ird March 8, 19E the Mars Hill College hiUtod SLED is not Something to ride; It’s something to push. Vol. XLIIL No. 12 MARS HILL. NORTH CAROLINA March 21, 1969 Palmer CIT Foundation Contributes $5,000 to Capital Improvements Squad by the DistrK rict squad. A h no one in tb 54.4 percent TT • • ;rsity of SouH zed to find tl» e to the Gra»* McGuire cho^ did so in frot lan who argue* , Florida gan>* the game wit^ the Gamecocle A check for $5,000 from the CIT Foundation is presented to Dr. ^*ed Bentley by Les Fisher of Charlotte, field representative of Tuition id instill teatf ^lan, lnc„ an affiliate of the CIT Financial Corporation, and spectator* ~ ~ Nhip as a dea* SGA Presideiit Pons id fourth plae* ekend. In tl>‘ sated Milligan’ ost to the C'l' ian 29-37. Morty Roe, y Anne Moor* Collis. Elaborates on His Platform forage .S Jp. Recently elected Student Gov- ®’'*rttient Association President, . Pons, had four major planks his platform. 1) More student *^^ticipation, 2) Better lines of "^rnmunication, 3) Activate the ^^asent court system, and 4) More students on representative com- >nittees. This platform, buttressed by a ®®nse of lurgency, impelled stu- to “take the initiative”, sup- the SGA and “sacrifice to •^ake Mars Hill better.” His theme change and his four major ^ints were where it was most ^fcessary. In the following inter- President Pons elaborates on new SGA. there any major policy Changes planned by the SGA? . ^ight now my one major change ^ Getting the Student Activities Oftimittee select the movies for ^ ® year. At present there are h e r things that should be jT^ged, such as a more informa- ,means of communication, and ^^®ining within the attorney’s aff. What I’m doing now is see- . ® if these changes are fe2isible. ajid ihr, ^ake seeing if they can be put °ugh when the new senators over. Oo you think the recent election supply you ■with the leader- fo achieve these aims? j.Tes, I do. There are a lot of ^ ddents capable of good leader- j P on this campus, a lot of new Were brought into Student o '’ernment. Most of these people I’ve talked with personally ® willing to work and this is ^ ‘Jat we are going to have to have “otter Student Government — ^Ple who are willing to work. SQA's of the past have often od about broadening the base atudent participation. Do« administration have definite e s A check for $5,000 has been pre sented to the college by the C.I.T. Foundation of New York, Dr. Fred Bentley, president of the col lege, announced yesterday. Similar gifts to 11 other recent ly accredited colleges in the form of matching grants were an nounced this week by the founda tion, bringing to 112 the number of institutions thus helped during the last nine years. L. Walter Lundell, chairman of C.I.T. Financial Corporation and the Foundation, reported that the total amount raised through the program is $1,370,000. This in cludes $495,000 in C.I.T. grants and $875,000 in matching funds contributed to the colleges by alumni, local businesses, and other supporters. The other colleges receiving grants included Alvemia College, Reading, Pa.; Windham College, Putney, Vt.; Bentley College of Accounting and Finance, Boston; Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield, Mich.; New College, Sarasota, Fla.; Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn.; MoUoy Catholic College for Women, Rockville Cen tre, N. Y.; New England College, Henniker, N. H.; Sacred Heart College, Wichita, Kans.; the Uni versity of Corpus Christi, Tex.; William Woods College, Pulton, Mo. “The C.I.T. program is designed as a form of recognition and en couragement for colleges which have achieved accreditation as a further step in helping them to meet the ever-increasing need for higher learning,” Lundell said. “The gift is doubly welcome,” Bentley added, “because it has produced more than $10,000 which we will use in our capital im provements.” The 111 other institutions which have received such grants have realized double benefits also, Lun dell explained. “The stimulating effect of the challenge grant is indicated by the fact that the colleges thus helped have raised total matching funds amounting to twice the total of the foundation contribution.” The grants are awarded annual ly to private, four-year, liberal-arts colleges and universities which have been accredited or re-accred ited during the previous year by one of the six regional U.S. ac crediting associations. Formerly a junior college. Mars Hill gained full accreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges in November, 1967 and soon thereafter made ap plication for the C.I.T. grant. The C.I.T. Financial Corporation is a highly diversified company with interests in commercial and industrial financing, banking, in surance, and manufacturing and merchandising. In addition to the matching grants program for new ly accredited colleges the com pany — through its foundation — sponsors scholarships and grants through the National Merit Schol arship Program and provides sup port to the National Fund for Medical Education, the National Scholarship Service & Fund for Negro Students, the United Negro College Fund, National Achieve ment Scholarships, and the Inde pendent Schools Talent Search Program. plans for this? Yes, (we plan) to have people not officially affiliated with SGA to be put on various committees. We should bring these independ ents in, to see their opinions, and maybe by discussion we can help settle both ideas. Do you see any good in this stu dent power organization, SLED? Yes, I see a lot of good in it. Most of the people in