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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 27 March 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 117

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SGA Elections

Preliminary results from the UNCG Student Government Association elections are in, and it looks good though not final for our leading Strong College candidates. Jon Buford came in first in the Presidential race, but there were three candidates running and Jon did not receive an outright majority so there will be a runoff. Hollie Jones came in first in the Vice Presidential race, but she also will be in a runoff with the second place finisher. Ryan Kelly and Che-Von Rodwell were elected Sophomore Delegates. The runoff elections will be held in a few days—do your civic duty and vote for the candidate of your choice!

The Regatta is Coming!

The Fourth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta is coming Sunday, April 19th! A cookout lunch for all Strong College members will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the races themselves will begin around 2:00 p.m. The rules in brief: boats may be no more than 8 × 4 inches, and must be unpowered (though sails are permitted). Keep your eyes open for more details, and come to Tea and Council for the next couple of weeks if you want to help out! If you don’t enter a boat, your grandchildren will never forgive you.

Strong College Art Show

The first Strong College Art Show will be opened at Tea on April 7th and will run until April 17th. Heather Lloyd and the College Council are sponsoring this wonderful event, and entries from Strong College members will be accepted in all media (sculpture, paintings, drawings, needlework, photographs, etc.). Fellows are especially encouraged to contribute items for the exhibit also! Entries may be left in the College Office through April 3rd; if you have questions please call Heather at x2191.

Borders Bookstore Breakaway

The next Borders Bookstore trip will be Sunday, April 5th, and will leave at 1:00 p.m. from the Junior Common Room. Don’t miss this chance to join Pam Bulgin and a host of Strong College bibliophiles for an afternoon of fun!

Honor in Abundance

Many Strong College members have received honors of one kind or another recently. Our own Durenda Johnson has been chosen to be the senior class speaker at Commencement this year, and she was also selected as one of a small number of “outstanding seniors” for the University as a whole. Yay!

UNCG’s Golden Chain honor society, which recognizes service and scholarship, has elected Adam Cox, Melissa Johnson, and Scott Thomason to membership, and has awarded honorary membership to Bob O’Hara. (A number of Strong College members are active in Golden Chain, including Sara Pulley, Renee Boyd, and Fellows Susan Shelmerdine, Laurie White, and Ginger Karb.) Congratulations to all!

No fewer than six members of Strong College have been appointed to the University’s SOS orientation staff for next year: Jeff Aguiar, Melissa Johnson, Hollie Jones, Shanta Mitchell, Che-Von Rodwell, and Richard Wilder. Well done!

Have you won an award recently? Let us know, so we can let everyone else know!

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 “The Parrot” (1909) by Strong College poet laureate James Elroy Flecker; it is the first installment in the Cornelian Literary Society’s Flecker-Across-the-Curriculum program:

The old professor of Zoology
Shook his long beard and spake these words to me:
“Compare the Parrot with the Dove. They are
In shape the same: in hue dissimilar.
The Indian bird, which may sometimes be seen
In red or black, is generally green.
His beak is very hard: it has been known
To crack thick nuts and penetrate a stone.
Alas that when you teach him how to speak
You find his head is harder than his beak.
The passionless Malay can safely drub
The pates of parrots with an iron club:
The ingenious fowls, like boys they beat at school,
Soon learn to recognize a Despot’s rule.
   Now if you’d train a parrot, catch him young
While soft the mouth and tractable the tongue.
Old birds are fools: they dodder in their speech,
More eager to forget than you to teach;
They swear one curse, then gaze at you askance,
And all oblivion thickens in their glance.

   Thrice blest whose parrot of his own accord
Invents new phrases to delight his Lord,
Who spurns the dull quotidian task and tries
Selected words that prove him good and wise.
Ah, once it was my privilege to know
A bird like this…
      But that was long ago!”

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

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

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

1 April (Wednesday), 7:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Free giveaway of $100 bills. (Cornelia Strong)

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

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

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

2 April (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Bible Study Group. (Stephanie Hoover and Jon Buford)

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

5 April (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore trip. (Pam Bulgin)

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