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NCAIAW Games Come To
by Joyce A. Bass
This is definitely a sportswom
an’s month. Or at least it will be
for the young women athletes who
will participate in the Division III
North Carolina Association of In
tercollegiate Athletics for Women
(NCAIAW) tournament for 1978.
This tournament will be hosted by
Bennett College on Feb. 23-25, in
Ida Goode Gymnasium.
The purpose of the tournament
is to decide the women’s team
champion for Division III.
Teams Given
There are three divisions for
four-year coUege teams in North
Carolina. Division III, of which
Bennett is a member, is divided
into two districts.
Teams in the Western District
of Division III are, in addition to
Bennett, Greensboro CoUege, Guil
ford College, Meredith College,
Winston-Salem State College and
Gardner-Webb College.
Teams in the Eastern District
are Atlantic Christian CoUege,
Elizabeth City State University,
Methodist CoUege, St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian, St. Augustine Uni
versity and North Carolina Wes
Selection For Tournament
Four schools from each district
of the division will be repre
sented at the tournament for a
total of eight teams. These schools
are chosen on the basis of their
conference records. In case of a
tie, their overall record is weighed.
The eight teams will play under
a single elimination format and
the finals will be held on Feb. 25
when the North Carolina Division
III champion will be announced.
Coach McDougle said that the
Bennett Belles have a good chance
of taking the fourth place position
for their district.
“If we beat Guilford on Feb
ruary 13,” he said, “we might
even wind up in third place. But
we will accept fourth place as
long as we get to compete in the
Team Problems
Many students as well as area
spectators have noticed that this
year the BeUe squad has been
troubled with numerous setbacks
and now is handicapped by having
only a seven-member team.
“We are at an obvious disad
vantage with seven players,” said
Coach McDougle. “It’s very easy
for a quick team with depth to
run us off the court as with the
A&T State game recently. Unless
we execute to the utmost, in each
contest, we are in trouble; and
it’s difficult to play each game
with the same intensity and de
gree of perfection.”
McDougle said there’s no ques
tion if the team had some key peo
ple back, such as Dihan Jones, the
team record would appear much
“Injuries and ineligibility are
problems that aU coaches face and
learn to live with. These problems
were not as frequent in the past,
but women’s basketball has be
come more of a contact sport and
very complex,” said McDougle. “If
the freshmen members leam to
play like juniors and seniors in
terms of thinking on the floor, we
can salvage a winning record and
perform weU in the tournament,”
said McDougle.
Hundreds Expected To Attend
Several hundred people are ex
pected to be on the Bennett cam
pus during the course of the tour
nament. “They will be using many
of our facilities such as the gym
and snack bar area. They will be
housed in local hotels,” said Dr.
Dawn Chaney, chairman of the
Department of Health, Physical
Education and Recreation and site
director for the tournament.
Although the games are taking
place on the Bennett campus, Ben
nett students as well as those from
other colleges will be charged an
admission fee of $1.00 per game.
Adult tickets will be $2 per game.
AU-Stars To Be Chosen
One of the special highlights of
the tournament will be the se
lection of the All-Star Division
III Team. Last year Andre Dixon
of the BeUe squad was chosen
as a member of the team because
of her superior scoring record as
a freshman team member. She
was also chosen for the All-Tour-
nament team.
The AU-Star Team represents
the outstanding girl players from
all of the teams in the division,
whether the team has a winning
season or not.
Philander Smith Coiiege Hosts Meeting
Of United Negro Coliege Fund Schools
by Joyce A. Bass
Four members of the Ben
nett College Pre-Alumni Coun
cil attended the National
Alumni Council and National
Pre-Alumni Council Conven
tion Feb. 9-12 in Little Rock,
Ark. The convention was
hosted by Philander-Smith
Each year, the 41-membr
colleges of the United Negro
College Fund gather for work
shops, election of new officers
and reports on the progress of
their respective councils.
This year Bennett students,
Belinda Foster, president of
the Bennett Chapter, Janice
Winstead, Stephanie Thomas
and Jennifer Bryan, and PAC
adviser, Ellease R. Browning,
represented Bennett at the
“This convention gives the
pre-alums a chance to inter
mingle with other institutions
and talk about the importance
of UNCF and the value of con
tributions made by students,”
said Mrs. Browning.
Stephanie Thomas repre
sented Bennett in the Miss
UNCF Pageant which is one
of the highlights of the con
photo by Myra Davis
The Bennett Belles were soundly defeated twice by their arch-rivals, the Aggiettes, at A&T and at the Coliseum. Although the
games were not conference losses, it is still questionable whether the "magnificent seven" will participate in the coming
NCAIAW Division III tournament.
Friday, February 17, 1978
Vol. XXXIX, No. 7
Past Comes Alive
Senior Day Ceremonies to Reinstate Traditions
by Joyce A. Bass
Bennett has always been a
school of tradition and very soon,
one of its most memorable tradi
tions involving two sister classes
will take place.
