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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 22 November 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 77


Turning Points in Western Civilization

This very day (Friday the 22nd) a Strong College crew will be going to see the world premiere of Star Trek: First Contact at a local theater. If you are one of the happy few who gets this Newsletter the day it comes out, rush right down to the bulletin board outside the College Office and add your name to the list of people who want to go!

Welcome to Three New Senior Members

Dr. White and Dr. O’Hara are delighted to welcome three new senior members of our College. Dr. Maureen Grasso, Associate Professor of Clothing and Textiles, is a new Fellow of the College, and she will help to keep all our members properly attired. Dr. Grasso studied at Utah State and Cornell Universities and received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has been at UNCG since 1992. She has already been to Tea several times and has met a number of College members—we are very happy that she will be with us now regularly. Ms. Frances Lake and Ms. Lilly King of Greensboro, entertainers extraordinaire, are joining the College as Associates, and they will help us all stay in tune. They have provided us with delightful musical accompaniment at Tea on many occasions already, and they will be appearing again at the Grand Holiday Tea on December 10th.

Thanksgiving Break is Upon Us

The University will be closed this coming Wednesday–Sunday for Thanksgiving Break. Moore-Strong Hall will remain open for those students who must stay, but most campus offices and services will be unavailable. If you are going away, please close all windows and shut down any non-essential electrical appliances before you leave!

Ad Astra

Strong College Fellows Steve Flynn and Charles Lyons recently attended the southeastern meeting of the Association of International Educators in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Our own Renee Boyd has been appointed to the University’s 1997 Spartan Orientation Staff—congratulations!

Kim Hathcock got a 98 on a paper about Alzheimer’s disease she wrote for a nursing class—wow!

The first College Tea after we return from Thanksgiving Break will be a special one: we will be setting up and decorating our Christmas Tree! Be sure to come and help out!


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 a boating song from an obscure school in England, and it was written in the early 1800s by William Cory. By next April it will have been transformed into the Strong College boating song for the Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta, whereupon it will rise from obscurity to international fame:

Jolly boating weather
And a hay harvest breeze,
Blade on the feather,
Shade off the trees,
Swing, swing, together,
With you bodies between your knees.

Skirting past the rushes,
Ruffling o’er the weeds
Where the lock stream gushes
Where the cygnet feeds.
Let us see how the wine-glass flushes
At supper on Boveney meads.

Harrow may be more clever,
Rugby may make more row,
But we’ll row, row forever,
Steady from stroke to bow,
And nothing in life shall sever
The chain that is round us now.

Others will fill our places,
Dressed in the old light blue;
We’ll recollect our races,
We’ll to the flag be true,
And youth will be still in our faces,
When we cheer for an Eton crew.

Twenty years hence this weather
Will tempt us from office stools.
We may be slow on the feather,
And seem to the boys old fools,
But we’ll still swing together,
And swear by the best of schools.


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)

Monday, 25 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, 26 November

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Tea! This week’s Tea will be small and intimate, for the few people who are still here before the Break begins. (Laurie White)

Monday, 2 December

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)

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