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PAGE FOUR THE BENNETT BANNER Friday, April 27, 1990 Seniors bequeath wisdom to sisters by Shavaughn Neal This semester is the end of the road for graduating seniors. They have studied, worked and endured all the obstacles to make it to graduation day. What wisdom would the class of 1990 like to bestow on its sisters? The Banner asked as many seniors as it could find. Here are mementos they bequeath Bennett: De’Lisa Hill ■—■ “You must be sell-motivated because your edu cation is your responsibility. Think big.” Tina Breeden — “Take school seriously. Enjoy yourself but get your work done at the same time. Always be prepared because it’s best to be prepared and have an opportunity than to have an op portunity and not be prepared.” Jocelyn Hudson ■— “Learn how to budget your time.” Catrlna Carson — “Seek infor mation and knowledge because all the knowledge you need or may want will not be handed to you by your professors.” Elois Minor — “Never let your academic future rest in the hands of someone e'lse. If there is a problem, always go through the proper channels first and if that doesn’t work always have a back up plan. Utilize the alumnae asso ciation as much as possible. Be- conrue involved in your department and voice whatever opinions or ideas for improvement you may have to the department head or to your advisor. After all you’re paying for it and you don’t want your money to go to waste.” TamiUa K. Stubbs — “My ad vice to underclassmen is for them to attain an informal education as well as a formal education. Study hard and remember that Bennett College’s faculty mem bers cannot possibly teach them everything they need to know. Read, read, read because if one does not take the initiative to teach herself, who else can? No one.” Tanya Bruton — “Always have faith in God. Take responsibility seriously. Think about yourself because you come first before anything else, as far as your boy friend or anything else.” Valerie Rice —■ “Don’t procreis- tinate. Depend on God to lead you through your years here. Take time to talk to your instructors and counselors. Believe me, it will help. May God bless you all.” Yvette Freeman — “Do your best and don’t let anytihing at Bennett discourage you from ob taining your goals.” Gillian Hodges — “If there is something you want to do, do it. Take the chance and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re doing the wrong thing. Don’t listen to the negative; only listen to the positive. Always follow your heart and remember perseverance and persistence wear down resis tance.” Carmen Brown — “Make sure that you follow your curriculum and read your student handbook. Do your best.” Sonya Cloud — “Take advan tage of education and career op portunities while you’re an under graduate and also read any and everything pertaining to your major and society in general. Get involved in various clubs and campus life because it will reflect your position in society.” Sharron Miles — “As a graduat ing senior, my advice to under classmen would first be to plan to attend and participate in as many summer programs and in ternships as possible. Second, to take an active part in activities and organizations on campus and, last but not least, to develop and respect relationships with instruc tors directly and/or indirectly related to their major fields. These long-lasting relationships are beneficial to students’ careers.” Jamie Mills — “Remember that your life is your own. You are your own best friend, sister and guide.” Leslie Redfield — “In all your endeavors always put the Lord first and all of your desires will fail into place.” JiU Jones — “Put your priori ties in order. Education comes first and then your social life. Start job-networking your junior year instead of your senior year.” Alicia Elam — “Strive for ex cellence.” Kimmberly Waller — “Bennett has produced several outstanding individuals in the past, but the expectations of the work force exceed Bennett’s preparations. So, my advice to you is to further your education and it wiU bring several advantages, rewards and, not to mention, success. 1 love you all, but I got to go.” Stacy Copeland — “Even though things may look grim, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. You’ve only just begun and you have a long way to travel. Keep the faith.” Sabrina Williams — “Remem ber that only through knowledge can success be achieved.” Adrai Fuller — “Take advan tage of all the resources available to you through the college. Don’t just study to simply pass a test, but learn to apply the concepts you have been taught. Remember tihe purpose of your education is not sdm.ply to gain facts but to also enhance your ability to think for yourself.” Rhea Simpson — “Adjust, adapt and advance early in your college career. Degrees are not given to the swift nor the strong but to