Paint the Town! (Blue and Gold)

Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013 by admin under Awards and Honors, Community Engagement, Events, Faculty, Graduate Alumni, Students, Uncategorized. Tags: , , ,

Post by Matt Barrett
Graduate Assistant for Communications

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about Homecoming.  I described a few of the major events and made some recommendations about what you should attend.  But there was one event that I missed.  And I didn’t realize I missed it until yesterday, when I was walking past the Elliot University Center and three students were writing something on the windows.  In blue and gold letters, they revealed the words: Paint the Town.  I didn’t know what it meant.  For all I knew, I’d just witnessed some kind of property damage.  But I was on my way to the library, and using my graduate-level research skills, I Googled the words and immediately felt enlightened.

Starting this week, the city of Greensboro is holding its first ever “Paint the Town Blue and Gold” event, which officially lasts until November 3rd.  For two weeks, everyone in Greensboro—not just UNCG, but NC A&T and local businesses—are encouraged to show their collegiate spirit.  What does collegiate spirit entail?  I’m happy you asked.  If you’re part of the UNCG community (which includes everyone who’s reading this except my parents), you’re invited to decorate your office space, apartments, and windows with university paraphernalia and colors.
Although this is a friendly, community-wide event, I don’t think any of us want to be outmatched by another university.Photo: Paint the Town Blue and Gold Decorations have begun! Email with you most spirit filled decorations and get the most likes and you can win the prize! This is a city-wide event!

But there’s more than just one incentive to participate in “Paint the Town.”  If showing your school spirit isn’t a good enough reason to decorate your rooms, then maybe a trophy and “special prize” is what you’re looking for.  What’s the special prize?  Who knows, but according to the website, it’s “coveted.”  In order to enter the competition, take photos of your decorated rooms and email them to  The pictures will then be posted to the Campus Activity Board Facebook page, and whoever gets the most “likes” will win.  There are already a few good entries on the website, so don’t wait any longer!  Visit for more information and examples.

And don’t forget to take part in Homecoming this week.  The major events will be on Saturday, but something fun is happening every night.  Go to for a complete list, and check out my Homecoming blog for recommendations.  Have fun and show your Spartan spirit!