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Washington Square News, founded in 1973, is the free, award-winning student newspaper of New York University. All content is editorially independent from the university.

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Prom night is full of expectations and sometimes complete left turns. Hear from this year’s Fringe models on how they ...
04/27/2019
Take It Back to Prom

Prom night is full of expectations and sometimes complete left turns. Hear from this year’s Fringe models on how they fared during the “best night” of high school.

Take It Back to Prom

NYU professors and students reflect on the return of ’80s and ’90s fashion, from the rise of low-rise to high-rise t...
04/27/2019
From the 2010s to the ’80s and ’90s, Modern Streetwear Is a Fashion Rewind

NYU professors and students reflect on the return of ’80s and ’90s fashion, from the rise of low-rise to high-rise to dad shoes.

The mere thought of low-rise jeans now elicits a cringe from all the proponents of the re-popularized high-waisted mom jean movement. Flo Rida’s favorite pair of 2000s “Reeboks with the straps” have been tossed into a black garbage bag, along with your mom’s 2006 copy of “Eat, Pray, Love,....

04/27/2019
What a Night | Fringe Spring 2019

What a Night | Fringe Spring 2019

We make movies now ⬇️
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ZR2uags4w

“What a Night,” this issue’s fashion film, directed and written by Justin Park, continues the issue’s focus on the ’80s prom aesthetic by revisiting prom in a fantastical lens. Prom is an iconic American tradition filled with glamour, romance and high expectations –– a night that is meant to encapsulate youth and nostalgia. Tisch junior Michael Miles and Tisch sophomore Imani Arnett play two disgruntled teenagers who meet by chance on a subway platform after an uneventful night, unknowing that new beginnings are about to unfold. Choreographed by Voices Editor Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes, Miles and Arnett dance their troubles away into a fantasy world over ‘Chinatown’ by Tisch sophomore Harry Teardrop.

This freelance makeup artist went from her sister’s prom makeup to Estée Lauder.
04/26/2019
How a Prom Gig Turned Into a Career

This freelance makeup artist went from her sister’s prom makeup to Estée Lauder.

With T-minus three hours until prom, Lindsay Karchin had a daunting task ahead: her sister’s prom makeup. The clock was ticking. They debated the pros and cons of having her hair up versus leaving it down. Then, they had to make sure the makeup would match the color scheme of her light orange and ...

Opinion | How long until we start recognizing tragedies that happen outside the Western world?
04/26/2019
Sri Lanka Was on Fire, Too

Opinion | How long until we start recognizing tragedies that happen outside the Western world?

Gut-wrenching attacks were carried out this past Easter Sunday in hotels and churches across Sri Lanka, leaving more than 300 people dead and about 500 injured. My heart goes out to the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends that lost someone that day. It is very worrying that our genera

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.
04/26/2019
A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: April 26 to 28

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.

Finals are just around the corner, and I know y'all are stressing — use one of these arts and entertainment events to get your mind off of that test stress and enjoy the wonderful weather! West 10th Launch Reading at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, April 26 The official literary jou

In an interview with WSN, LS Dean Julie Mostov discussed the college’s plans to add another first-year away site in Ma...
04/26/2019
LS Expands First-Year Away Program to Madrid, Steinhardt Adds FYA Program in Paris

In an interview with WSN, LS Dean Julie Mostov discussed the college’s plans to add another first-year away site in Madrid and how Steinhardt plans to start the program, as well.

Liberal Studies will be expanding its first-year away program to Madrid by 2020, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development will begin its own first-year away program in the fall, according to LS Dean Julie Mostov. Madrid was chosen partly because of how many students s

The Lavender Graduation honored graduating LGBTQ students from across the university on Wednesday.
04/26/2019
Out, Proud and Graduating: Lavender Graduation 2019

The Lavender Graduation honored graduating LGBTQ students from across the university on Wednesday.

The second annual Lavender Graduation — a ceremony dedicated to graduating LGBTQ students — was held on the 10th floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life on Wednesday. Director of NYU’s LGBTQ Center Chris Woods opened the event. The ceremony is for all graduating LGBTQ students and celeb...

Moonwalk with confidence at the club wearing these four modern renditions of ’80s makeup looks.
04/26/2019
Glitter, Glitz and the Golden Years

Moonwalk with confidence at the club wearing these four modern renditions of ’80s makeup looks.

