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Gholston named Miss Bennett
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Willacin Gholston will
wear the crown of Miss Ben
nett College 1998-99.
Gholston, a junior political
science major from Indiana
was named at the President's
Ball April 3 during Nubian
Nuance. Gholston perfwmed
"Miss Celie’s Blues" from
The Color Purple in addition
to playing the piano at the
March 24 pageant She will begin her reign
in August with the newly
elected SGA cabinet mem
bers and class officers.
The first runner-up,
Ronda Stingley, ajunior mass
communications major from
Milwaukee, was named Miss
Royal Blue and White 1998-
Contributed to by Kenya A.
Samuels and Naima Q.
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THE BENXETT BAXXER
The Newspaper produced by the Phenomenal Women of Bennett College
VOL XX NO. 10
Greensboro, NC 27401
Dana Hunter, a freshwoman English major from New York, models her
pajama wear at the ‘Fashion Extravaganza* in Barge Hall's parlor.
Barge celebrates Nubian Nuance
with 'traditional' fashion show
Fifth class graduates from
Bennett business training center
By Deanna Harris
During the week of Nubian Nuance,
everyone had different ways of demon
strating school spirit.
Some Belles attended poetry readings,
whUe others displayed their talents at
Show Time at Bennett.
But Barge Hall residents demonstrated
their spirit by showing off their worship
wear, club wear, pajama wear, sports wear,
and formal wear, the fashion show they
named "The Fashion Extravaganza of the
Year." The event took place March 31 in
the Barge's parlor.
“ Barge Hall placed their spirits on the
runway,” said Na’Tosha Brooks, a fresh
woman political science major from Mary
This is not the first time a fashion
show has taken place in Barge. The class
of 1999 was the first group of Belles to
sponsor such an event during Nubian
This was their idea. They decided to
do it because it was simple, and because
it was something that everyone wanted to
Modeling was not the only way to
show spirit. Marcia Allen, was also the
commentator, and Christine Taylor, who
also modeled, and arranged the music.
Resident direct Carol Cheston also
participated in the fashion show. She
showed off her worship wear, and her
formal wear. This was a surprise to the
other models because no one was al
lowed to see her until it was her time to
By Harolyn Stevenson-Smith
The Bennett College Entrepreneurial
training center graduated its fifth workshop
class in March.
"This session was a big success," said
Cellestine Hunt, director of the center.
"We’ve had least three students help to
Bennett graduate, Melissa Jacobs, fa
cilitated two of the workshops. Hunt said.
The training center helps people to
formulate business plans that will be ac
cepted by a lending institution, bank, or
venture capital organization. The center's
first class was in September 1997.
“Participants learn how businesses oper
ate, and how to become successful in estab
lishing the sources for technical assistance.
and to understand the way a business oper
ates,” Hunt said.
A major accomplishment of the center
has been the recent success of the members
of the December class. Four participants
formed a limited liability corporation —
Quality Data Solutions — a medical billing
company. Hunt said.
"They applied themselves to the classes,
applied the technical knowledge they were
given, and as a result they received a start
up loan to open this March, Hunt said.
"Traditionally, funds have not been avail
able to African Americans."
A recent graduate Hershey Crenshaw
said, "The class gave me a lot of knowledge
for my plans for the future, and it has given
me the working knowledge that I need."
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Benedict dance troupe
performs at ACES
By Amber Lugo
As part of the Nubian Nubian celebration,
a dance troupe performed in the Goode gym
Two members of the Harold Odom Dance
Company Elite Voice from Benedict Col
lege performed two scenes; “The Mother
Earth of the Mother Land Africa,” which
was intertwinned with the ACES theme,
"When God Made Woman." The second
scene performed was "Precious Lord."
The troupe's final performance from was
a dramatic piece featuring the titfled song
“Strange Fruit,” which was written and
recorded by the late jazz singer Bille Holi
day. Walter Ruterledge, director of the
troupe, said the song was Lady Day's
The ACES program proved to be inter
active. Ruterledge asked the members of
the audience to come on stage and learn an
impromptu dance number. Ruterledge
showed approximately 30 audience mem
bers various steps.
Zenya Clevland, a freshwoman psy
chology major from Bronx, NY performed
the fu^t few dance steps to “Hit the Road
Jack” alone and received a round of ap-
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