Person To Watch
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 23:03
Formerly found donning the costume of her high school’s mascot—Perry the Purple Panther—and current co-host of the WZBC radio show “Locally Grown Jorts,” Molly Boigon, LSOE ’16, is one girl you need to meet.
When asked, “If you could stand in the quad and announce something to BC, what would it be,” Boigon laughs and says, “I would say, ‘Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a good day … Then, I would play a song for everyone to dance to. I would play ‘Yeah’ by Usher.” Pausing, she continues, “Or ‘Beethoven’s 5th’ by Walter Murphy. It’s a remix of—wait, do you want to hear it?”
Within a moment, Boigon is pulling out a record player. Grabbing a vinyl record, she places it onto the player. “Fourth grade, PBteen—it’s pink,” she proudly and unapologetically comments of the record player. Soon the remix fills the double she shares with Liz Sanchez, A&S ’16—a legend in her own right. “Let’s just jam out for like a second,” she instructs, nodding her head along to the crisp beats.
A few riffs later, the tunes fade away as she places the record back into its cover and states simply, “So that’s Walter Murphy. That’s what I would play in the Quad.” The record player, the song, the nonchalance—it’s all just so Molly.
While many freshmen recall her as the girl who confidently sported a Hawaiian print shirt and lei to the freshman boat cruise (her comment to that has always been, “It’s a cruise.”), she has rocked the Heights since long before freshman fall.
When visiting BC her senior year, her host for the evening took her to a Mod party. Noticing the unmanned DJ booth, Boigon took over playing classic tunes from her iPod. When revelers discovered she was a prospective student, “they could not have been more hospitable and nice,” Boigon said.
The next morning sealed Boigon’s fate to attend BC. While walking through Lower, a table of people recognized her and called out, “DJ Molly!” before inviting her to have breakfast. Boigon reflected, “I knew I had to come here. I saw that I could be who I was in high school here.”
When prompted for her favorite BC memory, Boigon admitted, “I’m going to go for the quintessential funny night memory. Liz and I went to a party off campus and we were walking with a group of people that was so slow—we knew we were going to miss the [approaching] bus, if we kept with them. Liz was a track star in high school. Her instincts kicked in. We sprinted super far and we made the bus…Then we got Late Night.”
After proudly grinning, she comments, “Turns out there was another bus right behind it, which our group caught. Basically, though, it’s a metaphor for BC.”
“You’re running … let me see if I can make this happen,” she says laughing at this spur-of-the-moment metaphor, “You’re working hard and you’re going for a finish line. There is no finish line, you’re just here to enjoy the ride…And then you get Late Night.”