THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, N. C.
PLAIN LIVING AND HIGH THINKING
Published by the Students of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, N. C.
Entered as second-class matter February 20, 1926, at the Postoffice
at Mars Hill, North Carolina, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Pub
lished semi-monthly during the college year.
Subscription Rate Year $1.00
Editor Peggy Jones
Associate Editor Gerry Fossum
Sports Editor Paul Barwick
Advertising Managers Winnie Pringle - A1 Bright
Circulation Manager Marianne Summers
Exchange Editor Peggy Lucas
Managing Editor Elizabeth Bridges
Volume XXIV November 26, 1949
THERE’S NOTHING MORE detestable in modern
society and business than a “fence straddler.”
In the first place, “fence straddling” marks one as
not being intelligent enough to make up his mind or not
having enough backbone to take a stand on one side or
Life itself is an issue—an argumentative issue. From
the very beginning there is the issue of staying alive or
of dying. In the majority of instances, nature, aided by
science, makes that decision for man. As time and life
progress, however, the praotical world forces one to face
practical, material issues.
Humanity is endowed with personal individual intellig
ence. Nevertheless, some poor souls go through life
avoiding decisions, hoping in vain that they will never
have to take a definite stand. Unfortunately, some indi
viduals actually do not possess sufficient intelligence to
make decisions. But more often, the “fence straddlers”
6 mply have not enough backbone and individuality to
take a stand, one way or the other.
It is not the mentally weak that are condemned; they
are pitied. It is rather those who have not developed
morally that are an abomination to society. There is no
place in the present-day world for one who never ex
presses himself on an issue, but who totters between
both sides, thereby supporting neither: The “fence
straddler” not only weakens society, but weakens him
self personally. By never forming his own convictions,
he robs himself of the joy and thrill of mental and
moral individuality and independence.
Develope your own convictions; determine your own
stand. Then support your convictions and your stand.
By so doing, you will become an asset, not a liability to
If the shadowy individual who places his masterpieces
of art on the bulletin board by Spilman every day
will come to THE HILLTOP meeting Monday night,
we will give him a regular job. We look forward to
the daily treat, but think how much MORE publicity
he would have if his cartoons were printed in THE
When the load is heavy
And the way is drear
And you’re heavy hearted
Filled with pain and fear.
Think about your neighbor
Is his burden greater still
Does he not fight harder
To cl.mb a steeper hill?
S o ® /
As I sit here ,'n the twilight.
Dreaming of the days gone past,
I see only fallen castles.
Beautiful things that couldn’t last.
I see all my lovely pipe-dreams
Fallen in a shapeless heap;
Only sweat and toil and sorrow.
It makes my woeful soul to weep.
Now the twilight all has faded.
Just like life it’s quickly gone.
Still I sit here gently dreaming
On and on and on.
Now I see a bright tomorrow
Filled with happiness and love.
And I see the beautiful castles
Reaching, o^h so far above.
Sitting here alone in darkness,
I feel some gentle spirit* near.
Now it’s whispering oh so softly.
Whispering in my listening ear;
Oh you poor misguided dreamer
L:'fe on earth is quickly past.
Dream of things in life here after
Dream of things that ever last.
HERE WE ARE in the second half of the first semester
of the college year, and by this time we are all wrapped
up in our school work, society activities, special programs,
and religious activities with little time to spend w.th
A man was traveling on a perfectly good and clear
highway on a moonlit night. Approaching a turn in the
road, the man failed to turn his wheels, and the oar went
over a hundred foot cliff. Why did this man not turn
h s wheels when everything seemed to be normal with
the car, the highway, and the weather? It was the man
that was abnormal. He had allowed himself to be over
taken by alcoholic drink, and his eyesight was affected to
the point that he could not see the turn in the road. Ah
oncoming car also affected his eyesight in that the car’s
headlights were on bright and were reflecting off a
sh.ny Sign located at the bend in the road. There was
also a car following the man with its lights on bright and
reflecting from the rear view mirror into the man’s eyes.
The alcohol .hat he drank, the lights reflecting from both
the cars caused the victim a tragpc end.