Glitter, Glitz and the Golden Years

‪After months of collaboration between activists and the university administration, the decarbonization resolution pas...
04/26/2019
Decarbonization Resolution Passes University Senate

‪After months of collaboration between activists and the university administration, the decarbonization resolution passed the University Senate.

A resolution to decarbonize the university passed at a University Senate meeting on Thursday with 47 votes in favor of the resolution and 44 votes against. Decarbonization calls for increased action to combat climate change through complete divestment from fossil fuels and fracking. The resolutio

‪Breaking: The resolution, originally inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, called for NYU to di...
04/25/2019
‘Human Rights at NYU’ Resolution Narrowly Struck Down in University Senate

‪Breaking: The resolution, originally inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, called for NYU to divest from companies associated with human rights violations.

A resolution that would aim to implement a socially responsible investment policy at NYU narrowly failed to pass at a University Senate meeting on Thursday. When it came to a vote, 36 members voted in favor of the resolution and 39 members opposed it. The resolution, titled “Human Rights at NYU,

As a student-athlete and designer, Madeline DeJong has one hand sewing her original line and the other serving a volleyb...
04/25/2019
Serving on the Court and the Runway

As a student-athlete and designer, Madeline DeJong has one hand sewing her original line and the other serving a volleyball.

Serving on the Court and the Runway

The owners of Lucky Lee's, accused of cultural appropriation, hope to move forward.
04/25/2019
A Learning Moment in the Midst of a Chinese Restaurant's Controversy

The owners of Lucky Lee's, accused of cultural appropriation, hope to move forward.

The history and perception of Chinese food in the United States is long, complex and deeply rooted in racism. Narratives of “Chinese restaurant syndrome,” a term coined in the 1960s based on a fear of MSG, have followed Chinese cuisine for decades, along with the idea that Chinese food is dirty.

Some NYU students swear by plants — in the form of diet and essential oils — to stay healthy, despite inconclusive r...
04/24/2019
To Maintain Wellness, Students Turn to Plants

Some NYU students swear by plants — in the form of diet and essential oils — to stay healthy, despite inconclusive research for or against them.

After falling sick during her first year at NYU, Sophie Gossack eliminated processed foods, dairy, gluten and artificial sugars from her diet. “My diet comprises pretty much entirely of anti-inflammatory and vitamin-rich foods,” Tandon senior Gossack said. “I eat primarily plant-based and try ...

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take some time for yourself.
04/24/2019
Minimal Human Contact Can Make for a Better Meal

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take some time for yourself.

Imagine eating alone in a cubicle, isolated from all human contact. Popular Japanese ramen chain Ichiran’s has labeled this the ideal dining experience. For the more extroverted among us, eating alone may sound like something straight out of your worst nightmare. For others, however, it can be a t...

NYU contributing curator Hugh Ryan talks his new projects, including a book on the queer history of Brooklyn and two exh...
04/24/2019
‘When Brooklyn Was Queer’ Uncovers the Borough’s Buried History

NYU contributing curator Hugh Ryan talks his new projects, including a book on the queer history of Brooklyn and two exhibitions on the same subject.

What started as a pop-up museum in part-time NYU curator Hugh Ryan’s Bushwick loft eventually transformed into a quest to uncover Brooklyn’s queer history. The pop-up was expected to be a small kick-off event, but when over 300 people showed up, and the cops came to shut it down, Ryan realized h...

Our staff gives you some of their best hot takes on some of pop culture’s most notorious bad guys.
04/24/2019
Unpopular Opinions: When the Villain Was Right

Our staff gives you some of their best hot takes on some of pop culture’s most notorious bad guys.

It’s one of the most fundamental, elemental tropes in storytelling — the good guy vs. the bad guy, light vs. darkness, good vs. evil. The examples are infinite — Harry Potter vs. Voldemort, Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, the Three Little Pigs vs. the Big Bad Wolf, to name a few. But it’s no...

At an event organized by NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, CNN commentator Van Jones emphasized the importance of huma...
04/24/2019
CNN’s Van Jones: ‘The Opposite of Criminalization is Humanization’

At an event organized by NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, CNN commentator Van Jones emphasized the importance of humanizing criminals in the context of criminal justice reform.

CNN commentator Van Jones spoke about his docuseries on the criminal justice system and the need for reform in an event at the NYU School of Law Tishman Auditorium on Monday. Jones is the co-founder of Cut50, an organization that aims to cut the prison population in half, and the CEO of Reform Al

For Earth Day, authors and scholars discussed fiction writing's contribution to environmentalism.
04/24/2019
Authors Discuss Fiction’s Role in Climate Change Awareness

For Earth Day, authors and scholars discussed fiction writing's contribution to environmentalism.

