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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.

WSN publishes one weekly themed print issue and daily digital content all five weekdays. Our newspaper is distributed to more than 100 locations in Manhattan and reaches about 60,000 students, faculty, staff members and residents of our community.

Mission: Doing great journalism. Making great journalists.

‪EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in three years, President Andrew Hamilton sat down with student journalists from WSN an...
05/14/2019
Hamilton, in Interview With WSN, Says NYU Should Not Be Democratic

‪EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in three years, President Andrew Hamilton sat down with student journalists from WSN and answered questions about NYU’s relationship with the UAE, university governance, diversity and his relationship with students.

For the first time in three years, President Andrew Hamilton sat down with student journalists from WSN and answered questions about NYU’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates, university governance, diversity and his relationship with students. [Read excerpts from WSN’s interview with Pre...

After a month of silence on its investigation of the sexual harassment allegations against Michael Steinhardt, the Board...
05/13/2019
Board of Trustees Announces Law Firm Aiding Investigation Into Steinhardt

After a month of silence on its investigation of the sexual harassment allegations against Michael Steinhardt, the Board of Trustees named the law firm aiding its investigation and listed resources members of the NYU community could use to share any experiences with Steinhardt.

The Board of Trustees announced in an email to the NYU community on Monday that law firm Ropes & Gray LLP is aiding it in its investigation of trustee Michael Steinhardt — who was accused of sexual harassment in March by seven women. Joan McPhee, a lawyer at the firm, has been assisting the Boar

‪After it was revealed that a professor accused of sexual harassment would return to teach at NYU in the fall, NYU Stu...
05/10/2019
SGA Condemns the Return of Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

‪After it was revealed that a professor accused of sexual harassment would return to teach at NYU in the fall, NYU Student Government published a letter condemning the professor and the university.

The Student Government Assembly published a letter on Friday condemning the return of German and Comparative Literature Professor Avital Ronell — who was found responsible for sexual harassment last year. SGA’s letter states that Ronell’s return to NYU contradicts the university’s commitment...

‪After the university criticized the Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s boycott of NYU Tel Aviv, academics ha...
05/10/2019
Academics Voice Support for Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s Boycott of NYU Tel Aviv

‪After the university criticized the Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s boycott of NYU Tel Aviv, academics have come out in support of the department.

Multiple groups of academics have written two different letters of support for the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis' boycott of NYU Tel Aviv that started last week. NYU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors sent a letter to NYU President Andrew Hamilton voicing

As students danced at Realize Israel’s annual Rave in the Park, activists from Students for Justice in Palestine laid ...
05/10/2019
Realize Israel Hosts Annual Rave in the Park, Protestors Stage Die-In

As students danced at Realize Israel’s annual Rave in the Park, activists from Students for Justice in Palestine laid on the ground and held signs with the names of depopulated Palestinian villages to protest Israel’s expansion into the region.

As blue and white Israeli flags flooded Washington Square Park on Thursday in celebration of the 71st anniversary of Israel’s founding, dozens of student activists staged a die-in to protest the event. “It’s Yom Ha'atzmaut [Israeli Independence Day] and my family is partying in Israel and so I...

Opinion | Social media’s democratization of information makes us stronger, but also more vulnerable.
05/09/2019
How the Twitter Revolution Went From Green to Red, White and Blue

Opinion | Social media’s democratization of information makes us stronger, but also more vulnerable.

On June 12, 2009, the streets of Tehran radically combusted into protest. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s ultra-conservative Islamist President, had just been re-elected for a second term in office, despite the extreme outpouring of popular support for his opponent Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the reformist a...

Opinion | As the presence of online journalism continues to grow, we must strive to use all forms of digital storytellin...
05/09/2019
Go Digital Or Go Home

Opinion | As the presence of online journalism continues to grow, we must strive to use all forms of digital storytelling to our advantage.

There is more than one way to tell a story. In the age of digital resources, social media and streaming, it is imperative that this notion is not just begrudgingly acknowledged or accepted, but embraced. It is evident that prominent print publications, like The New York Times and The Washington Post

President Emeritus John Sexton responded to criticisms of NYU’s operations in Abu Dhabi during a talk to promote his n...
05/09/2019
Former NYU President John Sexton Addresses Criticisms of NYUAD

President Emeritus John Sexton responded to criticisms of NYU’s operations in Abu Dhabi during a talk to promote his new book “Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age.”

