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Raising Awareness for “Brokelyn” College

Andrea Di Salvio’s new Instagram page, dedicated to bringing awareness to the disrepair at Brooklyn College. PHOTO/ cuny_brokelyn_college - Instagram
Andrea Di Salvio’s new Instagram page, dedicated to bringing awareness to the disrepair at Brooklyn College. PHOTO/ cuny_brokelyn_college – Instagram

By Zainab Iqbal

Published: February 14th, 2018

Many Brooklyn College students who are on Facebook are familiar with the infamous “Brooklyn College in the Know” Facebook page. It’s where students go to ask questions about professors, let others know about an ID card they found, and complain about the poor facilities on campus, with broken bathrooms being a common issue.

One student decided to take it a step further to bring awareness. She created an Instagram page dedicated to documenting the broken facilities on campus—meet CUNY_Brokelyn_College.

Andrea Di Salvio is an upper sophomore and a regular in the BC in the Know Facebook page. Just a few days ago, she realized that instead of sitting and complaining, it would be more effective for the BC community to take photos of anything they see wrong with the campus and post it on Instagram.

Her plan is for students to take photos of anything that is in need of repair, direct message (DM) it to the Instagram page, and tag things like #brooklyncollege and #thankscuomo. She wants to gain as much attention as possible to “everything that’s falling apart,” she told the Excelsior.

“I constantly see a lot of people complaining about how so many things are falling apart. But with that, recently, I’ve also been seeing a lack of faith in student government to do anything about it,” Di Salvio said. “I’ve also seen people not being willing to get involved with student government because of that lack of faith.”

Di Salvio also noted that she believes that the College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) Student Government is doing a great job. And “people would be more willing to support the fight and desire for more funding for CUNY if an attempt came from outside of student government.”

There are many platforms for students to express their concerns, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Slack. But Di Salvio believed that Instagram may make more of an impact, as photography is valuable.

Though that’s not to say Instagram is the only platform where this initiative will take place. Just two days ago, another student created a Facebook page called, “Fixing Brokelyn College.” Both students will see which platform does better.

Her bet? Instagram.

“I’m a photographer in my free time so I’ve learned that Instagram is a better platform for gaining picture and hashtag popularity,” Di Salvio said.

Di Salvio decided to take on this initiative in hopes that it gets to someone who can do something about the poor facilities on campus—something students have been concerned about for years.

“I hope that a lot of people get to see it—BC students, BC staff, people that go to other CUNYs (lack of funding affects all the CUNY schools), CUNY officials, and regular people,” she said. “But the main goal is for it to eventually reach Cuomo. It might be a bit of a long shot but it doesn’t hurt to try.”

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