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emne anne^ Friday, October 13, 1989 BENNETT COLLEGE, GREENSBORO, N. 0. VoL XLXI, No. 1 *‘When I go in^ I go in to work” Prof seeks win by Yvette N. Freeman Dr. Alma Adams is once again on the campaign trail. This time, she’s running for re-election to the Greensboro City Council. Adams was elected to the council in 1987, and says, “I feel good about the election, and I feel good about the service I rendered this first term.” Over the past two years, she has learned much about how the city government operates. “Overall, I think the pro cess is basically designed to solicit the input from the citizens to help the elected officials make the appropriate decisions for the community,” she stated. Adams feels that Greens boro has “an unusually high rate of citizen participation in city government” and says that “citizens should become more involved” in the jwlitical process. She explains that citizens often do not inform their elected officials of any problems they feel should be handled, yet expect them to make decisions to solve the problems. Adams says, “I don’t think you should totally rely on those persons (elected offi cials) to make the decisions.” During Adams’ first term, the council passed several bond referendums. A referen dum was passed to refurbish the neighborhoods on Greens boro’s east side, which include Best Street, Bingham Street, Phillips Avenue, Julian Street and other areas considered to be high in crime and drug trafficking. Adams says the council also passed a bond referendum for low and moderate housing, yet she doesn’t feel that it is enough. “We have done some things in housing but we haven’t done as much as we would have liked,” she said. Adams also stated that “I’ve tried to pay particular attention to happenings in District 2,” which she repre sents. However, she adds that council members are often cri ticized for wanting to up grade and improve their particular districts. Adams argues that, “when certain areas of our city are streng thened and brought up to par with other areas of the city, that strengthens the entire city.” One success story that Adams is very proud of is that of the new library on Phillips Ave. According to Adams, the citizens in that area had been trying to get the city to open a library in their neighborhood for several years but were never success ful. As a result of the citizens’ persistence, they now have the “largest library in the city,” says Adams. Although her first term seems to be marked vdth suc cess, the problem of public transportation still brothers Adams. She says, “We have not made adequate provisions for the public transportation system.” What she would like to see are better buses, ex tended hours and an improved routing system. The council has continually discussed im proving the public transpor tation system, but it has yet to implement a plan, accord ing to Adams. “I think that they (citizens) deserve better,” she remarked. In addition to trying to solve the housing, neighbor hood refurbishment, and transportation problems, the city council has also been working to improve business and economic opportunities for minorities. Adams states that the group has been striv ing to “guarantee some equity of distribution of funds” to minority businesses. This would consist of business con tracts and federal money, ac cording to Adams. She adds that “some districts have never received equitable a- mounts of money.” “The primary issue with me is that city government is accountable to all citizens re gardless of their income, re gardless of their race, regard less of where they live,” states Adams. Beyond the Greensboro City Council, Adams admits that she has other political aspirations. She says, “I would like to eventually serve on the state level. North Carohna does not have a black congressperson. I think there’s something wrong with that.” Adams also says that she sometimes “jokingly” talks of being mayor. “I don’t see why this city could not have a black mayor,” she stated, add ing that she’s not saying it should be she. However, whatever position Adams is in, she says, “When I go in, I go in to work.” The election for the Greens boro City Council will take place Nov. 7. Reelection campaign: Dr. Alma Adams, chairperson of the visual arts and humane studies depart ment, is striving to return to Greens boro City Council, (photo by Yvette N. Freeman) Writer to receive degree Phenomenal woman visits by Rehan Overton The celebrated author and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Maya Angelou, will be the recipient of a honorary doctoral degree at this year’s Founders’ Day Convocation Oct. 15. Angelou, one of the most acclaimed African-American women in the literary field, will be the special guest at the ceremony to be held in Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel. By receiving an honorary doctorate, Angelou