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Looking back: NYU Fall 2012

Posted on January 1, 2013 | by Amy Aixi Zhang

As the new year begins, the WSN staff thought you might want to reflect on the absurdities, comedies, tragedies, ups and downs of Fall 2012. These past few months have embodied a semester like all semesters here, one where students bonded, divided, stumbled, but most importantly, prospered. Here is a timeline of the stories you might have missed and are worth reading again:

Aug. 6: NYU Sydney welcomed its first class of students.

Sept. 12: NYU law trustee Daniel Straus was hit with a barrage of criticism for his alleged maltreatment of workers at the HealthBridge Management corporation.

Sept. 14: The New York City health board passed one of the first sugary drink bans in the country as a result of Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to combat obesity.

Oct. 17: NYU’s treasured Timekeeper passed away at 70, leaving behind a legacy.

Oct. 31: Hurricane Sandy left many communities ravaged and forced the evacuation of NYU students to Kimmel. Alec Baldwin made an appearance. Read all the stories here.

Nov. 6: President Obama was reelected. WSN’s nationally recognized Election Issue provided one of many guides to the issues most important to our local community and the country at large.

Nov. 29: A slip-up blew up. Replyallcalypse drew the attention of national media outlets, and student Max Wiseltier enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame.

Dec. 13: We highlighted some of NYU’s best and brightest in our annual Influential Issue. Read the profiles of NYU’s 15 Most Influential students here.

Dec. 13: As the NYU expansion war wages on, faculty members voted in favor of holding a March vote of no-confidence vote against President Sexton.

Dec. 17: Students at Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music cover Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and are launched to fame. Currently, their video on YouTube has over 120,000 views.

Dec. 18: The Newtown shooting prompted a gathering of over 100 students to pray for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Make sure to check out a retrospective piece by our opinion columnist Shamir Tanna here. For the WSN Arts staff’s picks for the best films, television shows and albums of the year, head over to our Arts blog, The Highlighter.

Additional reporting by Julie Devito. Amy Zhang is managing editor. Email her at


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Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

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