Katanisha Turner remembered
Katanisha Turner should not be remembered as just another plane crash statistic. She
was someone’s daughter, sister and friend.
In the Dec. 14 edition of the News & Record Katanisha’s parents said that they knew
within their hearts that she was God’s child and not theirs.
The 20-year-old was a education major who dreamed of becoming a teacher. And for
a while, she lived that dream as a student teacher at Washington Street Elementary School.
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VOL XVII, NO. 5
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Convocatum Est ceremony bittersweet
As always, students are inducted into
the Bennett community during Convocatum
Est. This semester's program took place
Jan. 12 in the Chapel.
The program opened with the audience
members singing “Lift Every Voice and
Sing,” followed by Dr. Charlotte Alston,
vice president for Academic Affairs, who
announced the names of the following new
students: Shanquetta L. Blackmon; Lelisha
N. Bernard; Media S. Bostic; Shimika U.
Bowers; Brandi A. Crawley; Natasha M.
Goldsmith; Anita C. Hood; Christina J.
Kyser; Melissa L. Lawson; Annastasiah M.
Mhaka; Kymberly L. Monk; Guinell L.
Stanley; Rever P. Stanley; Shannon M.
Stuckey and two New Yoric University ex
change students, Natalie H. Barrington and
During the ceremony, a special memo
rial service was held for Belle Katanisha L.
Have you ever wondered how col
leges make themselves known to poten
tial students as well as various corpora
Well, Bennett College may have a
Bennett frequently holds what is
known as "Renaissance Receptions," na
tionwide, and according to Guila Coo
per, director of alumnae field services,
during these gatherings Bennett uses a
method called "friendraising" which
helps to increase the college’s visibility,
establish and strengthen relationships
with the United Methodist Church, as
well as with women’s organizations.
“There’s a lot of advanced work
that’s done prior to any Renaissance
reception to insure the success of the
events,” said Phanalphie Rhue, director
of Public Affairs and Marketing.
"These receptions are a vital
and effective part of the marketing ef
forts for the college."
These free receptions have been
held for the past three years in cities
including Houston, Detroit, Indianapo
lis, White Plains, and San Diego.
"The reason why I’m excited about
planning and having receptions is that
it’s a learning experience for the audi
ence, and therefore for the community,"
"It’s up to each of us to tell the
Bennett College story to as many people
as we can. The results may not be
immediate, but the long-term results
benefit the college.
"This is what makes my job worth
while,” she added.
The next two receptions will be
Feb. 17 in Phoenix and March 24 in
Tumer, a sophomore education major from
Detroit who was killed in the American
Eagle plane crash Dec. 13.
During her address, about social injus
tice and the importance of voting across the
nation, Scott urged every member of soci
ety to vole, especially the African Ameri
President Scott later read a letter from
the family of Katanisha which thanked
Bennett for honoring “Kale” and dedicat
ing a scholarship in her name.
“1 thought the memorial service was
very moving,” said Sally Alvarez, insuuc-
lor in the Mass Communications, Spcech
& Theatre Department.
“ll was very upsetting when Katanisha
was killed. I thought it was important for us
to acknowledge how important of a loss that
was,” she added.
nie Rev. Sherrie C’(H)k, college chaplain,
led the audience in reciting a pK'in called
Another highlight of tlie program was
when i^Shauna Patton, senior music major
from Charlotte dedicated a musical solo “ Til
We Meet Again.”
Students, faculty iuid staf f shed tears dur
ing the touching service.
“ The memorial service was touching,”
said Rhonda Jack.son, junior eleinentiiry
“I’m from Detroit also and that could have
easily been me on that plane that day. i'm
sorry tiiat .so many lives were lost,” she
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Propped open doors
jeopardize dorm safety
Maintaining a safe environment on
a campus, involves cooperation between the
campus safety department and the students.
But, when student’s refuse to comply with
the rules and regulations, that safe environ
ment may become jeopardized.
Case in point: dormitory fire exit doors
have become a major problem for the new
Bennett College Public Safety and Police
“Freshwomen are not abiding by their
curfews, so they place objects in the doors so
that they don’t have to check in,” said
Thretha Chance, a sophomore accounting
major from Greensboro who serves as a
dispatcher on Bennett's campus police.
A reported minimum of 30 freshwomen
break curfew per week and anything from
pencils to bricks are being used as props for
“Upperclassmen don’t comply simply be
cause they feel inconvenienced by the rules,”
“Instead, they risk letting others outside
of the campus see exactly how to break in
the donns without even using force.”
According to ('hief of Public
Safety and Police B:irb:ira Simmons, “Not
only is the use of these d(X)rs a very unsafe
practice, but it is also a violation of the Belle
"Not only is the use of these
doors a very unsafe practice,
but it is also a violation of the
Belle Honor Code. ”
Public Safety Chief
Odessa Oglesby, coordinator of resi
dence life .said that using fire exits is a level
two violation in our college handbK)k.
Violators will appear before the inter
residence board and a punishment is deter
mined after hearing the case,” Oglesby said.
“Everyone on the campus has the author
ity to write violators up and are encouraged
to do so.”