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GREENSBORO, N. C.. OCTOBER, 1042
This year we boast a splendid
student body of 3 82 girls from
nearly all over the couna'y. The
group represents 2 8 states and the
District of Columbia. Included in
these figures are 129 Freshmen and
17 new Upper Classmen.
A special greeting to the follow
ing girls who join our ranks after
experiences at other places: Vivian
Ayei's (Junior) Chester, S. C., Bar
ber-Scotia Jr. College, Concord, N.
C.; Wilhelmina Bethea (Sophomore)
Spartanburg, S. C., Claflin College,
Orangeburg, S. C.; Mary Boone,
(Soph.) Summerville, S. C., Payne
University, Birmingham, Ala.; Annie
D. Bowe (Jr.) Yance-yville, N. C.,
N. C. State, Durham, N. C.; Myrtle
Brown (Soph.) Columbia, S. C.,
Benedict College, Columbia, S. C.;
Carol Carter (Soph.) New Orleans,
La., Dillard University, New Orleans,
La.: Goldie Clements, (Ad. Fresh.)
Durham, N. C., Shaw University,
Raleigh, N. C.; Beulah Cooper (Adv.
Fresh.) Bolton, N. C., Barber-Scotia
Jr. College, Concord, N. C.; Ruby
Doyle (Sr.) Seneca, S. C., S. C. I
State College, Orangeburg, S. C.; i
Charles Elliott (Soph.) Wichita,
Kansas, University of Wichita,
Wichita, Kansas: Mildred Glymph,
(Adv. Soph.) Spartanburg, S. C.,
Winston-Salem Teacher’s College
Winston-Salem, N. C.; Margaret Hill,
(Jr.) High Point, N. C., Barber-
Scotia Jr. College; Mary McKensie,
(Soph.), Gibson, N. C., State Teach
er’s College, Elizabeth City, N. C.;
jai son (Soph.) Winston-
s!^^ N. C., Shaw University,
Raleigh, N. C.; Marion Pearson,
(Soph.) Winston-Salem, N. C., Shaw
University, Raleigh, N. C.; Marion
Peyton (Jr) Rochester, N. Y.,
Storer’s College, Harpei-^s Ferry,
W. Va.; Vivian Sumner (Soph.),
Rocky Mount, N. C., State Teacher’s
College, Elizabeth City, N. C.; Fay-
dette Wake (Soph.) Key West, Fla.,
Florida A. & M. College, Tallahassee,
Much good and varied talent has
been found in the in-coming girls.
These abilities make us the more
anxious to follow their progress and
to help them toward success.
As proof that the spirit grows and
hangs on, look for the sisters of our
alumnae and old girls. There are, at
new and old girls. There are, at
present, 2 4 sisters of graduates in
the college: Myrtle and Trumelle
Alston: Helen Brown; Sylvia Wal
lace; Ruby Williamson; Annie Dell
Bowe; Mildred Herring; Louise
Lewis; Emma Pei'ry; Betty Wade;
Armetta Waddell; Vivian Hargrave;
Cynthia and Gloria McCottry; Grace
Payne; Constance Shoffner; Dorothy
Vincent; Doris Bell; Gladys Daw
kins: Mary E. Donnell and Gloria
We welcome each uew girl to
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WELCOME NEW FACULTY
Miss T. Ruth Brett, A. M.
Miss Muriel Petioni, M. D.
Miss Gladys Inez Forde, A. M.
Miss Mary E. Manafree, A. M.
Mr. Orrin Clayton Suthern, II, A. B.
Mr. Frederick H. Jackson, Ph. D.
Miss Beate Berwin, Ph. D.
Mrs. Mary Hill, M. S.
Miss Nancy McDowell, A. B.
Mrs. Mai'ie Bather, A. M.
Miss Ruth Acty, A. M.
Miss Elizabeth Stanfield, A. B.
Mrs. Dorothy Bullock Hamilton, A. B.
Dean James T. Morton, Ph. D.
Miss Marion Thacker, Bennett, ’41.
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Top Row—Inez Lawlion, Choir and Oi-chestr president; Viiginia Holder, Lansuasc Cliif) president;
Mary liOu Hayes, Littlo Theatre Guild pre,sident; Eloise Ander.son, Home Econoniic.s ( lub president;
Victoria Slorrison, Book I.overs’ Club president; Gloria Jackson, Marshalls president.
Middle row — Ida Lou Jenidns, W.S.C.S. president; Sarali \V rif-ht, Kent Hall president; *>Iary
Gregory, Barge Hall president; .lane Wonible, City Group; Ijaura Allston, .Sunday School Superin
tendent; Mary Randolph, W. A. A. president.
Back low — Hilda Aniaker, Y. W. C. A. president; Marion Maeljaushlin, president class ol ’4:J;
Bettye Wade, president class of ’44; Helene Jacobs, Student Senate president; Valena Elinor, Kdilor
of Bennett Banner’. Rohei'ta l^^avors, nr‘*iident ol‘ the class of ’45; CatheriiK' Baxt‘r, i)r^sident ot the
class of ’4(>.
As is true in the Student Senate each of you is
represented by the Bennett Banner. It is your paper. The
news is made by you, written by people you have chosen,
and given back to you in print for your clarification and
It is more than gratifying in times like these to be
able to say still, “The pen is mighter than the sword”, to
be able to formulate our own editorial policy, and to interpret
news as we see it,, NOT as some demi-god sees it.
We, the elected staff of the Bennett Banner, appreciate
the faith you have evidenced in us. With genuine effort we
shall endeavor to serve you, our campus,, and our country
In all sincerity,
VALENA E. MINOR,
Editor of the Bennett Banner.
