North Carolina Newspapers

The Hilltop
dramatic CONTEST
2^. IV.
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
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.
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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