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Belle Whisked Away to NYC Gala

March 1, 2014 Spotlight No Comments
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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.”

McGill a sophomore from Upper Marlboro, Md. got to attend a the 13th annual “On Our Feet” Foot Locker  Foundation Gala to benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Through the years the organization has provided more than 600 scholarships.

McGill is a business administration major with a double minor in economics and entrepreneurship expressed how excited she was to be picked to attend something so big and great as the Foot Locker 13th Gala Annual.

“It made me feel like people are watching me and seeing all the hard work I am doing, and finally I’m being recognized for that. I had won this scholarship my freshman year as well but to win it again was one good feeling.”

The “On Our Feet” Gala was held in New York where it was hosted at Gotham Hall in mid-town Manhattan and guest included professional athletes and celebrities.  Amber remembers the trip like it was yesterday and how it made her family feel who are Belles themselves.

“The trip was very short, I remember finding out on short notice and leaving Tuesday morning and returning the very next day. But, it was a great feeling to be able to represent for Bennett College. Being a third generation Belle, it made them very proud that I was working hard in school and was able get invited to an event and represent for Bennett Belles.”

Amber McGill is a very active student. She is the founder and president of her own Glam Girls organization, a student ambassador, and a student worker at WNAA radio station at North Carolina A&T State University. She does all of this and maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

“I always tell others focus on doing what’s best for you. Don’t be scared just go for it. Be in organizations that are in line with what you are trying to do, and who you’re trying to be. Do good in school and all the hard work will most definitely pay off.”

By: Ke’Arra Nunnery

 

Reigning Royals…Miss Senior

November 25, 2013 Spotlight No Comments
Photo Credit: Tiyarah Lacey

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 by planning a bracelet designing community service.

It’s not all fun and fashion for Miss Senior, she explains how serious her title is to her.

“Holding the title of Miss Senior is one of prestige and respect. It means that my class sisters thought I would be the best fit to be the queen for the class of 2014.”

Johnson is even more reflective about the honor.

“It also means that with, where much is given, much is expected, and in that sense it means that I must be held accountable and to always be a women of my word. It’s not just a title, it’s a lifestyle.”

Photo Credit: Tiayrah Lacy

Photo Credit: Tiayrah Lacy

Senior social work major Kanisha Peele expresses why she thinks Johnson was a great candidate.

“She is driven beyond measure and instantly makes you want to be a better person.“

Peele has known Johnson since starting their journey at Bennett College Fall of 2010.  Their friendship blossomed when Johnson helped Peele in a time of need.

“Some people have never had the opportunity to know Gabrielle personally. Some people have never shared tears, personal or heartfelt conversations, but I have and once you do you’ll instantly know why she was the perfect choice for Miss Senior.”

Johnson says she is passionate about giving back to her community, which is one of the main reasons why she ran for her position.

“After I came back from studying abroad I felt as though I hadn’t done enough to give back to my community and my beloved Bennett College, I felt like running for Miss Senior presented the opportunity to do just that!”

Johnson has some advice for those considering running for the position in the future.

“Be yourself, be consistent, be everything you think that your sisters need in their final year of undergrad. Be what you feel Bennett needs and would be proud of.”

By: Toi Antoinette Scott

 

Reigning Royals: Miss Bennett College

November 18, 2013 Spotlight No Comments
Photo Credit: Brenda Keels

“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 she was also Miss Sophomore.

“Sophomore year was the best experience. I’ve always liked doing community service and I’m passionate about the Bennett mission statement.”

Keels doesn’t take her title lightly.

“Being Miss Bennett is very very dear to me. The people that voted for me trust me. I owe it to my Bennett sisters to be the best Miss Bennett.”

Keels plans to introduce plenty of community service programs, so the student body can reach their individual 80-hour community service goals.

Keels plans to attend law school after she leaves Bennett. She wants to leave something special for her sisters once she’s gone.

“I’m leaving a legacy with my Miss Bennett College Scholarship Fund.”

The scholarship fund will be funded through donations, and given to Belles on a need basis.

Keels has this advice for anyone thinking about running for Miss Bennett College.

“No matter what, if it’s in your heart do it. It may seem like a big task, but go for it. Gain genuine relationships and sit down with people. Never give up. Impossibilities don’t matter, be the exception to the rule.”

By: Toi Scott

Through Zora’s Eyes

February 14, 2013 Spotlight No Comments
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 a State of Being: The Process of Actualizing “Self” in the Midst of Limitations and Contradictions: Establishing a Pedagogy of Self-Actualization and Survival Through Zora’s Eyes.’ Kind of long right?”

Jones-Jones says that it took her so many years to publish the book because she was nervous about what the outcome would be. She didn’t know if people would accept it or reject it.

After the book was published, she had a conversation with her 13-year-old daughter who helped her articulate the purpose for writing the book.

“She asked me questions like ‘What makes Zora so interesting and relevant?’ and ‘Why should people care?’ She made me think about my purpose for publishing this book, so that when people ask me ‘What is your purpose?’ I will have something to say and not look crazy.”

“The purpose of this book is to show how much of a pioneer she was and how she believed in herself when nobody else would. I wrote it for the younger generation, especially young women, so they know that they have the power to do anything they put their minds to. It’s about self-actualization and self-worth.”

Dr. Jones-Jones held her first book signing in the Steele Hall Art Gallery on Bennett College’s campus.

You can find more information on the author and how to purchase the book by clicking on this link.

By: Keonna J. Scott

 

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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 …

Banner Briefs

“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 …

Spotlight

Belle Whisked Away to NYC Gala

Photo Credit: https://twitter.com/3rd_Gen_Belle

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

Photo Credit: Tiyarah Lacey

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

Photo Credit: Brenda Keels

“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

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Honors Hall Steps Closed

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Spicing Up Bennett

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The Man Behind The Mask

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Commuter Students are Over Snow Days

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Belles Compete in Miss Omega Psi Phi Pageant

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Belles’ To-Do-List

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