By Taja Whitted
Photo Credit: Diana Sun
Imagine stepping into the Black Box theater and forgetting that you are in Manhattan. Do you hear the chanting, the beats drumming?
During community hour, student’s gathered to learn West African dance moves from Mouminatou Camara.
Camara is an instructor from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She taught students the beginning basics of West Congo.
“We wanted student’s to learn more about the culture,” said Segun Olaniyi.
Olaniyi is the African Student’s Association President. The event was open to everyone with no dance experience required.
Are you sad you missed it? Another class will be held in the Black Box theater on Thursday September 27th.
By Taja Whitted
Part of a 10 year plan, also known as the New Building project, the Jay Walk is finally open. Students and falcuty gathered in the New Building cafeteria to celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“This is the epitome of what New York is; a mixture between nature and buildings, the Jay Walk is the essence of the “I love New York feeling,” said Provost Jane Bowers.
One of the reasons the Jay Walk took a long time to be available to students was because of a battle in court between John Jay and the previous owner of the New Building space.
“The area the New Building is on used to be a parking garage, and the owner was reluctant to loose the space. Then once we had won the battle, we had to get a certificate of occupancy from the city,” said Bowers.
Overall the Jay Walk is looking good, Bowers explained that she believes the Jay Walk will be the new heart of the John Jay community.
“It will give us a gathering place, you will find people here in between classes.”