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August 17, 2004 -- No. 381

Fall Fest, WOW, moving in and more
offer photo and story ideas at Carolina

From the annual alcohol-free block party celebrating the start of the school year, Fall Fest, on Sunday (Aug. 22), to a Sept. 10 battle of the bands closing out WOW, or "Week of Welcome," the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will offer plenty of visual opportunities and story ideas for reporters covering back-to-school activities.

Complete information on WOW, the university’s orientation program, is available at http://orientation.unc.edu/your_orientation/wow.html. Here are a few highlights of the week:

Moving days

Expect vans, SUVs and station wagons – Moms, Dads, siblings and more – to convoy into Chapel Hill Friday and Sunday (Aug. 20-22). Those will be move-in days at 32 UNC residence halls. Large boxes with feet will overtake the campus according to the following schedule:

New students assigned to south campus will arrive Friday and Saturday. Those residence halls are Craige, Craige-North, Ehringhaus, Ehringhaus-South, Hinton James, Hinton James-North, Morrison and Morrison-South. All are along Manning Drive.

New students assigned to residence halls on north campus will arrive Saturday. Most of those halls are along Cameron Avenue, Country Club Road and Raleigh Street.

Returning students are scheduled to arrive Sunday, at all halls.

Students assigned to Alderman, Kenan, McIver and Spencer residence halls may move in beginning Saturday.

Resident assistants will greet their new flocks, offering welcome and refreshments. On Friday, students will get a welcome from Carolina dignitaries at these times and halls:

· 10 a.m. to noon, Carmichael, Stadium Drive across from Kenan Stadium: Dr. Cynthia Wolf Johnson, associate vice chancellor for student learning, and Douglas Dibbert, president and director, alumni affairs, UNC General Alumni Association.

· 1-3 p.m., Morrison, Manning Drive: Chancellor James Moeser, with Dr. Margaret Jablonski, vice chancellor for student affairs, from 1:30-3 p.m. Jablonski, who takes office Thursday (Aug. 19), will be in one of her first meetings with UNC students.

· 1:30-3 p.m., Hinton James, Manning Drive: Dr. Robert Shelton, executive vice chancellor and provost, and Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little, dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

For information, call Rick Bradley at (919) 962-5240.

‘Hark the Sound’ of new Tar Heel voices

On Sunday, new students will receive an official welcome to campus from Chancellor James Moeser at the New Student Convocation, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center.

They’ll also have an opportunity to learn their new alma mater, "Hark the Sound."

Dr. Richard Kohn, professor of history and chairman of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, will give the convocation address on the Summer Reading Program (discussion groups are scheduled for the next day). For more information on the program and book selection, click on http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/feb04/srp022504.html.

Other featured speakers will include: Richard "Stick" Williams, chairman of UNC’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Robert Shelton, executive vice chancellor and provost; Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Matthew Calabria, student body president.

Members of the media who wish to cover the event may park in the front parking lot of the Smith Center, near the tennis courts.

Fall Fest to feature expanded ‘footprint’

Fall Fest, an alcohol-free street party that welcomes students to campus, begins at 9 p.m. Sunday on South Road.

Free games, music, food and information about campus activities again will mark the event, designed to celebrate the start of the school year and show that students can have fun without drinking alcohol. More than 150 student groups will be represented, and the Michael K. Hooker Field will feature sports activities.

The first Fall Fest, held in 1997, drew between 4,500 and 5,000 students. Last year’s event drew about 17,000, said Don Luse, Frank Porter Graham Student Union director and Fall Fest chairman.

"We have seen the program grow by about 2,500 a year," he added.

This year’s event will feature a gigantic slide and inflatable basketball shoot-out, two stages devoted to student talent – and an expanded festival "footprint" that brings the festival to the School of Government parking deck. "The program has grown each year, and this will allow us to accommodate more activities," said Luse.

The Marching Tar Heels, Carolina’s student band, will open the festivities. Chancellor James Moeser and other officials will speak to the students at the start of the event. Moeser, Dr. Margaret Jablonski, UNC’s new vice chancellor for student affairs (who takes office Thursday), and other officials also will serve as "distinguished dippers" at the ice cream vending area.

Members of the media who wish to cover Fall Fest may park on South Road on the street after 5 p.m. in the section between the School of Government and Country Club Road. Another parking option is the bus pull-off in front of Frank Porter Graham Student Union; those parking in that area should stop at the intersection of Raleigh Street and South Road and speak to the traffic control officer for specific directions.

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Contacts: Print: L.J. Toler, 919-962-8589, laura_toler@unc.edu; or Deb Saine, 919-962-8415, deborah_saine@unc.edu. For broadcast-related inquiries, Karen Moon, 919-962-8595, karen_moon@unc.edu