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Published By The Students Of Mars Hill College
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Volume XIX.
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Number 1.
Opening Reception
Big Success
Timely Theme Is Carried
Out In Aimual Event .
On Saturday evening at 8:30
the annual get-acquainted party
was held on the Mars Hill college
campus. This entertainment,
which is sponsored by the Baptist
Student Union, is held each year
at the beginning of the fall
session of college in order to
better introduce the new and old
The party carried out the theme
of a war-time factory. The vari
ous hosts and hostesses, members
of the B.S.U. council, wore chem
ists’ aprons or the coveralls of
war factory workers. Each per
son at the party was given an
identification badge. The seven
hundred guests were divided into
two groups: the swing shift and
the graveyard shift. While one
shift met in the auditorium for
a program consisting of various
amusing stunts, led by Ronald
Hill, the other shift played games
out on the spot of grass com
monly referred to as the “Little
Circle.” When the “factory”
whistle blew, the shifts changed,
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Mixed Chorus
Ninety students, seventy girls
and twenty boys, have become
members of tbe college chorus.
Others who are qualified and
wish to become members are in
vited to come to Mrs. Souther’s
studio for auditions or to come
to rehearsals at 4.:30 o’clock in
the Auditorium on Wednesday
and Fridays and in the church on
The chorus is now working on
a program for Founders Day, Oc
tober 14. Mrs. Souther has an
nounced plans for varied pro
grams, including the regular
Christmas concert.
Friday, September 29, the
chorus met and elected the follow
ing officers: Esther Hollowell,
president; Jenie Jo White and
Neal Ellis, vice presidents; La
mar Brooks, secretary; Sadie
Marsh, librarian; James Smith-
wick, assistant librarian. The
treasurer and the reporter will
be chosen at a later meeting.
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Literary Society Presidents: Top—D. T. Carowan, Euthalian, and
Clyde McLeod, Nonpareil. Bottom—Phyllis Rowe, Clio, and James
Taylor, Philomathian.
Senior Glass Elects
D. T. Carowan was elected
president of the senior class;
Carl Westmoreland, vice-presi>
dent; Virginia Perry, secre
tary; Jean Brooks, treasurer,
at a meeting of the class Sep-
temebr 30. The sponsors will
be chosen at a later date.
At the close of the first week
of the term, 704 students were
enrolled, according to a report
from the registrar’s office. Of
these, 525 are women and 179
are men; 439 are first-year
students and 265 are second-
year students. Of the seniors,
210 are women and 55 are men.
Of the juniors, 315 are women
and 124 are men.
Complete statistics on the
geographic distribution of those
enrolled have not been released
from the registrar’s office.
Professor J. B. Huff
Taken By Death
Beloved Teacher Here Dies
Unexpectedly Sept. 26
The Mars Hill college and com
munity were saddened last week
by the unexpected death of Pro
fessor Joseph Bascom Huff, a na
tive of Mars Hill, a most loved
member of the college faculty, for
several years head of the Eng
lish department.
Mr. Huff, who was 65 years
old, had been in ill health for a
few years, and had been on leave
of absence from the college for
two years. He died in an Ashe
ville hospital Tuesday morning,
September 26.
He is the grandson of Edward
Carter, one of the founders of |
Mars Hill college, and had been
on the faculty of the college 26
years. He was educated at Mars
Hill college, at Wake Forest col
lege, and at the University of
North Carolina. He spent his life
in education work. Although he
taught at Mars Hill for the
longest period of time, he had also
taught in the public schools of
Troy, Ala., was principal of the
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Dr. Herring To Speak
In Revival Services
Services Will Be Held
Twice Daily Oct. 9-13
Dr. Ralph A. Herring, pastor
of the First Baptist church of
Winston-Salem, will conduct a
series of revival services October
9-13, under the auspices of the
Mars Hill Baptist church and the
college. The morning chapel ser
vices will begin at 11:40, and the
evening services at 7:30 in the
church auditorium.
Dr. Herring is the third child
of Rev. and Mrs. D. W. Herring,
missionaries to China, and was
the only one of the six children
who was born in this country, al
though he was reared in Cheng
chow, China. He received his
higher education at Campbell
college. Wake Forest college, and
the Southern Baptist Theological
He has held several pastorates,
the last in Kentucky, before com
ing to his present position at
Winston-Salem. Last year he
showed his interest in B. S. U.
work when he was host pastor to
the B.S.U. state convention. He
was also elected president of the
North Carolina state convention
for the year 1943-44.
Mars Hill is highly privileged
at having such a prominent and
deeply spiritual man as Dr. Her
ring to conduct the revival. It is
hoped that all on the campus will
profit by his coming.
