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"I also had a lot of questions about why I had to quarantine — wasn’t it obvious that my symptoms were just from the vac...
04/28/2021
You could be quarantined in your dorm for reporting your vaccine side effects

"I also had a lot of questions about why I had to quarantine — wasn’t it obvious that my symptoms were just from the vaccine? Is NYU’s plan to quarantine every student who reports vaccine side effects on the screener? Is there a plan at all?"

Writer Alex Tey found that reporting their post-vaccination symptoms on a Daily Screener resulted in a mandatory quarantine. This could pose a problem as an increasing number of students are vaccinated.

"For some, the prospect of quarantining for vaccine-related symptoms and the absence of information from the university may be enough to convince them to simply lie."

Read the full story:
https://nyunews.com/culture/2021/04/27/vaccine-symptoms-quarantine/

I don't socialize indoors, I wear one mask outside and two inside and the riskiest thing I do is ride the subway about twice a week, an activity that is safer than eating inside a restaurant. A couple weeks ago, my weekly binx test had just come back negative and I didn’t have any symptoms. I was ...

The NYU School of Law's Policing Project proposes an increase in female police officers. Students and academics question...
04/28/2021
NYU Law Policing Project wants to curb police brutality by hiring more women

The NYU School of Law's Policing Project proposes an increase in female police officers. Students and academics question how effective this measure would be in light of the killing of Daunte Wright by former female police officer Kimberly potter.

“Gender diversity in police forces couldn’t possibly challenge the role police play in reproducing and enforcing race and class inequalities,” NYU American Studies Ph.D. student Chloe Truong-Jones wrote in an email to WSN.

Read the full story:
https://nyunews.com/news/2021/04/27/nyu-policing-project-aims-to-reform-policing/

Former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter shot and killed Duante Wright on April 11 after allegedly mistaking her gun for her taser. Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger murdered Botham Jean on Sept. 6, 2018, after accidentally entering his apartment rather than her own.

Check out this week's e-print edition!! Some of today's headlines:NYU Politics professor denies anti-Asian sentiment the...
04/26/2021
Washington Square News | April 26, 2021

Check out this week's e-print edition!!

Some of today's headlines:
NYU Politics professor denies anti-Asian sentiment then asks for a retraction

Who’s the Dosa Man? Behind the scenes of the first vegan dosa cart

'Minari' and the roots of the Asian American experience

EDITORIAL: Protect New York’s street vendors

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What's New with Washington Square News? || Apr 20-23 || A summary of this week's headlines.Hosted by Ndali BrumeEdited b...
04/25/2021
What's New with Washington Square News || Apr 20-23

What's New with Washington Square News? || Apr 20-23 || A summary of this week's headlines.

Hosted by Ndali Brume
Edited by George Papazov and Ryan Kawahara
Produced by Alexandra Chan, and Manasa Gudavalli
Videography by Finley Muratova, George Papazov, Manasa Gudavalli

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What's New with Washington Square News, a video summary of this week's headlines. Edited by George Papazov - Video Editor, Ryan Kawahara - Staff Videographer...

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04/23/2021

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Off-Campus Housing Fair on Wednesday!Still have questions? Visit our off-c...
04/09/2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Off-Campus Housing Fair on Wednesday!

Still have questions? Visit our off-campus housing guide at www.nyunews.com/off-campus-housing

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Off-Campus Housing Fair on Wednesday!

Still have questions? Visit our off-campus housing guide at www.nyunews.com/off-campus-housing

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04/07/2021

Again, we send our condolences to anyone who knew Towhid. We are here to support the NYU community.

Lastly, Opinion Editor Emily Dai wrote an op-ed to urge people to stop using Asian Americans for opposing arguments abou...
04/07/2021
Stop exploiting Asians in your arguments against affirmative action

Lastly, Opinion Editor Emily Dai wrote an op-ed to urge people to stop using Asian Americans for opposing arguments about affirmative action.

read here: https://nyunews.com/opinion/2021/04/07/asian-americans-affirmative-action/

NYU recently released admissions data for the Class of 2025, including the notable drop in acceptance rate, from 15% to 12.8%. As admissions decisions continue to roll in across the nation, the discourse around affirmative action has been reignited. Disappointed students rejected from their top choi

