International Summary By J. E. Tate and Bill Angell With the Rebel drive to cap- ire Barcelona, Spain again occu- IS the headlines in the inter- _ ttional field. As 300,000 Rebel %ops, largely made up of Italian id id German volunteers, began tnarjCir intensive air and land at- 5cu^k on the provisional capital of jyalist Spain, every able-bodied ''^n and boy in Catalonia was d Postered to save the capital from t cae Insurgent onrush. Neverthe- ure.ss, the Fascist troops of Franco jjjj arched victorious through the jyalist defense lines to capture *e last northern stronghold of overnment Spain. This latest ’ P^ttory of Spanish Fascism was ral significant in that it priced the close of the French irder to the Loyalists, through hich a great deal of the outside ses isistance had reached the gov- •« dmment. It now appears that the has|eat Spanish Civil War is near- e Bg an end, and if so it means vieiother step in the advancement Chai totalitarianism. to1 Although the Far Eastern con- JJest has somewhat lost its place world interest, events of tre- ^TTie Hilltop Published By The Students Of Mars Hill College VOL. XIII. MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA, JANUARY 31, 1939 7 Large Group Attends Civic Concert In Asheville Richard Crooks Gives Popular Performance to on, th. '‘t ijndous importance have been curing there. The tentative de at and the retreat of the Chi ‘■veise armies, led by Chiang Kai- have forced China to join c flrees with her erstwhile enemy, ^mmunism, and to form a virtual ve fiance with the Soviet Union 2nta an effort to maintain a source us I supply for much-needed war aterials. Japan is obviously the on fctor, but it is doubtful that the noBjonomic conditions in Nippon )rts'll withstand further strain, syioral, economic, and even mili- Stry sanctions abroad, coupled th increased pressure from •eat Britain and the United nates, are contributing to the iijady uncertainty of Japan’s po- Di'ion. “Continental Solidarity" in the estem Hemisphere has been at ist partially realized by the Pan njnerican Conference at Lima, itje chief accomplishments of the ptoric Congress were in the i ilds of trade and economic un- rstanding between the Ameri ^ nations. With regard to the of the world, the New World knds firm in resistance to for- •eaf** invasion, and the nations idged their support to future lerican solidarity. Although no ^ itical alliances were made, the ^j^ching of economic accord laid 2 foundation for enevitable po- .nol es ng r le he se C3 usi ru( fcal harmony. The great persecution of the „ws in Germany has been greatly ,^uced, and with the introduc- “ of a new monetary system ^ Nazi high command was ^.^iken in the purge that dis used the great Nazi financier, ^ j. Schacht. His conservatism led ^ an inevitable dismissal, and s latest purge makes apparent more radical trends in the government. The drang lal itl® h' n‘ n£ ;h osten policy of the Hitler ,ime continues in the expansion 1 strengthening of German c^’er in the smaller nations to * east. ’^Ithough friction is still pres- many places, it does seem h war is much less imminent before Munich. The sacri- ® !s of democracy in recent ^es and the gains made by f'klitarianism since its challeng- rise to power have tempo- ^^ly appeased the dictators, i^'ough this policy of appease- t^t the democracies have been to preserve peace, and at the ye time they remain supreme social, economic, and political /er. Richard Crooks, Ameidca’s most popular tenor, was presented in concert by the Civic Music Asso ciation of Asheville, last Wednes day evening. Ninety Mars Hill stu dents and faculty members were among the 2,000 who were de lightfully entertained. Those attending the concert from Mars Hill left the campus by special bus about seven p.m., reaching Asheville in time to hear Crooks present a well balanced and most enjoyable program. In cluded on the program were Han del’s “Wher’er You Walk’’ and “Sound An Alarm;’’ Schubert’s “Du bis die Ruh’’’ and “Mein;’’ Strauss’ “Freudliche Vision’’ and “Zueignung;’’ and an Aria: “La- mento De Federico (L’Arlesiana), by