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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 12 February 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 141


Merit Award Candidates Visit

This weekend Strong College will be hosting a number of visiting students who are candidates for UNCG Merit Awards. Many of our current students will remember having come to campus for this visit when they were in high school, and some may even have stayed here in Strong College. Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Tim Owens, all the visitors are paired up with hosts, and we know everyone will have a wonderful time. Please make these guests feel right at home—and special thanks to all the generous Strong College students who are putting up these folks in their rooms for one or two nights!

Honor in Abundance

Our own Eric Bolin has been accepted into medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Well done, Eric!

Our own Melissa Johnson has been accepted into the graduate program at the UNCG School of Education. Congratulations, Melissa!

Kelly White has been elected Chair of the new group UNCG Students Against Landmines. Fantastic!

Elizabeth Hargrove has been appointed to the University Marshals! Congratulations, Elizabeth! Not only that, Elizabeth was also on the front page of the Carolinian this past week working a table in the Atrium for UAED. (How much fame can one person handle?)

Movie Night!

Movie Night next Tuesday will be showing Sliding Doors (9:45 p.m. in the Committee Room after College Council). Dan Treharne is the movie master. Come to the College Council meeting, and then stay right where you are for the showing!


Attention all X-Philes! Please join Kelly Woodfin and a host of other Strong College conspirators this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. in the Star Chamber (and all Sunday nights thereafter) for X-Files! This week the grand conspiracy will be revealed, leaving to next week the discovery of another conspiracy. Don’t miss it!

Cornelian Prize Deadline

The deadline for entries in the Cornelian Prize competition is February 19th. Entries must be submitted to the Provost’s Office by that date. See the information posted on the College Office door or visit the web site for the prize. Eternal fame (not to mention $200) will be yours if you win!

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 is the beautiful Mushrooms of North America by Roger Phillips. Stop by the College Office to browse it today!

Lots of people like Strong College. If you want to see what they are saying why not pay a visit to a new web page that is linked to the Strong College home page.


The Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. The Senior Tutor has been undergoing Flecker withdrawl so this week’s poem is one of that immortal bard’s “Four Translations and Adaptations from Catullus” written by him in 1900 at the tender age of sixteen:

For whom this pretty pamphlet, polished new
With pumice-stone? Cornelius, for you:
For you were never unprepared to deem
My simple verses worthy of esteem,
Though you yourself—who else in Rome so bold?—
In volumes three have laboured to unfold
A “Universal History of Man”—
Dear Jove! A learned and laborious plan!

Wherefore to you, my friend, I dedicate
This so indifferent bookling; yet I pray,
Poor as it is—O goddess of my fate,
Let it outlive the writer’s transient day!


14 February (Sunday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — X-Files! (Kelly Woodfin)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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