Former NYU President John Sexton came to the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute on Washington Square on Thursday to discuss his new book “Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age” and how he sees the NYU Abu Dhabi as a model for a university despite the criticisms it has faced in the past. Whi

‪At a rally outside of the ride-hailing companies’ Long Island City offices, drivers demanded fare regulation and em...
05/09/2019
Uber and Lyft Drivers Strike Over Poor Working Conditions

‪At a rally outside of the ride-hailing companies’ Long Island City offices, drivers demanded fare regulation and employee rights ahead of Uber’s IPO on Friday.

Uber and Lyft drivers rallied to protest poor working conditions outside of the companies’ headquarters in Long Island City on Wednesday. The rally was part of a nationwide strike by drivers who are asking for fare regulation, livable wages and job security. The timing of the strike was planned t

There were no serious injuries after a fire at an office building on University Place, but two people went to the hospit...
05/09/2019
Fire Erupts on University Place

There were no serious injuries after a fire at an office building on University Place, but two people went to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters put out a fire that erupted on the fourth floor of an office building on 99 University Place Wednesday evening near the School of Professional Studies building on East 12th Street. No one was seriously injured. Two people suffered from smoke inhalation and were sent to Mount Sinai Be

‪After an effort to recognize seniors who donated to the 1831 Fund by placing their names on the stairs of Kimmel, som...
05/08/2019
Transgender Students’ Deadnames Placed on Kimmel Steps, NYU Begins to Address the Issue

‪After an effort to recognize seniors who donated to the 1831 Fund by placing their names on the stairs of Kimmel, some transgender students and allies were angered since their legal names were used instead of their preferred ones.

After an effort to recognize seniors who donated to the 1831 Fund by placing their names on the stairs of the Kimmel Center for University Life, some transgender students and allies were angered since their legal names were used instead of their preferred ones. In a tweet, Senator at-Large and Ga

The case against Caster Semenya is discriminatory and highlights the need for a deeper understanding of gender in the ru...
05/08/2019
Don’t Punish Female Athletes for Being Too Good

The case against Caster Semenya is discriminatory and highlights the need for a deeper understanding of gender in the rule-driven world of sports.

On Wednesday, the highest governing body in international sports, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said that female track athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone could not compete as women in certain major competitions like the Olympics. This landmark ruling was a crushing defeat for

“I’ll Miss You,” the first release from Bedford-Stuyvesant band Bathe, chronicles the first few months of the two ...
05/07/2019
Brooklyn Duo Releases Debut EP at Strawberry Fest

“I’ll Miss You,” the first release from Bedford-Stuyvesant band Bathe, chronicles the first few months of the two living in New York.

Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Bathe has been busy the past few days: not only did it warm up the stage for fellow Brooklynite and friend Triathlon at Strawberry Fest on Friday, but it also released its debut EP “I’ll Miss You” the same day. Made up of rapper/singer Devin C. Hobdy and producer, ...

Bell Book & Candle and Think Coffee are just two of a growing number of food establishments in New York City that use su...
05/07/2019
Sustainable Restaurants Persist, Despite Some Consumer Apathy

Bell Book & Candle and Think Coffee are just two of a growing number of food establishments in New York City that use sustainable methods to feed their customers.

But it’s not easy being green.

The average customer walking into Bell Book & Candle in Greenwich Village will never know that the majority of the ingredients — 60%, according to executive chef John Mooney — used at the restaurant come from the rooftop aeroponic garden, which is a method of gardening that allows plants to grow

Opinion | Analyzing the Wellness Center’s track record — and crunching some numbers — doesn’t inspire much optim...
05/07/2019
NYU Isn't Taking Care of Its Students

Opinion | Analyzing the Wellness Center’s track record — and crunching some numbers — doesn’t inspire much optimism.

TW: This article discusses and mentions suicide. As my time as an NYU first-year comes to an end, I’ve been looking back on some of the year’s defining moments. Losing myself in the crowd during Welcome Week, listening to my idols speak during MLK Week, watching the talented performers at UltraV...

