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The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, March 17, 19873
esurs tnp fust mmmew Olyrampk festival.
Dy HOLLY BAKER
Chapel Hill town officials, local
businesses and volunteers are pre
paring the town for the 3,000 athletes
and 300,000 spectators participating
in the National Olympic Festival.
The event will be held July 13-26 in
the Research Triangle Park area.
The Chapel Hill Town Council
allocated $15,000 to beautify the
entrances into Chapel Hill at the
intersection of U.S. 15-501 and 1-40,
N.C. 54 from Raleigh, and Manning
Drive into campus, said Cassandra
Sloop, chairwoman of the Appear
Commission members hope to at
least match the $ 1 5,000 with business
and private contributions, she said.
The Town Council also commit
ted $16,000 as a safeguard against
an unexpected money shortage, said
assistant town manager Ron Secrist.
UA few years ago, we hoped the
Olympic organizers would secure the
Triangle for the 1986 festival, but
instead, it went to Houston," he said.
We were rewarded it in 1987 upon
acceptance of the Olympic organi
zers' request that Raleigh, Durham
and Chapel Hill fund $100,000
between them in case there was a
shortage of funds."
The Olympic torch will be lit from
the Olympic flame in Pike's Peak in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, and
flown to Wilmington, N.C. June 22.
The torch will then be carried
through at least 375 cities statewide.
About 25 people have already
applied for the July 16 torch run
through Chapel Hill, said torch run
coordinator Jack Hughes. About
8,000 volunteers have applied to
donate the $25 fee to carry it one
tenth of a mile, he said.
Clothing designer Alexander
Julian, originally from Chapel Hill,
designed the color scheme for the
town, featuring vivid colors of gold,
fushia, bright blue and green, said
The commission will encourage
downtown businesses to display
flower boxes or hanging plants to
match these colors or the standard
red, white, and blue of the Olympics.
They will also advise homeowners
about flowers to plant that would
coordinate with the scheme.
The town transportation officials
and the Chapel Hill Police Depart
ment are meeting regularly to discuss
security and traffic management at
The Olympic coordinators have
also appointed a security advisor to
help local officials, Secrist said.
"We are expecting a large number
of people in the community so we
have to have a lot of officials," he
The University is also getting in
on the Olympic action.
"We have never undertaken any
thing of this scope or magnitude,"
said Paul Hoolahan, Athletic Fitness
Director and chairman of Olympics
activity at UNC. "Of course, we have
basketball games with 20 to 30,000
people, but not over a period of
Chancellor Christopher Fordham
appointed a campuswide committee
to coordinate housing, traffic, enter
tainment, pfactices and the Olympic
games, he said.
"We will try not to let it interfere
with normal business on campus,
which will be summer school and
hospital activities," Hoolahan said.
North Carolina Amateur Sports
officials helped bring the festival to
the area and UNC is allowing them
to use school facilities, he said.
The University will be housing 900
athletes, who can come three days
before the games to practice and five
days ahead for team events.
The University is setting up infor
mation booths at many public events
to involve students who plan to
attend summer school, said Jane
Watson, spokeswoman for the .Uni
Several Chamber of Commerce
subcommittees are meeting with
civic groups to tell them what will
happen and how they can partipate.
They will also contact churches to
coordinate the ringing of bells in
town, possibly including the UNC
bell tower, said Kevin Biles, a
Statewide participation has been
good, with at least 4,000 volunteers
to help with the festival, he said.
"This is a tremendous opportunity
for our area so it is good to see so
many people taking advantage of the
event and participating," he said.
Christian rocker to bring the big picture to Memorial
By MARTY MICHAELS
In the wake of artists like Amy
Grant, Christian rock has become
more accessible, presenting more of
the "big picture." Tonight, musician
Michael W. Smith will paint his own
view of contemporary life with words
and music as he brings his "Big
Picture" tour to Memorial Hall. :
This 28-year-old performer has
already established his niche in
contemporary gospel music, winning
Grammy and Dove Awards and
holding the current position as the
top-selling male vocalist in the field.
In a recent telephone interview
from New York City, Smith elab
orated on the artistic vision of "Thp
Big Picture," his latest album release.
"It's a real attention-grabber," he
said. "The kid portrayed on the
album cover represents kids every
where. It's very much a Christian
album with Biblical truths, but it also
explores new aspects of what may
have become a cliche."
