Geordie Kennedy

Urinetown: just crazy enough to work

The cast of Urinetown poses at the end of a musical number. Photo courtesy of Stewart Edmonds for the UM Theatre Department The University of Montevallo Theater Department finished off the theater season Friday, April 13 with the opening of Urinetown, The Musical. Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ utterly bizarre production graced the Reynolds stage with a tale of inequality in an ailing environment centering around a rather unusual focal point; urine. Overall, the play follows the story of a greatly economically disparate town in the near future. After a 20 year drought, water shortages have largely removed the presence...

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2018-19 SGA leaders announced

SGA President Tori Irvin discussed her platforms with UM students at the SGA Debate and Senator Showcase on March 12, 2018. Photo by Jamie Haas. PRESIDENT After several years of service to the Student Government Association, speech language pathology major Tori Irvin will be moving from the role of Vice President to President of SGA. Irvin’s campaign goals consisted of fostering a better connection between UM students and administration and using SGA as a bridge to do so. Furthermore, Irvin seeks to better the audibility of the individual in SGA so students can better voice their opinions regarding specific...

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Meet the Centennial side leaders

GOLD: Ryan Howard, a long time contributor to Gold Side productions over the past three years, was elected male Gold Side Leader. Howard’s legacy goes back decades to his mother Mary Howard’s term as leader in 1987. Carrying on the family tradition, Howard plans on maintaining a focus on optimism and keeping College Night a fun and supportive experience. Howard’s contributions to Gold Side include authoring the 2017 Gold Side show and playing the role of Mayor in the 2018 Gold Show. Howard hopes to bring the wisdom of past leaders into the the centennial College Night. Catherine Renda will be taking the role of 2018-2019 Gold Side Leader after years of service to the side. Renda first felt a connection with Gold Side after attending the 2014 College Night festivities. Since then, her passion for the side has only grown. In past years, Renda has held cabinet positions pertaining to the Production Book, working with tickets and eligibility. One of her shining moments for Gold Side was in this year’s Gold Side show, playing the part of narrator Pearl Casey. Renda hopes to bring clear communication to Gold Side along with her passion and drive for a Gold Victory. PURPLE: Tyon Hudson won the position of Purple Side Leader under his slogan “push on with Tyon.” The perseverance reflected in Hudson’s motto was also reflected in his campaign....

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Review: Rapture, Blister, Burn met with lukewarm reception

The cast of “Rapture, Blister, Burn” poses post show. Photo courtesy of University Relations Theatergoers on the weekend of Feb. 22 saw the Chi Box theater transformed into a close and intimate backdrop for the University of Montevallo Theater Department’s production of “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Gina Gionfriddo’s 2014 work was performed in a single, rustic inspired set using several arrangements of furniture.   “Rapture, Blister, Burn” follows the complex story of the cross section of suburban life, academia and the state of modern feminism. The story follows an unhappy couple Don, played by Isaac Webster, an unmotivated, pretentious pornography...

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Montevallo residents discuss language of Non-Discrimination Ordinance

On the night of Monday, Feb. 19, residents of Montevallo gathered at UMOM for a  second time to discuss the proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance, or NDO, for the city. Monday’s forum was the second of its kind hosted by the city council. Other forums in the past months have been hosted by groups not directly affiliated with the city of Montevallo. The forum’s intent was to discuss the specific language of the ordinance, not to air opinions or start a debate on the subject at large. Before the night’s discussions began, moderators laid out the specifics of the meeting, including things in the ordinance that residents liked, any possible suggestions and “must haves” or “must nots” that attendees might have. The ordinance at hand would be an addition to the Montevallo Municipal Code, Chapter 16, Article 4, enacting legal protections against discrimination within the City of Montevallo. In particular, employers would be susceptible to filings related to the ordinance. This aspect of the document has caused worry among local business owners, generating much of the counter argument present in previous forums. The many students and Montevallo residents present at the forum were divided into groups of around 20 and moved into separate rooms in UMOM. Once settled, the rooms were divided into smaller groups in order to more effectively and personally discuss the ordinance. Discussion among the groups remained, for...

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