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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 19 March 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 145


The Art Show!

The annual Strong College Art Show will be opening this coming Tuesday at Tea, and will be put up at three successive Teas. Who is the Art Show for? It is for you! Do you have a creation of any kind that you would like to show? Just bring it to the College Office to have it included in the Art Show, or bring it down to Tea to have it included on the spot. All media are welcome, from painting to sculpture to photographs to drawings to songs to even poems about feathers. See College Council President Heather Lloyd for more information, and join in! And on the opening day of the Art Show we will have special delicious goodies at Tea thanks to the generosity of Joan Glynn in the Alumni House, with help from LaTonya Lipscomb. Don’t miss it!

Strong College Elections

Elections for several student offices in Strong College will be coming up on April 14th & 15th. The offices that are open for 1999–2000 are College Council President, Welcoming Committee Chair, and SGA Representative. (This last position of SGA Representative is a new one that has not yet been finalized; it will depend upon the SGA creating representative positions in the residence halls for next year.) If you are interested in running for any of these positions (and we hope you are) please pick up a ballot petition from the bulletin board outside the College Office, fill it in, and return it to the Office by Wednesday, April 7th. That’s the way to get yourself on the ballot! And even if you are not planning to seek high office, we hope you will consider participating next year in the College Council and serving on the Welcoming Committee. Everyone in the College is welcome to join in the work of the Council, and information about the Welcoming Committee will be posted later in the semester!

Two Outstanding Events!

Our own Kathleen Lance and Cecilia Ruth Lance sponsored this past week a magnificent stress relief program in the Committee Room, a.k.a., a make-over party! The College is now aglow with beautiful faces on every floor, and pictures will soon be available at Tea for all to see. Thank you for this great event! And not only that, the College Council in association with Jon Buford Productions, Inc., sponsored a late-night Pajama Jam in the JCR with music and food (cooked up by master chef Sherrill Hayes) and lots of pajamas! Photos of the grand time had by all will also be available soon. The public is already demanding an encore, so we will have to do it again!

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week this week is The Vocabulary of Science by Lancelot Hogben (author of Mathematics for the Million).

Natural history notes: lots of Cedar Waxwings have been hanging around the College in the last few days—listen for their high-pitched trill to find them. And the crocus planted by the north door last fall has begun to sprout and bloom! Yay!


The Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. It’s spring! In the spirit thereof, we present some loud, invigorating verses from one of the great lyricists of the late twentieth century, to wit, Bruce Springsteen:

We busted out of class, had to get away from those fools,
We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school.
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound,
I can feel my heart begin to pound,
You say you’re tired and you just want to close your eyes
And follow your dreams down.

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember: no retreat, baby, no surrender.
Like soldiers in a winter’s night with a vow to defend: no retreat, baby, no surrender.

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold,
We swore blood brothers against the wind, now I’m ready to grow young again,
And hear your sister’s voice calling us home
Across the open yards.
Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars.


Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim, the walls of my room are closing in,
There’s a war outside still raging, you say it ain’t ours anymore to win.
I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies
In my lover’s bed
With a wide open country in my eyes
And these romantic dreams in my head.



22 March (Monday), 6:00 p.m., Spencers — Strong College dinner in Spencers; meet in JCR. (Shelly McLain)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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