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Published by the Students of Mars Hill College
Volume XXX
Number 1
Faculty Members
Complete Desrees
Three members of the Mars Hill
College faculty received graduate
degrees this summer. They were
Mrs. Gwyndola Fish, Mrs. H. E.
Jolley, and Phillip Magnus. Mrs.
Fish received her M. A. in Span
ish from Columbia University
while Mrs. Jolley secured her
M. A. in history from Appa
lachian State Teachers’ College,
and Mr. Magnus completed his
Master’s degree in Music at
Several other members of the
faculty worked on degrees. Dean
H. N. “Pop” Lance worked on
his M. A. at Furman University
while L. M. Outten worked on
his Doctors’ Degree at Cornell.
At the University of North Caro
lina, H. E. Jolley worked on his
Doctors’ Degree in history. Rob
ert Edwards worked on his Mas
ters’ at East Tennessee State
Teachers’ College and Mrs.
Rachel Chapman worked on her
M. A. at the Woman’s College
of the University of North Caro
lina. Miss Pearl Francis did
graduate work at Columbia Uni
Other members of the faculty
attended workshops, conferences,
and schools. Dean R. M. Lee
studied three weeks at the Eco
nomic Education Workshop at
Michigan State University and
also attended the meeting of the
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The new faculty and staff members are, front row, left to right;
Mrs. Wilhelm, Mrs. Robinson, Miss Franks and Miss Linney. Back
row, left to right; Mr. Detro, Mrs. Jolley, Miss Edwards, Mrs.
Blanton, Mr. Wilhelm and Mrs. Tilson. Mr. Norris and Mr.
Kruchwitz were absent when the picture was made.
Officers Chosen
By Dramateers
At the organizational meeting
of the Dramateers held on Sep
tember 19, Martha Barnes was
elected president to replace Jane
McKee, *who did not return this
year. Tommy Stogner was chosen
vice president.
“Lute Song,” the first play of
the season, will be presented on
November 12. Tryouts were held
September 26, after chapel from
10:00 till 12:00, and on Tuesday,
September 27, from 2:30 till 5:00.
Mrs. Elizabeth Watson, who
for the first time is teaching drama
on a full-time basis, has this to
say about “Lute Song”:
“ ‘Lute Song’ is a classic on the
Chinese stage exactly as “Ham
let” is on our stage. It was writ
ten by Kao-Tong-Kia in ancient
China. An adaptation of it was
made by Mao-Taou for presenta
tion at the Imperial Court at
Peking in 1404. Since that date
it has had a continuous stage life.
It was adapted to the American
stage by Sidney Howard and Will
Erwin and presented on Broadway
during the 1946 season. Mary
Martin and Yul Brynner had the
lead roles.”
Other plays to be presented by
the drama department are Leo
Tolstoi’s “What Men Live By,”
which will be presented by the
religious drama class in chapel
October 19 and 20, and Susan
Glaspell’s “Trifles” to be present
ed October 30 and November 1.
Dean’s List
Is Announced
A total of 85 students were on
the Dean’s list for the spring
semester of the past school year.
To be eligible for the Dean’s list
a total of 40 or more quality
points is required. Jimmy L. Tay
lor leads the list with 60 quality
The following are on the Dean’s
list: Lloyd Bailey, Jean Baker^
Joan Bird, Ruth Bishop, Jane
Blake, Margaret Blount, Alice
Bolton, Andrew Borders, Jo El
len Bradle}^, Charles Bullard,
Mary Bunn, Doris Cade, Robert
Carter, Frank Case, Bill Cobb,
Jane Craig, Joe Currin, William
Deal, Fieldy Dize, Sarah Dozier,
Bo3^d Falls, Alma Ferguson^ Jane
Franklin, and Charles Freeze.
Also Gary Gantt, Hubert Gar
land, Eileen Gerringer, Richard
Green, Kenneth Hampton, Jerry
Hartgrove, Benny Helton, Sandra
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Draft Exam Set
R. M. Lee, dean, announces
that there will be a Selective
Service examination given here on
November 17.
This test is to be taken by all
who are subject to the draft. Dean
Lee stated that all who are in
terested should contact any Draft
Board and secure application
blanks for the test and mail them
back to the Board as soon as pos
Cleland Is Speaker
As 100th Year Besins
Dr. James T. Cleland, of the Duke University Divinity School,
was the speaker at the formal Convocation on Monday, September 19,
launching the activities commemorating Mars Hill’s one hundredth
Two additional programs will be held this semester, and a full
program of events has been planned for the remainder of the year.
On Founder’s Day, October 15, an address will be presented by
Dr. Gordon Palmer of Los Ange-
Chanticleers Open
Entertainment Slate
Twelve Persons Added
To Faculty And Staff
Twelve new staff and faculty members have been added for the
1955-56 term at Mars Hill.
The new faculty members are Mrs. Betty Cornette Jolley, who
will teach history; Miss Martha Linney, English; Miss Sadie Franks,
French and Spanish; Orville C. Kruschwitz, math and chemistry;
Rufus N. Norris, voice and choral instructor; and R. A. Detro, head
New staff members are Mrs.
