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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 27 October 1995 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 42


First Adopt-a-Friend Trip a Success

Kim Hathcock led a Strong College party out to the Well-Spring Retirement Community to meet some of the resident senior citizens of Greensboro, and all who went along had a rollicking good time. More trips will be made in the future, so there’s still a chance to sign on—just pay Kim a visit in Room 167, or call her at x1141.

Dance the Night Away

The Second Annual Strong College Halloween Dance last Thursday was a grand success! The decorations in the JCR were spectacular (a few of them are still up), the music rocked, Dr. White read palms, and the costumes were so creative they defy description. Congratulations for the second year in a row to David Day for the best costume (a corporate raider)! Strong thanks to the entire College Council, led by Sherrill Hayes, for their very hard work!

The Children Are Coming!

Mickela Smith and the College Council have organized a visit on this coming Tuesday evening by local children from the Kiser Elementary School to go trick-or-treating through Strong College. All resident students should have received information about this under their doors. If you want to participate please be sure to put the pumpkin sign on your door—it will be fun, and a great thing to do for the local community!

Keep Your Head Covered

Two sample Strong College baseball caps are now on display in the College Office (Room 140), thanks to the efforts of Danielle Dinse, merchandiser extraordinaire. Stop by and have a look! We are hoping to find about 30 people who will want to buy one so we can get them for a reasonable discount (about $13 each). Once we get enough expressions of interest Dr. O’Hara will front the money for the purchase, and (he hopes) get paid back in a reasonable period of time. Make a fashion statement! Try one of the sample caps on for size today.

Points of Light

James and Ana Maria Di Luigi, parents of our own Lisa Di Luigi, very generously donated $100 to the College this month—we plan to use it to enhance the musical life of the College. Thank you indeed!

And speaking of Lisa Di Luigi, she will be singing in the chorus in the Greensboro Opera Company’s production of La Traviata soon. Congratulations!

Beth Newell has been appointed Curator of the College Newspapers, and will be picking up our daily copy of the Greensboro News and Record and delivering it to the JCR so everyone can keep up with what’s happening in the world. Thank you, Beth! (The newspaper subscription itself was donated to us by the parents of Adam Cox.)

“We happy few”

A dedicated band of Strong College warriors celebrated St. Crispin’s Day by watching Henry V in the Star Chamber, and a larger party at Tea enjoyed a splendid fencing demonstration mounted by Ann Smith and Susan Wisser. For next year we will work on getting longbows and broadswords to round the celebration out.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is Carl Sandburg’s “Grass” (1918), for the men of Agincourt:

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.



Join your fellow Strong College members for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our section of the Caf. We eat in the raised area of the room just off the main serving room (the room to the left of the large-screen TV). See you there!

Monday, 30 October (Strong College Library open 1:00–5:00 and 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

7:00 p.m., Committee Room (230): Small-group Bible study sponsored by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For Strong College and Hawkins Hall women every Monday at this time. Contact Jena Poindexter for information.

Tuesday, 31 October (Strong College Library open 1:00–5:00 and 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Tea! Stop by the JCR for food and drink and informal conversation. It’s the social event of the Strong College week. (Laurie White)

Tuesday evening, throughout the College: Local children from the Kiser Elementary School will be trick-or-treating through Moore-Strong Hall. All resident students have received information under their doors about this fun event. Be sure to put up your pumpkin sign if you want to participate! (Mickela Smith)

9:30 p.m., Committee Room (Room 230): Strong College Council meeting. All interested students are invited to join the Council officers to plan events, and generally contribute to the life of our College. (Sherrill Hayes)

Thursday, 2 November (Strong College Library open 1:00–5:00 and 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

5:00–6:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): The Strong College Literary Hour wants you! We sit around and read favorite pieces of poetry and prose, and have a rollicking good time. Everyone is welcome to join in or just sit and listen. (And if you are lucky you may get to hold the lemur.) (Laurie White)

Friday, 3 November

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: Senior Common Room lunch, for Strong College Fellows and invited students. (We try to invite a few different students each week so most people will get an invitation over the course of the year.)

Saturday, 4 November

7:00–8:00 p.m., The Star Chamber (362): Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant. (Bob O’Hara)

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