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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 5 February 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 140


Borders Bookstore Trip!

If you’re one of the lucky people who gets the Strong College Newsletter hot off the presses, you should come along on the monthly Borders Bookstore trip on Sunday (February 7th) at 1:00 p.m. Meet in the JCR to join Pam Bulgin and an assortment of other Strong College bibliophiles for the ride out. Hope to see you there!

Valentine’s Dance!

The annual Strong College Valentine’s Dance has arrived! It will be held Friday, February 12th, in the JCR from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, and a grand romantic time will be had by all! The College Council has put lovely signs all about the College, and will be finishing the final details this week at their regular meeting. All Strong College students are welcome and encouraged to join in the planning, and we hope everyone will come to the dance!

High Honors for Thomason

Our own elder statesman, Scott Thomason, has entered the final national round of competition for a Fulbright research fellowship to study abroad next year! Fulbright fellowships are among the most prestigious academic fellowships in the country, and that Scott has entered the final round is a mark of great distinction. If he receives the award, Scott plans to do research in Liverpool on the activities of Confederate agents who worked in England during the Civil War. Congratulations, Scott, and best of luck in the final round!

And Speaking of Valentines

And speaking of Valentines, stop by the College Office to pick up a free Valentine’s Day card to give to someone special! We also have some chocolate hearts in the cookie jar now for everyone with a pocket full of Strong dollars. Make someone happy today with a card or a chocolate heart from the College Office!

Bible Study Group Begins

Every Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Star Chamber our own Jon Buford will be hosting a Bible study group for all interested Strong College members. Watch for announcements around the College with details about special topics to be discussed each week.

Help Recruit New Members for Strong College

This is the season when high school students all around the country start deciding what University to attend in the Fall. If you have friends who are planning to come to UNCG, why not encourage them to apply to Strong College as well? Applications are available in the College Office, and can also be printed from our web page. Many of our current members learned about us first from friends and neighbors—keep that tradition alive!

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week this week, for all Strong College Valentines, is the Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay (the only poet he knows whose name is almost a half line of dactylic hexameter). See the Poem-of-the-Week below for a sample, and stop by the College Office to browse the volume today!

Movie Night next Tuesday will be showing Tombstone (9:45 p.m. in the Committee Room after College Council). Dan Treharne is the movie master, and he thanks everyone who came last week to the first Movie Night.

A schedule of campus events for African American History month is now on the bulletin board outside the College Office. Browse it today and fill up your calendar!

Our own Kim Fales was interviewed by Channel 2 News for a report about the flu epidemic. Wow!

Kelly White and Curtis Ostrom have been selected to be University Marshals—congratulations!


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 Edna St. Vincent Millay’s lapidary Sonnet XCIX, “Love is not all”:

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It may well be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.


8 February (Monday), 8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Bible Study Group (Jon Buford)

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 February (Friday), 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Junior Common Room — Valentine’s Dance!

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