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GREENSBORO NORTH CAROl.lNA, EEHRUARY, l‘M8
New Dormitory Corner Stone Is Laid
On Sunday afternoon, January 11,
10 48, at 3:00 p. m., a memorable
event occurred. The cornerstone for
the new dormitory was laid, and
the ground was broken for the new
Student Union building. Mrs. Ju.ius
W. Cone, chairman of the Committee
on Building.'? and Grounds, presided
at bolh ceremonies.
The first occasion was the laying
01 the cornerstone in the new dormi
tory. President Jones began the cere
mony by officially declaring the pur
pose for the new dormitory. While
spoaking. President Jones took time
out ito acknowledge the presence of
several of the men who were respon
sible for the erection of many of our
prpsent college 'niildings. Upon her
introduction, Mrs. Cone took over
the rest of the program. Before be
ginning, Mrs. Cone paid a poignant
tribute to President Jones’ sincere ef
forts to build Bennett into the best
Negro woman’s college in America,
yhe said that “Jones” and “Bennett”
are two words that have become so
closely associated in the minds of
many that it had become impossible
to think of one without the other.
The Litany for the laying of the
cornerstone was read by Mrs. W.
Raymond Brown, of East Aurora, N.
y. This was followed by a statement
of the contents of the hermatically
nealed box which was to be placed
inside the cornerstone, by Mrs. Robert
K. Gordon, of Dillon, S. C. Mrs. H.
S. Metcalfe, of Pittsburgh, Pa., ended
the first ceremony by the actual lay
ing of the cornerstone.
When the first exercise was com
pleted, the entire audience was di
rected to the site of the new Student
Union building for the breaking of
the ground. There, after a second of
he size and a purpose for the Stu
dent Union building by President
Jones, The Litany of Dedication was
led by Miss Jocelyn Blanchett, '48.
Following the reading of the Litany,
the ground was broken. The first to
break the earth was Mrs. Robert K.
Gordon on behalf of the trustees.
Mr. Chauncey G. Winston broke the
gvound on behalf of the faculty, and
Mrs. Fern Wood Kinney, ’3 6, on be
half of the graduates. Miss Virginia
Wagstaff officiated on behalf of the
Student Senate and the classes were
each represented by their presidents
Misses Jessal Holland, ’48, Audrose
Mackel, ’49, Vlra Kennedy, ’50, and
Dorothea Henderson, ’51.
The prayer of dedication was led
by Mrs. B. A. Woolever of New York,
N. Y., after which the audience join
ed the choir in the singing of “We
Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.” The
benediction was given by Rev. R. D.
There was much in the two cere
monies to be remembered, and it will
live in the hearts of the participants
and spectators for many years to
come. Th5 fact that only women were
used in th^^actual ceremonies was
particularly i^anlngful as it brought
to mind that Bennett is a college for
'women. The grace with which each
part of the ceremonies rwas conduct
ed symbolized perfectly all that Ben
nett stands for: the Christian virtues
in young women of humility, sincer
ity, and courage, the foundation of
which is love.
Negro History Week
To Be Celebrated
“The celebration of Negro His
tory Week, beginning the 8th of Feb
ruary will offer an excellent oppor
tunity for emphasizing the impor
tance of Negro family history and
records. The demonstration of the
value of such history is now being
driven home by the articles on Ne
gro families appearing in the De
cern Ijer 19 47 issue of Tlip Nokto
“Assemblies held by lodges,
cnurches, and schools will bring to
gether thousands of people who are
eeriously concerned with what the
Negro has thought, felt, attempted
and accomplished. The opportune
moment for emphasizing the back
ground and need of improvement of
[he Negro is during Negro History
Week. Improvement should be the
objective of all our history.”
“Of all persons, Negro Writers
should be careful about what they
record as history. What is said to
the credit of the Negro should be
lestricted altogether to be actually
proved. Hearsay and rumor are not
proof. The Negro public is now being
overflowed with so much falsehood
and exaggeration of the unimportant
that it is difficult for hiSitory to se
cure a hearing.”
