North Carolina Newspapers

Volume XIX.
^Ke Hilltop
Published By The Students Of Mars Hill College
Number 12.
Mars Hillians Win
Fourteen Grand
Tournament In Charlotte; Ten
Senior Colleges Are In
Eight student representatives
to The Grand Eastern Forensic
Tournament, sponsored by Win-
throp college. Rock Hill, S. C.,
'Von fourteen grand champion
ships out of a total of twenty-
tour that were awarded.
Mars Hill, the only junior col-
I 'ege represented in the tourna-
ttient, competed against ten
Senior colleges and universities
Vith representatives from seven
states. The eight Mars Hill con-
festants were: Mary Stone, Evelyn
prookshire, Mary Lela Sparks,
tillian Miller, Lamar Brooks,
thomas Swann, James Taylor
hd Ronald Hill.
The fourteen Grand Eastern
bampionships were these:
Grand Champion in Declama-
'on for Women: Mary Stone.
Grand Champion in Declama-
'on for Men: Lamar Brooks.
Grand Champion in Extempore
“r Women: Lillian Miller.
Grand Champion in Extempore
Sf Men: James Taylor.
Grand Champion in Oration for
omen: Mary Lela Sparks.
Grand Champion in Oration
h Men: Janies Taylor.
Grand Champion in Response
Occasion for Women: Evelyn
Grand Champion in Address
Sading for Men: Ronald Hill.
Grand Champion in Impromptu
'>■ Women: Evelyn Brookshire..
Grand Champion in Situation
fatory for Women: Evelyn
Grand Champion in Poetry
■ading for Women: Lillian
Grand Champion in Dramatic
ading for Women: Mary Stone.
Grand Champion in Book Re-
V for Men: Lamar Brooks.
Grand Champion in After Din-
for Women: Lillian Miller,
tn addition to winning cham-
hships in these divisions Mars
1 contestants won a number of
*t places in various contest
'hds, entitling the winner to
licipate in thp finals.
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Treasure Island Is Theme;
Lamar Brooks, Master
Of Ceremonies
All hands were on deck to
night as the “Sea Won” Class
welcomed the “Sea Two’s” aboard
the Pirate Ship “M. H. C.”, the
occasion being the traditional col
lege, junior-senior banquet.
A “Crew” of more than seven
hundred passed by “Treasure
Island” in the dining hall annex
on their way into the main room
which was transferred into a ship,
portholes, and all. Nautical mural
paintings, life preservers, parrots,
and monkeys covered the w’alls,
and candles and lanterns il
lumined the entire room. Behind
the speaker’s stand hung a huge
map of Treasure Island, showing
the route which led to the hidden
At the “Poop Deck”, “Piper
Lamar Brooks acted as master
of ceremonies and introduced
Walton Connelly who led the in
vocation. “Captain” Tommy
Stapleton, president of Cl class
saluted the CD’s, and “Skipper”
Thomas Swann, president of the
CII’s, returned the salute.
The search, for the treasure be
gan with “Shipmates” Dub Lane,
Seth Lippard, John McLeod, and
Tommy Stapleton, singing sea
“Deck Officer” Vernon Wood
retorted to “Walking the Plank”
by “Two Gobs.” Steve Horne and
John Mauney, with “Hanging
from the Yardar,” were followed
by “Echoes” by “Mermaids”
Betty Rae Carter, Lou Ella Hoots,
and Jean Ray. After “Advice from
The Gold Braid” (Admiral Black-
well), the crew sang the Alma
When the “Pirates” had fin
ished serving the meal, the final
lap of the treasure hunt led to
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Pictured above are the newly elected members of the B.S.U. Council. Reading left to right they are:
Front row: Hilda Mayo, Nell Hunter, Genie Jo White, Phyllis Ann Gentry, Ed Dunlap. Second row:
Tommy Stapleton, Neal Ellis, Seth Lippard, W. T. Lane, Lamar Brooks, Bobby Barnes, Roy Ryan.
^is week-end Frances Hobson,
litor-in-chief of The Laurel,
'd Jo Ellis, photography edi-
have gone to Charlotte to
Oof-read the annual. All of
0 pictures and other mate-
'Is for The Laurel have gone
the engraver and printer,
'e editors hope The Laurel
G come out before the end
the present school term. If
Plication is delayed, how-
Or, the individual copies of
6 Laurel will be mailed out
each student as they were
Orchestra Presents
Spring Concert
Mrs. Robinson Directs; Forres-
tine Snider Accompanies
The Mars Hill College Orches
tra, under the direction of Mrs.
Douglas Robinson, presented a
concert of varied music in the
college auditorium Thursday
night, April 12, at eight o’clock.
The program opened with the
Star Spangled Banner played soft
ly as the audience stood silently
with bowed heads in tribute to
the late President Franklin De
lano Roosevelt.