"Men cannot live without hope no
less than men can live without
bread." Dr. Howard Thurman, noted
theologian and Dean of the Chapel
at Howard University told the Ves-
pei' audience of Septembei' 20. in
the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel.
The theme of Dr. Thurman’s address
was “The Temptation of Jesus”.
“Men are losing increasinglv their
confidence in theii' power of miild ‘
to unravel the mystei-y and tragedy
of the world,’’ he continued. “Even
the college student body is find
ing it hard to maintain confidence
in the worthwhileness of learning
anything about anything for any
Dr Thurman continued by say
ing (hat he w’ould not advocate that
men assume a state of despair be
cause of world conditions and went
on to state that faith in one’s own
cause and pui’pose, pi’ofonnd faith
in the “inner logic of the relentless
ness of the life process”, and faith
in God are three ways by which the
element of faith may be used to give
and restore confidence.
The speaker pointed out in con
clusion that the “City of God” is
existent only in the ouroise of men,
in the life process of men and in the
way God manifest himself in one’s
For A Bennett
Never in the history of education
has the need of keeping alive the |
spark of learning been as apparent
as today. With this in mind, Ben
nett College is endeavoring to raise
$300,000 in order to receive a
promised $200,000 from the General
Educational Board for a total of
$500,000 for endowment.
The endowment drive was opened
last yeai- by the Bennett girls them
selves. Thi-ough enthusiastic pep-
meetings, personal contac ts,
correspondence, and sacrifice the
students raised over $600. This ex
pression of spirit and loyalty in
spired the Greensboro community
itself to raise over $5,0 00 as a contri
bution. Indeed, from all over the
nation pledges and checks came in.
It seems impossible .to meet the
original offer at this time — that
is our $300,000 to be met by the
Board’s $200,000 — but the trustees,
administration members and friends
of the college are straining every
nerve to have $150,000 in pledges
and cash by November 16. This will
be one-half of the set quota, and may
allow Bennett to claim $100,000
from the Board — one half of what
Many encouraging gifts, all of
which cannot be definitely announced
at this time, have come to Bennett.
President Jones has a conditional
pledge ot $500,000 from Mrs. Henry
Pfeiffer of New York City provided
the $100,000 goal is reached by
November 16, and provided the Board
grants an extension of time or meets
the half-way endowment funds. $1,-
000 was recently given to Dr. Jones
as an expression from the members
of the Matthewson Street Methodist
Church in Providence, R. I., of which
Rev. Amos Thornberg is the pastor.
Other gifts have made the cause take
on new vigor and a brighter gleam
Founders’ Day will Ije held this
year on November 16. The Rev. Amos
Thornberg will be the main speaker.
Students, we want others to have
the benefit of the things we’ve en-
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Swings Into Action
Thc' Senior Ijittle Theater Guild
of Bennett College is hai)py to an
nounce that it’s new director and
advisor. Miss Inez Forde, is quite
capable of filling the place left
vacant by the energetic, enthusias
tic Mrs. Brostine’ Coles Robinson.
With amazing unanimity the Guild
is eargerly following her plans foi'
future productions. Miss Forde’s I’e-
action to all this? — “personally,”
she says, “Bennett is fine. The
girls seem cooperative, very interest
ed, full of high spirits and ready
for work.” With such spontaneous
and mutual understanding great
things may lie expected from the
dramatic group this year.
The first meeting of the semester
was held at 7 o’clock, Tuesday even
ing, September 2 3rd. At this time
Katheryn Davenport’s resignation
from the Guild presidency was ac
cepted and Mai’y Lou Hayes was
elected to take her position. The
other officers of the Guild are as
follows: Roberta I'^avors, Vice-presi
dent; Valena Minor, Business Mana
ger; Ruth Harvey, Recording Secre
tary; Sara Lou Harris, Coi'i-espond-
ing Seci'etary. Thei’e are various
technical committees witliin the guild
to faciliate the smooth operaion that
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“Ijife can be changed through
of certain qualities necessary for
bettei' living” was the theme of the
address given by Dr. John O. Gross,
Secretary, Board of Education,
Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennes
see at the aftei'noon Vesper Ser
vice in the Annie Merner Pfeiffei-
Chapel Sunday, September 27,‘1942.
Dr. Gross pointed out that we
should learn to cooperate with the
inevitable, stand on our own feet
and make our contributions to life
no matter how dark the future
seems. We should take a positive
attitude toward life for there is no
place for neutrality, if we are to
enjoy gracious living.
Tlie speaker concluded by saying
that we should believe that life does
count and the time in which we live
is the “finest hour.”
Dr. Gross’s subject was well chosen
for a college audience as he was the
formei- president of Simpson Uni
versity, Indianola, Iowa.
The speaker for October 4th v.'ill
l)e Dr. Dan II. Stanton oi Ailanta,
CJeorgia, representative of thC' Ameri
can Bible Society. At the Vesper
Service each student will receive as a
gift from the Society a Bible with
her own name engraved thereon.
Miss Rose Mae Withers will take
l)ai’l. in tlie services also.
Dr. Charlotte Hawkins-Brown,
President of Palmer Memorial Instl-
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DEAR BENNETT SISTERS:
It is a pleasure to welcome you with us this year.
It is our hope that these school days—whether
they be your first or last with us — will be days of happi
ness, learning, and promise.
A cordial greeting to you, you, and especially to YOU!
NATALIE HELENE JACOBS,
President of the Student Senate.