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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 25 April 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 92


Study Hard and Good Luck!

Exams are almost here. (Well, duh!) Study hard, and don’t forget to eat and sleep! If you need help studying go get it from people in your class or from your professors. There are lots of people in Strong College and the rest of the University who want to help you succeed—be sure to call on them if you need to!

The Grand and Spectacular End-of-the-Year Tea and Penny Drive!

Hard as it may be to believe, the year is almost over. But not yet! The Grand and Spectacular End-of-the-Year Tea will take place this coming Tuesday at the usual time (4:30–5:30 p.m.) in the usual place (the Junior Common Room). This is one you won’t want to miss, and because it’s Reading Day you won’t have an excuse! This will be just the break you need while studying for your exams, and there will be food, food, and more food! And on your way down to Tea don’t forget to bring your pennies! The last Tea each year is our Strong College Penny Drive to help save money for a College endowment fund. Help your College by digging out all those pennies that have been accumulating in your desk drawer all year and bringing them down to the big fishbowl at Tea. Future Cornelians will thank you indeed!

Our Proclamation!

Space limitations prevented us from printing in last week’s Newsletter the Regatta Proclamation from Carolyn Allen, Mayor of Greensboro. Here it is in full:

Greetings: On behalf of the citizens of Greensboro and the City Council, I would like to welcome everyone to the UNCG golf course for the exciting Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta. I regret that I will be out of the Country today and cannot join in the excitement. I know all of you will enjoy hosting, watching or participating in this world-class yachting event.

I am sure the competition this year will be fierce! The expertise of local yachters combined with quality crafts should offer participants and spectators an afternoon of exciting yacht races and quality entertainment.

I would like to express appreciation to the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCG for their courage and hospitality in hosting this unique event. I commend each yachter for his/her sense of fun and adventure and wish for each one a first-place finish in the Third Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta!

[signed] Carolyn S. Allen, Mayor.

Honors and More Honors

Michelle Marcelais was accepted into the National Residence Hall Honorary. She is one of only 25 students on campus so honored. Congratulations, Michelle!

Our own Jon Buford was voted Most Outstanding Delegate of the Year in the UNCG Student Government Association. Well done, Jon!


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 Christina Rossetti’s “Summer” for the months ahead:

Winter is cold-hearted,
Spring is yea and nay,
Autumn is a weathercock
Blown every way.
Summer days for me
When every leaf is on its tree.

When Robin’s not a beggar,
And Jenny Wren’s a bride,
And larks hang singing, singing, singing,
Over the wheat-fields wide,
And anchored lilies ride,
And the pendulum spider
Swings from side to side.

And blue-black beetles transact business,
And gnats fly in a host,
And furry caterpillars hasten
That no time be lost,
And moths grow fat and thrive,
And ladybirds arrive.

Before green apples blush,
Before green nuts embrown,
Why one day in the country
Is worth a month in town;
Is worth a day and a year
Of the dusty, musty, lag-last fashion
That days drone elsewhere.


27 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)

27 April (Monday), 9:00 p.m.–late, Committee Room (230) — 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!

28 April (Tuesday), 4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — the Spectacular End-of-the-Year Tea and Penny Drive! This will be a big one, so be there. (Laurie White)

28 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)

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

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

30 April (Thursday), 4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162) — Strong College Literary Hour! This will be a small final Literary Hour for 1996–97. (Pam Bulgin)

1 May (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.

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

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