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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 31 October 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 104


Halloween Dance a Spooky Success!

The Fourth Annual Strong College Halloween Dance was a spectacular success! The spiders were creeping, the bats were flying, and the costumes were magnificent. A thousand thanks go to all the members of the College Council who helped to set up and take down the decorations. So many prizes were awarded in the costume contest we fear we may not have gotten them all down. The costume categories and the winners were: Most Feminine, Darren Overcash; Most Eloquent: Shelly McLain and Eric Tysinger; Coolest: Sherrill Hayes; Best Group: Wizard of Oz; Most Childish: Angela Albertson and Gwen Kovalak; Rico Suave: Scott Thomason; Most Unlikely Couple (from different centuries): Heather Lloyd and Tim Owens; Most Likely to be Removed: Jennifer Rogers; Best in Cecilia Ruth Lance’s Opinion: Kathleen Lance; Sleepiest: Gwen Kovalak; Most Poorly Matched Couple: Darren Overcash and Melissa Feimster; Slinkiest: Amanda Waterhouse; Most Exotic: Vivian Tong; Most Gypsy-like: Jennifer Parry-Hill, Amanda Minter, and April Thornton; Most Jean Harlow-like: Hollie Bogle; Least Scary Witch: Michelle Marcelais; Most Likely to be in Sara’s Wedding: Todd Thomason, Kristen Leagan, Anne Hatteberg, and Sara Pulley; Most Enthusiastic: Evan Brown; Most Likely Couple: Durenda Johnson and Robert Ward; Prettiest Peasant: Christina Caltagirone; Most Warrior-like: Sonya Link; Gone With the Wind, Part III: Stacy Dalton and Jody Pait; Best of the Rest: Everyone else. And the Best Judges were: Kelly Woodfin, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Laurie White, and Adam Cox!

New Interlink Students

Five new Interlink students have just joined us in Strong College: Jung-Suk Han from Korea (220), Sang-Eok Kim from Korea (332D), Kefilwe Rathebe from South Africa (307), Claudia Vargas from Venezuela (108), and Canan Usdu from Turkey (338D). The Interlink program gives foreign students the opportunity to spend several weeks or months at an American university studying English. Please make our new students feel welcome!

Strong College on the Web

So you finally have your new computer set up and have figured out how to navigate the Web. Have you visited our very own Strong College web pages? They contain lots of information about the College, as well as links to the personal home pages of other Strong College members.

About the Heat

This is the time of year when new residents all start to ask how the heat works in Moore-Strong Hall. In brief, the building heating system is linked to a thermostat that keeps track of the outdoor temperature. When the outdoor temperature drops below a certain point, the whole building’s heating system switches over from blowing cold air to blowing hot air. There really isn’t a lot you can do to regulate the temperature in your own room beyond turning the fan up or down: if it’s too cold and the system is still on air conditioning just shut the fan off until it switches over (usually some time in the middle of the night when it gets cold outside). Likewise, if your room is too hot, just shut the fan off until it warms up outside (usually in the middle of the day).

Ad Astra

This coming Wednesday, November 5th, is Flecker Day! The College will observe this important anniversary both at Tea on Tuesday and at Literary Hour on Thursday. How lucky we are!

Several more Strong College students have been elected University Marshals: Rebecca Baldwin, Shannon Burge, Jennifer Ferguson, Cecilia Ruth Lance, and Mary Minter. Congratulations to them all!

The Strong College recycling monitors are: Cecilia Ruth Lance, Brenda Loehfelm, Jennifer Parry-Hill, and Scott Thomason. They are the people to ask if you have a recycling question. And thank them for their efforts, too!

Our own Council President Scott Thomason achieved his three seconds of fame last week when the local TV station Fox 8 filmed him picking up a telephone in the Atrium. Scott reports that movie offers are now pouring in.


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 from “The Golden Journey to Samarkand” by (who else but) James Elroy Flecker:

We who with songs beguile your pilgrimage
And swear that Beauty lives though lilies die,
We Poets of the proud old lineage
Who sing to find your hearts, we know not why,—

What shall we tell you? Tales, marvellous tales
Of ships and stars and isles where good men rest,
Where nevermore the rose of sunset pales,
And winds and shadows fall toward the West

And there the world’s first huge white-bearded kings
In dim glades sleeping, murmur in their sleep,
And closer round their breasts the ivy clings,
Cutting its pathway slow and red and deep.

And how to beguile you? Death has no repose
Warmer and deeper than that Orient sand
Which hides the beauty and bright faith of those
Who made the Golden Journey to Samarkand.

And now they wait and whiten peaceably,
Those conquerors, those poets, those so fair:
They know time comes, not only you and I,
But the whole world shall whiten, here or there;

When those long caravans that cross the plain
With dauntless feet and sound of silver bells
Put forth no more for glory or for gain,
Take no more solace from the palm-girt wells.

When the great markets by the sea shut fast
All that calm Sunday that goes on and on:
When even lovers find their peace at last,
And Earth is but a star, that once had shone.


3 November (Monday), 10:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Join us for Daria. (James Elroy Flecker)

4 November (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea for Flecker Day (observed)!

4 November (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (James Elroy Flecker)

5 November (Wednesday), all day!, Everywhere! — Flecker Day!

5 November (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and James Elroy Flecker)

5 November (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., Star Chamber — South Park! (James Elroy Flecker and the College Players)

6 November (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (James Elroy Flecker)

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

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