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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 29 March 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 57


Fellows Attend Conference on Residential Colleges

Strong College’s own Robert O’Hara and Laurie White attended the 4th National Conference on Residential Colleges several days ago at the University of Michigan. Dr. O’Hara spoke in a session on “Looking to the Future: Residential Colleges in the Year 2000.” A display table about Strong College was set up for people from other universities to browse, and it generated much interest, as did information about our Internet directory of residential colleges like Strong College around the world. Many universities all across the country are establishing residential colleges, and Strong College members should be proud to be leaders in an important national trend to improve university life and learning. A copy of the conference program is available in the College Office for anyone who would like to look through it.

The Blue Lemur is the Place to Be

The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is open every Wednesday evening in the Strong College Committee Room (over the Game Room) from 8:00 p.m. until everyone gets tired, and with lots of free coffee that’s usually pretty late. It’s the place to see and be seen. Don’t miss it! (Movies may be shown, too!)

Piano Recital!

Our own Monica Chew will be performing piano works by Bach, Bartók, and Poulenc, with Ruskin Cooper as narrator, Friday, April 5th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hart Recital Hall (Brown Music Building). Come hear the juxtaposition of the ridiculous and the sublime!

The Unity Games are Coming!

Strong College members Anita Todd and Tiffany Harris are the co-chairs of this year’s UNCG Unity Games, sponsored by the UNCG chapter of the NAACP. The Unity Games are a day of fun events open to all members of the UNCG community, and they are designed to promote diversity, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. The Games will take place in the UNCG soccer stadium on April 20th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and both individuals and campus groups may participate. Join the fun! More information about the Unity Games is available on the bulletin board outside the College Office.

Per Aspera

Everything that could go wrong with the Newsletter last week did, from a late start to a broken printer to an empty copier. If you missed your issue you can pick up one of the extras in the College Office, or read the one on the Office bulletin board.

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara has contributed a University of Michigan glass (picked up at the above-mentioned conference) to the collection of fine china being assembled in the Senior Common Room. He also added a British ten pound note to the College coin collection (now a coin and bill collection). Can’t remember what Charles Dickens looks like? Come down to the Office and examine the collection.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is from the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (ca. 1386):

Whan that April with his showres soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr;
Whan Zephyrus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye
That sleepen al the night with open ye—
So priketh hem Nature in hir corages—
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And palmeres for to seeken straunge strondes
To ferne halwes, couthe in sondry londes;
And specially from every shires ende
Of Engelond to Canterbury they wende,
The holy blisful martyr for to seeke
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seke.



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, 1 April

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room: Strong College Literary Hour! Bring a favorite piece of literature to read, or just listen in. Everyone is welcome! Free $20 bills to all in attendance. (James Elroy Flecker)

Tuesday, 2 April

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, 3 April

8:00 p.m. until we get tired, Committee 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, 5 April

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; see Kim Hathcock in Room 167 if you’d like to move up to the top of the list.)

6:00 p.m., Hart Recital Hall, School of Music: Piano recital by Monica Chew! See details above.

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

Saturday, 6 April

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. April fool! Give me a home where the buffalo roam. Keep from freezing. No customers need apply. All trademarks are the property of their owners. Weird is part of the job. Do not inhale. This does not represent the official policy of James Elroy Flecker, the Henley Royal Regatta, or Buffalo, New York. Mind the gap. Not a significant source of calories. Very low sodium. Contains no squid. No one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian. $82.50. May suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Look left. 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 birding by 2001. Store in a cool dry place. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Resistance is futile.

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