Tuesday Events at Brooklyn College

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Tuesday, Apr 24:
CLAS Presidential Candidates Debate,
12-2 pm, Occidental-5th floor. The CLAS Elections are about to begin in a week. The debate will be moderated by members of Student Forensics.
Sustainability Fair 2018, 12-2 pm West Quad, sponsored by the Geology Society. On-Campus tabling event bringing together different NYC agencies, non-profits, community-based organization, and local businesses about environmental conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Covering topics about food, recycling, composting, environmental issues, and zero waste initiatives. Also 2-4:15 pm discussion in the Penthouse.
Psychology Jeopardy Trivia, 12:15-2:15 pm, TV Room.
ASZ (Breast Cancer Forum), 6-10 pm, Jefferson-Williams Room, Alpha Sigma Zeta Sorority Inc.
CLAS Student Government General Assembly, 11 am-2:15 pm, Bedford Lounge (2nd floor).
Student Research Day, 12:15-2:15 pm, 2150 Boylan Hall.
Linguistics Research Day 2018, 12:30-2 pm, 2150 Boylan Hall. The Linguistics Club has presentations by students on the research they’ve been doing,
Swab Drive, 12:15-2:15 pm, Gift of Life Club, Whitehead Breezeway.
Newman Catholic Club, 12:30-2 pm, Newman Catholic Center, 2401 Glenwood Road. Biblical Discussions in small groups.
Ballroom Dance Society Club, 12:30-2:15 pm, 205 West Quad.
Coptic Christian Club, 12:15-2:15 pm, State Lounge (5th floor).
SOFEDUP, 12:15-2 pm, 137 Roosevelt Hall. Student Organization For Every Disability United For Progress.
Accounting/Business/Gov’t Careers Panel, 12:30-2 pm, Gold Room, 6th Floor. Register under the “Career” tab.
Chamber Music at the Lily Pond, 1-2 pm, Scenes from Mozart’s Lucio Silla, presented by the Opera Theatre and members of the Conservatory Orchestra.
Graduate Admissions Information Session, 6-7 pm, Library, Room 242. RSVP.
Conservatory Guitar Ensemble, 7:30-8:30 pm, Studio 312, Roosevelt Extension.
Classic to contemporary: featuring works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Brouwer, and more.
Pretty Girls Sweat Meet Ups, 12-2:15 pm, Maroney-Leddy Lounge (4th floor).
CSU (Caribbean Students Union) Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm. Aviary Room (4th floor).

Wednesday, April 25:
A panel on policing,
2 pm in the Library Auditorium.
CUNY Rising Public Hearing, 3:50 pm in the Library Auditorium.
CUNY Rising is an affiliation of labor and community organizations dedicated to lifting the profile of CUNY’s value and public mission to serve NYC and its residents. The PSC (Professors union) is a lead member.
Master’s Recital – Sophia Mortensen, mezzo-soprano, 1-2 pm, Studio 312, Roosevelt Extension, Lucas Barkley, piano.

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Saturday and Sunday events

Events this weekend for all ages.
Celebrate Earth Day.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Matsuri 2018 big festival is next week at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Saturday and Sunday. This weekend at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens.

Saturday, April 21: 11th Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration, 2-5 pm. Creating a more sustainable future idea, with family activities, experiential learning games, culinary demonstrations, and live performances. Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue. Buy tickets.

Earth Day Block Party, 1 pm. Celebrate Earth Day with music troupe Bash the Trash, construct instruments from recycled products, and lead a parade. Albee Square between Willoughby and Fulton Streets.
Tinder Live, 8:30 pm, $15. The live online dating and comedy show hosted by Lane Moore welcomes special guests. Littlefield Bar, 635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth Avenues.

Tour of Washington Square Park, 1-2 pm.

