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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 24 March 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 174


The Strong College Art Show!

The Annual Strong College Art Show will be coming soon, and we want submissions from you! The College Council sponsors the Art Show every spring at three successive Teas, and this year these will be April 4th, 11th, and 18th. Works in all media are welcome, from painting to sculpture to photography and just about anything else. Judging for Best in Show will take place during Tea on April 11th. Please submit your entries to Bri Payne in room 308 (x1624). Between showings, works will be kept safely locked in the Committee Room. Come one, come all, to the Annual Strong College Art Show!

The Welcoming Committee Wants You!

The Strong College Welcoming Committee, headed by the dynamic duo of Mary Minter and Kelly White, organizes the whole range of events that take place at the beginning of each year to make our new members feel welcome in Strong College. Mary and Kelly want you to help with these activities for the coming year! There will be a meeting for everyone interested in serving on the Welcoming Committee this coming Wednesday, March 29th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Committee Room. If you are a reliable person who can be counted on to make contacts and to keep up with schedules, and you would like to help make our new members feel at home, please come to the Welcoming Committee meeting on Wednesday! New chairs of the Committee for next year will also be selected at that time, so be there!

Our First Roses!

Last weekend a Strong College team planted the first roses for our historic rose garden! The first grouping is the cultivar ‘Cornelia’ (of course), donated to us by Strong College Fellow Denise Tucker. ‘Cornelia’ is a member of the Hybrid Musk group of roses, developed in Essex, England, by the Rev. Joseph Pemberton between 1913 and 1926. (‘Cornelia’ itself was released in 1925.) The Hybrid Musks have a complex ancestry, but they trace in part to Rosa moschata, the Musk Rose, from which the name of the group is derived. ‘Cornelia’ has pink, double flowers and a very fine scent when the flowers are fresh. A thousand thanks to Dr. Tucker for this auspicious beginning. Future plantings will be of varieties representing the history of rose breeding since the Middle Ages.

Join the Egg-citement!

Come out on Saturday, April 8th, at 2:00 p.m. to the first-ever Strong College Egg Dropping Contest hosted by our own Michelle Marcelais! Astound your friends and neighbors by building a contraption that will protect an egg in a one-storey drop! The only restrictions are that the contraption cannot resist gravity in any way (i.e., no parachutes or jetpacks), and it cannot be larger than a seven-inch cube. Have fun, be creative, and come out on April 8th at 2:00 p.m. to test your skill!

A Strong College Movie

Michelle Marcelais and several other members of the College are creating a comedy movie about Strong College (think Monty Python). They have gotten a lot of people willing to help, but what they need now are script ideas! Have a funny story, plot, or one-liner about Strong College? Come by the College Office and write it down on the sheets of paper by the commonplace book, or bring it to Michelle in Room 367. All crazy or serious ideas are welcome!

A Pajama Jam!

Don’t miss a late-night Pajama Jam and Midnight Breakfast on Wednesday, March 29th, at 10:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room! There will be lots of food and fun, and everyone is welcome! Come and eat and have fun with all your Strong College friends!


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is William Butler Yeats’ appropriately horticultural “To the Rose upon the Rood of Time”:

Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days!
Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways:
Cuhoollin battling with the bitter tide;
The Druid, gray, wood-nurtured, quiet-eyed,
Who cast round Fergus dreams, and ruin untold;
And thine own sadness, whereof stars, grown old
In dancing silver sandalled on the sea,
Sing in their high and lonely melody.
Come near, that no more blinded by man’s fate,
I find under the boughs of love and hate,
In all poor foolish things that live a day,
Eternal beauty wandering on her way.

Come near, come near, come near—Ah, leave me still
A little space for the rose-breath to fill!
Lest I no more hear common things that crave;
The weak worm hiding down in its small cave,
The field mouse running by me in the grass,
And heavy mortal hopes that toil and pass;
But seek alone to hear the strange things said
By God to the bright hearts of those long dead,
And learn to chaunt a tongue men do not know
Come near; I would, before my time to go,
Sing of old Eire and the ancient ways:
Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31 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. Worship shiny alien kitty girl now. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. Gravity is not a choice. I know my Mathers. I’ve got way more minions than you. If there are naked people to be seen, I want to see them. I’m her soft-spoken emanation. Eeeew, she wrote “gurge.” When you live in the water it’s hard to keep your hair neat. I’m a solar energy person. It’s a good thing he has an exoskeleton. I strive for pettiness. 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’m sorry, you’re sadly misshapen. He looks so content, even when you’re holding him by his tongue. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. No verbal agreements accepted. It’s hard being secret agents. Get that frog tongue out of my nose! 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? Per aspera ad astra!

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