Performing Arts Editor Jennifer Ren wrote about the revival of Shakespeare in the Park happening this summer. read here:...
04/07/2021
Hark, Shakespeare fans! Shakespeare in the park plans to reopen in the summer

Performing Arts Editor Jennifer Ren wrote about the revival of Shakespeare in the Park happening this summer.

read here: https://nyunews.com/2021/04/07/arts/performingarts/shakespeare-in-the-park/

With the announcement of Broadway’s reopening in the fall and the approaching NY PopsUp program, many of New York City’s in-person performances are planning to return to the stage. The Public Theater is also preparing for the safe return of its Free Shakespeare in the Park this summer, a cherish...

Arts staff writer Sebastian Zufelt reviewed "Shiva Baby," written and directed by NYU alum Emma Seligman.  read here: ht...
04/07/2021
'Shiva Baby' embraces the horror of communal gatherings

Arts staff writer Sebastian Zufelt reviewed "Shiva Baby," written and directed by NYU alum Emma Seligman.

read here: https://nyunews.com/2021/04/07/arts/film/shiva-baby-review/

For most people, it has been a while since they’ve had a large gathering with family members. It’s easy to romanticize the idea of classic family gatherings during the holiday season. However, one watch of “Shiva Baby,” and that rosy image is likely to shatter. Based on her NYU senior thesis...

The second article is a dining review of the restaurant Tamam Falafel, which replaced Five Napkin Burger on 14th Street....
04/07/2021
Tamam Falafel offers new options for vegan students

The second article is a dining review of the restaurant Tamam Falafel, which replaced Five Napkin Burger on 14th Street.

read here: https://nyunews.com/dining/2021/4/07/tamam-falafel/

I was making my way down 14th Street towards Union Square in late January when I stumbled upon a brand new sign where the 5 Napkin Burger Express shop once was. The sign was yellow and blue, and right below the words “Tamam Falafel” stood a smaller sign which read “vegan.” I immediately stop...

Culture staff writer Natalie Melendez wrote two articles today! The first one is about the app Too Good to Go, and how t...
04/07/2021
Saving the planet and your wallet

Culture staff writer Natalie Melendez wrote two articles today! The first one is about the app Too Good to Go, and how the app tries to prevent food waste.

read here: https://nyunews.com/dining/2021/04/07/too-good-to-go/

With the enormous portion sizes at today’s restaurants, there’s a good chance you’ll have leftovers at the end of the meal. The best thing to do is to take them home to microwave and enjoy the next day. Not only does this ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth, but it also means tha...

Deputy News Editor Arnav Binaykia wrote an article about Tandon's undergraduate engineering teaching assistants going on...
04/07/2021
Teaching assistants at Tandon on strike

Deputy News Editor Arnav Binaykia wrote an article about Tandon's undergraduate engineering teaching assistants going on strike until their demands are met.

read here: https://nyunews.com/news/2021/04/07/tandon-teaching-assistants-strike/

Undergraduate teaching assistants for the General Engineering 1003 class at Tandon went on strike Monday, April 5, demanding a minimum wage of $25 an hour and better working conditions. Every semester, hundreds of students take EG1003, a required course for all Tandon engineering students. Due to

We send our deepest condolences to those who knew Farbin Towhid. News staff writer Rachel Fadem wrote a piece about the ...
04/07/2021
Farbin Towhid, Tisch first-year beloved for kindness, passion and talent, dies at 19

We send our deepest condolences to those who knew Farbin Towhid. News staff writer Rachel Fadem wrote a piece about the passing of Towhid and how it impacted the NYU community.

read here: https://nyunews.com/news/2021/04/07/nyu-tisch-student-killed/

Content warning: this article mentions su***de. Dozens of NYU students gathered around the Washington Square Arch on April 6 to remember Tisch first-year Farbin Towhid, who was found dead in her home in Allen, Texas the previous day. Officers from the Allen Police Department found her as well as

WSN's Off-Campus Housing Fair is TODAY from 1-4 PM EDT. We hope to see you there! RSVP or join the live event at tinyurl...
04/07/2021

WSN's Off-Campus Housing Fair is TODAY from 1-4 PM EDT. We hope to see you there! RSVP or join the live event at tinyurl.com/WSNFair

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Need to find off-campus housing or storage but don't know where to start?Join WSN for our Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fai...
04/06/2021

Need to find off-campus housing or storage but don't know where to start?

