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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 28 August 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 125


Blue Lemur Opening a Grand Success

Congratulations to the College Council and the staff of the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar on their spectacular grand opening for the year! The Lemur will be open every Tuesday night from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight (after the College Council meeting) and every Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. The coffee and conversation are both free, so don’t miss it! And just before the Coffee Bar opens on Tuesday, come to the College Council meeting from 9:00–10:00 p.m. The Council is a great place to meet new people, and to help plan and organize all sorts of social events throughout the College year.

Strong-L is for You!

If you are using email then you should be on Strong-L, the Strong College discussion group! Strong-L is a virtual common room where people chat about school, art, politics, science, and everything else under the sun. Strong-L runs 365 days a year, and people chat on it seven days a week. There are already more than 100 people in the group, and you should be one of them! To get yourself added to Strong-L, just put your name and email address on the sign-up sheet on the College Office bulletin board.

The College Website

And speaking of cyberspace, did you know that Strong College has its own website? Next time you’re at a computer pay it a visit and spend a few minutes browsing around. You can find out all kinds of interesting things about the history and traditions of the College, and look at an assortment of pictures, too. (Pictures of the new students’ cookout a couple weeks ago are already there on the Album page for 1998–1999.) If you set up your own web page on the UNCG system (or elsewhere), let Dr. O’Hara know and he will make a link to your home page from the Strong College page.

A Beautiful New Tea Set

Our north housekeeper Ms. Virginia Cherry has donated to the College a beautiful new tea set from Japan. Watch for it next week at Tea, and thank Ms. Cherry for her generous gift!

Facebook Photos

If you did not get your picture taken for the Strong College Facebook during check-in week, please come down to the College Office in the evening when Dr. O’Hara is there to have it done. In the next few days we will be tracking down all the people we missed so that the facebook will be as complete as possible. Don’t be left out!

Literary Hour

The Cornelian Literary Society is now meeting every Thursday from 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Senior Common Room. It may sound formal, but in reality it’s just the opposite. In fact, it’s just a fun gathering of people who like to read serious and silly literature (sensu lato) in the company of others. You don’t have to read if you don’t want to—you can just come to listen, too. Stop by next Thursday and see what it’s all about!

Ad Astra

Please welcome a late-arriving international student to the Strong College Community: Mohamed Abdel-Halim has joined Ryan Kee in room 332D. Mohamed is originally from Egypt, but has been living for several years in Tokyo, Japan. We are glad to have him among us.

Our own LaTonya Lipscomb is planning a showing of Titanic in Strong College when the movie comes out on video in a few more days. Keep your eyes and ears open for details.

At Tea last week Dr. White awarded two spectacular Clean Shower prizes: the first went to Greg Shealy and the second to Jen Stumpf and Memory Woolen. (Dr. White, through a spokesperson, has vigorously denied rumors that she owns stock in Clean Shower. Several of her opponents, however, are calling for an independent investigation.)


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is Edgar Allen Poe’s sonnet “To Science” (1829):

Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!
Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,
Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering
To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,
Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?
And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
To seek a shelter in some happier star?
Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,
The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?


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

1 September (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Heather Lloyd)

1 September (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

2 September (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais & Bob O’Hara)

3 September (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (James Elroy Flecker)

3 September (Thursday), 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

4 September (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section in the Caf — Fellows’ & Students’ Lunch.

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