Every year seems to be a year of renewal for Providence College. Students eagerly anticipate new structures and edifices upon return each September. Everyone has grown accustomed to the new restaurant-style look of Raymond Dining Hall, and in 2005, the interior of the Smith Center for the Fine Arts was erected, and students arrived to find a masterpiece that hopefully will originate many other masterpieces within its walls. The campus also boasts suite-style living, something that everyone tries to inhabit each year. PC students will also make sure to tell anyone in the first five minutes of chatting that their school has a state-of-the-art gym, the Concannon Fitness Center. Here, two stories of exerciser’s paradise are constantly in use by students and faculty alike. Alongside the fitness center is a turf field, which hides PC’s parking garage. The field is always busy with lacrosse practices, field hockey games, and evening intramural matches.
The Phillips Memorial Library has also been completely renovated and sports two Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired floors filled with couches, tables, and the second largest electronic database access in the state. Having received two national architectural awards for its design, PC’s library is the center for intellectual activity on campus, and a place of study that students actually don’t mind being at. The Slavin Center will be an eco-friendly building powered by solar panels and will house a late-night coffee and snack bar, various 24/7 informal gathering spaces, and 7,700 square feet of space in which students will be able to watch movies, check their e-mail, and sit and chat with their friends, among other things. Providence administration deserves a round of applause for addressing the needs of the student body by building and refurbishing the campus in a rather short period of time. The campus will now be filled with the hustle and bustle of merry students who are comfortable in their surroundings and find their needs met at every corner.