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SGA raises $260 for D.C. quints
When the members of the Student Gov
ernment Association recently
heard about Jacqueline TTiomp-
son and her quints, they decided
to join theother donors through
out the country.
The SGA sponsored a cam-
pus-wide coin drive beginning
Dec. 4. The campus response
was fast and generous: The SGA
raised more than $200 the day
after the drive started.
Thompson, a resident of Washington D.C.,
gave birth to six babies (one has since
died) May 8.
Thompson contacted various com
panies asking for some kind of support,
but her requests fell on deaf ears, until
recently. It was not unitl after the birth
of the Iowa septuplets (in November)
received major media attention and in
turn donations, that the Thompson ba
bies received national attention rccog-
Td2£± (Thompsons'address on Page6)
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EDITORIAL • Lend a helping hand. Page 2
SPORTS • Second loss for Lady Belles Page 3
KUDOS • Belles to compete in college bowL Page 7
CRITIC'S CORNER • 'Tumbling' is worth falling for. Page 8
THE BENNETT BANNER
The Newspaper produced by the Phenomenal Women of Bennett College
\OL XX NO. 7
Greensboftv NC 27401
No arrests made
in Player Hall arson
Genyne Royal, residence director of Jones Hall, helps one of the
tots open his gift. Photo by Camisha Gentry Banner Photographer
Bennett assists Marines
with Toys for Tots' program
By Ronda Stingley
Banner Reporter and Staff
By Delanissa Moody
No arrests have beer\ made concerning
the suspected arson on the second floor of
Player Hall Nov. 9.
Paper paraphernalia on the door of
Takiyah Starks' second floor dorm room
was set on fire. Some one sounded the
dorm fire alarm at approximately 3:25
The fire scorched the door and scorched
floor where it fell. The damage to Starks'
door was minor, according to a field inci
dent report filed by Capt. WJ. Beard of
“This is a very serious act,
prank or no prank.”
Station 4 of the Greensboro Fire Depart
When Tiffany Scurlock, second floor
resident assistant in Player, heard the alarm
she said that she, along with the other two
resident assistants instructed the residents
to evacuate the dormitory and to go to the
The resident assistants contacted cam
pus public safety and were told to call 911.
Scurlock said that when she returned to
the scene of the fire with a public safety
officer, the fire had been extinguished by
residents. Scurlock said residents were al
lowed to return to their rooms after the
campus public safety officer determined
that there was no further risk to the building
or its residents.
That evening, Player residents attended
a meeting in which safety concerns were
expressed to Leon McDougle, director of
Campus Public Safety, Amanda Williams,
director of Residence Life and Jimmie
Gravely, dean of Student Affairs.
“This is a very serious act, prank or no
"What made this particular act serious
A Bennett Belle knows how to share and
show the true meaning of Christmas to the
Pia Holland, resident assistant in Jones
Hall, gave some children something they
might not receive this Christmas: toys.
HoUand, along with the U.S. Marine Corps
sponsored ‘Toys for Tots’ in Jones Hall
Dec. 5. Holland said that more than over 70
toys were distributed to needy the children
at Sl Matthews United Methodist Church
and Pathways/Urban Minitries.
Marine Sgt. Ems RinvU asked Holland
three months ago to help with locating needy
children and with distributing toys.
Genyne Royal, residence director of
Jones hall, said Holland, Jones Hall resi
dents and Jones Hall alumnae truly under
stand the importance of giving at Christmas
"I applaud everyone for taking an active
role in 'Toys for Tots,"' Royal said.
"One of my main goals has always been
to show the residents their responsbility to
the community and a day like this shows me
that someone was listening.”
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Campus Greeks participate
in seasonal community projects
TURN TO Toys for Tots on Page 6
By Jamila Boozer
Greeks on the campus of Bennett Col
lege have proved that there is more to
sorority life than just stepping and chant
Community service is number one.
The members of The Omicron Delta
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc., hosted a community service project
entitled ‘T)elta Toiletry Drive” during
the week of Nov. 10-14.
"During the holidays people need more
than just food and clothing," said Amber
Bradshaw, a senior psychology major
TURN TO Greeks give on Page 6