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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 21 April 2000 | Late Regatta Edition! | Newsletter No. 177



The Sixth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta has entered the record books! The day was sunny (and a little hot!), the grass was green, and a magnificent nautical time was had by all the vast hordes in attendance. But enough suspense. The winners in the top categories were:

Head of the Buffalo: Cecilia Ruth Lance with Candyland
Prettiest Boat: Krista Noll and Jessica McClamrock with Jungle Boat
Most Original Boat: Jen Stumpf and Jordan Sanders with Emerald Effervescence

Cecilia Ruth’s name will go down in history along with the other distinguished Heads of the Buffalo, and future generations of racers will celebrate her greatness. Be sure to come back next year for the Seventh Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta!

The Entire Fleet!

A race requires racers, and this year’s Regatta saw a veritable fleet take to the waters. The complete listing of the proud entrants is as follows: Laurie White with Wishbone, Pam McRae with Good Ship Lollipop, Bri Payne with Wendy, Cecilia Ruth Lance with Candyland, Mitch Wheeler with Mitch Anonymous, Scott Thomason with Millard 2000, Sarah Cox with Hyena-in-a-Boat, Kate Peeples with Pikaboat, Robyn James with The Love Boat, Krista Karbowski with Mr. Boat, Chase Palmer with The Shiny Shiny, Chris Bird with The Membrane, the Imperial Cult of Job with IJS Jobish Pentagon, Kathleen Lance with Passions, Tiffany Tillman with Only Time Will Tell, Heather Lloyd with Ralph, Tim Williams with Scurvy Dog, Pete Jamieson with Smurf Execution, Jen Stumpf and Jordan Sanders with Emerald Effervescence. Congratulations to all for a race well run!

A Thousand Thanks

The Buffalo Creek Regatta is never possible without the help of many people! Among the Strong College helpers (and we hope we got them all!) were Tony Stewart, David Simon, Jessica Zellers, Laurie White, Stephanie Ranew, Michele Guzzello, Carrie Bogart, Sherrill Hayes, Kelly White, Krista Karbowski, Mary Minter, Chris Hall, and Bob O’Hara. Extra special thanks go to Bri Payne, College Council President, and Chris Bird, Official Illustrator (you did see his wonderful buffalo, didn’t you?). External support (for both the Regatta and the Art Show this past month) was provided by Hardee’s (hamburger buns and coffee cups), Swenson’s (ice cream cups), Harris Teeter (cups), and Great Harvest Bread Company (delicious bread). Thanks to them all again and again!

Digging Holes

The Garden Weasels have been hard at work again. Two beds have been prepared so that they can receive new roses soon, and the placement of other roses has been adjusted so they will receive more water naturally. Several specimens of Star of Bethlehem, a naturalized lily relative from Peabody Park, have been added as accents in the rose beds; they will bloom beautifully next spring. And several of the azaleas in our West Woods have been pruned back so that they can be transplanted in the fall. This is part of our grand scheme to restore the West Woods as a native woodland and place the exotic cultivars on the east and south sides of the College. Lots of people have helped with this work, most recently Jon Buford, Barron Thompson, Chase Palmer, and Bob O’Hara.

Council Elections!

Two dedicated candidates ran for the post of Strong College Council President this past week, Kelly White and Bri Payne. The turnout for the election set a Strong College record, with 158 people casting ballots. The winner was Bri Payne—congratulations to Bri! We look forward to her service for another year in this important position.

More Flowers A-bloom

There is a wonderful garden under development on the College grounds, but did you know that flowers are blooming all over the inside of the building too? Tammy Thorarinson has cleverly hidden paper blossoms throughout the building, and more of them appear each week. If you find one of them, take it to Tammy and you will receive a special edible treat! Many thanks to Tammy for this indoor garden!

Library Thanks!

The Strong College Library could not function without the dedicated work of a crack team of volunteer librarians each semester. This semester’s librarians have been: Chris Bird, April Berry, Jon Buford, Sarah Cox, Michael Garrett, Jessica Helms, Christy Mobley, Krista Noll, Amanda Parks, Stephanie Ranew, Kelly White, Erika Wood, and Tiwanda Young—a thousand thanks to them all! Head Librarian Cecilia Ruth Lance has prepared a special Easter treat for all these hard-working volunteers—they can pick theirs up in the Library.

Ad Astra

Our own Tammy Thorarinson has a new fashion accessory. Ask her to show it to you.

Strong thanks to all the people who helped to give tours of Strong College a few days ago for another UNCG open house. All our visitors were duly impressed, and we hope that many of them will be joining us in the fall!

Dr. O’Hara has been nominated for the Bullard Award, UNCG’s highest award for University service.


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is Robert Frost’s classic meditation on the passing of spring, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.


So much is happening in Strong College that the Calendar won’t fit this week! Stay tuned to Strong-L and the College bulletin boards for current events.

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’ve got way more minions than you. I’m sorry, I was channeling the spirit of Jarrett Leplin. When you live in the water 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. Take the steroids and it would be better, they said. 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 was born with an innate knowledge of the workings of women. 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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