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THE BENNETT BANNER archives **BeIievw£ that an informed cttmpus is a Key to DctnocrMcy** Bennett College weensbofo, N. c. NOVEMBER 18, 1971 BENNETT COLLEGE, GREENSBORO, N. C. VOL. XXXVII HATCH LEADS FRESHMAN CLASS “Black Monday” marchers proceed to the Capitol Lawn in Raleigh, N. C. (SOBU News Service) Church Proposes More Aid On November 5, 1971, a promotional meeting for the Western North Carolina Con ference of the United Metho dist Church was held on the college campus to discuss the proposal of raising money fot Bennett which could amount to nearly $75,000. The United Methodist Church is undertaking a drive to raise funds for twelve pre dominantly Negro colleges. The Negro Colleges Advance seeks to raise $4 million dol lars annually for the institu tions of which Bennett has yet to become a legal mem ber, The money raised is used for improving libraries, modernizing laboratories, de veloping curriculum, increas ing faculty salaries, and stu dent aids. The Negro College Advance is an interim effort geared to operate through 1972 after which a new fund-raising drive may be undertaken. Bennett hopes to become a full-pledged member, as stat ed by Dr. Miller; “Other col leges receive annual appropri ations from the conference while Bennett does not have the legal basis for such a philanthropic undertaken.” Bishop Earl G. Hunt spoke on the intrinsic value of Ben nett College, which is why the conference should support it. “There is a need for black colleges. This is the way in which black identity, aware ness, and the community equip themselves. Black col leges serve as strategic way- stations along the way to the places we hope to get. . . . Bennett is a good investment. It will survive and develop as one of the distinguished church - related institutions. Black youths deserve and must have the best education al opportunities.” In closing his speech, Bishop Hunt stated that the Conference has an obligatior to accept Bennett into full membership. A question and answer period was held during the conference in which the pres ident of the college answered questions from concerned Chairmen of Conference Boards and Commissions, District Directors, and Min isters and Laymen. Several delegates were interested in finding out about Bennett’s involvement in the United Negro College Fund and its funding from the Ford Foun dation ($140,000) which term inates in 1974. Before adjourning to lunch, Dr. Miller ended the Con ference by reading excerpts from a piece he recently wrote for a church-related magazine. “Black administrators, ig noring the logical dollars and cents realities, succeeded in educating generations of blacks who would have other wise been by-passed by the mainstream of American higher education. Their fac- were individualizing instruction and developing in genious approaches to stu dent motivation long before improvisation and compen sation became viable con cepts in education. j. Send your contribution to: g United Negro College Fund 55 East 52nd Street New York, New York 10022 or your local UNCF campaign ottice Wide Turnout Supports “Black Monday” March Over 4,000 students par ticipated in the “Black Mon day” march held in the state capital to protest the bUl for Reorganization of Higher Ed-' ucation in N. C. Singing popular black movement songs, the group marched from the campus of Shaw University to the Capi tol Lawn. At the Capitol the crowd heard seventeen local prominent Blacks. The main speaker was Howard Fuller, MXLU President. Fuller stated that he dis liked the bill because while whites claimed to be reor ganizing higher education fot the benefit of all, it is known “that whites don’t do nothing because it’s justice; they do it because it is in their in terest.” Fuller (known to some blacks as OWUSU Sadaukai) pointed out the two reasons whites support the bill: 1) leaving blacks alone, they might learn som«thing about the white system and gain an education in the pro cess. 2) the war costs enough money to run two separate systems. In concluding. Fuller stated that the rally was the start of a political and economic movement among blacks where they can learn all that has to do with being black. The Mayor of Chapel Hill, Howard Lee, insisted that many Black leaders in posi tions of authority were assist ing in the movement. Lee feels that a continuation of the present system may be damaging and that there must be some "plan to safe guard the existence of Black institutions.” Among the other speakers were Maurice Carter, Chair man of the Youth Organiza tion for Black Unity; Nelson Johnson, National President of SOBU; Dorothy Johnson, representative of Greensboro Association of Poor People; Leon White, Executive Di rector of the North CaroUna Commission for Racial Jus tice; O. A. Dupree, President of the N.C. District of SCLC; and Ben Chavis, activist leader from Oxford, N. C. Bennett College’s SGA vice president, Sandra Neely also spoke before the students. The Freshman class have organized for the year and have announced their planned calendar of events. The of ficers for this energetic class offer much optimism and en ergy for a good class of varied personalities. Janice Hatch, president, is from Atlanta, Ga., and is part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program with an Early Childhood Education major. Janice, who toured Spain teis summer, has a sister in the senior class, Joyce. “I am really optimis tic about this year at Ben nett,” says Janice. “The class of ’75 has so much potential Once we get together, we will be super bad!” Serving as vice president is Renee Simpson who is from Salisbury, Ma. A Physical Education major in the 13- CCP, she sees room for great improvement and wants more unity from the freshmen along with more activities on campus. Renee is also dorm president of Barge Hall. Jackie Hemphill, class treasurer, hails from Buffalo, N. Y. A music major of the Interdisciplinary Studies Pro gram, Jackie says, “Some times an environment is what we make it. With a little more love, hope, determina tion, confidence, and faith, the class of 1975 will be the most triumphant example oi sisterhood and developed po tentials Bennett has ever pre pared.” Class parliamentarian is Gwen Johnson who is a Biol ogy major from Augusta, She is a member of the col lege choir and sees “great hope for Bennett.” Valerie Tillm^an, a student of the Interdisciplinary Stu dies, is secretary of the class. She is from Buffalo, N. Y. Her assistant secretary is Perdita Jay who is from At lanta, Georgia and is a mem ber of the 13-CCP. 'This class has pledged it self to making worthwhile contributions toward the betterment of Bennett and “to become the best class ever.” >^5.35 Backrow left to right: Trheta Pollock, Jackie Hemphill, Renee Simpson, Perdita Jay; seated, Gwen Johnson, Valerie Tillman, and Janice Hatch. “A Rewarding Experience” “It has enough discourag ing, disheartening moments believe me, but 1 wouldn’t trade the experiences and the kinds of insights that I’ve gained for anything. Not only has the challenge itself been meaningful to me, more so the opportunity to get to know and constantly interact with so many members of the Bennett family has proven to be one of the most reward ing and satisfying experiences I’ve ever had.” Student Government Pres ident Connie Hammond dis cussed her office and the ex periences she has gained from it since last year when she had to step into replace Carla Friend. Connie, who works in the toy department at Sears and Roebuck, is also involved in a field studies project with the Greensboro Association of Poor People (GAPP). “My general duties include assist ing the Director in dealing with some of the problems faced by Blacks in the com munity,” says Connie. “I have been assigned to head a clothing bank which is part of a community pro gram being initiated. I enjoy the work, but I don’t have much time to put in at the agency.” Connie’s main concern at this time is revising the SGA constitution which is a time consuming task. She has al so been working on a Clean up Campaign. This will en tail working to improve the general campus appearance (hedge trimming, leaf raking, etc.) With a look of serious ness Connie added, “We think such a project will not only serve the purpose of making our campus look better, but we also view it as a continued effort to pro mote a sense of UJOMA (familyhood).” Connie feels strong about promoting loyalty and unity on the campus. She sums it up by stating, “I’d like to feel that I had some small part in promoting a sincere sense of loyalty and sister hood here at Bennett.”

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