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sion there is a move forward. Negroes in Alabama know that
there is a right for them.
On the other hand, students such as we, have not begun yet,
even to openly express their beliefs. They have not begun to
Perhaps this means that they are not convinced of their
rights. Perhaps they don’t believe that they have rights. Perhaps
they are not willing to suffer some bad consequences, recognizing
that good can come from them. Maybe they are waiting for a
Martin Luther King of the college campus; God speed his
COLUMNISTS _^Liza Abram, Phyllis Tuck,
Andrea Mast, Lillie Madison, Patricia Murray
EXCHANGES. —— ^dna Smith
TYPISTS Shirley Smedley, Sonja Hazard,
Business Education Club, Penny Walker,
Margie Cumbo, Paula Lewis.
Nellie Campbell, Rita RufF,
IT’S TIME NOW
(a commentary written for publication prior to last week’s elections.)
It’s Time Nowl Veahl The time has really arrived. We all
are eagerly awaiting tlie outcome. Ihis time of tne year really
attracts everyone s attention. iMow all want to get on tlieir
tiivoiiie Uiiiiuwagon. aigiis are uispiayeU m every nook aiiU
comer ana uie uuion looiis like a ooiiveniion Haii. Candidates
aie viROiuusiy caiupaigaiiig. Jiveryuuiig goes exccpt kissing ba
bies. Its ume lor tue yearly eictuoiis. Or, haa you already
guessed it? a j • •
J:.iection time is a great event, on all campuses. And it is no
different lor ±>eiiiiett. iiiis year may prove to be an exciting
6iie. iiut as usual, it s time lor a looK at what is really belimu
all the loud noises of tlie campaign snouts.
Uf course, the first peiboii tliat you are going to mark
the ballot lor is the one wno promises a lot and tnese promises
seem Ureamlike. Ol course, the iirst person to get your vote will
be tne one who preaches a change in tradition. But is tliis what
you want? At a iirst glance, the immediate answer is “yes”.
However there is always someuiing tar more important.
The person you elected must promise to do a good joo. Ihe
ability to lead is much more important than the oDvious cam-
. uaiKU suceuics lUiiue in uie hcac ol -poiiuKing’. ine person
you eicct must have a way about her - sne mu»t know how to
Kct uiiiiRS uone in the rignt way and at Uie rignt time, lake a
look at what is being said during tnis excitcu ume. See what
you are gctung beioie you "voice youi choice .
io uie nominees, who may be our tuiure leaders lets see
what may be required of you if you are elected. All of these
oiaces wnicli you are campaigning for are very significant
wnether you are running tor president or parliamentarian.
JL iiereiore, you will be in uifc limciigiit. iour role is to exempiity
your position, ^ou, too, must reauze that a change cannot be
made overnight - Do not get discouraged by the bl UMiiLlNU
4ij_»oCKi) that will obviously be placed belore you.
• You may not realize it, but some change has been maae
liiereiy because you were elected. So take it slow but sure .
^ince the student body elected you, we must stay witn you.
Whatever endeavor that you may pursue, let all of us be mindlul
ol the responsibilities that are involved.
Remember that tliese elections call for all of us to be
respectlul of each person’s ideas. Whether you agree or not,
lisieni T.he next person is still entitled to her ideas. Mud sling
ing may appear on other campuses but let s not have it here.
Yes, it s time now to vote; make sure you know your choice—
it’ll be for all next year. Open your eyes to the candidates and
their views. If you don’t, you may be blinded by results.
Letters to the Editor
With tired feet, and a
growling stomach, I waited in
line outside the dining room
from 5:15 to 5:35 p.m. with
some other hundred students
for my dinner.
After being admitted to the
dinning hall twenty minutes
late, I became curious enough
to ask what caused the delay.
Surprisel The kitchen staff had
to wait for the dietitian to op
en the kitchen. She had been
delayed and she had the ONLY
Does this mean that we’ll
have to wait everytime the die
titian is late? Does it not seem
sensible that someone else
should be ready with another
key? As drastic as it may seem,
here’s something else we should
keep in mind — Suppose this
person loses the key.
P. S. — 1 was delayed still long
er when many of my Bennett
sisters so graciously cut line.
There has been a saying on
B. C. campus that it’s not what
you know, it is who you know.
Is this really true on this
Christian campus? Is this really
true on this campus which is
so enlightened on academic
freedom and pursuits?
