Greensboro, N. c.
THE BENNETT BANNER
‘^Believing that an informed campus is a Key to Democracy’’
VOL. XXVIII, NO. 7 GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
SENIOE VESPER PARTICIPANTS—Miss Beverly Bryan (center) of Tryon, N. C., who delivered the
address when Bennett College seniors conudcted their annual Sunday vesper ser^'ice, is flanked, left to right,
by Misses Serita Hairston, of Draper, N. C., who read the Scripture lesson and Yvonne Pannell, of Roanoke,
/a., who served as college chaplain.
The Senior Class held its annual
Senior Vesper Program on Sunday,
May 17. Highlighting the program
was the address toy Miss Beverly
Bryan ol Tryon, North Carolina
whose major is Pre Law.
Miss Bryan’s topic was “On Be
ing Nothing.” The essence of the
address was created around the idea
that if one puts nothing into life,
one derives nothing from it. Miss
Bryan asked the question “It it too
late to change our nothings into
something meaningful and of a
In citing examples where the
studeait of today’s world is abhorr
ed in this state of nothingness,
Miss Bryan spoke of college life
and the ever-turbulent Civil Rights
Movements. ‘:‘Education,” said she,
is 90 per cent self-education and
10 per cent guidance. The student
who enters a classroom with the
expectation of having knowledge
imparted to her by some mystical
force is due for a surprise. There
must be self-motivation, a desire
to leam and an effort to use one’s
abilities to the fullest extent.
Miss Bryan emphasized the point
that education is a matter of seU-
involvement, self-realization and
self-fulfillment. There can be no
success in any endeavor if it lacks
Other seniors who assiimed var
ious roles in the vesper program
were Miss Delores Polk of Newark,
New Jersey who replaced Dr. Play
er. In the place of Rev. Otis Corry
was Miss Yvonne Pannell of Roa
noke, Virginia. The scripture read
ing was done by Miss Serita Hairs
ton of Draper, North Carolina. The
arrangement of the music and con
ducting of the choir was done by
Miss Sybil Thomas of Albany,
Children Of Three
The Annual Christening Service
for children of Alumnae’s ohildren
was held in the Annie Merner
Pfeiffer Chapel, Simday, May 10.
The Rev. John Corry who officiat
“Let the little children oo-me un
to me and forbid them not.” In
that same spirit so did the children
of the alumnae come so that they
might receive the blessing.
Children christened were: Jerome
Nathaniel Williams, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jerome Williams (Geral
dine McDade, ’59); Cedric Ear]
Wiggins son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
E. Wiggins, Jr. (Jean Rhem Wig
gins, ’63); and, Helen Venita Brown
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ear]
Richard Brown (Ronora Lee Glov
Dear Student Body,
On behalf of the new staff we
extend a cordial welcome to
each of you to help us make
your paper a service to the
whole campus community.
The newspaper can be an ef
fective instrument in voicing
opinions. It can be an announc
er. It can do many things, but
only with the help and coopera
tion of the body.
If you are interested in being
a staff member, you will be re
ceived gladly in September.
Reigns Over May
The day loomed dull and dreary:
Cold winds were blowing and a
grey overcast filmed the sky but,
despite the inappropriateness of the
weather, the Bennett CoUege May
Day program was a great success.
The loveliness of the queen, Laura
Coleman and her attendants over-
jhadowed the austerity.
The Queen led the procession, fol
lowed by her maid of Honor, Wil-
lette Daye, Senior attendants. Helen
Knight and Edwina Smith, Junior
attendants, Yvonne Mason and Ma
rie Pouncy, Sophomore attendants,
Ernestine Mitchell and Charlotte
renbrook. Freshman attendants
Teresa Hall and Rosalind McAdoo.
Prior to the procession, the queen
was crowned by the President, Wil-
la B. Player. The Queen’s party
was accompanied by military es
corts from our neighbor school,
A&T CoUege. After the escorts had
settled the court upon the throne,
the program began.
“Folklore Held Endearingly by
the Bennett Family” was the theme
of the program. Faye Lee, soprano,
entertained the audience with her
rendition of “A May Morning,’’ thus
beginning the program in earnest.
