Mars Hill Con*}S«.,.=
Published By The Students Of Mars Hill College
mars hill, north CAROLINA, SEPTEMBER 17, 1938
W. R. WAGONER PRESENTS AIMS
OF B.S.U. AT CHAPEL PROGRAM
President Explains Group
And Part Played In
Since every Tuesday is student
day in chapel, the first student
program was put on by the B.
S.U. on September 13. The pro
gram was opened by the singing
of “Must Jesus Bear the Cross
Alone?” after which W. R. Wag
oner, president of the B.S.U., ex
plained just what the B.S.U. is,
and what part it plays in the
campus life. The initials B.S.U.,
explained Mr. Wagoner, are in
terpreted Baptist Student Union
which is composed of various unit
organizations on the campus.
Since Christ is the foundation on
which all things are based, Mr.
Wagoner showed on a chart that
Christ is the root of the tree with
the numerous religious activities
as limbs. These officers of the
various unit organizations com
pose the B.S.U. council of which
there are nineteen members. Ex
pressing a desire for students to
feel free to call on these members
at any time for suggestions and
help, Mr. Wagoner introduced
each separately, who are as fol
' ■ First vice-president' of the B.
S.U., Katy Ruth Grayson; second
vice-pre.sident, Elizabeth C o p -
pedge; seconding secretary, Mary
Ruth Hardy; corresponding sec
retary, Bill Angell; ministerial
conference, Charles Trentham;
volunteer band, Lela Mae Kelly;
town representative, Polly Huff;
president of college church, John
McGee; secretary, Betty Nor
wood; treasurer, Sara Lou Smith;
superintendent of Sunday school.
Bill Davis; assistant superintend
ent, Banner Shelton; secretary,
Rachel Templeton; director of
B.T.U., McLeod Bryan; assistant
director. Daphne Penny; secre
tary, Nancy Winston; president
of Y.W.A., Mabel Ruth Harrell;
secretary, Helen Crutchfield.
For the Scripture reading a few
verses of the fourteenth chapter
of John was selected by Mr.
Wagoner, who chose the verse, “I
I am the way, the truth, and the
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f Furniture Completes
Beauty Of Dormitory
Through the aid of friends,
members of the faculty, and var
ious organizations, the new Edna
Corpening Moore dormitory is
almost completely furnished, and
has taken its place along with
Spilman, Treat, and Rivermont
as a home for girls.
The girls in the new dormitory
appreciate the privilege they
have of rooming in this beautiful
new building. A real home-like
spirit prevails. Their rooms are
furnished with maple furniture,
book-cases, hot and cold running
water in every room, trunk ele
vator and incinerator service on
every floor, all of which combines
to make the new dormitory the
largest and best building in Mad
ison county. The rooms are being
decorated to bring out the beauty
of the furniture, floor, walls, and
windows. There are other rooms
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Sept. 17—Movie, “Perfect
Sept. 24—Movie, “Subma
Sept. 26-30—B.T.U. Study
Oct. 1—Little Philharmonic
Oct. 6—Jitney Players in
“Rip Van Winkle.”
Oct. 8—Wingate college—
Oct. 15—Founders Day.
Nov. 8—Davidson college
“B” team : (Football
Reception Theme Is
All Get Acquainted
Elizabeth Coppedge Manages
Under the able dii’ection , of
Miss Elizabeth Coppedge, approx
imately 700 students were in at
tendance at the annual get-ac
quainted reception which was
.sponsored by the Baptist Student
Union last Saturday evening.
Those attending entered the
parlors of Treat dormitory thru
an arch of welcome where they
were greeted by a receiving line
composed of Dr. and Mrs. R. L.
Moore, President and Mrs. Hoyt
Blackwell; W. R. Wagoner, pres
ident of the B.S.U.; Miss Katy
Ruth Grayson, vice-president of
the B.S.U.; Dr. and Mrs. 0. E.
Sams; Dean I. N. Carr; and Miss
Caroline Biggers, dean of women.
From the parlors those present
passed to different points on the
campus where they were greeted
by groups of the faculty and stu
After the introductions all
guests assembled in the college
auditorium and divided into 12
groups, each group having to
present a stunt for the entertain
ment of the others. During the
course of the evening 12 cou
ples dressed as peasant refresh
ment vendors moved among the
guests serving punch and cake.
A good time was had by all and
the general comment was that it
was one of the best receptions
ever held on the campus.
DR. RALPH HERRING ADDRESSES
83RD SESSION OPENING HERE
College Will Gon(iuct
B.T.U. Study Courses
state Training Union Lead
ers Will Teach Classes
At Mars Hill
Professor Hoyt Blackwell, who
will be formally installed as Presi
dent of Mars Hill college on
Founders Day, October 15, with
Dr. Frank Porter Graham as the
principal speaker. Other events
of the day will include a sympo
sium on the small Christian col
lege and current trends in edu
cation, a football game with West
ern Carolina Teachers college, a
reception by President and Mrs.
Blackwell, and a play by the
Mars Hill college players in the
NON SOCIETY ELECTS
GAIL MEMOS LEADER
Ada Wall Becomes Vice-
President To Fill
Mary Gail Menius was unani
mously elected C-I president of
the Nonpareil Literary Society,
in a call meeting on September
8, to fill out the term left vacant
by the failure of Martha Ellen to
return to school this year.
Since Miss Menius was chosen
vice-president in the spring elec
tion, this office was left vacant
by her election as president. Ada
Wall was chosen to fill this posi
tion and Lila Ruth Sullivan was
elected to serve as chorister in
Miss Wall’s place.
