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THE BENNETT BANNER
Student Publication of Bennett Ctollege
\ OLUIVIE XV
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Students Discuss Problems of World
Interest At Methodist Conference
"Christianity ileeting the Crisis of our Time” was the theme of the Thi-rd
National Methodist Student Conference, held at the University of Illinois,
from December 28 to January 1. About 1400 students and 200 adults
from 4 2 states, 200 colleges and nine countries parti'cipated.
Miss Ethel Johnson, junior, of
Staunton, Va., president of the W. S.
C. S., and chairman of the Mid-Week
^■espers committee, was the Bennett
The general plans of the confer
ence called for a definite thought
process with a program divided into
three related areas — platform ad
dresses, “town hall” discussions, and
creative interest hours.
The opening address, “The Crisis
of Our Times,” was given by Bishop
G. Bromley Oxnam. who said that
the answer to the crisis is an honest
Earle Spicer, Baritone,
To Appear Here Feb. 8
The appearance of Earie Spicer,
New York baritone, in Annie Merner
f’feiffer Chapel, Friday evening, Fet,)-
ruary 8, promises to be an unusual
The artist, wlio has created a new
phenomenon in the world of art,
dramatizes his songs, acts them,
spices them and then si’ugs them in
just the style they demand. Noted
ivir.}> (>r self to Clirist.
Of significant importance was the ^ jy,. 1^;^, original type of vocal enter
tainment, Mr. Spicer’s versatility and
inspiring address by Dr. T. Z. Koo.
Secretary of the W o r 1 d Studeiu
l‘'ederati'on, who related his experi
ences in the provinces of China dur
ing World War II.
Forum speakers included Dr.
Georgia Harkness, professor of Ap
plied Theology at Garrett Biblical
Institute; Dr. Benjamin Mays, presi
dent of Morehouse college; Dr. Roy
lUirkhart, pastor of the First Com
munity (Church, Columbus, Ohio, and
Dr. Eddy Asirvatham, professor at
Madras University, Indiana.
The musical liighlights of the con
ference were a concert by Roland
Hayes, whose rendiition of “Were You
There,” and “As One People,” truly
expressed his spirit of mission and
service to humanity, and the New
Year’s Eve organ recital by Richard
Ellsasser, 19-year-old artist, who is
one of the four living persons to ac
complish the phenominal feat of
memorizing the complete 219 works
Music for the conference was led
Ijy Russell Ames Cook, director of
the Portland (Maine) Symphony Or
chestra. Afternoons were devoted to
discussions, movies, creative interest
hours, and g r o u p interminglin.g.
“Moti’ve-in-Urbana” was the unique
title of the daily paper edited by
Robert S. Steele, assistant editor of
>Iotive, the voice of Methodist youth.
The closing address, “What Shall
I Do With Jesus?” proved a fitting
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magnetic personality have won him
praise and recognition in the realm
Mr. Sprcer will be accompanied
at the piano by Amelia Cardwell. His
])rogram will include tliree groups
of songs — the traditional English
ballads, Shakespeare and Gilbert and
Sullivan, and traditional American
Students To Make Tour
Of Southern Colleges
An eight day tour of Southern
Colleges will be made by student
representatives of the various classes
February 4-12. The students will be
accompanied by Mrs. Grace C. Gates,
chairman of campus services, and A.
A. Morisey, director of publicity.
A similar tour was made two years
ago by the class presidents. It is felt
'oy the administrative staff that
through these trips there can be a
closer relationship between Bennett
and other institutions. In this way
student opinion and ideas may be
The itinerary includes Allen Uni
versity, Benedict, South CaroliTia
University, Clafin, South Carolina
State, Paine, Clarke, Agnes Scott,
S p e 1 m a n , Oglethorpe University,
Johnson C. Smith University, and
Barber-Scotia Junior College.
Representatives and their classes
are; Eleanor Barnwell, freshman'
Jocelyn Blanchet, sophomore; Joyce
Edley, junior; and Henrietta Scales,
Alumnae Plan For
Extensive plans are underway for
the annual alumnae home-coming
February 2 2--2 4 it has been an
nounced by Mrs. Grace C. Gates,
President of the Alumnae Associa
tion. Mrs. Juanita Pope Morisey, of
Greensboro, is general chairman of
Response from letters to associa
tion members indicates a record num-
l)er of representatives. Miss Dudonna
Tate is chairman of housing and
Following registration Friday af
ternoon the group will attend the
opening performance of “Suspect’'
in the Little Theatre. In the evening
the annual alumnae dance, with Max
Westerband and his orchestra fur
nishing the music, w^ill be held in the
college gymnasium. Co-chairman for
the dance will be Misses Peggy Toat-
ley and Mary Whitfi’eld.
Saturday morning registration
will continue with a business meet-
inig scheduled for the afternoon. At
6 p. m. a birthday dinner will be
given in Wilbur F. Steele Dining
Hall, with Mrs. M. B. McLaurin, who
is treasurer of the Association, as
chairman. In the evening, an inform
al get-to-gether w’ill be held in the
gym, where the members may re
new' old friendships and recall form
er college days. Mrs. Dorothy Smith
is chairman of this affair.
The reunion will end Sunday at
the regular vesper service with an
address by Dr. Allen Knight Chal
mers of New York City. Mis.s Daphne
Lawson, Association secretary, is
chairman of the vesper proigram.
■Mrs. H‘nrj Pfeiffer, of Xew York City, major benefactor of liennett
( ollefte, wtif) (Uel, at lier home, Tiiseday, January «, lollowiuf-^ a long ill
ness. S“e insert foi' stoi’y anti pictures.