it are people who want to see change come to Mars HiU College. The SLED pro gram is good. I agree with their ideas but not with a lot of action that was taken in the chapel boy cott. I think that now since a lot of these have been elected to SGA offices, I think their prime inter est is to keep Student Govern ment rolling, and to bring up new matters for us to vote on, for the betterment of Mars Hill College. Recently, we've heard quite a few complaints about closed chan nels. Does SGA plan anything for this? All of the Senate and Commis sion meetings are open, imless otherwise posted in the “An nouncer” or on the Cafeteria bul letin board. This is the only means we have. I hope we can get more student participation there and al so invite Faculty and Administra tion to come and listen to what’s going on in these meetings. You have been talking mainly about student affairs. Do you plan to venture into matters involving the Faculty, curriculum and other business of the college? The Students for Liberal Educa tion is working on a “Curriculum Evaluation” that will help the in coming students see what teachers are best on the campus and (it will) also guide the administration in selecting teachers in the com ing year. Thomas Sparks Drama Program James Thomas is director of theatre in the drama division of the English Department. Reared in McDowell County, he received his B.A. in English at Western Carolina University and his M.A. in Dramatic Arts from the Uni versity of North Carolina at Chap el Hill. He taught in the public school systems of Charlotte and Raleigh before coming to Mars HUl in 1962. Mr. Thomas will be leaving Mars Hill CloUege next fall in or der to work on his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. He will be replaced while on leave by Dr. Virgil R. Gray, formerly of Indi ana State University. The B.A. degree in dramatic arts is offered by the division on drama. The drama major is com posed of 32 semester hours in courses in theatre history, design and other basic production cours es; 12 hours in dramatic literattire and 12 hours in laboratory and workshop areas. Mr. Thomas feels that the drama division has three major areeis of responsibility at Mars Hill. First, the drama major should have an opportimity to develop profession ally and academically. A consist ent effort is made, then, to pro vide the major with wide experi ences in the theatre arts, as weU as to give him an understanding of the history of theatre and an appreciation of its literature. Secondly, Mr. Thomas says, any liberal arts school should provide its students an opportunity to par ticipate in the performing arts. Last year, for example, over 75 percent of the persons involved in drama productions on campus were non-drama majors. The third responsibility of a col lege drama department is to pro vide its audiences with meaning ful theatre experiences. The plays produced by the theatre should not only be entertaining but in tellectually stimulating. The the atre should address itself to per tinent problems faced by its audi ence — social, political, or more personal problems. With this aim in mind, the Mars Hill Ck>Uege Drama Division has performed such varied works as THE WIZ ARD OF OZ, NO EXIT, and MAC- BIRD! Mr. Thomas feels the efforts of the people involved in dramatic activities on this campus have met with some degree of success. He points out that the senior college drama program had a strong base to build on, with the strong heri tage in drama sustained by Mrs. Elizabeth Watson, now of the Eng lish Department, for a number of years. Although many of the depart ment’s recent productions have met with criticism and have been the object of much controversy, Mr. Thomas feels that constructive criticism and controversy can be healthy on a college campus. He has expressed that he is glad to listen to constructive criticism and would be happy to consider sug gestions for production from any one on campus. Members of the department went to Chapel Hill Mar. 13, 14, and 15 to present Tim EUmore’s “The Starr-Crossed Lover.” Tim recently won first place in a play writing contest sponsored by the senior college division of the Caro lina Dramatic Association. It is through participation in activities like this that Mr. Thomas hopes to recruit students to the college. In dividuals like David Jones and Terry Lindsay came to MHC after seeing off-campus productions. The next production of the de partment will be “She Stoops To Conquer.” The farce of character and situation by Oliver Goldsmith will be presented in Moore Audi torium Apr. 25 and 26. It will also be presented at commencement. Beta, Beta, Beta Begins Ceremonies formally establish ing a Mars Hill College chapter of the national biological society Beta Beta Beta were held on cam pus Tuesday evening. Dr. L. M. Bertholf, former na tional president of the society, presented a charter from the na tional organization. Also on hand for the ritual was Dr. I. W. Car penter, regional director of the society, who teaches at Appalach ian State University in Boone. The new chapter, designated “Kappa Eta Chapter,” was launched with 29 charter mem bers. The original slate of officers includes Reid Wilson Laney, jun ior from Sarasota, Fla., president; Gordon Plumblee, senior from Burlington, vice president; Stuart Caudill, senior from Winston-Sa lem, secretary; and Mrs. Sarah White Lunsford, senior from Mur phy, treasurer and historian. The students inducted into the new chapter have been members of the Science Honor Club and will continue to hold such mem bership.