FIRST EXAMINATIONS THEN COMMENCEMENT Volume 1 MARS HILL, N. C., MAY 5, 1927 Number 12 FAIR BATTLERS Debaters Close Season With Divided Honors Out of Three Contests One De cision Won and Two Lost In her forensic contests Mars Hill’s achievements have been marked with both victory and defeat. The literary zeal of the college has been well shown In the debates by all the teams repre senting both boys and girls of the col lege this year. We have participated In three inter collegiate debates. The first debate was with Furman University, in which we won a two to one decision for our neg ative at Mars Hill and a like decision at Furman for Mars Hill’s affirmative. The other two were triangular debates between Weavervllle, Rutherfordton, and Mars Hill by the boys, in which our teams lost to Weavervllle at Ruther fordton two to one, yielding a like de cision to Rutherfordton at Weavervllle. The girls’ triangular was between Cul- lowhee Normal, Virginia Intermont Col lege, and Mars Hill. In this decision Mars Hill girls lost by a three to zero vote, debating Cullowhee at Cullowhee manner “F" and and Virginia Intermont at Mars Hill, gate Junior College; "E” and “J” Wake yielding a th’-ee to zero decision against Forest; ”B” and ”H” Meredith with Mars Hill In each contest. B. Y. P. U. ENTERTAINS An interesting and unique social was enjoyed by the B. Y. P. U.’s of Mars Hill College Saturday night, April 9. In fact there were five distinct socials on different parts of the campus. Each social room was named for one of our North Carolina Baptist Colleges. One B. y. P. U. social and five B. Y. P. U. socials. How was this done? Here's the plan which was successfully fol lowed. In the auditorium the faculty of Mars Hill presented a clever and most in teresting stunt. Each was dressed in colonial costumes, and the songs and pantomimes were effective in carrying the mind back to the "good old days of long ago.’’ The imagination was again used as the unions w'ent to their halls. They went not as “C,” "D,” "K" unions of Mars Hill College, but as Chowan College B. Y. P. U. In like I” represented Win- MISS BOWDEN PERFECTS design for col lege RINGS Miss Bulah E. Bowden, head of the Fine Arts Department of Mars Hill Col lege and head of the College Library also, has, after very Intense and dili gent work, perfected the design that has been adopted as standard for the rings and pins of Mars Hill College. The design Is as unique as it is orig inal. It is In reality a copy of the bird’s eye view that one gets of the college from the southern entrance at the foot of Little Mountain. The task of por traying Mars Hill College, together with Bailey Mountain in the background, on so small a space as is afforded on the mounting of a ring was not an easy one; yet Miss Bowden has accomplished It so well that even the minor details of the scene have their places on the design and stand out disccrnlbly. In deed, the feat can be compared to that of writing the I.ord’s Prayer on head of a pin! the "A” and ’’J’’ as Mars Hill Junior Col lege. Each group enjoyed a complete evening of games, stunts, songs and jokes. At a signal, they went back to the auditorium where the Queen of B. Y. P. U.’s sat enthroned on her white throne ready to bestow the crown of ’’Merit’’ upon the best B. Y. P. U. A representative from each college plead for the crown in an appealing and ef fective manner, showing the merits of his particular B. Y. P. U. The crown was given to the representative of Mars Hill Junior College, Hillary Caine. The silver-tongued orators of the other groups weret Chowan, Paul Caudill; Wingate, Knolan Benfleld; Wake For est, Paul Brown; Meredith, Gwyn Gamblll. Miss Bowden, however. Is very mod est toward all laudation of this unique display of workmanship. It is through the columns of The Hilltop, therefore, that we wish to take advantage of her modesty in order to present to the stu dent body something of the real extent and magnitude of her accomplishment— her veritable chef-d’ouvre. C-I Boys and Senior Girls Win Class Basket Ball Tourney The recent tourn ament conducted by Coach Oren E. Roberts to determ ine the class cham pions in basketball of both boys and girls was won by the C-I boys and the girls of the Senior Class. The C-I boys won all of the eight games that t h e ,v played, thus end ing the loumament with a percentage of 1.000. The C-II boys were second in the tournament, winning five out of the eight games that they participated in The two Academy teams fought it out to see who would be the cellar champs; the A-III team of the Academy won two of their games and the A-IV team won only one of their eight games, and that was from the A-III team. Only three classes placed girls’ teams In the championship race. The C-II girls won the coveted title of the girls; only losing one game. The C-I girls were a close second, winning four out of the six games that they played. The A-IV girls failed to annex a single vic tory during the tournament, losing all six contests. The tournament was one of the most successful inter-class tournaments