Walking Tour of the Evergreens Cemetery, 11 am-1 pm. $5, including a trip inside the Receiving Vault. Registration is appreciated but not required. The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave. at Conway Street. https://www.theevergreenscemetery.com

Healthy Kids Day YMCA, 10 am–3 pm. It encourages healthy lifestyles for adults and children. Come for an afternoon of vendors, activities and goody bags for all ages. Dodge YMCA, 225 Atlantic Ave.

Several Days: Family Discovery Weekends, Saturdays, 10 am to noon, Sundays, 1 pm to 3 pm until Sunday, June 3. Free with garden admission. Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats, and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Docents. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway.

A Garden Soundscape. Brooklyn-based Native American poet Tommy Pico creates a self-guided soundscape inspired by the High Line’s plants and microclimates that explore issues of reconciliation between city and nature, past and present, and being indigenous in America. Oh, and with some Cranberries thrown in for good measure. See schedule download opens on Saturday. High Line in The High Line between Gansevoort St. and West 26th St.

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Sunday, April 22: Earth Day Celebration, 1 pm to 4 pm. Enjoy activities from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Urban Park Rangers, NYC Parks Wildlife Unit, NYS Sanitation and Prospect Park Alliance Natural Resource Team. RSVP required. Prospect Park Audubon Center, enter park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue.

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(update) Thursday and Friday at Brooklyn College and beyond

(update) The Anime Mangae Club’s President Kareem and members gathered over 500 signatures in support for the showing of the 2016 Makoto Shinkai film, entitled Your Name. They got FUNimation to secure screening rights to possibly be hosted Thursday, April 26th. Student Government agreed to a Facebook poll.
Please vote on the Brooklyn College “In the Know” page on Facebook.
There, you can vote for Your Name as the film to be shown next Thursday on the Quad. https://www.facebook.com/ ClasStudentGovernment/

Thursday, April 19:
April is Disability Awareness Month at CUNY.

Israeli Independence Day Block Long Celebration, 12:15-2:15 pm, Campus Road and Jerry Jacobs Way (in front of Starbucks), really the back of McDonalds opposite the theatre being built.
Join the Hillel and participating organizations to celebrate 70 years since Israel declared its independence! Come by to learn about the many things that make up Israel, and join in for food and entertainment inspired by Israel’s cultures.

Aspects of Positive Psychology for Individuals with and without Disabilities, 12:15-2 pm, Gold Room (6th floor). Jerry Growney will be speaking about how individuals can utilize aspects of positive psychology, such as mindfulness, mindset, and positivity, in the workplace and school environment. PowerPoint Presentation and group activities with students during the workshop. This event is a collaborative event with the Center for Students with Disabilities.

Haitian American Student Association (HASA) Meeting, 12:30-3:30 pm, Alumni Lounge (4th floor).
Pretty Girls Sweat Meet Ups, 12-2:15 pm, Maroney-Leddy Lounge (4th floor).
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), 12:30 pm, TV Room (basement).
HASA Culture Night, 6-10 pm, Alumni Room.
LatinX Art Show, 6-10 pm, Alumni and International Room MeHSAand PRA. Dominican Student Union, the Mexican Heritage Association and the Puerto Rican Alliance in order to display the arts and cultures of Latinx people across the Diaspora to showcase the diverse culture and talents that exist on campus.

American Studies Student-Faculty Lunch Open House, 12:30-2 pm, 3114 Boylan Hall. The lunch is for anyone interested in learning more about American Studies. It’s a chance to share a meal with faculty and other students and to hear about life after college from some American Studies alums.
Afternoon Chamber Music I, 1-2 pm, State Lounge, 5th Floor. CUNY & guests must RSVP to be on an invited list. Conservatory of Music students present chamber works.
Environmental, Sustainability & Socially Conscious Careers Panel and Internships, 12:30-2 pm, Occidental Lounge, 5th Floor.
Register under the “Career” tab.

