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Support Your School Paper! THE BENNETT BANNER ^ IO Bennett Cotlega ^fsensboro, N. Gf ''HIVES student Publication of Bennett Ctollege Holgate Library' cniieii Colir Patronize Our Advertisers! I OLUME XI GREEXSISOKO, X. C., MARCH, 1942 N. I. D. A. Festival Held At Bennett The twelfth annual festival of the Negro Intercollegiate Dramatics As sociation took place at Bennett Col lege April 10-12 with representatives from eight colleges and universities participating. The Uennett Colleige Little Theatre Guild, which is di rected by Mrs. Erostine Coles Robin son, was hostess for the festival, which inducted several social events, as well as business meetings and technical demonstrations. On Friday, April 10, registration of the schools in attendance began at 9:00 a. m. Because many of the schools did not arrive until a late hour in the morning the actual ses sions of the festival did not begin in full swing until the afternoon at which- time a demonstration in light ing and a business meeting of the As sociation were the highlights. One- act plays were given in the Little Theatre GuildJ Friday evening by Morgan and Shaw. Virginia Union which was expected to have present ed a third play; was unable to at tend the festival A reception and a dance concluded Friday’s program. The events for'-Saturday included a critical report of the Friday night plays with Owen Dodson presiding, a business meeting, and a luncheon at which President David D. Jones spoke. “Death Takes A Holiday”, a ^hree-act plav was p'^es'^nte;'! Sst- (Continued On Page Four) Orchestra Returns From Tour Thirty-three memJbers of the Ben- netl College orchestra made the in itial tour through several cities in South Carolina. The tour extending from March 2-11, included Rock Hill, Sparanburg, Anderson, Co lumbia, Camden, Sumter, Cheraw, Charleston, Beaufort, and Orange burg. In some of these cities we were the guests of high schools and in others—guests of the colleges. Our hostesses extended to us all of the graciousness and hospitality within thedr power. The trip ^besides being a most en joyable and interesting one, from which we gained a store of informa tion and also met many friends and made new acquaintances, was only of minor importance when contrasted with new experiences such as hav ing to turn down several offers to play for dances because we are try ing to give to the public a higher type of music. This kind of trip, where one has to be continually thoughtful and solicitous of other members, in order to make of it a great success, was quite novel for most of us. Therefore, we are indeed grateful to our conductor, Mr. F. N. Gatlin, our chaperons, Mrs. Gatlin and Miss Woodson, our nurse, Mr. Ingram, the bus driver, and various mem bers of the orchestra who gave un limited! time and energy toward mak- iner our tour one whirh wi" a'v'P.ys be remembered and cherished with a great deal of enthusiasm. UI*TON G. WILSON ;?0 Years In 15wl — Still An Optimist JLADISON, N. C. April S, 1042 Radio Directoi- Uennett College (ireeii.sboro, N. C. Dear Sir:* If I am not asking too much, and if it is available, will you pJease send me a copy of the paper read ou your devotional program, Tuesday afternoon 'by your d'ean of students. Miss Simmons. This was one of the most beautiful messages I have heard on any radio program. May 1 say, also, that I have listened with enjoyment and ap preciation to many of your programs and have been impressed by the simple but expressive diction and splendidi enunciation of your speakers. Your programs certainly speak forcifully for your insti tution. Thanking you in adtvance for granting the requested favoT and wishing you and your college all things good, I am Cordially and Cherrfully yours, UPTON G. WILSON. Echoes From Home- Making Institute Among the iprominent speakers who v/ere guests at the Institute were: Dr. Louise Stanley, chief of the Bureau of Home Economics in Washington, D. C.; Dr. Victoria Cai'lson of Woman’s College, Dr. Channing H. Tobias of the National Selective Service Board, .lessie Owens of the Physical Fitness of COD, P. I. Prattis, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgli Courier, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, President of Palmer Memorial Institute. * -t Members of the Bennett College Alumnae group in Greensboro held a coffee hour in honor of: their fel- low-graduates, Mrs. lOlfreda Sandi- fer Moore, founder and director of the Philharmonic Glee Club, of New York City, who was formerly a resi dent of