THE HILLTOP. MARS HILL COLLEGE. MARS HILL. NORTH CAROLINA.
April 21. 1945.
Plain Living and High Thinking
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April 21, 1945.
Worthy Of Your Attention-
You may think it strange that
I take it upon myself to write to
you concerning a serious matter
which has arisen upon your cam
pus. It is not, of course, as im
portant as something like the
war, but however, it does concern
me. I am the flag of the United
States of America, of which the
college of Mars Hill is a part.
Every day it is my duty to re
mind the citizens of this country
that theirs is a land to be proud
of, not only for the ideals of free
dom and equality that they cher
ish, but also to remind them of
the original United States that
fought so hard to win their inde
pendence. I am not trying to be
conceited, but I give inspiration
to those who gaze at me. These
are my jobs.
“Aye, Aye, Skipper,” and off you go for a delightful trip with an
even more delightful crew to view the thrills of a pirate world.
Yes, Junior-Senior is an “admirable” success tonight because of
the anticipation you had for the decorations, the company of that
certain “gob,” the colorful food, and all those little things that indi
viduals enjoy sailing through. ...
In a short time our Glee Club will do some launching in its own
way. Don’t decide to stay home for a bull session it’s too early in
the evening for that>-and don’t reach the conclusion that you d
rather stay in that room of yours. The time and energy spent are
worthy of your attendance and your sincere attention. Listen to the
sound of voices in the calm evening air; the melody of hearts sing
ing softly to a round moon. „ , , ,
Why not write that essay on “Life’s Little Trivialities and let
the members of your society smile at your clever phrasing?
Bring the “nose” that’s been yearning for knowledge of current
affairs to the Commencement Debate Finals and learn why the
affirmative is proposing that certain steps be taken. Listen to the
negative team present refutation for various points.
Watch skilled fingers take a melancholy stroll on the ivories while
you revel in memories of “time was . . . ” Student music recitals are
such lovely things. . , ,
Show your interest in our forthcoming activities. The ideal way
to do this is to enter that contest, come to the concert, listen to the
debate, and dream to the mus’c of the recital. Appear on time, and
decide before you go that you’re going to have a stoul^ing
However, on your campus, I
live in constant disgrace! I am
hung up on a flag-pole, and left
there until someone thinks enough
of me to take me down and care
for me. I hate to be left up in
that cold rain that is character
istic of your locality, and night
dampness does me no particular
good. In fact, I consider it an
insult, for always in other places
I am taken down at sunset, or
when it rains. It is a particular
disgrace to me that I am always
so dirty that I am no longer a
brilliant red, white and blue, but
I am a dark, and filthy color that
no one cares to be proud of.
Shown as they exchanged greetings are the genial president of
Mars Hill College, Dr. Hoyt Blackwell (right), and the brilliant lec
turer on South American affairs. Dr. Samuel Guy Inman.
This is my appeal to you, dear
editors, that you try to do some
thing about me! I want Mars Hill
campus to be in all its glory when
students and visitors see me up
on that tall flag-staff. Will you?
1 hope so!
“With all the beautiful girls
on this campus, I can’t under
stand why I couldn’t find at least
one who would volunteer to be
my chauffeur.” Dr. Inman came
out with this remark after he had
described the “beautiful moun-
roads that just twist and turn
and wind” so dreadfully much
that “he couldn’t think about
having to drive back over them
When we asked him if he would
get any rest before time for the
San Francisco Conference, he
pulled out a list that long of
schools, colleges, and organiza
tions in North Carolina, Ohio,
and Texas where he was sched
uled to speak.
‘To Montague Library, Mars
Hill College, with appreciation of
your hospitality, S. G. Inman,
March 9, 1945.” These are the
words he wrote in “our copy” of
his book, Latin America - Its
Place in World Life.
Take the problem of dirty dishes, for example. You were asked
by Dean Diggers to, co-operate with the kitchen staff by stacking
your dishes at the end of each meal. Few students have left the
din’ng hall without complying with this request.
Take the problem of broken shrubs which were frequently seen
here and there on the campus after the spring flowers began bloom
ing You were asked to allow these flowers to remain in their nat
ural habitat, and the response to this request was unusually good.
Take the problem of grass on the Little Circle. It’s really begin
ning to grow since the majority of students have decided to walk
around it. . . ^ -j 4.1,
Take, well, a number of little things, such as waiting outside the
dining hall until the bell rings, getting to chapel on time, and com
ing into church quietly, which are beginning to occur on the campus
since the students are becoming keenly and alertly sensitive to the
principle of appropriateness.
We, The Hilltop staff, take time out to thank you for your co
operation in complying with these requests from the Deans and
other faculty members. Your response has been in the whole-hearted
tradition of true Mars Hillians!
Faculty and students extend
their best wishes to Pfc. and Mrs.
Carrick Butler, whose marriage
was an event of March. 23. The
wedding followed Pfc. Butler’s
return from overseas service. Pfc.
Butler is now stationed in Miami,
Florida. Mrs. Butler, member of
the Business department faculty,
will join her husband there at the
end of the present school term.