those who endure to the end.” Andrea Burnell — “Take college seriously because it will pay off in the end. Close your ears to slanderous gossip and don’t let it hinder your progress.” NicheUe Gordon — “College life is a learning experience. It is up to you how you achieve your knowledge.” Shirley Payne — “Always follow your curriculum pattern and you 11 always stay ahead. Good luck. Glenda Smith — “Consult with your advisor through the entire year and not just at registration time. Take advantage of them because they are here to help you.” Kathryn Marshall — “My advice is to take control of your own destiny. Your stay at Bennett College is what you make of it. If you don’t try and make any thing out of it, you won’t get any thing out of it.” If one develops an underlying message from these words of wisdom, the message would pos sibly be that life is what you make of it and the same goes for school and education. These are the kinds of things the senior class wishes the sisters that they will leave behind to remember. The final message comes from the writer of this article: “There are a lot of professors on campus who hold within the walls of their minds a wealth of information. I suggest to you that you go that extra mile to get it and make it yours as well. Secondly, please leam to work together as black women and finally, good luck. kid campers Cruelty by Erica Salter Enjoyment filled the humid air, big red wooden barn and chil dren’s hearts that summer at Camp Joy. Kids from Parktown, Laurel Homes and Stanley Row had gathered for a month of hik ing, swimming, fun, games, strange flood, ghost stories and oamp fires. We project kids looked forward to our month away from the de pressing, trashy, roach-infested ai)artments we called home. Most of us never left the ghetto unless it was a holiday and shopping needed to be done. Camp Joy was located in a predominantly white part 6f Ohio, far away from the black ghetto in Cincinnati called “The West End.” AH of my friends went. Michelle, Rihonda, Michael, David, Alan, Katrina and many others loaded the yellow school bus. Mike and David were so excited that they left their sleeping bags in front of tlie community center. After being on the road for five hours, we arrived at Camp mystifies Joy. It was nothing spectacular, but it was better than home. There was the daily routine of breakfast, chores, lunch, nai>s, swimming, games, dinner, hiking, more games and sleep. All of the children were enjoying the sum mer break away from home. Everything seemed so peaceful and wonderful up there. A week after our arrival, Rihonda and Michelle burst into the bam one day, screaming, “There’s something hanging on the tree and it’s dead and bleed ing.” The counselors and children ran outside to see wihat the com motion was about. To our amaze ment we saw a black kitten hang ing from the tree by a rope. Its throat had been cut and eyes gouged out. A note had also been attached, but before I could read what was said the counselors hur ried all of us into the barn. Three days later we went swim ming. Actually, we got dressed for swimming. It was a blistering July afternoon and we needed to cool off. David and Katrina ran ahead, but came back screaming about some dead frogs. Everyone raced up the hill to see what had happened this time. When we arrived and looked toward the shallow side of the pool, our eyes almost popped out of the sockets. Stretched from the left to the right side of the pool, in a hori zontal line, were several charred, dead toads. They lay on their backs with their arms and legs extended. As 8 to 10 year olds, we did not understand any of the events that had transpired. We assiuned that the frogs wanted to swim, too, but did not make it into the IX)ol because of the hot sun. The pool, which was usually managed by some white lodgers, was not supervised this day. Once again our counselors hurried us down the hill and back into the bam. The next two days were normal camp diays. We resumed our fun activities and Not-So-Fun activi ties, such as eating snake tails and frog legs. We did not go swim ming, though. At about 10:30 p.m. Friday, we were playing pick-up sticks. This time Alan came in, yelling “Fire! Fire!” The counselors prevented us from going outside, so we crowded on the bunk beds and peered out the windows. Burning outside was a wooden cross that glowed so brightly and stood so tall that it illuminated the entire lot. The last week dragged on. The project kids now followed a daily schedule of breakfast, chores games, lunch, naps, games, dinner, more games and sleep. Swimming and hiking were omitted. It wasn’t until I turned 13 that I understood what had happened. Racism never entered our minds because we lived in a poor, black neighborhood, far from white people. KKK were just letters and the cat, toads and cross fire jiist happened. Happy Summer! Reebok