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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 27 September 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 70


The Croquet Tournament is Upon Us!

The Second Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament has arrived! Next Saturday, October 5th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., tens of thousands of Strong College people will gather on the front lawn for fun and games (all sorts of games). If you want to enter the tournament: sign up on the College Office door. If you want to help: come to Tea on Tuesday afternoon or come to the College Council meeting Tuesday night. If you just want to have fun, then just show up on Saturday! In addition to the croquet itself we will be having the ever-popular Hit-the-Stake Contest and the ever-popular Best Hat Contest with millions of categories (so be sure to put something on your head). We will need people to help with the grill and with the Hit-the-Stake Contest. Come and join in!

Strong College Sweeps the SGA (Well, almost)

No fewer than four Strong College freshmen were just elected Freshman Delegates in the UNCG Student Government Association: Jonathan Buford, Kevin Doar, Mi Sou Hood, and Shelby Scheib! Congratulations to them all!

Strong-L! (And Your Own Ethernet Connection)

Do you use e-mail? Did you know Strong College has its own place in cyberspace for College members to chat? Strong-L is our very own Strong College discussion group where we all chat about everything from poetry to politics. Go down to the bulletin board outside the College Office today and put your name and e-mail address on the Strong-L sign-up sheet and you can join in! We already have about 70 members, and we want even more!

And if you are real hard-core computer person: did you know you can get your own private ethernet connection for your computer in your room? If you want to get an ethernet connection for your own room you have to fill out a form in the IRC Office, 235 Bryan Building—and they can answer any technical questions you may have, too!

A New World Order?

From our sports reporter, Scott Thomason: “With two new members joining the NWO in just as many weeks, who will be next? ‘Nature Boy’ Rick Flair? Dallas Page? Bob ‘Dr. Death’ O’Hara? Find out Monday night in the Star Chamber, 11:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m., on WCW Monday Nitro.”

Borders Bookstore Breakaway Again!

The first Sunday of each month Strong College Fellow Pam Bulgin leads a group of bibliophiles out to Borders Bookstore for browsing, eating, and listening. Join her next Sunday, October 6th, at 12:00 noon in the Junior Common Room if you want to go! Borders has the biggest selection of books, magazines, newspapers, and music of all kinds that you will find for miles around—regular visits are an important part of a university education!

Campus Civility Report

Don’t miss Strong College’s own Josh Purvis starring in a UNCG Theatre production of the Marx Brothers musical comedy The Cocoanuts, 2–6 October in Aycock Auditorium! Honk, honk!

Melanie Abrams was able to get the College Library an autographed copy of Still Time by the photographer Sally Mann when Mann was visiting UNCG last week. Our special collection of autographed volumes for the Library is growing!

Mark Schumacher donated a new peso coin from Mexico to the Strong College coin collection, and we thank him!


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is Robert Frost’s “On Looking Up by Chance at the Constellations,” for the Strong College eclipse watchers:

You’ll wait a long, long time for anything much
To happen in heaven beyond the floats of cloud
And the Northern Lights that run like tingling nerves.
The sun and moon get crossed, but they never touch,
Nor strike out fire from each other, nor crash out loud.
The planets seem to interfere in their curves,
But nothing ever happens, no harm is done.
We may as well go patiently on with our life,

And look elsewhere than to stars and moon and sun
For the shocks and changes we need to keep us sane.
It is true the longest drouth will end in rain,
The longest peace in China will end in strife.
Still it wouldn’t reward the watcher to stay awake
In hopes of seeing the calm of heaven break
On his particular time and personal sight.
That calm seems certainly safe tonight.


Monday, 30 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 finest! (Scott Thomason)

Tuesday, 1 October

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, 2 October

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, 3 October

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

Friday, 4 October

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, 5 October

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

Sunday, 6 October

12:00 noon, Junior Common Room: Borders Bookstore Breakaway! See details above. (Pam Bulgin)

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