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Hon. James S. McConaughy, of
Middletown, Conn., Will De
liver Commencement Address.
(,)n Monday, Hay 29, at 10:30 o'clock,
the annual t'oninieucement exercises
^Yill be held on the campus of Hennett
College. On this occasion 42 young
women will receive the degree of bach
elor of Arts in the lields of Secondary
;ind Elementary Education, -while four
will receive this degree iu l^iberal Arts.
The I'accalaureate service will be
held on Sunday afternoon. Jlay 2,S. at
4:00 o'clock, in the Carrie Itarge
chapel. The speaker ftu- this occasi(;n
wiil be Dr. Howard Thurman, deiui
of the chapc‘1 of Howard T’niversity,
Wasliington, I). C.
The annual Coinniencenient Address
will be delivered by the Ibuun-alile
James E, lIc('onaughy, Lieutenant-Ciov-
ernor of Connecticut and president of
AVesleyan University, Middletown, Con
Other Conuuencement activities in
clude the annual meeting of the Alpha
Epsilon Scholastic Honorary Society on
Saturday morning. May 27, at 10:(M)
o’clock. The All-Bennett Luncheon will
1)0 held at noon of the same day. The
meeting of the Graduate Association
will take place at 3 :00 p.m. and that
evening the Little Theater Cuild will
])resent a final performance of "The
Trojan Women,” by Euripedes. This
performance will lie followed by the
tradiiu)ua' campus illumination.
On Sunday evening at 8 :00 i).m. Pres
ident and Jlrs. I). 1). .Jones will give
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ates, former students, Jiarents, and
The niendiers of the class of 19.3!),
with their places of residence and re-
sjiective tields of specialization, are as
A Scene from Euripides’s Trojan Women
(Continued on I’age Four)
HELD MAY Id
Miss Dorothy Williams Made
Head of the Student
On Wednesday. Jlay 10, the student
body went to the polls to select the
student otlicers for the year 1939-'40.
Returns from the election showed Miss
Dorothy Williams, '40, to be elected
president of the Student Government
Association. I'rior to her election. Miss
Williams has served in many capacities
during her tliree years at Bennett Col
lege. Her activities include active mem
bership in the Little Theater Guild.
AA'oman’s Home Missionary Society, and
American Student Fnion. For the past
two yeiirs Jliss A\’illiams has s\u-cess-
fully served her class in the capacity
Other members of the cabinet of the
Student Government are Misses Alice
Brevard, ’40, chief justice and tir.^t
vice-president: Melda Williams, ’41,
second vice-president; Pauline Byers,
’41, third vice-president: Portia Taylor,
’42, secretary: DuDonna Tate, ’41,
treasurer, and Dorothy Brown, ’41. stu
Officers for the staff of the Bennett
Banner will be as follows : Miss I5ve-
lyn Love. ’41, editor-in-chief: Miss Dor
othy Brown, ’42, associate editor : Miss
Mary Ellen .Tones, ’40, circulation man
ager : Misses Anne AVood, ’40, and Ruth
MeCottry. ’42, advertising managers;
and Miss Virginia Snipes, ’42, head
We w'ish a very successful year for
all of these newly elected officers.
“TROJAN WOMEN” IS
PRESENTED MAY 13
Grecian Drama Well-Received
i>y Student liody; Cast
; Oil ('V>!;;'■ 0 :'.t S
o'clock, the Little Theater (iuild of
Iteuiiett College presented the Gre4an
drama, Euripedes' "Trojan Women."
For the first tinu“ in the history of
the college, a (Jrecian drama \'\as pre
sented in true CJrecian form, .lust as
in .Muriel I’ox’s "Angels of War,” the
Gi'ec-ian drama shows the brutalizing
ctfects of war upon wonu'u,
l.riefiy, the background of "Trojan
Wonun" is this: Paris, a prince of
Troy, fell in love with Helen, the wif(‘
of Alcuelaus. king of (Jreece. and fled
with her to Troy. The Greeks imme
diately set sail with a mighty army
to destroy Troy and avenge Menelaus,
king of (ireece. After ten years of fight
ing, Troy fell, aiul the coiupiering
Gi'eeks slew all the nu'u of Troy, burned
the city, and took the women into
slavery. The (Jreek Generals drew lots
for the women of tlie royal household.
