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BENNETT’S PEACE PLAN!
student Publication of Bennett College
GREKNSBOHO, ’., .lAXrARY, li>4»
New Semester Finds
On Januai-y 23, six new freshmen
were initiated in to the great Ben
nett sisterhood. They went tlirough
their coraniand performances like
real troupers and went straight to
the hearts of the persecutors — the
The new girls were: Mattie Seacy.
of Chicago. 111., who is staying in
Werner Hall — and whose inter
ests are music, tennis, “Y” work,
ping-pone. and reading.
Thelma Smith of Charleston. W.
Va.. whose fields of interest are the
Social Science and Physical Educa
tion — and voice and modern danc
Ruth Nesbitt of New York City
who is interested in “Y” work,
basketball, and the choir. By the
way. her Ijirthday like Orinda
White’s falls on February 14!
Emma McCoy (yes, the sister of
Lottie McCoy) of Columbus, Ohio,
whose field is English but who is
interested in the extra-curricular
activities of choir, basketball and
.\my Brown, of Henderson, N. C.,
who seems always to have been a
part of our Freshman class.
Mary Mayfield, of Thomasville.
N. C., (Merner Hall) whose field
is Elementary Ed. — and whose out
side interests are music and basket
Another freshman coming in is
Eliza Aldrich of Greensboro who al-
s..,.plaiis^ ma,ioi' in Elen,ientavy Ed.
and wno looks forward to joining
the Little Theatre Guild.
Returning students and new up
perclassmen are Johnny Pender-
giass. Myrtle Ward, Zeola and Louise
Glover, Mrs. Blondine Koonitz, and j
Mrs. Emma Johnson.
ON RADIO CHANGES
The Bennett College radio pro
grams for the next six weeks under
the direction of Rev. P. A. Tayloi'
will be as follows: On Monday. Dr.
Muriel Petioni will continue her
talks on health. Beginning February
23. Mr. William Banner will begin
a series of Tuesday talks on "Great
Men of the Christian Church". On
Wednesday there w'ill Tie a continua
tion of the presentation of talent
from the student body. On January
28. Miss Bessie Jones, Miss T. Ruth
Brett, and Dr. James Morton started
a series of Thursday broadcasts with
the theme, “Guiding Youth in the
Time of Crisis". Beginning February
lil. Miss Gloria Dix, '45, will take
over the consumer program which
has been conducted by Miss Peggy
Toatley, ’43, and bring you a series
entitled “The Negro Goes to War.”
Duiing the past six weeks the
guests on the Bennett programs have
included Dr. Rollin Walker, Miss
Marie White of the U. S. Office of
Education, and Dr. F. A. Jackson.
Two of the highlights on the
“Afternoon of Talent” have been
Miss Thora Kelly, 45, and Mr.
Thanks to Miss Vivian Plunkett,
’43, tor “Our Allies” and to Miss
Goldwyn Foster, ’45, her annonucer;
to Miss Peggy Toatley for “Your Con
sumer Reporter”; to Miss Gladys
Forde tor the musical background
of “Guiding Youth in a Time of
Crisis”; to the trio (Misses Daisy
Alexander, Edith Whiteman, and
Sara Lou Harris, all of the class
of ’43) for their catchy
sigiiatu on the “Y'
Bennett College is on the air
Monday through Friday at 1:45 P
m, over station WBIG.
President and Mrs. ]ones
On the evening of January 29
and 30 the underclassmen and \ip-
perclassmen respectively danced
their post-sxam blues away to the
music of the Westerband orchestra
in Thirkield gymnasium. The events
v>ere the annaul College Parties
sponsored by President and Mrs.
D. D. Jones.
Although at the last minute a
change in the dance hall w'as necessi
tated (the weather wouldn’t per
mit walking to the Windsor Com
munity Center and the government
has decreed there shall be no plea
sure driving) the decorations in the
gym were very striking. Balloons,
actual rubber balloons, floated about
the ceiling at either end of the
gym and long blue and white stream-
eis hung from each wall and light.
A setting quite condusive to hours
Seen at the Junior-Senior dance
were: Maye Tyson escorted by Steve
Waltz . . . Maye’s little cousin, Jol-
son Tate from Charlotte, N. C., was
her guest for the week-end and her
company was Scottie Friday; Marion
McLaughlan, Senior Class President
with Bill Skinner of Sedalia and N. offertory
Y. C.; Louise Lewis with Gob Bob "pi.iere’
Brawer; Feolia Martin with Pvt.
