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HilX’/nPhcAts neMjei+' Ortd r^os*- 'vc-'+icAj'T ,, cVyjJItAjad. /Pat 4*\is X can oaI-^ h.toi*nL »V\ €xiiK9»vS «>{■ -vVi, "BwtiAH 'ftftAnv'l Introducing Pheness MONYA TOMLINSON Staff Reporter The Bennett Banner will be adding something or someone to its front page: "Pheness" a social commentary cartoon character. Pheness [Pronounced "Fee Nes"] and her comments are the brainchild of Shantilee Otey, a sophomore from Bedford County, Va. who is majoring in English. V>M tJT A »i»wa»T»'. TURN to Pheness on Page 5 I?*'' s b B‘Uespeak Health Critic's Corner ! Page 2..Selle^ express their opinions about the Clinton grand jury tape. i Page ^.Xurefor female hair loss is finally here. Page Q„.Kirk Franklin's "Nu \ Nation" is a must buy. | t i 1 The Bennett Banner The newspaper produced by and for the Phenomenal Women of Bennett College VOL XXI NO. 2 October 14, 1998 Bennett College Greensboro, NC 27401 The banner hanging from the balcony in the Student Union advertised Spirit Week Oct. 5-11. Highlights of the week included the city-wide volunteer outreach day, the nationally televised videoconference, "Broken Pledges," and Miss Bennett College’s Coronation. Photo by Marie Smith, staff photographer. Two Belles among 46 NC college students awarded science scholarships, laptops Two Bennett students were among the 46 students from 24 North Carolina colleges and uni versities to be inducted into one of the largest Glaxo Foundation classes of aspiring female scien tists in the 1998 Women in Sci ence Scholars program. averages of 3.0 or better. Glaxo Wellcome provides each school with a $25,000 endowed scholar ship, and from that endowment students receive a scholarship to ward their education. As part of the program this year. Videoconference focusing on hazing among Greeks aired on campus pus and participated in group ca reer discussions and met with their mentors. "We created the program so that our scholars could have prac tical guidance during their under graduate years," said Marilyn , . , ■ Foote-Hudson, executive director each school was given laptop com- Hallona KeUy, a sophomore of the Glaxo Wellcome Founda- puters, printers and other accesso- from Maryland who is majoring in tion, which sponsors the Women ries to aid students with their stud- chemistry and Bridgette Hager, a in Sciences Scholars program. ies. nativeof Glen Bumie, Md., who is The scholars program supports Since 1993, the Women m Sci- majoringinbiologyjoinedtheother scientific studies by female under- ences Scholars Program has com- students as they attended a day graduate students in the state. bined endowed scholarships with long session Oct. 5 at the Glax® Students who participate in the a mentoring program that links a Wellcome's Cornwallis campus, program are selected by their in- student with a Glaxo Wellcome The students toured the cam- terest in science and grade point woman scientist mentor. President Gloria Randle Scott was a panelist in a nationally televised videoconference on hazing. BY KENYA SAMUELS Editor A nationally televised inter active video conference produced by the publishers of Black Issues in Higher Education was one of the activities that took place dur ing Founder’s Week. The two-hour videoconference, "Broken Pledges: Fraternities and Sororities at the Crossroads," ex amined hazing among Greek and non-Greek organizations. Students, faculty and staff af filiated with Greek organizations were invited to attend by the cam pus president of the Pan- Hellenic Council, the live video confer ence which was aired via satellite by the Telecommunications Pro gram in Shell Hall Triad Oct. 7. The videoconference had both national and local significance to Bennett College because its topic related to an alleged post-hazing incident this past spring semester involving members of the Zeta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Eight panelists including col lege presidents Gloria Randle Scott and Earl Richardson of Morgan State University, provided vari ous perspectives about hazing. "Hazing is a power problem," said Maureen Syring, assistant di said Maureen Syring, assistant di rector of Delta Gamma Founda tion. "Hazing is a learned skill, and none of us are bom knowing how to haze." Hank Nuwer, author of the book Broken Pledges..., said the laws define hazing differently in each state. "Hazing is a felony in North Carolina," Scott said. "Hazing as a behavior must be stopped, " Richardson said. He also said what scares him is the physical violence associated with hazing. Richardson posed the ques tion as to whether there is a middle ground to preserving the intake ritual without becoming abusive. Richardson and Scott both sug gested there should be a joint rela tionship between the Greek orga nizations and the institutions. Scott explained the acronym, "DEEPEN" as a method to elimi nate hazing. "D" for Dismiss, "E" for Educate, "E" for Enforce, "P" for Prosecute, "E" for Empower ment and "N" for National col laboration. Scott said that hazing has not always been a part of the Greek culture. "We have perpetuated a myth that there was always haz ing." She was not the object of hazing when she pledged in 1956. Studio audience members who were present in the Washington, TURN to Hazing on Page 4

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