Among them were Hecuba, (lueeu of
Troy: her daughter, Cassandra, who is
a priest(‘ss gone mad by the horrors
of war and th(> thought that she must
mari'y an enemy king: aul Andrama-
che. wife of Hector. The action of thi>
(»n Sunday. Jlay 21. at the regular
Vespei's hour, installations of the of
ficers of religious grJiups were held In
the Carrie Barge chapel. The iuldress
of the afternoon was given by Mr. Wil-
11-1111 T-!i>U'ier. rli're'-t.oj' of religious life
(ill the campus. The officers of the
rt'ligious groups who were installed
were Jliss Evelyn Love, '41, president
of the Young Women's Christian Asso
ciation, and the ofhcers of her cabinet.
Misses Ethelyu Pass, Eva Dejcmrnette.
and Alice Patterson. Jliss Ruth McCot-
try assunu'd her position as superin
tendent of the Siuiday school, with
Misses .leunie AVilliams, P.eulah Mel-
chor, and Edwia (Jraham as the cab
inet mcmliers. Miss Mildred Florence
was installed as chairman of the Wor
ship Service Group.
Following the sei'vice of installation
a luncheon honoring active members
in religious activities w.'is given in the
Wilbur F. Steele dining hall.
APPEARS IN RECITAL
Famous Soprano Sings at
and T. Gymnasium on
Annual May Day Celebration
The annual Jlay Day celebration was
lield Saturday afternoon, ilay (i, at .5
o'clock on the (luadrangle. The pro
gram this year took the fcu'in of a
(Jreek festival in the honor of Athena,
goddi'SS of wisdom.
At .5 o’cloclv, the Heralds, Jlisses Ma
mie Tanu, '41, and I’auliiie P.yers, '41,
l('d the procession into the (puulrangle.
'The procession included the goddess
Athena. lu‘r maids, and priestesses. The
(!odiless, .Miss Dorol hea Taylor, '40,
was drc'ssed in traditional costume of
classic (Jreece and ^vor(* on her head
the sih'cr associated with the garli ot
Athena. After the Goddess was seated,
memluM's of the various physical edu-
calion classes eitferfaint'd her with
dances and games. Especially outstand
ing was t)i(‘ dance of Earth. Sea, fyight
ind Fire executed by the Modern D.ance
grouji. Of the athletic events the char
iot races attracted the most favorable
The production staff for tliis pro
gram included Misses Jlildred Bui'ris
and Virginia Foster of the Departmetit
of Physical Education, who had charge
of the dances and athletic events; Miss
Evelyn Sherrill, who chaired the com
mittee on costuming; and Miss Eva
Hamlin and Jlr. Jjawrence Rogers, who
had charge of the jiroperties.
HOME ECONiilCS GIRLS
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Motliers of iMany UeitiioU Students
Atteml First Mohei’’s
(Continued on Page Four)
ON COLLEGE DAY EVENT
Rcsckingliam High School Is Scene of
(’onference Held IMonday,
On ^Monday, Jlay IS. representatives
from every college in North Carolina
wei'C guests of the Rockingham High
School. Rockingham, X. C. On this oc
casion known as ('ollege Day, the rep
resentatives of the various colleges were
invited for the purpose of giving the
students ideas of the curricula and ex
tra-curricular activities of colleges.
These ideas were expressed through
musical selections, short talks, and dra
matics. Schools represented at the
conference were Shaw T'niverslty, St.
Augustine College, Agricultural and
(Continued on Page Two)
On Sunday, Jlay 14, the Student Gov-
ernm(‘nt Association sponsored its first
Mothei-'s Day celebration in the form
ef a dinner lunioring the mothers of
During the progress of the dinner a
program was jiresented honoring the
mothei's. This program included a trib
ute "To Our Mothers" by iliss (Jlarice
Giimble, and a solo, ‘'Thank God for
a (Jarden,” by Miss Frances Randall,
Dr. F. P. Kittrell. dean of students,
presented the guest speaker for the oc
casion. Mrs. .L .1. Scarlette, principal
of Washington Street I]lementary
School, (Jreensl)oro, X. C. Mrs. Sear-
lette spoke on "The Debt We Owe to
The introduction of guest mothers by
their own daughters proved tlie high
light of the day, when many mothers
from throughout the state were greeted
by the student body.
