North Carolina Newspapers

3L. IV.
The Hilltop
NO. 13
3r. Oscar E.Sams Elected Vice-President of M. H. College
It can be said, and truthfully, that
e of the stellar events of the stm-
tcr took place Saturday evenii!); in
j dining hall. Why, of course, it
IS the Junior-Senior Banquet to
C lich so many had eagerly been look-
g forward. You who, for some rea-
ri, were not there, surely did miss
mething worth while. You just
ght to have seen the hall. Why,
,u wouldn’t have known it for the
*^!ne place we daily eat "zip” and p-
t butter. The posts were decorated
th beautiful vines and lilacs (you
\jld almost smell them!). Each ta-
! had for its center-piece some pret-
flower. Oh, yes, the senior class
lors were seen everywhere. The
iirs were decorated with pink and
— sen bows (sometimes with green
=Haux!). Pink and green mints in
ik baskets and horns were at each
)ce for place cards. It was quite
lusing to find your place. Instead
bright lights, there were candles
hting the tables. (Almost as good
the moon.)
Now, I ask you, who wouldn’t have
grand and glorious time” in all of
s festivity? Then, to make it more
lalistic, the orchestra harmonized
autifully at the intervals in the
igram. Mr. Nelson Jarrett (some
1 him the campus Jack-of-all trades
,t we won’t call him) acted as toast-
lister in a excellent way, al-
f )ugh he did step on the toes of
ne of those on the program. After
, search for places was over. Dr.
l/iiore gave the invocation. Mr.
orge Stroupe, president of the Jun-
s, welcomed the Seniors and was
iwered by Mr. Levi Dilday, the
lior president. Wait just a minute,
I’t begin to think that there was no
ermission, in which one might talk
one’s—er—date. Yes, that weak-
!s is always provided for. Next,
toastmaster recognized the spon-
s of both classes. These most pop-
r individuals. Miss Coon, Mr.
addy” Blackwell, Mother Milstead,
1 Mr. “Jasper” England, hemmed
i hawed as usual (just the men,
the ladies), finally saying some-
— good to hear.
^ext on the program was the pride
fars Hill Wins State
)ebate Championship
0 successfully conclude a season
wins the Mars Hill debate team
the undisputed title for the state
^ lior colleges. The title was won
?r a series of eliminations had
jjj n gone through with. Boiling
jngs, Campbell, Wingate, Ruther-
Qjjl, Mars Hill, Weaver, Biltmorc and
s McRae were the entering
•ols, forming two triangles and a
debate. The three winning teams
Jars Hill, Wingate, and Ruth-
rd, met on neutral territory to
de the championship. Mars Hill
the Rutherford affirmativte at
gate and Nelson Jarrett and
•t Buck earned a three to nothing
sion there, while at the same time
es Cherry and Bill Capel were
ling a two-to-one decision over
Wingate negative at Rutherford
op the title. In the other debate
lerford negative licked the Win-
affirmative at Mars Hill by a
to one count.
le tourney was a marked suc-
this year and in all probability
used again next year in de-
—^ the state champs for a second
Spirited contests marked the
- ^ of the debates and all of the
jions W’ere close throughout, the
1 Hill team again having the edge
le total number of votes cast,
)^.\ing eleven out of twelve.
is tournament will end the offi-
lebate season and unless a few
follow as extra debates there
,Ipf*e no more boys’ debates this
P girls tournament was won by
(er in a dual with Davenport.
of the campus, whether alligator or
little negro, Mr. John Cain, who sang
“The Road to Mandalay.” Mr. Jar
rett called the attention of all to the
fact that $250 is given by the Junior
class in honor of the Senior class, to
the endowment fund. Another $100
is added by Mother Milstead, who,
much loved by all, seems to keep right
on doing things that endear her to us
for all time.
Mr. Eli Calahan, that good colored
son, gave a negro impersonation. Mr.
Mr. Elliott Resigns
to Go to Gullowhee
The student body of Mars Hill Col
lege learned Thursday afternoon,
April 17, that Professor P. L. Elliot,
Vice President of the institution and
head of the English department, had
resigned his position to become head
Conthiued on Page Four
Widely Known Educator to Assume New Duties
at Opening of Fall Term.