To Whom Honor Is Due-
E very one enjoyed the school
holiday Monday, April 2. The
morning was devoted largely to
late-sleeping and loafing. A pic
nic supper at the Cascades was
the feature of the evening’s enter
Recent Mars Hill graduates are continuing the record of high
accomplishment which has ever been a distinguishing characteristic
of our students in senior colleges and in the world outside the ivory
We can mention just a few outstanding achievements of recent
graduates. This week we have had on our campus a distinguished
Broadway playwright, Howard Richardson. His recent play. Dark
of the Moon,” had been cited by George Jean Nathan as a possible
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. While a student at Mars
Hill college, Howard was outstanding in dramatics, writing two
plays, and appearing in numerous productions.
John Chandler, recent graduate, has been elected to Phi Beta
Kappa at Wake Forest College. Miss Florence Gordon, president of
the Mars Hill B.S.U. council in 1944, has recently been elected
B.S.U. President at WC.U.N.C. Miss Jane Lee, also a member
of the Mars Hill B.S.U. council last year, has been elected sec
retary of the B.S.U. at W.C.U.N.C. Bruce Mclver, 1944 graduate,
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Under the careful supervision
of Misses Allen and Garner the
Nonpareil garden is being cult!
vated. Every afternoon volunteer
workers pull weeds, dig in the
flowers, and do other necessary
We regret that Mother Helton’s
illness forced her to leave the
campus temporarily. She is now
recuperating at the home of her
sister at Black Mountain.
Dr. Sam Lawton was a campus
visitor recently. He was a speak
er for the B.S.U. Chapel exercises
and the B.S.U. Fellowship Hour.
A former teacher at Mars Hill
and a brilliant lecturer. Dr. Law-
ton had enthusiastic audiences to
Besides being an author, lec
turer, and teacher, he is the offi
cial adviser to the State Depart
ment on Latin-American affairs.
He lived in Mexico ten years
where he directed the People’s
Institute. The twenty-seven years
since then he has spent in visit
ing Latin America, meeting her
statesmen, educators, political
leaders, and ordinary people.
In 1935 Dr. Inman was decor
ated by the Government of Ecu
ador for his valuable interpreta
tions of Hispanic-American cul
ture. The following year he was
appointed by the late President
Roosevelt to the Buenos -A.ires
inter-American peace conference.
“And no matter if you never
stand on the balcony of Chapuel-
tepec House and look out over
Mexico City to gaze upon the cy
press groves planted there by
Carlotta,” he said to us, “you will
be able to say that you know
something of the Conference that
was held there which will make
the Monroe Doctrine belong to
the history of the past . . . ’
In his address he also spoke'of
the Conference at San Francisco.
That’s where he will be in a few
“Hello, Neighbor!” Whoevei
wouldn’t respond to a greeting
like this? “Daddy” Blackwell
last but not least, we have hedi
our President. “Daddy” Black (
well, we like those words and
like to say them.
“He makes me feel good.” JuS^
to know what they would say, v*
stopped a few passing student
and asked them what they thougl|
of first when his name is mentio®
ed. Here are some of the answel
we got: “Whenever his name 1
mentioned, I always think
something pleasant.” — “Ho
makes everything see i|
worthwhile.” — “He undeij
stands.” —- “He does no
good.” — “I don’t mind talkh
with him.” It’s too bad reals
that printed words are always II
ferred to as “cold, black typoe
These words must be that whij
is generous, kind, and “humail(
He is a scholar.' He has a pC
found love and appreciation i
learning; he understands quail
Incidentally he has seventy-thi
college hours in Greek alone. ( ^
used to keep the walls of ’
room plastered, with GrC
verbs.) We knew that he 1''
studied at several of our lead^
universities, and that he did a
of traveling after his work
The beautiful cantata, Stainer’s
“Crucifixion,” which was pro
duced under the direction of Mr.
J. E. Roberts, was one of the
loveliest productions of the Easter
Miss Irene Chambers, repre
sentative of the Home Mission
Board and special worker among
the Indian Americans gave
series of stimulating chapel talks
the week of March 19.
Edinburgh. Remember what r
said in chapel that day whenP
tcld us how he felt as he stoodP
the grave of Keats just out^'
the city of Rome. ^
Besides being a scholar, L
Blackwell is a successful busing
man. This can be demonsti-r"
by the fact that since his becj
ing president of Mars Hill ,
1938 over a half million do! J
has been added to the college
sources. He has kept the col
out of the red under chani
conditions, and he has seen
into effect many parts of his
largement program. There
plans for even greater dev
ments in the future.
Dr. Blackwell is a man of I
religious faith. He has the
renity, the vision, the good-
the fairmindedness, and the !
—all of which come out of C
We never feel out of
when we go to his office. H
ways takes time, and he is
proachable. “Edgewood” is
other place where we feel
come. Probably the best thir
ever did anyway was to r
Mrs. Blackwell. She’s a'
there to make us feel at 1
and her grace and charm ani
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