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WSN Editorial Board reflects on spring semester events

Posted on May 2, 2013 | by WSN Editorial Board

As we look back on an eventful semester filled with momentous change, the WSN Editorial Board would like to contextualize our recent memories and offer guiding principles for the continued advancement of our country.

The end of April hopefully marks the closing of a dark chapter for the world. In the last few months, we have seen the slightest step toward sensible gun control shut down by Congress, a terrorist attack on our own soil and Syria’s government use chemical weapons to kill countless citizens. On campus, we have watched as two of NYU’s schools held a vote of no confidence against NYU President John Sexton. But as April showers turn to May flowers, our world forges on.

What lessons have we learned as we watched horror and hope unfold around the globe? First, we learned that it has never been more incumbent upon the American citizenry to mobilize and exert its influence over its paralyzed, corrupt government. Congress has dropped all pretenses of political legitimacy and quite obviously panders to the highest bidder. Our elected representatives have deviated from responsibility because we have allowed them to do so. As individuals, we hold little influence over politicians — as a lobby, coalition, political action committee or any other organized body, we can reclaim our rightful clout and restore America’s broken democracy.

We must cease to view the rest of the world as an us-versus-them dynamic. The increasingly interdependent nature of our global system demonstrates every day why American exceptionalism is no longer an adequate justification for unilateralism. As a nation we must adapt to changing world dynamics, and if we do not recognize the new intricacies of international trade, security and aid, we will quickly lose our competitive edge — if we have not lost it already.

Ultimately, we on the Editorial Board are grateful for the opportunity to critically examine the key issues of our time and present a nuanced perspective to our readers. Rather than dictating how you should think, we have tried to emphasize the details of each issue and contribute to the general political discourse that is so essential to a just and righteous society. We encourage you to keep reading, analyzing and contributing — enlightened readers are enlightened citizens, after all.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, May 2 print edition. Email the WSN Editorial Board 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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