Last academic year, the Courtesy Meals Program — which provides 75 Dining Dollars to students unable to afford their n...
05/07/2019
Use of Program for Food-Insecure Students Spikes This Academic Year

Last academic year, the Courtesy Meals Program — which provides 75 Dining Dollars to students unable to afford their next meal, no questions asked — was used by 30 to 40 students per semester. This year, that number has skyrocketed to 1,933 students.

Last academic year, the Courtesy Meals Program — which provides 75 Dining Dollars to students unable to afford their next meal, no questions asked — was used by 30 to 40 students per semester, according to Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Marc Wais. This year, that number has skyrocketed

After working with students, faculty and administrators to revise its resolution for months, it is now unclear how much ...
05/07/2019
Impact of NYU Divest’s Resolution on University Sustainability Initiatives Remains Unclear

After working with students, faculty and administrators to revise its resolution for months, it is now unclear how much NYU Divest’s decarbonization resolution will impact university policies on sustainability.

After a resolution that called for NYU to divest from fossil fuels and gas plants that use fracking passed in the University Senate in April, it is now unclear how much the resolution will impact the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts. “The Resolution for Decarbonization” was a culmin...

A survey conducted by the American Association of University Professors showed a lack of tenured women professors at NYU...
05/07/2019
Survey Shows Men Outnumber Women More Than 2-to-1 Among Tenured Faculty

A survey conducted by the American Association of University Professors showed a lack of tenured women professors at NYU, although the ratio was comparable to peer institutions.

Nearly all full-time professors at NYU — over 90% — have tenure, but fewer than 30% of them are women, according to a nationwide survey released by the American Association of University Professors in April. College of Dentistry Professor Nicola Partridge, who is tenured, said she has not witnes...

Six teams of student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of four judges in a Shark Tank-style competit...
05/07/2019
Startup That Connects Musicians to Venues Takes Home $20,000 Prize

Six teams of student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of four judges in a Shark Tank-style competition. GigFinesse, a startup that connects musicians to venues, took home the $20,000 top prize.

The InnoVention Society hosted an event on Thursday at the Tandon School of Engineering where six teams of student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of four judges in a Shark Tank-style competition. GigFinesse, a startup that connects musicians to venues, took home the $20,000 to

05/07/2019
Blazers, Sneakers and Jeans: Behind the Fashion Choices of NYU Professors

“I’m not going to wear those awful clunky shoes that a lot of straight white men wear. They just bring me to tears.”

A simple stroll through Washington Square Park makes it clear that NYU students reflect the fashion-conscious spirit New York City is known for. Classrooms contain an eclectic display of personal aesthetics and stylistic choices. But this phenomenon doesn’t just begin and end with students. In fac...

Opinion | A look at Pete Buttigieg’s time as mayor of South Bend shows his lack of empathy for communities and people ...
05/06/2019
Why Buttigieg Is Wrong for America

Opinion | A look at Pete Buttigieg’s time as mayor of South Bend shows his lack of empathy for communities and people of color.

Of the more than 20 individuals running for president, Pete Buttigieg has stood out among voters a top choice for the 2020 Democratic nomination. As the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he has largely run on a platform of bringing the Democratic Party back in touch with the rural and Midwestern voters

The annual March for Science had all-female keynote speakers and framed the Green New Deal as an opportunity to enact ev...
05/06/2019
March for Science Emphasizes Diversity, Green New Deal

The annual March for Science had all-female keynote speakers and framed the Green New Deal as an opportunity to enact evidence-based policy.

Wall Street was filled with chants from a nearly 1,000-person crowd gathered for the March for Science on Saturday. “Give us a Green New Deal, climate change is real!” the marchers chanted. The first March for Science was in 2017. This year’s march continued to champion climate change policy a

A student filed a lawsuit against the university in April after the Office of Student Conduct found him and several othe...
05/06/2019
Student Files Lawsuit Against NYU Over Allegedly False Hazing Charges

A student filed a lawsuit against the university in April after the Office of Student Conduct found him and several other members of a fraternity responsible for a hazing incident that burned multiple students. The incident ultimately led the university to ban the fraternity from campus.

