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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 12 September 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 98


Senior Tutor’s Awards

Each semester Dr. O’Hara has the pleasure of presenting the Senior Tutor’s Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement to those Strong College undergraduates who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above during the previous term. The awards for last Spring semester were presented at Tea this past week, and the recipients (including several who have since graduated or left the College) were: Rebecca Baldwin, Shannon Burge, Christina Caltagirone, Jennifer Carpenter, Vibrina Covington, Erin Doll, Beth Dowd, Neal Doyle, John Ebel, Emily Gilreath, Sherrill Hayes, Stacy Hicks, Kristin Janiga, Robert Jaworski, Melissa Johnson, Jesse Krebs, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Reed Law, Robert Lawter, Kristen Leagan, Jeremiah McCluney, Shelly McLain, Kristie Parker, Jaime Phillips, Joshua Purvis, Laura Reese, Shelby Scheib, Melanie Swofford, Todd Thomason, Scott Thomason, Kimberly Thompson, Amanda Waterhouse, Timothy Williams, and Danielle Wise. Congratulations to them all!

Bring a Friend (or Even—Gasp!—a Professor) to Tea!

Strong College members are always welcome and encouraged to bring guests to Tea each week, and now to make it that much easier Dr. O’Hara has manufactured special Tea invitations which you may use to let people know when and where Tea takes place. The invitations will be available at Tea every week, and also in the College Office. Looking for a way to get to know your Professors? Want to encourage a friend in another building to join us in Strong College? Want to impress your classmates with your social graces? Invite them to Tea!

Looking For More People to Talk to? Then Join Strong-L!

Strong College has its own e-mail chat group, and if you like to use e-mail then you should join! The group is called Strong-L, and it now has about 85 members, including most of our Fellows as well as dozens of students. If you know how to use e-mail you can sign yourself up automatically. And not only that, Dr. O’Hara is very pleased to announce that our own Tammy Thorarinson has just been appointed to the august position of Strong-L manager (called the “list owner” in high tech lingo). Thank you, Tammy!

Star Wars Marathon

On Friday, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m., Evan Brown will host a Strong College Star Wars Marathon in the Committee Room. The greatest story ever told! Wide screen edition! See it again, for the first time! Bring your Star Wars gear! And thanks to the assistance of the College Council, the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar will be open specially for the occasion. Questions? Call Evan (x1048) or leave a note in room 220. May the Force be with you.

Ad Astra

Hollie Jones, who spent the spring semester in Poland, has donated a beautiful wooden chess set in blue and white to the College. Take a look at it in the Office before it migrates up to the Committee Room to be used each week at the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar and during Casino Night at the Blue Lemur. Thank you, Hollie!

Kim has landed! Our dear and departed (graduated, that is) Assistant Senior Tutor of last year, Kim Hathcock, has reportedly been sighted at: 304 West D Street, Fallon, Nevada 89406. Send her a note to see if the reports are true!


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 Jorge Luis Borges’ “To a Minor Poet of the Greek Anthology” (Ben Belitt, transl.):

Where now is the memory
Of the days that were yours on earth, and wove
Joy with sorrow; and made a universe that was your own?

The river of years has lost them
From its numbered current; you are a word in an index.
To others the gods gave glory that has no end:
Inscriptions, names on coins, monuments, conscientious historians;
All that we know of you, eclipsed friend,
Is that you heard the nightingale one evening.

Among the asphodels of the Shadow, your shade, in its vanity,
Must consider the gods ungenerous.

But the days are a web of small troubles,
And is there a greater blessing
Than to be the ash of which oblivion is made?

Above other heads the gods kindled
The inexorable light of glory, which peers
Into the secret parts and discovers each separate fault;
Glory, that at last shrivels the rose it reveres;
They were more considerate with you, brother.

In the rapt evening that will never become night
You listen without end to Theocritus’ nightingale.


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

16 September (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! The social event of the College week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. We are Borg. Fasten seat belts. Mind the gap. May be harmful if swallowed. No caffeine. For external use only. Do not eat. Refrigerate after opening. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Lava is a philosophy. Lava is here to stay. Machine washable and dryer safe. Choking hazard. This does not represent the official policy of the goddess formerly known as Grits. Eye irritant. Crayons not included. Do not inhale. Who says you can’t fight City Hall if you’ve got 5000 eight year olds. If swallowed or lodged in ear or nose, promptly see doctor. 100% undetermined man-made fibers. Hold handrail. Read cautions on back. Rules subject to change. Point away from people while opening. Not a significant source of calories. I may not know much, but I know okra. Easy to clean vinyl lining. Will not craze most plastics. Easily slips beneath outerwear. Contains no squid. Shown actual size. Do not shake. I’m a crazy academic fiend. When dry, brush lightly. No cheerleaders were harmed in the making of this Newsletter. I wish I had a scientific name. The most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. Learning is no substitute for winning. Division I Barbie collecting by 2001. Vapors may cause flash fire. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Think continually of those who were truly great. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Resistance is futile. Per aspera ad astra!

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