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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 23 October 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 131


Late Breaking News

If you are one of the lucky people who get this Newsletter just after it comes out, be sure to come down to the Senior Common Room Sunday evening (October 25th) at 9:00 p.m. for the annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Shakespeare’s Henry V! Don’t miss it!

The Delightful Senior Dinner

The annual Strong College Senior Dinner was held last week in the Magnolia Room of the main dining hall. Grand speeches were given and a stirring time was had by all. And although Seniors and Fellows were the principal attendees, the Class of 2002 was mentioned prominently in the context of, well, a ritual we are not at liberty to disclose in this Newsletter.

The Spooky Halloween Dance

The Strong College Council will be sponsoring our annual Halloween Dance in a very few days in the soon-to-be-decorated Junior Common Room. Watch for signs around the College and notices on Strong-L with the details, and come to the College Council meeting this week if you’d like to help out!

Borders Bookstore Breakaway!

On the first Sunday of each month, Strong College Fellow Dr. Pam Bulgin hosts a trip to Borders Bookstore, the best bookstore for miles around. You should come along! We spend an hour or two there browsing (and eating), and then make our way back to Strong College. Meet in the Junior Common Room on Sunday, November 1st, at 1:00 p.m. sharp to join the crowd—you will be glad you did!

Tours and More Tours

Strong thanks to Tim Owens, Dan Treharne, Erin Fox, Kate Longenecker, Kelly White, Elizabeth Hargrove, and Krista Karbowski for assisting with the “Focus on UNCG” weekend and showing vast hordes of visitors around Strong College. They have already begun the indoctrination of our new members for next year! (Frightening, isn’t it?)

Citizens of the World

Our very own Cecilia Ruth and Kathleen Lance have just received citizenship in the Republic of Ireland, making them joint Irish and United States citizens. Congratulations!

Spring Semester Courses

As you plan your course schedule for next semester, why not try to sign up for a course with one of our Strong College Fellows? The Fellows teach in many different departments of the University, and taking one of their courses is a good way to get to know them! And if you’re looking for course advice, why not drop in on some of the Fellows in the coming days, introduce yourself as a Strong College member, and see what they can tell you about the offerings in their departments.

What’s Going On?

Ever feel like you’re out of the loop? Don’t get the inside jokes that everyone else is laughing about? Aren’t sure when the lemur invasion is going to begin? Then you should be on Strong-L where these kinds of important matters are debated daily! Just put your name and email address on the sign-up sheet outside the College Office, or email Tammy Thorarinson, the czarina of Strong-L, and you’ll be on right away!

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week in the College Office is one some of his students will know: Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison. Stop by and browse it today!


The Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is William Butler Yeats’ Irish lyric “Who Goes With Fergus?” (1893):

Who will go drive with Fergus now,
And pierce the deep wood’s woven shade,
And dance upon the level shore?
Young man, lift up your russet brow,
And lift your tender eyelids, maid,
And brood on hopes and fear no more.

And no more turn aside and brood
Upon love’s bitter mystery;
For Fergus rules the brazen cars,
And rules the shadows of the wood,
And the white breast of the dim sea
And all dishevelled wandering stars.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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