THE MYSTIQUE OF MARS HILL, STORIES OF THE COLLEGE’S 150 YEARS OF STRUGGLES, SURVIVAL AND TRIUMPH. Ken Sanford. Hardback. 250 pages. How did a small liberal arts college (now university) that was once isolated in its North Carolina mountain setting become so successful in educating so many distinguished graduates over 150 years? How did the college overcome the ravages of the Civil War and numerous financial crises? What is the link between the Apostle Paul and the college… Answers to these and other intriguing questions are among the inspiring stories told here.