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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 25 September 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 128


Croquet is Here!

The Fourth Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament is coming Saturday, October 3rd, at high noon. This is one of the big events of the semester, and will include, in addition to the competition itself: a cookout for all Strong College members, a Best Hat Contest (we hope), the Hit-the-Stake contest, a bake sale, and the ever-so-exciting croquet race around the building. If you miss this day your grandchildren will never forgive you. To help with the arrangements, come to the College Council meeting this Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. in the Committee Room; to enter the actual competition (and maybe have your name engraved on the silver trophy for all posterity to see) sign up on the College Office door; to have fun, be there, Saturday, October 3rd, at noon!

TV Stardom!

Did you know we have TV stars in Strong College? Liesl Ehardt and Jennifer Scott were both filmed this summer for episodes of the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek. The expected air dates for their episodes are Wednesday, October 7th (Liesl) and Wednesday, October 14th (both Liesl and Jennifer). All Strong College will be watching—be sure to tune them in on a TV near you!

Housekeeping Thanks!

The College Council collected more than $90 to buy thank-you gifts for our two wonderful housekeepers, Ms. Juanita Chapman and Ms. Virginia Cherry, during National Housekeeping Week. Strong thanks to everyone for their kind contributions, and extra Strong thanks to Ms. Chapman and Ms. Cherry for all the work they do for us!

Blue Lemur Bulletins

The following urgent bulletin comes from the Lemurettes: Those of you who frequent the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar on Tuesday and Thursday nights may have heard the words “Do you have any more creamer?” The answer is unfortunately “Sorry, we do not.” All of the Coffee Bar’s supplies are bought with contributions from our esteemed patrons and we are running very low. Anyone willing to donate creamer, sugar, cups, coffee, stirrers, or money is welcome to do so and will be loved forever.

Strong Performances

Our own Jessica Traversino (flute) and Laura Poe (piano) will be performing a woodwind studio recital on Tuesday, September 29th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hart Recital Hall, Brown Music Building. It is right after Tea, so don’t miss it!

Power and Prestige

A whole host of Strong College members have been elected to positions of prominence in the University. New officers of the Teaching Fellows Executive Council for 1998–99 are Mary Minter (President), Stephanie Hoover (Secretary), Turkesshia Moore (Senior Class Representative), Cecilia Ruth Lance (Junior Class Representative), and Ryan Kelly (Sophomore Class Representative). Congratulations! And not only that, three Strong College members have just been appointed University Ambassadors: Chris Butler, Todd Hall, and Ryan Kelly. Congratulations again!


Malisa Myers has published another story, “Turkey on White, Hold the War,” on the Hogan’s Heroes website. Well done, Malisa!

Attention X-Philes

Please join Amanda Frailey and other Strong College X-Philes in the Star Chamber to watch The X-Files every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. This week is the finale from last season, and next week will be the new season premiere!

Ad Astra

Aimee Parham donated a whole box of books to the Strong College Library, including a very nice world atlas which has been put on permanent display in the Junior Common Room for all to use. Thank you, Aimee!

Dr. O’Hara’s book-of-the-week this week is A Book of Old Maps, now on display in the College Office.

College thanks go to Chris Williams, Erin Fox, Stephanie Crews, Elizabeth Hargrove, and Kelly White for leading Strong College tours for prospective students attending the University’s “Focus” program. There will be many more opportunities to lead tours of the College all year long—please talk to Dr. O’Hara if you are interested!


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.E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” (1896), in memory of Florence Griffith Joyner (1959–1998):

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

And round that early-laureled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honors out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.


The Strong College Calendar doesn’t fit this week because there is so much going on!

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