THE BENNETT BANNER
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1978
Boilers Aging Out
Heating Problems Plague Campus
by Joyce A. Bass
Students are battling problems
of excessive homework, term pa
pers and unknown food in the
cafeteria, while administrators are
battling grading papers, duplicat
ing machines that don’t duplicate
too well and the rising cost of liv
ing. WeU, these two groups of
people aren’t alone in their trou
bles. The Department of Upkeep
and Preventive Maintenance has a
real “hot” problem on their hands
these days. The two boilers that
heat Bennett are about to end
When Zack Browning was ap
proached about the problems with
the boiler, he replied, “Do you
want to know about this year’s
problems or the over-all picture?”
And we began there.
“At the beginning of each school
year, we check radiators, and
traps as well as controls in each
dormitory prior to the heating sea
son and the arrival of students. We
were short one man this year and
that means that the work had to
be doubled in some places.”
Browning and Isaac Walker
agreed that the major problem for
this year has been an expansion
valve that blew.
“When this valve blew, it caused
a steam loss and it is very expen
sive. In the main heating plant,
we’ve had a problem with feed-
water. This results in only half of
the campus being heated at a time.
Three weeks ago, this problem was
looked into, but the repair is very
costly. Last week alone over $1200
was spent in heating repairs.”
The two boilers can bum up to
100 gallons of oil an hour. The
system itself was put in during the
year 1940 and it is designed to
last a total of 35 years.
“It’s getting close to that last
day,” said Browning..
The residents of Cone Hall can
no doubt agree that a heating
problem does exist, but, according
to Browning and Walker, they’re
doing all that they can.
“Cone Hall has a large problem.
Over 40 per cent of the steam that
you see blowing out of the escape
pipe by the heating plant is from
Cone Hall. We’ve been adding
parts, but we still aren’t sure of
the location of the problem,”
The Upkeep and Preventive
Maintenance Department staff has
internal problems with a shortage
“We have a proposed staff of
one carpenter, two painters, one
mechanic who handles electrical
and water problems and two
maintenance technicians. In real
ity, we have one and a third
painters, one maintenance worker
and one carpenter. Now you can
understand why Mr. Walker and
I are seen on campus at 5 a.m.
sometimes,” said Browning.
Walker and Browning said right
now the maintenance department
is trying to comply with some of
the heat conservation require
ments. With the changing of heat
traps in two of the dorms, Jones
and Barge Halls, energy level
should be cut by 5 per cent.
In a previous issue of the BAN
NER, a story stated that Bennett
had received a HUD grant that
would enable new heat controls to
be placed in each dormitory.
Browning said, “We have hopes
that these new controls will elimi
nate many of our problems. On
this campus, say in Cone Hall,
there is one control called the
weather-stat, which guesses at the
outside temperature. By measur
ing the temperature on the out
side, it tries to maintain a com
fortable reading for the first floor
center of the building. The north
end of the first floor will be 5 to
10 per cent cooler and the south
end of the second floor will be 5
to 10 per cent hotter.
“With this oil heat, we have
only two choices: we can either
turn the heat on or we can turn
it off. We realize it gets hot in the
dorms. Many of the girls have
turned off their room radiators
and this helps. We also stagger the
heat during the night. That’s why
you may go to bed and the room
is extremely hot and in the early
hours of the morning the room
will cool off.”
Parking Obstructs Tanks
Many of us who drive have
found ourselves being paged in
the dorm to come and move our
cars from the corner of the heat
ing plant. Browning explained that
when the oil truck arrives, he has
to get to the fuel tanks which are
located right below that flat area
and the delay in adding fuel to the
tanks may result in a loss of con
Walker also said that many girls
have been literally running to him
saying their radiators are about to
blow up because of the “strange
noises” they make at night or just
when the heat is coming on.
“With steam heat, water has
gathered in the pipes, so the
sounds you hear are the steam
pushing the water out of the pipes.
Some of the girls have even said
they smell gas. Believe me, there
is no connection between gas and
our oil system,” he said.
Walker added that they have to
pass the noises off. “Look at it
this way, at least you got heat.”
B. C. Belles Take
Meredith at Home
by Wendy Robin Woods
Bennett defeated Meredith
52-48, Jan. 31 at Bennett’s
Betty Kirkland on Ben
nett’s team was top scorer
with 14 points. Andre Dixon
followed closely behind with a
total of 13 points. Meredith’s
Fay Hollowell scored a total
of 22 points.
Meredith College started
the game off with the rebound
and the first two points of the
game by Beth Monk. Elwanda
Blue of the Belles team fol
lowed through with Bennett’s
first two points of the game.
Andre Dixon had 8 points
by half time. Meredith’s Fay
Hollowell had a total of 10 at
Neither team had 7 fouls by
halftime so there were no
bonus points for either team
for foul shots.
A&T Wrings Belles
by Wendy Robin Woods
A&T State University de
feated Bennett College 83-48
Feb. 2 in Moore gym on A&T’s
Andre Dixon lead the Belles
with 17 points and several ke.y
rebounds. Elwanda Blue also
scored in double figures with
a total of 13 points.
The Aggiettes lead scorers
were Mamie Jones with 27
points and Cheryl Armwood
with 20 points.
The crowd interrupted the
game twice with profane lan
guage and violent behavior.
Andre Dixon proved her ef
forts in the game by walking
over to the scorers table and
the Aggies scorer while chas
ing a loose ball out of bounds.
At half time Andre had 9
points. A&T’s Mamie Jones
lead both team scores at half-
time with 14 points. Her team
mate Cheryl Armwood had 10
points at halftime.
Student Academic Attire
Sets Bennett Apart
(Continued from Page 1)
wear. This three cornered cap and
the white collar on the gown are
a Bennett symbol. This attire sets
us apart from the usual mortar
board cap. There’s not another in
stitution in this area who uses this
Enroll Now for Extra Credit
There is still time to pick up a course to increase your
hours for this semester, and you can do it without attending
The final enrollment period for this academic year for
accelerated study will be Feb. 27 through Mar. 3.
To enroll in a course under this option, you must first
see the instructor of the course that you would like to take
and request permission to enroll on accelerated study. This
must be a course that is being offered this semester.
If the instructor agres to accept you on this basis, you
then must pick up an application in the Humanities Division
Office, Fine Arts 107, and fill it out.
You must also pick up an add slip from the Records Of
fice. Both the application and the add slip must then be
signed by the instructor. The add slip must also be counter
signed by Dr. Virginia A. Tucker, coordinator of accele
rated study. Both slips must then be returned to the ap
Remember that you must complete and turn in both
forms or you will not be enrolled.
Once you are enrolled in the course, your instructor will
work out with you a contract for study setting deadlines
for completing your course work. You will do the same work
the students in the class are doing but outside the class
room on your own. You will have periodic conferences with
your instructor to assist you.
All work must be completed and the final examination
taken by May 10. This means you will have approximately
10 weeks to complete your work.
If you feel you cannot finish the work on time, you have
until Mar. 24 to drop the course. Because there are no
“incompletes” given in accelerated study, you must com
plete your work or take an F if you decide to remain in
the course after the drop period is over.
If you decide to drop the course, you must notify your
instructor and file an official drop slip in the Records Of
fice. If you fail to do this, you will be carried as still en
rolled in the class and will receive an F for failure to com
plete your work.
photo by Joyce Bass
Dance instructor Joella Hendricks prepares students for Spring Dance Concert given
Feb. 16 in Goode Gym.
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