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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 27 August 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 154

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

Is your life too tranquil? Are you in need of artificial stimulants? Then the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is for you! Sponsored by the College Council, the Blue Lemur is open in the Committee Room (230, over the Game Room) every Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight or thereabouts. The coffee is free! And so is the conversation! There are board games, computer games, dim lights, and deep thoughts. Stop by every Thursday!

Monday Nights at the Lemurodeon!

And not only has the Blue Lemur opened for the year, but every Monday night in the Committee Room at 9:00 p.m. you should stop by for the free Monday night movie at the Lemurodeon. Last week’s showing was PCU (which had a few unmentionable eerie parallels to UNCG). Who knows what our own Dan Treharne has in store for next week, so keep your eyes and ears open for news and announcements!

Card Games Galore!

Feel like trying your hand at a friendly game of chance? Then join Tom Dort and other probability-minded Strong College members every Tuesday night in the Junior Common Room starting at 8:30 p.m.! This coming week, don’t miss a chance to learn canasta, and whatever else suits the fancy of all the participants. Be there!

Strong-L is for You!

Strong-L is the email chatting group for members of Strong College, and you should be on it, especially if you are one of our new members! There is a sign-up sheet on the door outside the College Office—just put your name and email address on the sheet and soon you will become one with the matrix.

Our First Star Party!

One of Strong College’s great acquisitions this summer was our very own telescope. This year we are planning to have monthly star parties (weather permitting) on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 p.m. Join us this coming Wednesday on the front lawn as we set up the telescope and see what we can see! (Cornelia Strong will be smiling on us.)

Room Change Information

If you are thinking of changing rooms for a better view, a more compatible roommate schedule, etc., etc., the date to keep in mind is Monday, August 30th, from 8:00–11:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to change rooms should come down to the JCR at that time to formally make the switch (signing in one set of keys and signing out another). The building is full, so you must make a one-for-one switch; that is, if you want to move out of room x, you must find someone in room y who wants to take your place in room x, and then you can move into room y. A sheet has been posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office for people contemplating room change, but who do not yet have someone to switch with.

Ad Astra

We have a delicious bag of fresh pistachios in the College Office courtesy of Cherry Beth Pothoff. Try some today!

A whole bunch of new pictures from Welcome Week are now on display in the College Office (and were shown last week at Tea). Stop by to have a look! Or, stop by the Albums page on the Strong College web site where a number of them have just been posted by Dr. O’Hara.

Dr. O’Hara donated an iron to the Laundry Room, so that all Strong College members can have sharp creases. (You’re welcome!)

Many thanks to Kelly Woodfin, CSC ’99, for the wonderful letter she wrote on behalf of the Class of 1999 to the incoming freshmen of the Class of 2003. Four years from now one of you freshmen can follow in her footsteps and write a letter to the Class of 2007.

Through the diligent efforts of our own Sarah Cox, Strong College has acquired a lot of new information about the family history of Prof. Cornelia Strong. Watch the usual media outlets for more information soon.

Poem-of-the-Week

The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears in this space every week. For the benefit of our new members, this week’s poem is the classic work of James Elroy Flecker, Poet Laureate of Strong College, “To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence”:

I who am dead a thousand years,
And wrote this sweet archaic song,
Send you my words for messengers
The way I shall not pass along.

I care not if you bridge the seas,
Or ride secure the cruel sky,
Or build consummate palaces
Of metal or of masonry.

But have you wine and music still,
And statues and a bright-eyed love,
And foolish thoughts of good and ill,
And prayers to them who sit above?

How shall we conquer? Like a wind
That falls at eve our fancies blow,
And old Maeonides the blind
Said it three thousand years ago.

O friend unseen, unborn, unknown,
Student of our sweet English tongue,
Read out my words at night, alone:
I was a poet, I was young.

Since I can never see your face,
And never shake you by the hand,
I send my soul though time and space
To greet you. You will understand.

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

30 August (Monday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room (230) — Monday Nights at the Lemurodeon! (Free movies!)

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

31 August (Tuesday), 5:45 p.m., Dinner at Spencers — After Tea, come join the Strong College crowd for dinner at Spencers. Freshmen who don’t have declining balance can get take-out at the Caf and bring it over to Spencers.

1 September (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Committee Room — Strong College Council meeting. Everyone is invited!

1 September (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber (362) — Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant.

1 September (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., Front Lawn — Our first Strong College Star Party! Come gaze into the sky.

2 September (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar! Come and get caffeinated!

3 September (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section of the Caf — Fellows’ Lunch, and students are welcome!

5 September (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Breakaway!

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Face up, chip first. Overexposure may result in nausea, headache, confusion, and instability. I thrive on menial labor. Recycle the Lizard. Must stay with clothes after 8:30 p.m. Edibility not known. Keep out of reach of children. From contented cows. Don’t let that quiet, fuzzy demeanor fool you. If this works out, you may be able to live in a glass ball on Mars. Promptly refrigerate unused portion. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Think continually of those who were truly great. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Per aspera ad astra!


© Robert J. O’Hara 2000–2016