Jliss Bettye (h-ump, ’.39, i)resident of
the Student Government Association,
]>resided, while Miss Edwia Graham,
’40, furnished music for the program.
.’\Iiss Dorothy Jfainoi-, soprano, was ])re-
si'iited, in rc'cital luuU'r the joint auspi
ces of A. and T. ;iud Bennett c(dlege
in the Agricultural and Technicnl Col
lege gymnasium. Accunpanied by Mrs.
Helen Elsie f»ett. :Miss .Mainor present
ed .a \’cry enjoyable program to a large
and enthusiastic audience.
Her program included :
JIein> Lisbe ist grien—Brahms.
Rast lose Liche—Schubert.
(iretcheii am Spinnrade—Schubert.
O, Patria mia (from Aida)—Verdi.
Guitares et JIandolines—Gi'ovlez.
Deiiuis le .Tour (from I>ouise)—(3har-
Ho Everyone That Tliirsts—arr. Deft.
I Got a Home in-a Dat Rock—arr.
•Jesus. I^ay Yo’ Head in de Winder—
arr. Hiill .lohnson.
Ah. Ijove But a Day—Beach.
Song of the Open—LaForge.
Girls ICiitertain Many Visitors AVhile
Livinjj in rraelioe House; I’lan
Newly Formed )rches(ra Will Also
ria.y for ('ommenceinent
The P)enneft College Orchestra con
ducted by Jlr. F. Nathaniel Gatlin, in
strumental teaclier in the Department
of Music, was presented in concert on
Jlonda.v morning, Jlay 15, in the (Jarrie
P.arge chapel. Their program follows:
Air from “Oriiheus”—(iluck.
“The Minstrel P.oy”—Irish Air.
"Song of Farewell”—Mendelssohn.
(From the Priests from Athalia)
The orchestra was given a fine re
ception by the student body. This mu
sical grou]) has had a phenomenal
growth. It was formed last semester
(Continued on Page Four)
The Honi(“ l‘jConomics slndeiits in
conjunction with their class work have
been participating and are planning
many interesting activities. As ]>art
of the rc(piirenicnts of the course, the
senior students of this department must
live in a jiractical honu‘-like situation
for several weeks prior to graduation.
This year seven of tlie graduating
seniors of the department lived at th(?
home of I’resident and Mrs. .Idines
wliile they were attending the ileth-
odist Conference at Kansas City, Mo.
While the girls lived at the practlcc^
house tiu'y (‘utertained nian.v guests.
Among these gvu'sts were: Miss Doro
thy Jlainor, soprano artist. honore(^
with a luncheon : Miss I’owe. Mrs. Sim
mons, ilrs. Mcf^awrin. and ilr. and
Mrs. Wyatt, Dean and Mrs. Klugh,
Mr. and Mrs. Wells, Mr. .Morton, Mrs.
Adams, Miss Beatric(‘ Siigg, Mr. Wil
liam I’anner, Mi's. Martina, Dr. and
Mrs. Dett. ?»Ir. and Mrs. Gatkin. :Mr.
W. A\’illiams, Mr. 'SVilliams of A. & T.
Colleg(>, whom they entei'tained at d!ii'-
ner at vaiaous times; the cast of “Tro
jan Women" whom they entertained
with a midnight luncheon following
the first pert'oi'inance of the play, held
The girls who lived at th(> jiracfice
house were Misses Evelyn Stewart, Lis-
beth Edwai'ds, Helen Wiggins. Althea
Warner, Ethylle Williams, Ruth .Jack
son, and Helen Hinton.
The freshmen Home Economics
classes are ])lanning a very interest
ing summer jirogram in relation with
the course. Each student dtiring tli(!
summer has been asked to visit and
study the industry or career in w’hicli
she wishes to participate. The students
have also been instructed to mak(>' con
tacts with persons already engaged in
that career so they might receive sug
gestions concerning their careers. At
the b('ginning of the ’39-’40 term re
ports will be given of the findings of