Psychology Graduate Colloquium Insights from Specialized Spiders into the Study of Animal Cognition, 12:30-1:30 pm, 5117 James Hall. Professor Fiona Cross is an arachnologist at the U. of Canterbury in New Zealand who specializes in animal cognition and studies the biology of a mosquito-eating jumping spider from East Africa that has unique, complex eyes and a capacity for spatial vision exceeding that for any other animals of similar size. Some salticids from a subfamily, Spartaeinae, are known to express an active preference for other spiders as prey (araneophagy) and, using expectancy violation methods, research has shown that one of these spartaeine species, Portia africana, works with representations of different types of prey spiders. One strategy when preying on other spiders is executing pre-planned detours, and research has shown that capacity for detouring is widespread within the Spartaeinae. Moreover, new expectancy-violation experiments have shown that Portia africana represents the number of prey in a scene; P. africana becomes less inclined to complete a detour path if it encounters a different number of prey from what it had seen beforehand. This is an example of how specialized strategies for preying on a dangerous type of prey can help us gain important insights into animal cognition. Professor Cross focuses on numerosity and she has evidence that these hunting spiders can count and remember the counts of items they make. Psychology Professor Frank Grasso will moderate the colloquium.

Chemistry Friedman Lecture, 9 am-5 pm, Penthouse.
Chamber Music, 12-2 pm, State Room.
Speech and Debate practice, 12:15-2:15 pm, basement.
Greek Awards, 6-10 pm, Club Room.

Student Government Elections Candidacy Display all day. Display Case by the Administration office. There will be a display of Candidates on the first floor of the Student Center. Students will be able to stop by, and read about who is running for positions for 2018-2019 Student Government. This will consist of a biography and a picture of the candidates.

Graduate Admissions WebChat, 4-5 pm. Chat live with an advisor from the graduate admissions office and other prospective students. Find out about the application process, admissions requirements and much more. To attend click https://bluejeans.com/229915770.
Student and Alumni Networking Night, 6-8 pm, TBA. Will feature 40-50 alumni in various career fields (finance, law, human resources, nonprofit, television etc.) The event is by invitation only. Faculty will be asked to nominate students to attend. Students are required to attend one of the following networking preparation sessions. Register by contacting nataliag@Brooklyn.cuny.edu.

Off-Campus:
Wilderness Vegan Pop Up,
6-11 pm, 21+, $20. A variety of local vegan vendors offer food, drinks, clothing and more. Ticket includes two drinks. The Old Henri Bar, 279 Fifth Ave. at First Street, no reservations required, however tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. 

Bed–Stuy Homeowner’s Panel, 6 pm. Real estate agent Jevon Gratineau leads an informative panel for homeowners, landlords, sellers, and buyers. With food, drinks, and a raffle. Chez Oskar, 310 Malcolm X Blvd. between MacDonough and Decatur Streets.
The Ethics of Emerging Technologies, 7:30 pm, 14+. Brooklyn Public Philosophers features three philosophers wrestling with the ethics of emerging technologies. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.
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Friday, April 20: Table Tennis, 1-4:30 pm, Bedford Lounge.

