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THE BENNETT BANNER
The Benne'it Banner
I’liblishod five times a year by the
Students of Bennett Coilege
OOc a year
Editor Maxine Davis, ’39
Aggociate Editor Bessie Bullock, ’40
Circulation Manager Pearl Tate, ’39
Myrtle Fitzgerald, ’39, Anne
Wood, ’40, Vera Artis,
aittl their class loyality. When the
tiiemhers of tliis class became grave
ami reverent Seniors last fall, they
(lid not don the false sophistica
tion which so many Senior Classes
seem to think fitting. They re
mained natural and fun-loving as
they always have been. Although
this class made few speeches on
liennett Sisterhood, as a Class, be
cause of their friendliness they
have been well-liked by the other
classes. All who know the class of
Reporters— [ '-^9 know their class loyalty by the
Bettye Crump, ’39, Evelyn fact that they seldom criticize mem
Love, ’41, Dorothy Brown, ’41
Class of ’39 Passes
As another May draws to a close,
another Senior Class prepares to
leave the College. During the com
mencement activities, the members
of the graduating class will take a
place of pronunence in the affairs
of the College; but when next Sep
tember arrives a new class will
take their j)laces, and the mendjers
of the i>resent class will be forgot
ten. I5ut while individual mem-
bei’s of the class will be but dimly
remembered, certain ideals and
certain characteristics which the
(,'hiss of represented will long
have their influence on the Cam
The (,'lass of ’.'59 has often been
criticizcd on many points; but some
of the points on which they were
most misunderstood were some of
their greatest virtues, in looking
back on the graduating class we
think of certain of its outstanding
traits. First, the class of ’3!) is,
in general, a very humble class.
Often it has been criticized because
ul‘ the lack oC Ifttdcrship. 1'eilid.po,
this is a true criticism, hut in gen
eral the members of the Senior
(Tass have felt that more can be
accomplished of satisfaction to all
the students when each class is
given equal opportunities to put
forward their leaders and ideas,
than when the eldest class attempts
to do all the leading and the shap
ing of campus policies.
Secoiid, the class of ’39 is known
for its questioning attitude and its
frankness. Among the mend)ers
of this class there have been few
flatterers who gained their ends by
praise of those things that they
did not believe. This attitude, of
course, has not always won friends
for the class. They have been
called critical, radical, and imperti
nent. At times they were perhaps
all these, but only so ]>ecause they
wished to get at the root of things,
and oi)enly express their judg-
nu'uts of them.
One of the finest things about
'H.ie j>resent Senior Class is their
ability “to take it.” This is well
illustrated by that part of the
original class who for various rea
sons will not graduate with their
classnuites this ilay. This group
of girls has shown the campus
how to take failure with grace.
They have continued attending
class meetings, continued to go to
llie social gatherings of the class,
and many are planning to attend
the (’ommeneement of their class
mates. To take failure without
bitterness is certainly a ([uality of
which any group may lie proud.
The last thing the class of ’39
will be remembered for w'ill be
bers of their own class to outsid
ers, and by the pride which they
display in being “ ’39’ers. ”
i\Iay the Senoir Classes to come
be an improvement over the Class
of ’39, but may they also remem
ber the good traits of this clas.s—
humility, frankness, the ability to
face failure, friendliness, and class
Hello, Headers. It's lots of fun (o
iM'owse since we have moved over to
llolgate Library. The luxurious di
vans lend just the right atmosphere
for the reading. And what interesting
periodicals there are to read this
If you are like me, you, too, have
often been between the devil and the
deep blue sea when a drama produced
by an all Negro east, such as “Swing
Mikado” is praised by a white critic.
Of course we are glad to see Negroes
achieve in dramatics, but why must It
only be the dramas which satirize Ne
gro life which seem to meet the fancy
of the critic? If
Headed for that last round-up once
more. We hope the round-up will be
a successful one for everyone.
We hear that the theme song of
several Seniors is:
“Hear our prayer, oh, Lord
Hoar our prayer, oh, Lord,
Incline Thine etir to me
And give me just a ‘D’.”
Our campus has truly taken on a
Greek atmosphere—a Greek festival
and (ireek drama in which many stu
dents took part held the tirst of May—
and final exams wiiich will be (ireek
vou feel in this i most of the students held the last
The Use of the Library
What a magnificent library the
students of iJennett C'ollege now
'lave at their disposal! As one
steps gradually up the winding
stairs to the new llolgate Library
and enters the main room, one is
struck with a feeling of awe. One
becomes aware of the stillness
which is always associated with
the thoughtful use of books.
We. the students of J^ennett Col
lege, are proud of our library and
have determined to itse it so that
it will be truly the “heart of the
campus.” iJut for a brief re
minder let us remember a few rules
which ought to be observed in the
L No unnecessary noise, loud
talking nor loud laughter. If one
wears shoes with hard heels in the
library, it is best to walk on one’s
toes so that others will not be dis
2. Books should be treated with
care and not marked in, or their
3. Ink should be used with
care to avoid accidents.
