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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 14 November 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 106

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The First Annual Senior Dinner is Here

The First Annual Strong College Senior Dinner will be this coming Tuesday, November 18th. The Fellows of the College will be taking the Seniors to dinner in the Magnolia Room of the main dining hall. Seniors should meet in the JCR at the end of Tea (5:45 p.m.) and we will walk over together for dinner at 6:00 p.m.

How Green is My College

The kind generosity of Marilyn Lauritzen has turned the first floor of the College into a veritable greenhouse. A giant tree named Angus now resides in the Junior Common Room, and six other hanging plants have been distributed around the JCR, the Lobby, and the Game Room. Many thanks to Adam Cox and Jon Buford who helped to get the plants here, and to Evan Brown, Bob O’Hara, Sonya Link, and Jon Buford who bought the hangers for them and put them up around the building.

How Famous is My College

You might not know it, but Strong College is famous all around the world! So far this year our web site, and in particular our Worldwide Directory of Residential Colleges, has been visited by people from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia. Wow! And the year isn’t over yet!

StellarCon/Hexacon

Our own Evan Brown and Sachi Denison are among the organizers of a major science fiction convention happening next spring: StellarCon 22 / Hexacon ’98. This convention will take place at the Holiday Inn in High Point, and will run from 20–22 March 1998. Lots of prominent authors will be there. If you want to find out more about the convention, or about the UNCG Science Fiction Fantasy Federation which is sponsoring it, talk to Evan or Sachi.

Ad Astra

Our own Mark Schumacher appeared in a photo in the October 27th issue of Sports Illustrated. The accompanying article was about poor attendance at the Carolina Hurricanes games, a record which even Mark could not fix.

Durenda Johnson was the recipient this past month of the Young Adult Leadership Award presented by the Women’s Forum of North Carolina, a state-wide service organization. Congratulations, Durenda!

Many thanks to Amanda Waterhouse and her Welcoming Committee staff for the many tours of the College that they have continued to give through the semester for prospective students. And many thanks to Hollie Jones, Amanda Minter, and our other University Ambassadors who have also been bringing tours our way.

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’s poem is Robert Frost’s “Reluctance,” for November:

Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question “Whither?”

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

17 November (Monday), 10:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Join us for Daria. (Jennifer Rogers)

18 November (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! The social event of the College week.

18 November (Tuesday), 6:00 p.m., Magnolia Room, main dining hall — First Annual Senior Dinner. (See above)

18 November (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Scott Thomason)

19 November (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and Bob O’Hara)

19 November(Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., Star Chamber — South Park! (Ryan Kelly and the College Players)

20 November (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (to be announced)

21 November (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section in the Caf — Fellows’ and Students’ Lunch.

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