Tuesday and Wednesday events at Brooklyn College and beyond

Tuesday, April 17:
Grad Fair on the West Quad,
12:15-2 pm.
ZBT Get on the ball, East Quad, 12:15-2:30 pm.
Connecting race, class, and policing panel, 12:30 pm, 5501 James.
Symposium Domestic Workers, 10:30 am-4 pm, International Room sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.
Entertainment and Media Careers Panel, 12:30-2 pm, Jefferson-Williams Lounge, 4th floor.
Meet industry insiders and alumni from several media and entertainment companies as they will discuss career opportunities within the field.
Please RSVP to: msarrao@Brooklyn.cuny.edu.
CLAS Student Government Assembly Meeting, 11am-2:15 pm, Bedford Lounge (2nd floor).
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Paint Night, 5-10 pm, Bedford Lounge (2nd floor).
Ballroom Dance Society Club, 12:30 pm-2:15 pm, 205 West Quad.
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Informational, 12:30-2 pm, Glenwood Lounge (2nd floor).
S.O.F.E.D.U.P General Club meeting, 12:15 pm-2 pm, 137 Roosevelt, Student Organization For Every Disability United For Progress.
SEEK Stands Against Hate, 12:15-2 pm, Gold Room, 6th floor. Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis, founders of Serve2Unite, return to Brooklyn College to offer a workshop that facilitates self-discovery and growth, culminating in a greater understanding of how we can all be vehicles of change to create a peaceful world.
Study Abroad 1.0 – Information Session, 1-2 pm, 1108 Boylan Hall.
http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/internationaleducation
Geology Society meeting, 12:30 pm in the Geology Room (3122 Ingersoll). Pizza will be served.
Korean Culture Club, 12:15-2:15 pm, Alumni Room.
Coptic Christian Club (CCC) Meeting, 12:15-2:15 pm, State Lounge (5th floor).
IVCF Sexy Pizza, 5:30-8 pm, Alumni Lounge (4th floor), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
Mass, 12:30 pm with the Newman Catholic Club at the Newman Catholic Center, 2401 Glenwood Road.

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Wednesday, April 18:
Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W”.

Accounting Society, 12-3 pm, a Becker representative will be there to answer any questions you may have about the CPA or the CPA review course, Whitehead Breezeway.
Music for Strings II, 5-6 pm, Studio 312, Roosevelt Extension. Conservatory of Music students present solo and chamber works for strings.

Off-Campus:
Image Drink,
6 pm, $12. Meet new faces and break the ice with drawing games. Ticket includes one drink and drawing supplies. Berg’n, 899 Bergen St. between Classon and Franklin Avenues. http://www.imagethink.net
Where Do We Go from Here? A discussion of Martin Luther King’s legacy and the next steps for our country, 7 pm, $20. Brooklyn Museum.

Fire on Campus


Fire on Campus
By Bruce Crane

Everyday life was disrupted on Thursday night, February 1st , as a fire broke out at the a DASNY trailer behind the WEB Building (West End Building) by the 21 Street and Campus Road entrance opposite the Community Gardens which is home for a few cats on Brooklyn College.
Affected by the fire were construction offices in the trailer. The West Gate officers alerted Postal Command of the smoke condition at 6:32 pm. Units were dispatched, FDNY was called and the WEB Building was evacuated.

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Brooklyn College’s Sergeant Testa came in and told every student there was a fire and to leave the WEB Building. He said this was not a fire drill. Lester Jackson who is a retired Kingsborough Community College professor, many told to leave the WEB. He did not have his hearing aid in and had trouble understanding for many minutes. Everyone evacuated the building orderly and also the connected WEB club houses and upstairs Film Department students. Many units came as smoke rose maybe 50 feet high.

After the 40 students were sectioned off they watched the fire a safe distance away at the back of the West Quad Building. Students coming from other buildings were heading to the subway, their cars or the exit, but Peace Officer Rokisky told them they had to wait and directed the crowd a secure distance away from danger. Students did not know exactly where the fire was as they were blocks away and there is a lot of space behind the WEB. They were worried also about getting their books.

Professor Jackson did not have his hearing aid, he only had his reading glasses and tried to reenter the WEB, and Peace Officer Rokisky stopped him for his own good. Students were allowed back into the WEB to get their belongings at about 7 pm.
At 7:41 pm the college sent out a Brooklyn College e-alert that said “Please be advised that the West Gate entrance to Brooklyn College (Ave H at Ocean Ave) is temporarily closed due to emergency work.”
FDNY extinguished the fire and departed at 7:55 pm. The alarms were reset by college security and the Fire Department. At 9:02 pm another college e-alert said that the West Gate entrance to Brooklyn College (Ave H at Ocean Ave) was reopened. There were no fire injuries but one officer complained of breathing problems. EMS was requested, responded and transported the aided. No reason was given for the fire. The next day staff were working on the trailers and the windows were boarded up and WEB Building was in operation.

Photos property of Bruce Crane