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THE BENNETT BANNER
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1972
EDITORIAL
CONDITIONS IN THE DINING HALL
By RENEE SIMPSON
There seems to be a great problem with Bennett’s dining
hall. It is, to say the least, a major topic of discussion for all
students residing on the campus. This is not, however, the first
year of our woes with the dining hall, hut as it seems, condi
tions worsen every year.
The students, surely understand what this article is all
about; but for those of you in top positions, who do not seem
to know, we will attempt to make you knowledgeable on the
subject.
Students coming to breakfast find that there are no eggs.
Man ^oes not live by bread and meat alone. And what about
those students who do not eat pork? At times, all 3 meals are
missed in a day. And these students who have paid for tbelr
meals just as everyone else, must spend more money for meals
outside. Of course another solution is to eat vegetables and
more vegetables.
Why do they run out of food before lunch or dinner is
over? What do you do for the remaining hour of the meal? The
solution to this dilemma doesn’t seem to be too popular with the
students. But it really doesn’t matter, the students are only the
people who help pay the salary of the dietician and the other
dining hall workers.
We mustn’t overlook the fact that when you ask for a
little extra you cannot get it. Sure there are other people to
eat behind you, but why is there not enough to insure that
everyone gets enough food at dinner to fill them. Most of us
are still growing. But then we must not overlook the fact that
we are kindly told, if we want more food, we are welcome to
come back at the end of the appointed meal hour. Why then,
is it. that as soon as the clock strikes 6:30 p.m. (in the case of
supper), the food is promptly wisked away to be served again
for tomorrow’s lurch? That is, of course, if there was any left.
It is time for the meal planners to realize that this year’s
student body is indeed larger than last year’s, and therefore
would consume more. With the whole campus complaining there
must be something to the complaints. It is hoped that notice
will be taken of our complaints and that something will be done
to correct the situation immediately.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life!!!!
WORDS OF WISDOM . . .
“Men of the Negro Race! let me say to you that a
greater future is in store for us; we have no cause to lose
hope, to become faint-hearted. We must realize that upon
ourselves depend our destiny, our future; we must carve
out that future, that destiny; and . . . (we) have pledged
ourselves that nothing in the world shall stand in our way,
nothing in the world shall discourage us; but opposition
shall make us work harder, shall bring us closer together,
so that as one man the millions of us will march on to
ward that goal that we have set for ourselves. The New
Negro shall not be deceived. The New Negro refuses to
take advice from anyone who has not felt with him, and
suffered with him. We have suffered for three hundred
years, therefore we feel that the time has come when only
those who have suffered with us can interpret the feelings
of the slave; I interpret our feelings and our spirit. It
takes the slave to interpret the feelings of the slave; it
takes the unfortunate man to interpret the spirit of his un
fortunate brother; and so it takes the suffering Negro to
interpret the spirit of his comrade. It is strange that so
many people are interested in the Negro now; willing to
advise him how to act. and what organization he should
join; yet nobody was interested in the Negro to the ex
tent of not makmg him a slave two hundred and fifty
years, reducing him to industrial peonage and serfdom
after he was freed; it is strange that the same people can
be so interested in the Negro now, as to tell him what
organization he should follow and what leader he should
support.
“WTiilst we are bordering on a future of brighter
things, we are also at our danger period, when we must
either accept the right philosophy, or go down by^lollow-
ing deceptive propaganda which has hemmed us in for
many centuries.”
—Marcus Garvey
1887-1940
Student Indifference:
Revolutionary
Consciousness or
Regressive Apathy
By RONALD TOPPING
GR£ENSBORO, N. C.
(AANS) — In this the year
of politics. Black students
have become again a target
of various seekers. This is
especially so with the need,
on the one hand, to register
as many voters as possible;
and, on the other, to woo the
vote of the newly enfran
chised youth winjr.
Yet, if events in this town
can be considered as normal,
some things must be said to
question the standing belief
that today’s students are to
morrow’s leaders. For if this
is so, the Black nation may
be in very deep trouble.
During the past month
events took place on the cam
pus of A&T State University
here which seem to reinforce
this thesis. At the very be
ginning of the semester, Ga.
state legislator Julian Bond
appeared on campus along
with Voter Education Project
head John Lewis.
Bond and Lewis schooled
the crowd of close to 1000 on
the need for increased voter
registration of Blacks and yet
the apathy which generally
reigned before the Sunday
afternoon session was just as
heavy the following Monday.
In revolutionary circles,
such disinterest in “ineffective
partisan politics.’ which many
believe to be the ulterior mo
tives of Bond and Lewis,
might have been taken as a
healthy sign. It could be con
strued as an indication that
the nation’s Black youth can
no longer be smokescreened
into a game previously shown
to hold little lasting victories,
if, in fact, any at all, for the
Black community.
Later the same month,
another event took place. The
stance on electoral politics
was entirely different, for the
speaker this time was former
hit singer Joe Tex, now
known as Joseph X, a min
ister of the Nation of Islam.
But Bro. X greeted with
what appeared to be little
genuine interest, or at least
what little general interest
could be discerned from a
crowd which filtered in and
out throughout the presenta
tion, seemingly more interest
ed in the curiousity of the
messenger than the substance
of the message.
