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I seriously need to hang out at Delaware State University more often: Brenda Farmer knows how to party. The director of university events was in fine form as the mistress of ceremonies for the school’s President’s Scholarship Ball. When a woman gets on the microphone and drops knowledge like, “I hope this goes by quick, because I can’t hold my stomach in in this dress much longer,” I’m a fan for life. And with a fierce, netted pillbox hat to boot? I was just as impressed by Jessica Horton, the president of the Student Government Association. Not only did she hit all the right notes in her elegant beaded black maxi with a funky neckline, she is an impressive young lady. Seems DSU is doing right by its student body.
And how can it not be, with The Family Williams at the helm? University President Dr. Harry Lee Williams, wife Dr. Robin Williams, and boys Austin and Gavin make for a hell of a DSU first family.
Williams gave a huge shout out to pal, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, whom he says goes above and beyond for DSU, even if it means taking a red-eye flight to make it back to the First State for DSU’s homecoming game. One game in particular, Williams said, was so dreadfully cold and rainy that not even a third of the stadium was full. “I’m sitting here thinking, man, is it cold, and I want to go home, but I’ve got a darn senator sitting next to me cheering on every play,” he said with a laugh. Word has it that the youngest Williams, Gavin, was so taken with his reflection in the mirror pre-gala—it was his first tuxedo, after all—that Robin had to force him out of the house.
Bennie Smith, owner of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, seemed to be having a good old time, if endless handshakes are any indication. Giving him a run for his money in the handshake department was Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. DSU was well-repped with integral players like Carolyn Curry, vice president for institutional advancement, and Dr. Claibourne Smith, chairman of the DSU board of trustees, and general counsel Tom Preston. If there’s one thing I learned about Dover at large, it’s that it backs its school. Hardcore.