Greensboro, and who pre sented her glee club in a concert here during home-making institute week. * * * Outstanding in the^ 16ch annual home-making institute, was the series of exhibits, devoted to the theme, ‘T‘he Home and Civilian Defense”, which were on display, under the direction of Mrs, Melba B. Dennis, art instructor. * * * The following families of Greens boro were saluted as outstanding examples of well-rounded family life: Mr. andi Mrs. Henry Haith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Sliuford and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wallace. * * * * Mrs. Henry Pfeiffer of New Y'ork City and members of her immediate family visited the college during this week. Virginia State Players Present Play The Bennett College Little Theatre Guild entertained the Virginia State Players on April 2 8 and 29. The visitors gave two splendid perform ances of “Death Takes A Holiday”. The play, which is an allegorical drama in three acts, was well chosen, beautifully interpreted, and superb ly directed. After the Saturday evening per formance the Little Theatre spon sored a Coffee Hour in Annie Mer- ner Hall in honor of the cast, staff, and directress. Miss Anderson. The next event on the calendar is the N. I. D. A. Festival to he held here from April 10-12. At this time the Guild will be hostess to the theatre groups of Virginia State, Hampton, Lincoln, A. & T., Morgan, Shaw, and Virginia Union. The last (Continued On Page Four) THEATRE GUILD PRESENT PLAYS AT FORT BRAGG On Saturday, March 7, the Little Theatre Guild traveled to Fort Bragg to present two one-act plays, “Bam- mie” and “To Watch the Sun Rise”. These plays had been previously pre sented on the campus by the Guild. Both of the plays were written by the director of dramatics, Mrs. Eros tine Coles Robinson, who has had considerable experience in the sphere of creative dramatics. The plays were well attended and received much applause from the soldiers who provided the players a stage equiped with dressing rooms for both men and women, and an auditorium in the company’s recrea tion center. They also made it a very entertaining day for the visitors from our campus. Dr. Dett Honored At Niagara Falls A 14th century Hebrew legend and the words of a Negro spiritual were the sources of “Father Abraham,” most recent piano composition by Dr. R. Nathaniel Dett, distinguish ed musician and composer, who played this composition for the first time last Tuesday at a banquet com memorating the 5Uth anniversary of the founding of the chamber of commerce at Niagara Falls, N- Y., Dr. Dett, who is head of the music department at Bennett college, was guest of honor at the banquet. Believed to be the only living Negro thus honored, Dr. Dett attend ed t.he banquet at the invitation of the chamber of commrce of Niagara Falls, where members of his family have been residents for over a cen tury. His mother was at one time a committee-woman on the city council, and his brother is at piresent assistant to the postmaster there. Composer, pianist, and choir di rector, Ijr. Dett is widely known in this country and abroad for his piano suites and for his arrange ments of Negro folk music. “Father Abraham,” a piano solo, is tiie first of a series of eight Bible vignettes on which he is at present engaged. —From “Future Outlook.’ Seniors Receive Academic Robes Annual Senior Day, and a tree planting ceremony were held at Ben nett College, March 6, 1942. As cus tomary, President Jones was speak er, and in his addli-ess emphasized the purpose of building and main- tuning strong character. The Seniors, with their sopho more sisters assisting them in don ning their roibes, were presented the acadamic caps and gowns, which they may wear at chapel and vespers until Commencement. The Dean of Instruction, W. A. Banner, announc ed the awards and honors of the class. Miss Evelyn Love had attain ed the highest academic record dur ing her four years at the college. At the conclusion of the sei’vice the audience, led by the marshalls. Miss Willa Player and Miss Ellen Torrence, gathered around the spot where the tree, honoring the person whom the seniors thought had been their best friend during their college years, was planted. The person se lected for this honor was Mrs. M. B. McLaurin, “Ma Mac” to the stu dents. Miss Ola Parker, ’42 presented the tree to the school. Sports Day Held At A. & T. College Bennett was one of the four col leges represented at the Sports Day Meeting held by the Women's Sports Day association at A. and T. College, Saturday, April 