North Carolina Newspapers

    FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 1988
THE BENNETT BANNER
PAGE THREE
sHSESS Jackson values being an intern
TV Intern: Junior Robin Kay Jackson
to serving an apprenticeship as a
camerawomen at WFMY-TV. (photo
by Waller)
by Sara Williams
An internship with the local
CBS TV affiliate has brought
Robin Kay Jackson closer to
her dream of becoming a tele
vision producer.
Jackson, a junior from Wil
mington, is operating a
camera for WFMY where she
is working for The Good
Morning Show. She under
went two weeks of training,
and she has to report to the
set by 5 a.m. each morning.
Jackson considers her time
at WFMY to have been in
valuable.
‘I think it’s an excellent
experience that will help in
the long run. Either if I stay
here or go on to Atlanta, I
will have that experience. My
opinion for interns is that if
you’re really interested, go
W it!” she said.
The path to the internship
began with a tip from Dr.
Helen Trobian, director of the
Interdisciplinary Studies Pro
gram. Jackson contacted
WFMY’s production coordina
tor at the time, Ms. Debbie
Mason. After submitting a
resume, references and appli
cation, Jackson got the job.
Production manager Jay
Wilkins offered her morning
work or a position with News
2 Tonight.
Jackson has learned a great
deal about the pressure in
volved in television work.
A tight situation made
Jackson “so nervous, one time
I even cried.”
Jackson said, “They wanted
me to get a shot of (reporter)
Mike Hogwood, and I wasn’t
moving the camera fast
enough. Eric Albright, the
floor director, told me to
move. Then he came over and
took the camera and finished
the shot.
“I was embarrassed and
scared at the same time. He
had yelled at me, and every
one, including the guests, was
looking at me. Then tears
flowed from my eyes. He
apologized after the show,
and everyone told me, ‘Don’t
worry about it; it hapi)ens.’
He stayed on my case until
three weeks ago. I think it
was good that he stayed on
my case. I would still be slow
if he didn’t.”
The internship has taught
Jackson to think like a pro
fessional.
“School Daze” will awaken sleepers
by Charlcie Pettway
“School Daze,” the first
movie that confronts issues
that are directly geared to
African-American college
students, is in a class by it
self.
Spike Lee, writer, producer
and director of “School Daze,”
stated in the February issue
of Black Radio Magazine that
he thinks the movie may upset
many black people. The reason
is because of its “depiction of
race and class.” “I think it’s
going to bother a whole lot of
black people. Not that they
don’t know that it’s true. It’s
the fact that it’s being ex
posed for the world to see
that will bother them,” stated
Lee. He added that he hopes
people will see the movie and
come to realize that “there
are many things that keep
us divided.”
Many Belles, however, did
not find the movie upsetting.
On campus, the movie caused
a sense of awakening. The
Belles felt as if Lee wanted
more than to entertain; he
sought to make a movie with
a message.
“I feel as though the movie
expressed that blacks haven’t
truly awakened yet or recog
nized who they really are,”
stated sophomore Taimia Bell
of Winston-Salem. Bell said
she believes the reason black
people do not have a strong
feeling of self is because of
scanty education.
“In order to understand
where we are going, we must
know our history to under
stand where we are today,”
stated Bell. The movie was
not what she expected. “I
thought it was going to be
entertaining. I didn’t know
that it was going to represent
values and morals,” explained
Bell.
From “School Daze” Bell
discovered three themes in
volving black people: 1) Black
people are unique. “Our race
is not the minority but rather
the majority. We come in a
variety of colors as well as
our hair and its texture,” said
Bell; 2) Blacks must stop be
ing prejudiced toward each
other. “Our problem is not
that whites are prejudiced
against us, but we are pre
judiced against each other.
Jews and Italians stick to
gether and that is why they
are successful,” stated Bell.
3) Some Greek organizations
have lost touch with their
roots. “Some fraternities and
sororities have lost focus of
Ski Sojourn: Seniors Karen Horne (left) and Karia Williams (right) enjoyed the
coliege-sponsored outing to Boone in February, (photo by Waller)
gate Library and Annie
Memer Pfeiffer Chapel.
Satellite
(from page 1)
years ago, and Scott says that
the satellite is crucial because
this is such a major resource
for the college.
The first broadcast of the
satellite dish was of Spike
Lee’s live teleconference re
garding his movie “School
Daze” on Feb. 16. Viewing
areas for the broadcast were
set up in the Thomas F. Hoi-
Diplomat
the true meaning of brother
hood and sisterhood. Instead
they have acquired a sense of
violence which teaches the
abused to be abusive. This is
far from the legacy that fra
ternities and sororities had in
store for us,” Bell stated.
In spite of negative reviews
from mostly white critics.
Belles enjoyed “School Daze”
and Lee’s pur^se to unite the
race by showing the division
was effective.
“I thought it was a good
movie. I thought it was going
to be a comedy. A lot of people
had high expectations. I
didn’t know it was going to
have a message in it,” said
sophomore Amia Ooom of
Boston.