Elizabeth Blanton of Statesville,
who is hostess at the new dormi
tory for men; Dwight Wilhelm
who will work in the department
of public relations; Miss Doris
Edwards, dietitian in the cafeteria;
Mrs. Dwight Wilhelm, assistant
in the Bursar’s office; Mrs. Bry
son Tilson and Mrs. Locke Rob
inson, assistants in the library.
The increase in the faculty and
staff was necessitated by an in
creased enrollment and the vacan
cies created by two faculty mem
bers who are away on leaves of
Miss Mar}?^ Jean Smith, who
taught history and French last
year is continuing her graduate
studies at the University of North
Also on leave of absence is Wil
liam Whitesides, Jr., instructor of
voice and choral director. He will
spend a year touring the United
States, Europe, and the Near East
as a member of the Robert Shaw
Mr. Norris, a native of Moores-
ville, will replace Mr. White-
sides. Mr. Norris received his
B.A. degree from the University
of North Carolina in 1948 and
his M.A. from the Teachers Col
lege of Columbia University this
year. From 1951 through 1953, he
was a member of Fred Waring’s
choral group, the Pennsylvanians.
Formerly a member of the li
brary staff at Mars Hill, Mrs.
Jolley who received her M.A. de
gree in history at Appalachian
State Teachers College this sum
mer has joined the History Depart
ment. Her husband is also an in
structor in history at Mars Hill.
Having done her undergraduate
work at Anderson College in
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Mars Hill opens its 1955-56
entertainment series with the pres
entation of the Chanticleers in the
college auditorium at 7:30 P.M.
on Saturday, October 8. The
group, a male quartet, is composed
of four former soloists of the
Robert Shaw Chorale. The pro
gram will consist of folk songs,
spirituals, operatic and musical
comedy excerpts, and solo num
Organized in the fall of 1952,
the Chanticleers adopted their
name from the Chaucerian char
acter in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale,
who wooed his favorite dame by
singing “merrier than a mermaid
in the sea.” Members of the quar
tet are Michael Carolan, tenor;
Richard Wright, second tenor;
Raymond Keast, baritone; and
Thornton Marker, bass.
Next Saturday night’s perform
ance will be the second appear
ance of the Chanticleers on the
Other outside attractions on the
entertainment schedule include the
University of Alabama String
Quartet, the North Carolina Lit
tle Symphony, the Russian vio
linist Odnoposoff, and the West
minster Choir.
les, California. Greetings will be
extended to the College from the
following: the State of North
Carolina, the Baptist State Con
vention, all church-related col
leges, the American Association of
Junior Colleges, the Southern As
sociation of Colleges and Second
ary Schools, the trustees of the
College, and the alumni. Another
feature of Founder’s Day will he
a service for the dedication of the
Memorial Library and the Myers
Dormitory for Men. Following
this service the friends and visi
tors to the College will be enter
tained at a tea.
Homecoming Day will be ob
served on November 24, when Dr.
Fred Brown, Pastor Emeritus of
the First Baptist Church of
Knoxville, Tennessee will be the
principal speaker. The traditional
Thanksgiving program, “Lest We
Forget,” will be presented by the
members of the BSU Executive
Council. The program, which will
be under the direction of Dr.
Pierce, is being presented for the
twenty-eighth consecutive time
this year.
Events to be observed during
the second semester include: Char
ter Day on February 16, with Dr.
Edward Hughes Pruden, Pastor
of the First Baptist Church,
Washington, D. C., as speaker;
Honor Clubs Banquet on May 12,
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Campus ‘Faceliftin,
Continues Into Fall
The campus we returned to this
September looks very different
from the one we left in May. Most
of the improvements center on the
south side of Marshal Road. On
“boys’ hill” tons and tons of
earth have been moved. The en
tire hill behind Brown has been
leveled. The drive circling the
south side of the campus has been
re-located in part, widened, and
graveled preparatory to being
paved. Myers dormitory is in op
eration, though the floods inter
fered with the prompt arrival of
beds and desks. The outlook from
its windows commands a magnifi
cent view of Gabriel’s Creek val
ley and Bailey Mountain.
Behind Huffman bulldozers are
busily moving dirt in the girls’
recreational area. The girls are
looking forward to having tennis
courts near at hand.
Some changes were made in
Spilman. The offices that were on
the first floor last year are now
in the basement where the reserve
librar}?^ used to be. The former
offices are now occupied by Spil
man girls. Spilman had its face
lifted with a new paint job. It
really does look good!
Huffman dormitory was paint
ed too. It looks much better. A
coat of paint really makes a big
change. All of the girls like the
new look that their home has.
Another new building on the
campus is the library. We are go
ing to enjoy working in its light,
airy, and spacious rooms when all
of the books are put into their
places and we learn to find our
way around in the three-stor)'^
The science building soaked up
a few buckets of paint. The green
walls make the halls more invit
ing. The color changes to brown
on top floor.
Landscaping goes on. When the
clay hillsides are covered with
grass our campus will be even
more beautiful than it now is.

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