THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
‘Plain Living and High Thinking"
Published Semi-Monthly during the School Year by the Students of
Mars Hill College. Subscription Price 60c Per Semester.
Entered at the Post Office, Mars Hill, N. C., as Second Class Matter,
February 20, 1926.
Advertising Manager John Marr
Circulation Manager Frank Harris
Alumni Reporter Lena Sue Shermer
Faculty Adviser John A. McLeod
Sam Smith Horace Chamblee Bill Angell
James Walker Bill Blaine Horace Morton
Vernon Bixby Charles Radford
APRIL 9, 1938.
Choosing One*s College
One of the most momentous decisions the high school graduate
faces is that of choosing the college at which to continue his studies.
Eternal consequences demand the wise choice of a college, particu
larly for the first years after one leaves the security of home and
the familiar paths of high school days.
Mars Hill College with eighty-two years of experience is devoting
all of its resources to meet the needs of young men and women dur
ing their first years in college and offers many distinct advantages.
Mars Hill is committed to the junior college program, with its fa
cilities—classroom instruction, library equipment, campus organi
zations—designed for students of the junior college level. The ad
ministration believes that at least two years of general college
work, inclusive and thorough, should precede specialization in most
fields. A limited number of courses are offered, however, for those
who may not continue their education beyond junior college.
Mars Hill is recognized for its standards and for the thoroughness
of its work. The college is approved by every accrediting agency in
whose jurisdiction it lies, and its graduates have continued their
studies in more than one hundred and fifty senior colleges, univer
sities, and professional schools. Expenses are extremely low for the
advantages offered, the average cost being only $276.00 for nine
Mars Hill offers the delightful and cultural advantages of a co
educational college and emphasizes a wholesome and happy social
life. An enrollment of approximately seven hundred from twenty-
three states and other countries suggests varied and stimulating re
lationships. The number and variety of student organizations on the
campus afford training and inspiration for all. These include re
ligious organizations, literary societies, athletic teams, clubs, and
forensic, musical, and dramatic groups.
The principles and ideals of Christ are stressed in personal con
duct and in social attitudes, not only in religious organizations but
in all departments. Mars Hill is most fortunate in its location in the
mountains of Western North Carolina, one of the most beautiful
and healthful spots on the earth, close enough to Asheville .and
other cities for certain cultural advantages and far enough removed
from urban centers to be free from many distracting influences
A SETTING OF NATURAL BEAUTY
Within a few miles of many
widely known mountain peaks
and some of the most famous
points of scenic interest in Ame
rica, Mars Hill college commands
rare views of mountains and val
leys of inimitable beauty.
Rippling streams, flowers, fleecy
clouds,- and skies of azure blue
form the trimming for these ir
regular peaks and dipping valleys.
With all the advantages offered
by man, nature the beautiful
makes a perfert blend to create a
desirable location in which to
work and play. Life is short, real,
and full of gains or losses. Such
a combination in life’s surround
ings makes the gains more beauti-
ful and the losses les|se
When the Master D(
eluded the finishing toi
setting in the mountai ics
ern North Carolina, 1 in
a spot that later be
fully termed “A g
emerald ring of hills” lom
They re Gone • But
BY LENA SUE SHERMER
Old and New B.S.U. Officers
Wednesday morning at the regular chapel hour, the new B.S.U.
officers for the year 1938-1939 were selected by the students. In n
short time the old officers will pass on into the fields of life and
service that lie out ahead of them. May we first of all take this
space and opportunity to congratulate the new officers and wish
them all the luck and success in their work for next year.
At the same time we would not forget those officers that retire
from their respective offices. Then allow us at this time to express
our word of thanks for the fine job that they have done in the stu
dent activities this year. With untiring efforts they have forged
ahead, and amid booes at times, to give us organized activities. Es
pecially do we wish to commend them on their array of chapel pro
grams that have showed such various and beneficial selections.
