Archive for January, 2012

Commitment to Service – A Beautiful Life

From ABC News, by Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — As mourners gathered on the campus of Benedict College to celebrate the life of legend, icon and community activist, Dr. Ethel Mae Henderson Taylor, those whom she inspired vow to model her commitment to service.

“She’s definitely someone be like when I ‘grow up.'”

Media personality Tre’ Tailor and radio show host Tony ‘Gee’ Green both recognize their careers exist because of people like Dr. Ethel Taylor. Taylor was the first African American female radio announcer in South Carolina, spending 58 years in radio broadcasting.

“I’ve been in radio for 30 years and women were having a hard time at the time I started,” said Green. ” So that shows what enormity of a step that she made.”

Taylor died at her Midlands home this week, at the age of 87. Those who knew her say her life was characterized by meeting the needs of the community. The Benedict College and University of South Carolina graduate taught in the Richland One public school system before becoming an English professor at Benedict College. Hundreds of mourners gathered in the historic Antisdel Chapel Thursday to say goodbye and, at the same time, renew their commitment to serve.

Categories: Student News

Increase Disk Size for Virtual Box

Problem Description: XP in Virtual Box has ran out of space, and Virtual Box is running in Mac OS X 10.5.8. How can I increase XP space easily?

Simplest Solution I ever found: VBoxManage command + partition-tool for XP


1. Apply VBoxManage command (It can be applied to any .vdi file, which can be any operation system. What happens after this step is that when you open the VirtualBox Manager, you will see the related hard disk updated to the new size. )
1.1. In Mac, open an X Window terminal.
1.2. Locate the right directory with the related .vdi file.
1.3. Run command: VBoxManage modifyhd [RelatedFileName].vdi –resize [ExpectedSizeinByte]
For example: VBoxManage modifyhd XP.vdi –resize 10240
This command will increase virtual hard drive XP to 10G.

2. Apply partition tool for XP (After the above steps, the hard disk size has been increased. However, once you boot XP, the disk size still shows the old size. Then we need kind of partition tool to expand the disk size based on the new increased available space.)
2.1. In the VirtualBox Manager, run the XP
2.2. Download a free small partition tool called EaseUS® Partition Master Home Edition. And then install it.
2.3. Run the installed file, go to the main screen, click “Resize / Move Partition”, and change the size, and click apply.
2.4. It’s done.

I don’t know if the first step will be enough for other operation systems, you can try it and it is very likely that you will need different partition tool for your target operation system.

Categories: iTechnology


For the second consecutive year, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the nation’s best Baccalaureate Institutions by Washington Monthly magazine in its September/Octo­ber issue. This year, Benedict College is ranked No. 15 in the listing. The rankings are based on three broad categories: “social mobility” (recruiting and graduating low-income students); “research” (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs); and “service” (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

According to:

UNCF-National Alumni Council Newsletter Winter 2012

Categories: Student News

Using Scratch to Learn Programming Concepts

Scratch can be used to teach kids concept of programming, and design some teaching tools. To learn Scratch, here are some good links to share:

Categories: Ideas / Resources