will be come an official Bennett Belle and alumna. President Gloria Scott had this to say about Angelou’s visit and induction into the Bennett sisterhood: “I would hope that they (stu dents) will retain this as a very important moment in the life of Bennett, where Ms. Angelou has chosen to bond with Bennett and be identified with Bennett and be suppor tive of Bennett, so that she can represent ... all the Ben nett Belles.” Students are eagerly anti cipating Angelou’s visit “This is the first time that I can really say that I look forward to attending Found ers’ Convocation,” says senior Iris Becton. “Maya Angelou is someone we all can relate to simply because she is a black woman who has over come many of life’s traged ies. She is someone to be res pected.” Although Angelou will not be speaking at any scheduled events or lectures during Founders’ Weekend, Dr. Scott stated that students should expect a return visit from Angelou during which she will instruct classes as a visit ing professor. Volleyballers have zip by Erica Salter The Belles are back once again for the 1989 volleyball season. The new season brings with it some major changes. The team now plays in the NCAA Division III, which means more competitive opponents, such as A&T, UNCG and Winston-Salem State Univer sity. The Belles have won only once, but they are im proving. Each member had to pass a drug test issued by the NCAA to play this year. Veteran players include: senior Kim Howard and juniors Yvette Williams and Candra Ruffin. These players are vital because they know one another’s moves. The newcomers to the team are Karen Weaver, Catrena Jordan, Marj Scarborough, Kemyatta Vincent, Zandra Allen, Lynette Perry, Shawn Griffith, Inez Ttiplin and Karen Warren. Ms. Joyce Spruill has re turned as coach this year. Spruill was the coach of the girls’ volleyball and basket ball teams at A&T before ac cepting the position at Ben nett last year. Spruill has also assumed the role of physical education teacher. “She is a motivator,” said Catrena Jordan. “There is no way you can play a sport for Coach Spruill and not be en thused.” Zandra Allen agrees, stating, “Coach Spruill is thorough. She wants the team to be good whether they win or lose.” According to Marj Scar borough, “She helps each player realize the importance God plays in the advancement of athletes.” Zandra Allen and Catrena Jordan feel that contributing all they can to the team is vital to their success. Scar borough adds that, “com munication is the key.” Kim Howard says, “The potential is there; time is im portant.” (]^trena Jordan states that, “the team is strong, bui: young. People have high expectations, but must understand that teams such as A&T and UNCG are more organized. Next year we’ll be boomin’.” Reacting to the criticism of the team’s record by some students, Howard says, “My fellow Bennett sisters, you knew when tryouts were. If you can’t help us, don’t hurt us.” Overall, the team has a vdnning spirit and great atti tude. Students develop interest about African heritage by Erica Salter The Bennett (College Afri can Awareness Assembly is now an active organization on campus. The new organization (AAA) intends to increase students’ awareness of Afri can and African-American history, thoughts, culture and ideas. According to the group’s constitution, its pur pose is to assemble students who want to “remember the humanity, glory and suffering of our ancestors” and also “provide new direction for our people” and “to promote the element of change and new ideas inherent to Afri- centrism.” “Developing an understand ing and appreciation of the cultural heritage of African- Americans and instilling within students a sense of pride in their heritage, serve as purposes, also, as stated in the constitution. Sophomore Ureka Wash ington, president, and author of the group’s constitution said she wants the assembly to become an effectual and positive force on and off cam pus. She states, that this goal will be implemented through participation in activities such as an African Fashion show, the Anti-Columbus rally, Kwanza (African Christmas) and a naming ceremony where each member is given her own African name. Members of AAA show an interest in African history and the impact it has on the present and future. They also pledged “to cul tivate self-reliance, have dis cipline, patience, devotion, courage and to be free and self-determining.” The group meets every other Thursday and will be working vdth A&T’s History Ch’b. It will use the book “Black Students Guide To Positive Education.” Dr. Jacqui Wade is the advisor. Focus on Africa: Sophomore Ureka Washington Is heading a new group whose purpose is to foster a con cern for Africa. Known as an ex ceptional poet, Washington, presi dent of the AAA, Is also author of the organization's constitution, (photo by Yvette N. Freeman)

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