Here on our campus instructors
and students feel that Negro His
tory Week is a serious matter
through the interest shown in de-
■V eloping a Negio His.tory Week
Program. Being intently aware of
Negro History Week among such a
group will certainly produce a pro
gram which will cover all the impor
tant historical facts about the Negro.
It is hoped that the program will
give the students and faculty mem
bers a broader prospective and an ap-
rreciation for the contributions that
Negroes have hade to American Cul
Wedding Bells Ring
For Faculty Members
The Christmas holiday season wa
the time for nuptial settings for
members of the Bennett Family.
Miss Wilma Brown, instructor of
Biology, became the bride of Mr.
J. J. Scarlette on December 23 a*
Sumter, S C. Mr;. Scarlette who was
attended by her cou=in. Miss Irby
Davis, was attired in an ice-gray
wool crepe suit, powder blue half
hat, with matching scarf and gloves.
She wore an orchid corsage. Mr
Caesar Blake and Miss Daphne Law
son were the only faculty members
present, and Mr. Blake furnished
.'the wedding music.
At present Mr. Scarlette is study
ing at Chicago University.
Miss Massie Scott, former assis
tant in the Science Departmen, wap
united in marriage with Mr. Leroy
rieming of Fayeteville. N. C. op
December 28. The wedding took place
in Oxford, N. C. The bride wore
■white gabardine, and was attended
by her sister. 9H9UO0 U3UU3&
Again the young women of Bennett
welcomed to the campus Dr. Con
stance Warren, President-Emeritus of
Sarah Lawrence College, of Bronx
vllle, New York.
An annual visitor. Dr. Warren
spoke to the student body, by request,
on the subject, “The Building of Col
lege Morale.” Highlights of her
speech were the importance of punc-
'tuality, dependability, and coopera
tion. Then, there was a period set
aside for the asking of questions.
Dr. Warren also made visits to
•various classrooms and entered into
the discussion with the teachers and
Bennett’s young ladies can truth
fully say that they were benefited by
Dr. Warren’s speeches and lectures.
One cannot avoid looking forward to
her return to the campus next year.
President of Storer
Introducing the vesper programs
for the coming year, on Sunday,
January 4, was a stimulating ad
dress delivered by Dr. Richard I.
McKinney, president of Storer Col
lege, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
“And now abideth faith, hope,
charity, these three; but the great
est of these is charity.” This verse
taken from the 13th chapter of 1st
Corinthians provided the theme for
Dr. McKinney’s speech. He empha
sized t’ne importance of these three
characters in making a happy and
wholesome life. He also outlined
, lie characteristics of this type of
love. Some of them are: It sufferetb
long, envieth not, vaunteth not it
self, is kind and endureth all thing;-:.
Dr. McKinney’s address was very
inspiring and enjoyable to the stu
dents, faculty and community
Iriends. It is anticipated that he will
become one of Bennett’s annual ves
Dr. McKinney received his B. A.
r.nd Ph. D. degrees from Morehouse
College and Yale University, re
spectively. He also attended And
over Newton Theological School and
The University of Chicago. He is
the fourth president of Storer Col
It is always a pleasure for us to
congratulate any member of the fac
ulty or student body who achieves
even a small spark of fame. This
month, we would like to congrat
ulate two members of the student
body. They are Misses Sylvia UocU,
and Miss Gertrude Jones, members
of the Junior and Sophomore class
Both of these young ladles were
among the fortunate number whose
poems were selected for publication
in the Anthology of College Poetry.
Selections were taken from poems
written by college men and women
representing every state in the union.
Miss Rock’s poem is entitled
“Ritual For Ijove,” a fourteen-line
r.onnet with the Spenserian style
stanza. “Deceiving Mind” is the title
of the poem written by Miss Jones.
These i>oems appear in a small
book in our library entitled, “Amer
ica Sings.” Those interested will
find the complete volume of the
The following is the poem sub
mitted by Misa Gertrude Jones.