We must say that we do not agree with all that has been said and
done by this group, but after all differences of opinion are all in a
point of view and we honestly believe that this group has been abso
lutely sane in their judgment at all times. This is something to be
chapel programs that have showed such various and beneficial se-
envied in any group.
So again we say “hats off”-to the incoming officers and “thanks”
to the retiring group. g
Do you know how many have
graduated from Mars Hill colleg'’
in the last sixteen years? 1,270'
Here are a few of the many who
have made good.
J. B. Huff at-
ended Mars Hill
I Tollege during
here from 1910-
1922 he resigned
to become head
of the Engli.sh
department at Carson - Newman.
From 1924-1930 he was presiden'-
of Wingate Junior college. Then
he returned in 1930 to become
head of the English department.
Dr. O. E. Sams was for several
years pastor of the Rivermont
Baptist church in Lynchburg, Vir
ginia. From 1920-1927 he wa'
president of Carson-Newman col
lege, .and from 19297-1930 was
nresident of Bluefield college in
West Virginia. Then he came to
Mars Hill to be vice-president of
Fred F. Brown is now pastor of
the First Baptist church of Knox
ville, Tennessee, and has been
since 1921. He is a trustee of
both Carson-Newman college and
Southwestern Theological Semi
nary in Fort Worth, Texas. He
is also the author of This Is My
Lamar Stringfield is a winner
of the Pulitzer prize for compo
sition. He is well-known as a com
poser and as a symphony con
ductor. At present he is a teacher
of folk music in the Julliard
School of Music in New York.
Hubert Olive was a state sena
tor, was in the North Carolina
legislature and afterwards was
judge of recorder’s court of
Davidson county. He managed the
campaign for Governor Hoey and
in appreciation was appointed
judge of superior court.
J. W. Van Hoy has for the last
four years been the supervising
title attorney for North Carolina
in the acquisition of lands for
William Albert Gallatin
John B. Marsh, 1868-1861.
Pinkney Rollins, 1861-1863,
and June. 1863, to April, 1866.
John Ammons, April, 1866,
to February, 1868.
John Roberts Sams, 1871-
1872 (Orphanage, 1873-1876).
J. B. Lunsford, 1876-1878.
William P. Jervis, 1881-1888.
Zebulon V. Hunter, with
Miss Helen McMaster, 1888
Thomas M. Hufman, 1890-
J. M. Cheek, 1893-1894.
J. H. Yarborough, C. P.
Adonnas E. Booth, 1896-
M. A. Maury, 1896-1897.
R. L. Moore, 1897-
Mgrs Hill Grows In
81 Yrs. Of Existence
!• IN THIS
BY EUGENE Bl
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tell him, so he flunkei
the military strategy
by a nation, we thir
should be awarded
key trophy for the
name their battle.ships
so the English won’t
(That’s almost as bad
ting Adam’s dress i
is going up by lea]
bounds. Even some ar
that the republicans
more than two states
and that Hoover is I
but has several more te
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October 9, Mars Hill college
celebrated 81 years of existence.
The institution was started in a
crude two story brick buildinv
on property owned by Edward
Carter, a large land owner inter
ested in establishing a Baptist
school in this section. The
Reverend William Keith was in
strumental in securing the funds
for the first building. The iso
lated condition of the community
at that time was an obstacle in
the building of a college.
The Marsh home for teachers
was erected during the presidency
of John B. Marsh. A boarding
house was near completion when
People are beginning
the law enforcement
too. The Los Angelei ^t'd
says our government
the point in law-e
where a murderer is
until he is proved insa
a government of the
the people, and for
“If this is liberty,”
young student, “then
national forests. Not long ago he
w^as transferred from Asheville
to the regional office of the title
division in Atlanta, Georgia.
John Burder Hipps is now con
nected with the Shanghai Uni
versity in China. He volunteered
for foreign service and was ap
pointed July 8, 1913. Mr. Hipps
has been with the university ever
since that appointment twenty-
four years ago.
the War Between the
The growth of Mai trt
lege was retarded for
years following the
The growth in tlje
college students enroi
period of 12 years is
1930- 31 .
1931- 32 .