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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 17 October 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 102


The Frost is on the Pumpkin

And Halloween is coming! Come to the College Council meeting this week or next (Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. in the Committee Room) to help plan the upcoming Halloween Dance and a Trick-or-Treat evening for local school kids.

Focus on UNCG — Thank-Yous and Opportunities

The Focus on UNCG Program run by the UNCG Admissions Office brings prospective students to campus to see what life is like in our University. Last time these visitors came through they were graciously hosted by a number of Strong College people, including Evan Brown, Jon Buford, Hollie Jones, Amanda Minter, Amanda Waterhouse, and Kelly Woodfin. (And maybe some other people whose names we have missed.) If you would like to host a visiting high school student for the Focus program there will be another chance coming up next weekend, October 25th. Just give your name to Amanda Waterhouse (Rm. 203, x1891), Chair of our Welcoming Committee, and she will let you know what to do (once she herself finds out).

“And gentlemen in England, now a-bed, will think themselves accursed they were not here!”

The annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Shakespeare’s Henry V (the Kenneth Branagh version) will be Saturday night, October 25th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Star Chamber. It’s a great movie and a great play, so don’t miss it!


Jennifer Rogers will be appearing in the Greensboro Ballet’s production of Dracula in Aycock Auditorium on October 24th and 25th. A number of Strong College people may be going as a group—stay tuned to Strong-L for details. For tickets call the Aycock box office at x4849. And in honor of Dracula, Jennifer has donated a new animal to the College Petting Zoo: a cuddly (and vocal) bat. Come to Tea this week to make its acquaintance.

SGA Wants You!

Our own Durenda Johnson, President of the UNCG Student Government Association, reports that Chancellor Patricia Sullivan will be attending the SGA meeting in the Claxton Room of the EUC at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21st. Got a question you’ve always wanted to ask the Chancellor? Do you want a raise? Caviar in the Caf? Attend and ask! And Durenda also reports that there will be an SGA Town Meeting on Thursday, October 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. at the fountain by the Caf. That’s another good opportunity to find out about the state of the campus.

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara was elected to the Executive Committee of the UNCG Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Amanda Waterhouse and Jay Ewing will be appearing in the UNCG workshop play “Fabulous Fable Factory” on Monday, October 27th, at 3:30 p.m. in Curry Auditorium. It’s free, so be there!

Many Strong thanks to Jennifer Rogers and her parents for lending a large collection of gardening tools to us for the past month, without which the College Garden Weasels could not have done their marvellous work out back.

The College Players completed an epic mission this week. You can read about it in the JCR commonplace book.

Dr. O’Hara has for some time been working on a web page about Peabody Park, UNCG’s educational park that was established in 1901. This page is now ready for public viewing: just go to the Biology Department page and follow the Peabody Park link. You will also see that Strong College’s own Rob Lawter has been assisting Dr. O’Hara with a Peabody Park biological survey.

Feeling Uncelebrated?

Ever wonder why your name doesn’t appear in the Newsletter? Because you aren’t telling us what you are up to! Have you recently won a prize, climbed a mountain, turned base metals into gold, published a poem, entered a contest, tried out for a play, gotten a job, proved a theorem, or won the lottery? Strong College wants to know! (Actually, if you have won the lottery, Dr. O’Hara would like to meet with your privately, perhaps over lunch at a nice restaurant.) There is a special box just inside the College Office door for Newsletter items—just write all the details on a slip of paper and drop it into the box, and Dr. O’Hara will find a place for it the next issue.


Today’s Poem-of-the-Week, for the changing of the season, is Emily Dickinson’s “I shall keep singing” (1862):

I shall keep singing!
Birds will pass me
On their way to Yellower Climes –
Each – with a Robin’s expectation –
I – with my Redbreast –
And my Rhymes –

Late – when I take my place in summer –
But – I shall bring a fuller tune –
Vespers – are sweeter than Matins – Signor –
Morning – only the seed of Noon –


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 October (Saturday), 8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Henry V (Bob O’Hara)

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Appearing soon under a doorway near you. I think it would be best if I waited in my alcove. $240.64! Mind the gap. Is it really worth eating a steak if it might turn your brain into a sponge? May be harmful if swallowed. No caffeine. For external use only. Do not eat. Refrigerate after opening. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Machine washable and dryer safe. Choking hazard. Eye irritant. Crayons not included. Do not inhale. Who says you can’t fight City Hall if you’ve got 5000 eight year olds. If swallowed or lodged in ear or nose, promptly see doctor. Hold handrail. Sometimes I just can’t believe that I am me. Read cautions on back. Rules subject to change. Point away from people while opening. Not a significant source of calories. I do not have spiky boots. It’s terrible to get your life confused with someone else’s. Easy to clean vinyl lining. Will not craze most plastics. Easily slips beneath outerwear. Contains no squid. Shown actual size. Do not shake. When dry, brush lightly. I’ve been struck by the Platypus of the Apocalypse™. Not to be used as a ride-on toy. The most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. All of that going on at once might cause a spontaneous black hole or something. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Think continually of those who were truly great. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Resistance is futile. Wu-Tang, baby! Per aspera ad astra!

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