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student must have earned a 3.0 grade
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maj oring in the arts, have an unmet finan
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Two students have recently been
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Burton, a Fuquay-Varina native and
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awarded the Michael Jackson $4,000
Yvette Burton, a senior majoring in
Janet Jackson Scholarship.
Taylor, a fteshwoman and a member
of the Bennett College Choir said she was
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Marshville, N.C. were two of the 20
“I’m very h^py and I do plan to
renew it,” Taylor said.
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VOL. XVIII NO. 7
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of Miss UNCF
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A Bennett senior majoring in
biology was recently crowned Miss
National United Negro College Fund.
Dara Wilson, a Baltimore native,
won the title Feb. 3 in Washington,
D.C. where she competed against
approximately 30 other colleges.
The UNCF competition is based on
which UNCF school has raised the
most money per capita.
Bennett raised $24,000 - about $39
The National Alumni Council has
proposed changing the competiUon
from a fund raising pageant to a beauty
But newly crowned Miss UNCF
does not agree.
"I don’t think it’s fair," Wilson said.
Miss UNCF 95-96, Dara Wilson
"It’s [UNCF] ail about fund raising and
education, and not how a person looks."
Thus far, Wilson has received a
dozen roses and gifts from Avon and
the Alumni Council. She will also be
awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
After graduating from Bennett
Wilson plans to attend graduate school
to pursue a doctoral degree and a
Wilson will be formally presented to
the campus during the Feb. 22 UNCF
Emerge' editor speaks
at Convocatum Est
Convocatum Est, an induction of new
students into the Bennett family, usually
features the the spring semester’s offi
cial opening ceremony. This year, how
ever, the program included the David
Dallas Jones Vesper which was Jan 21’.
George Curry, author and editor of
Emerge Magazine, the only African-Af
rican news publication of its kind, was
the featured speaker of the event.
Curry’s discussion included O.J.
Simpson, Michael Jackson, racism and
the importance of affirmative action.
A renowned journalist and Knox
ville College graduate, Curry said that
African Americans have been plagued
with racism in society and urged stu
dents to plan for their futures by being
“You all must make tough choices
about your life, education is essential,”
Curry also challenged those who
were in aposition to help others advance
to do so, adding that once “...you have
made it... assist others in getting there,”
“Curry touched on issues that in
spired thought,” said Nanaaba Eshun, a
seniormass communications major from
“The thing that 1 remember most is
that he urged us to give back to our
communities,” Eshun said.
This semester’s Convocatum Est
marked the 123rd academic session of
Those inducted were Adrienne
Bailey, Saundia Cato, Shanika Choo-
ying, Marta da Silva, Charise Dawson,
Lillian Fitzgerald, Camisha Gentry,
Maryann Hakeem, Shelly Huett, Alexis
Jamison-Dottery, Tabitha Kajese, Mar
garet McLaughlin, Vimbayi Muhoma,
Tamyelle Murray, Maonei Mutamba,
Rasheeda Pass, Aminah Shariff, Tanya
Wagstaffe, Lakeisha Williams and Kim
Renowned artist promises nnural to Bennett
What will Bennett College soon have in
common with Winston-Salem State Uni
versity and Hampton University?
Answen AmuralbyDr. JohnT.Biggers.
A renowned and celebrated artist,
Biggers was in the Triad Jan. 14 as a
special honoree during the fifth anniver
sary celebration of the founding of the
African American Atelier, Inc. of Greens
As part of that celebration, the Atelier
is presenting an exhibition of the works of
Biggers along with the other founding
members through March 2.
During his visit to the Triad and to the
Bennett College campus, Biggers offered
to produce a wall mural which will be
located in a new humanities building be
“We are excited to have such a noted
artist agree to create a mural that will
outlive all of us and inspire generations to
come,” said LenoraBrogdon-Wyatt, Hu
manities Division chair.
The new humanities building is part
of the capital campaign currently under
way, which involves raising funds for the
renovation and construction of various
buildings throughout the campus.
Much of the the Bennett College commu
nity has already seen some of Biggers’
works when they were treated to a trip to
the Museum of Art in Raleigh, where an
entire section of the museum was devoted
to the artist’s numerous murals, paintings
Before Biggers left the campus he left
posters featuring a mural he painted for a
YWCA in Houston, Texas. The posters
are on sale for $40 in the office of Aca
Biggers signing autograplis at