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Published April 11, 2013, 04:16 PM

UND students aim to create arts and entertainment zone, bring new activities to area

University of North Dakota students are pushing for the creation of an arts and entertainment zone just north of campus. Student government members passed a resolution that calls for the expansion of arts and entertainment options in the area.

University of North Dakota students are pushing for the creation of an arts and entertainment zone just north of campus. Student government members passed a resolution that calls for the expansion of arts and entertainment options in the area.

The resolution calls for the current noise ordinance to be extended from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The proposed zone runs along University Avenue to Sixth Avenue North, and from University Park to Stanford Avenue. Supporters say this isn't about supporting drinking or partying, but about increasing culture.

John Mitzel, UND Interfraternity Council President: "We want to create opportunities for young people so that they have alternatives to drinking."

Eric Watne, Student Government Vice President: "What we'd really like to see is big events and creative ideas coming through. Such things as street dances, having bands come and play or reutilizing University Park."

The students hope the city council will approve the zoning change by the fall semester.

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