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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 14 March 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 86


The Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta!

The Grand and Spectacular Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 13th. Mark your calendars now! For those few people who have been living in Plato’s Cave for the past three years, the Buffalo Creek Regatta takes place every April on Buffalo Creek on the UNCG golf course. Anyone who wishes may enter a boat. Boats may be no more than 8 inches long and 4 inches wide, and they may not be powered by any means (rubber bands, rocket engines, fish taped to the bottom, etc.). The winner will receive the internationally prestigious title Head of the Buffalo, and may be asked to appear on The Today Show. The reigning Head of the Buffalo, Bruce Caldwell, is already boasting that he will win again this year. Don’t miss this chance to demonstrate the value of predictions made by economists. In addition to the grand prize for fastest boat there will also be prizes for other categories which in the past have included “Gaudiest Boat” and “Most Original Boat.” Come to Tea to find out more, and come to any upcoming Council meeting if you want to help (as a cook, an advertising agent, or a member of the Corps of Engineers)!

Positions of Power and Influence

At the end of this very successful year Kelly Woodfin will be stepping down as President of the Strong College Council. Any power-hungry Strong College student who would like to be her successor should read the information posted outside of Kim Hathcock’s door. The Council is the prime mover behind many important College events and activities, and the Presidency of the Council is an important position of responsibility. If you think you’d like to take it on then why not run?

Strong College students with political leanings should also consider running for one of the positions open in the UNCG Student Government Association. We are well represented already in the SGA through Durenda Johnson and Jon Buford, and you should consider running for an SGA position, too! Go to the EUC for more information.

Campus Civility Report

Plans are being made to hold one or two special Strong College viewing nights for comet Hale-Bopp. Keep your eyes and ears open (and listen in on Strong-L) for later-breaking information. It won’t be back for several thousand years, so you had better see it while you can!

Dr. O’Hara is still looking for a shiny 1997 nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar for the Strong College coin collection. If you’re the first to find one of these he will reward you with a Strong Dollar.

ER will be off the air for most of March, so the Thursday night ER group under the able direction of Eric Harrington will reconvene in April.

Strong College students Kathy Jones and Mickela Smith helped to set up the Nutrition Awareness Week exhibit at Four Seasons Mall this past week. The exhibit is sponsored by the UNCG School of Nursing and Department of Food and Nutrition, and by the NC A&T Department of Food and Nutrition.

A hearty Strong College thanks to Marilyn Lauritzen who donated to us the several very attractive artificial flower arrangements that now grace the Senior Common Room.

Bob O’Hara and Coleen Johnson did some heavy lifting at the University Warehouse recently and they acquired a number of new (old) pieces of furniture for the College. As long as surplus furniture keeps showing up at the Warehouse then one day Strong College will be fully furnished!

Natural history notes: Dr. O’Hara reports that a wide variety of native wildflowers are now coming into bloom in the Peabody Park woods across the street from Strong College. Trout Lilies, Trilliums (red and white), Hepaticas, May-apples, Wild Ginger (two species), and Spring Beauties are all out for all to see. These plants are characteristic of the mature Piedmont forest that once covered this entire region, and they are one of the University’s great treasures.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is the anonymous Middle English lyric “I am of Ireland,” for St. Patrick’s Day:

Ich am of Irlonde,
And of the holy londe
Of Irlonde.
Goode sir, praye ich thee,
For of sainte charitee,
Com and dance with me
In Irlonde.


17 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)

17 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!

18 March (Tuesday), 4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — the College Tea! (Laurie White)

18 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)

19 March (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m.–late, Committee Room — Poker Night! This can be your chance to break the bank and win piles of Strong dollars. (Scott Thomason and Chris Beaver)

20 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)

21 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.

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

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