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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 6 February 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 112

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Love Bites!

The College Council will be sponsoring its annual Valentine’s Day Love Soirée on Friday the Thirteenth of February, at 8:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room. The theme will be “Love Bites!” Stop in at the next Council meeting in the Committee Room, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m., if you’d like to help set up, and be there on Friday for all the fun!

Visitors to Our College

On the weekend of the 14th, Strong College will be hosting a number of Merit Award finalists who are considering coming to UNCG next Fall (and we hope to Strong College also). Quite a few of our current members were Merit Award winners—please make our visitors this coming weekend feel welcome and at home! Would you yourself like to host one of the visitors? If so, stop by the College Office and speak to David Norton, who is coordinating the visits along with Amanda Waterhouse, Chair of the Strong College Welcoming Committee.

Today Miss Greensboro, Tomorrow Miss World!

In a Strong College first, our own Julie Matta recently won the Miss Greensboro 1998 pageant! Congratulations! Julie will go on to compete in the Miss North Carolina pageant in June, and we wish her success indeed. Stop by the bulletin board outside the College Office to read more about Julie’s accomplishment.

Room Sign-up for Next Fall

Information about room sign-up for next fall is posted 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. Any questions may be directed to the College Office.

Ad Astra

Spread love around the College this week with miniature Valentines! For a limited time only and while supplies last, you may pick up miniature Valentine cards in the College Office to give to someone special! The first card is free, and extras are 5¢ each. Are you a secret admirer of someone? A not-so-secret admirer of someone? Then pick up a card, slip it under a door, and make your admiree smile!

Looking for an outlet for your creativity? UNCG’s century-old literary magazine, Coraddi, is accepting submissions for their next issue. The deadline is February 27th. Look for notices around campus with more details. (And don’t forget that the Cor in Coraddi stands for Cornelian!)

Our own Sara Pulley has a piece of her artwork on display in the Weatherspoon Gallery through April as part of the Art Department’s Juried Senior Exhibition. Stop by to see it, and congratulate Sara!

Tim Owens and Heather Lloyd contributed a duck-full of pennies to the endowment fund in the Office. Thank you!

Virginia, the Strong College Opossum, has been a regular late-night to the JCR windowsill by the bird feeder. Dr. O’Hara tried to take some pictures of her last week—it’s not every College that has it’s own Opossum!

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 a fragment of William Butler Yeats’s “Adam’s Curse” (1894), for Valentine’s Day and Miss Greensboro:

     That woman then
Murmured with her young voice, for whose mild sake
There’s many a one shall find out all heartache
In finding that it’s young and mild and low.
‘There is one thing that all we women know
Although we never heard of it at school,
That we must labor to be beautiful.’

I said, ‘It’s certain there is no fine thing
Since Adam’s fall but needs much laboring.
There have been lovers who thought love should be
So much compounded of high courtesy
That they would sigh and quote with learned looks
Precedents out of beautiful old books;
Yet now it seems an idle trade enough.’

We sat grown quiet at the name of love.
We saw the last embers of daylight die
And in the trembling blue-green of the sky
A moon, worn as if it had been a shell
Washed by time’s waters as they rose and fell
About the stars and broke in days and years.

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 February (Friday), 8:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Annual Valentine’s Day Love Soirée!

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