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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 11 October 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 72

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fall Break is Coming

Fall Break runs from Saturday, October 19th, through Tuesday, October 22nd. Moore-Strong Hall will remain open for all Strong College members who wish to stay, but be advised that there will be no hot water in the building over the break. Some students who have to stay are planning to use the showers in the athletic buildings, which will apparently remain in operation.

Debate in the Blue Lemur!

The next presidential debate between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole will be on TV Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. (October 16th). Please join a band of Strong College politicos in the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar that evening to watch it! The coffee and the opinions will be free. All placards must be checked at the door.

“And gentlemen in England, now abed, shall think themselves accursed they were not here!”

Friday the 25th of October, just after you return from Fall Break, is St. Crispin’s Day! Join us at 8:00 p.m. for the annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Henry V in the Committee Room. For Harry, England, and St. George!

Make Your Mark in Print

The Carolinian, the UNCG student newspaper, is looking for an on-line editor, writers in all departments, and photographers. This could be your big break! Stop by room 212 in the EUC to pick up an application.

Is There a Writer in the House?

Melanie Abrams, our Administrative Assistant in the College Office and a graduate student in the M.F.A. writing program, is available to help students with writing assignments as her time permits. Bring a final draft for her to look over (no outlines or rough notes, please) during her office hours: Monday–Wednesday from 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Campus Civility Report

Officer Jerome Lee was recently appointed Community Policing Coordinator for the University Police. Fantastic!

Strong College Fellow Steve Danford was recently featured in the Triad Style newspaper—check out the copy of the story on the bulletin board outside the College Office.

In last week’s Croquet Special the name of Jill Stanton, one of the proud participants, was inadvertently omitted. The editorial staff has been duly flogged.

Poem-of-the-Week

The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week is Banned Books Week, and this week’s poem is taken from Allen Ginsberg’s frequently-banned “Howl” (1956):

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war,
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull…

ah, Carl, while you are not safe and I am not safe, and now you’re really in the total animal soup of time—
and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed with a sudden flash of the alchemy of the use of the ellipse the catalog the meter & the vibrating plane,
who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space through images juxtaposed, and trapped the archangel of the soul between 2 visual images and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping with sensation of Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Deus
to recreate the syntax and measure the poor human prose and stand before you speechless and intelligent and shaking with shame, rejected yet confessing out the soul to conform to the rhythm of thought in his naked and endless head,
the madman bum and angel beat in Time, unknown, yet putting down here what might be left to say in time come after death,
and rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of jazz in the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the suffering of America’s naked mind for love into an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani saxophone cry that shivered the cities down to the last radio
with the absolute heart of the poem of life butchered out in their own bodies good to eat a thousand years.

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

Monday, 14 October

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

11:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m., Star Chamber: WCW Monday Nitro—Professional wrestling at its finest! (Scott Thomason)

Tuesday, 15 October

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)

10:00–10:45 p.m., Committee Room: Strong College Council Meeting! Everyone is invited to help plan Strong College Social events and to meet a whole host of enthusiastic Strong College members. (Rachel Wojnar)

Wednesday, 16 October

9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room: The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is open for your enjoyment! Stop by and get caffeinated all the way until midnight. This week: the Presidential Debates, starting at 9:00 p.m.! (Tim Owens)

Thursday, 17 October

10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Star Chamber: ER Social Hour! Join us for medical excitement. (Eric Harrington)

Friday, 18 October

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: Lunch, for Strong College Fellows.

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