Battle of the Clubs

by The Cowl Editor on April 26, 2018

Friar Sports

BOP Takes This Year’s Annual Softball Game Against Friars Club

By Jessica Looney ’20

Sports Staff

bop friars club providence college softball game
Photo Courtesy of Corrie Traverse ’20

On Sunday, April 22, the Providence College Board of Programmers (BOP) went head to head with our favorite tour guides, also known as Friars Club, in the most obvious way to show who’s best: a game of softball. BOP ultimately pulled out the win, with a final score of 17 to 15.

The MVP of the game was BOP’s Kenji Fujita ’18, who took softball to a whole new level, dominating the field and at bat. With BOP’s Sean Sweeney ’18 pitching for his team, home runs were inevitable. A few anonymous Friars Club members were slightly skeptical of BOP’s batting tactics, but that is to be debated elsewhere. Chris Froio ’19 also contributed a great homerun for BOP.

BOP recently accepted several new members to their squad, Sydney MacKillop ’20 being one of them. MacKillop says the game “was a great experience as a new member,” and really got everyone together as a club.

Another one of BOP’s newest members, Corrie Traverse ’20, also killed the game, pulling her high school softball skills out of nowhere. Traverse said, “We worked super hard the week before so it payed off and Kenji really stepped up as a coach.” Olisa “Simba” Obioha ’20, said it was “a hard fought game, and Friars Club showed lots of effort, but BOP came out on top.” He boldly added, “the trophy’s back where it belongs.”

Despite the loss, Friars Club had a lot to say. The game was close, and there were some really great plays throughout the whole game. With a phenomenal pitcher, John Birle ’19, and a great catcher in Maggie Zied ’19, Ryan “Fridge” O’Malley ’19, Andrew Widmer ’18, Jake Bamford ’20, Yucca Reinecke ’18 and Geoff Hite II ’18 all pulled out home runs, sending the softballs over the fence. It was absolutely an “all around great game,” says Hite.

A Friars Club win looked promising for most of the game, until BOP pulled ahead in the top of the sixth inning. Friars Club member Jamie Rush ’20 walked away from the game admitting that the loss was not too upsetting. Rather, the softball game “was just an awesome way to get two groups on campus together.” Jack de Poortere ‘20, another Friars Club member, stated, “Regardless of the loss, our sideline definitely had more fun” and advised BOP to “make sure they clean the trophy before the give it back to us next year.”

“The Friars vs. BOP game has become a tradition” says Christian Maloney ’20. “I’m already counting down the days until the next one… 363 days to go,” he added eagerly. Stay tuned for next year, to see who will come out on top.

Provapalooza Fills PC with Color

by The Cowl Editor on September 14, 2017


BOP Puts on Colorful Event to Kick-Off the Fall Semester

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.”

A photo of Board of Programmers members smiling and covered in colored powder
Laura Chadbourne ’20/ The Cowl

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.

Relief for Houston: PC Fundraises to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

by The Cowl Editor on September 9, 2017


Texas Storm Hits Close for Some PC Students, Faculty, and Staff

Man wades through water that reaches above his knees.
Photo Courtesy of Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times

By Liza Sisk ’19

Breaking News Staff

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