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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 18 September 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 127


Croquet is on the Way!

The Fourth Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament is coming Saturday, October 3rd, at high noon. The competition will be fierce, we are sure (based on the number of bribes that have already been offered to the College Office to fix the outcome). A cookout will accompany the event, as usual, and Denise Tucker and Jennifer Rogers will be judging the traditional Best Hat Contest. We will have space for about 12 teams or persons to actually enter the Tournament—a sign-up sheet will appear on the College Office door soon. The point is to have fun, of course, so we will team people up so that as many people can enter as possible. The Tournament trophy is now on display in the College Office, so if you want to see how you may be immortalized, take a look today!

Corridors of Power

Continuing the distinguished Strong College tradition of service to the University, our own Memory Woollen and Jen Stumpf have been elected freshmen delegates to the UNCG Student Government Association. In time one of them may rise to succeed Strong College’s Jon Buford as SGA president. Congratulations, Memory and Jen!


Elizabeth Hargrove and Krista Karbowski are the proud parents of a very large family of Sea Monkeys, including Archie, Freddy, Mo, Will, Hester, Peter, Jill, Chester, Polly, Tim Jr., Flecker Jr., Amy, Dale, Tom, Spam, Larry, Clarinda, and Mary. These children made their first foray out in public at this past week’s meeting of the Literary Society, where they were greeted with much happiness. We wish the proud parents and their brood all the best.


Our own April Clinard will be playing one of the step sisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of Cinderella on October 2–4. April has tickets, and if you’d like to go you can e-mail her or call (x2503) for more details. Congratulations, April!

Get Yourself Noticed

Ever wonder why your name never appears in the Newsletter? Because you haven’t told us what you are up to! Have you recently passed an exam, failed an exam, solved Fermat’s Last Theorem, transmuted base metals into gold, starred in a movie, given birth to sea monkeys, cured cancer, found your missing socks, written a novel, leapt a tall building with a single bound, or done anything else of note? Inquiring Strong College minds want to know! Just leave a note in the College Office with all the particulars, and a few days later your name will be the talk of the College when it appears in the next Newsletter!

More on the Web

Lots more pictures of Strong College people and events have been recently put up on the Strong College web site. Go to the Albums page and browse the 1997–98 album and the 1998–99 album, along with the Strong College Around the World page for pictures of the Strong College coat of arms in Prague, Czech Republic (courtesy of Andy Winternitz).

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s book-of-the-week this week is Art Treasures of the Vatican, now on display in the College Office. (The book, not the art treasures, alas.)

Our own Melissa Johnson has been selected to be on the Homecoming Court for Homecoming weekend. Wow!

A whole host of Strong College people have been elected by the National Residence Hall Honorary: Cheryl Armstrong, Shannon Burge, Jennifer Ferguson, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Michelle Marcelais, and Scott Thomason. Well done!

Because people keep asking, we repeat that there is no lemur invasion expected in the near future. We need to put this subject behind us and move on.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is a portion of Christopher Smart’s manic Jubilate Agno (ca. 1760), in honor of Elizabeth and Krista’s new family:

Let Nagge rejoice with the Perriwinkle—‘for the rain it raineth every day.’
For Time and Weight are by their several estimates.

Let Anna rejoice with the Porpus, who is a joyous fish and of good omen.
For I bless GOD in the discovery of the LONGITUDE direct by the means of GLADWICK.

Let Phanuel rejoice with the Shrimp, which is the childrens fishery.
For the motion of the PENDULUM is the longest in that it parries resistance.

Let Chuza rejoice with the Sea-Bear, who is full of sagacity and prank.
For the WEDDING GARMENTS of all men are prepared in the SUN against the day of acceptation.

Let Susanna rejoice with the Lamprey, who is an eel with a title.
For the Wedding Garments of all women are prepared in the MOON against the day of their purification.


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

22 September (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Heather Lloyd)

22 September (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

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

24 September (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (James Elroy Flecker)

24 September (Thursday), 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

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

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