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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 1 October 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 159


Borders Bookstore!

If you’re one of the lucky people who gets this Newsletter hot from the presses, join our own Michelle Marcelais for the monthly Strong College trip to Borders Bookstore on Sunday, October 3rd. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room for the ride out. After an hour or two of browsing, we’ll head back to Strong College. Borders is the best bookstore for miles around, and you can even have your lunch there if you like. Don’t miss this social shopping opportunity!

The Next Star Party

The next Strong College Star Party will be Wednesday, October 6th, at 10:00 p.m. on the East Lawn. (And the first Wednesday of each month thereafter for the rest of the year.) Jupiter and Saturn should be visible if the weather is good. Come out and look at some heavenly sights with the Strong College star gazers!

The Senior Dinner !

The annual Strong College Senior Dinner is coming Tuesday, October 5th! All seniors and Fellows should have received an invitation and should have let the College Office know whether they will be attending. The Senior Dinner is one of the elegant events of the year, so we hope everyone who is invited will be able to attend.

Fierce Creatures

The Fierce Creatures, Strong College’s own flag football team, are now undefeated for the season! Under the direction of Capt. Sherrill Hayes, the Fierce Creatures walloped their opponents last week, despite having their secret “Trojan Lemur” play rejected on a technicality (as if the other team didn’t commit enough offenses of their own). Woooooo! Frink! Frink! Frink!

Ad Astra

The Strong College Stock Market Competition is well underway, and late ticker reports show Thomas Dort in the lead, although the rankings change moment by moment. (Actually, Tim the Lemur is in the lead: he bought gold bullion and buried it in Peabody Park). Watch for updates as the semester proceeds.

Tammy Thorarinson donated an elegant National Geographic volume Wild Animals of North America to the College Library. Come look at it while it is still in the Office. Strong thanks!

C.J. Heidel donated two new stamps to the Strong College stamp collection. Thank you!

Council President Bri Payne donated two new games to the Committee Room game collection. Huzza!

Jessica Zellers donated a giant purple spider to the Committee Room spider collection. Hooray!

The Night-on-the-Town crew won and donated Hopping Harry the duck to the College Petting Zoo. Yeeha!

And extraordinary number of disclaimers have been produced in the College in the last week or so, many of them due to Strong College Groupie Chase Palmer, so we have set aside an extra large disclaimer section this week.

Long time Strong College members will remember Ann Smith, CSC ’97. Ann is now Ann Miller and is living in Washington State, and she recently became the mother of twins. To see pictures of them, stop by the Office.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is the opening stanza of W.H. Auden’s “The Wanderer” (1933):

Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dingle.
Upon what man it fall
In spring, day-wishing flowers appearing,
Avalanche sliding, white snow from rock-face,
That he should leave his house,
No cloud-soft hand can hold him, restraint by women;
But ever that man goes
Through place-keepers, through forest trees,
A stranger to strangers over undried sea,
Houses for fishes, suffocating water,
Or lonely on fell as chat,
By pot-holed becks
A bird stone-haunting, an unquiet bird.


3 October (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Trip! See details above.

4 October (Monday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room (230) — Monday Night at the Lemurodeon! (Free movies!)

5 October (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! The social event of the College week.

5 October (Tuesday), 5:45 p.m., Dinner at Spencers — After Tea, come join the crowd for dinner at Spencers!

5 October (Tuesday), 5:45 p.m., Junior Common Room — Annual Senior Dinner! (By invitation.)

5 October (Tuesday), 8:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Card Games Galore! Everyone is welcome to come!

6 October (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Committee Room — Strong College Council meeting. Everyone is invited!

6 October (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber (362) — Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant.

7 October (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar! Come and get caffeinated!

8 October (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section of the Caf — Fellows’ Lunch; students are welcome!

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS (of Doom): Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. This article does not meet California Bureau of Home Furnishings flammability requirements. Me and Kelly sit around and talk about how stupid boys are and do our nails and stuff. While the information presented on these images is believed to be correct, our data feed is not consistent enough to provide all of the data all of the time. Get that lobster away from my flaxen hair. Face up, chip first. My dog gutted my friend’s tribble. Overexposure may result in nausea, headache, confusion, and instability. She made me her laundry slave. Is this a snake I see before me? What do you think would happen if, like, I tried to auction off my brain on eBay? With a little luck, they may revere us as gods. Fire bad; tree pretty. There are people praying in my card parlor. I thrive on menial labor. This does not represent the official policy of the Puppy of Doom, the Pikachu of Doom, the Petting Zoo of Doom, the Wanderer of Doom, the Poet of Doom (Flecker!), the Doctor of Doom, the Sloth of Doom, the Coffee Cup of Doom, the Donuts of Doom, the Crown of Doom, the Leaves of Doom, the Sweet Gum of Doom, the Do-dah-day of Doom, or Tim the Lemur of Doom. Ich bin ein Berliner . . . of Doom. Maybe I’m a figment of my imagination. Elvis was my sixth cousin. I was going to rescue him from being debauched at the swing dance lessons. When you live in the water it’s hard to keep your hair neat. I’m still trying to work through my Tang buzz. Remember to pillage before you burn. I’m one of the spotlights in the ceiling. Edibility not known. I’m Amish; I’m in disguise. He’s not really a boy, he’s a koala. If I had my Pokemon book with me I could count all the way to 150. From contented cows. It’s a good thing he has an exoskeleton. Care should be exercised near open flame or with burning cigarettes. I want to go hunting for dead bodies in Peabody Park. She made me partake of the Matrimonial SweetTart. Don’t let that quiet, fuzzy demeanor fool you. There will be a $10 protest fee. Do you want to feel the dent in my head? If this works out, you may be able to live in a glass ball on Mars. Promptly refrigerate unused portion. My leader wears the horns of power. Apparently I’m a freak of nature. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. Sealed for freshness. Stuffed with polyester fiber. Sonnets are the mosquitoes of literature. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. Everything’s better with a halo. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Think continually of those who were truly great. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Smaller, better, quicker. Outside, there are no witnesses. Per aspera ad astra!

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