Join WSN for our Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair TOMORROW from 1-4 PM EDT.

Meet with realtors, brokers, guarantors, and storage & moving companies to get started on your search. And once you're there, don't forget to check out the raffles, free merch, and discounts! This event is open to all members of the NYU community, including parents, students, alumni, faculty, and staff!

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Need to find off-campus housing or storage but don't know where to start?

Join WSN for our Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair TOMORROW from 1-4 PM EDT.

Meet with realtors, brokers, guarantors, and storage & moving companies to get started on your search. And once you're there, don't forget to check out the raffles, free merch, and discounts! This event is open to all members of the NYU community, including parents, students, alumni, faculty, and staff!

RSVP now at tinyurl.com/WSNFair. We can't wait to see you there!

Last but not least, this week's House piece talks about how NYU needs to combat the bystander effect in order to prevent...
04/05/2021
NYU needs to combat the bystander effect

Last but not least, this week's House piece talks about how NYU needs to combat the bystander effect in order to prevent hate crimes from happening in the future.

read here: https://nyunews.com/opinion/2021/04/05/nyu-bystander-intervention-training-necessary/

On Monday, March 29, three men at a luxury apartment complex in midtown Manhattan watched as an assailant beat and kicked 65-year-old Vilma Kari on the sidewalk outside. A man standing in front of the door stood back as the brutality occurred. Additionally, a security guard employed at the building

Deputy Opinion Editor Asha Ramachandran wrote an op-ed about the importance of supporting GSOC's strike vote as members ...
04/05/2021
The urgency of supporting the #StrikeOnNYU

Deputy Opinion Editor Asha Ramachandran wrote an op-ed about the importance of supporting GSOC's strike vote as members of the NYU community.

read here: https://nyunews.com/opinion/2021/04/05/gsoc-deserves-support/

After nine months of constant stonewalling from the university administration, NYU’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee is holding a strike authorization vote. They’re demanding a living wage, free healthcare, severed ties with the New York City Police Department and the designation of NYU as...

Opinion contributing writer Srishti Bungle wrote an op-ed about how gun control legislation originated from silencing Bl...
04/05/2021
Gun control has a racist past

Opinion contributing writer Srishti Bungle wrote an op-ed about how gun control legislation originated from silencing Black movements like the Black Panthers.

read here: https://nyunews.com/opinion/2021/04/02/gun-control-racist-past/

The United States has a glaring problem: mass shootings. From Columbine to Aurora to Parkland to Boulder, mass shootings briefly grasp the nation’s attention before joining the tragically long list in history. After each shooting, government officials, political pundits and average Americans argue...

Arts Editor Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer reviews Olivier Assayas' "Demonlover" and how the movie falls short of its critique o...
04/05/2021
‘Demonlover’ Review: Assayas’ violent, sex-driven commentary on media falls short

Arts Editor Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer reviews Olivier Assayas' "Demonlover" and how the movie falls short of its critique of technology.

read here: https://nyunews.com/arts/film/2021/04/05/demonlover-review/

By: Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer Olivier Assayas’ “Demonlover” is many things, but it is not boring. Running along at breakneck speed as it hops from one continent to the next, “Demonlover” dips its toes in corporate espionage, he**ai and the deep web as it tries to untangle the complexities beh...

Arts contributing writer Holden Lay reviewed the movie "Cherry" starring Tom Holland, and how the film lacks originality...
04/05/2021
Tom Holland can’t stop ‘Cherry’ from going sour

Arts contributing writer Holden Lay reviewed the movie "Cherry" starring Tom Holland, and how the film lacks originality.

read here: https://nyunews.com/arts/film/2021/04/05/cherry-film-review/

Driving around the streets of an empty Los Angeles late last year, I found myself overwhelmed by a staggering amount of For Your Consideration billboards for “Cherry.” Behind these vague ads, there was a sense of curiosity about the film that convinced me to watch it. It seemed like they started...