Eddie Williams; Peggy Toatley and
Melvin Alexandei''; Valeria Chap-
pelle with Arthur Gist; Frances Wal
cott with Henry Ellison; Helene
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Junior and Senior Choirs
Give Joint Recital
On Sunday, January 31 the
Junior and Senior choirs of Bennett
College under the direction of Orriu
Clayton Suthern, II, were presented
at the vesper services in joint le-
The one-hour program started
with the traditional processional. The
Senior choir in maroon robes sat
in the thoir loft and the Junior choir
in the blue and white robes sat
in the balcony. The opening selec
tion was “Daughter Zion” by Handel
—an arrangement which featured the
Senior choir and quartet. The quar
tet was composed of the Misses
Helen McLure, ’43, Feolia Martin,
'44, Georgia Brooks, '43, and Edith
Whitman, ’43. The next Senior choir
selection was Bortniansky’s “Lo,
A Voice from Heaven” which was
followed by Priscilla Brown, ’46,
singing a solo of Del Riego’s “O
Dry Those Tears.”
After the prayer, response and
hymn of the congregation the Junior
choir sang “O Turn Thee” (Gounod)
with Janet White, ’46, soloist. Mr.
Suthern then played two Bach compo-
On February IS, at 8:15 p. m. the
Lyceum committe will present in re-
I ital Andre Drew, exponent of the
Though he is only 16 years old.
young Drew has displayed such sensa
tional talent that he is already being
hailed as one of the finest colored
tap-ballet dancers in America.
Andre has his eyes on the Ballet
Russe, the great Bi-oadw-ay produc
tions, and Hollywood — and if
ability is the criterion for admission
to these various portals of success,
he will reach his goal. If his dreams
come true, Drew will be one of the
first colored dancers to make his
way into the world of the ballet, a
field uninvaded by the Negro actor,
though such troupes as Katherine
Dunham’s Dancers are on the very
fringe. The extraordinary talent of
colored performers in other divisions
of the dance has been effectively
proven and established.
Curiously enough. Andre’s older
brother, John Drew, Jr., a student
at the University of Pennsylvania is
a champion jitterbug, who can’t
“see” classical dancing. Since Darby,
Pa., is Andre’s home, and since
many of his appearances have been
in Philadelphia, several of the Ben
nett girls are acquainted w'ith him.
Chapel period February IS, will
be partially devoted to an explana
tion of this program. During his stay
on the campus Drew will be enter
tained primarily by the member's
of the Modern Dance Group.
AND TALENT PROGRAM
The Annual Talent Program spon
sored by the Y. W. C. A. took place
February G, in the Little Theatre,
and was followed by the traditional
Ijazaar in the Thirkield Gymnasium.
The program in the Little Theatre
started off with a bang promptly
at 8:15. Its theme was “Popular
Songs from 1933-1943”; its presen
tation was in the form of a radio
broadcast. Muriel Gayle. ’45. was
the regular announcer who called
on the Freshman master of cere
monies, Betty Booth, to be guest
iinnouneer. Betty ad libbed artfully
and introduced the evening’s per
First on the program was Betty
Ann Artis, ’4 6, who sang “Star
dust”. the perenniel popular classic.
The “applaud” and “stop” signs in
keeping with the broadcast theme
evoked a good deal of laughter from
the audience. Rruth McNeiJ, ’46,
sang next “The Boogly Woogly
Piggy ” ai'd was encored at which
time she gave out with “In the Dark.
There was a three-minute pause
on the broadcast during which
emcee Betty Booth told the latest
“little moron jokes.” Even the micro
phone couldn’t take it — it started
Maxine Lawson’s interpretation of
“Loch Lomand” in the Maxine Suli-
van manner was the next numbei'
on the program. Olivia Wright. ’44,
played “I Surrender Dear” note for
note in the Thovnhill style. Then
Edith Whitman, '43, in her husky
alto fsang "I Understand”. Her
room mate, Sara Harris, ’43, follow
ed her on the “broadcast” with
‘"Is There Somebody Else.” “My
Wish”, popular in 1941, was sung
by Maxine Lawson.
Bennett In January
With the completion of their final
examinations on January 15, six
Bennett girls ended their course
of study at Bennett College.
Three of these girls were the
first group of students to finish on
the accelerated 3% year program.
They were: Natalie Helene Jacobs,
of Bridgeport, Conn,, who had been
president of the Student Senate at
the time of her graduation and had
participated in extensive extra-cur
ricular activities — Little ^rheatre
Guild (Business Manager, 41-42);
Bennett Banner (Business Manager,
40-41); President of Class of ’43,
during its Junior Year; President
of Annie Merner Hall 40-41. She was
the recipient of the Holgate Award
and the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
Key her Junior Year. Miss Jacobs is
at present in her second week of
study at the Atlanta School of Social
Case Work, where she is working
toward her M. S. degree.