Cilea. Naturally more popular with the audience were several num bers which included “Schubert’s Serenade,’’ “Mother of Mine,’’ and “Because.” Also presented were “Through My Open Window,” by Warren; “Sea Fever,” by Ireland; “Do Not Go, My Love,” by Hage- man; and “War Song of Donald the Black,” by Gilbert. As a whole, the program was one of the most popular witnessed by Civic Music members of the Asheville Association this year. Several times Crooks cheerfully returned to the stage for encores and with each song he because more popular. NO.,b SUNDAYSCHOOLCOURSES TO BEGIN TODAY ON CAMPUS Students Are Urged To Take Advantage Of Various Courses John Lewis, Laurel Editor Final Plans Made For Yearbook According to John Lewis, pop ular editor of the Laurel, our year book this year will be bigger and better than ever before. Final plans are now being made and unless unforeseen circumstances take place the book will be in the hands of the students on or around May 1. All pictures of the seniors have already been taken and these are in the hands of the publisher. The balance of the freshmen pictures, honor clubs, regional clubs and sports pictures will be completed within the next two or three weeks. (Continued on page 4) New Officers Elected To Serve In B.T.U. The annual study courses, held here each spring for the further development of Sunday School work, begin today and will last throughout the week. The eleven courses to be taught offer an ex cellent opportunity to all students and everyone who can is urged to take advantage of them. It is still not too late to sign up for a course and those who have not yet registered are urged to do so today. Mrs. Nane Starnes, wife of the pastor of the West Asheville Bap tist church, is to teach “The Fine Art of Soul Winning.” The other courses, which will be under the direction of our fac ulty, are: “The Sunday School Officers and Their Work,” by Professor B. M. Canup; “Build ing a Standard Sunday School,” by Professor R. M. Lee; “Per sonal Factors,” in Char acter B u i 1 d i n g , ” by Miss Mildred Bingham; “When Do Teachers Teach,” by Professor J. A. McLeod; “Daily Vacation Bible School,” by Rev. William Lynch, pastor of the college church; “The (Continued on page 4) Glios Elects Wynne For New President Edgar Higgins Wins Annual Phi Contest With a display of real talent, the annual declamation contest of the Philomathian literaiy society was held Friday night with eigh teen members, both old and new, participating. Edgar Higgins was chosen the best speaker and was nominated along with David Hooks and Bart- lette Dorr for the commencement speakers, with Charles R. Greene as alternate. Mr. Higgins spoke on “The Sacrifice of Sidney Car ton,” by Charles Dickens; Mr. Hooks rendered an anonymous poem, “A Vagabond’s House.” Mr. Dorr discussed “War on the Li quor Traffic,” by Richard P. Hob son; and Mr. Greene spoke on The King Can Do No Wrong.” For next year’s anniversary speakers Bartlette Dorr and Charles R. Greene were chosen along with Earl Price as alter nate. Mr. Price spoke on “An All Embracing Americanism.” Other participants were: J. E. Tate, Hugh Eller, Emmett Sams, Bruce Brown, H. "B. Land, War ren Pritchard, Edwin Spangler, Rex Lockhart, Max Freeman, Carl Compton, McLeod Bryan, James Walker, and Carlyle Glance. The judges for the contest were Rev. Lynch, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Guy George. News officers of the college B. T. U. elected to serve during this semester took office for the first time on .lanuary 22. Newly elected presidents of the 12 B.T.U.’s are as follows: Ex celsior, Bob Allred; Apex, Kate Robinson; Howard Roper, George Culpepper; Elliott, T. L. Cash- well; John Lake, Howard Keaton; Hustlers I, Robert Seig; Hustlers II, Spurgeon Helms; Treat, Roy Lee; Winnette, Libby Deese; Blackwell, Oscar Harris; R. L. Moore, R. R. Campbell; Ideal, Paul Hudson. All officers of the B.T.U. are nominated by committees from the various unions, and are then approved by the B. S. U. council. Wilda Wynne was recently elect ed president of the Clio Literary