To celebrate Earth Day, teachers, authors and artists discussed how fiction writing can enhance readers’ understanding of climate change in an event at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. On Monday, member of NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge’s Climate Working Group Amy Brady — w...

All five sharks declined to invest in Stern graduate student Kyle Bergman’s company, The Great Fantastic, citing issue...
04/24/2019
Stern Student Pitches Sweatpants-Overalls Company to the Sharks

All five sharks declined to invest in Stern graduate student Kyle Bergman’s company, The Great Fantastic, citing issues with growth and the sustainability of the product.

Stern MBA candidate Kyle Bergman pitched Swoveralls, a clothing line of sweatpant overalls, on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on Monday, asking for $150,000 in exchange for 15% equity. All five sharks declined to invest. Bergman started his company, The Great Fantastic, in March 2017. His Swovies, as he r...

‪A little more than a month after a vigil to honor victims of the New Zealand shootings, students once again gathered ...
04/24/2019
Victims of Sri Lanka Bombings Honored at Vigil

‪A little more than a month after a vigil to honor victims of the New Zealand shootings, students once again gathered on Kimmel’s steps to memorialize victims of the recent bombings in Sri Lanka.

A vigil to memorialize the victims of a series of bombings that occurred in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was held in the Kimmel Center for University Life on Tuesday. On Sunday, over 300 people were killed in a series of coordinated suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka ha

The young art student’s guide to navigating the “good luck getting a job” conversation.
04/23/2019
Go to School and Don’t Be Afraid to Call Yourself an Artist

The young art student’s guide to navigating the “good luck getting a job” conversation.

There comes a point in the life of the studious young artist where it seems like every adult in your life tells you not to go to art school. You hear it from business-oriented, pseudo-savvy relatives who tell you that an arts degree won’t get you a job, or at least not a job that pays you enough m...

Review | Netflix’s algorithms have predicted some of our favorite original productions, but “The Silence” isn’t ...
04/23/2019
'The Silence': A Netflix Algorithm Mishap

Review | Netflix’s algorithms have predicted some of our favorite original productions, but “The Silence” isn’t one of them.

Netflix’s “The Silence,” directed by John R. Leonetti and based on the novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon, chronicles the world as attacked by blind, flesh-eating, pterodactyl-like bats called Vesps. The movie follows 16-year-old Ally (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing in a car accident ...

Meet Jason Lee, the Korean international student who networked his way into shooting magazine editorials.
04/23/2019
How a Tisch Junior Ended up Shooting for Chanel

Meet Jason Lee, the Korean international student who networked his way into shooting magazine editorials.

Jason S. Lee likes to say that he’s lucky. After only a year of handling a camera, he won a Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Award at 16. Only a few months later, Lee’s award-winning photography series was accepted into two galleries: 2448 MOON Fine Arts in Seoul and The Silpe Gallery in Hart...

It's Taurus season 👀
04/23/2019
Students Show Affinity for Astrology

It's Taurus season 👀

“Good morning. I’m Ms. Stielau, and I’m an Aquarius.” At the start of the spring semester, Media, Culture, and Communications TA Anna Stielau introduced herself to a lecture hall of MCC students by identifying herself with her zodiac sign. She had a reason for this introduction. “In my exp...

A report from NYU’s AI Now Institute highlighted how a lack of diversity in the artificial intelligence industry has i...
04/23/2019
Researchers Find ‘Diversity Disaster’ in Artificial Intelligence Industry

A report from NYU’s AI Now Institute highlighted how a lack of diversity in the artificial intelligence industry has influenced discriminatory technology.

Artificial intelligence tools created by leading technology companies have come under fire in recent years for discriminating against women, people of color and other minorities. Last year, Reuters reported that Amazon discontinued a resume-scanning AI tool that was found to penalize resumes wit

Podcaster and New York Times best-selling author Esther Perel spoke about modern-day relationships at Skirball.
04/23/2019
There’s a ‘Consumerism of the Soulmate,’ Sex Therapist Says

Podcaster and New York Times best-selling author Esther Perel spoke about modern-day relationships at Skirball.

