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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 9 February 1996 | ANNUAL FLOOD ISSUE! | Newsletter No. 52


FLASH! The Great Flood of ’96 Envelops Strong College!

Last Tuesday afternoon around two o’clock a great flood swept through the central sections of Moore-Strong Hall. Broken water pipes in the attic flooded down through the third- and second-floor suites and into the Junior Common Room, soaking the carpet and destroying many of the ceiling tiles, and setting off the building fire alarm forcing an evacuation of all residents. Laurie White and Marilyn Lauritzen quickly set up a Red Cross station outside in the cold and served hot cider to all the freezing students. The alarm went off again shortly after midnight and once again drove everyone out into the cold. (Dr. White is working on an epic poem describing the whole event. She promises to complete it after she has finished The Brief Life and Tragic Death of the Lamented Mr. Squirrel.) Strong College veterans will remember another flood last year on the south wing that also ran down through all three floors and caused much damage. Students whose belongings were damaged in this week’s flood should be in touch with Shirley Delva so that restitution can be made.

The Valentine’s Day Love Soirée

The Strong College Love Soirée, sponsored last week by the College Council, was a delight for all, and especially successful was the Bluenote Coffee Bar, tended by Tim Owens and others. There is talk of making it into a regular Wednesday night attraction in the Game Room. (Dr. O’Hara wishes to call it the Strong College Fern Bar, but this name may be voted down.) Talk to Tim or Sherrill Hayes if you’d like to help out!

Lemur Fund Reaches Its Goal!

The Strong College Lemur Fund has met (and even slightly surpassed) its goal of $50 to adopt a lemur at the Duke University Primate Center! A contribution from Deb Stewart put us over the top, and Lemur Fund Treasurer Pam Jackson will soon be taking care of the necessary paperwork. Watch this space for more information about our very own (real) Strong College lemur coming soon.

X-Files Friday Night!

Kelly Woodfin and a group of Strong College X-Files devotees will be starting an X-Files watching group this coming Friday evening in the Star Chamber. Please join them! The X-Files is usually on every Friday at 9:00 p.m., but this week there will be a special double feature beginning at 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Campus Civility Report

Having determined conclusively that she exists, our own Walker Stroud has become the President of the UNCG Philosophy Club—congratulations!

Sherrill Hayes has been appointed Undergraduate Representative on the Alumni Board of the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

February is African-American History Month, and a schedule of events happening all over campus is now on the bulletin board outside the College Office.

And in connection with African-American History Month, our own Anita Todd hosted a showing of the movie Losing Isaiah—thank you, Anita!

Deborah Stewart has found the first 1996 penny and 1996D quarter for the Strong College coin collection, and has received $2Strong as her reward. Look through your loose change and if you can find any other 1996 coins that we don’t have yet Dr. O’Hara will pay you handsomely for them.

David Day and the whole crew of U.S.S. Cornelia Strong continue their magnificent decorating work in the Star Chamber.

Mickela Smith appeared on the front page of the Carolinian this week protesting the proposed increase in student fees next year.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is the anonymous seventeenth-century lyric “Weep you no more, sad fountains” (so we hope):

Weep you no more, sad fountains;
What need you flow so fast?
Look how the snowy mountains
Heaven’s sun doth gently waste.
But my sun’s heavenly eyes
View not your weeping,
That now lie sleeping
Softly, now softly lies

Sleep is a reconciling,
A rest that peace begets.
Doth not the sun rise smiling
When fair at even he sets?
Rest you then, rest, sad eyes,
Melt not in weeping
While she lies sleeping
Softly, now softly lies


Monday, 12 February

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): Strong College Literary Hour! Bring a favorite piece of literature to read, or just listen in. Everyone is welcome! (Laurie White)

Tuesday, 13 February

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Tea! Stop by the JCR for food and drink and informal conversation. It’s the social event of the Strong College week. (Laurie White)

10:00 p.m., Committee Room (230): Strong College Council meeting. All interested students are invited to join the Council officers to plan events, and generally contribute to the life of our College. (Sherrill Hayes)

Friday, 16 February

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: Senior Common Room lunch, for Strong College Fellows and invited students. (We try to invite a few different people each week so most people will get an invitation over the course of the year; see Kim Hathcock in Room 167 if you’d like to move up to the top of the list.)

8:00 p.m., The Star Chamber (362): X-Files Friday Night! Join your fellow Strong Collegians for a special double feature on this first X-Files Friday Night! We will meet every week at 9:00 p.m., but this week’s special feature will begin at 8:00 p.m. (Kelly Woodfin)

Saturday, 17 February

7:00–8:00 p.m., The Star Chamber (362): Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant. (Bob O’Hara)

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Keep from freezing. No customers need apply. If all else fails, throw some monkeys at it. All trademarks are the property of their owners. Do not inhale. This does not represent the official policy of Boutros Boutros Barbie, Mr. Squirrel, the late and much lamented Strong College Snow Person™, or the Enchanted Umbrella Forest, Inc. Not a significant source of calories. Very low sodium. Contains no squid. Keep out of reach of parking lots. No one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian. $77.50. May suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Test on an inconspicuous spot. Refrigerate after opening. Yeep, yeep, yeep. Wait three minutes before restarting. Good while supplies last. Rules subject to change without notice. The right of translation is reserved. Division III baseball by 2001. Store in a cool dry place. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Per aqua ad astra!

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