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Anonymous asked: will you ever be ok


Probably not. 

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Anonymous asked: How on earth do you afford to go to Pratt? It's my dream school but it seems to be very far out of my financial reach


Loans on loans for days.

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Anonymous asked: So how can I look at the Prattler?


It’s distributed throughout campus. Check the cafeteria especially.

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Anonymous asked: The masthead is lame -- particularly for a design school


Thanks for your feedback. We welcome design submissions if you think you have a better idea!

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Pratt Institute’s Photography Department Spring 2014 Thesis Exhibitions continue with two exhibitions starting on Monday by Lauren Fiasconaro (Photography Gallery C6) Katherine Groft & Alexandria Smith (Photography Gallery C1). 

Please join us for an opening reception beginning at 5pm on Monday, April 14. Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm, in the ARC building, lower level, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn campus.

Congratulations Lauren Katherine & Alexandria!

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CBoard Motivational April/May Events Calendar


  • Tuesday April 8th: CBoard General Interest Meeting

                    12:30-1:00pm, Location TBA

  • Wednesday April 23rd: Human Trafficking Forum

                   8:00-10:00pm, Student Union

  • Saturday April 26th: Publicolor Mural Painting and Mentorship

                    10:00am-3:00pm, Cannon


  • Saturday May 3rd: Pratt Day of Service

                    8:00am-4:00pm, Student Union

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Pratt Tatts

By: Priscilla Kim

Spring means higher temperatures and streaming sunlight, which means shorts, sundresses, tank tops, and short sleeves. Take off the dozen layers of sweaters and jackets and let your bodies readjust to the warm air! Tattoos that were once hidden beneath wool and cotton are now resurfacing all across campus: from intricate flowers to comical pop culture references, the Pratt student body now has the liberty to once more express themselves with ink.

Leah Thomas Senior Photography Major

“I have the Deathly Hollows triangle on my neck, just because I like Harry Potter and it was small enough to hide, and a friend did it for cheap.”


“Then I got the mockingjay from the Hunger Games on my collarbone because not only did I like the Hunger Games but also because I really enjoyed the back story of the bird and how it was a symbol of freedom and fighting for what you believe in.”


“Finally, I got the black-eyed susans on my arm because they’re the Maryland state flower and I love home.”


Lana Di Costanzo Senior Writing Major

“Well, my first tat is a lotus flower on my foot. I got it on my 18th birthday, Because lotus flowers grow out of mud, it represents my ability to be able to grow through anything since mud can produce something as beautiful as a flower. Next, I have a lion on my back with the words ‘Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy.’ It’s my favorite quote from a Buddhist monk named Nichiren Diashonon.”

“Next, I have the word ‘Power’ in Arabic on the outside of my Achilles. I don’t know why I got it in Arabic- it’s probably just because it looks nice – but I got it to go with the lotus, essentially.”

“My last tattoo is on my ribs that I don’t like to show anyone because it looks terrible, but it’s supposed to say ‘Amore’ and represent the Italian side of my ethnicity.”

John Hill Junior Writing Major

“The first tattoo I got on my left shoulder is the face of a Native American woman. I get a yearly disbursement from my tribe, so I figured I should get a tattoo with the money, and honor my heritage in that way.

The second tattoo is of a 50s couple with the words “Fake History” under it, on my left tricep. I decided before getting any tattoos that I’d never get a band logo tattoo, and if I ever got a band tatt it had to be interesting in some way. The band Letlive has an album called Fake History, so I interpreted the title into the stereotypical image of a nuclear family from the 50s that was so idealized at the time, when in reality there were obviously a lot of anxieties that came with the time.


The third tattoo is an owl on my forearm in dedication of the show Twin Peaks. I’ve been a fan of the show forever, and it’s inspired me creatively in a lot of different ways, and has brought me closer together with a lot of people so it’s been pretty important.


The fourth one is the head of the wolf, because I felt like I’ve changed a lot as a person over the course of being at college. Like, the beginning of school was sort of shitty and now I’m vice president of a fraternity, so I feel like I’ve changed a lot as a person. It’s also sort of totemic, I remember watching a panel with Ed Hardy about how tattoos embody a quality that people want to embrace, and I wanted to be a wolf.”