Miss Ruth Everette, also an honor
student, of Columbia, S. C., treasur
er of the Student Senate at the time
of her graduation, has entered the
Graduate school of the University of
Michigan and is working toward her
Master’s degree in French.
Miss Victoria Morrison, likewise
an honor student, of New York City,
former president of the Book Tjovers’
Club, has assumed the position of
stenographer^in the administratrve_
offices of Bennett College, (see A'lum-
nae Doings — page 3).
The others graduating at mid
year w'ere: Miss Mary Whitfield of
Greensboro, N. C., who will teach
home economics at the Rutherforton
In the “Fatha” Hines manner of High School, Rutherfordton, N, C.;
tickling the ivories showman, Olivia j Miss I>ucy Waddell of Sanford who
Wright, gave out with “Boogie
W. A. A. ANNOUNCES
PRESENT STANDING INTRA-
The tide seems to be turning in
favor of the Freshman class. At
present Laurita Ashmore’s hardwood
team is on top. The score between
the Freshmen and Sophmores was
26-13. The Juniors trounced the
victorious over the Juniors in a hard
fought, point for point game with
a final score of 28-24. Seniors beat
The outstanding Freshmen team
is consistently led in points by Mar
garet Sims, Thelma Smith, and
The W. A, A. also wishes to an
nounce as a coming event a Sports
Day between A. and T. and Bennett
Woogie on the St. Louis Blues” and
upon being encored switched to the
Avery Parrish method with “After
Hours”, and really, Olivia seemed
to be enjoying herself as much as
the audience enjoyed itself listen
Current song hit of 19 43 “Em-
braceable You” was sung by Maxine
Lawson. Morris Tynes, borrowed
from A. and T., sang two of those
popular war songs — “When the
Lights Go On Again” and “This Is
Worth Fighting For”. — to Ijring
the program to a close.
The scene then shifted to the gym
where there was more activity than
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will teach home economics at Golds-
ton, N. C.; and Miss Virginia Reid
of High Point who will work in High
on February 20. The morning pro-
sitions for the organ and during the gram will be held at A and T. and
rendered Guilmant’g the afternoon program is to be held
at Bennett. The activities to be en-
The closing choral selection was
“When I Survey the Wondrous
Cross” (Dett) by the Senior choir.
The vesper service closed with
the customary recessional, benedic
tion, and three-fold amen.
gaged in will be basketball, volley
ball, badminton, table tennis, and
shuffleboard. There will be division
into four color teams. Thirty girls
will represent each school. How
about your participating?
During Chapel Period
On February 8, the honors for the
first semester were read at the con
clusion of the chapel period by Dean
i .lames Morton. The honorable men
tion and Honor Roll proper '^if-ts
wei'e read for each of the classes.
The Jane Miller Jones Scholarship
cup is being given to the class which
attains the highest level of scholar
ship instead of flie dormitoiy this
year. The scholarship record main
tained by the cI.TSses for the first
semesU'r i: from highest to 'owest.
Class of ’43.
Class of ’44.
Class of ’4 5.
Class of ’46.
Miss Marion McLaughlan, presi
dent of the Senior class, accepted
the cup in behalf of her class.
Modern Dance Group
Gives Full Length
On January 9, the Modern Dance
Group under the direction of Miss
Marion Thacker was presented in
full recital. The theme of the re
cital was the development of the
dance —- beginning with “A Glimpse
of Africa” and ending w’ith “A
Glimi'se of Harlem.”
Outstanding on the program was
the first number “Glimpse of Afiica”
which feat\ired Miss Elizabeth Stan
field In the role of the diabolic
witch doctor. The low red lights
reflecting on the greased bodies and
black dance suits of the dancers gave
a weird but beautiful impression.
The interpretation of four spirituals
was quite ingenius and gave varied
moods. Miss Sankie Everett was
the exemplification of grace itself
as she executed a dance to “His
Song” by Dett. “St. Louis Blues”
featured the Misses Lomax, Wal
cott, Jenkins, Minor, and Daven
port, and because of technical per
fection, creative costuming, and
complementary lighting may be well
considered the climactic point of the
program. Miss Marion Thacker, direc
tor of the group, and Rosa Lomax.
’43, performed a delightful little
dance entitled “Raggedy Dolls”. The
finale “Glimpse of Harlem” was an
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