4. The library should be used
strictly for study or reference work
and not as a social gathering place.
5. Books should not l)e taken
out of the library without being
1 roperly charged.
6. One should not place one’s
foet on the furniture.
7. The attendants are expected
to be courteous to the students,
and in turn, the students should
be patient and cordial.
The above-mentioned are only a
few rules which will help us to
make the llolgate Library a place
on the Bennett camj)us where
knowledge may be sought and
found, where thought may be
stimulated, and ideas developed.
DU DONNA TATE, ’41.
T'niversity of Toledo co-eds have a
terrific mad on for Artist .Tames
Montgomery Flagg, and here’s the
reason: When asked to judge a cam
pus lieauty contest. I''lagg returned the
beauties' pictures with this note:
“I didn't consent to pick 10 beau
ties : there wouldn't l>e that many in
10 colleges. I have marked three
good-looking young ladies—not beau
ties. Nol)o(ly could bring any ‘high
pressure' on me effectually in regard
to standards of lieauty. Here’s some
thing to put in your pipe in case you
have the questionable hal)it: Beauties
their exuberance, their friendliness don't enter beauty contests!’’
•same way, you will enjoy reading Pearl
Muck's article “Wanted : True Drama
of the Negro Itace" in the current
numbw' of tlie Crisis. Miss Buck feels
that Negro drama should present more
Uiau just the jazzy and primitive ele
ments of Negro culture. What do you
In light of current affairs you will
be amused by Keith liogers' article
“\Vhy Maji Jlaicers Hate Hitler” in
(lie Jlay number of the Living Age.
Mr. Kogers tells us that mai) concerns
have lost money since Hitler has be
gun liis land grabbing activities. A
large detailed map takes nine months
to make. By the time its finished
Hitler has changed the political boun-
darit's of Central Europe once more,
and either those details must be
clianged by liand, or a supplementary
map must l)e given with the large map
to the purchaser. Corrections and sup
plementary maps have eaten up the
protits of the cartographers Ilogers
To the fiction lovers I
Earl Ueed Silver's “To a Brown Eyed
dirl" in May’s Good Housekeeping.
Especially do I recommend it to those
readers who are tired of the soplustl-
cated and blase stories so popular to
day. This story is as naive as Little
Women and nearly as interesting.
But to the sophisticated reader 1
recommend “Have a Good Time, Dear'’
by Margaret Calkin Banning found
in the Ladies Home Journal for May.
It concerns the girl who is forced to
take part in a social whirl which she
hates and to which she knows that
she is not a part. Her reaction to
this life after she definitely finds that
she is always a wall-tlower, and her
final adjustment to the situation makes
While you have the Ladies Home
Journal in your hand, you might jjlease
your psychological or sociology in
structor by reading Dr. I,. B. Hoh-
maii's “As the Twig Is Bent.” It
throws some light on the (luestion of
the relative importance of heredity
If you wade through “As a Twig Is
Bent,” as your dessert you sliould read
Elizabeth Woodward's article “Confi
dentially” which tells you what you
should do with the “one and only
man" becomes yours and someone
elses’. Perliaps you won't need that
for a long time yet. Here's hoping.
Of course, you nmst read the cur
rent \'o(ni(‘. Scanning through if 1 see
fliat the most chic young lady will
attempt to look like a large Frencli
doll this spring. Fashicm dictates tiny
doll hats, dainty lace and nitfle-trim
med dresses, very wide skirts, and
impraclical decorations. Of course, if
one is very stout, or very athletic, I
advise them to disregard the doll
styles re.gardless of Yog tie.
A new magazine to our lilirary for
the fashion minded young woman is
Fashion Digest. You will simply go
“ga-ga“ over it, for it gives clothing
bints and illustrations for every type.
So whether you are five feet~and too
plump or six feet and too angular
there is a page and suggestions just
for you. And for you girls who are
lucky enougli to wear engagement
rings there are several pages devoted
to l»ridal clothes—Including both wed
ding dresses, and clothing for the
honeymoon. Fashion Digest relieves
some of the fashion tension by assur-
Speaking of exams, we hear that Mr.
Banner has promised his Senior stu
dents ice cream following their exami
nations. They will probably need some
thing cooling after those scorchers.
Your Pfeiffer Hall reporter comes
to you for the last time to tell you the
latest news of the Senior Residence.
Pfeiffer Hall has only two more
Sundays to compete for the flowers
that signify cleanliness. There is no
doubt but that the girls intend to
bring the flowers home to “Mom Mac.”
Mother’s Day at Pfeiffer Hall was
a verj- eventful one beginning with
many varied and amusing renditions
of Mother's Day songs, both vocal and
instrumental from the various mem-
))ers of the dormitory. About dinner
time the group presented “Mom Mac”
with a beautiful gift of flowers. In the
late afternoon everyone became en
gaged in the very pleasant task of
welcoming the visiting mothers of
Pfeiffer Hall girls.