Culture staff writer Sarah Gil wrote about how NYU students celebrate Easter during the pandemic.read here: https://nyun...
04/05/2021
How NYU students celebrate Easter during COVID-19

Culture staff writer Sarah Gil wrote about how NYU students celebrate Easter during the pandemic.

read here: https://nyunews.com/culture/2021/04/05-nyu-students-celebrate-easter-pandemic/

Easter Sunday, a day usually filled with chocolate bunnies, egg hunts and family meals will look quite different this year for NYU students. While the holiday carries a religious meaning, for many people, Easter is also an opportunity for families to gather and spend time with each other. Global

News staff writer Ruqaiyah Zarook also wrote about how a police department in Shanghai detained and released nine NYU Sh...
04/05/2021
Police detain and release 9 NYU Shanghai students in drug sweeps

News staff writer Ruqaiyah Zarook also wrote about how a police department in Shanghai detained and released nine NYU Shanghai students.

read here: https://nyunews.com/news/2021/04/05/nine-nyu-students-detained-in-shanghai/

Nine NYU Shanghai students were detained in two separate drug sweeps conducted by local police in Shanghai on March 12. Two students were taken into custody at a local bar, and seven others at a birthday party at an off-campus apartment. Police conducted both drug enforcement operations at approxima

News staff writer Ruqaiyah Zarook wrote about what the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE means for N...
04/05/2021
What the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE means for NYU

News staff writer Ruqaiyah Zarook wrote about what the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE means for NYU.

read here: https://nyunews.com/news/2021/04/05/what-the-abraham-accords-mean-for-nyu-abu-dhabi-and-nyu-tel-aviv/

The Abraham Accords, brokered by the Trump administration and signed in August 2020, formalized the normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Despite a recent diplomatic spat between the two West Asian nations and the uncertainty of Israel’s current political de...

Hey, we're back with some more content for you!For news, we have three stories:News staff writer Rachel Cohen wrote abou...
04/05/2021
NYU students ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine take advantage of conflicting guidelines to get vaccinated

Hey, we're back with some more content for you!

For news, we have three stories:
News staff writer Rachel Cohen wrote about how some students received the vaccine earlier than expected.

read here: https://nyunews.com/news/2021/04/05/ineligible-nyu-students-use-loophole-to-get-vaccine/

Liberal Studies first-year MaryCharlotte Barnes plans to sign up for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on April 6, when she, and all New York state residents aged 16 and over become eligible to take it. But she previously had an opportunity to get the vaccine weeks in advance, despite being ine

