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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 28 March 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 88


Jolly Boating Weather!

The Grand and Spectacular Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta is coming on Sunday, April 13th. Anyone may enter a boat; all boats must be smaller than 8 × 4 inches and they must be unpowered. Fame may be waiting for you, so start working on your boat now! On the day of the Regatta we will have a free lunch starting at 12:30 p.m. along the creek for all Strong College members courtesy of the Strong College Council. The races themselves will begin at 1:30 p.m. Come to Tea or a Council meeting if you want to help—the Corps of Engineers (Tim Owens, Generalissimo) will be especially grateful for recruits who would like to help with stream enhancement.

Hail to the Chief!

Strong College’s own Durenda Johnson has been elected President of the UNCG Student Government Association! Congratulations to Durenda, and we wish her much success during her term of office! A number of other Strong College members were running for other offices in the SGA, but the results of many of these races are not yet available. We will be sure to print them in the Newsletter when all the numbers are in.

And Speaking of Presidents

The office of President of the Strong College Council is open for next year. If you are interested in running for this august and remunerative position pick up an information packet from Kim Hathcock. Our current President, Kelly Woodfin, can tell prospective candidates all the details of what the office entails.

Borders Breakaway

The April instantiation of the Borders Bookstore Breakaway will take place on Sunday, April 6th. Meet in the Junior Common Room at 1:00 p.m. sharp for the ride out to the bookstore with Pam Bulgin, Adam Cox, and their entourage. Don’t miss it!

Ad Astra

On Saturday, April 19th, an All Earth Day Celebration will take place at Guilford Courthouse National Park here in Greensboro. The March for Parks consists of 5km and 10km walks which raise funds to provide new trails for the park. If anyone is interested in pledging, donating, or even walking for this event, contact Cecilia Ruth Lance or Marshall Cheek, both of whom are on the logistics committee for this event. All help will be appreciated.

A hearty band of Strong College folk watched comet Hale-Bopp over the roof of Moore-Strong this past week and, much to his surprise, the photos Dr. O’Hara took of the comet actually came out reasonably well. Stop by the College Office to have a look at them.

Mickela Smith has been accepted into the graduate program in nutrition at Chapel Hill. Congratulations, Mickela!

Two wild hammocks were recently sighted in the woods behind our College. Wild hammocks are regular spring visitors to our grounds, and they complement the lovely azaleas, redbuds, dogwoods, and camellias that are now in bloom. (Go out and take a look: it is spectacular. But don’t frighten away the wild hammocks or wake them up if they are sleeping.)


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 taken from William Butler Yeats’ “Easter 1916”:

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven’s part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith

For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in a time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.


31 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)

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

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

1 April (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)

2 April (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)

3 April (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)

4 April (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.

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

6 April (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore trip. Meet at 1:00 for the ride out. (Pam Bulgin and Adam Cox)

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Jolly boating weather. 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. It can open doors by itself. 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. Easily slips beneath outerwear. Contains no squid. No good deed goes unpunished. 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. Division I Easter egg hunting by 2001. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Per aspera ad astra!

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