Yet, still optimistically, the
question could be raised that
perhaps there was something
distasteful or even counter
revolutionary about the Na
tion of Islam and Bro. X„
and mature Black revolution
ary intelligentsia could see
through it.
But then later came the
talent show and the school
auditorium was jam-packed
with a capacity crowd of stu
dents, screaming, stamping,
clapping and completely de
void of any apathy whatso
ever: everybody got into the
act.
The question of electoral
politics as a viable outlet for
Black energy is not without
its respectable discreditors.
Nor, objectively speaking, is
the Nation of Islam.
But the problem has come,
it seems in that rather than
being products of political
discrimination. Black indif
ference to both types of pre
sentations falls more into the
line of general apathy which
has grown all too common on
the college campus.
In recent years, apathy has
truly gripped college cam
puses across the nation. Stu-
(Continued on Page 5)
Roving Reporter
What are your feelings
about the present political
situation and the upcoming
election?
I feel that Nixon does not
deserve to be re-elected as
the president because he
hasn’t done anything for the
people as a whole.
Marlene Fulton ’76
Wyncote, Pa.
As far as the present politi
cal situation is concerned, I
feel that it is all a big mess.
Nixon will win the election
if the people don’t wake up,
and soon!
Yulaundra Fergerson ’76
Sumter, S. C.
America’s political struggle
is in a state of turmoil. The
Republicans and Nixon have
established a steadfast hold
on the American majority.
The Democrats are loosing
supporters because of their
disunity. I feel that there
should be a restructuring of
the political system.
Sandra Johnson ’75
Wilmington, N. C.
As I see it, the political
situation is one of chaos. 1 see
no way out for the present.
I see no leadership that can
take us out of it. As for the
upcoming election, I do not
know who I will vote for. In
miy opinion neither of the
candidates are able to suf
ficiently take on the job at
hand.
Veita Bland ’74
Gray. Ga.
Hopefully Nixon won’t win!
Renee Evans ’74
Hartford, Conn.
Did You Know??
By NATLYN McGHEE
In Texas, goiter, a disease
that can be prevented for V4
of a penny person per year,
and which we thought extinct
in this country, is, by World
Health Organization stand
ards, endemic.
Growth retardation, often
companion to permanent
brain damage, is common.
Vitamin A deficiency, un
known to any child who
simply drinks enough milk,
afflicts 33% of our children
under 6.
Children in this country
have rickets and scurvy and
beriberi, m a r a m u s and
kwashiorkor, diseases com
mon in developing countries
and usually associated with
famine.
What do these other find
ings of the survey really
mean? The Committee has
learned from expert testi
mony that present nutritional
deficiencies result in:
Children born with their
brains 1/5 damaged because
their mothers are severejy
undernourished and haven’t
seen a physician or a mid
wife until delivery.
Decreased learning ability,
body growth, rate of matura
tion, ultimate size and pro-
ducitivity throughout life.
Lastly, early death.
There will be continued
and detailed reports on many
of these things, the first to
begin in the next issue, on
The Tuskegee Study.
These inserts taken from
THE CHOICE (The Issue of
Black Survival in America)
by Samuel F. Yette.
PROMISES, PROMISES, PROMISES
Tha following are suggestions, gripes, and comments from
the Freshman Class.
Change in curfew.
More social activities on campus.
Open House and coed visitation.
T.V. in dorms.
Extended Snack Bar hours.
Bennett is a big put down!
Snack machines in the dorms.
More furriture in the freshmen dorms.
A change in Friday, and Saturday meals.
Barge needs a drj^r.
Campus needs a clean-up.
Student Union needs help.
What is the truth about class attendance for the freshman class?
Dorm matrons are difficult to find when needed.
Have all clocks in the dorm offices fixed with the correct time.
Fungus in Barge!!!!
Where is ironing board?
Where have all the brooms, mops, and dust mops gone?
The cartoon centered around the editorial, in September issue
of the Bennett Banner was not liked.
Sop making promises that are soon broken.
Why isn’t Bennett College together?
Bennett will be what you want it to be!!
Barge Hall needs to have the hedges cut from around the stu
dents’ window.
The shower doesn’t work.
Need washers and dryers.
The rooms, rats, roaches (The BIG R’s) won’t make it.
Need the heat on now!
BC should take time in assigning roommates, with the use of
freshmen essays.
It would be helpful to know your roommate and the atmosphere
of your room beforehand.
Desire a new dorm matron.
Don’t Lose heart, Freshwomen. We can work it out somehow.
That is not a promise, but an honest thought about the total
situation.
THE BENNETT BANNER STAFF
1972-1973
Editor Myra McCoy
Managing Editors Elizabeth Hemingway
Vernadette Alexander
Feature Editors Ava Kemp
Deborah Lundy
Sports Editor Denise A. Johnson
Renee Simpson
Circulation Editor L. Diane Williams
Artist Carolyn D. Johnson
Copy Editor Valerie Tillman
Advisor Miss Myra Davis
Reporters; Patricia McCoy, Sandra Neely, Cathy Duckett,
Bobetta Jones. Nathlyn McGhee, Dorisenia Thomp
son, Paula Peterson, Lealer King
    

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