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THE BENNETT BANNER
THE BENNETT BANNER
Published Monthly By The Students of Bennett College
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
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Editor - . ^
„ Diarma Croslin,
Managing Editor - -
Society Editor - ---
Fashions,- - — - —
Barbara Campbell. '59
Jean Sparrow, '
..Carolyn James, '
Nancy Kirby, '
Juanita Spears, ‘
„ Joyce PuUum,
E^xchange Editor - - "
Jo Ann Martin,
j;- ...Marie S. Moore,
Mary Boone, '60, Raemi Lancaster, '61, Janie Graves,
59, Karen Leach ,'60, Desretta McAllister, '62
Lorene Miller, '62
_ Barbara Mauler, '61
Gladys Grant, '59
Team Work ... Or Else
Since the beginnmg oj history man has been striving together
to survive. Working together is not something new; it is as old as
man himselt. What we jail to realize is that there are many laps in
what I would call team work. Man has decided to work together
for many resaons: to fight for the many freedoms of the world, for
the nation, arid for certam group values. Always in the struggle
there is a group of people working toward a specific goal.
Man has tried to conquer nature, the sea, and now man is
trying to conquer the heavenly bodies. Where will it all end? Man
himself does not know the answer.
The fear of the unknown has kept man conscious of God at
all times. It is this fear alone that will prevent many world trage
dies from taking place. Yes, fearless men discovered the continents
of the world, and each day new discoveries are being made. But,
will fearless ?nen also destroy the world?
In America people work together for ?nany causes and in
many ways. The family, community, city, state, afid nation work
together jor certam causes—some with only selfish motives in mind,
others for the welfare^ of all.
I feel that only when we come together as one will tuimoil and
confusion cease. Maybe the serious threat of a foreign power wilt
bring us together. It has been stated that -people are united only
in their discontent. Evidently the Americans have not yet become
However, in many instances we can see the improvement
which has been made through the years. Most of the great accom
plishments have not been made by one man, but by men working
together. Regardless to the age in which man lives, I sincerely be
lieve that whatever the future holds for our world must be team
work ... or else.
New Methods Of Church School
My Trip To Liberia
MYRNA J. LEE
(This is the first in a series o/
articles on the experiences of
Myrna J. Lee, a freshman, who
has had an opportunity to travel
The American Government
through Prairie View College, has
a contract with Liberia to send
technicians to Booker Washington
Institute in Kakata, Liberia, to
teach at the vocational school, pop
ularly known as B. W. I.
On June 8 my peurents, Mr. and
Mrs. Lee, and my sisters, Linda,
Dale, and Toni, left Prairie View,
Texas to go and join the already
large family of technicians at B.
We left New York’s international
airport on June 15 and arrived in
Santa Maria Island in the Asores
the next morning. Our next stops
were Lisbon, Portugal, then Dakor,
Africa, and, finally our new home,
Liberia, West Africa.
The P. A. A. airport is in Harbel,
Liberia, on the Firestone Planta
tion, and the other technicians
were there to greet us, and also to
While they were checking our
baggage, everyone tried to confirm
our hidden beliefs that we would
die from all the horrors of the
jungle. They had convinced, my
mother so well, that when we got
home later that night, she wouldn’t
sleep until Daddy had checked all
of the screens and barred the chim-
aey of the fireplace. We lived over
night, though, and early the next
morning we went to Monrovia to
be signed into the country. Mon
rovia is the capital city, which is
located on the coast about 145 miles
from us. We met the American
Ambassador, Richard L. Jones,
signed the papers, and then Mr.
Smith, the chief ad.visor of the
B. W. I. project, showed, us Mon
rovia. I liked Monrovia very much,
that is, what I saw of it that day.
Little did I know that I wouldn’t
see it again for about six months.
I went to college about 75 miles
from Kakatja (where my parents
were), in Suacoco, which is in the
interior. It was a Methodist Epis
copal college and divinity school
Strength Through Meditation
Who shares his life’s pure pleasures
And walks the honest road,
Who trades with heaping measures
And' lifts his brother’s load,
Who turns the lurong down bluntly
And lends the right a hand.
He dwellsriji GOD’S OWN COUNTRY
He tills the HOLY LAND.
—Louis F. Benson
MISS DEMO AND
Miss Demo first felt the need
last year to write this column be
cause certain points in our campus
life needed improvement. (Yet she
^id not overlook those areas which
could be praised.)
Miss Demo’s column did not ap
pear in the September issue of the
Banner; but since that time, cer
tain situations on the campus have
aggravated her ulcers to the ex
tent that she feels she must revive
Bennett sisters, must we be
watched like convicts at the dining
hall? Listen, we are intelligent
young women who know how to
socialize in the foyer before meals.
“It’s a stampede! Here they come!”
Now ladies, surely we know how
to walk intelligently into'the din
Physical Education Classes
Can you answer this question?
Which looks worse, wearing skirts
across the street and then having
a group of girls pulling off skirts
on the temus court in full view, or
wearing gym suits without skirts
across the street to the playing
Bennett sisters, the Vesper ser
vices are for our spiritual inspira
tion. Now, doesn’t it take some-
thin|! from the services when we
hear the constant slamming of
The president of the college, Dr.
came to our
The main objective of the church school officers for this year
is providing classes that will be informative, informal, and enjoy
able. It IS Imped that classes of this type will promote and main- ^
tain the interest of practically the whole student body. Ln order to ^ Edwards, came to —
accomplish this goal the church school has been divided into two second day after
groups: we arrived and told my parents he
Group I meets in the Merner Hall parlor for the benefit o) heard about a prospective stu-
the students m Kent Hall, Merner Hall, and Pfeiffer Hall. Gloria ^^d explained the college to
t. Brown is the discussion leader; Emma Martin, assistant; Caio-
lyn Davis, pianist, and Sarah Lawrence, secretary.