Both the Nonpareil and Clio
societies have begun this year
with a bang and both of them are
showing a fine spirit.
Prom September 26-30, the
Mars Hill college B.T.U. under
the direction of McLeod Bryan,
will conduct its annual study
courses. This training course will
bring to the campus a group of
outstanding Baptists of the state
Included among these will be
Miss Mabel Starnes, Associate B.
T. U. Director of North Carolina.
Miss Starnes’ coming to Mars
Hill will mark her return to work
following her recent serious ill
For the several years that Mars
Hill has been conducting the
training courses they have proved
entirely successful, having always
had the full cooperation of the
The year’s B.T.U. work of the
college has gotten off to a fine
start, and there are plans for the
most successful year in the his
tory of the college. The nine
presidents of the campus B.Y.P.
U. ’s have begun their year’s work.
They are as follows: Elliot Un
ion, Orville Campbell; John Lake
Union, Wilda Wynne; Winnette
Union, Dorothy Drake; Howard
Roper Union, James Kennedy;
Apex Union, Marie Epley; Hust
lers I Union, Lydia Mayberry;
Blackwell Union, James Picker
ing; Robert L. Moore Union, Wil
lis Bennett; Hustlers II Union,
The Excelsior Union, which had
only two members at the close of
the session last year is being re
organized. Also a new union has
been organized which meets in
the Treat parlor. Its name has
not as yet been chosen.
The general officers, who are:
Daphne Penny, associate direc
tor; Nancy Winston, secretary;
and Mary Gail Menius, corres
ponding secretary, have cooper
ated excellently with McLeod
Bryan, director. Mr. Bryan has
proven himself to be a very cap
able leader and is to be congrat
ulated upon his fine work.
Off the campus, but remem
bered well here, are many of the
class of ’38. Probably Wake For
est received the largest number
of graduates and three former so
ciety presidents are rooming to
gether there. They are: Ex-Editor
Eugene Brissie of The Hilltop,
Bob Howard and Council Pinnell.
WELCOME, NEW TEACHERS!
New faculty members have al
ready become a very welcome and
accepted part of college life here.
The Hilltop wishes to take this
opportunity to welcome them and
wish them a most pleasant and
useful stay here on the Hill. *
Elizabeth Coppedge and her
associates really did a good job
on the Get-Acquainted-Reception
of last Saturday. Our heartiest
congratulations to them — and
thanks for a very wonderful time.
MINISTERIAL GROUP MEETS
On Monday evening, Rev. How
ard Hall preached a most inspir
ing sermon to the Mars Hill min
isterial students in the homilet
ics class. This class instructs
such students in preaching, as Mr.
Vernon Wood criticizes style,
thought, and presentation in an
GREAT YEAR AHEAD
New students deserve another
note of interest. It seems the
C IPs aren’t even needed, as one
notices the activities and abilities
of these new students as they
take hold and fill places on the
campus. Mars Hill’s greatest year
must be ahead.
WHILE IT LASTS
Fair warning is hereby given
by the staff and management for
all C-I’s unaware of weather con
ditions at Mars Hill to take ad
vantage of warm weather while
it lasts. The Hill had snow in Oc
tober last year!
Five Additions To Faculty
Are Noted; Dr. Moore
Largest Enrollment In His
tory Reaches Nearly
800 At Present
The 83rd session of Mars Hill
college began Thursday morning,
September 8, with a program in
the college chapel at which Dr.
Ralph Herring, pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Winston-Salem,
was the principal speaker.
Dr. Herring told the more than
700 students present to make the
precepts of the Bible control in
their education. He chose as his
text Proverbs 6:20-21, “My son,
keep thy father’s commandments,
and forsake not the law of thy
mother; Bind them continually
upon thine heart, and tie them
about thy neck.”
President Hoyt Blackwell pre
sided at the services and led in
the opening prayer. Before Dr.
Herring spoke. Miss Elizabeth
Ellison, of the voice department,
sang “A Voice Crying In The Wil
derness,” by Scott.
The college opened this year
with the largest enrollment in
its history. At the close of the
second day of registration more
than 700 students had enrolled,
an increase of approximately 100
over the number enrolled at the
same date last year. Registration
was about 760 on Thursday.
Several members of the’ facul
ty began their duties Thursday.
J. B. Howell, an M.A. graduate
of the University of North Car
olina became associate professor
of mathematics; Miss Elizabeth
Ellison, a graduate of Bessie Tift
College Training school of Louis
ville, Ky., and Syracuse univer
sity, is a member of the music
faculty in the departmenlt of
voice; H. Raworth Walker, Jr.,
of Augusta, Ga., and honor
graduate of Furman university,
and formerly assistant in chem
istry there, will be assisted in the
department of chemistry; Falk
Johnson, an M.A. graduate of
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McLeo(i Bryan Leads
Boys Council Group
McLeod Bryan was elected
president of the Student Coun
cil at their first meeting of the
1938-39 session, September 7.
McLeod Bryan is the son of
George W. Bryan of Garner, N.
C., and is director of the B.T.U.
in the college.
The Student Council this year
is made up of the following nine
members: Paul Hudson, Morgan-
ton, N. C.; Bryan Leeper, Dallas,
N. C.; W. P. Hall, Asheville, N.
C.; Eddie Russell, New Bern, N.
C.; W. R. Wagoner, Clemmons,,
N. C.; Roger Bell, Gastonia, N.
C.; David Harris, Newell, N. C.p
Chas. Taylor, DeFuniack Springs^.
Work done by these boys in
keeping order and tagging mis
demeanor cases is very beneficial
to the school, and boys picked
are of the highest character.