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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 1 December 1995 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 46


The Great Holiday Tea is Upon Us!

The Great, Grand, Spectacular, Strong College Holiday Tea is upon us! This coming Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. the College will assemble in the Junior Common Room for food, fun, songs, lemurs, laughter, and many other good things. A host of famous Strong College performers are scheduled to appear, including Laurie White’s mother, Frances Lake (Queen Mother to the College), who will be demonstrating where Laurie got all her talent. Kim Hathcock and Deborah Stewart will be providing special edible goodies from around the world. If you miss it, what will you tell your grandchildren when they ask why you weren’t there?

Pennies for Your College

In this season of giving don’t forget Strong College! Do you have a drawer full of loose pennies that are gathering dust, and that really aren’t good for much of anything? Collect them together and bring them to the Holiday Tea where you will be able to donate them to the Strong College endowment fund under the tree. You will be making a permanent contribution to your College, and future generations of Strong men and women will thank you!

The Beautiful Tree

At the last Tea we set up the beautiful tree in the JCR (retrieved last year at great expense by Pam Wilson from the Angolan Christmas tree mines), and we’ve been decorating it all week. Have you added an ornament yet? If not, stop by the Office and do your part to make the tree the work of our whole College.

Tell Me a Story

The Cornelian Literary Society invites everyone to a special Literary Hour this Thursday in the Senior Common Room from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Dr. O’Hara will be reading Dylan Thomas’s story A Child’s Christmas in Wales, so don’t miss it! Crunches, cracknel, humbugs, glaciers, marzipan, and butterwelsh for the Welsh.

Plants Everywhere!

Strong College is very grateful to Marilyn Lauritzen who has been filling the College up with many plants of many kinds and sizes. The place is starting to look positively green—thank you, Marilyn!

Looking for a Last Minute Present?

Strong College tee shirts, patches, and stationery make great holiday gifts! Stop by the College Office any time to buy some for your friends and family.

Ad Astra

A generous Strong College student has donated some measuring spoons and other cooking supplies to the College Kitchen. That is what Strong College is all about—thank you!

Quite a few Strong College musicians are performing in all sorts of events around campus this week. Keep your eyes out for them and give all them a big round of applause!

Strong College Fellow Denise Tucker hosted an impromptu showing of Star Trek: Generations in the Star Chamber the other day—Voyager had been preempted and this was a delightful replacement. Many thanks to Denise for making a difference.

Dr. O’Hara has donated a small Christmas tree to the Senior Common Room to be part of its permanent furnishings. Come to the special Literary Hour this week to see it in all of its delicate glory.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is E.E. Cummings’ “you shall above all things be glad and young” (1938):

you shall above all things be glad and young.
For if you’re young, whatever life you wear

it will become you; and if you are glad
whatever’s living will yourself become.
Girlboys may nothing more than boygirls need:
i can entirely her only love

whose any mystery makes every man’s
flesh put space on; and his mind take off time

that you should ever think, may god forbid
and (in his mercy) your true lover spare:
for that way knowledge lies, the foetal grave
called progress, and negation’s dead undoom.

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.


Monday, 4 December

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, 5 December

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: The Great Holiday Tea! Stop by the JCR and join the celebration. It’s the social event of the Strong College week, and this one is the social event of the entire holiday season. (Laurie White)

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, 7 December (Reading Day)

5:00–6:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): A special meeting of the Cornelian Literary Society: Dr. O’Hara will read Dylan Thomas’s story A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Everyone welcome!

Friday, 8 December (Final exams begin—good luck!)

12:00 noon, Strong College dining area in the Caf: Last Senior Common Room lunch of the term, for Strong College Fellows and invited students. (We try to invite a few students each week so over the course of the year most people will get an invitation. If you want to come to the head of the list just speak to Kim Hathcock.)

Saturday, 9 December

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

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