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The Bennett Banner
BY LA’SHAINNA CAMPBELL
The Bennett Chapter Alpha
Epsilon of the national honors
society Alpha Kappa Mu
inducted 41 new members Jan.
31 during a ceremony in the
Alpha Kappa Mu is a nation
al honors society of more than
75,000 junior and senior men
and woman. Alpha Kappa Mu
is an honor society that recog
nizes academic achievements
in all disciplines
Alpha Kappa Mu was found
ed at A&I College in Nashville,
Tenn., on Nov. 26, 1937. The
honors society was admitted to
membership in the College
Honor Societies in 1952, and
was incorporated Sept. 7,1977.
The qualifications for Alpha
Kappa Mu are a satisfactory
grade in ACES and a 3.5 cumula
tive grade point average for
juniors and a 3.3 for seniors.
There are 79 chapters throughout
the nation at four year accredited
colleges and universities.
Alpha Epsilon has been rein
stated after six years the last
inductees were in^1995.
“I was anxious to have it
reinstated, it elevated the stu
dents awareness for academic
excellence.” Advisor for Alpha
Epsilon Mary R. Scarlette said.
The new members of Alpha
Kappa Mu will have the oppor
tunity to attend the honor soci
eties 56th national convention
April 5-7 at North Carolina
Constuction equipment sits behind Jones Hall on Union Drive. Crews are
finishing infrastructural work on campus that started during the summer.
Alumna connes honne
BY LA’SHAINNA CAMPBELL
During an ACES program 68 stu
dents where honored for their academ
ic achievements in the Annie Merner
The guest speaker Michelle I. Taylor
graduated from Bennett in 1996 with a
bachelor’s degree in political science.
Taylor is a native of New Jersey.
Taylor’s address to the college com
munity was about the beauty and seri
ousness of sisterhood.
“As I reflect on my experiences here
at Bennett College, I can truly say that
they were some of the best experiences
of my life.” Taylor said. “My sisters and
I laughed together, cried together sup
ported each other and protested togeth
Reflecting on her experiences as a
recent graduate helping under privi
leged people, Taylor encouraged the
students to become active in the com
“Don’t help people because you want
to get paid,” Taylor said. “Help people
because it’s the right thing to do.”
During her matriculation at Bennett,
Taylor had shown that she takes volun-
Taylor has worked with organizations
such as Triad Health Project, Guilford
Community Minority AIDS task force,
and as a coordinator for the Hayes Tay
lor YMCA moonlight basketball pro
gram, designed to keep young males off
of the streets at night.
Taylor is a law student at Texas
Southern University Thurgood Mar
shall school of Law. She plans to pursue
a career in corporate law with an inter
BY MONYA TOMLINSON
Editor in Chief
The Office of Information Technology has
announced that on-campus students will have
Internet access in their dormitories in “probably
The Internet hook-up is part of a communica
tions package, which also features telephone ser
vice and cable connection that became available
to Belles for the first time at the beginning of aca
Students were billed $150 for the communica
tions package for both academic semesters.
Joseph Daniels, Chief Information Officer of the
College, started a student information technology
advisory council (which at press-time had yet to
meet) consisting of 10 students from various dor
mitories and student organizations.
The advisory council members received drafts
of a Bennett Belle Technology handbook, which
outlines the policies, requirements, and other
information about the communications package
and its features.
Members of the advisory council include
Zenya Cleveland, Student Government Associa
tion President and Natalie Stewart, Miss Royal
Blue and White.
Students who wish to connect to the College’s
Fiber Optic Network must have computers that
meet several requirements including Windows 95
and 200 megahertz Pentium processor Accord
ing to the handbook, the OIT is currently working
on support for Apple OS and Linux computers.
The Office of Information Technolo^ is locat
ed at 610-A Gorrell Street. Daniels said he feels
good about the advance. “We will probably sur
vey the students to see who has access to the
Internet.” Computers will be set up in each dorm
to allow access.
Daniels said he only sees one obstacle.
“The rooms that will hold computers will need
to be air-conditioned to prevent damage,”