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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 15 November 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 76


First Contact!

Next Friday, November 22nd, will be a momentous day in Western Civilization, to wit, the day that Star Trek: First Contact makes its world premiere. There will be a Strong College field trip to go see it, but as the Newsletter is going to press the details are still being worked out. Please watch around the College and on Strong-L for late-breaking bulletins with all the details. Don’t miss this chance to tell your grandchildren that you were there!

What Type are You?

Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test or the Keirsey temperament sorter (which a shorter version of the Myers-Briggs test)? If so, stop by the College Office and add your name to the list of Strong College people who have been “typed.” These tests group people into sixteen different temperament types according to a variety of social and intellectual preferences. Some people find the results helpful in organizing their lives, and other people just think it’s fun. (It can be especially fun to find other people who are the same type as you.) If you haven’t tried it yet, then stop by the Office anyway because you can take an Internet version on the Office computer and get the results right away! It might determine your future destiny! Then again it might not! (And if you come out as the “INTJ” type, then Dr. O’Hara, the College’s head INTJ, just might give you a prize.)

Strong College Around the World

Strong College may be a famous place at UNCG, but did you know it is famous around the world? Our Strong College web page, administered by Dr. O’Hara, is one of the faces we present to people at other colleges and universities around the world, and so far in 1996 we have been visited by people from: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela! Have you paid us a virtual visit yet? If not, try it today!


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 from Lord Byron’s Don Juan (Canto X), for all discoverers of stars:

    …we must deem the mode
In which Sir Isaac Newton could disclose
  Through the then unpaved stars the turnpike road,
A thing to counterbalance human woes;
  For ever since immortal man hath glowed
With all kinds of mechanics, and full soon
Steam-engines will conduct him to the Moon.

And wherefore this exordium?—Why, just now,
  In taking up this paltry sheet of paper,
My bosom underwent a glorious glow,
  And my internal spirit cut a caper:
And though so much inferior, as I know,
  To those who, by the dint of glass and vapour,
Discover stars, and sail in the wind’s eye,
I wish to do so much by Poesy.

In the Wind’s Eye I have sailed, and sail; but for
  The stars, I own my telescope is dim;
But at the least I have shunned the common shore,
  And leaving land far out of sight, would skim
The Ocean of Eternity: the roar
  Of breakers has not daunted my slight, trim
But still sea-worthy skiff; and she may float
  Where ships have foundered, as doth many a boat.


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)

Monday, 18 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. 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, 19 November

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, 20 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. (Tim Owens)

Thursday, 21 November

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

Friday, 22 November

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

Saturday, 23 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)

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