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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 5 December 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 108


Grand Holiday Tea and Penny Drive!

The Grand and Spectacular Strong College Holiday Tea and Penny Drive is upon us once again! The tree was beautifully decorated last week at Tea, and this coming Tuesday we will celebrate around it. Music will play, friends will visit, songs will be sung, and food will be everywhere. Our own Eric Harrington has prepared a souvenir page for everyone to sign, so the event will be preserved for a thousand years. Don’t miss all the good cheer (especially if you need to be cheered up from your exams). And while you are on the way to Tea, why not clean out the back of your desk drawer where all those accumulated pennies have been hiding all year, and bring them down to the College fishbowl as a donation to our endowment fund. Future generations of Strong men and women will thank you indeed!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Strong College Fellow Jerome Lee reports that the Thanksgiving food drive sponsored by the campus police was a big success. Food donated by Strong College members to the box in the Junior Common Room was presented to a needy family selected by the House of Refuge Missions just before Thanksgiving. The family was most grateful for everyone’s generosity. Thank you all!

Strong-L Never Closes

If you can connect to your e-mail account from home, and you can’t bear to be away from all of your friends here in the College over the holiday break, remember that Strong-L never closes, and you can keep chatting away from anywhere in the world. Send in reports about your holiday presents, or about how much snow you have at home, or about how your relatives drive you crazy and how you can’t wait to get back to Strong College where everything is perfect. Whatever. With Strong-L you can always keep in touch.

Members for Next Fall

Strong College tries to build its community one person at a time. When you are home for the holidays, visiting your family and friends, be sure to recommend Strong College to any prospective students who may be planning to come to UNCG next Fall. If you have siblings, or cousins, or neighbors who would be a credit to our College, encourage them to apply! Strong College has already become a family tradition several times over (just ask the Minters, the Lances, or any of our other Cornelian siblings), and this in less than four years. We need your help to make our College stronger each and every year.

Leaving for Break

When you go home for the break please remember to turn off your lights, unplug appliances, close your window, and lock your door. Resident students who are not participating in December commencement are required to leave the building within 24 hours of their last exam unless they have received special permission to stay from Dr. O’Hara. The locks on all the entry doors will be changed at the end of the day after commencement, and no one will be able to enter the building until it reopens at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7th. Enjoy the break, stay warm, and get plenty of sleep. The semester ahead will be a great one!

Ad Astra

Our own Connie Boggs has been appointed a University Ambassador. Congratulations, Connie!

Cecilia Ruth Lance was a finalist in the campus-wide Public Speaking Contest held last week in Bryan Auditorium. Well done, Cecilia Ruth!


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 Richard Eberhart’s “Go to the Shine That’s on a Tree” (1953):

Go to the shine that’s on a tree
With luminous light the nighted tree
And take that glory without fright.

Go to the song that’s in a bird
When he has seen the glistening tree,
That glorious tree the bird has heard
Give praise for its felicity.

Then go to the earth and touch it keen,
Be tree and bird, be wide aware
Be wild aware of light unseen,
And unheard song along the air.


9 December (Tuesday) — Exam period begins.

9 December (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Grand Holiday Tea and Penny ! (See above)

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

11 December (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society.

12 December (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section in the Caf — Last Fellows’ lunch for the term.

16 December (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Survivors’ Tea for anyone still here!

20 December (Saturday), 5:00 p.m. — Moore-Strong Hall closes for winter break. Dr. O’Hara goes to sleep.

7 January 1998 (Wednesday), 11:00 a.m. — Moore-Strong Hall opens for spring term. Dr. O’Hara wakes back up.

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