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Letter from the Editor

Posted on August 25, 2013 | by Jonathon Dornbush

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

As cliché as that quote might seem close to 30 years after Ferris Bueller said it, these words ring no less true today than they did in 1986. For NYU students especially, the time you spend either in New York City or abroad can disappear in a flash. So yes, spend the next few years taking advantage of everything NYU and New York City can offer, but don’t forget to soak it all in. And that means doing more than stopping to Instagram every moment.

Welcome Week is just the start — it will offer you a taste of a city that never ceases to present you with new experiences. Never hesitate to explore the city around you. Take in as many Broadway shows and concerts as you can, join a club — or a dozen — enroll in a class and learn a skill you may never have the chance to acquire, see an improv group and maybe even try it yourself.

Living in the city will require some adjustments, but in due time you’ll learn to walk at a faster pace, know your food order before you get in line and find the best coffee shop to study and people watch. But as you’re walking faster, slow down to peek into that bookstore you never noticed as you sped to class. You may know your food order by heart, but don’t be afraid to branch out and enjoy all of the delicacies the city has to offer.

And as you’re absorbing every book you read — or skim over — for class or watching the people surrounding you in the Bean, the Washington Square News will be there to help you notice what you need to. The news stories, the latest movies, the students starting charities, websites or a dozen other enterprises — we’ll be there to keep you informed and hopefully engage you in a conversation about the university and community you are now part of.

Our stories should remind you of one important lesson: don’t forget to contribute as much to the world as you take in. You’re at NYU because you have something amazing to offer, so don’t be afraid to use what you have, whether it is in that improv group, or by writing, teaching or performing whatever your passion may be.

Had I never taken the time to realize how important the WSN and its staff are to me, I wouldn’t have the chance to write this letter to you. I spent my freshman year searching from one student organization to the next, hoping to find a home. Once I slowed down and realized the potential WSN offered, I only focused on how I could be part of this group. As you begin your own search, always remember to take stock of what matters most to you in your journey.

Your time at NYU is going to move pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take in the city and school around you, you might miss the relationships and opportunities waiting for you.


Jonathon Dornbush, Editor-in-Chief


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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.

  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.