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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 21 March 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 87


The Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta!

At the next Strong College Tea there will be a preview of the events upcoming at the Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta on April 13th. Boat-making materials will be available for interested entrants, and the dramatic newsreels of the first Regatta two years ago will be shown. You will not want to miss it!

Power Politics

A number of Strong College students are setting examples of responsible citizenship by running for important offices in the UNCG Student Government Association. As of today we have been told about the following candidates: Durenda Johnston is running for President, Jon Buford is running for Vice President, Scott Thomason is running for Junior Delegate, and MiSou Hood and Shaneeka Moore are running for Sophomore Delegate. Polls are open in the Caf and the EUC on March 25th and 26th. Follow their example of citizenship and vote for the candidates of your choice!

Ad Astra

(Astra indeed!) A large band of Strong College folk climbed to the high roof of the McIver Building Thursday evening to view comet Hale-Bopp under the guidance of Strong College Fellow Steve Danford. It is indeed spectacular! Other viewings are being planned for next week and tentatively include an observatory trip on Wednesday evening and a viewing from Strong College itself on Thursday evening. All times and dates will depend upon weather conditions and other atmospheric problems (if the lights of the soccer stadium are polluting the entire sky nothing will be visible from Moore-Strong). Keep listening on Strong-L for more information and watch the bulletin boards near you.

We had extraordinarily delicious food at this past week’s College Tea courtesy of Strong College Fellows Joan Glynn and Laura Hill and the UNCG Alumni Association. (When you become an alumna you get to eat like that all the time.) Thank you, Joan and Laura!

Strong College Fellow Frank Woods has published a new book, Picturing a People: A History of African Americans, 1619–1900. Congratulations indeed to Frank! We hope to have a copy available in the Strong College Library soon.

The Strong College Petting Zoo has had three additions in recent weeks: a purple platypus was given to us by Daisy Cartier, a charming squirrel came from Heather Sauls, and Henley the Bear made his debut in this week’s Literary Hour courtesy of Dr. O’Hara who donated him in honor of the upcoming Regatta. Thank you all!

Frog update: “As of this week, 72 people have squeezed the frog. Our goal is 100 by the end of the semester. If you have not yet squeezed the frog come by Room 215 anytime and tell Todd[Thomason] or Andy [Winternitz] that you would like to squeeze the frog. It’s good Karma.” [It is rumored that when Todd and Andy some day graduate with honors they may actually donate the frog to Strong College so that all future generations of students can continue the College’s distinguished tradition of frog squeezing. —Ed. note]

And speaking of Andy Winternitz, his web page recently won his high school’s Best Page of the Week Award. Congratulations! To see Andy’s page follow the link on Strong College’s own page.

The Borders Bookstore Group under the leadership of Pam Bulgin departed from its usual pattern last weekend and went to the new Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Friendly Shopping Center. The verdict what that it was nice, and worth another visit sometime, but that Borders has it beaten. Have you made the bookstore run? If not, then join the next one on Sunday, April 6th. The group will be leaving from the JCR at 1:00 p.m.

Bruce Caldwell published a letter to the editor in the Greensboro News & Record this past week. Take a look at it on the bulletin board outside the College Office.


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 Thomas Hardy’s “If it’s ever spring again”:

If it’s ever spring again,
Spring again,
I shall go where went I when
Down the moor-cock splashed, and hen
Seeing me not, amid their flounder,
Standing with my arm around her;
If it’s ever spring again,
Spring again,
I shall go where went I then.


24 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)

24 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!

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

25 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)

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

27 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)

28 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.

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

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. I’m not singing any boating song. Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Do not eat. Machine washable and dryer safe. Choking hazard. Product and colors may vary. This does not represent the official policy of Gerald Finzi, the King Biscuit Poetry Hour, Rollo the Lemur©, Barbie of Borg™, or the Varmint Masters Association. Eye irritant. Crayons not included. Endorsed by writers and professional hunters everywhere. Not a significant source of calories. Easy to clean vinyl lining. Will not craze most plastics. Macarena free. Borg implants not included. “Go for it. Use your library.” Easily slips beneath outerwear. Contains no squid. Do not shake. When dry, brush lightly. The most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. Vapors may cause flash fire. Use with good ventilation. Rubber ducky, you’re the one. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Hale-Bopp / Does drop. Shown actual size. May cause burns. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Per aspera ad astra!

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