society, succeeding Rachel Tem pleton who served during the an niversary series. Other officers elected to assist Miss Wynne are Mary Ruth Hardy, vice-president; Althea Smith, second vice-president; Sara Orren, recording secretary; Marguerite Hollowell, censor, Cynthia Jane Hempke, corre sponding secretary; Kate Robin son, treasurer; Margaret Sparks, chaplain; Sally Teague, pianist. Mary Alice Brown, chief mar shal, Sara Hopper and Mildred Yates, assistant marshals; Louise Moore, chorister; Loudoris Park er, literary critic; Lou Alice Ham rick, expression critic; Johnnie Willoughby, music critic; Martha Stroupe, reporter; Clarence Bras well, poster chairman; and Marg aret Patton, chairman of program committee. Russian Quartette Presents Program Saturday Night Liturgical, Folk And Gypsy Melodies Prove Very Entertaining Those left at Mars Hill college between semesters were amply re warded last Saturday night when the Russian Cathedral Quartette presented a program of songs in the college auditorium. This nationally known quartet has met with high praise and recognition wherever it has been. It has not only made several tours of the United States but it has appeared in major film and stage productions and sung over the network of the National Broad casting Company. The second tenor, who is also director of the quartet, is the main soloist on the program of Russian Melodies, heard over the same network. Each of the four men was chosen by the Russian government from a nationwide contest. These four were then sent to the Russian Cathedral in New York City where their interpretation of their native songs soon gained them recognition. It is said that the basso of the quartet has the lowest register of any human voice in the world today. The program given at the col lege consisted of liturgical, folk, and gypsy melodies of their home land. After the performance they very graciously consented to giving their autographs for their many enthusiastic listeners of the eve ning. Welcome, New Students! We^re Glad You re Here! Yes, we’re glad you are here. And when we say this we mean everyone of you new students who have just joined us on the campus. We feel that when you selected Mars Hill as a place to finish your education you made a wise choice. We want each of you to feel that you are a part of Mars Hill and that Mars Hill is a part of you. Yes, we’re glad you are here and we hope that you will find your stay on this Chris tian campus a most enjoyable one. Penny Succeeds Wall As Non President Succeeding Ada Wall, Daphne Penny, of Raleigh, was elected president of the Nonpareil liter ary society for the spring term on Thursday afternoon, January 12, 1939. Other officers elected were Dorothy Drake, vice-president; Lula Mae Teague, recording sec retary; Alice Humphries, corre sponding secretary; Jane Head ing, treasurer; Emeth Johnson, censor; Helen Crutchfield, chap lain; Helen Trentham, pianist; Miriam Pinnell, chorister; Emily Patrick, chief hostess; Leah Ogles by, Jane Spence, Peggy Brown, Francis Ellis, Bernice Carter, assistant hostesses; and Dorothy Lee Savage, reporter. Ministerial Group Hears Arthur Dixon I A very interesting message, “The Pastor as an Executive”, was delivered by Arthur Dixon at the regular meeting of the Ministerial Conference, January 17. Mr. Dixon stressed in his talk the point that a minister should be thoroughly acquainted with all the departments of his church, and should personally lend his efforts in the carrying out of their functions. Worth Grant, newly elected president, presided over the regu lar weekly meeting. Other of ficers elected along with Grant include A. F. Gibson, vice-presi dent; Paul Early, secretary and treasurer; Eddie Emerson, corre sponding secretary; B. C. Lamb, chorister; Charles Kuzmaul, or ganist; and Bob Allred, reporter. Campus Calendar Feb. 4—Movie, Marie An toinette. Feb. 11 — Exhibition, Girls’ Gym Classes. Movie, The Cit adel. Feb. 18—Movie, A Christ- mas Carol. Feb. 20 — Michigan Little Symphony at Chapel. Feb. 25—Open. March 4—Open. March 11—Open. March 18—College Orches tra Concert.