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Not for publication Aug. 14, 1998 -- No. 614


South Road, near the Frank Porter Graham Student Union
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus
9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16

Fall Fest 1998 offers fun way for students to start school year on the right foot

Thousands of new and returning students are expected to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Fall Fest 1998 on Sunday, August 16, an alcohol-free block party featuring concert and dance performances, a pep rally and free food.

Last year marked the event’s debut. It attracted about 5,000 students on the first Sunday before classes began -- a night traditionally associated with back-to-school partying. Classes start Tuesday (Aug. 18).

South Road near the Frank Porter Graham Student Union will be closed by 6 p.m. so students can mingle and enjoy live music, a giant inflatable slide and free pizza, ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Fall Fest specifically targets the approximately 3,400 freshmen and 900 transfer students new to UNC-CH, but it proved popular with returning students last year. Highlights will include:

Opening ceremony and pep rally: 9:15 p.m., Main Stage

Chancellor Michael Hooker will welcome students. The Marching Tar Heels will perform at 9:25 p.m. joined by Woody Durham, the Voice of the Tar Heels, Carolina cheerleaders and coaches and players from several men’s and women’s sports teams. Football coach Carl Torbush, women’s field hockey coach Karen Shelton and women’s volleyball coach Joe Sagula are scheduled to appear.

11 p.m. live shot opportunity: At 11 p.m., organizers will temporarily halt all Fall Fest proceedings to lead the crowd in the singing of "Hark the Sound," the university’s alma mater. Accompanying the crowd will be brightly peeling, new bells in the Bell Tower.

Main Stage performances: Throughout the evening, several Carolina student musical and dance groups will perform on the Main Stage. Appearing from 10:30-10:45 p.m. are Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.; 10:55-11:10 p.m. UNC Tar Heel Voices; 11:20-11:35 p.m. Modernextension; 11:45 p.m.-12 a.m. Clef Hangers; 12:10-12:25 a.m. Carolina Shag Club; 12:35 a.m. - 12:50 a.m. Loreleis; 1-1:15 a.m. Hip Hop Nation.

Second Stage performances: The Second Stage will feature local bands and student performers. Scheduled to appear are Ben Jakes from 10-10:30 p.m.; Nikki Meet the Hibachi from 10:45-11:15 p.m.; The Mending Wall from 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; Heather Russell from 12:15-12:45 a.m.; and Jonathan Kaplan from 1-1:30 a.m.

Sports and athletic demonstrations and contests: Several athletic contests and demos will take place throughout the evening. Ones with good visual appeal include:

9 p.m.-1 a.m. climbing wall, Union courtyard

9:30 p.m., basketball free-throw contest, Fetzer Gym A

10 p.m., basketball hot-shot contest, Fetzer Gym A

10 p.m., martial arts demonstrations, Fetzer courtyard

11 p.m., ultimate Frisbee demo, Fetzer courtyard

12 a.m., slam dunk competition, Fetzer Gym A

Media information: Karen Moon and L.J. Toler from News Services will staff a booth near the Main Stage on South Road. They will have information kits and schedules, and can help you find organizers for interviews. For a complete Fall Fest schedule, visit

Interviews with organizers: Several student organizers and administrators will be on-hand Sunday. Student organizers include Latasha Britt, Butch Garris and Kimberly Watkins. Administrators include Hooker; Dr. Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for student affairs; Don Luse, director of the Student Union; and Matt Sullivan, substance abuse coordinator at Student Health Services.

Parking: South Road will be closed to all traffic by 6 p.m. Marked broadcast vehicles may park on South Road sidewalks outside Carmichael Auditorium. Parking also is permitted in the residential hall lots along Raleigh Street, Cameron Road or Stadium Drive.

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Broadcast contact: Karen Moon, 218-2467 (cellular phone), 933-9277 (home)

Print contact: L.J. Toler, 219-6374 (cellular), 216-2038 (pager), 967-7970 (home)