Celebrated author and sex therapist Esther Perel spoke about how feelings of loneliness can increase dependence on one’s romantic partner at this season's last edition of the Skirball Talks series. Perel began the lecture by asking audience members to raise their hands if they ever wished that th

As the Board of Trustees continues to investigate one of its members, Michael Steinhardt, it is unclear when the investi...
04/23/2019
Board of Trustees Continues Investigation into Steinhardt, Does Not Specify a Timeframe

As the Board of Trustees continues to investigate one of its members, Michael Steinhardt, it is unclear when the investigation will end or if changing the name of the Steinhardt school is a possibility.

NYU’s Board of Trustees launched an investigation after seven women in Jewish philanthropic organizations claimed Michael Steinhardt — the namesake of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development — sexually harassed them. In a report by The New York Times and ProPublica, ...

Kelsey Moore will deliver a speech at the school's baccalaureate ceremony on May 21.
04/22/2019
CAS Valedictorian Hopes the Honor Encourages POC Students

Kelsey Moore will deliver a speech at the school's baccalaureate ceremony on May 21.

Right before spring break, CAS senior Kelsey Moore received an email from the dean’s office. It instructed her to go to the office to accept a graduation award, but she was unsure of what she had won. At the office, one of the administrators told Moore that she had been recognized as CAS’s 2019 ...

The new members are as follows: Jakiyah Bradley, SGA Chairperson; Kosar Kosar, Student Senators Council Vice-Chairperson...
04/22/2019
Meet Your New Student Government Assembly Executive Committee

The new members are as follows: Jakiyah Bradley, SGA Chairperson; Kosar Kosar, Student Senators Council Vice-Chairperson; Rawan Dareer, Global Student’s Council Vice-Chairperson and Florence Tong, President’s Council Vice-Chairperson.

Correction, Tuesday, April 23, 9:22 pm: The Global Student’s Council Vice-Chairperson’s name is Rawan Dareer, not Rowan.

The 2019 to 2020 Student Government Assembly Executive Committee, which is the highest ranking group of student leaders at NYU, was announced Friday following all-university elections. The new members are as follows: Jakiyah Bradley, SGA Chairperson; Kosar Kosar, Student Senators Council Vice-Chair

The NYU Quidditch team finished in fourth place, its best-ever performance, at the U.S. Quidditch Cup 12 last weekend.
04/22/2019
Forget Hogwarts — NYU Quidditch Is Flying High

The NYU Quidditch team finished in fourth place, its best-ever performance, at the U.S. Quidditch Cup 12 last weekend.

At the start of his first year, Robert Mast tagged along to Club Fest with a friend. He jokingly signed up for NYU Quidditch on a whim, and when his friend asked him if he planned to attend the information session later that day, he laughed. “I was like, ‘No, obviously I’m not going to actuall...

The grant will fund a new project to save scholarly works that contain complex media files like audio recordings and sim...
04/22/2019
Grant from Commencement Speaker’s Foundation Funds Library Preservation

The grant will fund a new project to save scholarly works that contain complex media files like audio recordings and simulations.

Music Professor Robert Rowe experienced every scholar’s nightmare when he tried to open the original digital version of his book, which was published in 1992. The old Microsoft files would not open because of unrecognized images. Rowe took his computer to the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Co

Where does the garbage chute actually lead?
04/22/2019
Busting the Myth About NYU Recycling

Where does the garbage chute actually lead?

Compost, landfill and recycling bins litter NYU’s Washington Square campus. Whether separated or joined, each is decorated with appropriate signage and coloring — green for compost, gray for landfill and blue for all recycling. The system, supplemented with pictures, makes throwing trash away se...

Opinion | As privileged university students, we must take the time to recognize the tragedy in Sri Lanka.
04/22/2019
Commemorating Lives Lost in the Attacks in Sri Lanka

Opinion | As privileged university students, we must take the time to recognize the tragedy in Sri Lanka.

The world awoke on Sunday to the news that at least 290 people had been killed, and more than 500 had been injured, in what can only be described as a disaster of horrific human carnage in Sri Lanka. With close to 800 casualties — and estimates growing by the hour — one might have thought this c...

In the recent NYU Student Government, more candidates ran unopposed than not. The newly elected presidents of Tisch and ...
04/22/2019
Over Half of Student Government Candidates Ran Unopposed

In the recent NYU Student Government, more candidates ran unopposed than not. The newly elected presidents of Tisch and Stern told WSN this may be due to a lack of participation in and awareness of student government.

Over half of the candidates who ran for positions in the Student Government Assembly ran unopposed, according to SGA’s Elections Commission. SGA, the university’s main representative body, proposes resolutions that impact student life or university policy. From encouraging the university to dive...

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