::Bennett President Scolds Duke Players
By Elliott West, Raleigh Chronicle News Editor
Friday, April 20, 2007
GREENSBORO, NC - Despite statements from NC Attorney General Roy Cooper last week that the three former Duke lacrosse players were "innocent" of all charges in the case, a North Carolina college president stated on the radio yesterday that she felt the three men "do not deserve an apology."
Eleven minutes into a segment on National Public Radio (NPR), incoming Bennett College President Dr. Julianne Malveaux made it clear that despite the legal decisions in the case, in her mind the three men and the lacrosse team were still "hooligans."
Bennett College is a historically black women's college located in downtown Greensboro that has been educating women since 1926. The outspoken and often controversial Malveaux was chosen to replace the very popular Dr. Johnnetta Cole.
"Those kids don't deserve an apology," Dr. Malveaux said on the radio show. "As you said correctly, they hired strippers, exotic dancers to come and perform for them."
Dr. Malveaux also commented that the students deserved what criticism they received.
Although Malveaux did not mention it in her interview, some of that criticism included protestors calling the students "rapists" and some even held up a sign at one rally in Durham calling for their castration.
Malveaux said that she believed that the three men were not owed an apology by anyone except perhaps Nifong.
"They were students...with the lacrosse team, they were known for hooliganistic behavior separate and apart from what happened to this woman," she said.
"So, so, no, they don't deserve any apologies at all...Perhaps from Mr. Nifong, but that's about it, but not from the professors, not from anyone else," she added.
Although Malveaux admitted that the alleged victim Crystal Mangum changed her story many times in the case, she said it was the lacrosse students who were "lying."
Malveaux did not mention that some of Crystal Mangum's statements proved to be false according to testimony from a cab driver who drove one of the students to a restaurant and as well as other evidence.
"Furthermore, obviously...the victim in this case has changed her story a couple of times ....obviously, there's a lot going on. Well, frankly, I believe that something did happen.... We know that something happened. We know that these guys lied about their names, so she had difficulty identifying them. Something happened to this woman and she deserves a lot of our compassion," she said.
Malveaux continued to comment that she believed that the students did something wrong, even if she couldn't say what that "something" was.
"I think something happened here," said Malveaux. "I think these guys are bad apples...They may not you may not be able to prove rape; you may not be able to prove anything. But something did happen there, and it was something that was wrong."
Before accepting the helm at Bennett College, Dr. Malveaux has been a personality in TV, radio, and newspaper media. She is often a guest on national media shows where she represents a liberal point of view on national issues. She has also written books and also newspaper columns for USA Today.
Malveaux is no stranger to controversy and has often made shocking statements in the past to the media.
She raised eyebrows when she made comments about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in one interview.
"You know, I hope [Clarence Thomas'] wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease," said Malveaux.
According to some sources, in a radio interview, she once agreed with a description of America that it was a "terrorist nation."
The outspoken and often controversial Malveaux was recently chosen to replace the very popular Dr. Johnnetta Cole as President of Bennett College. Dr. Malveaux will start at the college in June.
Malveaux, who seems to relish in making polarizing remarks, has a vastly different leadership style than that of her predecessor.
Dr. Cole seemed to be a consensus-builder and brought people from many different walks of life to help the women's college.
Cole turned the school around from having a $2 million deficit to starting an amibitious $50 million fundraising campaign for the school that has been very successful. The school is now on solid finanical footing.
In 2005, Dr. Cole even brought in former Republican senator Bob Dole to head up the fundraising efforts, along with his former political opponent President Bill Clinton who both appeared at a major fundraising event together for the school in Greensboro. ::