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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 25 October 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 73


The Halloween Dance Has Arrived!

The Annual Strong College Halloween Dance will take place this Saturday, October 26th, from 8:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight in the Junior Common Room. Sponsored by the College Council for the third successful year, admission to the dance is $1.00. Wear your best costumes! There will be a costume contest as always, and you just might win. (If Dave Day doesn’t capture the prize for the third time in a row.) This is a great event—don’t miss it!

Trick-or-Treat for School Children

And if the Halloween Dance doesn’t satisfy your holiday cravings, then help the College Council with the special trick-or-treat afternoon for local school children! This will be on Halloween Day, Thursday the 31st of October, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. Stop in at the Council Meeting next Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. in the Committee Room for more details. It’s fun and the little kids are great—they will really appreciate your help!

“And gentlemen in England, now abed, shall think themselves accursed they were not here!”

If you get this in time, please join us today, Friday the 25th of October, at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room for the annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Henry V. It’s a great movie and a dramatic story, and there will be free food, so don’t miss it! For Harry, England, and St. George! (And find out what this business about St. Crispin is, too.)

Campus Civility Report

Rob Furr has had several pieces of his writing appear in the premiere issue of Mythic Heroes: The Serialized Superhero Prose Alternative. Congratulations, Rob!

The Chronicle of Higher Education just had a feature article on Murray State University in Kentucky which is setting up a system of residential colleges just like Strong College. Dr. O’Hara met some of the Murray State faculty earlier this year and offered them lots of ideas. The article is posted outside the College Office for browsing.

Kim Hathcock broke two boards at once in her karate class this week, so watch out!

Did you see the pictures from the Croquet Tournament? Stop by the College Office and take a look!


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 John Keats’ spooky “La Belle Dame sans Merci”:

“O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.

“O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms!
So haggard and so woe-begone?
The squirrel’s granary is full,
And the harvest’s done.

“I see a lily on thy brow,
With anguish moist and fever dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too.”

“I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful—a faery’s child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

“I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She look’d at me as she did love,
And made a sweet moan.

“I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A faery’s song.

“She found me roots of relish sweet,
And honey wild, and manna dew,
And sure in language strange she said—
‘I love thee true.’

“She took me to her elfin grot,
And there she wept, and sigh’d full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.

“And there she lullèd me asleep,
And there I dream’d—Ah! woe betide!
The latest dream I ever dream’d
On the cold hill’s side.

“I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—‘La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!’

“I saw their starved lips in the gloam,
With horrid warning gapèd wide,
And I awoke and found me here,
On the cold hill’s side.

“And this is why I sojourn here,
Alone and palely loitering,
Though the sedge has wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.”


Saturday, 26 October

8:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Junior Common Room: Strong College Halloween Dance! See details above.

Monday, 28 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, 29 October

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Tea for all members of the College! (Laurie White)

10:00–10:45 p.m., Committee Room: Strong College Council Meeting! Please join us! (Rachel Wojnar)

Wednesday, 30 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, 31 October

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

Friday, 1 November

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

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Do not eat. Machine washable and dryer safe. Choking hazard. Product and colors may vary. This does not represent the official policy of James Elroy Flecker, Guy Fawkes, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, or the Order of the Soccer Moms. Eye irritant. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Crayons not included. Figures sold separately. Hold handrail. Easy to clean vinyl lining. This programme can be read in the dark. Will not craze most plastics. Contains no squid. Do not shake. When dry, brush lightly. The most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. Do not leave in sunlight. Vapors may cause flash fire. Made in U.S.A. Use with good ventilation. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Shown actual size. May cause burns. Read cautions on back. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. Resistance is futile. Division I pumpkin carving by 2001! Per aspera ad astra!

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