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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 29 October 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 162


The Spectacular (and Spooky) Halloween Party!

A magnificent time was had by all at the wondrous Strong College Halloween Costume Party, sponsored this past week by the College Council. Photos are already on display in the College Office for all to see—stop by and take a look! The costumes were especially wonderful and creative this year, and a photographic record of them will be preserved for posterity. Special thanks go to the entire “Boo Crew” who helped to set up and take down the whole event: Bri Payne, Kate Peeples, Sherrill Hayes, Stephanie Crews, Dan Treharne, Krista Karbowski, Bob O’Hara, Sara Neeves, Jordan Davenport, Elizabeth Hargrove, Kimberly Trogdon, Sharon Sullivan, Josh Orchard, Tiffany Tillman, Tom Dort, Scott Thomason, and Erika Grace. Thank you all indeed!

Trick or Treat!

Many thanks to Elizabeth Hargrove for hosting the wonderful trick-or-treat evening (right before the party) for children from the North Carolina School for the Deaf. Hordes of children were entertained by hordes of Strong College candy-givers, and a hyperglycemic time was had by all.

Star Party!

The next Strong College Star Party with our wonderful telescope will be on Wednesday, November 3rd, at 10:00 p.m. in front of the College. Come out and see Jupiter, Saturn, and a host of other celestial wonders! Star Parties are held on the first Wednesday of every month, weather permitting. Consider this a warm-up for…

The Observatory Trip!

The day after the Star Party, Thursday the 4th, we will take a special trip to the Three-College Observatory courtesy of our own Steve Danford. The Observatory has a really big telescope (one of the largest in the Southeast). We will meet in the JCR at 5:50 p.m. sharp to go to the meeting place, and will return about 10:00 p.m. Drivers will be welcome! This is a real treat, so don’t miss it!

Tour Guide Thanks!

Strong thanks indeed to everyone who helped give tours of Strong College to prospective students last week as part of the FOCUS on UNCG program: Erika Grace, Kate Peeples, Krista Karbowski, David Simon, Michele Guzzello, Jen Stumpf, Sharon Sullivan, Erik Nuss, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Rhonda Jo Marion, Tiffany Tillman, Michele Marcelais, and Elizabeth Hargrove! Extra thanks to David Simon who manned the information table in the EUC early that morning, and to Kate Peeples and Chase Palmer who drew the lovely chalk directions on the sidewalk. The next open house day will be Saturday, November 13th!

Flecker Day!

The most important day of the entire year is coming, November 5th. Start preparing yourselves now.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem a seasonal lyric by the legendary Johnny Mercer; if you want to hear the music that goes with it, ask Dr. O’Hara in the College Office:

And when October goes
The snow begins to fly;
Above the smoky roofs
I watch the planes go by,

The children running home
Beneath a twilight sky.
Oh, for the fun of them
When I was one of them.

And when October goes
The same old dream appears,
And you are in my arms
To share the happy years.

I turn my head away
To hide the helpless tears.
Oh, how I hate to see October go.

I should be over it now I know.
It doesn’t matter much
How old I grow:
I hate to see October go.


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

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

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

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

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

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

3 November (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., East Lawn — Strong College Star Party! Come gaze at the heavens!

4 November (Thursday), 5:50 p.m. sharp, Junior Common Room — Meet to go to Three-College Observatory.

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

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

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