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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1975
BENNETT COLLEGE, GREENSBORO, N. C.
VOL XXXVII, NO. 10
A glimpse of the Humanities Festival: Top, L. to R. Kamala Manchigiah dances; Linda Bragg reads poetry; audience for the
dance; Linda Kennedy reading Spanish poetry; Mallika Maniam m temple dance; Bottom, L. to R. Audience for choir; Christine
Ofoma whirls; Dr. Eko and son and festival organizer, Mrs. Geraldine Totten; choir with trio. Center: water ballet.
Quality on the Quad
Annual Humanities Festival is All-Day Feast of Song, Dance, Events
Students Feel Summer Jobs Are
Must To Meet Added School Cost
by Joyce Bass
The Humanities classes hosted their annual Humanities Fes
tival in the college quadrangle, and the Goode Gymnasium.
There were several highlights to the festival, including a
modern dance performance by the Bennett College Dance En
semble, native dances by foreign students, a poetic review by
English students and a French Caribbean Carnival presented by
the French Club, and exhibits by various departments.
The Bennett College Choir and the Gospel Choir provided a
musical segment to the festival. Mrs. Linda Bragg, noted black
poet and a graduate of Bennett College, who is now an in
structor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, read
some of her poetry from her book, “Love Song to a Black Man.”
One of the highlights of the festival that attracted a lot of
attention was the water ballet, which was designed by Senior
P.E. major, Cathy Mussington of Bennett College. The other
performers with Cathy were Wanda Cobb, Agnes Duncan, Judith
Hatch, Jean Jackson, Fredrica Spencer, Ms. Ruth Powell, dance
instructor at Bennett and Reginald Moore, a junior P.E. major
from A & T State University.
Technical director for the ballet was Delores Scott and Mr.
Leon McDougle served as advisor to the performances. Mr.
Tuition Up S200
The Truseee Board of Bennett
College recently approved a $200
fee increase for resident students
for the 1975-76 school year. The
increase includes a raise in tuition
from $1300 to $1426. Resident stu
dents will pay $2500 to attend and
commuter students, $1565. Dr.
Isaac Miller explained “The in
crease is based on spiralling fuel
costs and instructional needs.”
He noted that the increase also
includes additional support for
student activities and funds to as
sist in upgrading college facilities.
“People fail to realize that tui
tion pays only a portion of the
total cost fo educating a student,”
Dr. Miller said.
Furthermore, Dr. Miller noted,
“An increase of $200 will not be
realized as institutional profit, but
will assist us in providing better
services to the students and in
maintaining institutional stability
in today’s economic crisis.”
He concluded that private gifts,
governmental funds, church sup
port, and corporation giving sup
plement institutional resources.
McDougle said that, the ballet is performed only every two years
due to the nature of the skills and the time that this sort of per
formance involves. “We want to keep the ballet unique,” says
“Special thanks should go to Ms. Ruth Powell, the dance in
structor. She put a lot of extra time into this performance. She
didn’t have to do this, because the preparation involved quite a
bit of time and often things got heavy,” Mr. McDougle continued.
Cathy Mussington was in charge of the ballet production and
she must be commended for her efforts and the success of the
There numerous guest artists present to participate in the
festival, such as Mrs. Eva H. Miller. There were a number of art
exhibits provided by the art students of Bennett and their in
structor, Mrs. Alma Adams. Several sororities had exhibits of
their sewing and crafts done in their colors. The Uhuru Book
store also provided an exhibit of African relics and sculptures'.
Later, in the afternoon, the remainder of the festival was
moved inside due to rain.
The climax of the festival was the Gospel Extravaganza held
in the college chapel. Guest j)erformers were the Neo-Black So
ciety Gospel Choir from UNC- Greensboro and the Bethel Male
Chorus as well as Mr. Douglas Miller, from Cleveland, Ohio.
by Cleo Branch
Eighty percent of the 20 Bennett
College students interviewed yes
terday expressed disapproval of
$200 increase in tuition and fees
for resident students and the
$126 increase for commuter stu
dents. The students were also ask
ed the following questions and
these were their responses.
