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Commuter Students are Over Snow Days

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments
Sebastian Courtyard in the snow.

Not all students like snow days. Just ask Bennett College commuter students who dealt with several snow days this winter.

Kristina Farrar, a sophomore from Richmond Virginia says that this snow has not benefited her at all, especially with classes still going on at Bennett. The snow caused a lack of transportation, making it a struggle to get to class on time or at all.

“With the buses running every hour and not every 30 minutes, it makes it hard for me to get where I need to go.”

Other commuter students such as Angenae Parker, a sophomore from California questioned if she should even attempt to go to class at all.

One of many Bennett College inclement weather alerts from the 2014 winter season.

One of many Bennett College inclement weather alerts from the 2014 winter season.

“It was definitely difficult trying to figure out whether or not to go to class because being out in the cold is not okay with me, especially when I have a long commute just to get to Bennett.”

One student, Loretta Richardson, a sophomore from Washington DC, says that she was unprepared for this snow day.

“The snow has definitely impacted my food source because I didn’t get a chance to make it to the store to stock up on food and there are a minimum of fast food restaurants that are still delivering.”

One Bennett Belle placed snow days into the proper perspective for commuter students.

“Snow days were only fun days in high school,” says Loretta Richardson.

Bennett College cancelled or delayed classes multiple times this winter season due to inclement weather. The college asks students to sign up for the Belle Alert system in order to receive the latest announcements dealing with the campus schedule when inclement weather is forecasted.

sBy: Ebonie Davis

Belles Compete in Miss Omega Psi Phi Pageant

November 18, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments
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The Goddesses of Greek Mythology will appear in the “Immortals: The Deities of Mount Olympus” Miss Omega Psi Phi Pageant.  The North Carolina A&T Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will  host the pageant. The contestants are competing for Miss Omega Psi Phi, Miss Mu Psi, Miss Purple and Gold, and Miss 1911.

There are 14 girls participating in the pageant and three of those are Bennett Belles. One of the three Bennett College students competing is Amber McGill, a sophomore, business management major and economics/entrepreneurship double minor.

“I have always wanted to compete in a pageant, but I choose to compete in the Miss Omega Psi Phi pageant specifically to honor the Omega Men who have had a positive impact on my life, including my uncle, big cousin, and AFJROTC instructor.”

Rachel Portee is another Bennett College contestant who is excited to be able to participate in the pageant.

“I decided to participate in this pageant to simply get involved—it is a great experience and opportunity. I simply can’t stress the fact how excited I am. I will not only be representing myself but my school as well.”

The third constant from Bennett is Kenisha Davis, a junior, biology major.

In order for all the contestants to participate, they had to submit an application and go through an interview process to be selected in the pageant. Upon selection contestants are required to attend practices in order to prepare the opening dances and their talents for the pageant.

The pageant consists of the opening number and introductions, career walk, swimsuit, talent, evening wear and question & answer.

After the pageant the newly crowned queens are required to participate in the Mu Psi homecoming promo video and host at least two on campus programs.

The pageant is October 23rd at North Carolina A&T’s Harrison Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The fraternity says this will be their first pageant in five years.

By: Adera Toye

Belles’ To-Do-List

November 18, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments
Courtesy: Maria Allen

Here are some important things Belles need to know about Bennett College. You will learn about Academic Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES), Teacher-student relationships and juggling multiple obligations.

Bennett Belles learn early that ACES is a mandatory part of their life according to the Bennett College Student Handbook.

“I think it is important to have ACES because when you get into the professional world there is going to be a lot of things that you don’t want to do,” says Jhanay Davis a journalism and media studies major.

Davis says ACES teaches you to get ready for the work force by dressing professionally and creating patience for attending things that aren’t exactly what you want to do.

“ACES can get you in the routine of doing things that you have to do, to make sure that you’re successful in whatever it is you are doing,” says Davis a senior from Atlanta, GA.

Bennett College students must complete 80-hours of community service, the English Comprehensive Exam, and the Mathematics Comprehensive Exam according to the Student Handbook.

Davis offers some more advice for underclasswomen.

“Get to know your teachers, ask questions but also be able to listen because you don’t know everything. But you still should ask questions because you may have an idea about something.”

Bennett College’s website says that more than 65% of students are from outside of the state of North Carolina.

Siera Toney a senior from Washington, D.C. says that you have to have a good mindset when you are a long way from home trying to get your education.

“You have to be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot handle. In college people want everything from you at one time.”

Toney an interdisciplinary studies major says you have to evaluate what you can handle.

“They say your capacity to give it to them is higher than what you think it is, and some cases it is. But wearing yourself out before you can really find out is not a productive strategy.“

The student affairs mission statement says the Bennett College community is looked at in many different lights.

“Bennett is committed to creating an environment that encourages the development of the whole student, intellectually, culturally, socially, and spiritually.”

The student affairs mission statement goes on to say that Bennett encourages its Belles to interact with students and faculty because Bennett College focuses on the growth as a whole person.

