THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, N. C.
May 21. 1955
PLAIN LIVING AND HIGH THINKING
Published by the Students of Mars Hill College
IX, Entered as second-class matter February 20, 1926, at the
Post-Office at Mars Hill, North Carolina, Under the Act
of March 3, 1879. Published semi-monthly during the
if college year.
Faith At Work
By NANCY FANT
May 21, 1955
Editor-in-Chief Mary Elizabeth Kenyon
Sports Editor Wilder
Religious Editor Nancy Fant
Exchange Editor Edna Staunton
Advertising Manager Mary Jane Rowan
Circulation Managers Louis Ensley, Ann Pate
Circulation Assistants Patty Sandlin, Mary Frances Collis
Marcia Taylor, Roddy Martin, Ted Carpenter
Hail and Farewell
The hands of time invariably seem to span the hours more quickly
when each fleeting moment brings us closer to the day when many of
us will greet each other for the last time. In just a week the graduating
class will have completed two years of their voyage on the seas of
higher education. Many times the sailing was difficult and boisterous
waves blew their vessels farther from the prized goal. However, the
sailors could not be lost in the storm because expert “compasses” con
stantly pointed out the way.
We C-I’s have been much influenced by the witness that you
sophomores bear. The first testimony of your Christian spirit was
shown in the warm way that you received us into the college “family.”
You were not jealous when you had to hand down your title as C-I’s
to a group of intruders. Henceforth, you have meant more to us than
we shall ever^ be able to express. In many cases we will be saying
farewell individually to a roommate, a lab partner, to classmates, and
to friends who have led us in deeper and richer spiritual experiences.
Collectively, we salute you who have so carefully protected our heritage.
We covet your prayers and good wishes as you leave with us this
priceless possession. In return we extend our most sincere congratula
tions and bid you Godspeed.
It Was Good
Soon the last chord of the graduation march will be playing. Already
we are strangely aware of the fact that the goal toward which we
aimed such a short time ago is here. We are finding the things which
have constituted our life for the past two years coming to an abrupt
end. We came to realize that our hour was nearing at the beginning
of second semester when our advisors warned us to check our credits
in the registrar’s office.
Later in the semester we were the honored guests at the Junior-
Senior banquet. How different it seemed from last year when we did
all the work. Time began to pass more quickly, the da3^s being filled
with more and more activities. The hardest blows came when new
officers were elected. Although we wished them the best, a lump came
in our throats as we saw them stand where we used to stand.
Even more recently we have marked our names from the Literary
Societies’ rolls. The bo3^s came to sing for the last time. How heart
breaking to see the group together.
We anticipate the remaining commencement activities, the Ivy Chain,
Alumni banquet, baccalaureate sermon, Harriet, and graduation, with
mixed emotions. We are happy to have come this far in our education,
but sad to leave it all behind. It is easy to disagree with Webster
in calling such a time as this commencement. It may be the beginning
of a new trail, but it is the end of this one.
Melancholia fills us when we think of not seeing the autumn leaves,
roommates, mountain sunsets, S. P.’s and lunch lines again. Yes, we
are blue now, but when the parting is over and time has healed the
wounds, we will say, “It was good; it was good!”
“In grateful memory of the
miraculously divine leadership
which brought an American and
a German, immediately after all
the bitterness and hardships of
war, together in friendship, and
what is more in the brotherhood
of Jesus Christ, may this Bible
be dedicated by the former Navy
Chaplain of the German Navy to
Honorable Congressman Brooks
Hays who found it at Cherbourg
in a deserted billet.
May 8, 1953
Alvin Altberg, Jr.
These impressive words tell the
story of a unique way of “Re
flecting Christian Citizenship” as
Dr. Brooks Hays presented it to
the group attending the Honor
Club Banquet last Saturday night.
Dr. Hays found a German Bible
in a deserted building while tour
ing Europe. He learned that his
new-found possession belonged to
a minister in Dusseldorf, and on
a visit to Frankfurt he had an
opportunity to meet the owner.
From another personal experi
ence, Dr. Hays told the story of
one of his college roommates, a
boy from deep In the Ozarks. The
boy was “intellectually honest,
logical in argument, and possessed
a scientific mind”; however, he
had no interest in religion. With
all his scientific knowledge. Dr.
Ha3^s sa3^s that his friend fell far
short because “the really impor
tant things In life cannot be meas
ured in the laboratory.” In real
ity, *‘The purpose of education is
to build an integrated life,” he
sa3'^s. This story does have a happ3^
ending, however. The student be
came a hero in World War I,
and later in his scientific work
as a professor in college he also
became a church member. By in
corporating all these attributes,
“He had become an integer.”
What are you doing at 6:45 Friday evening? Nothing? Then why
not attend Vesper services. The programs are being varied to stimulate
interest and are very inspiring. Jimmy Taylor, leader for Vespers, Is
calling on more students to participate, and many are finding their
opportunity to “serve by doing.” All who come to these services are
not only blessed spiritually, but also receive strength to face problems.
The Listen Fund is a short way of saying, “Love Impels Sacrifice
1 oward Every Need.” This pro-
gram is now under the leadership
of Don Midkiff. Students are
showing an interest in the needs
of the world by donating already
three hundred thirty-four dollars
and seventy-four cents; however,
Don has set a goal of at least
thirty more dollars to be reached
by the end of this term. The
money will be used to send food
to hungry people and to aid in
sending summer missionaries to
“Snoopy” has really been on the
ball! I’ve been looking around this
week, and I have discovered some
regions where they are desperately interesting things about this sum
needed. Jesus says, “Inasmuch as nier. The Mars Hill students are
you have done it unto one of the to be all over the world,
least of these my brethren, ye have Graduation day will find Gail
done it unto me.” (Matthew Fulbright joining a group of
25:40) Won’t you give today? Y.W.A. councilors and leaders.