Patrick DeVita-Dillon Sophomore Film Major

“I have a Chinese symbol on my arm- ‘moo.’ It means the preservation of conflict and is the key symbol in the martial art that I study. It’s also somewhat of a post-depression tattoo. Tang Soo Do (the martial art) helped me overcome it.”

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Tips from the Inside: RDs on Room Selection


By: Chelsea Proctor


Spring room selection is upon us. While you all received a lovely PDF document explaining the how to’s of room selection, this article offers a few insider tips to help make your experience a little easier. As someone who has worked in the ResLife department for going on three years, I know the ins an outs of the process so here’s what you should keep in mind before you go into room selection night.

1) You want a single?

If you’re a freshman, that’s not likely to happen. However, a small loop-hole exists. If you are interested in being a member of a special interest community (community service, gender blind, global learning or healthy choices) you stand a better chance. Be aware, that you do have to write a short essay explaining why you are interested in the community and plan to participate in the community throughout the year.

If you have more than four lottery points (1 for each consecutive semester lived on campus), you stand a pretty good chance of obtaining a single for next year.

2) Spaces with the least suite mates.

As someone who has dealt with many roommate conflicts, I can testify that the more people in a space, the more issues seem to arise. The spaces in Willoughby that have the fewest occupants are the spaces ending in 05, 07, 08,  and 14. Each of these rooms is a single and a double: three people to one kitchen and one bathroom. 

If you are going for a triple, the 02 and 17 spaces are only a triple with no suite mates. Also, these rooms have completely renovated bathrooms.

Each suite has a maximum occupancy of five residents. Rooms that meet this cap end in 04, 12, 13, and 15. While these rooms are fuller, they are also more spacious overall, with a larger kitchen and at least a private half bath.

3) Biggest rooms.

The largest triple spaces are the rooms ending in 03B or 16A.  

If you are cool with lots of suite mates, but you want a larger space, the spaces ending in 13 are your best bet for a double. The room is huge and can easily be separated into two spaces. The only issue is, one of the residents is going to be very close to the kitchen.

The largest singles are the spaces ending in 04C, 06B, and 13C, 12C,  all of these spaces also have a balcony and private bath, which cost more money.

4)  Special Exceptions.

Spaces ending in 15  or 04 alternate between being a double or a triple, depending on the floor. This is something to be aware of going in to room selection night. If the space is a double on the floor, it is an exceptionally big space for just two people.

Some double and triple spaces on certain floors have an additional wall that separates the space from the entry area/ rest of suite. These also vary by floor. If the room you select doesn’t have a separate wall, you can build one if you make arrangements with facilities.

5) Closets.

Every one wants a bigger closet. If you have a lot of stuff, the spaces ending in 04 or 12 have the most closet space overall.

6) Bathrooms.

You can look at a floor plan to figure out which singles have full baths. However, the 02 triples have completely new and renovated bathrooms featuring a huge shower, clean everything, and non-florecent lighting. Over the summer the 01 and 18 spaces should also have the bathrooms renovated.

7) ELJ.

Esther Lloyd Jones is an amazing, yet forgotten, building for upperclassmen. If you are willing to live without a kitchen in your space (or don’t plan to use one in Willoughby anyway), then ELJ might be the best place for you. ELJ offers some of the most spacious doubles (especially the 03 and 08 spaces), hardwood floors and non-concrete walls. There is a kitchen on the main floor, a lounge and a foosball table. The building itself is beautiful and centrally located on campus. It does tend to be a more quiet building, which some residents prefer. There are also singles available, but they can be harder to come by considering how limited they are. ELJ is probably my favorite residence hall on campus, and it’s worth considering.

Overall, the best advice I can give you is to go into room selection night prepared (don’t miss your appointment time!!!!). Look at the floor plan and talk to your future roommates. If you know what you are looking for in a space, it is much easier for the ResLife staff to accommodate your desires. However, certain spaces do go quickly (the 01 and 18 spaces especially). Also, remember the RAs and RDs working room selection night are there to help you, not crush your dreams. 