Group II meets in the Reynolds Hall parlor for the benefit
of the students in Jones Hall, Barge Hall, arid Reynolds Hall.
Blanche Tuboku-Metzger is the discussion leader; Wilhelmina
Bundy, assistant; Nannie Poole, song leader; Dons Wyche, pianist,
and Peggy Alexander, secretary.
Classes begin each Sunday morning at 9:30 and last until 10.
The students participate in group singing, scripture reading, and
an informal discussion of the lesson. Both classes have had an aver
age attendance of thirty-five persons.
The church school officials would like to express their ap
preciation to, the two residence halls, Reynolds and Merner, for
having welcomed the 'classes into their parlors. Thanks are also
expressed to those students who have given support to the church
school by attending regularly. It is hoped that attendance will in
crease so that It will be possible to begin a class in another dor
Faculty members are invited, too!
A Feeling Of Comfort
Should one’s feelings be tampered with? The smallest insinu
ation of hurt may arouse an insincere feeling of discontentment.
It's a pleasant feeling to have security at ho?ne as well as away
I think eveiy person is endowed luith one or more talents that
call for observation. Perhaps her abilities cannot be perceived
xinless she receives an A or B grade for evei-y assignment, accord
ing to some people. But maybe she writes better or does her beauty
work better than anyone else. I think she should be complimented.
us. I hardly had time to get ad
justed to one home before I was
bound for another.
Daddy got a car and a driver,
since he didn’t know where we
were going, and the next week we
all went to Suacoco.
There are about 360 students at
B. W. I., plus some 10 or 12 Ameri
can students whose parents are
stationed in the area.
The compound, as we like to call
it, or Germany, as the Liberians
call it, is made up of about 22
houses which form a very large
rectangle with the entrance at one
end and the Du river at the other.
I lived in the first house on the
right as you enter either from
Monrovia or Kakata proper. Ours
was the largest house for the sim
ple reason that ours was the largest
family. Most of the other families
had from one to three children.
The grounds are very pretty.
There are tropical fruit trees, such
as mangos, quaros, and palm trees.
While I was at B. W. I. I met
many American and Liberian stu
dents. I attended one dance before
Do you like coffee? Do you like
hot milk? Let’s suppose you don’t
care for either. Wouldn't it be nice
to have hot chocolate?
However, we must congratulate
the dining haU staff for the won
derful meals they are planning.
I wonder why the fellows have
to have invitation cards to attend
dances on the Bennett campus.
It was really wonderful to have
issued to us identification, or stu
dent cards. It’s something we have
needed for a long time, but couldn’t
they have been representative? A
student card with “blotted out”
marks on it is not one you can dis
play with pride.
Dr. Willa B. Player, president
of our beloved college, is a person
to whom we can all point with
pride. So, let’s not degrade the re
spect we have for her by threaten
ing to report students to her for
every little misdemeanor. It re
minds one of “telling the teacher,”
or “tattle - taling” in primary
Letters To The
Welcome to the dining room. We
are gratified to see so many stu
dents coming to the meals. It is our
hope that you will continue to come
and enjoy your meals.
The dining room hostesses are
very appreciative of the coopera
tion manifested on the part of the
students. However, there are a few
areas in which improvement on
the part of the students will aid
Tardiness is very undesirable. In
case of arrival after the “Dining
Room Closed” sign is put out, stu
dents must ask the hostess for per
mission to eat.
Proper attire at meals is very
important. The following items
are absolutely forbidden at all
1. Pin curls
2. Gym suits
4. Heavy coats
Although it is permissable to be
informally attired at breakfast and
lunch, we would prefer that stu
dents freshen up for dinner. By no
means will we allow sneakers to
be worn at the dinner hour.
Recently, for our pleasure, the
practice of pre-dinner music has
been initiated. We are sorry to say-
that an excess of noise has inter
fered with our listening pleasure.
Please have consideration for us
who would like to hear the music.
(Always feel free to consult Miss
Graham and Mrs. Macomson if
you would like further informa
going to Cuttington.
The school itself consists of about
20 buildings, including several that
were added while I was there.
The school year runs from Feb
ruary until November, missing the
hottest part of the dry season. Li
beria, I found, is very similar to
Florida in climate.
Next month I shall tell you more
about the school and my stay at
This year the Union Board of
Managers is here to serve you;
however, there are several rules
that we must follow also. We feel
that if you realize that we have a
duty to fulfill, you may be more
inclined to cooperate with us.
We are providing music for your
listening pleasure during the din
ner hour and we only ask that you
listen instead of talk. However, if
you must talk, then we feel that
there is no need to play the music.
Please let us feel th^t our efforts
are not in vain.
Also, in order that our Union
may have a neat appearance at all
times, we are asking that you hang
your coats in the places provided
for them instead of laying them on
the chairs in the foyer amd in the
For several weeks noy.r we have
advised that students should not
stand in front of the dining room
door or on the adjoining steps just
before the dinner meed. By now
you must realize that this gives a
terrible appearance to the mem
bers of the Bennett family as well
as to any visitors that we may
have. We wish to emphasize the
fact that this advice is stiU good.
In advising you in such a way we
are looking out for your welfare.
Thank you for your cooperation
The Union Prexy