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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 9 April 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 147


College Council Elections!

Elections for Strong College Council President for 1999–2000 are upon us! We have two excellent candidates on the ballot: Bri Payne and Kelly White. Both of the candidates will have an opportunity to speak at Tea this coming week to tell you about their dreams and hopes for the future of the College Council, and to ask for your vote. Elections will be held this Wednesday and Thursday evenings, April 14th & 15th, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. in the JCR. Exercise your franchise and vote!


If you are one of the lucky people who gets the Newsletter the moment it comes off the presses, be sure to come down this Sunday night, April 11th, to the JCR at 7:00 p.m. for an honest to goodness Tupperware Party hosted by our own Durenda Johnson! Need to get your life organized? This could be your chance!

Vita Brevis, Ars Longa!

The three weeks of the Strong College Art Show have just concluded, and the grand winner of Best in Show was Emily Brown! As the overall winner, Emily will be asked to donate a piece of her work to a permanent art collection we intend to establish in the College. And congratulations and thanks to all the Strong College artists who participated in the Art Show (and we hope we have got them all): Sakettia Tillery, Dave Day, Bob O’Hara, Beth Regulski, Pete Jameison, Krista Karbowski, Bri Payne, Travis Newton, Sherrill Hayes, Emily Brown, Gwen Kovalak, Heather Lloyd, Erin Fox, Christy Mobley, Kelly White, Kenny Miller, and Sonya Link! Start mixing your paint, sharpening your pencil, or focusing your camera now for next year!


The Fifth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta is almost here! The date is Sunday, April 25th, and the place is Buffalo Creek in Peabody Park right behind Strong College. There will be a cookout lunch for Strong College members from 12:30–1:30 p.m., and the races will begin about 1:30. Everyone can enter! Boats must be smaller than 8 × 4 inches and must be unpowered (no rocket engines, no propellers, no fish tied to the bottom, etc.). Bring your friends! Bring your parents! This is one of the big events of the year; if you miss it, your grandchildren will never forgive you. So be there, and start planning your boat today!

Say What?

Our own Prof. Denise Tucker, Strong College audiologist, will be conducting free hearing tests at Tea on Tuesday, April 20th! Have you ever had your hearing tested? This is your chance! Bring your friends and family too, and thank Dr. Tucker for providing this service to the College. (She claims that the only reason she is doing this is so everyone will be able to hear the cheering when her boat wins the Regatta; we shall see.) Dr. O’Hara is especially anxious to have Tim the Lemur’s hearing tested.

Movie Night!

Movie Night this coming Tuesday will feature Better Off Dead starring John Cusack! Come up to the Committee Room Tuesday night at 9:45 p.m. to join Dan Treharne for the free showing.

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week this week is The Butterflies of North America by James A. Scott. Spring is here and the butterflies are in flight, so come down to the Office and browse it today!

A thousand thanks to all the Strong College tour guides who showed visiting students and parents around Strong College this past week for the UNCG Open House. All the visitors were impressed, and we couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Thanks once again to Office Alice Chavez for another generous donation of magazines to the College—watch for them to appear in the Library and JCR very soon.


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 Robert Frost’s famous iambic trimeter for spring, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.


12 April (Monday), 5:00 p.m., Spencers — Strong College dinner in Spencers; meet in JCR. (Shelly McLain)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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