Central Park Five x Filmmaker Sarah Burns

Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns

FIT welcomes three members of the Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns to campus to present a 30-minute excerpt of the documentary, The Central Park Five, and to discuss history and current racial issues, as their case continues to resonate today.

A little history for you:

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted for the rape of a white woman in Central Park. The Central Park Jogger Case, as it came to be known, was chronicled in a recent documentary titled The Central Park Five by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns, who take the perspective of the five men whose lives were torn apart by the trials, wrongful convictions, and fights for justice.

This event will take place on February 15th and is presented by Professor Bernard L. Dillard, in collaboration with the Presidential Scholars Program and the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs.  It is sponsored by the President’s Diversity Grant and the UCE of FIT. Doors open at 4:45 pm; event begins at 5:45.

This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. REGISTER HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Meli B

 

Steps to Self-Love

Hi all,

Happy Valentines Day! Today is the day we recognize those we love in extravagant ways — whether family, better halves or good friends. However, I want to challenge all of you to celebrate one more person in your life: YOU. Self-love is important to living well. It influences who you pick to be a part of your life, the image you project to society and how you cope with the problems in your life. You should always put your well-being first and I want you to know how to bring more of it into your life:

  1. Practice good self-care. You will love yourself more when you take better care of your basic needs. People high in self-love pamper themselves daily through healthy activities, like nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, intimacy and healthy social interactions. In other words, treat yo’self.
  2. Set boundaries. You’ll love yourself more when you set limits or say no to work, love, or activities that deplete or harm you physically, emotionally and spiritually, or express poorly who you are. Discipline is everything.
  3. Protect yourself. Bring the right people into your life. Get rid of “frenemies” and don’t waste your time on people who don’t add value to your life. There isn’t enough time in your life to waste on people who want to take away the shine on your face that says, “I genuinely love myself and life”. You will love and respect yourself more.

Always remember to put yourself first and strive for happiness. You are worthy.

Meli B

Have Your Dough and Eat It Too!

New York City is no stranger to interesting food creations and combinations.  DŌ (pronounced dough) is located in Greenwich Village and is the new hotspot for all things cookie dough related.  DŌ formerly had a factory store located in Midtown East where they would be creating and shipping off their edible cookie dough nationwide.  With their recently opened storefront in at 550 LaGuardia Place, they’re serving cookie dough by the scoop, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, baked goods, and more!

Cookie DO by the scoop

From gluten free flavors to vegan flavors, there are options for everyone!  I highly recommend going in the middle of the weekday if possible since the crowds and lines accumulate after work.  The gift cards and prepackaged dough also make for a great gift item for any upcoming birthdays or anniversaries!  For a full list of flavors and more information about DŌ, visit https://www.cookiedonyc.com/.

Enjoy!

Ashley

Saving Money

College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:

  • Grocery Hunt.  This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products.  Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs.  BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it.  Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need.  Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
  • Plan your spending.  Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend.  If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
  • Coupons and Membership Cards.  This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons.  Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
  • Purchase store brand.  While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.

Best of luck!

Ashley

Climate Change Chit Chat

Welcome back, tigers!

With sustainability being one of FIT’s core missions, faculty and students are invited to participate in a unique opportunity this spring to integrate the message of climate change into their coursework in new, creative, and challenging ways.

Amy Lemmon, professor, English and Communication Studies, and Arthur Kopelman, Distinguished Service Professor, Science and Math, were awarded a Sustainability Grant for their proposal Communicating Climate Change: Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences. As part of their work, they are bringing world-renowned climate change expert James McClintock and celebrated author and creative writing professor Adam Vines to campus this semester. Videos created by McClintock and Vines, along with other teaching resources, will be available to faculty, and a public event will be held on April 18th.

The Sustainability Grant will incorporate a fall exhibition of student work from all participating courses. Resources like videos, suggested books and articles, and online guides are available to all faculty to incorporate in lesson plans.

For more information, access to the resources, and/or help incorporating this material into your coursework, contact Amy Lemmon for more information.

Way to spread the word, FIT!

Meli B.