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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 23 January 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 110


Valentine’s Day Love Soirée is on its Way

The annual Strong College Valentine’s Love Soirée, sponsored by the Strong College Council, will take place on Friday the Thirteenth of February. The theme will be… “Love Bites” (so you can recycle your Halloween costume if appropriate). Watch for more details from the Council, or stop in at the next Council meeting in the Committee Room, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m., if you’d like to help!

Room Sign-up for Next Fall

Information about room sign-up for next fall has just been posted around the College. Resident students who wish to return to their current rooms next fall should return their white housing cards to the Office of Housing and Residence Life by January 30th. Residents who wish to return to Moore-Strong Hall but to a different room should study the posted instructions to see when they need to sign-up. (This applies also to non-resident members of the College who wish to live in next year.) Room sign-up can be a somewhat confusing process, so it is important that all students follow the posted instructions carefully. Any questions may be directed to the College Office.

Star Trek: First Contact!

Attention Star Trek and science fiction fans (and that would be everyone in the known universe, as far as we can tell). There will be a special showing of Star Trek: First Contact on Thursday, February 5th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room, sponsored by our own Michelle Marcelais. Resistance is futile.

Virtual Visitors and Pictures of the College

The first month of the year is not quite over, and already the Strong College web pages have been visited by people from Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, and Yugoslavia. (Whew!) Find out what they are seeing and you are missing by surfing to our web page. We now have web access from two of the computers in the College Library, so you can take a look from the convenience of your home, too. Dr. O’Hara has recently added some pictures of the College’s buildings and grounds to our pages—take a look at them by following the “Moore-Strong Hall” link halfway down the main page.

Superbowl in the Game Room!

Join our own Durenda Johnson on Sunday the 25th in the Game Room for free food and Superbowl watching! The festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m., so don’t miss it! (The editor has just discovered that, broken right, “superbowl” spells “superb owl”—a followup superb owl watching event will be scheduled in Peabody Park at a date to be determined in the future.)

New Members for Next Fall

If you have any friends or colleagues at UNCG now living on campus or off who would be good additions to our community, please encourage them to apply for next year! The deadline for current UNCG students to apply to Strong College for next year is February 11th. Applications are available in the College Office and in 100 Foust Building. The deadline for incoming freshmen (those who are now high school seniors) is March 2nd, so encourage your friends and neighbors at home to apply as well!

Ad Astra

Please welcome another new Strong College member who has just arrived: Chris Butler (Rm. 270, x1007). Make him feel at home!

David Norton has donated to the College Library an historical novel about Scottish immigrants to North Carolina. Thank you, David!


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 the beginning of the first canto of Lord Byron’s Don Juan (1819):

I want a hero: an uncommon want,
When every year and month sends forth a new one,
Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant,
The age discovers he is not the true one;
Of such as these I should not care to vaunt,
I’ll therefore take our ancient friend Don Juan—
We all have seen him, in the pantomime,
Sent to the Devil somewhat ere his time.


25 January (Sunday), 6:15 p.m., Game Room — Superbowl and free food! (Durenda Johnson)

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

27 January (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! It’s the social event of the week.

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

28 January (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and Bob O’Hara)

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

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

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

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