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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 26 April 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 61


Grand Final Tea and Penny Drive!

The Grand, Spectacular, End-of-the-Year College Tea will take place Tuesday, April 30th, in the Junior Common Room from 4:30–5:30 p.m. This Tea will be specially catered through the generosity of the College Council (Sherrill Hayes, president), so there will be even more good food and company than there usually is at Tea. And this will be Reading Day, so no one will have to go to class! (Yay!) Come tell everyone about your papers and exams and get some free food, company, and encouragement. And give some encouragement to your College, too: Dig out that loose change from your desk drawer and bring it down to Tea as a contribution to the Strong College Endowment Fund! The Fund just passed the $100 mark, and we’re aiming for a million. A journey of a million dollars starts with a bowl of pennies—help us set an example of good stewardship for all future Strong College generations.

Honors Convocation

The University Honors Convocation will also take place on Tuesday, April 30th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. This annual convocation recognizes students and faculty throughout the University who have excelled in teaching, research, and study, and it is open to all. Our own Bruce Caldwell and Laurie White will preside (as Director and Assistant Director of the University Honors Program), and Strong College Fellow Tim Johnston will be giving the convocation address. Refreshments will be served—don’t miss it!

New Strong College Staff Members for Next Year

We are pleased to announce that Durenda Johnson (currently of Gray Hall) and Mickela Smith of Strong College will be joining the College staff next year as RAs. Mickela will be succeeding our own Kevin Howard, who will be graduating this semester, and Durenda will replace Kim Hathcock, who will taking Shirley Delva’s place as Resident Director (Shirley will also be graduating this semester). Please congratulate our new staff members, and extend the College’s best wishes to our departing graduates!

Take a Study Break Wednesday Night!

Strong College RA Charlotte Williams will be sponsoring an exam/study break on Wednesday night in the JCR beginning at 7:00 p.m, with guests from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Food, fun, and new friends! Everyone is welcome, so take a break and come down to eat, talk, and relax.

Strong College Summer!

Want to stay in touch with your fellow Strong College members over the summer? Then sign on to Strong-L, our email discussion group! Strong-L never closes, and wherever you are anywhere in the world you can join in the conversation. If you’d like to sign up, just send an email message to Dr. O’Hara and he will add you to the list. And Dr. O’Hara will also be glad to hear from anyone who will be around during the summer and who would like to do a little Strong College gardening to improve the appearance of our grounds.

Ad Astra

Doug Yorke has been elected Treasurer of both the UNCG Environmental Awareness Foundation and the Political Awareness Club for next year—congratulations!

Kami Periman has been accepted into the Walt Disney World College Internship Program for Fall 1996, and was awarded the 1996–97 Kathryn McAllister England Scholarship for Communications Studies—well done!

Anita Todd has been elected president of the UNCG NAACP chapter for next year—congratulations, Anita!

Strong College Fellow Laura Hill donated a cup of pennies to the endowment fund this week in anticipation of the Great Penny Drive, and Kelly Woodfin and Shelly McLain have counted up the new total of $112.50!


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is John Heath-Stubbs’ “To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence”:

I who am dead a thousand years
And wrote this crabbed post-classic screed
Transmit it to you—though with doubts
That you possess the skill to read,

Who, with your pink mutated eyes,
Crouched in the radioactive swamp,
Beneath a leaking shelter, scan
These lines beside a flickering lamp;

Or in some plastic paradise
Of pointless gadgets, if you dwell,
And finding all your wants supplied
Do not suspect it may be Hell.

But does our art of words survive—
Do bards within that swamp rehearse
Tales of the twentieth century,
Nostalgic, in rude epic verse?

Or do computers churn it out—
In lieu of songs of War and Love,
Neat slogans by the State endorsed
And prayers to them, who sit above?

How shall we conquer—all our pride
Fades like a summer sunset’s glow:
Who will read me when I am gone—
For who reads Elroy Flecker now?

Unless, dear poet, you were born,
Like me, a deal behind your time,
There is no reason you should read,
And much less understand, this rhyme.


Monday, 29 April

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room: Strong College Literary Hour! Everyone is welcome! (Laurie White)

Tuesday, 30 April

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Grand End-of-the-Year Tea — see details above. (Laurie White)

9:30 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, 1 May

7:00 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Study Break co-sponsored with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Everyone is welcome to stop by to eat and relax. See details above. (Charlotte Williams)

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, think or not think, talk or not talk. (Tim Owens)

Friday, 3 May

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: Senior Common Room lunch, for Strong College Fellows and invited students. (Last Senior Common Room lunch of the year.)

9:00 p.m., The Star Chamber: X-Files Friday Night! (Kelly Woodfin)

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Not for use on pets with fur or as a dessert topping. No customers need apply. All trademarks are the property of their owners. Do not inhale. This does not represent the official policy of James Elroy Flecker, the American Duct Tape Council, or Be-bop-a-re-bop Rhubarb Pies, Inc. Mind the gap. The living dead don’t do dishes. Not a significant source of calories. Very low sodium. Contains no squid. No one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian. $112.50 (Thank you Kelly and Shelly!). May suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Refrigerate after opening. Wait three minutes before restarting. Good while supplies last. Rules subject to change without notice. The right of translation is reserved. 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. Per aspera ad astra!

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