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Which Major Do You Really Belong To?
  1. Pick a Favorite Food
    1. Grapes
    2. Chocolate cake
    3. Cheeseburgers
    4. Fruit gummies
    5. Steak
    6. I wouldn’t have time to eat it
  2. What do you look for in a significant other?
    1. A great body
    2. Just as long as they give me food
    3. Brains all the way
    4. A dazzling smile
    5. A sense of humor
    6. Wit
  3. Pick a band
    1. Aqua
    2. Blue October
    3. Citizen Way
    4. AFI
    5. Skillet
    6. Motley Crew
  4. What’s your catch phrase?
    1. “HULK SMASH!!”
    2. “Holy strawberries, Batman we’re in a jam!”
    3.  “I think, therefore, I am”
    4.  “Hasta la vista, baby”
    5. “Bernie, the bolt, please”
    6.  “No”
  5. You win the lottery. What do you do next?
    1. Go to Chanel and then to Prada
    2. Go on a cruise
    3. Buy a Barnes and Nobles
    4. Go to Comic Con
    5. Save it
    6. Buy bacon
  6. Pick a movie.
    1. Clueless
    2. Across the Universe
    3. The Princess Bride
    4. The Amazing Spiderman
    5. Finding Nemo
    6. The Breakfast Club
  7. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
    1. Shape-shifting
    2. Mind-reading
    3. I’m my own super power
    4. The ability to fly
    5. Super speed
    6. Super strength
  8. If you could have dinner with one celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be?
    1. Marilyn Monroe
    2. Christian Bale
    3. Benedict Cumperbatch
    4. Stan Lee
    5. Audrey Hepburn
    6. Whoopi Goldberg
  9. Pick a vacation destination.
    1. Paris
    2. The Bahamas
    3. London
    4. Tokyo
    5. San Francisco
    6. Rome
  10. Is the glass half empty or half full?
    1. Full or empty of what?
    2. Half full
    3. This is the wrong question; it should be “does the glass exist?”
    4. What color is the glass?
    5. Everything is subjective
    6. Half empty

(Mostly Ones)Fashion Design: You have a passion for fashion! Your artist eye is attuned to the body, how the body and all of its wonder can be used to proclaim the awesomeness of the fashion community. Paris is you dream destination because it’s the fashion capital of the world, and you, of course, totally belong there.

(Mostly Twos)Art & Design: You are the fundamental artist. Museum dates are your guilty pleasure and you love all art forms. You are the superpower of the Pratt Campus, the original art major. Congratulations: you are the origin of the Pratt student.

(Mostly Threes)Writing: You are a philosophical mind, one that thinks and contemplates and sees the universe as a vast expanse of unlimited stories that are just itching to be told. Your imagination is endless and full of questions and characters. You’re a little jealous of the other art majors who have studio space to work in, but the library and the pi shop will have to do for now.

(Mostly Fours) Illustration: Like any good artist, you have an eye for detail, but the details you see bring an animated light to the objects you’re looking at and this animation is brought to the page through your very capable hands. You tend to like cartoons and prefer books with pictures in them. Comic strips are your favorite part of the newspaper.

(Mostly Fives)Architecture: You see the world on a large scale and the future as an open field waiting to be covered with monuments, memorials, libraries, and such. Math was your favorite subject in school and you’re pretty skilled at pulling all nighters…as long as you have your coffee.

(Mostly Sixes)Graphic Design: Computers are your tools and you have no issue with technology. You’re a very animated person and often feel like you’re on top of the world.

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Two weeks ago the Prattler posted an anonymous submission from a student concerning the way students are treated within the Fashion Department.  We take the students and their opinions very seriously.  Your worries are our worries.  So we attempted to follow up on the allegations against the head of fashionistas to see if this anonymous tip was a fringe opinion or a much larger issue.  However, the students we approached preferred not to comment (some even retracted their statements) because they did not want to end up in the middle of a potential controversy or feared retribution.  We were also disappointed when faculty members would not get back to us to confirm or deny the events that were relayed to us.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide as many dimensions to this particular student’s experience as we would like to.  We want to encourage submissions in the future, and would like to give the students a voice while also representing multiple points of view.  

If you would like to comment on this issue or any other Pratt problem, submit it to us here.

-Samantha Borek, Web Editor

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