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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 8 May 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 122



Welcome Class of 2001! The cookout! (Thank you, Scott.) Class buttons. The Welcoming Tea (and Gwen’s page). The Blue Lemur re-opens! (Thank you, Tim.) The Library re-opens! (Thank you, Lonnie and all librarians.) Casino Night! Kyle’s card tricks. The Garden Weasels begin their work. (Thank you, Cecilia Ruth and Mary.) Tea. A new adopted lemur. Literary Society resumes and John York visits. Daria. La la la la la. The Theatre Education Yurt. Fellows’ lunches resume. “I do not know much about constellations / Or the fortunes hooked to each.”


Borders Bookstore trips begin. (Thank you, Pam.) Formal Casino Night! Tea. A beautiful path thanks to the Garden Weasels. “O my god, they killed Kenny!” Senior Tutor’s Awards. Tea. Literary Hour. A new chess set. (Thank you, Hollie.) How to advertise. Star Wars marathon. Focus tours. Special Founder’s Day Tea. Voyager. Alternative music group. Strong-L chatting. (Thank you, Tammy.) Newsletter #100. Goodbye, England’s rose. “Golden lads and girls all must, / As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”


The Croquet Tournament! Congratulations, Scott! Racing around the building. Hats galore! Thanks to all. Tea. Dracula. Jackson Library book sale. Coinstar. (Thank you, College Players.) Halloween dance! Spooky costumes! (Especially Jon’s.) Prizes for all! Council. Many people become University Marshals. Tea. Welcome new Interlink students. “I will lead you all, wherever you may be, / I will lead you all in the Dance, said he.”


Senior dinner! Congratulations to all! Beautiful senior pins. Tea and a magnificent tea tray. (Thank you, Michelle.) A Peabody Park exhibit. Flecker Day! Flecker Week! Flecker roast beef night! New plants in the Junior Common Room. (Thank you, Marilyn.) Virtual visitors from around the world. Welcoming Committee tours. (Thank you, Amanda and company.) The Funky Lemurs. Tea. Council. Thanksgiving food drive. (Thank you, Officer Lee.) “I send my soul through time and space / To greet you. You will understand.”


Decorating the tree! A Child’s Christmas in Wales. (You’re welcome.) The Grand Holiday Tea and Penny Drive! Fun, friends, song! Strong-L never closes. “Go to the shine that’s on a tree / And take that glory without fright.”


Happy new year! Welcome new members! Tea. 52 Senior Tutor’s Awards! Internet access in the Library at last. New pictures on the web. Council. Game Room Superbowl party. (Thank you, Durenda.) Tea. Strong College at the Raft Debate. (Congratulations, Jan.) Scandals! Vacuumgate! Bonegate! Herongate! Flecker U! “Were you exploded by a bomb? / Did you come from Bambi’s mom?”


Love bites! Merit scholars visit. Tea. Miss Greensboro! (Congratulations, Julie.) The Didelphic Oracle visits us. Voyager. Bible study group convenes. Book donations to the Library. Council. A new purple octopus. Literary Hour. Valentine’s Day Love Soirée. Cultural Potluck Tea! Spring break! “To sun, to feast, and to converse / and all together—for this I have abandoned / all my other lives.”


Organizing the Library. Borders. More new animals for the College Petting Zoo. The Guilford Courthouse battle reenactment. (Thank you, Pam.) Candidates for SGA. Tea for new students Campus safety workshop. Council. Flecker-Across-the-Curriculum. Waffle House. Golden Chain honorees. “Much retrograde and much advance / And all with General Greene, sir.”


Congratulations President Buford! A magnificent art show! (Thank you, Heather, and congratulations, Dave.) Miss NBS 1998! (Congratulations, Che-Von.) Donations for tornado victims. Literary Hour. Council elections. (Congratulations, Heather.) Tea. The Regatta! (Rained-out at first.) And then a smashing success! Sun, fun, food, friends, boats, and water! Magnificent boats! Magnificent course! (Thank you, Tim.) Prizes for all. Bri Payne, Head of the Buffalo 1998! “Here once the embattled farmers stood, / And fired the shot heard round the world.”


Awards in abundance to many Cornelians! Fencing! (Thank you, Dirk.) A grand end-of-the-year Tea. A new commonplace book. (Goodbye, old book.) Magnificent tee shirts! “Summa is i-cumen in / Laude sing, cuccu!”

Poem-of-the-Year (The Class Ode of the Class of 1898)

It seems to us but yesterday,
So swift our school-days’ flight,
Since we, the first real Freshman Class,
First donned the green and white;
But years have passed, and many a joy
And sorrow we have seen;
As Seniors now we still are proud
To wear the white and green

To you we will not say farewell,
Dear friends who here remain,
For where’s the heart that dares to sigh,
“We shall not meet again”;
What though the future now may hold
For each a different fate,
We’ll be so long as memory lasts
The class of ’98.


11 May (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Survivors’ Tea for graduates and everyone else still here.

17 May (Sunday), 5:00 p.m. — Moore-Strong Hall closes and Dr. O’Hara goes to sleep for the summer.

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