Not all of the Belles were
impressed with the movie. “I
thought ‘School Daze’ was
pretty good,” stated Nichelle
Green, a sophomore from
Montclair, N.J. “I didn’t like
the ending. It seemed as if it
wasn’t finished. It looked as
if there was more to be said,”
Green stated. Green related
to certain parts of the movie.
“I could relate to the guy
that was afraid that if his
girlfriend went on line and
made it she would change,”
said Green. Green stated that
if Lee based his movie on his
experience of Morehouse
Homecoming Weekend why
didn’t he mention Bennett
College? “Morehouse’s sister
school should have been ac
knowledged,” complained
Green.
“I thought it was a very
educational film. It was an
eye-opener for the black
American public,” stated
sophomore Patricia Moody.
She reacted to the movie’s
treatment of “good” and
“bad” hair. “Blacks don’t
really want to relate to their
true heritage. All the chemi
cals we put in our hair is not
its natural state,” complained
Moody. “It is not our fault.
Some white Americans have
always thought of us as bad
anyway,” said Moody. In
Moody’s opinion, straight hair
is seen as “good” and nappy
hair is seen as “bad.”
“Blacks are not only dis
criminated against by whites
because of their skin color,
but blacks are discriminate
against by other blacks,” said
Moody. She pointed out that
African-Americans have be
come too settled or “compla
cent” in their attitudes and
have forgotten where they
are from.
Moody talked about the
protest scene where the Jiga-
boos marched against apart
heid and the Wannabees did
not care to protest. “Until
blacks are free, none of us
is,” stressed Moody. She
thought the ending was
“beautiful.” “The sunrise at
the end was very symbolic.
When I think of sunrise, I
think of awakening from a
very deep sleep. You can just
tell that at the end they (the
characters) had a new look
on life,” said Moody.
Moody thought that the
movie was made for the black
audience. “White people
wouldn’t understand,” stated
Moody. She said the movie
stimulated the African-Amer
icans to end color and class
discrimination. “This was a
stepping-stone. Now it is time
for black Americans to act
upon these discriminations in
a positive manner,” stated
Moody.
In the February issue of
Essence, Lee stated, “I don’t
show all this divisiveness just
to say we’re divided. I hope
by showing it that somehow
we can look at the stuff and
see that we need to try to
come together if we’re going
to do anything with the race.”
Ski journey applauded
by Belles hitting slopes
(from page 1)
quality of the work here. He
just felt that there was a need
for more awareness of inter
national affairs. The people
here at Bennett sensed that
and he thought the State De
partment should take advan
tage of it,” says Ryan.
a column
by Karen Home
I give a definite “thumbs
up” to Herb Jackson, athletic
director on the Feb. 19 ski
trip to Mill Ridge Ski Lodge
in Boone. It was my first time
skiing and I had a great time.
I believe that all of the stu
dents who participated had a
good time as well.
In the beginning it seemed
like it was going to be a
Murphy’s Law adventure
where everything that could
go wrong did. At first, the
van couldn’t get started and
then we got a jump and when
we stopped for gas, it cut off
again. But we finally got on
the road in no time at all.
The bus ride was rather short,
only about two hours. The
school cafe had packed
lunches for everyone, but
most people brought their own
assortment of munchies. We
arrived at the lodge about an
half hour before it was time
to pick up the rented equip
ment and hit the slopes. There
was a hint of disappointment
at the slope because there
wasn’t a lot of snow. It had
been very warm the past few
days, and the lodge had to
use man-made snow. But
everyone was still excited
about the whole thing.
We picked up our boots,
skiis and poles and headed
for the slop>es. I was pleas^
that the money we paid
covered everything and we
didn’t have t« pay when we
got there. Some people on the
trip had been skiing before
and were familiar with the
sport, but others took lessons
and others just went for
themselves. Jackson had
brought along a camcorder to
make sure he captured the
most memorable falls on tape.
Our first lesson was to learn
how to stop. This had to be
the best part, watching one
of us flying down the begin
ner’s slope, screaming franti
cally because she was nerv'ous
and had not gotten the hang
of it. But as the day pro
gressed, learning to stop was
nothing. I had fun, too, watch
ing the really brave first-
timers take their share of
“plops” in the snow.
After about the first two
hours, some of us stopi^ for
a while to get something to
drink or a quick bite to eat.
Then it was time again to go
back out and try to conquer
the slope. I watched in ad
miration of the brave first-
timers who went on the chair
lift and came down the steep
slope with relative ease. I con
fined myself to just learning
how to use the rope-tow that
pulled me up the beginners’
slope and stopping. Before I
realized it, it was time to go,
but my tired body was well
aware that it had been time
to go.
Finally, we had all returned
the equipment and reloaded
the van and the other two
cars. On the ride back we
stopped at McDonald’s and
rode briefly through Appla-
chian State and then headed
for the highway. When we
got back to school, all of us
were pretty tired, but it was
for a very good reason.
I was happy to see that a
trip Bennett sponsored turned
out to be really nice. Students
complain that there is nothing
to do, but this trip proved
otherwise.
    

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