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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 15 October 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 160


Another Focus Day is Coming

Saturday, October 23rd, is another “Focus on UNCG” day for prospective students, and Strong College will be giving tours as usual. Listen to Strong-L for details about how you can help! If you haven’t given tours of the College before you will need to go through a rigorous and exhausting training session with Dr. O’Hara (takes about 15 minutes), and then you will be fully qualified for life. Some of the visitors may be your neighbors next year, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet them early!

“This story shall the good man teach his son”

Monday night at the Lemurodeon on October 25th (St. Crispin’s Day) will feature Shakespeare’s Henry V—don’t miss this annual Strong College event! Blood! Gore! Power! Intrigue! Romance! Wit! (Just like Strong College!)

Halloween is Coming!

Halloween is almost here, and the Strong College Council will be hosting a frighteningly clever Costume Party on Thursday, October 28th, at 9:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room. Everyone is invited! Watch for information posted around the College and on Strong-L, and come to this week’s Council meeting if you’d like to help! Boo!

Trick or Treat!

And speaking of Halloween, the afternoon before the Costume Party, Strong College will be hosting a group of children from the North Carolina School for the Deaf who will be here for trick-or-treating! Elizabeth Hargrove will be our local sponsor, and there will be sign-language interpreters escorting the children around. You can help! Just buy enough candy for about 50 kids, and put your name on the sign-up sheet outside the Office so the children will know which rooms to go to. The date is Thursday, October 28th, and the time will be 6:30–7:30 p.m. Any questions may be directed to Elizabeth (Room 170; x1688). If you’d like to learn how to say “Happy Halloween” in sign language, you can also come to a sign-language workshop on Tuesday the 26th at 9:00 p.m. in the JCR—this is not required at all for participation, but you might have fun being able to greet your visitors!

Charleston Calling

A brave Strong College band led by Deb Bell and Bri Payne is off to Charleston, South Carolina, for a weekend of fun and frolic. A grand time will be had by all, and epic verses will tell the tale of their exploits, we are sure.

A Remarkable Stamp Collection

Strong College has just received a magnificent stamp collection thanks to the generosity of our own Jennifer Osborne. It includes a number of international topical collections with a great many stamps included, as well as two comprehensive United States albums with many stamps already in place. This will clearly be the foundation on which all the rest of our collection will be built. Strong thanks indeed to Jennifer!

Ad Astra

Our own Stacy Dalton has the lead role in a film being produced by a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts! She will be filming during October, and the premiere is expected next May. Congratulations, Stacy!

Lots of gardening is going on in Strong College! Bob O’Hara and Sherrill Hayes acquired lots of new plants which have been planted in one of our front garden beds, and Stephanie Crews and Tiffany Tillman have also been working hard planting asters and other lovely species. Watch for them all to brighten our home for years to come!

Dr. O’Hara and Barron Thompson went to court last week. No, they were not arrested; they went to research the history of the land that Peabody Park (and also Strong College) now occupies. The Register of Deeds in the Guilford Country Courthouse houses these records—watch for some details to appear in the future.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is some expansive meteorology (with an unusual rhyme scheme) by Emily Dickinson (ca. 1863):

Behind Me – dips Eternity –
Before Me – Immortality –
Myself – the Term between –
Death by the Drift of Eastern Gray,
Dissolving into Dawn away,
Before the West begin –

’Tis Kingdoms – afterward – they say –
In perfect – pauseless Monarchy –
Whose Prince – is Son of None,
Himself – His Dateless Dynasty –
Himself – Himself diversify –
In Duplicate divine –

’Tis Miracle before Me – then –
’Tis Miracle behind – between –
A Crescent in the Sea –
With Midnight to the North of Her –
And Midnight to the South of Her –
And Maelstrom – in the Sky –


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 October (Saturday), mid-day, Junior Common Room — Open house for prospective students (see above).

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