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Scott discusses new year
The administration and faculty
wOTked diligently over the summer pre
paring for this year. Changes and deci
sions were made to improve programs,
departments, and student life. President
Gloria Randle Scott discussed her plans
for this year with the Bennett Banner.
Simenton* For new freshwomen and re
turning students what would you like to
see different this year from past years?
Scott- This year I would like to see stu
dent government very active. I would
like to see all the students or at least 90
percent actively participating in their
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FEATURE: fivo join Soc. Scl. Div.
FEATURE: Americorps wants sophomore
FEATURE: Mom-daughter duo.
The Bennett Banner
Newspaper of the Phenomenal Women of Bennett College
VOL. XVII, NO. 1
September 29. 1994
Blame passed around
in textbook confusion
Banner News Editor
The students were in.
The faculty were in.
But the books were out
And a vicious circle of speculations has
The students blamed the teach
ers. The teachers blamed the bookstore
staff. And the bookstore blamed the teach
Since fall semester began, the campus
has been rippled with the angry remarks of
students and the frustrating looks of some
teachers, about the recent bookstore be-
“I am still waiting to receive one
of my books,” said Dara Nix-Stevenson,
Albany, N. Y., junior. “It is a physics book
that I have needed since that class started.”
Seven weeks into the semester
and some teachers and students have not
receive their textbooks.
Dr. LenoraBrogdon-Wyatt, chair
of mass communications of speech and
theatre, said, “It is very difficult for faculty
to begin teaching without textbooks.”
“I should have given at least two
tests and at least two to three assigiunents
should have been completed by my stu
dents and turned in,” she said. “Waiting on
the textbooks, I am only at one [assign
Amber Williams, Durham, N.C.,
junior, said, “You just cannot teach stu
dents without their books.”
“I think that it is madness because
every student needs a reference to go by,”
she said. “Priorities need to be straighten...
and very quick.”
Kimmberly Waller, a graduate of
Bennett and current bookstore manager,
said, “It is not my fault. I have done my part
and students believe that this is the
Stevenson said, “I have been to
the bookstore on several occasions and my
book is not in yet.”
“Forms are to be filled out by
teachers at the end of each semester in
order to receive books for the following
semester,” said Waller.
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Pecchioni in pageant
Miss Bennett College Deidre
Pecchioni participating in the
National Black College Alumini
Hall of Fame Pageant in At
lanta, Sept. 19-23. Miss
Fayetteville St. won.
New police force to tighten security
As a the result of the numerous
problems that occurred with the previous
security companies, Bennett will have a
new system of campus security beginning
The Triton Security Company is
temporarily serving as the security of the
The recent changes have been a
relief to students because of how problem
atic the campus security has been for
students. Complaints about the Pinkerton
Security Co. include an insufficient num
ber of guards, students not being attended
to when needing assistance late at night,
and parking problems.
All of those complaints were ex
amined by college administration. Dr.
Tiajuana Mosby, dean of Student Affairs,
said “Security is a general concern of all
the administrators of this campus. We
want a safe and secure environment for our
“Collectively, administration be-
Ueves that the best way to achieve a safe and
secure enviroimientis to hire our own staff,”
Mosby said. “When outside agencies are
hired, they hire people based on their own
criteria and that may not concur with ours.”
Administration together with the
new director and chief of the campus police
met Sept. 21 to discuss their plans involv
ing the campus police program and to de
cide exactly what changes would be made.
The decision was also made to allow one
student to be a member of the panel that
interviews so that there could be someone
to voice the students’ opinions.
The new campus police will con
sist of one director, one chief, three dis
patchers, and 12 officers. The officers
uniforms will be blue with the Belle em
blem on the shoulder of the uniform. Offic
ers and dispatchers will be available for
each shift so that they can be accessible for
students at all limes.
The campus police will monitor
the entire campus from the most traveled
areas to the practically deserted comers.
Richard Hopkins, director of
campus police, said, “Those comers are
targets for trespassers who can enter the
campus with a simple hop over the wall.”
An improved lighting system will
be installed in those areas. Campus police
will have the authority to make arrests of
anyone violating campus rules.
The parking on campus is also a
concern of students. Accc«-ding to Hopkins,
plans to enlarge the Washington Street
parking lot so that there’s more space for
students’ cars are in the works. In addition,
there will be a patrolling officer in that area
at all times.
Some students are pleased about
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Bennett College, Greensboro, NC 27401
Banner Managing Editor
A warm, yellow-orange sun shimmer
ing on white and silver sandy bcachcs with
the wind blowing tlirough long-stemmed,
secluded and shady -green palm trees. This
may sound like one of those advertise
ments that you see in one of those travel
magazines but in reality it is more like a
dream coming to harvest as a result of hard
ITiis plan has been incubating Ibr live
years, but never saw the light of d;iy be
cause there was something missing.
Herb Jackson, director of Student
Activities had wiuited a .senior class trip
during that time, but he said that it was not
something that he could do on his own.
“In the past, the plan could not gel off
ihe ground,” Jack.son .said.
“ It wa.s not pre.scnted properly. I'he desire
was there, but there wasn’t enough interest
in pulling forth the work to make it hap
Jackson continuously gave praise lo
the Class of 1995 officers for their diligent
work on the Bahamas trip scheduled to take
place between May 14 to May 17.
The leadership is gtxxl,” Jackson
said. “The senior cla.ss is keeping up with
the details and are doing an outsuuiding
Seniors travelling together together
as a last-time outing is nothing new. As a
tradition, seniors from high sch(X)ls and
colleges across the country plan sometliing
special as a way of closing the book on four
Many have expressed interest in
going on the trip, but interest does not
guarantee the ability to go.
The sentiment of the senior cla.ss
council at a recent senior class council
meeting was that if individuals do not have
senior status, then they should not pay the
money because they will not be allowed to
get get their money back.
Raleigh native LaSheena Sheffield ,
senior class president agreed with the mo
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