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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 21 January 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 168


Cornelian Prize

Every spring semester Strong College sponsors the Cornelian Prize for English Prose. This prize is awarded to the best original work of fewer than 400 words on a designated theme. This year’s theme is “stars.” The value of the prize is $200, and the competition is open to all undergraduate members of the University. For more details see the prize announcements posted around Strong College and the campus at large, or follow the Cornelian Prize link on the Strong College web page. Sharpen up that pencil and start drafting an entry today!

Foreign Travelers!

Several Strong College members are going abroad this semester, or are still abroad for the entire academic year. Our own Gwen Kovalak is continuing her year at the University of Oulu in Finland. This semester Geana Wheeler is going to Guadalajara in Mexico (in fact she’s already there and has been sending reports to Strong-L), and Dan Treharne, Erik Nuss, and Sharon Sullivan are about to leave for Great Britain. If you are a Strong College student you should think about spending a semester or a year abroad! Contact the University’s Office of International Programs for information about the possibilities.

Literary Hour

The Cornelian Literary Society, a.k.a. Literary Hour, is now meeting in the Senior Common Room every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Who is invited? You are! We just sit around and somewhat randomly read things we like, some serious, some silly. Some people come to just listen, which is OK too. Why not come join us this coming Thursday?

Mondays at the Lemurodeon, College Council, Blue Lemur, and More!

New students especially, but all Strong College members as well, are cordially invited to come to all the wonderful events that take place every week! Three in particular sponsored by the College Council are: Monday Nights at the Lemurodeon (free movies in the Committee Room every Monday night at 9:00 p.m.), the weekly College Council meeting on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room, and the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar every Thursday evening from 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight (free coffee, conversation, games, and more). We will see you there!

Room Sign-up for Next Year

All resident members should have read the room sign-up information posted around the building by now. Those wishing to return to their current rooms next year should sign-up on the Housing and Residence Life web page. Those who wish to return but to a different room should attend one of the sign-up evenings described on the posted information sheet (the first evening is for rising seniors and graduate students; the second for all others).

Ad Astra

Our own Jennifer Osborne has donated two more CDs to the Strong College music collection, now growing in the Library. Thank you, Jennifer!

Our own Tom Dort has donated several new puppets to the Strong College Petting Zoo—thanks, Tom!

Sarah Cox and Chase Palmer are now living in triple rooms; ask them to introduce you to their new roommates.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s meteorological poem “Snowflakes” (1863):

Out of the bosom of the Air,
  Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
  Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
    Silent, and soft, and slow
    Descends the snow.

Even as our cloudy fancies take
  Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
  In the white countenance confession,
    The troubled sky reveals
    The grief it feels.

This is the poem of the air,
  Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
  Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
    Now whispered and revealed
    To wood and field.


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

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

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

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

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

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

27 January (Thursday), 8:00 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. Everyone welcome!

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

28 January (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’m, like, a walking pharmacy. I’ve only been living here three hours and already there’s a ghost in my underwear drawer. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. Crash outcomes may vary. There are people praying in my card parlor. I don’t handle having Pepsi up my nose very well. This does represent the official policy of the Strong College Snow Lemur, the Strong College Snow Bunny, and the Snow-covered Invisible University. I don’t like individual attention. Be quiet or I’ll make you a disclaimer. 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. I feel so special this week: I’ve been disclaimed. If this works out, you may be able to live in a glass ball on Mars. I’m a decapod girl in a decapod world. I have one of those disorders or something. What sort of vampire denies his own vampirism? Color swirls are a natural occurrence. I put the J in INFJ. Stuffed with polyester fiber. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. 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. Why are we here if we’re not magic? I want my CSC. Per aspera ad astra!

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