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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 12 November 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 164


FOCUS on UNCG Tours Again

Saturday, November 13th, is another FOCUS on UNCG day for prospective students, and the usual Strong College tours are on the calendar. Giving these tours is one of the most important things we do all year, because they help us to build the Strong College family for next year. Strong thanks to this week’s tour guides: Carrie Bogart, Tiffany Tillman, Stephanie Crews, Cathy Meyer, Michelle Marcelais, Kimberly Trogdon, Krista Karbowski, Elizabeth Hargrove, David Simon, Mary Minter, Tammy Thorarinson, Chris Bird, Michele Guzzello, Lacey Diggs, and Sherrill Hayes, with special thanks to Dan Treharne and Kate Peeples for taking on the early-morning display table in the EUC, and Chase Palmer for the elegant sidewalk art that brought our visitors to us!

Toys for Tots

Our own Kesha Harper and the University Marshals are sponsoring a Salvation Army Toy Drive, and have put a box for donations in the Junior Common Room. Please donate new, unwrapped toys for needy children anytime between now and the end of the semester. Thank you all, and thanks to Kesha!

Tee Shirts are Here!

The new avatars of the ever-popular Strong College tee shirt have just appeared! Now available in the College Office, they feature the coat of arms on the front and a life-like figure of Tim the Lemur on the back, rendered by the talented pen of our own Courtney Via. They make ideal gifts for family and friends, and are appropriate dress for all social occasions of course. The price is $10 or $20Strong (or some combination thereof)—get yours today!

Alumni from Abroad!

We have recently heard from two of Strong College’s international alumni: Piotr Chruszczewski from Poland, who was with us for a year and served as a Librarian when he was here, and Kelvin Wong from Singapore, who was here for a semester on exchange from his university in Australia. Both are doing well and have fond memories of Strong College, which Piotr remembers as “the best college in the USA”!

News from Outer Space

A number of Strong College members are participating in the University of California’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home project, donating idle computer time to the analysis of radio telescope data. The Strong College team has thus far analyzed more than 450 blocks of data during more than 1.25 years of total computer time! Do you want to participate in the search and join the Strong College team? Just follow the SETI@Home link on the Strong College web page and you can find out how to do it!

The Carolinian Wants You!

The UNCG student newspaper, The Carolinian, wants you as an employee! The Carolinian is looking for an office manager as well as for writers in all sections, copy editors, and layout editors. These are paying positions that would not only generate a little spending money for you but would also do good for the campus. If you would like to work for The Carolinian just speak to our own Jon Buford who is the Executive Editor (a.k.a. Head Honcho).

Ad Astra

We have just received a donation of many issues of Business Week and National Geographic from our own C.J. Heidel. Look for them in the JCR, the Office, and eventually the Library. Thank you, C.J.!

The first issue of our new subscription to MacWorld has just arrived and is now on display in the JCR—Strong thanks to Adam Cox for this generous donation!

Our own Ellyn Baumer just got engaged! Congratulations, Ellyn!

Several Strong College students including Chris Bird and Sarah Cox have created new web pages of their own. These are now linked to the main Strong College page—pay them a visit soon!

Krista Karbowski and the Peabody Park Rangers are sponsoring a picnic in the Peabody Park amphitheater at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th. Great work, Krista! And two articles about the Park Rangers by our own Kate Peeples recently appeared in The Carolinian—check them out on the bulletin board outside the College Office.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is a murine prayer by Emily Dickinson, written about 1859:

Papa above!
Regard a Mouse
O’erpowered by the Cat!
Reserve within thy kingdom
A “Mansion” for the Rat!

Snug in seraphic Cupboards
To nibble all the day,
While unsuspecting Cycles
Wheel solemnly away!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. I want my CSC. Take that lemur off your head right now. You’re the one waiting for a frog to get you a coke. Mind manipulation is totally my forté. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. Crash outcomes may vary. There are people praying in my card parlor. If only I had orange eyes maybe I’d attract more guys. A college without an Italian Princess is hardly a college at all. This does represent the official policy of James Elroy Flecker. I wish I were a giant rubber duck. Who needs to work hard when you have extortion. You’re just jealous of my thick glossy coat. Eeeew, she wrote “gurge.” When you live in the water it’s hard to keep your hair neat. It’s a good thing he has an exoskeleton. If this works out, you may be able to live in a glass ball on Mars. There are no platypuses driving my car. It’s not an easter egg hunt, it’s hair. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. Tranquilizer darts are just another name for sweet candy. Stuffed with polyester fiber. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. Are you looking at my Ramen? It’s hard being secret agents. 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. Without struggle, there is no progress. Per Rodentia ad astra!

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