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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 28 February 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 85


Strong College Hosts SGA Town Meeting After Break!

Under the auspices of our own Durenda Johnson (who is UNCG Student Government Vice President) Strong College will be hosting the next campus-wide UNCG Town Meeting at Tea on the Tuesday after spring break (March 11th). Tea will begin as usual at 4:30 p.m., and the Town Meeting will run from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Lots of UNCG administrators will be there, and this is your chance to ask questions about the campus and the future of the University. Come along and make your voice heard!

Valentine Souvenirs

If you were one of the lucky (?) people who had your visage displayed on a giant heart at the Valentine’s Day Love Soirée and you would like to retrieve said heart as a souvenir (or so no one else will ever see it again) then just stop by the College Office. Unclaimed hearts will go in the College scrapbook or be re-used next year.

Need to Make a Quick Buck?

The Strong College coin collection needs a bright and shiny 1997 penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar. If you are the first person to present any one of these to Dr. O’Hara he will reward you with a Strong Dollar. Check your pocket change!

Ad Astra

Strong-L never closes! Want to keep chatting with your friends over spring break? Strong-L, our e-mail discussion group, is open all year round for your thoughts and comments. If you use e-mail you should be on Strong-L!

Strong thanks indeed to all who hosted visiting high school students over the last few days for the various UNCG visitation programs. From what we hear the visitors were all very impressed and the hosts did a magnificent job. Special thanks go to our Council President Kelly Woodfinwho helped to get everyone matched up!

Sherrill Hayes will be presenting a paper at the Quint State Symposium on Child and Family Development at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on March 14th. The paper is based on his research on family attitudes and social class in southern Appalachia. Congratulations, Sherrill!

A merry band of Strong College movie goers went to see Hamlet last week at the Friendly Shopping Center. (Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a real theater here instead of far away?) Reviews were positive (especially of the popcorn supplied by Dr. White), and when Hamlet comes out on video we may have a special at-home screening.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. For spring break, this week’s poem is Robert Frost’s “To the Thawing Wind”:

Come with rain, O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
Make the settled snowbank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate’er you do tonight,
Bathe my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ice will go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Like a hermit’s crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall;
Run the rattling pages o’er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.


1 March (Saturday) — Spring Break begins. Moore-Strong Hall will remain open, but the Caf and many University offices will be closed for the week.

10 March (Monday) — Classes resume for the remainder of the semester.

10 March (Monday), 8:00–10:00 p.m., Star Chamber — WCW Monday Nitro now appearing at this time in the Star Chamber every Monday night. Come witness the future of television. (Scott Thomason)

10 March (Monday), 9:00 p.m.–late, Committee Room — The spectacular Blue Lemur Coffee Bar opens for the semester. Join Tim Owens for free coffee, music, and conversation. It’s the place to be on Monday nights!

11 March (Tuesday), 4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — the College Tea! Join all your friends for cookies and conversation. (Laurie White)

11 March (Tuesday), 10:00–11:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council meeting! All Strong College members are invited to help plan all sorts of events and activities. (Kelly Woodfin)

12 March (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m.–late, Committee Room — Poker Night! (Scott Thomason and Chris Beaver)

13 March (Thursday), 4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room — Strong College Literary Hour! We sit around and read favorite pieces of prose and verse. Everyone is welcome, so please join us! (Laurie White)

13 March (Thursday), 10:00–11:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Medical ecitement with ER! (Eric Harrington)

14 March (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College dining area in the Caf — Lunch for Strong College Fellows. Students are always welcome to join us; just pull up a chair.

15 March (Saturday), 7:00–8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Bob O’Hara and Michelle Marcelais)

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