Scriblerus Club Officers Elected
At a call meeting of the Scrib
lerus club on September 29, the
following officers were elected:
Lillian Miller, president; Virginia
Perry, vice-president; Martha
McLain, secretary.
B.S.U. Council Holds
Pre - School Retreat
Goals Set In Organization
During The Year
The B. S. U. Council convened
for the opening of the pre-school
retreat on Sunday afternoon, Sep
tember 17, in tbe Mars Hill Bap
tist church.
The meeting opened with a
period of worship, and in that
spirit set their goals. The enlist
ment goals were as follows: 100
per cent of all students in Sunday
school and B. T. U., 100 per cent
of the girls in Y. W. A., 100 per
cent of those planning to do
definite Christian work in Volun
teer Band, and 100 per cent of
the ministerial students in Minis
terial Conference. They set as
further goals 100 per cent of
the students present at Sunday
morning and evening worship
services, and as many as possible
at weekday morning and noon
watches. The Baptist Student
magazine subscription goal was
placed at 86, and as the soul
winning goal, the council agreed
upon the winning of every lost
student on the campus.
During the afternoon the group
shared experiences of the sum
mer, and President Blackwell
talked to them about what he ex
pected of the B. S. U. Council
and the B. S. U. events of the fall
At four o’clock the Council
met again in the full knowledge
of their responsibility to hear an
inspiring address from Dr. R. L.
Moore, president emeritus of the
college. The retreat was formally
ended with a silent prayer of
consecration, closed by Walton
Connelly, the B. S. U. president.
Volunteer Band Has
Inspiring Program
The Volunteer Band, composed
of those students who have dedi
cated their lives in Christian serv
ice, held its first meeting of the
year in the Clio-Phi hall Tuesday
evening at 7:30 o’clock.
After the singing of the hymn,
“As a Volunteer,” Jimmy Pe-
gram, president of the organi
zation, presented the aims of the
year. The Volunteer Band, he
said, seeks to keep its members
informed concerning the mission
ary needs of the world and to
create within them a clearer and
deeper conception of the vocation
for which they have been chosen.
Miss Gertrude Allard presented
a challenge to those who are
planning to enter the educational
field. Miss Allard pointed out the
great need for consecrated teach
ers and educators.
A native of China, Miss Jeanie
Jo White, expressed her belief
that God has found a place for
her in that war-torn land. She
presented first-hand information
concerning the great needs of
Certain spiritual needs of the
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A Number From Faculty And
Administrative Staff On Leave
Sixteen new members have
been added to the faculty and
administrative staff of the col
lege this fall.
Mr. Cecil D. West, who has
been on the faculty of Ithaca
college. New York, is teaching
in the department of biology .He
is a graduate of Mississippi col
lege and received his M. A. de
gree from Cornell university. Mr.
West has done additional grad
uate study at Cornell and at the
University of Virginia. Mr. Lee
Wood, son of Mr. Vernon E.
Wood, is assisting in the depart
ment of chemistry. Mr. Wood is
a graduate of Mars Hill college
and a former chemist at Wright
Field, Dayton, Ohio.
Three new members have
joined the department of Eng
lish. Miss Collie Garner, formerly
a member of the English faculty
of Lee Edwards high school in
Asheville, has been connected
with the Asheville city schools
for fourteen years. She received
her M. A. degree from the Uni
versity of North Carolina. Mrs.
Richard Watson of Indianola,
Iowa, an A. B. graduate of Simp
son college, Iowa, and an M. A.
graduate of the University of
Arizona, was an honor student in
English. She has been a teacher
in the high schools of Iowa. Miss
Louise Vaughan of Greenville,
South Carolina, who received her
A. B. degree from Furman uni
versity and her M.A. from the
University of Virginia, was an
English teacher in the high
schools of South Carolina.
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Dramateers Hold
Initial Meet
The Dramateers, who form the
play-producing organization of
Mars Hill college, held their first
meeting of the year last Tuesday
night, October 3.
At this meeting the following
new officers were installed:
Wilhelmina Rish, president; Jane
Wright, vice-president; June
Skeen, secretary; and Billie Wil
son, treasurer.
In the installation service, Mel
pomene, muse of tragedy, was-
presented by Phyllis Rowe; and
Thalia, muse of comedy, by
Johnnie Davis. The “Actor’s
Prayer,” by Dr. Frank Crane, was
red by Cornelia Vann.
There are approximately forty
dramateers this year. The organi
zation, which is composed of the
students of speech, invites all
Mars Hill students who are in
terested in speech improvement
and dramatics, to affiliate them
selves with a speech class. Each
member of these classes takes
part in one play each semester
and is required to do his share of
stage work.
In an interview Miss Bonnie
Wengert, speech instructor at
Mars Hill, stated that “attention
will be given to both sacred and
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