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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 11 April 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 90


The Regatta is Here!

The Great, Grand, Spectacular, and Fabulous Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta has arrived! The date is Sunday, April 13th, and the place is Buffalo Creek on the campus golf course behind Moore-Strong Hall. A free cookout lunch for Strong College members will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the races themselves, open to the entire campus and the local community, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Anyone may enter a boat! Boats may be no more than 8 × 4 inches and may not be powered. Dr. Tulloss will officiate and keep stray dogs, children, and professors out of the creek. In addition to the fastest boat which will receive the universally recognized title Head of the Buffalo, boats may also compete in the categories Most Original Boat and Gaudiest Boat. The Strong College Corps of Engineers will be doing clean-up work on the course the Saturday before the race—come out on Saturday afternoon and help them! If you miss the Regatta your grandchildren will never forgive you.

Council Election Coming Up

Elections for the august office of President of the Strong College Council will take place in the Junior Common Room from 6:00–9:00 p.m. on the evenings of April 15th (Tuesday) and April 16th (Wednesday). The declared candidates are: Heather Lloyd, Ray Morton, Heather Sauls and Scott Thomason. Each of them will have the opportunity to speak for two minutes at Tea next week before the voting if they wish. The Council plays an exceedingly important role in the life of the College, so pick the candidate of your choice from this outstanding slate and vote!

Wednesday Bible Study

Join Charlotte Williams and friends for Bible study with Rev. Eric Cole, Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the JCR.

Ad Astra

Donna Hamilton got a job as a counselor at Camp Easter Seal West in Virginia this coming summer working with physically and mentally disabled children. Congratulations, Donna!

Natural history notes: the small colony of Yellow-crowned Night Herons has returned to Peabody Park across the street from Strong College, and several pairs have begun building nests. Yellow-crowned Night Herons are uncommon in this area and our colony of about ten birds may be the only one in Guilford County. They feed on the crayfish in Buffalo Creek, walking along the creek bed at night. (Have no fear, our Regatta will not disturb them, although University construction this summer may.)

Comet Hale-Bopp is still clearly visible over the roof of the College every night just after sunset.


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 the Shakespearean song “Under the Greenwood Tree”:

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

Who doth ambition shun
And loves to lie i’ the sun,
Seeking the food he eats
And pleased with what he gets,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.


13 April (Sunday), 12:30 p.m., Buffalo Creek behind the College — The Grand and Spectacular Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta! Free cookout lunch for Strong College members and their guests, 12:30–1:30 p.m. while supplies last; races begin at 1:30 p.m. Your grandchildren will want to hear about it, so be there!

14 April (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)

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

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

15 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)

16 April (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Bible study group with Rev. Eric Cole, Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church. (Charlotte Williams)

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

17 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)

18 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.

19 April (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. Jolly boating weather. Major funding provided by the SCWDS. Do not eat. Machine washable and dryer safe. Choking hazard. Product and colors may vary. This does not represent the official policy of Boris the spider, Selima the cat, or Tiney the hare, may they all rest in peace. Eye irritant. Crayons not included. Endorsed by writers and professional hunters everywhere. Not a significant source of calories. Strawberry fields forever. 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. I refuse to cope with weirdness in my nightshirt. Use with good ventilation. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Hale-Bopp / Does drop. We work for smokers. 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! Division I boat racing by 2001! Per aspera ad astra!

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