On Friday Sept. 2, Providence College’s Board of Programmers kicked off the Fall 2022 semester with its marquee event: “Fall Semester Kick-Off.” The annual event, which aims to welcome all students back to campus after three months of summer break, took place in McPhail’s. Though McPhail’s wasn’t officially supposed to open until next week, it had a soft opening to celebrate the occasion and welcome both the new and returning members of the Friar community.
Featuring free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches and live music, as well as handouts of various BOP merchandise such as water bottles, pens, and blankets, the kick-off was catered specifically towards freshmen, to showcase all the fun events that Student Activities and the Board of Programmers sponsor throughout the semester. Yet, students from all other classes also attended, enjoying the chance to catch up with one another and experience the warm welcome back to campus.
Spearheading the event was returning BOP member and head of the entertainment committee, Mason Manware ’23. “I was really excited for this event,” Manware said. “The fall semester kick off was such a great event last year in 2021 to welcome everyone back to in-person events after a year of virtual ones in 2020, and I am so happy I got to continue the tradition.” Manware also said that the event was a good way to advertise the Involvement Fair to underclassmen, which took place this past Sunday.
Overall, Manware stated that “the event got me excited and looking ahead to keeping the energy up with even more great events upcoming from the Board of Programmers this semester.”