Other selections on the pro
gram were as follows: “Overture
—Selections from Tannhauser,”
Wagner; “Adoration,” Borowski;
“Liebesfreud,” Kreisler; “In the
Clock Store,” Orth; “Moon
Dawn,” Friml; “An Irish Lulla
by,” Shannon; “When the Swal
lows Come Back to Capistrano,”
Rene; “Anchors Aweigh,” Charles
Zimmerman; “Song of the Ma
rines,” Duben and Warren; “Army
Air Corps song,” Crawford.
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Dramateers Get
Highest Rating
Miss Wengert's Group Gives
Three Plays
Mars Hill College Dramateers
won the highest rating for the
presentation of The Giant’s Stair
at the 22nd dramatic festival held
at the University of North Caro
lina April 13. This was the only
junior college play to receive such
a rating. All plays were rated
highest or given honorable men
tion. One of the dramatic instruc
tors at the university commended
very highly the skillful handling
of the middle aged characters
played by Jane Wright and, Nor
ma Minges. The production was
given Friday afternoon at a pro
gram with four other junior col
lege plays.
Furlough by Clyde M. McLeod
"’as presented Friday night to a
house so crowded that tickets
"ere sold for standing room only.
The author received the author’s
award which was an autographed
copy of Samuel Selden’s The
Stage in Action.
Without Legal Procedure by
Cornelia Vann, which was con
sidered the best written play at
the district festival in Asheville
last month, received honorable
mention at Chapel Hill, and the
author received the author’s
Saturday night Samuel Selden,
head of the dramatic department,
presided at the Playmakers The
atre and President Frank Graham
presented the certificates of
achievement and the author’s
awards. The Carolina Playmakers
presented an original play which
had been chosen as the best of a
number of experimental plays
submitted by the Playmakers of
the University.
Thirteen Mars Hill college stu
dents and their director attended
the festival in Chapel Hill. They
gave three of the twenty-six plays
selected from forty-two groups
in North Carolina. The Mars Hill
representatives were Clyde Mc
Leod, Norma Minges, Cornelia
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Senior Day Is
In keeping with a Mars Hill
tradition, today was Senior Day.
an official holiday for the mem
bers of the C-II Class.
Thomas Swann, class president,
directed the activities, which in
cluded a hike over Mount Bailey
in the morning and a picnic lunch
at the Cascades. After lunch, the
Class Will and Class Prophecy
were read.
Virginia Perry, secretary, and
Jean Brooks, treasurer, assisted
with the class day program.
Dr. Blackwell Leads
Roosevelt Memorial
A memorial service in honor
of the late President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt was conducted
by Dr. Blackwell during . the
chapel hour Monday.
The immortal words from the
gospel of St. John: “Perfect love
casteth out fear” were the basis
of the commemorative exercise.
Exhalting the Christian character
of the late President, Dr. Black-
well challenged the students to
live in a manner worthy of the
inspiration of Roosevelt’s life.
“How Firm a Foundation,” the
late President’s favorite hymn,
was sung by the student body. A
quartet composed of Ronald Hill,
Tommy Stapleton, John Brinegar,
and Neal Ellis sang “Lead, Kind
ly Light.” Other music featured
on the program included “Ameri
ca the Beautiful,” and “Our God,
Our Help.”
Previous services dedicated to
the memory of the late President
included a memorial period in the
church Saturday afternoon and
two student watch services on
Tommy Stapleton
To Be Head
Tommy Stapleton of Charlotte
has been elected president of the
B.S.U. for the 1944-’45 session.
He, together with other mem
bers of the newly-chosen Council,
will be inducted into office at a
special installation service in
chapel Tuesday, April 24.
Tommy has been outstanding in
campus activities this year. He
has served as president of the
C-I Class, has been an honor stu
dent, and has sung solo parts in
a number of college music pro
Other officers who will serve
with him will include: Lamar
Brooks, of Edison, Georgia, first
vice-president; W. T. Lane, Greer,
South Carolina, second vice-
president; Phyllis Ann Gentry,
Richmond, Virginia, third vice-
president; Bobby Barnes, Char
lotte, treasurer; Genie Jo -White,
Henderson, recording secretary;
Nell Hunter, Raleigh, correspond
ing secretary.
Additional Council members
are: Ed Dunlap, Sumter, South
Carolina, Sunday School Superin
tendent; Neal Ellis, San Antonio,
Texas, B.T.U. director; Hilda
Mayo, Rocky Mount, Y.W.A.
president; Roy Ryan, North Au
gusta, South Carolina, minis
terial conference representative;
and Seth Lippard, Mars Hill, town
The Y.T.C. representative to
the Council had not been elected
as the HILLTOP went to press.
The B.S.U. Council is the most
important campus organization. It
directs, not only religious ac
tivities, but also student govern
ment and religious life. Walton
Connelly is the outgoing presi
dent of the B.SU. Dr. Ella J.
Pierce and Miss Mildred L. Bing
ham are the advisers for the
group. Other members of the Re
ligious Life and Training Com
mittee of the faculty also serve
in an advisory capacity.
Outstanding activities of the
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