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Friday, 6 September 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 67


Foreign Film Festival at the Blue Lemur!

This coming Wednesday, September 11th (and on the second Wednesday of every month) Dr. Pam Bulgin and Tim Owens will host a Foreign Film Festival in the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the inaugural film this week is Burnt by the Sun, a recent Russian movie about a retired Bolshevik colonel in the 1930’s who marries the beautiful daughter of a music teacher and moves to the country. “They have a little daughter,” Dr. Bulgin reports, “through whose eyes much of the action of the story takes place. She is a charmer and a heartbreaker. This is a serious movie about a terrible time in Russian history, but it is very beautiful and contains much humor and tenderness.” And that will be Wednesday the 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Committee Room. Don’t miss it, and come back again on the second Wednesday of each month for more foreign films.

Attention Strong College Faculty Fellows

Our Friday lunches are now up and running in the Strong College area in the Caf every Friday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., and your ID cards should now be recognizable to the cashier’s computer. Please join us!

How Green is My College

Kelly Woodfin has been appointed this year’s College Horticulturalist, and she will be keeping our plants happy and green. When you see her walking around with her watering can, be sure to say thank you!

Thanks to all Strong College Librarians

The Strong College Library is off to an excellent start for the academic year under the direction of the College Librarian Cliff Rhodes and his crack team of volunteer librarians: Rebecca Baldwin, Robin Banker, Tomasz Basinski, Joy Clark, Kevin Doar, Hollie Jones, Reed Law, Shaneeka Moore, Kristie Parker, Sara Pulley, Nikki Tait, Scott Thomason, Ann Tillman, Lonnie White, and Danielle Wise. And not only the volunteer librarians but the alternates who may fill in from time to time: Renee Boyd, Jonathan Buford, Shannon Burge, Jennifer Ferguson, Amanda Frailey, Laura Geouge, Rebecca Hall, Eric Harrington, Bonnie Magee, Ray Morton, Michael Parker, Ann Smith, Mickela Smith, Jill Stanton, Ericka Stringer, Todd Thomason, Maria Tyson, Tim Williams, and Elizabeth Wilson. Strong College succeeds because so many of its members do such good service. Thanks to on and all!

And Thank You Kim!

Strong College also extends its collective thanks to our long suffering and very hard working Assistant Senior Tutor and Resident Director, Kim Hathcock, for skillfully completing this past week’s room changes in Moore-Strong Hall. We could not survive without her—what more needs to be said?

Borders Bookstore Trip a Delightful Success

Last Sunday a Strong College cohort under the leadership of Pam Bulgin and Adam Cox spent a delightful afternoon out at Borders Bookstore trying very hard not to spend whatever money they may have brought along. Did you forget to join them? All is not lost. There will be a Borders trip on the first Sunday of every month for the rest of the year—check your Strong College Calendar or watch the Newsletter for reminders, and come along!


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is Conrad Aiken’s “Hatteras Calling” (1942) in honor of Fran.

Southeast, and storm, and every weathervane
shivers and moans upon its dripping in,
ragged on chimneys the cloud whips, the rain
howls at the flues and windows to get in,

the golden rooster claps his golden wings
and from the Baptist Chapel shrieks on more,
the golden arrow into the southeast sings
and hears on the roof the Atlantic Ocean roar.

Waves among wires, sea scudding over poles,
down every alley the magnificence of rain,
dead gutters live once more, the deep manholes
hollo in triumph a passage to the main.

Umbrellas, and in the Gardens one old man
hurries away along a dancing path,
listens to music on a watering-can
observes among the tulips the sudden wrath,

pale willows thrashing to the needled lake,
and dinghies filled with water; while the sky
smashes the lilacs, swoops to shake and break,
till shattered branches shriek and railings cry.

Speak, Hatteras, your language of the sea:
scour with kelp and spindrift the stale street:
that man in terror may learn once more to be
child of that hour when rock and ocean meet.


Saturday, 7 September, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Star Chamber (362) — Star Trek: Voyager! Start the year off right. (Bob O’Hara)

Monday, 9 September, 4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162) — Strong College Literary Hour! We sit around and read favorite pieces of literature, or just listen to other people read. Everyone is invited, especially new College members—please join us! (Laurie White)

Tuesday, 10 September, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — the College Tea! Join all your friends for cookies and informal conversation. It’s the social event of the Strong College week. (Laurie White)

Tuesday, 10 September, 10:00–10:45 p.m., Committee Room (230) — Strong College Council Meeting! Everyone is invited to help plan Strong College events and get to meet a whole host of enthusiastic Strong College members. The Croquet Tournament will be here before we know it, and we will be making plans soon. Join us! (Rachel Wojnar)

Wednesday, 11 September, 7:30–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar opens with the first episode in the Strong College Foreign Film Festival, Burnt by the Sun See details above. Stop by and get caffeinated all the way until midnight. (Tim Owens)

Friday, 13 September (yikes!), 12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf — Lunch for Strong College Fellows.

Saturday, 14 September, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant. Uniform optional. (Bob O’Hara)

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