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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 28 April 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 178


Grand End-of-Year Tea, Penny Drive, and Senior Serenade!

The last great Strong College Tea of the year will be Tuesday, May 2nd, at the usual time (4:30 p.m.) in the JCR. This will be our official farewell Tea for all those who will be leaving Strong College this spring, and we will sing them our traditional farewell (with special musical guests to be announced). It is also one of our two annual penny drives, so dig out all those loose pennies in the back of your drawer and bring them down to the College fishbowl for the benefit of future generations of Strong College students! And if that weren’t enough, you should come to Tea to see C.J. Heidel receive the first Weaver Cup as the winner of this year’s stock market competition!

The Annual Luau!

The annual end-of-semester Luau will take place on Monday, May 1st, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the East Lawn. Bring your grass skirt, your pineapple fork, and partake of all the goodies that will be available to eat!

Welcoming Committee!

Under the able direction of Carrie Bogart and David Simon, a crack team of Strong College Welcomers is preparing to meet our new fledglings come fall. The Welcomers are: Glen Baity, Julia Barefoot, Carrie Bogart, Sarah Cox, Stephanie Crews, Elizabeth Davis, Michéle Guzzello, Elizabeth Hargrove, Jessica McClamrock, Cathy Meyer, Mary Minter, Krista Noll, Kate Peeples, David Simon, Sharon Sullivan, Tiffany Tillman, Courtney Via, Kelly White, and Jessica Zellers. Strong thanks to them all—they will make all our new members feel right at home!

Non-Resident Members for Next Year

Students who have been resident members of Strong College for at least two years may retain their membership if they decide to move off-campus. If you are planning to move off-campus, we want you to continue as a Strong College member! Just pick up a non-resident member application from the bulletin board outside the College Office and return it before you leave at the end of the term.

Our Last Star Party of the Year

Come out on Wednesday night, May 3rd, at 10:00 p.m. for the last Strong College Star Party of the semester. Weather permitting, we will see all the celestial sights that are there to see. Don’t miss it!

Excellence Awards!

The University’s Student Excellence Awards are given each year to a small group of undergraduates for distinguished academic accomplishment. We have not yet seen the whole list at this time, and are sure that more Strong College students will be receiving them, but from advance information we know that awards will be given to our own Ashley Palmer, Barron Thompson, and Angela Albertson! Congratulations to them all! They bring honor to Strong College, and we are proud to count them as members.

Ad Astra

Tammy Thorarinson just contributed the Maryland quarter from the Denver mint to our Strong College collection of state quarters (which is practically the Tammy collection of state quarters)—thank you! Three more states are left for 2000, each from two different mints, so keep your eyes open for new ones!

The parents of our own Krista Karbowski have donated a large collection of books to the Strong College Library, including some historical encyclopedias. Thank you indeed!

Chris Hall has donated a condiment tray to the College for use at Tea—thank you!

Our own Kate Peeples has been appointed next year’s editor of Word of Honor, the Honors Program newsletter—congratulations!

Speaking of the Honors Program, Jessica Zellers has been appointed president of the University Honors Board!

C.J. Heidel will be working in the tax department of R.J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem this summer—good job!

Ryan Brookshire and Bob O’Hara planted more daffodils on the College grounds this week, so our home will be all a-bloom next spring.

Our own Lam Tran won a speech competition in his Communications class of more than 300 students—congratulations, Lam!


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. We owe it to our immortal Poet Laureate, James Elroy Flecker, to bring the year to a close with his “Fountains”:

Soft is the collied night, and cool
The wind about the garden pool.
Here will I dip my burning hand
And move an inch of drowsy sand,
And pray the dark reflected skies
To fasten with their seal mine eyes.
A million million leagues away
Among the stars the goldfish play,
And high above the shadowed stars
Wave and float the nenuphars.


1 May (Monday), 7:30 p.m., East Lawn — Annual End-of-Year Luau sponsored by the College Council!

2 May (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Grand End-of-Year Tea, Penny Drive, and Senior Serenade!

3 May (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., East Lawn — Last Star Party of the semester! Come gaze with us at the heavens!

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

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

9 May (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Survivors’ Tea for all the brave people still here!

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. Intended for ages 5 and up. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. I’ve got way more minions than you. Trees are much better than children. When you live in the water it’s hard to keep your hair neat. Identity theft is the sincerest form of flattery. This is not a lifesaving device. 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. My “N” isn’t working. Do not overinflate. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, I know I can always come down to the Office and pat seeds. Do not leave children unattended. I’m sorry, you’re sadly misshapen. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. I can’t help it if I don’t have self-esteem. 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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