While many universities boast varsity football teams, cheerleading squads and homecoming games, liberal arts colleges often offer creative alternatives to typical school traditions.
For example, the University of Montevallo hosts an annual College Night instead of a traditional homecoming football game and dance, the school reports. The annual event began in 1919 and featured a "college stunt" from each of the four classes. Within three years, the event had become a contest between Purple and Gold teams, which are the school's colors.
Early College Nights included a toast, a pep song, a slow song, a stunt and an impersonation, which was interspersed with cheers and music. In 1950, students and faculty decided that each side should stage a single production that incorporates drama, comedy, music and dance.
As stated in the student handbook, the Fledgling, "College Night is the most honored and beloved tradition at the University of Montevallo. It has no rivals for first place in the affection of students and alumni, who consider it their unique contribution to the academic world."
College Night is also honored in the Library of Congress at a permanent exhibit in the American Folklife Center, the school reports.
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