that has ever been staged here at Mars Hill. The basketball played by the men would have done justice to the varsity team. And the brand of ball that was exhibited by the girls certainly would have done credit to any girls’ team in Western North Carolina. The A. G. Spaulding Company do nated a full-size silver basketball to be used as a trophy in .the tournament. The winning teams have the name of their class engraved on the trophy. HARD FIGHTERS COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED Mars Hill is, indeed, fortunate in se curing such able speakers for her commencement exercises. It is a rare selection in which there are no bad choices, but such a selection we seem to have been fortunate enough to se cure. During the course of the com mencement, which lasts from May 25 till May 27, the following men will ad dress Mars Hill audiences: Dr. F. K. Poole. Professor of Bible of Furman University, will preach the annual ser mon on Sunday. May 22; Hon, O. Max Gardner, Shelby, N. C., will deliver the literary address on Thursday, May 26. Rev. Porter M. Balles, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Fla., will give the alumni address on Friday, May 27. The Alumni Association, of which Dr. Zeno Wall, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shelby. Is president, will hold Its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, May ?6, 1927. Summer School Opens June 7. The first session of six weeks of the Mars Hill Summer School will open on June 7. This allows a brief inter val, about ten days between the regu lar Spring Semester and the summer school, in which the students who are contemplating taking work in the first session of the summer school may re lax. Mars Hill Wins First 7ies Second With Catawba Ten Innings of Crazy Baseball Result In 11-11 Tie In the first game of the series with Catawba College, Mars Hill won by the score of 6 to 4. The features of the game were the stellar pitching of Grady and the all round play of the Mars Hill team. Catawba was com pletely at the mercy of Grady who only allowed the visitors to collect four hits off his delivery and who caused six of the opposing batters to go back to the bench by the strikeout route. The local "Murderers Row” com posed of Isenberg, Honeycutt, Bowden and Joyner spelled defeat for the Ca tawba team. The last three players smashed out a couple of hits apiece during the game and all six of Mars Hill’s runs were made by this trio. Kennedy, visiting first baseman, made the longest hit of the game when he stepped on one of Grady’s fast ones and poled It out for a three-cushion blow. This was the only extr.a base blow of the game. The box score; Mars Hill: AB. R. H. E. Isenberg, 1st b. .. .• 4 0 1 0 Honeycutt, If 3 2 2 0 Joyner, 3rd b 4 2 2 0 Bowden, c 3 2 ? 0 Llneberger, 2d b 3 0 1 0 Miller, c. f • 3 0 0 0 Furches, r. f 2 0 1 1 Matherson, ss. 3 0 0 2 Grady, p 2 0 .0 0 ... 27 6 9 3 Catawba: AB. R. H. E. Holshouser, c 4 0 0 2 Sofut, If. f 4 1 0 0 Farmer, 1. f 4 1 0 0 Kennedy, 1st b. .• 3 2 1 1 Boone, p 4 0 1 0 Ryan, 3rd b 4 0 1 0 Smith, 2d b 4 0 0 0 White, r. f. 4 0 1 0 S. Peeler, o. f ’..2 0 0 0 Fesperman, c. f. 1 0 C 0 34 4 4 4 Base on balls off Grady 1, Boone 3. Wild pitches Boone. Struck out by Grady 6, Boone 3. Three-base hits, Kennedy. Umpires Allen and Peek. The second game of the series be- (Contlnued on page 4) ! JINX HOVERS OVER TEAM ON TRIP On the road trip recently made by the Varsity baseball team. Mars Hill failed to win one out of three games that were played. The first game was with Lenoir. Rhyne at Hickory, N. C. Although Mars Hill lost this game by the score of 12 to 5, they outhlt their opponents. In this game Matherson, Joyner, and Bowden lead in the at tack for the local team, Joyner found the Lenoir Rhyne pitcher for a home run and a triple out of five times at bat. On Saturday the team played a double-header with the Catawba learn; ihe game on Friday had been called off on account of bad weather. Both of these games were lost by Mars Hill by the close score 4 to 3. As at the Lenoir Rhyne game Mars Hill collected more safe hits than their opponents, but it seemed as If “Old Man Jinx” were camping on the! rtrail. In the first game Miller, Bowden, and Joyner did the heavy hitting for the locals; while In the second game It was the (Continued on page 4) SOCIETY CONTESTS SHOW IMPROVEMENT The Oration and Reading Contests for the Clio and Nonpareil Literary Socie ties were recently held in the respective society halls. A large number of con testants participated In each. Unusual Interest and ability were shown by the types of readings and orations selected this year. The Oration Contest for the Clio Society was postponed to be held at an early date. However, those win ning the first three places in each, and thereby being the Commencement Representatives, are: Nonpareil Readers: Sarah Blackwell, Ona Woody, Mary Carter. Nonpareil Orators: Reba Lowe, Bar bara Freeman, Sarah Lacy. Clio Readers: Opal Pryon, Mae Plem- mons, Ruth Singleton. Clio Orators: Edwina Dalrymple, Nina DeBruhl, Bessie Tysinger.