Tabulations of the balloting by the
junior clasS revealed that the follow
ing had been chosen for positions on
the 1931 annual staff: Cooper Gret
W.T.Batson, one of the most original -
speakers on the campus, toasted the ®ditor-in-chief; Ray O’Brien, bus-
seniors in a very amusing yet sincere manager; Paul Fox, advertising
way. The response was given in a
poem by Pattie Moore (something
else we’ve found that Pattie can do.)
Right here we had a most beautiful
song by the college male quartet.
This song was “Just a Wearyin’ for
You;” I heard somebody like Bes
sie Stevenson ask why they sang that
song when he was right there. It’s
very seldom that there are two bril-
Continued on Page Four
manager; Frances Barnes, literary
The Laurel is edited each year by
the Senior class, with representatives
from the other classes. Nominations
were made by the 1930 staff, repre
sentatives from the junior class, and
faculty representatives.
The newly elected staff is begin
ning work already to make plans for
the annual for next year.
Edna Wilhide Chosen
Nonpareil President
The Nonpareils at their regular
meeting enjoyed an impromptu pro
gram consisting of a vocal solo by
Donnie Mae Norman, talk on “Why
girls should not string boys” by Bon
nie Dolen, vocal solo by Sharon
Buckner, jokes by Ena Snow and
Hazel Higdon, and a short talk by
Virginia Isenhour.
The members were glad to wel
come as visitors Miss Louise Wilkins,
Mr. J. W. Huff, and Dr. Barton from
Coker College, who made a short
After the program the election of
officers was held. The following were
elected: president, Edna Wilhide;
vice-president, Margaret Allen; se
cretary, Mary Allen; chaplain, Kate
Allison; corresponding secretary,
Eleanor Maxw'ell; pianist, Marjorie
Choate; chorister, Willa Mae Dills;
censor, Nellie Budler; janitors. Hazel
Higdon, chief, Ruth Griiblc and
Alice Beckwith, assistants.
Nelson Jarett of Mars Hill Elected Head of
Southern Junior College Press Association
The first Southern Junior Collegre
Press Convention met at Biltmore
Junior College April 4 and 5, with
five Junior colleges represented. The
convention, the first of its kind ever
to be held in the State, was planned
by the staff of the Biltmore Junior
Colleg:e publications.
Nelson Jarret of Mars Hill, and
Miss Edith Downes of Cullowhee
were chosen to preside at the meet
ing of the convention next year,
which will be held at the Western
Carolina Teacher’s College, Cul
lowhee, N. C., the first week of April
of next year.
The five junior colleges of the
state that were represented at the
convention included Wingate Col
lege, Carolina Teacher’s College of
the City of Asheville, Mars Hill Col
lege, and Biltmore Junior College.
The plans for the permanent organi
zation of the association is being
made by the president and the secret
ary. All junior colleges of the South
are eligible for membership, and it
is expected that next year’s conven
tion will be attended by representa
tives of practically every junior col
lege in the South.
The convention opened the morn
ing of the 4th of April with an ad
dress of welcome by Dean Connely of
Biltmore Junior College. The dele
gates heard addresses by prominent
newspaper men of Asheville through
out the remainder of the afternoon.
The delegates were the guests of the
Biltmore Junior College newspaper
staff at a banquet that evening at the
Biltmore College cafeteria.
The meeting opened the next
morning at 9 o’clock with a round
table discussion, the delegates taking
up the following topics: “Staff Or
ganization,” “Composition,” “Make
up,” “Cooperating with the Print
er,” “Editorial Writing,” “Financing
the Publication,” “Sport News,” and
“Circulation Methods.” After a pic
nic lunch on the college campus, the
convention adjourned for a trip
through the Biltmore Estate. At the
afternoon session the convention a-
warded prizes to the best literary
magazine, and newspaper represent
ed. “Bluets” the magazine of the
Biltmore Junior College, won the cup
for the best magazine, and “The
Asheville Archive,” College of the
City of Asheville news-sheet, won the
cup for the best newspaper repre
Delegates to the convention and
the schools that they represented are
as follows: From Cullowhee, Martha
Mayfield, Jane Plott, and Edith
Downes. From Wingate College, Ro
bert Secrets, Miss Mary Emma An
derson, assistant faculty advisor, and
Alice Cornell. From Asheville Col
lege, William Butterick, Hefling Kee
ling, and Charles W. Miller. From
Mars Hill, Nelson Jarrett.
