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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 4 February 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 170


Room Sign-up for Next Year

All resident members of the College should have studied the information that is posted around the building about room sign-up for next year. Students wishing to return to the building next year but to a different room should attend the sign-up sessions on either Monday, February 7th, from 8:00–10:00 p.m. in the JCR (for rising seniors and graduate students) or Tuesday, February 8th, from 8:00–10:00 p.m. in the JCR (for all others). See the posted notices for more details.

Valentine’s Party!

The Strong College Council will be hosting our annual Valentine’s Party this coming Thursday, February 9th, from 9:00 p.m. until midnight in the Junior Common Room. Come dressed up, dressed down, or dressed as you like, as long and you come and have fun with all your friends. If you want to help set up and take down the party, come to the Council meeting this week (Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room) and lend a hand. We will see you there!

Love is in the Air!

Now available the College Office is a wide assortment of little Valentine cards for you to give to your Strong College friends and admirees—the first card is free and extras are 5¢ each. Cecilia Ruth Lance has just added a collection of Scooby Do cards as well! And very importantly, there is also now an envelope on the bulletin board outside the Office ready to receive your Valentines and other tokens of affection for our own Master of the Universe, Tim the Lemur. And in addition, the candy jar in the Office has been refilled with seasonally appropriate confections, at the special rate (just for you) of three/$1Strong.

Star Party Coming!

The next Strong College Star Party will be this coming Wednesday, February 9th, at 10:00 p.m. out in front of the College. Come see the celestial sights through our telescope, and enjoy the wonders of the night sky! We have been very lucky with the weather in all our previous Star Parties this year, so cross your fingers for another successful evening of clear skies.

Cornelian Prize

Entries for the Cornelian Prize are due in the College Office by Friday, February 18th. All UNCG undergraduates may enter the competition. See the notices posted around the College for details, or visit the Cornelian Prize website.

Ad Astra

Jay Ewing wrote a ten-minute play, “The Hero and the Lady,” that is one of the entrants in the American College Theater Festival this weekend. Congratulations, Jay!

Bob O’Hara and Jessica Zellers have been salvaging bricks to use as edging in our Strong College gardens. Watch for them to be put in place this spring.

We will be having a number of distinguished visitors at Tea this coming week—stop by to meet them!

The Strong College Welcoming Committee, under the able direction of our own Mary Minter and Kelly White, is planning a range of events for visiting students in the next week or two. Strong thanks to all who are helping!

The half row of daffodils that Dr. O’Hara planted out front last summer are just starting to peek up through the ground. This spring we can plant the rest and perhaps start a row along the north sidewalk, too.

This coming week’s episode of Star Trek: Voyager will be a special one that ought to draw in more than the usual crowd. Watch for details to be posted soon.

Everyone’s talking about how good the Carolinian looks this semester. That’s due in large part to a big assortment of Strong College people on the Carolinian staff, headed up by our own Jon Buford. Congratulations to them all!


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is Robert Frost’s “A Patch of Old Snow”:

There’s a patch of old snow in a corner,
  That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
  Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
  Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I’ve forgotten—
  If I ever read it.


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

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

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

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

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

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

9 February (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., East Lawn — Monthly Star Party! Come see the heavenly sights!

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

10 February (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Annual Valentine’s Party! Everyone welcome!

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

11 February (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. D’ya know they’ll give you dead fish at the pet store if you ask for them? I’ve got way more minions than you. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. Where’s my Egyptian techno music to go to sleep by? Lemurs don’t wear pants. This does not represent the official policy of the Flecker University Department of World Domination. No boys allowed. Underwear is like chocolate: you can never have too much of it. 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. I’m a decapod girl in a decapod world. I have one of those disorders or something. It’s hard to be the girlfriend of the Master of the Universe. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. I like to get credit for my own stupidity. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. We’re not complete morons. It’s hard being secret agents. I just exist and problems seem to orbit me. 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? Do the zombie snail. I want my CSC. Per aspera ad astra!

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