SETIIOR EDITION EBATERS START CHEDULE THIS WEEK The Hilltop LET’S WIN STATE dramatic CONTEST 2^. IV. ir MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA, MARCH 20, 1930. NO. 12. jiars Hill Defeats Asheville College in Dramatic Contest Cast Presents “Marching Men'’ to Win ^ Western Championship. \ , ih Plays Show Much Thought in Preparation and Are Well Acted Vy Capable Casts. 'n Saturday evening, March 15, Mars Hill Players, under the di- tion of Miss Bonnie Wengert, de- Jvely defeated the Asheville City [lege, 1929 champions, and earned right to represent the western jpsion of the state in the final con- “^^s to be held at Chapel Hill, April 11, and 12. he plays were presented smoothly I on schedule, beginning promptly 'eight o’clock with the presenting the Asheville play, a comedy, 'rs. Pat and the Law,” a character "y of tenement life of an Irish fam- by Mary Aldis. The play had a t of the love of Nora, the wife, for ^ shiftless Pat and the attempts of welfare worker to have him ar- ‘^d for cruelty, ending with the -hmph of Pat. The play was clever, ^1 the setting was very realistic, ' players using the interior of a 2 r tenement as the set. Sue Hare >|the crippled son, Jimmy, gave a l/er interpretation of the part, le the dialect and expressivene.ss a Klizabeth Auld as Mrs. Pat was II) good. James Elgin was very I d as Pat. ii he school orchestra rendered iieral numbers while the stage was ! nged and John Cain rendered a al solo. The trained corps of stage ds quickly changed the scene and : Mars Hill play, “Marching Men,” I James O’Neil, was presented. The scene opened in the grass- ered military cemetery near Cha- jU Thierry in the dim and misty jit that precedes dawn. The char- ]frs, a group of hard-boiled sol 's, the captain, and the nurse, e been awakened by the clarion of a distant trumpet. They meet ither, and gradually it dawns up- ^them that they are dead and that judgment day. The scene of the reunion of the nurse and the captain reaches a climax when the men re fuse to march. Then the sound of the trumpet is again heard and a divine light breaks from the heavens, grad ually growing brighter. The captain barks a command and the men file off toward the light that comes from the throne of God. Belle Howell, as the nurse, was the only girl in the cast, and she gave a masterly interpretation of the lines. The men were: the captain, Tom Dy- sard; the soldiers, Ray Tolbert, T. Carl Brown, W. C. Capel, Val Ed wards, and Paul Fox. Dysard was very successful as the captain of the troup, while Ray Tol bert as a beiigerent soldier brought smiles to relieve the dramatic tense ness of the play. Mrs. Leroy Jackson directed the Asheville play, while Miss Bonnie Wengert was the director of the Mars Hill presentation. Wade Baker was business manager of the group; Richard Moore, Cooper Gretter, and James Coachman were in charge of the stage work. Clemmer Campbell assisted in the effects with the bu gle calls. Clifford Camp directed the technical work of planning the stage and designing the lighting effects. MAY QUEEN Patty Moore, who will be crowned Queen at May Day Exercises May 3. Patty Moore Will Be May Queen at M. H. May Day Celebration to Be Held on May 3rd. Debaters to Invade Tennessee in Opening 1930 Contests Visitors Attend Eu Impromptu Program Officers for Term Are Announced at Recent Meeting. pns Give Reception j for Mrs. William \ Sidney Porter i is the custom of the Nonpareil rary Society to dedicate yearly of the literary programs to the ■h-loved writer, the late William ley Porter, better known as O. ry. At the program, which was n F’ebruary 27, it was the priv- '! of the Nons to have as guest . Porter, who is residing near iverville where her family home been for the past ninety years. 1 answer to roll call each member ! the title of one of O. Henry’s t stpries. The devotional was lucted by Mr. Blackwell. The rram consisted of a piano solo ed by Frances Snyder, vocal so- y Donnie Mae Norman, and a f, The Last Leaf,” by Margaret fter the program Mrs. Porter, is also a noted writer, gave a t address, relating some of the ents in the life of 0. Henry as had observed them, and gave a interesting facts that one does | ?ain from books. To meet Mrs. I er and hear her speak was in- a pleasure and privilege, le members of the faculty and Scriblerus Club ■were present, e were also present Mrs. Gill of Iberville, and Mrs. Erskine of rerville. imediately following the meet- an informal reception was held e hall to which the members of llio Society were invited, le Nonpareils are very grateful rs. Porter for this visit and are ig that it may be repeated an- ly. The Euthalian Literary Society held its regular meeting in the socie ty hall Friday night, March 7. A very interesting and entertaining program was rendered despite much of it be ing impromptu. The first number on the program was an oration by Eli Callahan, which was followed by an impromp tu speech by Jose Cardenal. James Holmes then rendered several