Category Archives: Student Life

Willam Belli: SUCK LESS

FIT’s Barnes & Noble bookstore hosted a book signing and Q&A with drag personality Willam Belli, for her new book Suckless. As a admirer of the drag community, I thought the event was very inspiring and really eye-opening into the world of drag.

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“It’s about you and how you can SUCK LESS at a variety of things drag queens are so much better at than the average person”. – Willam Belli.

I’m already half way into the life guide, and yes it’s making me suck less. Being kicked off of a beloved reality show for breaking the rules isn’t a typical path to comedy stardom, but getting the boot from RuPaul’s Drag Race seems to have done just that for Los Angeles comedy queen Willam Belli. Since running afoul of mother RuPaul, Willam has racked up millions of views for his over-the-top (and surprisingly well-sung) music-video parodies, and he’s landed endorsement deals with American Apparel and Sephora. He’s also brought his singularly shameless comedy show to stages around the world.

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Never give up, because doors open when you least expect them too.

LADY GAGA / JOANNE

If you know me, you know that I love Lady Gaga… On October 21st, the world was given a gift, greater than the invention of sliced bread, Joanne. Lady Gaga is the last person you’d want to go down the pared-down, real-me, let’s-get-a-bit-country. After all, the abstract is where Lady Gaga’s from.

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She is one of my biggest inspirations, and I’m so thankful for her artistry that never fails to heal and bring the world together.

joannejoannewithmeWith big songs and big production, Joanne certainly sounds like the business. Yet while its modernity is expressed by mixing and matching genres or adding digital zing to familiar tropes, for all its bravura exuberance and pop slickness it is old fashioned to its core.When you go to extremes of image, decking yourself out in meat dresses and lobster hats, perhaps the boldest makeover left is to actually take off the mask and appear as yourself. Lady Gaga, it turns out, is an old-fashioned rock and roll showgirl at heart.

So get out there, put on your pink “Joanne” hats on, and get to listening to Gaga’s new album!

Thank you LG,

xoxo, Joanne / Mariano

Franca: Chaos and Creation

Hello everyone! It feels like It has been forever (unfortunately it has been) but I have some pretty amazing things that have happened within the last month that I think you all will enjoy!

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I was invited by Vogue to attend the screening of the documentary film Franca: Chaos and Creation. The screening was held at the Metrograph Theatre in Chinatown on October 13th, and was filled with fashion industry icons from Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg to Naomi Campbell and Vera Wang. I’m not talking about nosebleed views at concerts people; I can’t even recall how many times I literally bumped into Anna Wintour since the venue was so packed – talk about networking.chaosandcreationnaomicamp If you are unfamiliar with Franca Sozzani, she is an Italian fashion journalist and has reigned as the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988. Born on January 20th, 1950 in Mantua; a small city in Northern Italy, Franca from an early age rejected the idealistic, bourgeois lifestyle that was the norm for young women. Franca Sozzani is editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, a position she has held for 25 years, like her American counterpart Anna Wintour at Vogue, who was hired in the same month. Additionally, Sozzani has acted as editorial director of Condé Nast Italia since 1994. During her tenure at the magazine, Sozzani has not shied away from controversy, commissioning and helming issues on fashion’s weight debate, plastic surgery and her landmark all-black issue.

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I would have never thought a documentary on an fashion editor would make me teary-eyed, but it indeed did. The film is through the lense of her only son, Francesco, who documents his mother’s life to the present. It’s a great film that incorporates elements of the industry you wouldn’t see just on the magazines.

Apply to Become a Leadership Ambassador!

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As a student leader, I cannot express how rewarding it is to serve the FIT community and positively create opportunities and change for students of all walks of life. Whether a prospective student or a current student, I believe getting involved on campus as a leader will give you the skills you need to become a successful business professional, scholarly student and a better person as a whole.

The overall vision of the Leadership Ambassador (LA) team of paraprofessionals is to work with the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life to create intentional opportunities for students to learn what it means to lead at FIT and in their community. Students with limited involvement seeking to get more involved are encouraged to apply, as well as students who have demonstrated a commitment to student leadership who would like to share their knowledge with their peers.

Some of the duties of a Leadership Ambassador include:

  • Assist with facilitating leadership education trainings and presentations as ambassadors of the Department of Student Life as needed.
  • Serve as Student Facilitators on Leadership Weekends (occurs in September and February).
  • Complete a leadership project based on personal interests in the New York City community and present to college.
  • Assist in the development of leadership events, service-learning initiatives, and civic engagement opportunities.
  • Advance communication and marketing efforts for Leadership Programs.  This may include the use of social media, websites, promotional tables, and personal communication.
  • Assist in the recruitment of future Leadership Ambassadors.
  • Report to the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life at FIT, and attend all trainings, events, and meetings related to the position.
  • Support administrative tasks and planning for leadership programs.

It is important to note that the following requirements:

  1. Must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0.
  2. Must be in good standing in FIT Student Conduct System.
  3. Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at FIT for the duration of the 2017-2018 academic year.
  4. Prior attendance at a Leadership Weekend and at least two (2) Leadership Workshops in 2016-2017.

to learn more about the Leadership Ambassador position, click hereAPPLICATIONS are now live!  Apply by Friday, March 1st to be considered.

Go get em’, Tigers!

Meli B.

Stress Tips + Tricks

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It’s that time of year again where your hard-earned money is blown on Starbucks and getting a solid 8 hours of sleep is a distant memory. Trust me, I’ve been there — in fact, I am there now. With never-ending midterms and finals/final projects right around the corner, it is easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated. Although it’s crunch time and it’s important to finish the semester strong, it’s important to keep your sanity too! Take a breather and de-stress with these tips and tricks:

  1. Music: Take a break during common hour at one of FI T’s student lounges, close your eyes and pop your earphones in. Music has the powerful ability to transport the mind and relax the soul. Whether some soulful Sam Smith or Amy Winehouse to get your foot tapping, music is an effective getaway during a busy school day.
  2. Exercise: Take advantage of the gyms at FIT to release feel-good endorphins into your bloodstream. Not only will you tone up your body but you will feel a major pick-me-up in your mood and spirit. Exercising is a great way to blow off some steam and release the tension built up from stress.
  3. Powernap: A solid 20-30-minute nap is all you need to reboot and continue the rest of the day strong. Try not to sleep longer than 30 minutes or layer on the blankets; excess warmth can make you oversleep. Set an alarm clock so your refreshing 20-30-minute nap doesn’t go too long and endanger your sleep that evening. Also, drink a cup of coffee before your nap. It takes about 35 min for caffeine to influence you; therefore, you’ll wake at the right time and feel refreshed.
  4. Pastimes: Your favorite leisurely activities will ease your mind during this stressful time. Lose yourself reading an interesting fiction novel, shop calming aromatherapy products or watch a rom-com on Netflix. Do something you enjoy to balance out all of the hard work you have put forth this semester. In other words, treat yo’ self.
  5. Organize: Whether 10 minutes or a full day of planning, it is important to prioritize assignments/projects to execute them in a timely fashion. It’s okay to plan more than you work – that way, you can bang out assignments left and right and get the ball rolling. Take as much time as you need to prepare, because not only will it keep your work in order, but most definitely your mind.

Always remember to take a breather during difficult times, because it’s important to put yourself first.

I hope these tips and tricks help!

Meli B.