THE LAST OF THE
SERIES OF ARTICLES
Catalyst On Campus
Between B. A. and Baby
Some of you are married
now, some will be single for
life but by and large, you will
walk down the aisle two years
after graduation and have your
first child one year later.
This brief island of time
separating the rigors of 17
years of education from the
demands of ten years or more
of child care is yours to do with
as you will. By the time you
close the door on the ch?pter
of your life which will follow
this, and your youngest child
has left for school, you will be
35 years old.
You will be a much more he
terogeneous group at 35 than
you are now, for each of you
will establish for yourself the
stage and clmate of the inter
vening years. If your college
experience were the sole deter
minant of what you will do
when your children leave
home, we could predict this
with relative certainty, but it
is not. The three years between
B. A. and baby are critical.
If you utilize these years to
work in a carefully selected job
in the area of your interest,
you will learn the basic me
thods which separate the indi
vidual with a professional ap
proach from the amateur. You
will gain confidence in your
ability to function effectively
and a fuller realization of the
significance of your college ed
Further, you will be exposed
to your own educational gaps
which you can fill during uie
“lamily years” more validly
than a person without experi
ence who can view such uain-
ing only theoretically.
The experience and knowl
edge you nave gained through
luii-time work will increase
your employer’s willingness to
keep yo uon as a part-timer (if
that is what you wish) after the
birth of your first child. If he
has already spent time in your
training, even a limited work
schedule serves to further
amortize this investment (this
has validity even if you are
forced to shift jobs within a
given area). This will prove a
valuable poportunity for you
to keep your skills alive while
your children are small.
You will also derive a less
obvious benefit: a basis for in
tellectual satisfaction during
the years when your vocation
is largely put aside for the ve
ry different satisfactions of
raising your children.
Your decision to work in a
carefully selected area during
the brief available years fol
lowing graduation can pay di
vidends far into the future in
terms of experience, confi
dence, a positive attitude to
wards a return to work in the
future, and a firm foundation
for a succesful realization of
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS
Periloiis fumes of gas, nightsticks of police were the instru
ments used to halt a march staged by Negroes in Selma, Alabama.
1 he cause of such an uprising — a desire for God-given rights.
Why then were such techniques used to stop such a move
ment? — some senseless supposedly appointed chief of la\ir and
justice somehow rationalized the fact that rights for “all meant
tliat some were not included. But because of the beUef of a few
the pursuance of rights is carried on.
These people carry on their fight even though the threats
they receive and the turmoil their physical persons receive keep
telling them that they have no cause, that that which they fight
for was not meant to be theirs, yet ^ey keep on because they
believe differently. And they will win. Slowly but surely they
will win. .
Today on many college campuses, such as our own, we sut>-
consciously believe that there are some rights endowed to us,
merely because we are students but which are not ours. W’^e are
made to feel that we do not deserve to demand such righu as
are ours in a society.
These two situations can be compared. In both instances,
there is a desire, to receive that freedom which is defined by
our society but not enforced as the execution of the right passes
to a closer level. There is an unrest in these two groups.
Yet, the two situations are different. In one there is an expres-
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THE FAULT OF WHOM?
Cheating has become quite a
controversial issue on our cam
pus as well as many campuses
across the nation. The general
concensus about cheating on
the Bennett campus, in refer
ence to rules and regulations,
as well as academic achieve
ments, is due to a misconstrued
sense of values.
Life itself is a learning pro
cess, in which one learns uy er
rors and is rewarded by self
education is not sometning to
be chewed and spit out tor a
grade, but should be chewed,
swallowed, and digested, thus
adding to growth.
Growth is not bragging to
friends about the excellent
symbols lined upon a cheap
piece of cardboard or ascend
ing the steps of the chapel in
white, to snake the president’s
hand, on some irrelevant day
of the year. Nor is growth,
throwing around that “ugly”
word “perfection”, which
haunts the campus like a ghost.
Growth is however, the gain
ing of knowledge and enlight
enment, for ones personal use,
and for the betterment of so
Who is really at fault for stu
dents withdrawing from an in
stitution because of cheating?
Society must bear the burden.
Society places such high values
on that “ugly” word “perfec
tion”, that students are only
doing what they were taught
to do; that is, to conform to
the norms of their society. Is
this growth? Does this warrent
a symbolic reward, or a hand
shake in a white dress?
Growth or Grades? 'That is
the question. And no, the an
swer will not be found within
the confines of this protective
institution, but within the con
fines of ones own self, student
and faculty alike.