Winners of the “Paint the Town Purple”

WCU Asian Student Association won first place at Paint the Town Purple for their window decor at Blackrock Outdoor Company in Sylva. Photo: Ben Haines

The weather on March 26 was perfect for announcing winners, without a cloud in the sky. Purple and gold could be seen far and wide. People were all smiles gathered around the Sylva fountain anxiously waiting for the winners of “Paint the Town Purple” to be announced.

For the past week, WCU students joined businesses in Cullowhee, Sylva and Dillsboro to decorate with paint, ribbons and banners celebrating the installation of Chancellor David O. Belcher.

When the clock struck 6:30 p.m., student body president T.J. Eaves introduced the crowd to the Sylva mayor, Maurice Moody. Moody declared that March 26 would officially be David O. Belcher Day in the town, and he strongly encouraged local citizens to welcome Belcher and his wife to the area.


Once Belcher accepted his plaque of recognition, Eaves began to reveal the winners of Painting the Town Purple.

“It was a tight race,” said Eaves.

First place went to the WCU Asian Student Association for their décor at Blackrock Outdoor Company. Randy Yang, president of ASA, said they chose Blackrock because of their big window.

“I just want to say thank you to all the members. Without you guys, this wouldn’t happen,” said Yang.

ASA member Shao Khang was the main painter, who focused on the large catamount. Khang said it took him about an hour to complete.

The prize was a box full of gift certificates to local restaurants, such as Nick and Nate’s, Lulu’s On Main and O’Malleys Pub and Grill. There were also prizes such as gym bags and water bottles.

Second place went to the WCU Leadership Institute for their work at Signature Brew Coffee Company. Former president, Lee Roddick, said she chose Signature Brew not just because of the large windows and small town-feel, but also because of the owner.

“He treated me like an individual, not just some student,” said Roddick.

The group said they were waiting to open their prize at their meeting later that night, but they could smell cookies.

Third place went to Sigma Alpha Omega for their window decoration on Jake’s Mountain House. The group said it took them two hours to complete the painting. Like the second place winners, they won a box of baked goods.

For more information about Chancellor Installation week can be found by on the WCU Installation page.