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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 10 March 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 172


Thanks to the Garden Weasels!

Hearty thanks to all the Strong College Garden Weasels who helped to plant daffodils in the last few weeks: Chris Bird, Jordan Sanders, Krista Karbowski, Barbara Rodgers, Sarah Shaffer, Brittany Ronco, Chris Hall, Jessica Zellers, and Bob O’Hara. Their work was rewarded instantly, when the daffodils opened within a day or two of transplanting. March will now be daffodil season in Strong College for decades to come! The work of the Garden Weasels is not yet finished, however—very soon we expect to be receiving our first shipment of roses for the front of the building, so keep your eyes and ears open for more details on how you can help!

The Cornelian Prize!

Strong College is pleased to announce that the 2000 Cornelian Prize for English Prose has been awarded to Stephanie Holt Helmer for her short story “Stars.” Stephanie will receive the congratulations of the College this coming week at Tea, and her winning entry is now available on the Cornelian Prize web page, linked from the Strong College page. There were many entries and the Prize Committee reports that choosing among them was difficult. If you weren’t successful this year be sure to enter again next year when the theme will be “The Garden.”

Strong College Laureates!

It is an honor to congratulate three Strong College members who have just been elected this month into the Phi Beta Kappa Society: Melissa Feimster, Greg Shealy, and Tim Williams. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the country for students in the liberal arts. Congratulations indeed to Melissa, Greg, and Tim!

Guilford Courthouse Battle Reenactment!

Coming up on the weekend of March 18–19 will be the annual reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, held across town at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. The event got rained out last year, but we are crossing our fingers for good weather this time. Come along for the afternoon and learn all about this important battle of the American Revolution. The exact time and date of our trip has not been established, but watch Strong-L and our College bulletin boards for more details to appear soon.

News From You!

Ever wonder why your name never appears in the Newsletter? Because you never tell us what you are up to! There is a tray just inside the College Office door for Newsletter contributions—if you have something to report, just jot it on a piece of paper and slip it into the tray, and there’s a pretty good chance it will be in the next issue!

Aspera and Astra

Strong thanks to Chris Hall for his generous donation of a supply of popcorn for the Lemurodeon sufficient to last the semester—thanks, Chris!

Our own Brittany Ronco is the new sports writer for the Carolinian—congratulations, Brittany!

Our own Jessica Zellers attended a reading by the nationally-known poet Robert Creeley this past week in the Weatherspoon Gallery, and she has presented an autographed copy of Creeley’s Collected Poems to Strong College. Stop by the office to take a look—thank you, Jessica!

Strong College extends its sincere condolences to Chase Palmer on the death of her fish, Vincent Palmer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greensboro Ichthyian Ministries. Vincent was buried at sea.

Watch for Dr. O’Hara’s regular column “This Week in Peabody Park” in every issue of the Carolinian.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. In honor of the successful work of the Strong College Garden Weasels in decorating the College grounds with living art, this week’s poem is William Wordsworth’s exceedingly iambic exposition “The Daffodils”:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle in the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 March (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. Gwyliwch rhag y mamoth. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. Radio telescopes do not do the Can-Can. Lemurs don’t wear pants. I’ve got way more minions than you. This does not represent the official policy Martin the Decapod Laureate or the Daffodil Liberation Front. I’m her soft-spoken emanation. 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. Anyone want to pat my soul? If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. Pizza Hut and the world wide web are not infallible and errors sometimes occur. 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? Livin’ la vida lobster. Per aspera ad astra!

© Robert J. O’Hara 2000–2021