I'iVen though it is getting to be
rather liot, coffee hour is still a Mon-
The .Junior Senior Prom was again da,v evening speciality for the girls in
a lovely affair this year. Last year
iliss Frances Jones and her cohorts
tooks Lis to heaven with their decora
tions, while this year Miss Dorothy
Williams and her group brought us to
earth again in a beautiful flower gar
den. \’ersafile people, these class
The recent visit of Mrs. Pfeiffer and
her fi’iends again reminds us of the
fact that those who do the most are
the most simple.
Two new definitions of a pessimist
:uid an optimist:
A pessimist is a student who takes
money to lunch w’ith her so that she
recommend will not ha\'e to return to the dormi
tory l)efore going to the book store.
An optimist is tiie student of Euro
pean history who makes her maps of
(.'entral Europe weeks before they are
due and expects them to be right.
People who have finished school
tend to glorify school days; students
want to hurrifii theirs.
Student's Comment—“I bet if Hitler,
Mussolini, and the rest of those fel
lows had to take Miss Tate's Current
Affairs' Test, they would stay at home
and stop making current history any
Another year of commenting is over
—save for this last conunent:
Your commentator wishes you a very
liappy vacation. Goodbye.
Dr. D('tt—Esquire Overdone.
Jliss Cooper—Seniors' Only Cham
]\Irs. McLaurin — Tlie Original G.
Woman (defective on dust, signing in,
:\liss Wood—A real “Bennett Ideal."
.Miss Iturriss—A boss who gets re
ilr. Davis—laving proof that women
don't do aU the talking.
Mr. ISanner—Tlie man who put the
joke-niakers back to work.
Dean Kliigli—Dry Humorist No. 11.
Miss Darden—Extreme Uomaiiticist.
Jliss Sherrill—Sweet and Simple.
itiss Bowe—The Ideal Hostess.
Mr. Well.s—Home Ecer's bugaboo.
Mr. Williams—The White Potatoes’
ilr. Biand—'I’he “V. P."’
I )r. Farrison—Faculty Wise-Cracker.
Dr. Kittrell—Originator of “Make
Haste Slowly" Doctrine.
Miss Tate—100 per cent Hardo-’sBC
iliss Tate—100% Hardhearted.
Dr. Lawson—“Glamour Girl.’’
Pfeiffer Hall—and speaking of hot cof
fee—ycnir lejxn’ter is thinking that
next year when she ventures out in
life she will be glad to get a cup of
warm coffee—what do you think?
Well, so long—goodbye and lots of
luck for next .vear.
B. J., ‘39.
The Woman’s Home MiSvSionary
The activities of the Woman's Home
Missionary Society have been carried
on this year with a great deal of
interest and enthusiasm. The girls
have shown an inspiring interest in
the work of the organization.
Our meetings, which have been held
in the study room of Pfeiffer Hall
e\'ery second and fourth Saturday eve
ning, have been well-attended by the
members, and from time to time inter
ested visitors have been present.
On April 5th, Mrs. Hoover, one of
the field workers of the Woman's
IIome_ Missionary Society mpt-
at the home of our adviser, Mrs. T. C.
'I’aylor. We had a delightful meeting
which lasted about two hours. During
this time Mrs. Hoover told us about
the vast organization of Woman's
Home Missionary Society and answer
ed many questions from the girls about
her work with the Indians, and about
the work which we were doing in the
■\t our last meeting the new ofii-
cers for next year were elected : They
are as follows : Sybil Payne, president;
\ irgiiiia Carson, vice-president; Bruce
Dawkins, secretary: and I’auline
Spruill, treasurer. To those new' offi
cers we wish much success for their
work next year.
I'lider the leadership of our treas
urer, .Aliss Pauline Spruill, candy has
been sold in an effort to meet our
budget for this year, ^^'e appreciate
the patronage of the faculty and stu
S. E. P., ’40.
ing US that up-sweeps are going out,
and long bobs or short curled hair are
again returning to favor. This is wel
come news to most of us who only
convey “the out of the shower look”
in an up-sweep.
Well, I suppose I have browsed
enough this year. So here's hoping
you the best marks ever on the exami
nations and the loveliest vacation
ever this summer. Goodbye.
ON COLLEGE DAY EVENT
(Continued from Page One)
Technical College. Livingstone College,
and Bennett ('ollege.
The morning session was given over
to college students to give ideas about
the various colleges. Bennett College
was represented by two members of the
Little Theater Guild, ilisses Frances
•Tones, '39, and Itertha .Toyner, '39, who
gave monologues from “Trojan Wom
en," The selections were well-received
by the audience.
The afternoon session was given over
to discussions by various heads of col
leges, Dr, Flemmie P. Kittrell, dean of
students of Bennett College, spoke on
“What the College Expects of the High
School Student.” Dean Kittrell empha
sized the fact that every student is not
college material and that to make a
success at college one must be physi
cally, mentally, and morally fit, and
must be able to adhere to all rules and
regulations of the college which they
choose for further study.