PV in 2020: Purple Side claims College Night victory

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – A new century of the University of Montevallo’s College Night tradition started this year with a Purple Victory.

As SGA President Olivia Eldridge said the words “This is something to be proud of” – the secret phrase from the script of the Purples’ production – at about 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 8, Purple Side members crowding half of the stage and floor seats in Palmer Auditorium erupted in loud cheers, embracing each other amid confetti falling around them.

The Purples’ win following its production titled “Witchful Thinking: One Hex of a Musical” (or “Get Witch or Die Trying” or “Brew it for the Money” or “A Witch, a Troll and a Knight Walk into a Bar”) kept the Golds from extending their three-year winning streak to four.

“We have been fighting and fighting for multiple years now,” Purple Side co-leader Bria Owens said to her fellow Purples. “All that fighting is worth it tonight. The love here tonight, and every night, is unmatchable.”

Owens and Dakota Patrick served as Purple Side leaders this year.

Coming off a Centennial College Night victory in 2019, the Gold Side – led by Alex Binion and Rylee Holt – hoped its production, “The Golden Days,” would seize another GV.

Eldridge credited the new College Night Endowment for ensuring the beloved tradition can continue, thanking UM’s Board of Trustees, administration, alumni and donors for their support.

As of January, the endowment had reached $105,000, Eldridge said.

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