By Daria Purdy ’19
Assistant News Editor
Last Friday, the annual Provapalooza, an event held by BOP that brings together the Providence College community for an afternoon of fun, was held on Smith Lawn. This year, the event was more colorful than ever—literally. Students ended the event by throwing packets of colored powder at each other, causing the lawn and the students to be lost in a rainbow of color.
In addition to the color packets, Provapalooza was packed with activities, serving as an enticement to students walking by. There were spikeball games available for the students, along with a giant blow-up chair to take pictures on, and free BOP merchandise such as water bottles.
Allie’s Donuts as well as pizza were made available for the students, along with jars of candy. Student-favorite Haven Bros., also known as Yuck Truck, also made an appearance. For students 21 and older, there was also a beer garden. Adam Hanna ’18 provided music for students to enjoy while eating the food or trying out the activities available.
The event was well attended by members of all classes. BOP member Katie Fair ’18 said, “I’m so happy that so many people showed up. I think for BOP events sometimes people think that it is not cool to come but I love when all the grades can come and enjoy each other’s company.”
While attending the event, Julia Balukonis ’20 said, “It’s a great social environment with fun activities—overall a great way to spend an afternoon.”
BOP member Brittney High ’18 was the brains behind this years’ Provapalooza, and came up with the idea of the color packets that made this year’s event distinct. High said the idea to use color came to her originally in a dream, and that she was inspired by the TV show, “Life in Living Color.” The rainbow color was also meant to evoke ties to SHEPARD, according to High.
High said, “I wanted to do something new and not typical with this year’s event. My goal was to bring Providence College from black and white into technicolor, which is the whole essence of community.”
High’s dream made this year’s Provapalooza into an event which brought together the community both literally and symbolically, and allowed students of all ages to unwind and have fun for an afternoon.