The School of Fashion at Parsons is known the world over as a prestigious institution — the former academic home of Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang and Tim Gunn. The jewel in the School of Fashion crown is the David M. Schwartz Fashion Education Center, designed by noted architect William Lescaze in 1963 and located at 560 Seventh Ave., in the heart of the Garment District.
A studio on its second floor may not be well-known to many New School students — let alone to fans of the mega-successful reality show “Project Runway” — but to Parsons fashion undergrads it carries a certain renown. They call it “the Dungeon.” The studio is dimly lit, poorly ventilated, and often crowded late into the evening. Over the past year, however, Parsons fashion students have had more to complain about than the Dungeon. Continue reading
In the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, released in October 2011, the FBI listed a group under the section “Non-Traditional Gangs” that caught the attention of both the media and music fans alike: juggalos.
Juggalos are members of a subculture that grew from an early 1990s devotion of the horrorcore hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse and their Psychopathic Records label mates, who are all known for wearing face paint to resemble sinister clowns, dousing audiences with the cheap Midwestern soda Faygo, and rapping about both the miracle of magnets and physically harming people who wronged them. For their devoted fans, it is more of a lifestyle than a musical predilection.
Last May was a busy month for Kate Proulx. A communications design senior at Parsons, she finished her senior thesis,
polished her portfolio, graduated from college, found a job, and competed in her first roller derby game under the name Bimbo Slice.
A year later, Proulx joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD), an NYC-based flat-track roller derby league that is currently ranked third in the nation. Since joining the team, Slice has balanced skating for both CT Rollergirls’ Yankee Brutals (CTRG) and GGRD’s Manhattan Mayhem team and being the youngest visual designer at the top digital media firm HUGE.
Last fall, in a University of Connecticut dorm room students Scott Rosenbaum and Jose Cabanero created what is becoming one of the fastest-growing and strangest social networking websites to date: RentaFriend.com.
Rosenbaum came to Cabanero with the idea and asked for help building the website. Cabanero was skeptical, but agreed. “This might actually be worth something,” he said. Since its November 2009 debut, over 283,000 platonic “friends” and 2,500 renters joined the website. Continue reading
Popular study abroad program Parsons Paris has abruptly ended due to a legal dispute, raising uncertainties at both Parsons and its former partner in Paris, the Association Franco-Américaine de Design, or AFAD.
Parsons and New School administrators are seeking to reassure students that there will be another Paris study abroad program for Parsons students, as soon as this fall.
The contract between Parsons and Parsons Paris expired in 2008 and Parsons has decided not to renew it. “It’s run its course,” said Pamela Klein, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Parsons, who oversees study abroad. “The length of time of the agreement is over.”