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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 30 January 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 111

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Borders Bookstore Breakaway!

The first Sunday of every month Strong College Fellow Pam Bulgin takes interested people out to Borders Bookstore for a couple hours of browsing and eating. Join her this Sunday, February 1st, at 1:00 p.m. in the JCR for the ride out. Borders is the best bookstore in town by far, and should be a part of every undergraduate’s education—and it’s fun too!

Love Bites!

The College Council will be sponsoring its annual Valentine’s Love Soirée on Friday the Thirteenth of February. The theme will be “Love Bites!” Watch for more details from the Council, or stop in at the next Council meeting in the Committee Room, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m., if you’d like to help!

Room Sign-up for Next Fall

Information about room sign-up for next fall was posted last week around the College. Resident members who wish to return to their current rooms should have by now returned their white housing cards to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Residents who wish to return to Moore-Strong Hall but to a different room should study the posted instructions to see when they need to sign-up. (This applies also to non-resident members of the College who wish to live in next year.) Any questions may be directed to the College Office.

First Contact!

Attention Star Trek and science fiction fans (and that would be everyone in the known universe, as far as we can tell). There will be a special showing of Star Trek: First Contact on Thursday, February 5th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room, sponsored by our own Michelle Marcelais. Resistance is futile.

Ad Astra

Please welcome yet another newly-arrived Strong College member: Matthew Yates (Rm. 220, x1048), coming to us from Bailey Hall. Stop by and say hello to him!

Our own Durenda Johnson, President of the UNCG Student Government Association, delivered her State of the Campus address to a room-filling crowd in the EUC last week. Read all about it in this week’s Carolinian, or on the bulletin board outside the College Office.

Are you doing anything for lunch on Friday? If not, why not join the Strong College Fellows at their table in the Strong College section of the Caf (the small room right behind the main serving room). A bunch of Strong College Fellows appear there every Friday at noon (and there are Strong College students in that section all the time), and when they all come together a great conversational time is had by all. Pull up a chair and join us!

Strong College was exceptionally well represented at the recent Raft Debate sponsored by the University Honors Program. Bob O’Hara, Mark Schumacher, and Jan Tulloss were participants, and the grand prize was won by (drumroll) our own Jan Tulloss! We expect this nautical experience will give her a decided edge in the Fourth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta to take place later this spring. Congratulations to Jan!

Strong-L, our Strong College discussion group, has been going great guns lately, with messages flying back and forth about Vacuumgate, Bonegate, Herongate, and dozens of other shocking scandals that threaten the very fabric of American society. If you’re a Strong College member you should be listening in (or joining in)! E-mail Tammy Thorarinson, the Strong-L manager, for information on how to subscribe.

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 “Waxwings” (1960) by Robert Francis, for the upcoming month, the academic life, and the real Cedar Waxwings of our campus:

Four Tao philosophers as Cedar Waxwings
chat on a February berrybush
in sun, and I am one.

Such merriment and such sobriety—
the small wild fruit on the tall stalk—
was this not always my true style?

Above an elegance of snow, beneath
a silk-blue sky a brotherhood of four
birds. Can you mistake us?

To sun, to feast, and to converse
and all together—for this I have abandoned
all my other lives.

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

1 February (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Breakaway! (Pam Bulgin)

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

3 February (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! It’s the social event of the week.

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

4 February (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and Bob O’Hara)

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

5 February (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (Laurie White)

5 February (Thursday), 8:00 p.m., Committee Room — Star Trek: First Contact! (See above) (Michelle Marcelais)

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

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