THE HILLTOP. MARS HILL COLLEGE. MARS HILL. N. C.
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PLAIN LIVING AND HIGH THINKING
Published by the Students of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, N. C.
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Volume XXIV October 28, 1949 Number 3
COURSES OP COLD CUTS were served on hot plat
ters to students and faculty during the recent Religious
Focus Week. Furthermore, these cold cuts proved to be
servings of, shall we say, “tough meat.” Somewhat
radical Biblical interpretations and shoulder-to-shoulder
statements were handed out to both students and faculty
during the week, and as the week progressed, heated
discussions stalked the campus. Even now when it has
passed, memories of the week remain, creating contro
versy, both pro and con.
In no little while will these controversial issues die on
Mars Hill campus, else the spiritual and practical minds
of our students and faculty are dead! Something new
has been awakened in the minds and souls of us all that
has challenged the best of us, and shall continue to
challenge until that time when we shall enlarge our
mental and spiritual scope and search for the hidden
But, alas, there are those who will choke on this new
food, and will taste no more than the first tempting
succulence. It is to those who will taste and taste yet
more, yea, until they cut their spiritual wisdom teeth,
that the supreme value of the week will be discovered.
ARE YOU ONE of those timid souls who get the
jitters when in the direct vicinity of spooks, hobgoblins,
and a creaky old witch or two? Do you have an active
antipathy for banshees, werewolves, and vampires?
Then, poor timid soul, beware! It’s rumored in the
air on this very night, when the moon rises over the
hills, the students at Mars Hill will be “hanted” by
hordes of howling horrors. The witches will be flying
and their cats (black, of course) will be riding proudly
on aerial broomsticks.
To join this mysterious medley of merrymakers all you
have to do is bring your enthusiasm and a lot of room
for fun to Huffman, Stroup, Edna Moore, or Spilman
for a hilarious time with Halloween horrors.
—By Elizabeth Bridges.
REMEMBER THE TIME when you were a youngster,
and had just discovered that there were really no fairies?
Wasn’t it a disappointing surprise? Then there was the
time when you finally gave up hoping to see the Easter
Bunny and tearfully admitted that he must not be the
one who had been bringing your colored eggs every year.
At the time, these discoveries were fearfully unpleasant,
but as you see them now they represented important
steps in your growth from childhood into maturity.
Without these steps, sometimes painful realizations,
sometimes delightful discoveries, the human mind would
fail to progress beyond its first awkward and crude con
ceptions of ideas and things about it. When a group of
students begin hotly discussing pertinent issues, there
fore, it’s a pretty good indication that there is some
mental growth taking place. Although some participants
may grow disturbed, some angry, and some even depress
ed, when problems arise which call for careful thought
and discussion of this kind, the fact remains that the
student is unconsciously profiting from it.
The world is demanding thinking people for its leaders,
and only those who welcome issues for serious thought
will be lible to meet that demand. Keep an open, active
mind, for it is the best insurance against ignorance,
prejudice, and outmoded ideas. Without it no student
may hope to grow in, his scope of intellectual achieve
ment, but with it he is equipped for an active part in an
Whafs In An Eye ?
LOOKING AT PEOPLE IS AN ART! The degree to
which one develops this art measures to a large extent
his personality rating. In speaking to a group, one is
responsible for developing eye contact in order to capture
the interest of his listeners. The same is true of daily
conversations and even silent meetings.
You may pat me on the back.
You may love me till you die.
But you’ll make no progress, friend.
Till you look me in the eye.
SEEN ON CAMPUS: People exclaiming over J»
Almeida’s picture on the cover of the current Y. W.
Window. Tressie Brown and Bert Clay Edwards. Bern)
Limer just being Bernice Limer. Mark Owens with
box of vanilla wafers . . . “Spittin’ Images” Irvin W)
kins and David Mathews. Betty King sighing aftel
visit from Jack . . . Three of the “Bartow Gang” preai
ing at Oteen . . . Margaret Potts playing “Malaguei
without the music.
You’d think after all the talk about butting into t
cafeteria line that people would stop doing it. Althou
In avoiding another’s eyes, one often misses an un
speakable message. People become fast friends, in many
instances, because of an understanding glance across a
crowded room. Sometimes a more tender glance
furnishes the spark for a beautiful love.
Is it not true that people “READ YOUR EYES?”
Searchingly, eagerly, one looks to you for an answer
to something in his life. The problem of being a good
example faces Christians every day. The root of the
problem is: What kind of reflection do you make in the
other fellow’s eyes? Are you afraid to look? If you
are afraid, you have the consolation that it is physically
possible for you always to avoid his eyes; although he
is going to wonder what you are trying to hide. How
ever, there is One Set of Eyes that is constantly fastened
on you. You may avoid meeting that Set of Eyes in
this life, but you cannot escape the ultimate reflection
with which eternity will approve or torment you.
Wanda Taylor, Guest Editor.
The Same Old Thing — Love
THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET will be
staged at MHC November 1, by a cast largely composed
of new faces on the stage.
