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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 4 October 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 71


The Croquet Tournament is Upon Us!

The Second Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament is here! Come out on the lawn Saturday, October 5th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for food, fun, games, and prizes! You can still sign up on the College Office door as a late entrant if you wish—we will try to fit in as many players as we can (putting people together in teams if necessary). Don’t know the rules? You can learn them as you go along. 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! Everyone will be there!

“I Cannot Live Without Books!”

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 this 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!

UNCG Founder’s Day!

Monday, October 7th, is University Founder’s Day. Strong College invites all College members to gather at the McIver Statue in front of the Jackson Library at 11:00 a.m. for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony. Laurie White’s mother, Frances Lake, and Lilly King will be there to lead the assembled dignitaries, alumni, students and faculty in the singing of the Alma Mater. We are helping to revive the traditions of Founder’s Day! Join us!

Herculean Rumors

From our Division I sports reporter, Scott Thomason: “Rumor has it that Dr. Laurie White may be the newest member of Ric Flair’s entourage. We can neither confirm nor deny this report. To find out the truth, join us for WCW Monday Nitro in the Star Chamber, 11:00 p.m.”

Campus Civility Report

Our very own Charlotte Williams is running for Homecoming Queen, so vote early and often! We have our fingers crossed and our breath held. Good luck, Charlotte!

No fewer than three Strong College members were recently appointed as University Marshals: Kristen Leagan, Mickela Smith, and Todd Thomason. And not only that, Kathleen Lance and Danielle Wise are serving as co-chairs of the University Marshals for 1996–97. A strong congratulations to them all!

Strong College Fellow and Adopt-a-COPP Jerome Lee has just been appointed UNCG Community Policing Officer. Congratulations!

Karen Cox is working on the stage crew for the UNCG Theatre production of Cocoanuts, and Emily Gilreath is singing in the chorus. Fantastic!


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 Emily Dickinson’s “The grass so little has to do,” from the first (1890) edition of her poems:

The grass so little has to do, –
A sphere of simple green,
With only butterflies to brood,
And bees to entertain,

And stir all day to pretty tunes
The breezes fetch along,
And hold the sunshine in its lap
And bow to everything;

And thread the dews all night, like pearls,
And make itself so fine, –
A duchess were too common
For such a noticing.

And even when it dies, to pass
In odors so divine,
As lowly spices gone to sleep,
Or amulets of pine.

And then to dwell in sovereign barns,
And dream the days away, –
The grass so little has to do,
I wish I were the hay!


Saturday, 5 October

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., The East Lawn: The Second Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament! Fun, food, prizes, hats, contests, and all that is good in Western Civilization. Don’t miss it!

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

Sunday, 6 October

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

Monday, 7 October

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, 8 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, 9 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, 10 October

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

Friday, 11 October

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

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

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