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cnne llM unn^\ Friday, December 9, 1988 BENNETT COLLEGE, GREENSBORO, N. C. VoL XLX, No. 1 Hill returns to alma mater to teach - ^ x’- ^ , . •>* Coming home: The college won’t let Miss Penny Hill get away. The former Miss Bennett has come back to the institution as an English instructor and co-director of the audio-lingual lab. (photo by Kimmberly Waller) by Yvette Freeman There is a new face on the Bennett campus. Some of the instructors may recognize it, but the students may not, at least not the juniors and seniors. She teaches English, so freshmen and sophomores should already be familiar with her. Who is she? Miss Penny Hill, of course, a former Miss Bennett . . . The 1986 graduate of Bennett has returned to her starting place, not aa a visitor, but as a faculty member. Hill says of returning to Bennett, “Well, at first it felt a little strange coming back, you know, and to be on the other side So that took quite an adjustment. But, in all actuality, it feels good to be back at Bennett.” Hill says that in comparing Bennett now to when she was a student, there really isn’t much of a difference in the customs and traditions. She says, “They’re still basically the same.” She adds that the only change in the students is in the numbers. However, she says, “As you move with new administrators and so forth, there’s going to be a change there, a change in the way people tend to do things. I would say that’s different from the way it was when I was a student here.” An English major. Hill had originally plarmed to go to law school. “That was my initial goal right after Ben nett,” she says. In fact, teaching was not what she had in mind. She says, “Ori ginally, I had no plans what soever to go into education. But it seems that everything that I have done has been geared towards education. And I think the more I get into it, the more I like it.” Hill received her master’s from Ohio State University in 1987. She then briefly taught English part-time at ^ Rutledge College in Winston- Salem, her hometown. When that ended, she began substi tuting in the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County School sys tem and decided to return to school for her teaching certi ficate. She had planned to take the necessary courses at Winston-Salem State Univer sity. However, two days before registration, Bennett called. Hill is now teaching two communications skills, 101 courses and three 102 courses. She is also the co-director of the AudiO“LinguaI Lab. Miss Jean Morris is also co-direc tor. Hill says that in the future she hopes “to obtain a Ph.D. in some area, where I can remain in the area of educa^ tion.” But for now, she says she vdll remain here at Ben nett. Abbott speaks as mentor by Cherryl Floyd Ms. Diane Abbott, the only black woman member of Bri tish Parliament, told an au dience of Beimett students and guests on Oct. IS that black women will need weap ons to advance into the 21st century. Abbott cited four weapons that will move blacks for ward. “We as black women preparing for the new mil- lenium need a sense of our history. We need to know that we come from somewhere and we are going somewhere,” she said, revealing the first weapon. She also told the audience that blacks need a sense of culture and joy. “Black culture is at the heart of popular American culture, which dominates the world,” Abbott said after ad mitting her envy of Bennett women who are in the midst of positive black role models like Dr. Gloria Scott and Dr. Jacqui Wade. “Black women need a sense of pride in black beauty,” she said. Revealing the fourth weap on, Abbott said, “We need an understanding and apprecia tion of a sense of power.” “Many things work toward empowerment — organiza tion, taking time, hard work and working through trou bles — and the most em powering thing is love,” she said. Abbott stressed the simi larities of black people all over the world. After receiving a standing ovation for her speech, Abbott accepted gifts from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., of which she is an honorary member. Dr. Alma Adams, chairperson of the humanities division and city council- woman, presented Abbott with a key to the city on be half of the mayor. Abbott became an honorary Bennett Belle and a Bennett Scholar during a luncheon held in her honor. In a res ponse to the statements made by others that she is the first to do many things, she said, “The important thing is not being the first, but making sure that you are not the last.” At an honors seminar that night, Abbott told Bennett Scholars and honor students that Great Britain has prac ticed economic segregation which has made blacks poor and unemployed rather than the southern Jim Crow laws of the United States which legalized segregation. “Britain invented racism. The U.S. sophisticated it,” she said. Abbott said that if students would like to see changes in