By: Charlotte Jones

 

A Recipe for Disaster

February 15, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments
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Yes, it is time for Valentine’s Day. But, if you are looking for a story about chocolate kisses and a rose petal path leading you to a candle lit dinner for two, this article is not for you. Some may describe it as an opportunity to exchange gifts, and sentimental cards with loved ones, but some Bennett Belles say it’s a waste of time.

Kemmesha Hines, a Bennett College junior, says her most memorable Valentine’s Day was a “Recipe for Disaster.”

Hines did her best to refrain from cursing when describing what happened to her on Valentine’s Day a few years ago.

“He lied to me. The week before Valentine’s Day my boyfriend told me that he was going to be taking out his mother and grandmother.”

She goes on to say that they made plans to meet up later in the evening, but he cancelled those as well.

“I got off work and decided I would drop by his house to see what happened. I saw him walking out of his house holding hands with his ex-girlfriend.”

Hines was not going to leave this situation alone until she got some answers. She said she was angry and wanted to know why he would do such a thing.

“I was so furious; both of them got a piece of my mind. He told me she had just needed him because she was having family problems but there is no excuse for canceling on me with no explanation.”

This year, Hines will be spending time with her little sisters to avoid the stresses that come with dishonest men.

“I just don’t want to set myself up for failure this year.”

Jocelin McDonald, a freshwoman had a horrible Valentine’s Day with her then ex-boyfriend.

“We were supposed to go to Chili’s and I was dressed up; hair curled up, really cute heels and a nice top. He stood me up.”

McDonald says she tried to give him a chance and he completely messed her up.

“He never returned any of my phone calls.”

This year, McDonald will be hanging out with friends.

Though there are many who are picking out there outfits and making reservations, Valentine’s Day, for some is just another day of the week.

Share your most memorable Valentine’s Day experience in the comments section.

By: Epiphinae McClennon

 

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Bennett Belles Enjoy Networking

28 Feb 2014

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Belles did not waste anything by attending the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Alumni Council Leadership Conference in Memphis, Tenn. The annual 68th National Alumni council and the 56th National Pre-Alumni council Leadership conference was held in the Memphis Sheraton and Cook Convention Center, February 12 – 16.  Bennett College’s …

New President Praises Bennett & Belles

18 Nov 2013

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Bennett Colleges 17th President, Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall says her students are filled with beauty, grace, and uniqueness. “I take pride in Bennett Belles excelling. Why do you not know how great you are and let others define who you are, this is a special place and all Belles should embrace it,” …

Big Change to Big Sister/Little Sister Program

18 Nov 2013

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“Never lose sight of the reason why you came to Bennett,” was a lesson that Jasmine Beckwith a junior from Columbus, Ohio was taught by her “adopted” big sister. Bennett College is an all women’s institution with many traditions. One of which, is when the incoming freshwoman class is given …

Shutdown Could Impact Belles

2 Oct 2013

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The clock strikes twelve, but this time no glass slipper is left only a government shutdown that could impact Bennett Belles. The U.S. House of Representatives along with the U.S. Senate could not agree on a bill to fund the government, therefore causing the government to shutdown. President Barack Obama …

Belles Fight Back

15 Feb 2013

Rape Aggressive Defense Program (R.A.D)

Bennett Belles can learn how to protect themselves from vicious attacks for free.  The campus public safety office started the Rape Aggressive Defense program (R.A.D) to help young women learn self-defense techniques. “It really protects you in a lot of ways, married or single. It teaches you a lot about …

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“A Woman Like Me”

28 Feb 2014

Bennett College will put on a stage production written by a Belle. The Bennett College theater department will perform “A Woman Like Me: Words of Inspiration from a Woman of Faith” written by 1969 alumna Claretha Coleman.  Assistant Professor Tennille Foust directs the play about women from the bible.  It takes …

Campus Clean-up

28 Feb 2014

Belles can get some community service hours for doing a little cleaning. Miss Junior Jasmine Beckwith is hosting a Campus Clean-Up. She is looking for 20 volunteers to assists with the Belle Boutique’s move to Barge Hall. The clean up is scheduled for Sunday, February 23 from 2 pm – 5 …

Early Screening of “Pompeii”

28 Feb 2014

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Bennett College students can see an early screening of the movie “Pompeii” for free. The screening will take place at the Regal Grande 16 movie theater at the Friendly Center in Greensboro. The showtime will be February 19 at 7:30 pm. The film is rated PG-13 and will be in theaters February …

UNCF Belles Getaway

28 Feb 2014

Some Bennett Belles got a five day getaway to network with their peers and meet some influential people. Bennett’s Pre-Alumnae Council attended the United Negro College Foundation Conference (UNCF) in Memphis, Tennessee. Students had the time to network with speakers such as Fonzworth Bentley (best known for being Sean “Diddy” Combs personal assistant), …

Strength to Love

28 Feb 2014

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Bennett College students learned about the power of love. The Division of Humanities held a special Black History Month ACES program titled “Strength to Love.” The guest speaker was Dr. Martha S. Jones who is the granddaughter of the former Bennett College President, Dr. David Dallas Jones. The topic of her speech was “Dr. …

