners will be chosen at random from all responses.

The annual moveinpalooza will aided by more than 500 volunteers, including faculty, staff and students who will greet newcomers, soothe parents and friends and give directions. An estimated 2,800 lunches will be served in Crumley Park on Sunday Fun Day to participants.

By the way, the Texas State Historical Association is located right here on campus in Stovall Hall. It’s not too late to visit Room 175 for the association’s summer book sale, which continues through Aug. 31. Books are priced as low as $1. You’ll find titles such as Women and Texas History, a collection of presentations from an association conference, and William Goetzmann’s Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West.

Those other towns? Roanoke has a population of 6,450; Decatur, 6,523; Gainesville, 16,617.

Posted on: Wed 10 August 2011

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