South Africa’s system of apartheid, they should be in volved in economic sanctions against the country, educate themselves on the struggle and put political pressures on the government here. Abbott is the only black woman among the four per sons of color who serve in the British Parliament House of Commons. She was elected (see page 4) MARC students attend conference by Shavaughn Neal The Division of Natural Sciences is molding its stu dents into hard-working pro fessionals. It is deeply involved with the Minority Access to Research Career program (MARC) whose purpose is to increase minority group in volvement in biomedical r^ search and strengthen sci ences curricula and research opportunities. The MARC program is de signed for undergraduate students and is known as an Honors Undergraduate Re search Ti-aining Program. Bennett College was given a grant to begin particiation in the MARC program in 1987. Currently there are six stu dents at Bennett who have met the requirements needed to participate in the MARC program. They are Stacy Copeland, a junior Biology major; Angela Overstreet, a junior Biology major; Alicia Elam, a junior chemistry major; Mia Powell, a senior psychology major; Kelly Holland, a senior computer science major and De’Iisa Hill, a senior biology major. Three of these students presented papers at the Seventh Annual MARC Scho lars Conference. De’Lisa Hill presented a paper on “Cis-act- ing Element in the First Exom of the Gs Alpha Gene;” Kelly Holland presented “Psychological Study of Se quential Decision Making us ing Cognitive Information Processing and Psychophy siology ;” and Mia Powell pre sented a paper on “A Study of the Hormone Prolactin in the Brains of Ham]>sters.” The conference was held November 2-5, 1988, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Md. The students were accompanied by the fol lowing MARC advisers. Dr. Nellouise Watkins, director of the MARC program at Ben nett, and the MARC co- faculty members. Dr. Linda Thomas, Dr. Sekhara Rao and Dr. Perry Mack. Students who have com pleted their sophomore year (see page 4) Students speak out for change by Cherryl Floyd The persuasive segment of the annual Evening of Public Speak ing Oct. 27 became an outle«t for student grievances. “I ask you, ’What time is it?’ It’s time for a change,” said Staci Rose, Miiss Junior, to the crowd applauding her comments on the absence of male visitation in the dorms. Other students who gave per suasive speeches during the event sponsored by the Bennett Players, included Adonica Smith, who spoke on students’ rights; Catrina Carson on rules and regulations; Alexandria Miller on ACES, Michelle Alleyne on the dress code; Louise Morris on class at tendance policy and Cheryl Childs on curfew. Wanda Davis, president of the Bennett Players, who served as a black college ambassador for the United Negro College Fund this past summer, repeated a speech she gave at a Methodist conference. Davis told of her sur viving a car accident in which her mother died and of her strategies for becoming a successful student in spite of this accident. Vera Bonds and Katrice Bowden gave informative speeches on black women pioneers in sports and education. Through creative works in the original poetry and prose cate gory, Elizabeth James, Erica Salter and DaMica Wilson re vealed their beliefs about “Wom en In Transition,” this year’s theme. Wilson also gave an oral interpretation of Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Mother.” Students participating in the humorous category described cer tain distinguished black women as Buppies (Black Urban Profes sionals). Taundra Woodard in troduced the category. Aneissa Patterson read a Buppie biograp hical sketch about Angela Davis’ would-be fashion style and atti tudes. April Boyd and Renee Cooley gave sketches for Barbara Jordan and Toni Morrison. Deidre Johnson described the supposed Buppie Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s life philosophy-—“Me, me and more me.” The evening concluded with a dramatic monologue by Elizabeth James, who portrayed The Woman in Red from the play “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow isn’t enough” by Ntozake Shange. James roused the crowd with her final line to a lover about a plant she had been watering since he left her. “Go water it, your damn self!” she shouted. Unlike previous Evenings of Public Speaking, there were no judges to pick winners in each category. Dr. Carol Meeks, chair person of the communications de partment, presented certificates to the participants. Ms. Carolyn Cole, sp>eech in structor and adviser for the Ben nett Players, organized the event. Freshman Bennett Player Jac quelyn Griffin was mistress of ceremonies. Support Bennett Basketball ■ ■ In the right place: The college Is proud to have the Reverend Barbara Woods as its new chaplain, (photo by Kimmberly Waller)

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