The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Texas A&M at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, were a huge success for the two men and two women from the Indoor Track and Field Team. Shelby Greany ’13, Hannah Davidson ’12, and Julian Matthews ’12 all earned Second Team All-American status with their excellent performances. David McCarthy ’12 led the group of four with an excellent performance that earned him First Team All-American status.Read More
My cousin, James Thurston, is in the Marines. He is already on his way to Afghanistan for a nine-month tour of duty. It is a scary feeling to know that I have a family member over in hostile territory. To make things worse, I had no idea he was stopping home this past weekend to see our family. I could not make the trip home. Then, I received text messages and voicemails informing me that he now has a fiancRead More
The Softball team won on Tuesday March, 29, against Fairfield University 2-0. This win improved the Friars’ record to 12-17 overall and 1-2 in the Big East.Read More
When the Pawtucket Red Sox open the 2011 season with a home game at McCoy Stadium next week against the Rochester Red Wings, things will not be quite the same. McCoy will undoubtedly be brimming with smiling faces and happy families watching America’s pastime in perhaps the nation’s finest minor league ballpark. But missing from McCoy will be the man who made all this possible: the late owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Ben Mondor.Read More
The Tennis Team faced three Big East foes over Spring Break in a span of three days. On Saturday, March 12, the Friars fell to Cincinnati 7-0, on a neutral site match which was held at the University of Pittsburgh. The Friars were led by Marisela Aviles-Duron ’13 as she hung tough at first singles. Early on, she was able to control the tempo and ended up coming out of the first set tiebreak to take an early lead, but fell in the next two sets to a tough loss.Read More
The Joys and Dangers of Being a Big East School. We are lucky, here in Friartown, to attend a Big East school. That means that all of our teams play with the best of the nation’s best. But it also means that sports is a major part of the Providence College experience. And that, according to a recent Harvard University study, might increase the likelihood of on-campus drinking. The study reports that college sports fans are more likely to drink (and to binge drink) than their non-fan peers. It is this drinking culture which is blamed for unruly behavior and rioting associated with sporting events.Read More
Despite the fact that many commercials for alcoholic beverages are clever and humorous, they really do much more harm than good. Statistics have proven that when alcohol and sports combine—whether at stadiums, sports bars, or at home—the result is often heavy drinking and problems stemming from it such as violence, vandalism, DUIs, and public disturbances. Evidence has proven that alcoholic advertisements have been a major factor in the more frequent and heavier drinking among the teen population.
It’s really a shame that so many commercials during sports broadcasts are alcohol-related, but these companies do have a positive impact on professional sports in that they give a lot of money to sponsor stadiums, sporting events, and teams. Nonetheless, the advertisements on television, in programs, and elsewhere are unnecessary and are only causing problems.
Children and teens account for a huge percentage of the number of people who watch sports on television, with over 90 percent of the young population tuning in to sports on TV regularly. Researchers have concluded that the more alcohol advertisements a child is exposed to, the greater the chance that he or she will develop positive expectations about drinking, and this effect increases dramatically when the ads are shown during sporting events.
Even though many people are opposed to alcohol-related advertising, it is likely that little or nothing will be done to ban or limit these ads from broadcasts. For now, all a parent can really do is talk to their children about the adverse effects of alcohol consumption and set a good example for them to follow.
– Nick Aiken ’12Read More
For Genevieve Lacasse ’12, last Saturday’s 3-2 sudden-death downfall in the Hockey East semifinals was akin to a dream wedding gone inconceivably wrong.Read More
The Friars came into Hartford, Conn. riding on their biggest home win of the season over the then-No. 5 seed in the Big East, the Louisville Cardinals. Coming into their first round matchup with Villanova, the Friars needed to establish themselves like they did in their first two meetings of the season when the Friars let Villanova hang around.Read More