Volunteers for Christ met re- Gail is going to Glorletta for
cently to install the officers elect- Y.W^.A. week. She will visit
ed for next year. It was a simple Peaces of interest on the way to
but inspiring service in which all New Mexico and on the return
retiring officers challenged their she will stop at the New
successors to fill their positions Orleans Mission Center. This trip
well. Dr. Pierce, sponsor for the will be given to Gail, the first
group, was presented by Pat state Y.W.A. president, by the
Thomas with a gift for her faith
ful contribution to the organiza
Kroe, Oteen Chairman
Don Kroe, recently chosen
If 3mu happen to see a group of
hitchhikers going west, don’t be
alarmed. Joe Mamlin, Bill Brog-
den, Jim Otis, and Don Kroe
are going to work with the Tent
Oteen Chairman for next year M l? -
has appointed Frances McCros- These boys
key, Phil Holbrook, and Hetty ^n thT I"
Corey as ward leaders for Oteen T ■ ^
Jim Whitmore is the new chair-
man for Mt. Olive work. During t Vacation Bible Schools,
this year many people have come Raveling this summer
to know Christ as their Savior in ^ ^ >>°5' “
these missions. Others have been ®
Liicac imsbiuiib. ^uiers nave been mio-ht- r ,
drawn closer to the Master i- schoolmates.
arawn closer to the Master f ... scnuuiinates.
through the volunteers who have ^ral I visited by sev-
^ - of the Mars Hill family.
Dr. Hays spoke freely about the
enterprise of serving one’s genera
tion as a Christian politician. He
stressed the vital importance of
bridging the span between the
religious and political community.
To make his discussion more ef
fective he used the symbols of the
Logothia Club as guideposts. The
open book represents a free church
in a free state. Dr, Hays feels
that freedom is not alwa3^s safe
because something has happened
to our tradition of freedom. One
failure of freedom is in the fear
of students to express their views
lest their views be held against
faithfully followed God’s guid-
ance. Eeach of you C-I’s is urged" R Pennell is going to
to begin next 3^ear by going to her Alliance with
others as well as a receiver of Prance, Belgium and
blessings. All mission trips for this Lond before going to
r going to h -C *1 ' ^ Willi
Oteen. You will be a blessing to .>'• They plan to visit
others as well as ' I*"*'’'
year ended last Sunday. The song This trip is a graduation
for the Mission Council is “Sp™® G^^ge.
of the Living God.” Perhaps their
motto, “Know and Make Known,”
comes from their Scripture verse,
That which we have seen and
Blackwell and Charles
An- ^ are going to the World
Alliance with Charles’ parents.
■I hey plan to spend about six
heard declare we unto you, that Europe. Some of the
5'^e also may have fellowship with *^^at they plan to visit are
us: and truly our fellowship is Germany, Austria,
with the Father and with His . ®“and, and Ireland. This trip
IS another graduation present.
Paul Caudill will leave for the
. , ■ World Alliance by boat from
as Conference had Canada. He and his family are
sistant Joe Dubose, as- fore going to London. Paul says
Chiirrh^- Baptist *^hat he is looking forward to the
^hurch m Asheville. He is one ^np because he will meet a lot of
a series of guest speakers for People.
wl Harley Well, “Snoopy” is rather tired
durlnv rh President ^ter this long trip. I guess I can
-u Working dream about all of these summer
n nim will be vice-president, adventures for a while. Wouldn’t
1 ed Ward; secretary, Wallace it be wonderful if all of the stu-
ay or. reporter, Seth Needham; dents could go with these lucky
Son Jesus Christ.”
Where Do We Go ?
We have come to the end of a year that has been most profitable.
Fortunately, as the seasons give variety to life so does the summer
vacation give a pleasant break In the routine of 8 o’clock classes, heavy
books, history tests, poetry, conjugation of the past definite tense, etc.
Of course there are other “breaks” that we shall hesitate to make.
How about what we have learned? Will we snuff it out of our back
ground in spite of the fact that we spent long hours in lab trying to
drink of the fruit of knowledge?” Will we quickly forget how much
that pra3’^er-mate has meant to us and how lucky we were to have such
a congenial roommate. In short, will be too easity forget the ideals
and traditions which make Mars Hill, “A Gem in the Emerald Ring
of the Hills.” We should seriously ask ourselves, “Where do we go
The star of David and its
symbol of unity, freedom and tol
erance was made more real to
him when he viewed the cemetery
at Bapaume in which 4,000 Jews
and Christians are buried together.
The only distinguishing factor be
tween the two groups buried
there was the Star of David
that distinguished the Jews. Then
he reminded the group of “Peace
and unity, liberty, justice and tol
erance,” inscribed on the speaker’s
stand in the House of Representa
In conclusion. Dr. Hays sees
the symbol of the cross each day
as he witnesses men voting against
their own Interests to dare to do
right. “There comes a time when
pianist, Andy Horne; and janitor^
Steve Blackwell. Guest speaker
for the May 12 meeting was Dr.
3"nard Fox, Pield Representative
of the Relief and Annuity Board
of the Southern Baptist Conven
tion. Dr. Fox discussed the min
istry of the Relief and Annuity
oard in relation to our present
The Young Women’s Auxiliary
held a general meeting for the in-
stallation of new officers Ap-
proxirnately forty-five members at
tended the candlelight service.
Dorm meetings were held on May
12 and 13. The themes for the
- programs were, “Up and Down
eternal principles enter the consid- Side of'Th?'R„?H‘'.“p
erations and statistics are of "no ha7 been’’chase's
importance r u onosen social chan
for the general YWA.
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