Clockwork orange? Johns Hopkins backs the Orioles with Gilman light display

Image caption: The Gilman Hall clock tower on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus is basked in orange light, a show of support for the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 MLB postseason.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

If you have walked across the Homewood campus after dark recently, perhaps you noticed the iconic Gilman Hall clock tower looking a bit more orange than usual.

No, it's not an effort to get students in the Halloween spirit, nor is it an homage to Stanley Kubrick (though we wouldn't object to that). Rather, it's a tip of the cap, if you will, to the hometown Baltimore Orioles as they prepare for the 2014 MLB postseason. The Orioles, who won their first American League East Division championship since 1997 this year, face the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-5 series. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Baltimore on Thursday and Friday.

Just as Johns Hopkins got behind the Baltimore Ravens during their run to the Super Bowl in 2013, the university is behind the Birds this fall. Even our mascot, Jay, got into the act. And for Friday's Game 2 at Camden Yards, a Peabody Institute graduate, Chelsea Buyalos (BM '11, MM '12 Voice), will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America."

Let's go O's!