All of the dances were executed
excllntly, accentuated by striking
and unique costumes. Several of
the dances such as “Rambling
Rose” and “Cowboys Lament” were
both choreographed and performed
by the dancers. The performers in
cluded various folk dance groups,
the Freshman Dance group. Patricia
Green and Emma Watson read se
lections of Negro Poetry. Inter
spersed among the dances were sev
eral numbrs such as “He’s Gone
Away” by the Freshman choir en
Among the highlights of the pro
gram was a dance performed by
juniors, Wendy Parker, Darlene
Green and Elizabeth Hansberry, en
titled “I’ve Been Working On The
Railroad”. The girls represented
workers at hard labor and ended
the dance by lining up in the for
mation of a train and chugged off.
The dance area was temporarily
transformed to a ball park while
Beverly Bryan and Bertha Otey
tapped their day through “Take Me
Out to the Ball Game.” Other
dances included “Cleo’s Mood”,
“Matilda,” Dancers included, Fraa-
cine Goodrum, Barbara Hammond,
Myrtle Woodard, Patricia Murray,
To climax the iprogram, the dance
group including Carole Turner,
Delarian Madden, Sandra Jenkins,
Bettye Carter, Bemadine Harris and
Patricia Boggs presented “African
The Queen's court was led from
the throne and thus terminated the
May Day program.
Directing the piogram was Mrs.
The Bennett Freshman Choir, di
rected by Edward Lowe, presented
its annual concert on Saturday,
May 2, at 8:00 p.m. in Annie Merner
The concert was presented in five
parts. “Vere Languores Nostros’
by Antonio Lotte, “Lift Up Your
Heads, O Ye Gates” (from the Mes
siah) by George F. Handel, and
“Some Soothing Death” by Johann
Sebastian Bach were members of
the first group.
Group two included, “Now is the
Month of Maying” by Thomas Mor-
ley and “Disappointed Serenade”
by Johannes Brahms. Group two
was followed by “Valse in E Min
or” by Frederic Chopin, performed
by Andriette Lineberger.
The Ensemble rendered the fourth
group with selections such as, “In
the Boat” by Edvard Grieg and
“It’s A Grand Night for Shiging”
The entire choir concluded the
concert with “A Tribute to Rom
berg” arranged by MacLean and
two Negro spirituals.
The choir was accompaoied by
Sylvia E. Mattison.
Two of the nation’s outstanding
educators will deliver the com
mencement addresses for the grad
uating class of 1964. One is noted
.listorian smd the other is a distin
guished college president. The
speakers wiU share the patform
for the 91st commencement cxer-
jise beginning on May 31 and June
The baccalaureate sermon will be
delivered at 4 p.m. Sunaay, May
31, by Dr. John Hope Frankan,
nead of the history department at
Dr. Richard Gettell, president of
xVIount Holyoko College in South
fladley, Mass., will deliver the com-
.nencement address on the following
day on a program which will begin
dt 10:30 a.m. Both of the ceremon
ies will take place in Annie Merner
Mrs. Comer Named
“Mother Of Year”
The Sunday School presented its
annual Mother’s Day program on
May 10. This program followed a
prior election during the week for
the “Mother of The Year”. This
year Mrs. Comer was elected. Mrs.
Comer is a relief dormitory direct
or on campus.
The theme for this year was “A
Tribute to Mothers of All Years”.
The program began with a scripture
lesson taken from Proverbs deal
ing with the “virtue of women”.
This was followed by a prayer for
Mother written by Martin Luther.
Mildred Reddick gave a reading
“A Phantom of Delight” written by
Willicim Wardsworth. The whole
group sang M-O-T-H-E-R. Regina
Carpenter then presented the cor
sage to the Mother of the year
from “Her Bennett Daughters”.
QUEEN AND COURT—Miss Laura Coleman, of Birmingham, Ala., Bennett College May queen, shown
with members of her court. Left to right, front: Missss Marie Pouncey, of Goldsboro; Rosalind McAdoo, of
High Point; Ernestine Mitchell, of Washington, D. C.; Xheresa Hall, of Washington, D. C.; Charlotte Ten-
brook, of New'port News, Va., and Yvonne Mason, of Greensboro; bacq: Edwina Smith, of Thomasville, Ga.;
Willette Day, of Leaksville, maid of honor, and Helen Knight, of Greensboro.