Visit Bennett from Home

28 Feb 2014

Bennett College goes virtual! The college is bringing its winter and spring college tour to you. Prospective students can now learn more about the campus without traveling to Greensboro. Belle’s Tell: A Virtual Open House consists of students giving their insight on attending the college. It will also include admission and major information …

No Tuition Increase

28 Feb 2014

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Bennett Belles will not have to pay more to attend college next year. Bennett College announced that its board of trustees decided that there will be no tuition increase for the 2014-15 academic year. The board froze the tuition, fees, and room charges. New and returning Bennett students will pay $17,230 in tuition and fees next …

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Belle Whisked Away to NYC Gala

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A busy Belle received a great honor for the second year in a row. Amber McGill received a scholarship from the Foot Locker Foundation. “I was beyond excited, not only because I won a scholarship which is a big deal by itself, I just found it amazing that I was picked.” …

Reigning Royals…Miss Senior

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Miss Senior is the queen with a passion for fashion. Gabrielle Johnson, a business major  from Silver Spring Maryland plans on going into retail brand management after graduating. “My hobbies include blogging, styling clothes, and making crafts.” Johnson even incorporates her love for fashion into her job as Miss Senior …

Reigning Royals: Miss Bennett College

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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 is the Bible verse Brenda Keels says is her favorite. Keels, a senior English major from District of Columbia has started her reign as Miss Bennett College. It’s not her first time being royalty on the campus because …

Through Zora’s Eyes

Bennett College professor publishes a book about Zora Neale Hurston.

Mission accomplished. Dr. Giselle Jones-Jones, a professor at Bennett College, wrote her dissertation on the anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, and after seven years, it has been published. Her book “Through Zora’s Eyes” is about Hurston’s autobiography and how her story should inspire today’s youth. “The original title was ‘More Than …

One-on-One Interview: Dr. Malveaux’s Post Resignation Reflections

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Author, columnist and economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux closes the chapter on Bennett College for Women. She resigned from the historically black all-women’s college in Greensboro, North Carolina, February 28, at a town hall meeting. With doors shut to the public, this bittersweet moment was shared strictly amongst faculty, students and …

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Five Shades of Finer

Get ready to put on your PumpZ and PearlZ. The Chi Gamma chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. presents its first Zeta Week. The theme of the week was titled “Five Shades of Finer.” The Treasurer and Secretary of the organization Kiyara Brown says the events were a success. …

Honors Hall Steps Closed

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The snow storm forced some Bennett Belles to take a different route home. Bennett College closed off the Honors Hall front steps during the morning hours because of the ice and snow. The steps were roped off for the safety of the students. Students were advised to take the entrance …

Freshwomen Time to Step

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It’s that time of the year again. Lights! Camera! Stepping! The Freshwoman Step Show is here. Rachel Portee, a sophomore from Lumberton, New Jersey thinks all freshwomen should step. “I recommend every freshman to participate in the step team, it is one experience that is unexplainable and that I wouldn’t …

Spicing Up Bennett

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The Man Behind The Mask

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Delta Sigma Theta (DST) crowned a new king. The Delta Chapter at Bennett College held the “Man Behind the Mask” pageant where three contestants were crowned. The six gentlemen in the pageant competed for Mr. 1913, Mr. Crimson and Cream and the top title of Mr. Omicron Delta (Mr. OD). …

Lifestyle

Commuter Students are Over Snow Days

Sebastian Courtyard in the snow.

Not all students like snow days. Just ask Bennett College commuter students who dealt with several snow days this winter. Kristina Farrar, a sophomore from Richmond Virginia says that this snow has not benefited her at all, especially with classes still going on at Bennett. The snow caused a lack …

Belles Compete in Miss Omega Psi Phi Pageant

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The Goddesses of Greek Mythology will appear in the “Immortals: The Deities of Mount Olympus” Miss Omega Psi Phi Pageant.  The North Carolina A&T Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will  host the pageant. The contestants are competing for Miss Omega Psi Phi, Miss Mu Psi, Miss Purple and Gold, and Miss 1911. …

Belles’ To-Do-List

Courtesy: Maria Allen

Here are some important things Belles need to know about Bennett College. You will learn about Academic Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES), Teacher-student relationships and juggling multiple obligations. Bennett Belles learn early that ACES is a mandatory part of their life according to the Bennett College Student Handbook. “I think it …

A Recipe for Disaster

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Yes, it is time for Valentine’s Day. But, if you are looking for a story about chocolate kisses and a rose petal path leading you to a candle lit dinner for two, this article is not for you. Some may describe it as an opportunity to exchange gifts, and sentimental cards …

R.A.’s Wanted: Nice Perks – Challenging Job

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Fliers are going up in every dormitory hall and the Student Union informing students about their chances of becoming residential assistants (R.A.).  R.A.’s get to live on campus for free, but in return they must make sure the dorm is a safe environment that promotes academic success for students.  Bennett …