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The Bennett banner : bulletin of Bennett College for Women. online resource (None) 193?-current, December 11, 1998, Image 1

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miDE THIS ISSUE iilitogex MIBST ^\.v. twe. &iFT5,TH«E MS WE MOST Senior class trip canceled BY D|ANNA HARRIS Staff Reporter A hotel with seven restaurants, all non-motor- ized events, air fare, and nmeals are what the senior class executive board planned for the 1999 senior class trip to the Bahamas for May 9-12, but the $566 cost was too much for some. Jamila McFarlane, senior class president said dur ing the Dec. 2 meeting, the majority present voted against the trip. “The seniors complained that the trip was too much money for the short amount of time that was spent. Bellespeak Page 2.... Belles give their defintions about the true meaning of Christmas Belle Features Page 3.... VP Gravely talks about her new postion. Critic's Comer Page 4.... New CDs for Christmas The Bennett Banner The Newspaper Produced By And For The Phenomenal Women of Bennett College VOL XXI December 11, 1998 Bennett College Greensboro, NC 27401 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... at Bennett Even with temperatures reaching as high as 77 degrees throughout the Triad, the Annie IVIerner Pfeiffer Chapel entrance along with residence halls entrances have been deco rated to show the Bennett College holiday spirit. Photo by Marie Smith, Staff Photographer. * »>1 Bennett awarded $1 nnillion grant Bennett preparing for SACS visit BY RUNGANO NYAJEKA Staff Reporter During the past year, the fac ulty , staff and administration have been preparing for a 1999 visit from members of the Commis sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SACS is the designated regional accrediting body for colleges in 11 U.S. southern states. TheCom- mission on Colleges carries out the accreditation process. Once every 10 years, members of the Commission determine the eligi bility of a college to participate in programs authorized under Title Four of the 1992 Higher Educa tion Amendments and other fed eral programs. TheCommission’s last visit to Bennett was 1989. Accreditation of an institution focuses on the improvement of edu cational quality throughout a re gion and also ensures the public that institutions meet established regional standards. Ten committees, composed of Bennett faculty, staff, and admin istrators have been formed to de velop self study reports in respec tive institutional areas and pro grams. The reports will be com piled in the Self Study Document that will be examined by members of the SACS visiting team, which is scheduled to occur April 11-14, 1999. The Steering Committee chair of Bennett is Dr. R. Lee Ponting. Pen ting said by January the Self Study Document will be reviewed by the administrative cabinet. President Gloria Randle Scott and Board of Trustees. "People from other colleges and universities will come to verify the report and dis cuss it with Bennett faculty, staff, and students," Ponting said. Dr. Ray T. Treadway has been serving as chair for one of the self study committees, "Educational Program.Faculty." Treadway said, "We are toward the end of our draft report." "Administration Processes" chair Dr. Margaret Curtis said her committee is making much progress and that things will be within the guidelines for reaffir mation of accreditation. “One thing that has been of continuing con- By KENYA A. SAMUELS Editor and Staff Santa visited campus early this year, and placed a $1 million gift into the Bennett College stock ing. The Lily Endowment/United Negro CollegeFund's Historically Black College and University pro grams recently awarded a $1 mil lion grant to Bennett - the largest foundation gift awarded to the College's Capital Campaign. The funds will be used to re spond to a "wish list" of interre lated projects including the College’s latest venture “Tech 2000: Preparing Women for the 21 St Century." Tech2000is among recommendations proposed by the Technology Vision Committee for the technological advancement of the College. The money will also be used to fund the installation of an under ground water drainage system and fiberoptic wiring backbone. Fiber optic wiring will enable the con nectivity of dormitories, offices, classrooms, libraries and labora tories through computers. "The fiber optic backbone will bring Bennett into the 21 st century and will make the College more competitive and attractive to stu dents and high quality faculty," said Bruce Clark, director of tele communications. Clark said he a member of the Technology Vision Committee which helped develop the grant. The goal of the five-year Capi tal Campaign is $50 million. Christmas break security Turn to SACS on Page 3 BY TANIKKIA TYSON Staff Reporter The dormitories close Dec. 19 and reopen Jan. 10 for the Christ mas/semester break, but residents may not have to worry too much about their belongings left in their rooms during that time. Public safety officers are tak ing precautions with the student possessions left in the dorms. Entrance doors to all the dormito ries will be locked and checked regularly. Leon J. McDougle, director of public safety, said public safety officers will lock all the gates, ex cept the main gate at the Washing ton Street entrance. People com ing to the campus during the break must enter through that gate. This will enable the officers to monitor all visitors. McDougle also said that all lights will be activated on the grounds and outside buildings. If any emergencies arise con cerning a student’s vehicle or valu ables, the Public Safety Office will notify Greensboro police first. Turn to Security on Page 3

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