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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 3 May 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 62


August 1995

Welcome to old and new members! Welcome Kevin, Kim, and Marilyn. Grand opening Tea. Library opens. (Thank you, librarians!) Recycling begins. Strong dollars! Literary Hour resumes. More donations to the Library. College Council meetings begin. Newspaper subscription begins. Voyager! The Puzzle Board. A circulating Library! Council meetings. New subscribers to Strong-L. “Let all Cornelian voices ring / In free exultant song!”

September 1995

Azure, in sinister chief three mullets of eight points or, two and one. New pool balls! Tea. Collecting chestnuts. Barbershop harmony. The College Horticulturalists. Literary Hour. The First Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament! Sun, grass, ruts, wickets! Cookouts! Visitors! Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks to all. The Trophy! (Thank you, Laura!) Council meetings. “All for one and one for all!”

October 1995

The Chancellor’s installation! (Congratulations, Pat.) Piano recitals. Gypsyfest. The Senior Tutor’s Awards. Free key rings. Seven. Charlotte’s make-overs. McIver Conference. Welcome, Ms. Chapman! Donations to the coin collection. (You’re welcome.) Adopt-a-Friend at Well-Spring. A visitor from Poland. The Halloween Dance! Costumes, prizes! Palm reading! Decorations! Congratulations to the corporate raider. Children come to trick-or-treat. Thanks to the College Council. Fencing at Tea! Hat samples. “The fewer men, the greater share of honour!”

November 1995

An anniversary for our sister college. (Congratulations, RC.) Strong College stationery! Feeding the birds. Tea. Plants, plants, and more plants. Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Elizabeth and Al. Council meetings. Literary Hour. Fencing! A new tool box. (Thanks, Sally.) A new rug for the Game Room. (You’re welcome.) Tea. Pictures on the Web. Carolina Wrens. Turkey! Gobble, gobble, gobble. “Truth? A pebble of quartz? For once, then, something.”

December 1995

The Great Holiday Tea! (Welcome, Pat.) Musicians everywhere! Decorating the Tree! The Penny Drive! More and more plants. Dylan Thomas and a miniature tree. (You’re welcome.) Spoons for the kitchen. Generations. (Thank you, Denise.) Tea. Visiting the Observatory. (Thank you, Steve.) “And after dinner the uncles sat in front of the fire, loosened all buttons, put their large moist hands over their watch chains, groaned a little, and slept.”

January 1996

Snow! Snow! The Strong College Snow Person™. Shovelling out the front door. (Thank you, Angie.) Welcome, Frank! Welcome, Joan! The Library re-opens. More contributions to the Lemur Fund. Our web pages in the Chronicle. Ms. Cherry’s cake! A new almanac for the JCR. (You’re welcome.) The Newsletter turns 50. “And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, / And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.”

February 1996

The Senior Tutor’s Awards! (Congratulations to all.) The petting zoo grows and grows. (Thank you Mark, Jennifer, and Sherrill!) The Valentine’s Day Love Soirée. Counting pennies. The Annual Flood! Fire alarms. Chaos Reigns! (And rains!) Fire alarms. X-philes assemble for the first time! The Brief Life and Tragic Death of Mr. Squirrel. The Philosophy Club. Decoration of The Star Chamber begins. (Thanks, Dave.) More coins for the collection. The Blue Lemur opens! Caffeine! Conversation! (Thank you, Tim.) Prospective students visit. Strong College hats arrive! (Thank you, Danielle.) More and more animals in the petting zoo. Letters to Bosnia. Flecker!

March 1996

Library email at last! Camellias in bloom. Council meetings. The Unity Games. Tea. Music and more music. Fencing. The Blue Lemur. Michigan conference on residential colleges. (We’re famous!) Tea. Literary Hour. “Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage, / And make a northwest passage to the sea.”

April 1996

The Second Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta! Sun! Water! Boats! Mud! The Corps of Engineers! Food, prizes, fun and more fun. Congratulations to all the winners! Council elections! (Congratulations, Rachel!) Comedy movie marathon! Spectacular End of the Year Tea! Food! (Thank you, Council.) Jazz! The Senior Fellow’s Awards! The Penny Drive! Kim plucks Dave like a chicken on the tennis court. The Honors Convocation. “So through the night rode Paul Revere; / And so through the night went his cry of alarm / To every Middlesex village and farm.”

May 1996

The Senior’s Tea. Alumni visit! (Welcome, alumni.) Commencement! Peace and quiet. Dr. O’Hara goes to sleep.

Poem-of-the-Year (Thank You, Elroy.)

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.


Tuesday, 7 May

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Survivors’ Tea, for all remaining students. (Laurie White)

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