College Fest takes over Philadelphia

By Staff Writer
October 2, 2003

Cecelia Francisco

When approaching the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the view is drawn to the crowds of college students sandwiched between two rows of high peaked white tents. The first greeting is a sign that says, “Smile! You may be photographed for the purpose of promoting future festivals!” The sun beats down while various vendors distract passersby with an assortment of flyers. The place to be was the Philadelphia College Festival where college students from different colleges got together to spend a day of activities together.

An array of activities took place between Sept. 20-28. The events kicked off with College Day on the Parkway where different organizations, such as The Beat, Rutgers University, Rock the Vote and Egypt night club were handing out information. Throughout the day a side stage hosted different bands performing their acts. The bands that performed were Still Standing, Mutlu, Rowdy Black Giants, Muses Wild and others. Later on, Busta Rhymes and Silvertide took over on the main stage to get the kick-off concert and expo going. 11 of the city’s museums were open free to college students who presented their ID. The Philadelphia Museum of Art organized the College Day on the Parkway event while many sponsors participated.
Other sponsored activities that made up the nine-day event were a College Internship Fair at the Kimmel Center. Over a 150 businesses set up to give college students the opportunity to find hands-on experience. There were several areas of interests that could fill everyone’s needs. The closing day of the events was Park Beautification Day in Fairmount Park. It was a day to just gather together with friends to volunteer and make the largest park a different place. The Philadelphia College Festival is a City of Philadelphia Official Student Orientation and Exploration Event, which is held every year for college students all over.
There were opportunities to take part in activities like rock climbing which the Army sponsored. Many tent booths had things to give out for free or to sell.
Kate Connell, a junior attending Temple University, said, “it was a lot of fun. I would come to this again. I really enjoyed how the museums were free.”
There were also people performing to music dressed in silver outfits that resembled a Slinky. The festival was a huge success and there were opportunities for students to volunteer and help out with all the events.

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