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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 15 March 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 55


The Second Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta is Coming!

The Second Annual Grand, Spectacular, and Absolutely Fabulous Buffalo Creek Regatta will take place on Saturday, April 13th! This is one of the highlights of the College year (and the University year, too), and people from all around the University and the city of Greensboro will be there! All activities will take place along Buffalo Creek behind Moore-Strong Hall. A cookout will begin at 12:30 p.m. along with assorted outdoor games, and the races themselves will start at 2:00 p.m. Bring your friends, bring your family, and spend a lovely afternoon in the most beautiful part of our whole campus.

Everyone (that means you!) is encouraged to enter a boat; the rules in brief are: (1) maximum boat size: 8 × 4 inches; (2) no powered boats, although sails are permitted; (3) all boats must register and be inspected at the time of the race by the Officials. Lots of prizes will be awarded, and the overall fastest boat will win the internationally-celebrated title “Head of the Buffalo”!

Do you want eternal fame? The Buffalo Creek Regatta is your chance! (Last year we were on the six o’clock TV news, and made the front page of the Greensboro News & Record in color!) Come to Tea this week for more details and to start crafting your boat with some free boat-making materials supplied by the College Council!

Library E-mail Works at Last!

Thanks to the continuing efforts of Robert Adams and his colleagues in the computer center, we at last have e-mail service available in the Strong College Library! The PC next to the printer is the one that is hooked up, and when it is first turned on a campus network menu will appear. Choose item 3 from the menu (the only item that works), and this will let you connect to either Hamlet or Steffi, the two machines most people use for e-mail. And while you’re in the Library take a look around at how nice the place looks: over Spring Break a group of people including Piotr Chruszczewski, Kim Hathcock, Bob O’Hara, and Cliff Rhodes packed the many books for which we have no shelf space into a storage closet, and brought in a very nice new work table that we acquired from University surplus. (And to make room they moved one of the round tables that was in the Library down to the Star Chamber, where it has made a great extra table for studying or card playing. The Star Chamber is really starting to shape up, too!) (It takes a long time to build a College.)

The Office of Admissions is Looking for Volunteers

Would you like to serve the University, meet new people, and have fun? The Office of Admissions is looking for leaders of campus tours! They are hosting two Open House programs on Friday, March 22nd, and on Friday, April 12th. The University Ambassadors will be helping to train additional tour guides for these well-attended events. Tours will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at each event. Training sessions for tour guides will be offered the week of the program. Please contact Rhea Egbert or John Bau in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (x5243) if you are interested in this leadership opportunity.

Ad Astra

Spring is here, and the camellias in our West Woods are coming into beautiful bloom. Some were frozen in the cold snap a few days ago, but many more are on the way. Don’t miss them!

Laura Hill donated a copy of The Road to Salem to the College Library—thank you!


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is from Thomas Moore’s Irish ballad “The Minstrel Boy”; Dr. O’Hara dedicates it to the students of Strong College:

The minstrel boy to the war has gone
In the ranks of death ye shall find him;
His father’s sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him.

“Land of song!” sang the warrior bard,
“Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword at least thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!”



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, 18 March

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

Tuesday, 19 March

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: 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, 20 March

8:00 p.m. until we get tired, Game Room: The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is open for your enjoyment and caffeination. Come to calm down or wind up, study or stare into space, play cards or listen to music, think or not think, talk or not talk. (Tim Owens)

Friday, 22 March

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: X-Files Friday Night! Join your fellow Strong Collegians for X-FilesFriday Night! (Kelly Woodfin)

Saturday, 23 March

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

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. I think I drank too much green root beer. Give me a home where the buffalo roam. Keep from freezing. No customers need apply. Beware of flying hearts. All trademarks are the property of their owners. Do not inhale. This does not represent the official policy of James Elroy Flecker, the Henley Royal Regatta or Buffalo, New York. Not a significant source of calories. Very low sodium. Contains no squid. No one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian. $82.50. Keep out of reach of parking lots. May suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Test on an inconspicuous spot. Refrigerate after opening. Wait three minutes before restarting. Good while supplies last. Rules subject to change without notice. The right of translation is reserved. Division I crew by 2001. Suicide limitations vary by state. Store in a cool dry place. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Good day, Voyager.

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