We here at Mars Hill College may not be overtaken
by alcoholic beverages, but we are often overtaken by
the extra activities on the campus to the point where we
lose physical, mental, and spiritual strength. We may not
be bl nded by headlights of a car, but we are often
blinded by the things of great unimportance, and, like
the accident, the overtaking and blinding elements take
but a moment to cause a tragic end. What is the
Mary Anderson gives us the answer in her poem:
We mutter and spatter.
We fume and we spurt;
We mumble and grumble.
Our feelings get hurt;
We can’t understand things.
Our vision grows dim
When all that we need is
A Moment with Him.
The answer lies not in trying to kid ourselves, but
rather in realilzing, recognizing, and experiencing the
reality of Christ as Lord of our lives in our talking,
thinking, and doing. We never really know anyone
unt.l we get alone with that one and live with that one.
We can never expect to know Christ until we get alone
with Him and live with Him. “It is a faithful saying:
For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him;
if we suffer, we shall also reign with him, if we deny
him, he also w illdeny us: ... study to show thyself
approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim.
2:11, 12, and 15.
—Lee Belleman, Guest Editor.
CONGRATULATIONS, Nons and Eus, on your i
ception tonight. Anniversary was wonderful.
REACTIONS were varied over the first snow last wfi
but those from the Florida students who had never si
the stuff before were the most amusing. The Bart
gang gazed upon it with a raptured, “It’s cold, isn’t it
One little girl ran screaming up and down the dormit*
hall at 4:30 a.m. She still doesn’t know exactly K
she did that, but she had fun. Another girl who neglect
to wear a kerchief over head said, with her hair streami
in her face, “My, I didn’t know that it was wet.”
ambitious Floridian built a miniature snowman (al/°”®
s.x inches high) on the wall along the steps down to ®
dining hall. As a whole the new Floridians decided BiU is
was just about what they expected except that it shoPest fool
have been about two feet deeper. ihg to M
WONDER WHY: Millie Smith suddenly decided
didn’t want to go to Westhampton . . , those eight or
girls enjoy Dean Lee’s night Economics classes so Bi*War
. . . the person who draws thoce cartoons and puts
on the bulletin board doesn’t reveal his identity . j
Coach Ramsey doesn’t choose his track team from 'schoofR
students who run down to lunch at 12:30 each day
sideburns have almost all disappeared ... all the peolconsid”^
who have company look extra happy and all those
don’t look blue. ana was
OVERHEARD IN THE CAFETERIA: “My, this is ^aotball
beot gristle I’ve ever eaten!” “That oyster must have iwhich h
a pearl in it,” the girl said that as she spit out a tocBaseball
MAY WE EXTEND our heartiest congratulations^,*
the students who attended the concert last SaturC*'^®^
night for their excellent behaviour? They sounded aim*
like college ladles and gentlemen. After
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AN IMPORTANT PHASE of any college prograit
the entertainment it furnishes for its students. This i*
part of the curriculum which should not be consider
lightly, because the type of amusement and relaxatioi’
school sponsors will do much either to make or break ^
standards of the school.
At least seven hours of a student’s week should ‘
spent in some type of relaxation, whether it be movi'
spor.s, read.ng, or any other of a wide variety of amt*
men is. What is done with recreation periods is of gr*
consequence in several ways. It may serve to help'
hinder a student’s progress; it may likewise affect *
attitudes and his character.
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Considering these points, it is only reasonable to
elude that the students want and will appreciate ^
highest type of entertainment—movies and concerts tl*
play a distinct part in forming worthwhile ideas **
ideals while fulfilling their original purpose—provid'*
for the diversion of the students.
A worthwhile step towards this ideal would be
showing of classical pictures on Wednesday nights. ,
this way a background would be furnished which wO**
be useful in English courses.
If this would not be practical or possible, the pictu^
shown should be kept on a high plane, and only films
the highest sort should be presented.
Occasionally there are unavoidable errors in film
tion and choice of other types of entertainment, bu^
would be well to work toward the highest quality at *