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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 20 March 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 116


New Members

The first part of the Strong College admissions cycle for next year has been completed, and sixteen current UNCG students will be joining the College next fall: Elizabeth Bolton of Raleigh, Christina Bottoms of Hickory, her sister Kimberly Bottoms of Hickory, Samantha Daniels of Cary, Joel Gilliam of Burlington, Jon Goodman of Reidsville, Jaime Head of Asheville (returning to us after an absence), Johnathan Kildosher of Raleigh, Brandi Melvin of Kernersville, Eric Palmer of Carrboro, Shayla Randolph of Pinetops, Kristi Simpson of Lincolnton, Catherine Thompson of Greensboro (returning to us after an absence), Jessica Traversino of Sanford, Laura Weber of Winston-Salem, and Caryn Williams of Hampton, Virginia. All these new members are currently freshmen, except for Johnathan Kildosher and Jaime Head who are juniors. They have all been specially invited to Tea next week (March 24th) so they can start to learn their way around and meet other Strong College folks. Please come down to meet them and make them feel welcome!

SGA Candidates

Strong College has a full slate of UNCG Student Government Association candidates running for campus-wide offices for next year: Jon Buford is running for SGA President, Hollie Jones for Vice President, and Chris Butler, Ryan Kelly, and Che-Von Rodwell for Sophomore Delegates. Jon was elected SGA Delegate of the Year last year, and Hollie is the current SGA Treasurer, so they should be strong candidates for the top positions. SGA elections will be held in the Atrium on Wednesday and Thursday, March 25th and 26th, so don’t miss this chance to vote for the candidate of your choice!

Self Defense Workshop

Kelly Woodfin will be sponsoring a self defense workshop for Strong College members this coming Thursday, March 26th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room. Don’t miss this opportunity to get professional advice on safety and personal protection.

Turn in Your Tee Shirt Orders!

All Strong College members have received an order blank from the College Council for the new Strong College tee shirts! The design is by Heather Lloyd, and you should turn in your order blank to the College Office by March 24th for the early-bird discount ($9 each). Checks may be made payable to “Strong College”—be sure to take advantage of this early ordering opportunity so you will be guaranteed to get the size of your choice.

Ad Astra

An assortment of new Strong College photos by Dr. O’Hara are available in the Office for everyone to look at, including pictures of the very successful excursion to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (at which none of our people were shot), a recent Council meeting with many smiling Council members, and the latest appearance of The Didelphic Oracle at the JCR window.

Our own Eric Bolin has been elected to Beta Beta Beta, the biological sciences honor society. Congratulations!

Dr. O’Hara extends special thanks to his colleague Dr. Nicole Aquilina for successfully operating on the College’s purple octopus, which is now recuperating in the Office. Cards may be addressed to “Purple Octopus” in care of the Strong College Office.

The College Players are planning a cross-country excursion which will win them fame and fortune.

Officer Alice Chavez very kindly donated another assortment of recent magazines to the College—you will find them in the JCR, the Library, and the Star Chamber. Thank you!

Strong thanks indeed to everyone who helped give tours and show rooms this past week for the UNCG Open House. The visitors were all impressed, and many of them will be joining us in the fall!


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 a lyric of the Greek poet Sappho (ca. 600 BC):

Dusk and western star,
You gather
What glittering sunrise
Scattered far,
The ewe to fold,
Kid and nanny home,
But the daughter
You send wandering
From her mother.
Hesperos, most beautiful
Of stars.


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

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

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

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

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

26 March (Thursday), 8:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Self defense workshop. (Kelly Woodfin )

26 March (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Bible Study Group. (Stephanie Hoover and Jon Buford)

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

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