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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 20 September 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 69


William Willimon to Visit UNCG

Strong College, Residential College, and the University Honors Program are sponsoring a visit by Dr. William Willimon on Wednesday, September 25th. Dr. Willimon is Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, and co-author of The Abandoned Generation, a new book on student life in American universities. Dr. Willimon will be giving a talk at the Faculty Center at 3:00 p.m., “Rethinking Higher Education: The Role of Friendship.” Dr. Willimon is a national advocate of residential colleges, and all Strong College members are invited and encouraged to hear him speak.

Senior Tutor’s Awards

Dr. O’Hara had the pleasure of presenting the Senior Tutor’s Awards this past week to the following Strong College Students: Robin Banker, Sabrina Broselow, Monica Chew, Adam Cox, Beth Dowd, Shannon Downer, John Ebel, Susan Fry, Laura Geouge, Emily Gilreath, Tiffany Harris, Sherrill Hayes, Stacy Hicks, Pamela Jackson, Kathleen Lance, Kristen Leagan, Shelly McLain, Derek Mondeau, Brian Petras, Sara Pulley, Mickela Smith, Scott Thomason, Todd Thomason, Alison Thompson, Kimberly Thompson, Danielle Wise, and Rachel Wojnar. Each of them earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above last semester. Please extend hearty congratulations to them all!

A Television Bonanza!

Looking for diversion? Get out of your room and into the Star Chamber! There are now so many TV groups in Strong College you can join one almost every night of the week!

New on Mondays: Will Sting and Lex Luger reunite? Will the NWO crush the WCW? Will Mean Gene grow hair? These questions and more will be answered every Monday night in the Star Chamber on WCW Monday Nitro, 11:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Come join us for all the hard hitting action of WCW’s big boys. (Hey, remember, Voyager isn’t real either.) Tights and face paint optional; steel chairs recommended. (Scott Thomason)

Thursdays: Join the emergency room team in the Star Chamber for medical excitement on ER from 10:00–11:00 p.m. (Eric Harrington)

Fridays: Join Strong College X-philes for X-Files Friday Night from 9:00–10:00 p.m. (Kelly Woodfin)

Saturdays: Star Trek: Voyager in the Star Chamber from 7:00–8:00 p.m. What more is there in life? (Bob O’Hara)

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

From our reporters in the field: “Chris Beaver, Scott Thomason, and a mystery partner represented Cornelia Strong College on September 15th at the WCW Fall Brawl in Winston-Salem. Chris loved the action, but Scott said it wasn’t bloody enough for his tastes.” (Now this is a noble tradition that must continue. —Ed.)

Points of Light

Dr. O’Hara bought three cartons of books for the Strong College Library at the Jackson Library’s recent used book sale, including a science and technology encyclopedia. And many thanks also to Shannon Downer and Rob Lawter who were dragooned into helping carry them away.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually posted here. This week’s poem is the Homeric Hymn to Heracles the Lion-Hearted (ca. 600 BC; translated by Thelma Sargent), for the Monday Nitro crowd:

Heracles will I sing, son of Olympian Zeus,
Strongest by far of men who inhabit the earth,
Born to Alcmene in Thebes, city of beautiful dances,
Of her union in love with black-clouded Zeus son of Cronos.
In earlier times he roamed the unmeasured expanse
Of land and sea at the will of Eurystheus the king;
Many were the dangerous tasks he performed and much did he suffer,
But now in the lovely abode of snow-capped Olympus
He joyously lives with slim-ankled Hebe, his wife.
Hail, lord, son of Zeus; grant with prosperity excellence!


Monday, 23 September

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room: Strong College Literary Hour! We sit around and read favorite pieces of literature, or just listen to other people read. Everyone is invited—please join us! (Laurie White)

11:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m., Star Chamber: WCW Monday Nitro—Professional wrestling at its, er, finest! Tights and face paint optional. (Scott Thomason)

Tuesday, 24 September

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)

10:00–10:45 p.m., Committee Room: Strong College Council Meeting! Everyone is invited to help plan Strong College social events and to meet a whole host of enthusiastic Strong College members. (Rachel Wojnar)

Wednesday, 25 September

9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room: The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is open for your enjoyment! Stop by and get caffeinated all the way until midnight. (Tim Owens)

Thursday, 26 September

10:00–11:00 p.m., Star Chamber: ER Social Hour! Join us for medical excitement. (Eric Harrington)

Friday, 27 September

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: Lunch, for Strong College Fellows.

9:00–10:00 p.m., Star Chamber: X-Files Friday Night! The truth is out there. (Kelly Woodfin)

Saturday, 28 September

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

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