During the month of March, the
sophomore class will robe and hon
or its sister class, the seniors, who
will leave in May as graduates.
“The coUege bestows upon those
people who have earned the se
mester hours for senior standing,
their academic attire at this time.
It gives the sophomore class a
chance to honor their ‘Big Sisters,’
said Mary Ann Scarlette, who is
coordinating the activity.
In the past four or five years
according to Mrs. Scarlette, the'
sophomore class has presented to
their “Big Sisters,” a corsage of
the class colors prior to the rob
ing ceremony.
Other symbolic acts which have
long since “died out” are the plant
ing of the Magnolia tree in honor
of some person who inspired the
senior class in some way.
“There are many people who
have long since left the coUege or
members of the trustee board and
community who have made last
ing imprints on the history of
Bennett CoUege. And this year
would be a grand year to start
the tradition again, since we have
lost so many trees due to the win
ter storms,” said Mrs. Scarlette.
Another tradition was the roast
ing of certain faculty members
during the Senior banquet, which
was done out of jest and love for
an instructor.
Mrs. Scarlette said, “The rob
ing and the banquet can be beau
tiful occasions. Usually the senior
class representative gives words
of wisdom during the robing cere
mony. This year, we will have the
pleasure of having such words
given to us twice, once at the
robing ceremony and then again
at the Senior Vespers.”
The Senior Day ceremony is
planned and executed by the
sophomore class since this is their
big moment. “Parents and rela
tives make the occasion even more
memorable if they surprise their
daughter by attending the cere
mony,” Mrs. Scarlette added.
Mrs. Scarlette said that this year
she would like for students to be
aware of the academic attire that
will be worn by the faculty.
“It’s very important for students
who plan to go on to graduate
school to know the colors for a
masters and doctoral degree. They
should know what the cuts in
sleeves mean,” said Mrs.. Scar
The academic attire that the
senior students wiU receive has
been questioned over the years be
cause of the style.
Mrs. Scarlette smiled and said,
“Our academic attire is the most
unique in this area. No other
school in and around us, uses the
Oxford style cap that our students
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67 Honorees Awarded Academic Certificates at Spring Convocation
photo by Myra Davis
Stephanie Thomas, Miss Bennett UNCF
by Dotty Brown
Spring Honors Convocation for
the 1977-78 school year was held
on February 16, in the Annie Mer-
ner Pfeiffer Chapel at 10 a.m.
The speaker for this occasion
was Dr. Tressie Muldrow, person
nel research psychologist for the
Civil Service Commission in
Washington, D. C. Dr. Muldrow
graduated from Bennett CoUege
in 1962.
Students honored at this pro
gram were freshmen whose cum
ulative grade point average is 3.00
or above, sophomores with a cum
ulative grade point average of 3.20
or above, juniors with a cumula
tive grade point average of 3.30
or above, and seniors whose cumu
lative grade point average is 3.40
or above.
These students are as follows:
Freshmen: Adenike A. Adajun-
mobi, Linda F. Anderson, Mar-
chelle K. Boatwright, Windy Y.
Brown, Joann Butler, Felita Clay-
brooks, Alisia D. Coachman, Le-
nora T. Dowe, Earlinda L. Elder,
Angel E. Ford, Lisa A. Johnson,
Sharonlyn Jones, Tina R. Jones,
Wanda L. Kincaid, Natalie C.
Lowe, Tonya K. Martin, Edwina
B. Mitchell, Nora N. Mobley, La-
Sandra A. Muldrow, Estalinda J.
Roberson, Beverly A. Rumley,
Sharon L. Sanders, Mary J. Simp
kins, Tonni Y. Sullivan, Sharon E.
Tucker, Jennifer G. Wells, Angela
M. West, Donna F. Wiley, Kath
erine Winston.
Sophomores: Dino M. Bradley,
Angela V. Briley, Cynthia D.
Brown, Sandra M. Brown, Bebe
D. Davis, Melissa L. Graves, Debra
A. Hodges, Cheryl C. Holmes, Va
lerie E. Littlejohn, Pamela J. Mor
ris, Barbara G. Murphy, Linda D.
Pittman, Cherisse R. Robinson,
Yvette I. Shelton, Jacqueline M.
Smith, Julia L. Williams, Edwina
C. Wilson.
Juniors: Eva Ablorh, Doris R-
Davis, Vajira L. DeSilva, Bertha
K. Dolberry, Veronica S. Emerson,
Belinda J. Foster, Carolyn A.
Hazel, Marion A. Johnson, Vicen-
tia M. Lipscomb, Marcelle A. Mi
randa, Marilyn J. Moore, Deborah
D. Tillman, Ramona L. Reid.
Seniors; Joyce A. Bass, Audrey
F. Forrest, Barbara L. Hamm,
Shawn M. Humphries, Barbara A.
Johnson, Cassandra N. Jones, Ro
chelle D. Moody, Olivia D. Penn.
AU of the above named seniors
have been four-year honor stu

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