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Pledge Purple: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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In case you did not already know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, the lights in the FIT lobbies of the David Dubinsky Student Center, Business & Liberal Arts Center, and Marvin Feldman Center will shine purple—the symbolic color of Domestic Violence Awareness. It is also historically recognized as the battered women’s movement. This awareness is in support of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) ‘Shine the Light on Domestic Violence’ campaign.

Each year, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) selects a specific day in October, usually the third Thursday, to be designated as “Wear Purple Day.” All New Yorkers are asked to join the national effort to raise awareness by wearing purple.

Hope to see everyone join us by wearing purple often throughout the month of October, specifically Thursday, October 19th, 2017!

MB

Brain Foods for Midterm Madness

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If anyone is currently gearing up for midterms or any other testing, I’m right there with you! My mind is all over the place now that midterms have begun at FIT, and if I’m honest, it’s a struggle to balance healthy eating when coffee and ramen are so easily accessible. It’s time to make a conscious effort to eat foods that will stimulate your mind. Here are my suggestions for healthy brain foods during midterm madness:

  1. Berries: Fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which have been shown to enhance brain performance and improve memory. The vitamin C in berries will boost your immune system and overall mental function — even improving your skin!
  2. Eggs: Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which contribute to your overall physical and mental health. The choline in eggs is an essential building block of the brain’s memory function. They contain biotin, which contributes to healthy hair and nails! Hard-boiled eggs are an easy way to incorporate this brain-food into your eating habits.
  3. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate combines the energizing benefits of caffeine with the health benefits of antioxidants to provide you with some serious brainpower!  This sweet little combination will increase blood flow to the brain, which is necessary for good brain function.  Additionally, the caffeine will give you a short burst of energy, increasing focus and concentration.
  4. Spinach: Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and cabbage contain vitamin B12, B6, folic acid and iron, which help support memory function. An easy way to incorporate spinach into your diet is to consider using baby spinach leaves in your salad instead of romaine or iceberg lettuce.  You can also try spinach in a smoothie, where it’s blended up so much that you can’t even recognize it!
  5. Whole-Grain Cereal: Whole grain cereal makes for a nutritious, brain-powering breakfast. Whole grains contain fiber, vitamin E, and carbohydrates, all of which are good for your body and your mind because they contribute to healthy blood flow to and from your brain.  Carbohydrates are also an excellent source of fuel for the brain because they are your body’s preferred energy source.

Hope these suggestions help you power through testing!

MB

Special Collections and College Archives Unveils $3.6 Million Renovation

New Special Collections space at FITBig news for FIT resources:

The college’s Special Collections and College Archives, a unit part of the Gladys Marcus Library, has unveiled its renovated space worth $3.6 million dollars. The facilities house and protect the approximately 6,000 linear feet of rare and fragile fashion, retail, and related materials in the collection. These include original works of art on paper, manuscript collections dating back to the 1590s, periodicals from the 1770s, scrapbooks, shoe prototypes dating to the 1960s, and 240 linear feet of institutional archives, among other resources.

This renovation raises the college’s profile in the scholarly community and makes these materials available to the creative industries and the public.

MB

Fun for Fall

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With the crisp weather *hopefully* in full effect, there are plenty of fun things to do in NYC for the changing season. Here are my recommendations for fun in fall:

  1. Attend one of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm‘s many rooftop events. It’s the world’s largest green roof farm! They have tons of cool happenings, like rooftop yoga classes and garden workshops, until the end of October. The schedule is here.
  2. Take the ferry to Governor’s Island. When you see the lower Manhattan skyline from the island on a fresh autumn day, you can’t help but smile — the view is dope. Bring your bike on the ferry for an extra $1, or rent one when you get there from Blazing Saddles. It’s a very bike-friendly island.
  3. Take a long stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Their fall foliage kills it.
  4. Hit up one of the city’s many farmer’s markets to buy all of the best apple varieties: Empire, Winesap, Northern Spy, Macoun, and more. Here’s a list of all of the farmer’s markets in NYC.
  5. Stock up on cozy fall clothes at No Relation Vintage in the East Village. They have a sea of $5.00 flannels!

MB

Couture Council Luncheon

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT held its annual luncheon on Wednesday, September 7th, honoring Thom Browne with the 2017 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion!

The luncheon raised $937,000, with all proceeds benefiting The Museum at FIT. This is the second-highest-grossing luncheon for the museum.

President Joyce F. Brown of FIT welcomed an audience of 500 people, who gathered to celebrate Thom Browne’s contribution to the fashion world.

Click here to learn more about the Couture Council and Thom Browne’s award.

MB