inter esting selections, part of which were original. Cooper Gretter then gave an imprompto speech on “Friend ship,” after which those present were entertained by an impromptu trio. Bill Ayers, J. T. Morgan, and Willard Robinson. The following number was an impromptu speech by G. D. Wilson. The last number on the program was the debate, which was also impromptu. The query for the discu.ssion was, “Resolved, That a High School Education Is More Ben eficial Than a College Education.” V’al Edwards and Troy Estes main tained that the high school education was the more beneficial while Paul Reese and W. O. Ros.ser contended that the college education was the more important. The judges render ed their decision in favor of the neg ative. There were several visitors present whom the president recognized. Among them were some Non sisters, and a group of high school debaters from Beech Glenn High School who were under the direction of Mr. Ray, a former Eu, and Miss English, a former Non and now principal at Beech Glenn. The following officers have been chosen to serve the Eu Society dur ing the next term: president, Ray Tolbert; vice-president,’ Preston Gibbs; secretary, T. L. Austin; cor responding secretary, H. A. Lynch; expression critic, J. M. Moore; Eng lish critic, Paul Ree^e; debate critic, T. M. Hamby; chorister, J. T. Mor gan; pianist, W. W. Reece; janitor, W. C. Capel; assistant janitor, A. J. Butler; chaplain, Val Edwards; time keeper, Troy Estes; librarian, C. G. Lampley, arid sergeant-at-arms, Gre gory Dyches. “It is the queen!” The sound is echoed by the lips of all her subjects. She will preside over the festivities of the May, much as she rules her womanly domain. “Why has she been chosen queen of May?” you ask. There are several requisites for her who shall rule this gay celebration. Beauty? Yes, she must be beautiful. That is, she must have the qualities of a truly beautiful woman. Not on ly must she be physically attractive, for that alone does not constitute beauty, but she must have real depth of character. Certainly her popular ity and her well-rounded personality influence greatly the decision of those who elect their queen. Our queen to be beautiful must be a good student, for surely there is no such (Continued on Page 3) Faculty Vote Change in System of Grades change to Become Effective at Mars Hill College Next Fall, Upon recommendation of the ex ecutive committee the faculty at the last regular meeting voted to change the present system of grades. Under the new system, D will become a passing grade; E will represent a con dition; and F will indicate failure. The new system of prrades will be as follows: A from 95 to 100, B from 85 to 94, C from 75 to 84, D from 70 to 74, E condition, F failure. A, B, and C will remain as in the present system, and the passing grade will be lowered from 75 to 70. While D will be a passing grade it is understood that this grade will not give one the quality points which are necessary for graduation. The new system of grades will go into effect next fall. State Titular Series for Junior Colleges A rranged. The debate club of Mars Hill will open the 1930 season by sending an affirmative team into Tennessee on a trip that will include several Tenn essee institutions, culminating with Tennessee Wesleyan.| The tentative schedule for this trip, which begins March 21, will include Milligan, Ten nessee Wesleyan, Maryville, and pos sibly Tusculum. It is as yet undecided whether more than one team will invade Tennessee, but it is settled definitely that the veteran debaters of last year will get the first call. The query that will be discussed in all debates here this year is, “Resolv ed, That a Plan of Complete Disarm ament Should Be Adopted Except Such Forces as Are Needed for Po lice Protection.” On March 26 and 27 the negative will open the home season with clash es with the negative teams from Mil ligan and Wesleyan, and on March 29 the affirmative will meet the strong P’urman varsity team in the home auditorium. The scheduling of the Furman varsity should prove to be quite an addition to the schedule, and the debate should be of keen in terest. Indications are that Cherry and Capel will debate this team, but de bate coach Grubbs has not definitely stated which team will take the floor that night. A little later on in' the season the Wake Forest varsity team will be met, possibly in a no-decision contest. This year a series of debates with all the junior colleges of the state has been arranged in order that a contest might be held for the state title. With this in mind the different colleges have been paired and the contests will be held sometime in April. Last year Mars Hill had a record that was hard to equal in the state and was only surpassed by Appalach ian State Normal. This year the Hill- toppers are out to win the state title in debate. In the home contests the latter part of next week the team of Buck and Jarrett will more than likely meet the visitors from