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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 6 November 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 133


Photo Stars

Strong thanks to a host of people who modeled in the Library last week for an official University publicity session: Erin Fox, C.J. Heidel, Dave Day, Elizabeth Hargrove, Caryn Williams, Todd Hall, Beth Regulski, Dan Treharne, and Tim Owens. Their images will be appearing on billboards all across the country very soon. And not only that, another photo op was held at Tea this past week—fame and fortune will be ours!

Get Outside and Do Good!

Next Saturday, November 14th, Dr. O’Hara will be sponsoring a special forest restoration project in the Peabody Park woods and he needs your help! English Ivy is a European vine that was formerly planted around many buildings on campus, and when it climbs up the outside of the buildings it looks very pretty. The problem is, for several years it has been creeping into the wooded section of Peabody Park and is choking out the native American wildflowers. So what do we do? We pull it up! Come out Saturday, November 14th, starting at 2:00 p.m., to the plaza area beneath Grogan and Reynolds Halls to join a (hopefully) large team of people working to pull up the ivy so the native flowers can come back. No experience necessary! Only your hands are needed! (Maybe a pair of gloves if you are particular.) At the end of the afternoon you will be able to say that you did a Good Thing today.

More Focus Help Needed

The next “Focus on UNCG” day for prospective UNCG students will be this coming Saturday, November 14th. We will need a few people to give tours of Strong College, and to attend an early morning informational session in the EUC. This could be your chance to meet your new neighbors for next year, and spread the good word about Strong College! If you can help please speak to Dr. O’Hara or Tim Owens in the College Office and they will get the details to you this week. Thank you!


Strong College temporary tattoos have arrived! Come pick up your free one in the College Office today! Impress your friends! Frighten your parents when you go home for Thanksgiving Break! Proclaim to all the world your membership in the College! (And most of all, have fun!)

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week this week in the College Office this week is Ansel Adams’ classic text The Camera. Stop by and browse it today!

Photos from the Halloween dance are now on display in the College Office (along with a few earlier pictures of the Senior Dinner, etc.). Stop by and have a look at them!

In honor of Flecker Day (and Flecker Week, and Flecker Month), we are pleased to announce that Barron Lloyd Thompson has been elevated to the exalted position of Third Avatar of Flecker. (Don’t ask us to explain.) Visit the Flecker Page on the Strong College website for background details.

Dr. Pam Bulgin escorted a delighted Strong College crowd out to Borders Bookstore at the beginning of this month, on the regular monthly Borders trip. Watch for the next one on the first Sunday of December (the 6th).

And speaking of Dr. Bulgin, she and Dr. White attended a national Honors conference in Chicago this past week.


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 the chronically-depressed James Elroy Flecker’s “November Eves” in honor of the poet himself, born November 5th, 1884:

November Evenings! Damp and still
They used to cloak Leckhampton hill,
And lie down close on the grey plain,
And dim the dripping window-pane,
And send queer winds like Harlequins
That seized our elms for violins
And struck a note so sharp and low
Even a child could feel the woe.

Now fire chased shadow round the room;
Tables and chairs grew vast in gloom:
We crept about like mice, while Nurse
Sat mending, solemn as a hearse,
And even our unlearned eyes
Half closed with choking memories.

Is it the mist or the dead leaves,
Or the dead men—November eves?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 November (Saturday), 2:00 p.m., Peabody Park woods under Grogan and Reynolds Halls — The Great Ivy Pulling Project! Help restore native wildflowers. See details above. (Bob O’Hara)

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