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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 24 October 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 103


The Fourth Annual Halloween Dance!

The Fourth Annual Strong College Halloween Dance will be this coming Thursday, October 30th, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room. This delightfully ghoulish tradition will include a costume contest, music, dancing, and (if history is any guide) wonderful decorations in the Junior Common Room. Be there in costume and enjoy the fun! And if you want to help out with the decorating come to the College Council meeting on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. to find out more details. Please note that by special permission, Quiet Hours will not begin until 12:00 midnight the evening of the dance (instead of 10:00 p.m. as usual).


Another annual Halloween tradition is the visit from local school children to trick-or-treat through the College. This year they will be arriving on Halloween day, Friday the 31st, between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Information about how to participate will be distributed by the College Council this week. Watch for it under your door, and start stocking up on candy!

Monday Nights at the Lemur and Friday Casino Nights

The ever-charming Blue Lemur Coffee Bar has now been moved to Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. to allow for more time to show the occasional movie. The coffee is free, the conversation is friendly, and all the children are above average. Don’t miss your chance to see the one and only Tim Owens live (more or less) and in person! And the weekly Casino Night at the Blue Lemur has moved to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays, under the fast-moving hands of Adam Cox and Jon Buford. Bring lots of small, unmarked bills and they will be glad to see you!

Ad Astra

Our own Melissa Feimster was inducted into the University Marshals last week. Congratulations, Melissa!

Sylvia Cherry, daughter of our housekeeper Ms. Virginia Cherry, was recently selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Congratulations, Ms. Cherry!

The next Borders Bookstore Breakaway will take place on Sunday, November 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. Meet in the Junior Common Room for the ride out to the best bookstore in town!

C.J. Heidel made a very important excursion to the Jackson Library book sale last week, and picked up a true treasure for the College that had somehow slipped past the special collections librarians, to wit, a paperback copy of James Elroy Flecker’s play Hassan. This extraordinary find is now on display in the College Office. C.J. also acquired for us a large set of records of the radio documentary series Soundings, produced by the National Humanities Center. Now all we need is a record player to play them on. Thank you for your sharp eyes, C.J.!

Strong College people appeared all over the front page of the Carolinian this past week: our own Vivian Tong wrote a feature article about SADD, Christina Caltagirone appeared in a photo on the Children’s Festival, and an upcoming talk by Bruce Caldwell at an economics conference in the Netherlands was announced. Watch for all these items to appear on the bulletin board outside the College Office in the next few days.


This week’s Poem-of-the-Week is a shortened version of Sydney Carter’s “Lord of the Dance” (1963) in honor of College ballerina Jennifer Rogers and all the College’s dancers:

I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem
I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe
And the pharisee,
But they would not dance
And they wouldn’t follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
For James and John—
They came with me
And the dance went on.


I danced on the Sabbath
And I cured the lame;
The holy people
Said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
And they hung me on high,
And they left me there
On a Cross to die.


They cut me down
And I leapt up high;
I am the life
That’ll never, never die;
I’ll live in you
If you’ll live in me—
I am the Lord
Of the Dance, said he.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 October (Thursday), 8:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Annual Halloween Dance! (Scott Thomason)

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

31 October (Friday), 2:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Trick-or-Treat for school children. (Scott Thomason)

2 November (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Breakaway. (Pam Bulgin)

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