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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 16 February 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 53


The Blue Lemur

A new phase in the life of Strong College begins this week with the opening of the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. in the Game Room. Hosted by the College Council with Tim Owens and Sherrill Hayes as principal instigators this promises to be a smashing success. Be sure to stop by the Game Room to check out the scene (and, if you are so inclined, ask Tim or Sherrill how you can help).

Visitors, Visitors Everywhere

Strong College has been host to many groups of visitors in the past week—prospective UNCG students on campus for the merit scholars programs and the black student visitation weekend. Dr. White introduced many of the visiting students to Strong College and we hope to see them back here next fall. And a hearty Strong College thank you to our own students who hosted visitors in their rooms for over-night stays!

Hats Arrive This Week!

The merchandising work of Danielle Dinse will bear fruit this week with the delivery of our Strong College hats on Monday! (And thanks also to Marilyn Lauritzen for helping to close the deal, and Bob O’Hara for putting up the $400 for the initial purchase.) The hats will cost $13 each, and Danielle will be on the lookout for everyone who expressed interest in getting one. Stop by the College Office after Monday to have a look and pick yours up!

Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing!

Strong College members Celeste Barnes, Audrey Faucette, Karen Garland, Russell McCauley, Turkesshia Moore, and Nakita Pickett have been singing up a storm touring North Carolina churches and colleges in the Neo-Black Society Gospel Choir. Bravissimo!

X-Files Friday Night

Kelly Woodfin and a group of Strong College X-Files devotees have started an X-Files watching group on Friday evenings in the Star Chamber. Please join them at 9:00 p.m. for mystery and suspense!

Campus Civility Report

Gloria Gibson very kindly donated a hyalopterous lemur card from the game Magic to the Strong College collection of lemurabilia. Thank you, Gloria!

Charlotte Williams is teaching a health course at the Guilford County Health Department—well done, Charlotte.

Donations to the Strong College Petting Zoo continue to scurry in. Jennifer Massey, Shelly McLain, and Kelly Woodfin recently contributed a lively rhinoceros and bear, and Sarah Beth Yuhasz contributed a, um, large arthropod that is quite lifelike (stop by the Office if you want to see it).

And speaking of generous donations, Shannon Downer has just contributed a set of beautiful Irish coins to the College’s foreign coin collection. (Dr. O’Hara is partial to the one with a snipe on it.)


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is James Elroy Flecker’s “To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence” (c. 1910):

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 through time and space
To greet you. You will understand.



Join your fellow Strong College members for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our section of the Caf. It’s a great way to get to know people, and recognize the faces of other Strong College members. 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, 19 February

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): Strong College Literary Hour! Bring a favorite piece of literature to read, or just listen in. Everyone is welcome! (Laurie White)

Tuesday, 20 February

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)

10:00 p.m., Committee 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)

Wednesday, 21 February

8:00 p.m., Game Room (130): Grand opening of the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar! See details above. (Tim Owens)

Friday, 23 February

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 people each week so most people will get an invitation over the course of the year; see Kim Hathcock in Room 167 if you’d like to move up to the top of the list.)

9:00 p.m., The Star Chamber (362): X-Files Friday Night! Join your fellow Strong Collegians for X-Files Friday Night! (Kelly Woodfin)

Saturday, 25 February

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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