By Gabriela Flores
As the sun set last Thursday, Sept. 1, hundreds of students sat on the east lawn of Brooklyn College with snacks in hand to watch an American cult favorite: “Legally Blonde.” Laying their blankets and belongings on the grass, students kicked off the first fall semester with fewer COVID restrictions and more on-campus presence.
“I’m really happy to see that there’s so many people here,” said Mariam Alex, the Undergraduate Student Government’s Events Director who organized movie night with her colleagues.
Last spring, students watched the Wayans Brothers star in another comedy classic, “White Chicks.” Now, with nearly 400 RSVPs, the student government invited students to watch Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, become the bubbly, hardworking lawyer she was unexpectedly destined to be.
“Watch Elle Woods become a girl boss – that’s why I’m here,” said BC student Cindy Lin. “It’s just nice to be back on campus and attend events like these.”
For graduating seniors, last Thursday became one of their last hurrahs before leaving BC and its student population.
“It’s sad walking through campus, and I’m just like, I wish I had two more years to spend here…to go to these events – we missed out on two years of events and fun,” Alex said, who is looking to make the most of her homestretch at BC with more events in store for students to enjoy.
USG is also planning a welcome bash on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with the Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership Center and Student Affairs. There, students can play laser tag, meet new people, and have free snacks.