Dr. Oscar E. Sams, president of
Bluefield College, and formerly pres
ident of Carson-Newman College, has
announced his acceptance as vice-
president of Mars Hill College. Dr.
Sams, who was elected at a recent
meeting of the board of trustees, is
well known and loved at Mars Hill.
After finishing Mars Hill, Dr. Sams
received his A. B. from Wake Forest
in 1898; B. D. at Rochester Theolog
ical Seminary, 1902; D.D. from Car-
son Newman, 1919; LL.D. from Wake
Forest, 1921.
Through the years Dr. Sams has
manifested his interest in Mars Hill.
While pastor of the Rivermont Ave
nue Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Vir
ginia, he raised the necessary funds
for erecting the dormitory which
bears the name of the church and
the B. S. U. building, first used as a
dining hall. When the present dining
hall was built his name was transfer
red to this hall. Several years ago, at
a meeting of the alumni. Dr. Sams
put on foot a movement to secure
funds for building the present gym
nasium. At the meeting he secured
pledges to the amount of $10,000 for
the building. It is believed that the
election of Dr. Sams as vice-president
will prove an important step in the
present building and endowment pro
gram of the College.
Dr. Sams is also a member of the
board of trustees of the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. Among
the important churches he has served
as pastor are the First Baptist Church
of Harrisonburg, Virginia; Rivermont
Avenue Baptist Church, Lynchburg,
Virginia; First Baptist Church, John
son City, Tennessee.
New Hilltop
Staff Nominations
Announced for ’30-’31
L-ad'-rs of the first Southern Junior College Press Convention posed for their picture at Biltmore
Ccl.ep rpently. pft to right, they are as follows: front row, Miss Virginia Bryan, Biltmore
facu.ty adviser; Willmm Buttrick, editor of the Asheville Archive; Nelson Jarrett, of Mars Hill;
iTunms Alhpn’ Martha Mayfield, from Cullowhee; Dossie Beaver, Pansy Lindsey, Marion Wells,
Cpherine Current, and Lela Mae Spivey, chairman of the Convention. Second row, Charles
Waverly Miller, from Asheville College; Hefln Keeling, also of Asheville; Marjorie Patton,
1 delegate; Mary Coggins, Edith Downs, also of Cullowhee; Imogene Herron,
and Helen Gores. Third row, Helen Wells, Fanny Miller, Louise Hanner, Mrs. Margaret Law-
j Duckett, and Georgia McCall. Back row, Robert Secrest and Alyce Cornell, both
Winp_t?_delegp^; Chples McConnell, Miss Mary Emma Anderson, Wingate faculty adviser,
and W. E. Byrd, Cullowhee faculty adviser.
As the time had arrived to select
the persons to fill the various res
ponsible offices on the campus for
next year, the present Hilltop staff
has assumed the position of a nomi
nating committee for the purpose of
nominating the members of the staff
for next year.
The members of the Hilltop staff
serve for a term of one year. Each
spring the staff then serving with the
help and advice of Mr. J. A. McLeod,
' the faculty advisor of the Hilltop,
select from the student body per
sons whom they believe merit a posi
tion on the staff of this publication
because of their high standard of
work during the past year, their
general interest in journalism, and a
manifestation of a degree of thor
oughness and promptness. The per
sons thus selected are submitted to
the student body as nominees for the
positions indicated. If they are ac
cepted by the student body they then
become the members of the Hilltop
staff for the ensuing year.
After a careful consideration of
the present student body and with
discreet selection, the f -11 wing
persons were nominated for the var
ious positions on the staff for next
year: editor. Nelson Jarrett; asso
ciate editors, Frances Barnes and B.
G. Leonard; society editor, Boyd
Brown; athletic editor, Howard Cam-
nitz; poetry, D. L. Stewart; a'u-nni,
Cobper Gretter; business manager, J.
D. Carr; circulation manager, Hoyle
The above persons will be submitt
ed to the student body as nominees
from the present staff subject to
their approval or disapproval
“.All one’s life is Music, if one touch
ed the notes rightly and in tune.”—Rus-
♦ * ♦
“Labor and trouble one can always
get through alone, but it takes two to
be glad.”—Ibsen.

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