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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 8 November 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 75


Cinematic Excellence (a.k.a. Free Movies)

This coming Wednesday (November 13th) will be Foreign Film Night in the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar! Starting at 8:00 p.m. join Pam Bulgin and Tim Owens for a free viewing of Raise the Red Lantern, “a recent Chinese film that is haunting and tragic, but very beautiful and exotic” according to Dr. Bulgin. As always, the coffee will flow freely and be free. Broaden your horizons and join us!

Political Junkies Abounded!

Many thanks to Durenda Johnson who hosted a wildly successful election night TV hour in the Game Room to standing-room-only crowds. We hope everyone’s favorite candidate won, and if not, just have at it again next time. In Strong College we don’t look for people who never fail; we look for people who never give up.

Prospective Students are Coming!

This weekend Strong College will be hosting a number of prospective UNCG students for the University’s Focus Day. A fine Strong College group will be showing them around, so if you see them, make them feel welcome!

Do You Have Any Overdue Books?

Do you have any books from the Strong College Library that are past due? Please bring them back! If you would like to renew them just ask a Librarian to stamp the card again; otherwise just drop them off with a Librarian any time the Library is open. Thank you!

Ad Astra!

This Saturday night at Voyager (7:00 p.m. in the Star Chamber) we will have a special treat: “Romulan Ale” will be served courtesy of Michelle Marcelais. Drink up!

And not only that: Save the date of Friday, November 22nd, on your calendar for a Strong College field trip to see the world premier of Star Trek: First Contact at a theater near you. More details will be forthcoming.

Many thanks to Tomeka Blue who provided the College Office with the candidate info for election day which we put up on the Office bulletin board. It was of much use to all good citizens of Strong College!

Dr. White and Dr. Bulgin attended the National Honors Conference last week in San Francisco and came back with a spectacular sartorial present for the College. You can view it in the Office at any time.

The Borders Bookstore Breakaway last weekend was great fun. In the absence of Dr. Bulgin, away on Official Duty, Adam Cox and Kelly Woodfin took charge and did a wonderful job. Join us again next month!

The Flecker Day party at Tea last week was a grand success (including the minor-key rendition of Happy Birthday on the piano by James Smith). Dr. White reports that she spend many hours baking the birthday cake, and we have no doubt that this is true. Plans are already afoot for next year’s Flecker Day celebration.


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 Jean Toomer’s “November Cotton Flower” (1923):

Boll-weevil’s coming, and the winter’s cold,
Made cotton-stalks look rusty, season’s old,
And cotton, scarce as any southern snow,
Was vanishing; the branch, so pinched and slow,
Failed in its function as the autumn rake;
Drought fighting soil has caused the soil to take
All water from the streams; dead birds were found
In wells a hundred feet below the ground—
Such was the season when the flower bloomed.
Old folks were startled, and it soon assumed
Significance. Superstition saw
Something it had never seen before:
Brown eyes that loved without a trace of fear,
Beauty so sudden for that time of year.


Saturday, 9 November

7:00–8:00 p.m., Star Chamber: All intelligent life forms are invited to join us for Star Trek: Voyager! Romulan Ale will be served (bring your own cup). (Bob O’Hara)

Monday, 11 November

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. All Strong College people are 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, 12 November

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Tea for all members of the College. It’s the social event of the Strong College week. (Laurie White)

10:00–10:45 p.m., Committee Room: Strong College Council Meeting. We’ll be planning the Grand Holiday Tea very soon. Please join us! (Rachel Wojnar)

Wednesday, 13 November

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. This week’s movie: Raising the Red Lantern (details above). (Tim Owens)

Thursday, 14 November

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

Friday, 15 November

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

Saturday, 16 November

7:00–8:00 p.m., Star Chamber: All intelligent life forms are invited to join us for Star Trek: Voyager! (Bob O’Hara)

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. Don’t kill me, I’m too young and cute to die. Choking hazard. Product and colors may vary. This does not represent the official policy of the Republican Congress or the Democratic White House. Lots of semi-gratuitous violence and blood-letting, but with a sense of humor. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Eye irritant. 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. Good tea. Nice house. Division I Nitro by 2001! Resistance is futile. Qapla!

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