Smith said he had a twofold
mission: to entertain and to uphold
the responsibility to impart addi
tional experiences to the younger
generation. "We are all ministers,"
he said. "We are all there to share
our faith, to communicate a message
about Jesus to the kids."
As his career has intensified,
Smith has received an increasing
1230 p.m. Sociology Undergraduate
CTub will have a brown bag
lunch discussion in Room
210 of the Union. Dr.
Barbara Stenross will
speak about detective
work and the meaning of
guns in our society.
Graduate English Club
presents Rita Dove, author
I of "Museum, The .Yellow
Horse." She will read from
her poetry in Bingham 103.
Women's Lacrosse will
practice, weather permit
ting. If not, meet in the
Union upstairs lounge.
Women's Studies Program
presents a public lecture.
"The Creation of Patri-'"
. . . . archy," by Gerda Lerner,
fessor of History and Dis
tinguished Research Pro
fessor, University of
Wisconsin, in the Hanes
5:45 p.m. Anglican Student Fellow
ship will have its weekly
Fellowship night at the
Chapel of the Cross.
UNC College Republicans
host Ambassador Curtin
Winsor, former U.S.
Ambassador to Costa
Rica, in 209 Manning.
NCSL will meet in Room
226 of the Union. Bill
reports are due.
7:30 p.m. The Carolina Society for
Individual Liberty will
show "The Incredible
Bread Machine" in Room
218 of the Union.
8 p.m. UNC Young Democrats
will host Professor Lars
Schoultz, chairman Of the
Latin American Studies
Department, who will
speak on U.S. -Latin
Carolina Water Ski Club
officers will meet in Room
220 of the Union.
Items of Interest
All Campus Calendar announce
ments are due by noon on the day
before they are to run in the DTH.
The PreMed Pre Dent Advising
Office announces that applications for
student advisors for the 1987-88
academic year are now available in
20 ID Steele. Applications arc due.
March 27. -
volume of letters from frustrated and
despondent teenagers. He said they
"broke his heart," causing him to
direct "The Big Picture" to their
The recent rash of teenage suicide
is one of the problems ith which
Smith has gotten involved. He
responded with a positive message
to a girl who wrote hirri about her
consideration of suicide.! He said he
still keeps in touch with her, but has
trouble keeping up volume. "IVe
gotten so many responses to my
music," he said. "I can't personally
answer everyone, who writes. This
new album is my letter t6 them. Kids
start believing the trash they hear,
and I'm just trying to turn the tide."
Smith is also turning the prover
bial tide musically, fusing swirling
guitars, synthesizers and percussion
into a blend which is pure pounding"
rock V roll. He does not inject his
high-energy sound with blatantly
Christian references, preferring to
transcend the obvious with a more
personal spirituality. Smith enthusi
astically described the sound of "The
Big Picture" as "really different."
"It's on the edge both lyrically and
Michael W. Smith
musically," he said. "We'd like to see
a crossover to the pop charts happen,
but we're careful not to get dis
tracted. If it's meant to be, it will
It certainly seems as if the cross-
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over could happen, considering
Smith's strong albums and his well
established credentials. In 1978, he
made the move to Nashville's Music
City, where he became a high-profile
studio musician. After touring with
Amy Grant for two years as her
keyboardist, he released his first solo
effort, "The Michael W. Smith
Project" in 1983. For his latest
album, he employed co-producer t
John Potoker, who has worked with
the Rolling Stones, Phil Collins and
the Thompson Twins.
Growing up listening to the likes
of the Beatles, Elton John, and Bily
Joel, Smith has familiarized himself
with a wide sphere of musical impact.
He is well aware of the power of
music. "It's the most universal
language," he said. "It's undoubtedly
the best vehicle for communication,
especially for helping kids in desper-
Smith said he considers himself
particularly capable of understand
ing the difficulties of what often
seems a turbulent and changing
world. "IVe made a lot of mistakes,
and it's been a long journey ," he said.
"You live and learn." He went
through what he calls his "rebellious"
stage and experimented with drugs.
Smith said that he eventually came
to the conclusion that he wasn't
getting anything accomplished. "I
was telling others about my love for
God, but I was higrt," he said. "It
Now he finds an outlet for his
knowledge of a higher love in his
music: "It all started a massive
change of direction in my life" he
said. "Now I look straight ahead and
don't wander along the path."
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