What’s your impression of the
tuition increase? Some students
did admit that they could under
stand the reason for the increase
due to the economic status of the
country. Other students said that
the increase doesn’t coincide with
facilities, faculty and curriculum.
Many expressed the opinion that
their parents income will not be
flexible enough to meet the cost.
Some complained that the increase
should not come in such close in
tervals because there was a $200
increase last year.
“This will soon be a White girl’s
school because Blacks won’t be
able to afford it,” pointedly re
flected a senior.
Will you have to transfer? For
tunately, only a small portion of
the students might have to trans
fer. They were mainly afraid of
losing credits with transferring.
“No, but I might have to stay
out a year and work, and come
back,” explained a junior, when
asked if she would transfer.
Will it end your education?
Some students were not positive as
to whether they would return to
Bennett. Many will return with
the help of financial aid.
All students stated that a sum
mer job will be required to meet
costs. “Yes I need two jobs,”
laughingly said a junior.
More often than not, when the
average college student leaves
home she turns away from tradi-
ional churches such as St. Matt
hews and instead, on Sunday,
attends St. Mattress or The
Church of Pillows.
Seniors Renee Carrington, Shar
on Chavis and Gwen McLean were
among those to present research
papers at the Fortieth Anniversary
Meeting of the Association of So
cial and behavioral Sciences in
The three students presented
the following papers, respectively:
“A Contemporary Analysis of the
Strategies Dealing with Rape Vic
tims in Greensboro, North Caro
lina,” “Women in Politics” and
“Economic Policies of Roosevelt
and Ford: A Comparison Analy
Dr. Ewa Eko served as a discus
sion leader in the history work
shop. Other students attending the
conference were: Christine Jones,
Florence Larkins, Sarah Murray,
Marilyn Roberts and Geneva Cars
Speaker for 1975
by Cheryl E. Johnson
The speaker for Commencement
exercises. May 11, will be Miss
Ethel Payne, commentator on the
CBS Opinion Program, “Spec
trum” and associated editor of
Sensgtage Newspapers. Sensg-
tacke Newspai>ers owne and pub
lishes the “Chicago Daily De
fender,” Michigan Chronicle,”
“Tri-State Defender,” Pittsburgh
Miss Payne has served as a war
corresponedent twice during her
career. She spent three months in
Vietnam covering black troops
from 1966-67 and covered the Civil
War in Nigeria for six weeks in
She was one of the 35 reporters
who accompanied Vice-President
and Mrs. Nixon to the independ
ence ceremonies in 11 countries in
Africa and Europe in 1957.
Her life time affiliations include
NAACP and Metopolitan Wom
en’s Club of Washington, D. C.
She is an honorary member of Del
ta Sigma Theta National Service
Sorority. She is also a member of
the National Urban League, Wash
ington Press Club, National As
sociation of Media Women, and
Women in Communications.
Torrence Is YWCA
by T. Mulugetta
Teresa D. Torrence holds the di
stinctive position of National Stu
dent Chairwoman of the YWCA.
Many Bennett students of this
era fail to realize that the YWCA
was a ruling force prior to the
stream of sororities and social fel
lowships that flooded the campus.
The close ties between the
YWCA and Bennett were broken
during the student unrest of 1969-
70, when ‘blackness’ was a virtue
which had to be emphasized by
afros and revolutionaries.
Because of the popular belief
that the YWCA is a purely relig
ious organization many people
have shied away from it and it has
been unable to pick up momentum
In actual fact, its main objective
is to implement social change and
the YWCA imperative is “To
Thrust Women’s Collective Power
Toward the Elimination of Racism
Wherever it Exists by Any Means
Necessary.” This high goal has
been a long standing code, which
found definition in its present form
Teresa on her own initiative
represented Bennett College at the
National Student Council on Au
gust 20, 1974. To her amazement
the National Student Council elect
ed her as their chairwoman.
Although the YWCA on campus
is a recognized organization, and
even has a facility advisor, Rev. P.
Addo. It has very few active mem
bers. The burden of initiating in
terest and publicizing the YWCA’s
goals fell on Teresa. But this is
increasingly difficult to accom
There is also no budget to im
plement the many duties and ac
tivities that could have been bene
ficial to many students. But the
funds are supposed to come from
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