Forget Flyers orange. Forget Eagles green. Or even Phillies red. This week, the city of Philadelphia is cherry and white.
This week marks Paint the Town Cherry Week, where Philly shows its pride for Temple. One and Two Liberty Place were lit up bright orange to celebrate the Flyers’ win on Saturday night, but have since switched to cherry and white to show their pride for Temple. The Cira Centre, Franklin Square, and Boathouse Row have all been lit up in cherry and white, as well, to mark the occasion. My apartment faces east, so I don’t get a cool view of the skyline. But I do get a view of the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, also decked out in cherry. It’s a pretty awesome to have my school’s colors so visible, and right in my sight-lines.
One in seven college grads in the Philadelphia area is a Temple grad, and Paint the Town Cherry Week celebrates that. Alums are encouraged to wear their TU gear this week and come back to campus for the festivities.
Tomorrow is one of the highlights of the week with the annual Spring Fling. It’s a huge block party with most of Temple’s 300 clubs and organizations setting up tables across campus. There’s music, free food, and all kinds of fun. It’s definitely an event to remember. While it’s been pushed to the rain date every year I’ve been here, tomorrow looks decent enough with temperatures in the mid-60s, so I’ll be at the Diamond Leader and Owl Ambassador tables after my classes end.
To finish out the week, there will be a huge alumni concert in the Liacouras Center, the kickoff to Alumni Weekend. John Legend will be on campus, and with tickets as low as $20 for students, I know it’s been a big draw. Having seen him sing at the 4th of July concert on the Parkway over the summer, I know he’ll be quite a treat.
So, to our over 281,000 alumni, don’t forget to wear your cherry and white and represent TU this week!