Durwood Hill will portray Doctor Chambers; Jo Pitt-
ard, Elizabeth Barrett; Betty Schmidt, Wilson; Vicky
Ogle, Henrietta Barrett; and Beulah White, Arabel
the C-I’s seem to have reformed nicely, there are ® ^
many C-II’c — several of them leaders on the campus”
who feel that they are privileged in some way and tlf^ ^
they don’t have to get in the back of the line with
rest of us. We’re not trying to preach a sermon, b jj
it would be nice to get in line some day and not hSvho this
to watch it getting longer all the time instead of shortfe, it jg (-
Jeanne Mason, president of Y. W. A., received anofl^rom Ri(
box of candy the other day. From whom, Jeanne? s the la
LAST ISSUE we printed a list of do’s and don’t’s Pp'^’erfu!
students who wanted to get along with their teache*^® body,
Well, this time we have a list for the faculty: (1) h
come the class with a big smile on the first day and’®^^ for
sure to release them half an hour early. This gi^^po'id j
them the idea that you’ll do it every time, and
they’ll love you for it. (2) Keep them laughing with H
the jokes and riddles you can scrape together. If Hi
can’t think of a joke, give them some more homework^®"^^
they won’t have time to regret taking such a hard cout^'^^^^’ds
(3) Let them chew gum. Of course after two or tht'.*'
days of a slew of mouths opening and closing at reguj^''^^ the
intervals like that of Elsie the Borden Cow in the M^°^*es
Hill Market window, you’ll probably be a babbli^^-^^to,
maniac, but remember you must sacrifice everything
the profession. (4) Make your tests few and rt
between, and keep a list of students who pass the^ Junior
Then flunk those students for paying too much attenti
to details. (5) Don’t pay any attention to these rulyiartin i
It’s too late in the year to apply them, and anywaSn the ]
got them from a list of regulations at the North Carolthis fact
bca.e School for the Mentally Incapable of Understandiviars Hi
Directions Correctly. It was formed especially fc. “b>
Other cast members are: Larry Glenn, Octavius Bar
rett; Wisner Washam, Septimus Barrett; Lacy Thorn
burg, Alfred Barrett; Jo McManus, Charles Barrett;
Byron Peterson, Henry Barrett; David Wells, George
Barrett; Willard Callis, Edward Barrett; Freda Gladden,
Bella Hedley; Irvin Watkins, Henry Bevan; Don Moody,
Robert Browning; Harry Allen, Doctor Waterlow; and
Everett Gill, Captain Cook.
women drivers who, when they put their left arms 'gridiron
the car window, are simply drying their wet finger#punted
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IMPROMPTU: Oh, baby, do you realize what I woPp*'*-® 6
if I could?”-—Ken Summers. Lions. I
REMEMBER: Don’t let opportunity fool you. It ofT •
comes disguised as WORK. -L/IO]
-- In I
In the typical red earth of
Southwest Georgia, within nine
miles of Americus, thrives a 640-
acre farm called Koinonia, Incor
porated, which in Greek means
Families share the evening meal
alone; after it follows the third
daily period of devotion and Bible
study. So runs the schedule of a
day on Koinonia Farm, a day filled
with mutual love, labor, and learn
Twenty-six Christians live and
practice daily their beliefs in one
brotherhood, working, playing,
sharing, and worshiping together
as a unit. Of this number, two are
Morning begins at Koinonia at
five a.m. when the entire popula
tion arises, eats breakfast, and
then gathers for morning worship.
Families live together in cottages
on the farm, and those who have
no family live in groups. The
labors of the day begin at six-
thirty, and everyone goes to his
peculiar duties, whether field
work, carpentry, kitchen and din
ing room duty, or work with the
livestock or poultry. Work con
tinues until eleven-fifty when all
return to prepare for the noon
meal, which is served at a common
board. The meal is followed by
another period of mutual worship,
for which every citizen of the
farm is at some time or other re
sponsible. After thirty minutes of
rest, the Koinonians return to
Koinonia Farm was first formed
in 1942, when Clarence Jordan
and Martin England acknowledged
the call of God to leave their
homes and jobs and go to a place
which He would show them. With
approximately $57 between the
two of them, they went in search
of that place. With complete faith
in God that He would supply them
with their every need, they agreed
to purchase the land whereon
Kiononia Farm is now located for
$8000 with a down payment of
$2500. God sent them the neces
sary funds through a contractor
who previously had promised half
of whatever profit he made from
his latest contract to the two
daring young men. Miraculously,
that profit amounted to exactly
debt. In the production of
the county in which the faring
located leads all other counties^ ’
Georgia. Beginning with 500
Leghorn pullets, the farm
raises approximately 3000 chick^^jj
annually, with an approxitfl'
daily egg production of 2300. With
Although poultry developnAegijujjj
has been the principal specialtybasketb'
the farm, peanuts are grown °*guard
rather large scale, also. The f^squad'
raises its own beef and dtexpecte(
cattle, and its pork. A herd of^^B aft
cattle is maintained, while
more than 6 or 8 porkers ^
raised each year. Sufficient PTaylor
urage for the entire year is PWestley
vided for on the land. ^®nnett
Jordan and England found
nothing but empty land upon their
arrival. Through the years, they
labored together, believing always
that “all things work together to
the good of those who love God.”
Today, Koinonia, Inc. is free of
No individual at Koinonia P
sesses anything. Everything
longs to the corporation,
which every need must be supp*'
Extensive mission work is ^
ried on in the surrounding
m unities. Needy families are
for and religious programs
conducted in local churches
the citizens worship weeklf'
the summer of 1950, the farn*'
sponsor an inter-racial vacs