corrects ugly rumor WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paul Fireman, chairman and chief exe cutive officer of Reebok Interna tional Ltd. today reaffirmed the fact that has company does not do any business, whaitsoever, in South Africa, and called for the con tinuation of economic sanctions against the government of South Africa. Fireman made this statement March 21 at a press conference held at the U.S. House of Re- r»resentatives. Office Building, at which Reebok made a three-year, $375,000 grant to TransAfrica, the nation’s leading anti-apartheid organization, for its work with the Washington, D.C. public school system. “Reebok is not in South Africa, and we have not been there since 1986 when we terminated the one distributor relationship we had there,” Mr. Fireman said. “In fact,” he emphasized, “we are the only major athletic footwear com pany not doing business in South Africa, yet there is a vicious rumor circulating, especially with in the black community, that we are there. “Nothing could be further from the truth, and we would ask any one concerned with this matter to check us out with TransAfrica, with the Interfaith Center On Corporate Responsibility, with the United Nations Center against Apartheid, and the Africa Fund, all organizations actively fighting apartheid. And/or check us out with the anti-apartheid leader ship in South Africa by contacting Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Reverend Alan Boesak, president. World AUiance of Reformed Churches, or The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)). “When you do check us out, you’U find we are not there, but far more importantly, you’ll find out who is there ■— and I don’t mean only the companies with plants and employees and major assets, but companies doing busi ness there on any basis. With this information in hand, you can direct your rightfiil concerns to the companies who are profiting from their business involvement in South Africa,” Mr. Fireman said. “Reebok refuses to do business in South Africa because we have made a commitment to help ad vance the cause of human rights throughout the world. The system of apartheid and everything it represents is directly counter to every belief and practice we adhere to as a company and as human beings who care,” he said. “While the freeing of Nelson Mandela and other actions by the South African government are encouraging, they are not suffi cient changes to warrant the lift ing of economic sanctions by com panies like Reebok who have withdrawn from that country. We totally support the request of Mr. Mandela to continue the econxjmic sanctions until) apartheid is stamped out and gone forever,” Mr. Fireman said, “and we con tinue to encourage those compan ies doing business there to get out of South Africa until apartheid is gone,” Reebok International Ltd, head quartered in Stoughton, Mass,, is the leading designer and mar keter of active lifestyle and per formance products, including foot wear and apparel. The Company’s operating units include the Reebok Division, the Reebok Apparel Products Division, and the Avia, Bllesse North America, Rockport, and Boston Whaler divisions. Sales for 1989 totaled $1,822 billion. Art - from pg. 1 of ‘other races’ questions. McKinzie said “art is univer sal and if it’s good it shouldn’t matter if it’s done by an Afro- American, Italian or a white person.” All Honeywood’s pieces give such explicit detail about each event. Quake - from pg. 3 structure in the midst of the rubble. They all kept saying how the most damage had taken place in San Francisco, but it wasn’t at all true. There was very little mentioned about Santa Cruz where most of the disaster had taken place. There were homes and buildings that appeared to be safe, but days, sometimes weeks later they collapsed. By December, the talk of earth quakes had faded, but there were many people who had homes and businesses demolished. They had to relocate. As for my home, I think a pencil rolled off the kit chen table. Mandela’s book NEW YORK — Pathfinder Press, a New York publishing house, is rushing 30^000 new copies into print of “The Struggle Is My Life” by Nelson Mandela, whose re lease from prison Feb. 11 has spurred massive interest in the ideas of the South African freedom struggle leader. “My political beliefs have been explained,” Mandela stated in a letter written last July to then South African president Pieter Botha, “in my autobiography ‘The Struggle Is My Life.’ ” That letter was Mandela’s first public declaration since 1964 during his “sabotage” trial. Pathfinder first released “The Struggle Is My Life” in 1986. Two subsequent print ings brought sales of the book to nearly 40,000 in North America. The Pathfinder edi tion is published in coopera tion with the London-based International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa.