SPARTANBURG — Benedict homecoming starts today
Benedict College’s annual homecoming celebration starts today and continues through next Sunday.
• Today: The Mr. and Miss Benedict homecoming pageant, 7 p.m., Antisdel Chapel
• Monday: Underground poetry readings, 7 p.m., Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena
• Tuesday: Homecoming fashion show, 7 p.m., Mays Arena
• Thursday: Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet, 7:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2100 Bush River Road. Also, a homecoming concert, featuring rap artist Future, 8 p.m., Mays Arena
• Friday: Homecoming carnival and pep rally, 4 p.m., Benedict College activity field. Also, the annual alumni banquet with speaker Freddie Coleman, an ESPN Radio host and commentator, 7:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
• Saturday: Homecoming parade, 10-11:30 a.m., Sumter Street, Columbia. Also, Clark Atlanta-Benedict football game, 2 p.m., Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Also, homecoming step show, 7:30 p.m., Mays Arena
Sunday: Concert by Benedict’s award-winning gospel choir, 6 p.m., Mays Arena
Wofford students want anti-discrimination policy
Some Wofford College students want the Spartanburg school to add sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy.
The students hope to get the school’s board of trustees to consider the request at a meeting Monday and Tuesday, The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal reported.
Some students say Wofford students can be mocked or made to feel like outcasts for being gay. A group of students and faculty members are working to get the matter on the agenda for the board meeting, Wofford spokeswoman Laura Corbin said. Wofford president Benjamin Dunlap will decide whether to bring the request to the board, which will make the decision, Corbin said.
The school currently prohibits discrimination based on “race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national original, disability, veteran status or other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.”
The school’s 31 board members are elected by the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, which follows the national United Methodist Church positions on sexuality. The church does “not condone the practice of homosexuality,” considering it “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The church does have a policy that states the church supports “rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.”
A number of schools have similar anti-discrimination polices, including the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, The Citadel and Converse College.
Wofford has extended its faculty benefits policy to include domestic partners, who may be of the opposite or same sex.
From Staff and Wire Reports