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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 29 January 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 139


Blue Lemur and Movie Night!

The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is open once again for your caffeinated pleasure. Its hours for the semester are Thursdays from 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, every week in the Committee Room. And not only that, our own Dan Treharne will be sponsoring a new Movie Night on Tuesdays! College Council meets in the Committee Room on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m., and movies will begin after Council (about 9:45 p.m.). This week’s movie will be The Wedding Singer. Stop by Tuesday night for movies and Thursday night for coffee! If you have movie suggestions please email Dan Treharne at least a week in advance.

Valentine’s Dance!

The College Council is sponsoring the annual Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 12th in the Junior Common Room! The theme (if any) is still to be decided, and the Council can certainly use help from you! Come by the Committee Room this Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m. to help plan for this romantic evening!

The Cornelian Prize

The Cornelian Prize deadline is coming up soon! All entires must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19th. Finish polishing up your final draft and turn it in today! See the Cornelian Prize link on the Strong College web page for more details.

Room Sign-up for Next Fall

Important information about room sign-up for next fall has been posted around the College. All students who wish to return to their current rooms should have already signed up to do so. Students who wish to remain in the building but move to a different room will sign up on February 3rd (seniors and graduate students) and 4th (all others). Please read the posted information carefully if you intend to return to Strong College next year (which we certainly hope you all do!).

We Belong to the World

The Strong College web server is visited every day by people all around the world. The complete list of places we were visited from during 1998 includes all the following countries, arranged in approximate order of the number of their visits: the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Finland, Japan, Italy, Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, South Korea, Malaysia, France, India, Russia, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, Ireland, Denmark, China, Belgium, Israel, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Colombia, Portugal, Norway, Uruguay, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Indonesia, Peru, Pakistan, Luxembourg, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Jordan, Brunei, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Dominican Republic, Croatia, Latvia, Bermuda, Chile, Macedonia, Cyprus, Bahrain, the Philippines, Ecuador, Oman, Botswana, Kuwait, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Paraguay, Mauritius, the Cayman Islands, Malta, Iceland, Cote D’Ivoire, Aruba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Cambodia, Georgia, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Dominica, Ghana, Belarus, Kenya, Vietnam, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Barbados, and (whew) Nepal. If people in Nepal are visiting the Strong College web pages, don’t you think you should be too? Surf on by today!

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week this week is The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses by Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate, a new book that Dr. O’Hara believes is the most important higher education book of the decade. Stop by the College Office and browse it today!

Our own Michelle Marcelais has been appointed a University Marshal! Congratulations, Michelle!

Austin Karp will be spending the summer studying at Nakoya Gakuin University in Seto, Japan! Wow!

Ashley Palmer has been appointed to an internship at VF Corporation in Greensboro. Congratulations, Ashley!

Jennifer Rogers is appearing in the play April at Taylor Theater this week. Brava, Jennifer!

A whole bunch of Strong College Teaching Fellows spent several days in New York recently. New York is still recovering.


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 Arthur Guiterman’s “On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness” for all the people in the College who have been sick in the last two weeks:

The tusks that clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.

The sword of Charlemagne the Just
Is ferric oxide, known as rust.

The grizzly bear whose potent hug
Was feared by all, is now a rug.

Great Caesar’s bust is on the shelf
And I don’t fell so well myself!


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

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

2 February (Tuesday), 9:45 p.m., Committee Room — Movie Night! (Dan Treharne)

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

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

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

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