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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 5 September 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 97


Borders Bookstore Breakaway!

The first Borders Bookstore Breakaway of the year will be this Sunday, September 7th (and the first Sunday of each month for the rest of the year). Join Strong College Fellow Pam Bulgin for a ride out to Borders, the best bookstore in town, where we will browse for a couple hours and then come back. Borders has a coffee shop so you can have a light lunch there, too, if you wish. Endless aisles of books, and of CDs, too! Meet in the Junior Common Room at 1:00 p.m. sharp for the ride out; we usually carpool as best we can. See you there!

Council Committees

The Strong College Council under the leadership of President Scott Thomason has appointed its various committee chairs for the semester. If you are interested in getting involved in the life of the College then you should come to one of the regular Council meetings (Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. in the Committee Room), or talk to any one of the Council officers: President, Scott Thomason (x1225); Vice Presidents, Heather Sauls (x1269) and Amanda Waterhouse (x1891); Secretary, Heather Lloyd (x2191); Treasurer, Jon Buford (x1141); Activities Committee, Scott Thomason (x1225); Publicity Committee, Heather Lloyd (x2191); Gardening Committee, Cecilia Ruth Lance (x2447) and Mary Minter (x2464); Welcoming Committee, Amanda Waterhouse (x1891).

Formal Casino Night!

The first formal Casino Night of the year will take place on Friday, September 12th, at 9:00 p.m. in the Committee Room. This was great fun last year, and we are sure it will be again. Come dressed in your best 1930s gangster attire (or anything else suitably dramatic). Bring any Strong dollars you may have if you want to stock up on special goodies.

Garden Weasels Again

The Strong College Garden Weasels will meet again this Saturday, September 6th, at 11:00 a.m. to put some finishing touches on the excellent work they began in preparing a path and sitting area in the woods behind the College. Join them! And many thanks to Bob O’Hara and Jon Buford for the logs used to mark the boundaries.

South Park

Yet another TV watching group has materialized: Join Jay Ewing, Ryan Kelly, Greg Shealy, and others like them in the Star Chamber every Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. to watch neo-post-modern cartoon series South Park. This follows right after Voyager, so you should all be in the Star Chamber at that time anyway.

Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!

Is there something you want to announce in Strong College or a group you would like to organize? There are lots of ways to do it! Leave a note in the College Office with all the details so your announcement will appear in the Newsletter. Send a message to Strong-L, the Strong College discussion group. Ring the bell at Tea and tell the assembled multitudes. Go to the next College Council meeting (Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. in the Committee Room) and get the Council involved. Put up posters on the bulletin boards on each corridor and at the two front entrances. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors. These very tips and some others are now appearing on each corridor bulletin board—check them out and your propaganda efforts will be a success!

Ad Astra

UNCG Student Government Association President Durenda Johnson will be delivering her first State of the Campus Address on Tuesday night, September 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Claxton Room of the EUC. This important event is open to all students and faculty, and Strong College members are especially encouraged to attend.

Our own Michelle Marcelais has been elected Assistant Secretary of the National Residence Hall Honorary. Wow!


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 song “Fear no more the heat ’o the sun” from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997):

Fear no more the heat ’o the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task has done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o’ the great;
Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The scepter, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!


7 September (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Breakaway! (Pam Bulgin)

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

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

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

9 September (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar. (Tim Owens)

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

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

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

11 September (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Casino Night at the Blue Lemur! (Scott Thomason)

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

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