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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 31 March 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 175


Pajama Jam a Smashing Success!

Congratulations to everyone who helped with the very successful Pajama Jam (or Payama Yam) this past week in the JCR—a grand time was had by all the thousands of people in attendance. Some pictures of the event are now on view in the College Office, so stop by and take a look! Special thanks to these people who helped with the running of the show: Bri Payne, Jen Stumpf, Kathleen Lance, Jon Buford, Kelly White, Sherrill Hayes, Jordan Sanders, Tim Williams, Sara Neeves, Tiffany Lewis, Jessica Zellers, Tammy Thorarinson, C.J. Heidel, Michelle Marcelais, David Simon, Scott Thomason, and Mary Minter—we couldn’t have done it without them!

The Strong College Art Show!

The Annual Strong College Art Show will be opening this coming week at Tea, and we want submissions from you! 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). Come one, come all, to the Annual Strong College Art Show!

Welcoming Chairs!

Congratulations to Carrie Bogart and David Simon who will be co-chairs of the Strong College Welcoming Committee next year, succeeding the wildly successful duo of Mary Minter and Kelly White. Carrie and David will be organizing the welcoming activities for our new members during the summer and into the fall. A million thanks to Mary and Kelly for their work this year, and congratulations to Carrie and David for the year ahead!

Azaleas and Other Nature Notes

Spring is all around us! In Peabody Park the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons have returned and the wild azaleas are coming into flower along with the Swamp Dogwoods and the Mayapples. And right outside our front door, one of Strong College’s dramatic floral displays is about to appear: our banks of white azaleas. These are the cultivar ‘Delaware Valley White,’ one of the so-called Kurume Hybrid azaleas, derived from crosses between Rhododendron obtusum and R. kiusianum, both native to Kyushu, Japan.

A Concert in the Park!

On Sunday, April 9th, at 2:00 p.m. the Peabody Park Rangers will be sponsoring a free picnic and concert in the Peabody Park Amphitheater! A number of performers will take the stage, including UNCG’s legendary a capella group The Spartones (featuring our own Travis Newton, Curtis Ostrom, and Austin Tremblay)! Be sure to come out for this wonderful campus event, and bring all your friends!

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!

Ad Astra

The April Map-of-the-Month outside the College Office is a new National Geographic map of Ancient Greece—be sure to browse it as you go by the Office!

Our own Tammy Thorarinson (not surprisingly) has donated yet another new state quarter to the Strong College coin collection: the quarter for Maryland. Stop by the Office to see the whole collection, and keep your eyes out for all the additional issues that will be coming out this year. The first person to find each new one for our collection wins eternal fame and a Strong dollar!

And speaking of Tammy, she has just been elected to membership in Beta Sigma Gamma, the international honor society recognizing outstanding academic achievements of students in college business and management programs. Congratulations, Tammy!

Another one of our ‘Cornelia’ roses is in bloom, and more are on the way—keep your eyes on the garden.

Our own Scott Thomason gave a paper entitled “The seeds of mischief sown: Class division and ad valorem slave taxation in North Carolina, 1858–1860” at the Twelfth Annual Graduate History Forum at UNC Charlotte this past month. Great job, Scott!


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is Emily Dickinson’s indiscriminate “The Pedigree of Honey”:

The Pedigree of Honey
Does not concern the Bee –
A Clover, any time, to him,
Is Aristocracy –


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 April (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. Improvments in the works. 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. This does not represent the official policy of Conan the Pansy™. If there are naked people to be seen, I want to see them. I’m her soft-spoken emanation. “Hark! Never mind.” When you live in the water it’s hard to keep your hair neat. I don’t even have the energy to burble. 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’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. Perpetual motion pleases me. 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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