Gertrude Elizabeth Jones
Come, Oh Come,
You wondering mind
Won’t you please come back to me,
i have not lived as other men
My heart knows no joy or glee.
Come, Oh t^ome.
You s.trolling mind
Never molest the yester years,
I have not lived as other men
You’ll only bring me grief and tears.
Come, Oh Come,
You unstable mind
Never leave this body alone,
I want no part of the things you
The house I lived In was not a home.
Come, Oh Come,
Dear mind to me
Never again depart this way.
Come help me build for you and me
A bigger, brighter, and better day.
Feurer Visits B. C.
The faculty, staff, and student
body of tlie college received a store
of valuable information concerning
Jews and Jewish doctrine from Rab
bi Maurice Feurer of Goldsboro, N.
C., during his visit to the campus
of January fourth and fifth. Rabbi
Feurer came to the campus through
the Jewish Chautaugua Society.
His first lecture which was on the
subject, "A Birdseye view of Jewish
History,” was given during the chap
el period of the fourth. As he traced
and pointed out highlights of Jewish
development, lie called attention to
the fact that Jews have been con
stantly i)ersecuted and discriminated
against since ancient times.
During the afternoon of the
fourth, he discussed in the various
classes questions of personal inter
est to the students. These questions
concerned such issues as the current
crisis in Palestine, and Jewish suf
fering during the past war.
During (the chapel hour on the
fifth. Rabbi Feurer conducted a
short question pieriod before his dis
cussion of the subject, “What We
Jews Believe.” This lecture was not
limited to a discussion of Jewish doc
trine, but many striking similari
ties of .lucl'^iism and Christianity
Uabbi Feurer’s visit marked one
more effort on the part of the ad
ministration to nuike fuller the
Knowledge of Bennett students con
cerning world problems and to de
velop an awareness of, and a sym
pathetic attitude toward the suf
fering of other groups.
Mr. Kircbberger New
Addition To Music
The Bennett Family is happy to
welcome Mr. Frederic Kirchberger
as the newest addition to the music
Mr. Kirchberger Is a native of
Berlin, Germany where he studied
at the (’onservatory of Music of
In nineteen hundred thirty-eight
■Mr. Kirchberger came to the United
States. A recipient of a tcholarship.
he attended The Julliard School of
Music in New York, one of the out
standing music schools in this coun
try, finishing in 1940.
Mr. Kirchberger studied conduct
ing in New York in the National
Orchestra Association. He also wrote
njuslc criticism in a magazine en
titled Musical Leader.
The army interrupted Mr. Kirch-
berger’s career from nineteen hund
red forty-one to nineteen hundred
forty-five after which he returned
to the United S-tates and took post
graduate work at Julliard.
A truly accomplished pianist, Mr.
Kirchberger has given recitals in
Germany and York. Bennett
College is Indefed fortu.nxitfe to have
Mr. Kirchberger on its faculty.
Three Bennett Graduates were
among those forming a i)ageant of
beauty and color in the homecoming
festivities of the maroon Tigers of
Morehouse College taking iilace last
November. The young ladles who
a)'e now attending the Atlanta
School of Social Work participated
in the half-time ceremonies as sweet
hearts of Greek-letter fraternities.
Kdith (thandler, of the Class of‘4G
reigned as sweetheart of Kapp^a
Al|)ha Psl. Jenny Lawrence, Class of
‘4 6 was sweetheart of Alpha Phi
Alpha with Rosomond Hogans, Class
of ‘47, as one of her attendants.
President and Mrs. David' D.
Jones will soon sponsor the annual
college parties which are to be held
from January 28th through 31st.
The Freshmen start the parties off
on Wednesday, .lanuary 28, 1948.
'The Juniors, Seniors and Sophomores
follow in that order.
The Art Department is planning
the decorations. Music will be fur
nished by the Rhythm Vets of A
and T College.
lilveryone Is looking forward to
the parties with great expectations
for these are considered the loveliest
of all college traditions.
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