11. Approximately 100 young women from four col leges of Virginia and North Carolina participated. The participants formed four teams — blue, yellow, brown and red, each team being composed of 1 epresentatives from each of the colleges. These teams engaged in the following ectivities: volleyi)all. latjle tenuis, darts, badmington, deck lennis, shuffleboard and novelty re lays. The blue team emerged from the series of contests as final victor. It was represented as follows; Louise Lewis, Bennett; Mattie Fisher, Vir- giuia State; Doris Clark, Bennett; Teresa Scott, Virginia State (table tennis); Josephine Shearin, North Carolina State (shuffleboard;; Va leria Chapelle, Bennet, Helen Harris, Virginia State, Anita Showell, A. and T- and Erva Cockrell, Virginia State (deck tennis); Julia Shiver, A. and T.; Jaimie Simon, A. and T. Daisy Tyler, North Carolina State, and Eythel Holloway, Virgina State, (darts); Anita Showell, Laura Wal dron, A. and T.; Elaine Smothers, Bennett, Isabelle Edwards, North Carolina State, Hallie Harris, Vir ginia State; Wilhelinina Davenport, Virginia State; Mable Ethengane, A. and T. and Clementine Simon, A. andi T. At 6:30 p. M. a banquet was given in Murphy Hall for the guests. The day was brought to a colorful close with a concert given in honor of the guests by the A. and T. College Band and Orchestra. Plans For Summer Institute Announced An unusual service for the cause of home defense and community wel fare among Negroes will be made possible at Bennett College this sum mer, through the generosity of the Payne Fund of New Y"ork City, it was announced at Bennett today. By means of a grant from the Payne Fund, this institution for the high.- er education of women will conduct fiom June 2 to July 16 a Home De fense W'orkshop in Community Lead ership, esxjecially adapted to the needs of Negro communities during and after the war. Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the Workshop has been hailed by the Honorable Fran ces Bolton, Congresswoman from Cleveland, Ohio, and president of the Payne Fund, as a symbol of the true democracy which America may look forward to, when the present world conflict is over. In a state ment to President David D. Jones of Bennett, she said: “This workshop is seeking to an ticipate the needs of the world of the future. It is based upon certain (Cv-iiliuuxd CiL rag,e Z'’oui ) The Seniors With the Senior Day Activities successfully completed, members of the Senior Class are now making plans for the Class Day exercises which will be held in May. Much interest is being shown in the one- act play contest sponsored by the Theatre Guild, in which the class is participating. Miss Annie Greene, president, will direct the play. Try outs have heen held and the cast is being selected. Habit is something of which you can not ridi yourself; take off the “H” you have “a bit”, take off “a” you have “bit”, take off the “b” and you still have “it”. Bennett Graduate Originates Radio Program A recent aunouncemeut from Greenville, N. C., states that Miss Eva De Journette, a mid-semester graduate of Bennett, now a science and mathematics teacher at Green ville Colored High School, has pre pared a series of weekly radio pro grams, to be presented over Station WGTC in that city. A replica of the present radio broadcasts from Ben nett, these programs will be heard each Wednesday evening, beginning April 10, for six weeks. Miss De Journette became interest ed in radio last semester, when she operated the control station for the “Bennett-College-On-The-Air” radio .series. She also gave “spot” an nouncements for special events, be sides announcing a full program, “For Children’s Sake”. “The Negro Too Has Achieved”, a program originated and executed l)y Miss De Journette. still continues to be broadcast from the Bennett campus, under her sponsorship. Al though no longer here at the col lege, she still writes the script foi the program and sends it in each week before the deadline set by the Federal Communications Commis sion. In commenting on Miss De Journ- ette’s new venture at Greenville, John G. Turner, sponsor of the Ben nett broadcasts, told a BANNER re porter : “Miss De Journette’s success demonstrates the importance of extra-curricular activities. Ex perience in radio adds much to an individual in the eyes of a pros pective employer. “We wish Miss De Journette Godspeed in her endeavor, which should serve as a challenge to many other girls on the campus.” i»9||O0 wauuag htiqn ejcSioH S3A!H0yV,

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