A student filed a lawsuit against NYU last month alleging that the university wrongfully concluded that he was involved in a fraternity’s hazing incident that inflicted burns on multiple students. The hazing incident took place during the fall 2018 semester and was part of an initiation ceremony f

Almost 2,000 students used a food insecurity program this year, up from a few dozen in previous semesters.
05/06/2019
Use of Program for Food-Insecure Students Spikes This Academic Year

Almost 2,000 students used a food insecurity program this year, up from a few dozen in previous semesters.

Last academic year, the Courtesy Meals Program — which provides 75 Dining Dollars to students unable to afford their next meal, no questions asked — was used by 30 to 40 students per semester, according to Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Marc Wais. This year, that number has skyrocketed

An NYU rabbi started a petition voicing opposition to a resolution by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis ple...
05/06/2019
Over 2,000 People Sign Petition Against Boycott of NYU Tel Aviv

An NYU rabbi started a petition voicing opposition to a resolution by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis pledging noncooperation with the study away site.

A petition condemning the Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s resolution of noncooperation with NYU Tel Aviv has amassed over 2,000 signatures from students, alumni, faculty and others since it was published on Friday. The petition, started by NYU Chaplain Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, said the SCA’...

His new track, “Haba na Haba” (in English, little by little) is a testament to the uncertainty of “making it” af...
05/04/2019
NYU Senior Maũ Meditates on NYU Graduation With New Single

His new track, “Haba na Haba” (in English, little by little) is a testament to the uncertainty of “making it” after college graduation.

As graduation season quickly approaches, Tisch senior and rapper-producer Maũ has been using his music as an outlet to reconcile the existential dread of his days as a college student coming to an end. It is “a vessel for overthinking in a positive way,” as he calls it. After a somewhat quiet 2...

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05/04/2019
Another Year, Another (Straw)berry Good Festival

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Live music, free food, games galore and the oxymoronic “longest strawberry shortcake.” Despite the cloudy skies and light drizzle, NYU students flocked to West Third Street behind Bobst Library on Friday to indulge in Program Board’s annual Strawberry Fest. The fair had a bouncy house, free T-...

The Student Government Assembly passed a letter of support to encourage NYU to adopt policies that accommodate older stu...
05/04/2019
SGA Supports Measures to Examine NYU’s ‘Ageist’ Policies

The Student Government Assembly passed a letter of support to encourage NYU to adopt policies that accommodate older students.

At its last meeting of the semester, the Student Government Assembly passed a letter of support against policies at NYU they claim are ageist. The letter calls on the university administration to review these policies, provide housing and childcare for older students and allocate funding to research

After releasing their first album in six years, Vampire Weekend played an impromptu acoustic set this afternoon in Washi...
05/03/2019
Vampire Weekend Plays Surprise WSP Set

After releasing their first album in six years, Vampire Weekend played an impromptu acoustic set this afternoon in Washington Square Park.

Indie rock royalty Vampire Weekend played an impromptu acoustic set this afternoon in Washington Square Park to a small, hushed crowd. The band played a mix of classics and material from their new album, “Father of the Bride,” which was released today. Lead singer Ezra Koenig and bassist Chris B...

Citing entry restrictions imposed by the Israeli government, the SCA department voted to boycott NYU Tel Aviv on Thursda...
05/03/2019
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis Pledges Noncooperation With NYU Tel Aviv

Citing entry restrictions imposed by the Israeli government, the SCA department voted to boycott NYU Tel Aviv on Thursday.

NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis has pledged noncooperation with the university’s study away site in Tel Aviv. The move was due to entry restrictions imposed by the Israeli government that have affected students and faculty, according to a press release sent to WSN. “Faculty an...

‪Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Pete Buttigieg, attended an NYU College Democrats event on Thursday.
05/03/2019
Husband of Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Talks Transitioning to Life on the Campaign Trail

‪Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Pete Buttigieg, attended an NYU College Democrats event on Thursday.

Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of 2020 presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, spoke at an NYU College Democrats event on Thursday at the Kimmel Center for University Life. NYU College Democrats secretary and CAS sophomore Arman Becan asked Buttigieg how he adjust

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