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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 13 February 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 113

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 feel welcome and at home! Special thanks go to all the Strong College students who will be acting as hosts: Michelle Marcelais, Jay Ewing, Donna Hamilton, Kristie Parker, Gwen Kovalak, Nikki Aquilina, Jon Buford, Amanda Waterhouse, Scott Thomason, Jennifer Parry-Hill, Becky McDonald, April Clinard, Amanda Minter, Chris Butler, Melissa Johnson, Evan Brown, Tim Williams, and Kathy Jones. And extra special thanks go to Amanda Waterhouse and David Norton who made all of the arrangements for the visits.

Lovely Thanks to All

Strong thanks indeed to everyone who helped with the delightfully ghoulish “Love Bites” dance for Valentine’s Day! It was the work of the College Council, including Scott Thomason(President), C.J. Heidel, Tim Owens, Heather Lloyd, Kelly Woodfin, Mary Minter, Bri Payne, Jon Buford, Tim Williams, Christina Caltagirone, and Amanda Waterhouse, with special thanks going to the principal deejays, Jon “Bon” Buford and Cecilia Ruth “Boogie-woogie Mama” Lance.

Bible Study

Jon Buford and Stephanie Hoover are planning a Bible study group that will meet each week in the College. The schedule is still in flux, but if you are interested just give Jon (x1141) or Stephanie (x1054) a call.

Ad Astra

The days are getting longer again which means the birds are singing again. Look and listen along Buffalo Creek for Common Grackles which have just returned from spending the winter farther south. Carolina Wrens have begun to sing in the woods behind the College as well. The sap is rising in the Sugar Maples, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are having a feast.

A student recently said in the College Office, “I never even heard of a lemur until I came here.” Do we need more proof than this of the importance of Strong College to Western Civilization?

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!)

The Senior Tutor thanks Ryan Kelly and Chris Butler who recently helped him dispose of a body.

Strong College Council President Scott Thomason recently attended a conference at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for council presidents and other residence hall officers. Thanks for representing us!

Invite a friend to Tea! Strong College members are always welcome to bring friends and family to Tea each week. The College Office has a large supply of Tea invitations which make it easier for your guest to remember when and where to come—pick a few up and invite someone to Tea!

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 “A Brook in the City” in memory of the Jefferson Street creek (ca. 10,000 BC–1997):

The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square
With the new city street it has to wear
A number in. But what about the brook
That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
I ask as one who knew the brook, its strength
And impulse, having dipped a finger length
And made it leap my knuckle, having tossed
A flower to try its currents where they crossed.
The meadow grass could be cemented down
From growing under pavements of a town;
The apple trees be sent to hearth-stone flame.
Is water wood to serve a brook the same?
How else dispose of an immortal force
No longer needed? Staunch it at its source
With cinder loads dumped down? The brook was thrown
Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
In fetid darkness still to live and run—
And all for nothing it had ever done
Except forget to go in fear perhaps.
No one would know except for ancient maps
That such a brook ran water. But I wonder
If from its being kept forever under
The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
This new-built city from both work and sleep.

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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