p ' MARS HILL BEGINS Hilltop Published by the Students of Mars Hill College Volume XXX MARS HILL, N. C., SEPTEMBER 30, 1955 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 Peabody. 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 versity. 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 (Continued on Page 4) 'Vfm. 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 points. 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 (Continued on Page 4) 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 sible. 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 year. 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 librarian. 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 absence. Miss Mar}?^ Jean Smith, who taught history and French last year is continuing her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina. 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 Chorale. 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 (Continued on Page 4) 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 bers. 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 campus. 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, (Continued on Page 4) 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)'^ structure. 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.