Tennessee. Last year Mars Hill defeated Milligan at both places, and this year they are coming with a determination to win. Mars Hill will also be set for Wesley an, as two years ago that team marr ed an otherwise perfect record. Preparations are being made to bring about several more debates be fore the junior titular contest. Work on the schedule for the girls has gone forward rapidly and the first clash will come sometime in the near future. Scriblerus Club Holds Monthly Meeting Officers for Term Are Announced and Interesting Meeting Results, The Scriblerus Club met Tuesday evening in its regular monthly meet ing, with the new officers in charge. A very enjoyable, interesting, and educational program was given by the new members received into the club. The subject, “Singers in Lit erature” was discus.sed from three phases: “Greek Singers,” by W. V. Cousins; “Troubadores in Spain,” by Frances Barne.s, and “The Scap and Gleeman,” by Neva McCoy. The pro gram was exceedingly entertaining and showed that the new members were entering into the work with en thusiasm. The new officers are: pres ident, A. T. Usher; vice-president, Lillian Turbeyflll; secretary, Edna Wilhide; treasurer, Frances Barnes; reporter. Cooper Gretj^r; janitor, T. L. Austin. Glios Present Very Unusual Program Interesting Program in Phi Hall Enjoyed by Beech Glenn Visitors Apology Mr. R. Knolan Benfield is teaching in the high school at Bunn, N. C. & Those responsible for this edition of The Hilltop are as follows: Editor-in-chief, T. Carl Brown; associate editors, Edna Wilhide, Alice Beckwith, and Graves Mumford. We wish to acknowledge our great debt to Mr. McLeod for his advice and co-operation, and qlso to the other members of the Senior class who have contributed this issue. We acknowledge by far our greatest debt to the juniors for their excellent model in the Ju nior Edition of the Hilltop. Realizing that they have made the most of their higher intel ligence in preparing this model of perfe"tion, we have atternpt- ed to follow it in every detail. to V X fj The Philomathian Literary Society which met F’riday night, March 7, was favored by the pre.sence of the Beech Glenn debating team. All pre sent enjoyed the splendid program. As first on the program Ralph Waldrop rendered the poem, “The death of Sir John.” This number was well received by the large aud ience. Next Nelson Jarrett gave two selections in his usual fine way. Then Richard Moore and William Middle- ton for the affirmative side of the question, “Resolved, That Congress Should Enact a Bill Creating a Farm er’s Union in the South,” engaged the negative side, composed of T. Carl Brown and J. E. Martin, in a hotly contested debate. After much consideration, the judges awarded the decision to the affirmative side by a 2-1 vote. The modern Orpheus, Bill Cox, who is one of the society’s outstanding musicians, favored the audience with three selections played with his mu sical harp. J. L. Suttle, making his debut as a reader, made a most favorable im pression by the manner in which he rendered his poem, “The Sorrow of the Sea.” After a short business m-^eting, the society sang Clio-Phi •>nd was adjourned. The program presented in the Clio Literary Society hall last Thursday afternoon was a most original one. Taking advantage of the widespread interest in the affairs of Andy Gump, the program committee arranged a program that met with the approval of all. Andy Gump, cleverly portray ed by Julia Maddry, was tried in court on account of a love affair with Tilda, his cook. Min, played by Sibyl Pace, was suing for divorce. The many witnesses gave a large amount of varied testimony. It seemed that there was much confusion over the I fact that Andy had been seen in ' swimming with Tilda. Bessie Steven- I son, solicitor, and Florence Johnson, attorney for the defense, both made excellent pleas for their respective sides. The solicitor evidently pre sented the stronger argument, for the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty.” Ruth Cooper, the austere judge, pronounced upon Andy and Min the .sentence of a long and happy life. Mars Flill to Be Host to Western North Gar. B. Y. P. U. Gonferenee Student Leaders Will Attend Meeting Here April 5-6. The Western North Carolina Stu dent Conference will be held at Mars Hill Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6. This meeting is primarily for the old and new B. S. U. officers, the purpose being that of training these student leaders for their task. Some outstanding student leaders will be with us for that meeting. Miss Ethel McConnell, Southwide Baptist student secretary, will be one of the leaders. Miss McConnell is one of the outstanding and finest of our stu dent secretaries and we are very for tunate to have her for this confer ence. The school represented will be Appalachian State Teacher’s Col lege, Boone, N. C.; Western Carolina Teacher’s Collegfe, Cullowhee, N. C.; Fruitland Institute, Mars Hill Colleg*. and perhaps others.