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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 10 April 2000 | Late Concert Edition! | Newsletter No. 176


The Regatta Has Arrived!

The Sixth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta has arrived! The date is Sunday, April 16th, and the place is Buffalo Creek in the Peabody Park fields behind Strong College. The time is 12:30 p.m. for a free cookout lunch for all Strong College members, with the races to begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone can enter a boat! The rules in brief: boats can be no more than 8 × 4 inches and must be unpowered (no rubber band paddlewheels, rocket engines, fish taped to the bottom, etc.; sails are permitted, though.) All boats will be inspected by the officials before they go into the water. (The boats, that is, not the officials.) We will have a series of preliminary heats, and then a playoff round to determine the Head of the Buffalo for 2000! Separate judging will be held for the categories of Prettiest Boat and Most Original Boat. If you miss the Regatta your grandchildren will never forgive you—see you on Sunday!

Jackson Library Exhibit!

This week only there is a beautiful exhibit about the Buffalo Creek Regatta in the display case at the entrance to the Jackson Library. The exhibit includes boats from past years, our nautical flags, and all sorts of Regatta memorabilia. The whole was assembled by Bob O’Hara, Chase Palmer, Sara Neeves, and Tiffany Lewis. Go see it!

A Magnificent Concert in Peabody Park

Yesterday, Sunday the 9th, there was a magnificent concert in the Peabody Park Amphitheater sponsored by the Peabody Park Rangers. The sky was blue, the grass was green, the air was clear, and the music was beautiful. Among the performers were our own Sarah Cox, Cathy Meyer, and Josh Orchard, and Travis Newton, Austin Tremblay, and Curtis Ostrom of The Spartones, UNCG’s celebrated a capella singing group. More than 150 people were in attendance, and it was probably the biggest event held in the Park Amphitheater in decades. Congratulations to Krista Karbowski and all the Rangers for organizing this wonderful event for the University.

Casino Night Returns!

The legendary Strong College Casino Night will be returning this week on Tuesday, April 11th, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight in the Committee Room! Don’t miss this opportunity to get fleeced, um, learn some new card tricks from Scott Thomason, College Croupier! Wear your best ’30s-style finery and join the gang. Be there!

Outstanding Seniors!

Several Strong College seniors have been voted Outstanding Seniors by the UNCG Class of 2000! They are: Shannon Burge, Cecilia Ruth Lance, and Michelle Marcelais! Congratulations to them all—they bring us honor.

Life After Strong College?

Although our students’ lives may never be the same after they graduate from Strong College, their lives will most certainly go on, and with distinction! As evidence, we are pleased to report that many of our future teachers have already been offered jobs in many places: Shannon Burge in Stokes County, Cecilia Ruth Lance in Guilford County, Michelle Marcelais in Rockingham County, Kathleen Lance in Guilford County and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and April Katz in Guilford County. Congratulations to them all!

Roses by Other Names

Six more roses were planted this past week as our garden of historic roses continues to grow. The six are specimens of the cultivar ‘Slater’s Crimson China,’ an ancient form of Rosa chinensis, the China Rose, that was brought from Bengal, India, to Europe in the 1790s. China roses flower throughout the year (as opposed to one season only), and the arrival of ‘Slater’s Crimson China’ and other China roses led to a revolution in rose breeding in Europe. Almost all modern rose varieties have one of these China roses in their ancestry.

Ad Astra

Cecilia Ruth Lance has been elected to the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta—congratulations! (And Cecilia Ruth also helped with the Pajama Jam last week, but her name was inadvertently omitted—thank you!)

And if that isn’t enough, Cecilia Ruth has also been elected Vice President of the UNCG Class of 2000 by the entire student body! Will the awards ever end? We hope not!

Our own April Minor will be attending graduate school in speech pathology in the fall. Well done, April!


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. In honor of millennial popular culture, this week’s poem is Carole King’s pensive lyric “Home Again”:

Sometimes I wonder if I’m ever gonna make it home again,
It’s so far and out of sight.
I really need someone to talk to, and nobody else
Knows how to comfort me tonight.
Snow is cold, rain is wet,
Chills my soul right to the marrow.
I won’t be happy till I see you alone again,
Till I’m home again and feeling right.


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

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

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

11 April (Tuesday), 8:00 p.m., Committee Room — Casino Night! Come and get fleeced!

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

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

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

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

14 April (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section of the Caf — Fellows’ Lunch; students are welcome!

16 April (Sunday), 12:30 p.m., Peabody Park — Sixth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta! Lunch and the races!

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. It’s so hard to dispose of people nowadays. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. 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. When you live underwater, it’s hard to keep your hair neat. You hold the cape and I’ll position the octopus. 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. It’s hard to be the girlfriend of the Master of the Universe. Is it cute like me, or cute like mashed potatoes? Your “S” is showing. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. I’m sorry, you’re sadly misshapen. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. I’m in love with a Spartone. 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? Per aspera ad astra!

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