2 • BENNETT BANNER • December 8, 1994
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author's opinions and do not necessarily repre
sent the opinions of the Banner staff.
True meaning of Christmas is lost
For Chiistian worshippers and many non-Christian wor
shippers all over the world Christmas is the most enjoyed holiday
of the year. It is a time when people engage in various holiday
traditions such as: tree decorating, Christmas cookie baking, egg
nog making, holiday television programming, and perhaps the
most popular of them all gift shopping.
Although these traditions are festive and done with good
intentions I fail to see what any of this has to do with the holiday’s
purpose which is to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Dec. 25 is the day set aside to celebrate the birth of a man
who was then and is still considered “the Savior” the many people.
His birth took place over 2,000 years ago and since then the
celebration of his day has become an attraction of glamour and
glitz for businesses to make profit and homes filled with trees and
lights that can be seen from miles away. Thanks to the society the
spiritual and sacred day that should be Christmas simply doesn’t
Many people are so caught up in the ideas of buymg and
receiving presents along with holiday paraphernalia that sight of
the holiday’s purpose is lost and even worst they are teaching
children these distorted views. Children have been taught from a
young age that a legendary character called Santa Claus wearing
a red suit will bring them whatever their hearts desires the night
before Christmas Day.
As a child I believed in this character until I was old
enough know differently. Even at that age I was heartbroken when
I discovered the truth. During the holidays this myth has a
powerful affect in many children lives, so powerful in fact that
they know more about Santa Claus than the birth of Christ.
Society has taken a day of holy rejoiced and exaggerated
it to suit their own wants and needs. Dec. 25 is not man’s day it is
the day of Jesus Christ. Christmas is not a day for amusement or
our own personal gratification. It is a holy day that happens to be
a holiday. Crystal Simenton
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Letter to Banner
Students not first in parking
The Bennett College
motto is “students first.”
I would like to address an
issue where I know BenneU needs
some heavy duty improvement. I
am a student who has a car on
Bennett’s campus. You might
think that I have it made. Well
think again. A car is supposed to
be a convenience, and not a major
problem, but on Bennett’s cam
pus it truly is.
Have you looked around
lately? Where is a Belle supposed
The parking lot beside Black
Hall closes at 6 p jn.
Students can no longer paric
beside the old home economics
house ,and Union drive is now off
limits after faculty and staff leave,
and on weekends.
All students are suppose to
park on Washington Street.
Now let’s talk a little about
the unprotected Washington Street
car lot. How many cars this se
mester alone have been vandal
Back it up Buckley !
Who's really a racist?
The term “racist” is being used too loosely
these days, according to a recent column in the
Greensboro News Record by the syndicated col
umnist and conservative, William F. Buckley.
Buckley is referring to the recent events of
the Susan Smith case.
Smith, as we all know, accused a black man of
kidnapping her two young sons. She later confessed
to killing the children by snapping them into the back
seat of her car and pushing the car into a lake.
Blacks have been calling Smith a racist be
cause she intially blamed a black for the heinous
crime. Blacks also have accused the media of being
racists because they were quick to jump on Smith's
Buckley said race was not the issue. If Smith
had said that the bogus kidnapper was an "albino, or a
dwarf, or one-armed," the public’s attention would
have been given to his characteristics. Probably so,
Mr. Buckley, but this time as in most instances public
attention was given to color, not physcial characteris
tics. A major flaw of the American public is that they
are too quick to judge.
You know as well as I know that whenever a
harsh crime is committed against a white person that
white America is quick to accept a black person as
being the culprit - especially a black man. Remember
the incident in Boston a few years back when a hus
band blamed the murder of his pregnant wife on a black
man? But in fact he had committed the crime.
Buckley concludes by saying it’s tough out
there as he comments on social problems and crime
Well sir, don’t comment.
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ized or stolen from this lot.
Bennett College is not respon
sible either. The lot is also under
construction. Something is be
ing built on the lot, and four big
trailers are in spaces that stu
dents could utilize for parking.
Last but not least a
large garbage compactor is on
the lot. If all the students who
have cars were to paik there, it
would not be enough room to
Washington Street parking
lot is a tragedy waiting to hap
I would not like to see any
one of my Bennett sisters caught
up in this dangerous nonsense.
Let’s face it; “student’s
first” does not and will not exist
until people make decisions that
work for 24 hours a day instead of
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