Funera! services for
Pfeiffer, w'ell-known philathropist,
were held at the Church of St. Paul
and St. Andrew', in New York City,
Friday, Januai-y 11, at 2:30 p. m.
The deceased, widow of the late
Henry Pfeiffer, died January 8 at
her home after a long illness. She
was eighty-five years old.
The program w'as as follows:
Opening Sentences — Dr. F. H.
Old Testament Reading — Dr. M.
F. B. Newell.
Prayer — Dr. David I). Jones.
Remarks by Dr. Callahan.
Address — Bishop G. B. Oxnam.
Music. , ,
Closing Prayer — Dr. R. E. Diffen-
Hymn — My Gracious Lord, I Own
Benediction — Dr. John H. Race.
Interment took place in Green
wood Cemetery, Cedar Falls, Iowa,
the home of Mrs. Pfeiffer’s sister.
DR. LESLIE M. COLLINS,
Professor of Sociology
Janet White, Soprano,
Presented In Recital
The recent recital of Miss Janet
White, soprano, in Annie Merner
Pfeiffer Chapel was enthusiastically
received by faculty and students.
Miss White, a senior, from Colum
bus, Ohio was presented by the coll
ege department of music. Her stage
presence and iriterpreti've ability
were highly commendable.
The program opened with “Per la
gloria d’adorarvl” from “Grlselda”
by Rononcinl and “Rugiadose,
Odorose’’ by Scarlotti.
The young artist displayed excell
ent use of the pianissimo in “II est
dioux, 11 est bon” from “Herodldae”.
The third group Included “Down
in the Forest”, “American Lullaby”
The program concluded with tw'o
spirituals, “Poor Me” a Negro foll^
song, arranged by the late Dr. R.
Nathaniel Dett and “Just Come From
De Fountain” arranged by Hall John
As an encore Miss White sang,
Strauss’ “My Hero” from The Choco
late Soldier. Miss Betty Artis, senior,
Columbus, Ohi'o accompanied Miss
White at the piano.
Theatre Guild To Present
"Nine Girls" and Suspect
Wilfrid n. Pettit^s'^^^^rfTBe Girls”
to be presented tonight and “SuspliCt^
by Edward Percy and Reginald
Dunham to be given February 2 2
and 2 3 head the current list of
Theatre Guild productions.
“Nine Girls,” an all time favorite
of many college dramatic groups, is
the sensational mystery-drama which
thrilled Broadway audiences a few
years ago. The play is being produced,
directed and enacted by members of
the Play production class. The cast
includes: Janet White, Margaret
Henderson, Laurlta Ashmore, Annie
Lou Gist, Irma Latimer, Marguerite
Shaw, Frances Gordon, Jennie Law
rence, Rosa Martin, and Camille Dun
ham. Student director is Beatrice
“Suspect,” a striking psychological
melodrama, i’s a masterly treatment
of the dramatic suspense incident
to the discovery of a criminal and
the unexpected turning of the tables
in a highly dramatic scene that ends
the play. The cast of characters in
cludes: Charles White, Ruth Sydnor,
Helen Pickens, Walter Lewis, Jatha
Coward, Margaret Caldwell. Delores
New'some, Frank Cuthbertson, and
Both plays will be presented in
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Choir To Sing Over
CBS January 12th
The Bennett College choir will pay
tribute to the great emancipatoi',
•\l)raham Lincoln, in a nation-wide
Ijroaidcast, Tuesday, Feiiruary 12
from 11:1,5 to 11:30 a. ni. EST,
over the network of the Columbia
Broadcasting System. Xht- program
will oi'iginate fi'om the hometown
studios of the college, station VVBKJ.
Noted for its unusual aliiiity to sus
tain notes far l)elow the usual regist
er for women, the ensemble of fifly
voices has won widespread recogni
tion. This enal)les the inclusion of
choral works on therr program,
which are generally regarded as suit-
a.ble for only mixed choruses. The
voices i-ange from high C to B flat
below C, thus permitting melodious
harmony in both the bass and treble
The group Is directed by David
W. Holland, organist and director of
music at the college.
l$y .Marf>aret Caldwell
Another Bennett graduate “success
stoi-y” was the appointment of Mir
iam Higgins, of the clasr of ’40, as
analytical research chemi'st at the
Chicago Quartermaster Depot in Sub
sistence Research and Development
Lal)oratory - Technical Branch. The
work of this di'vision with vitamin:--
is considered* so vital by the army,
that even though the war is over,
Miriam is certain that her w'ork wili
continue. Not merely satisfied with
delving into the scientific world ot
vitamins, Miriam has also written
several articles which have recently
been published in scientific journals.
In August of 19 42 Miriam receiv
ed her M. S. degree from the Univer
sity of Chicago. It was in October of
the same year that she was appoint
ed research assistant of Food Chem
istry in tlt?T^home economics depart-
mejit of the university. She remained
there until Feljruary, 1945, at which
time she joined the staff of the Quar
During her last year of graduate
work, Miriam was elected to Sigma
Delta Epsilon, a scientific fraternity
in which membership is llmi'ted to
persons who have made a definite
contribution to science.
To another successful graduate,
from her college sisters comes tho
wish for even greater laurels in her
“School days, school days, dear
old golden rule days” will be a re
membered chant to five students who
crossed the threshold of the “out
side world” at the end of the current
Students are: Misses Dorrs I.rOwery,
president of the Student Senate, aij
English , major from Huntsville)
.Alabama; Janet White, sociology
major, Columbus, Ohio; Burdette
Mclver, a Home Economics major,
Sandford, N. C.; Frances Smith, a
French major, St. Augustine, Fla.;
and Mozelle Winchester, a Home Eco
nomics major. High Point, N. C,