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Christmas New and Old By John Burl Smith There is no time in life when gift-giving is so prolific than Christmas, and for children, it is the “mother lode” for some, while fraught with disappointment for others. I say this because I believe most children are incapable of truly understanding the pain and anguish their parents endure, especially parents living in poverty, agonizing over being able to meet the minimum hopes of their children’s expectations at Christmas time. My wife, Dot, and I were both children of poverty, so this scenario had particular significance for us. During the Christmas season, like most Americans, we always watched two movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story.” This year, however, I have gained a different perspective, not only from their moral lessons but a much broader societal aphorism regarding what America has experienced throughout 2020. For the first time in my life, Christmas 2020 arrives with foreboding, after ominous events have unfolded throughout the year, which may have seemed coincidental and totally unrelated to their occurrence. Nevertheless, they revealed such vulnerabilities, not only for the American people but their democratic form of government. Again, I point to the two fantasies I mentioned earlier to highlight how some hopes and desires, no matter how innocent or unintended they may have seemed starting out, have made avoiding disaster a Divine reprieve. Understanding my point in alluding to these movies, one must look at the characters and how events impact them, producing particular outcomes. Just as Christmas 2019 faded below the horizon, the coronavirus invaded America, as the political primary season opened with a thud for many. Still, for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters, it opened with a bank. Donald Trump’s rosy scenarios painted of America’s future for his MEGA army presented bright prospects of economic prosperity and political stability, which made his election a forgone conclusion. Trump appeared unstoppable beginning his campaign, but a strange thing happened on the way to his coronation, which makes “A Christmas Story” like a story from the Bible that warns of God sending plagues against the ungodly. The first warnings about COVID-19, the true meaning of which escaped most Americans, and definitely not how it would change our world. But, Donald Trump would admit months later, “I downplayed the problem because I didn’t want people to panic.” Personally, I believe the shoe is on the other foot as to who panicked in the face of COVID-19!! The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is built around a character that does everything right as a hero. He views his community as his family, but a sinister and hateful grinch steals his life’s and our hero contemplates su***de. His lost life is shown to him, as an alternative reality, if he had never been born. Just a fantasy, you say, so I present the state of Georgia as a case in point, not the physical landscape, but its people past and present. I contrast them going back on April 6, 1861, when Georgia followed secessionist South Carolina, after it opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, joining the Civil War against the United States of America. Five years later, following their humiliating defeat Georgia, again followed other confederate states that would not accept defeat. They bought into another alternate reality, “the lost cause,” which denied why they took up arms against the United States because they would not end slavery. Their fight to keep slavery at all costs morphed into the alternative reality of “states’ rights,” which created the “solid South.” Denial became a way of life that mirrored George Orwell’s “1984” “doublethink”—the ability to hold two competing realities or thoughts in one's mind simultaneously without recognizing or acknowledging the contradictory nature of the two. “A Christmas Story” presents the other relevant scenario in the person of a child. Although the character is sweet and adorable, the belief he holds in his mind is the harbinger of disaster if given what he craves. The child star, who wishes for something all the adults in his life, says the child does not need it because he does not understand the ramifications of his desire. Their warnings, “You'll shoot your eye out,” is ignored, and he embarks on a course to obtain his heart’s desire. The moral of the story is quite simple, “because one desires something does not mean they should have it simply; it makes them happy.” The vast majority of adults in the South were all like the kid in “A Christmas Story,” oblivious of the real cost of war, not just to those who would fight and die to please petulant slave masters in their actual “lost cause,” but their state and the people living there who had no say in the matter. Similar to kids, they preferred to burn the house down because they could not get their way and continue enslaving African human beings to make money, people they stole and forced to work for free. But more than anything, they refer to treasonous acts as their “proud heritage.” The fact is today, we cannot go back to April 12, 1861, and unload the first cannonball before firing on Fort Sumter. Still, the children of Georgia today, Black, white, Latino, and Asians, refuse to continue reloading those canons in a vain attempt to maintain that hideous legacy of hatred, discrimination, and murder against American descendants of slavery. Today young progressives are following the brilliant leadership of Stacey Abrams. Young progressives have taken to the streets, defying the odds supporting Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. They have taken up Alicia Keys new anthems accompanied by Brandi Carlile “A Beautiful Noise” and personal statement “Brand New Me,” hoping to create a new kind of world. They are refusing to live in a world that existed only between the ears of their great-grandparents. They abhor that world because it denies them the friends they want, loves they have and families they are building. I was in the streets in the 1960s, as an Invader in Memphis, supporting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and I was also one of the last two people to talk with him in a strategy meeting. The things our children are back in the streets fighting for today are the things Dr. King shared with Charles Cabbage and me on his last day. And, as Malcolm X declared, “the chickens are coming home to roost,” after a century of hatred. I began talking about Christmas, children, and presents because I believe Dr. King’s life was a present he gave up purchasing the opportunity this generation is presently fighting to achieve. Whether America realizes it or not it is witnessing an epic battle that will decide the fate of millions today and in the future. I am proud to be counted among those on the frontline in this fight. As in 1968, I can sit this one out either, no matter the outcome. We owe Dr. King this battle to fulfill and live out the dream he gave the world. Today we here in Georgia are trying to break down the walls built by that first shot at Fort Sumter. Young progressives are calling out their parents and grandparents, who still refuse to accept the new world they see and are fighting to build. Old white men would rather fight another Civil War and destroy democracy in America to hold on to power. Those who care about democracy in America must join us and help in any way you can. The Donald Trumps and Mitchell McConnells care only about what they want power—guns, like the kid in “A Christmas Story.” Yes, guns are their symbol of power. And that power is demonstrated each time police murder black men and women on the street, on their doorsteps, and in their beds. Their power is not to enforce law and order or justice. It is about power and maintaining it at any cause. Were it not for COVID-19, the world would not be witnessing the spectacle. We in Georgia are fighting for the world that will exist after COVID-19. We are setting down the mark for where that world will begin.