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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 26 September 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 100


Triple Digits!

This is the 100th issue of the Strong College Newsletter. Much as the Editor would like to pause and reflect upon the many golden nuggets of literature that have been contained in the previous 99 issues, the life of the College drives him ever forward and gives him no rest. The first hundred is always the hardest. Per aspera ad astra!

The Croquet Tournament is Here!

The Third Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament is here! The date is Saturday the 4th of October and the place is the East Lawn. The games will begin at 12:00 noon. A cookout lunch will be provided to all in attendance, courtesy of the Strong College Council. In addition to the Tournament itself there will be many other things going on. The traditional Best Hat Contest (with a gazillion categories) will take place under the fashionable eyes of Denise Tucker and Laurie White, of course. And a new event, still being planned even as we go to press, will be a croquet-like race around the building. Come to the College Council meeting if you want to help out with any of the day’s activities, or just want to see what is going on. If you want to be a competitor in the Tournament just put your name down on the sign-up sheet on the College Office door; we will try to fit in as many people as possible. If you want to eat, watch, and have fun, just be there next Saturday and bring your friends and parents!

Please Welcome a New Staff Member

Please welcome Mr. David Norton to Strong College as our new Graduate Assistant for the year in the College Office. David is a graduate student in the History Department, and he will be in the College Office about twenty hours each week helping us all out. He recently came to UNCG from Wittenberg University in Ohio where he did his undergraduate studies. David’s hours are posted on the Office door—stop by and say hello!

Strong College Wants Your Friends and Neighbors!

If you’re going home over Fall Break and will be seeing your old neighborhood friends who are still in high school, be sure to tell them about us and encourage them to apply to UNCG and Strong College. Many of our loyal College members found out about us first through friends who were already here. (And we have even had people in Poland recommending us to other foreign exchange students!) Do your part to carry on the Strong College tradition in your home town and encourage your friends to apply!

Special Tea this Week for University Founder’s Day

Tea this week (September 30th) will be a special one with special goodies brought to us by Joan Glynn and Laura Hill of Alumni Affairs. They will be getting everyone warmed up to think about University Founder’s Day on Monday, October 6th. Come to Tea and find out more about the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the McIver statue and all the other things that will be taking place on campus for Founder’s Day.

Let Your Fingers do the Repairing

Remember that if you have a maintenance problem of any kind in Moore-Strong Hall you should just dial FIXT! The FIXT line (FIXT or 3498 on campus phones) is open 24-hours a day, and responses usually take no more than 48 hours. Don’t wait for someone else to make the call—if you see something broken just call FIXT!

Ad Astra

The College Council collected $100 from the members of the College to buy gift certificates for our two wonderful housekeepers, Ms. Chapman and Ms. Cherry, in honor of National Housekeeping Week! Many thanks to all who contributed, and many special thanks to Ms. Chapman and Ms. Cherry for the wonderful work they do for us.

If you ordered duplicates of any of the Gangster Poker Night photos, they are ready to be picked up. Call Council President Scott Thomason at x1225 to arrange a time.

Student Government Association President Durenda Johnson reports that her Executive Assistant, Strong College’s own Shaneeka Moore, did a fantastic job hosting the first SGA Town Meeting for the semester. Watch for more of Shaneeka’s talented leadership at the SGA’s upcoming events.

The next Borders Bookstore Breakaway will take place Sunday, October 5th, at 1:00 p.m. in the JCR. Be there!


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, from the Senior Tutor to the students of his College, is Robert Frost’s “What Fifty Said”:

When I was young my teachers were the old.
I gave up fire for form till I was cold.
I suffered like a metal being cast.
I went to school to age to learn the past.

Now I am old my teachers are the young.
What can’t be molded must be cracked and sprung.
I strain at lessons fit to start a suture.
I go to school to youth to learn the future.


29 September (Monday), 7:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Alternative Music Discussion Group!

29 September (Monday), 10:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Join us for Daria. (Jennifer Rogers)

30 September (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! The social event of the College week.

30 September (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Scott Thomason)

30 September (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar. (Tim Owens)

1 October (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., Star Chamber — South Park! (Ryan Kelly and the College Players)

1 October (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and Bob O’Hara)

2 October (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (Laurie White)

2 October (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Casino Night at the Blue Lemur! (Scott Thomason)

3 October (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section in the Caf — Fellows’ and Students’ Lunch.

4 October (Saturday), 12:00 noon, Front Lawn — Third Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament!

5 October (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Breakaway! (Pam Bulgin)

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