Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 08:13 pm est

NYU negligent of winter weather impact

Posted on February 13, 2014 | by WSN Editorial Board

The decision to keep NYU open during a potentially hazardous winter storm has caused controversy and represents a significant risk to both students and staff. The university administration has underestimated the obvious risks associated with traveling during a severe snowstorm. The decision is both negligent and dangerous.

Winter Storm Pax is shaping up to be brutal. After hitting the South hard, the storm is expected to bring heavy snowfall to the Northeast starting last night around midnight. Five to 12 inches of snow are expected to hit New York, and this could later turn into sleet or rain. Winds may reach up to speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour around New York City, causing poor visibility conditions. In the tristate area outside of New York, the conditions are set to be even worse. For the large commuter body of NYU, this represents a particular danger. Even the most modest predictions would undoubtedly result in traffic delays affecting anyone who does not live near campus.

A significant proportion of NYU students commute each day. This morning they will undoubtedly be subjected to consistent delays and hazards in what is typically a safe routine journey. In an email yesterday, the NYU administration encouraged “managers and faculty to be flexible” with regard to commuters — ironic, considering its own inflexible decision. Moreover, leaving individual decisions up to managers and professors wrongly alleviates the administration of their own responsibility. Of worthwhile mention, and to the university’s credit, NYU has made clear that it will continue to monitor the storm, and its decision to keep the school open, closely through the night.

A visit to the NYU Secrets page on Facebook, an open, anonymous forum which is followed by over 22,000 people and is a hub of NYU online activity, is the clearest way to witness the separation between the administration and the NYU community. A post uploaded to the site within hours of the aforementioned email from the NYU administration puts the problem succinctly: “I refuse to miss classes because I pay NYU tuition for the education and it’s ridiculous that I have to put myself in danger to get there.”

If the university hopes to improve perceptions among students, it must become receptive to student and staff safety. NYU’s continued negligence deepens the divide between the school’s administration and its students and staff. The National Weather Service has published a winter storm warning for the tristate region where “snowfall will make travel treacherous.” NYU administrators must heed their advice.

Comments

CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
Tatiana Baez

Assistant Managing Editor | A CAS junior, Tatiana is studying journalism, environmental science and politics. She’s a bomb editor, as well as the staff’s main source of entertainment because she sings along to every song after 12 a.m. She also writes about culture, science, technology and sex, and her work has been featured in VICE, Motherboard, Elite Daily, amNewYork and others. She enjoys eating Thai food, reading fiction and binge-watching Netflix.

And in case you were wondering how great she really is — “I just can’t get enough of Tatiana” is a direct quote from her EIC at WSN only moments ago.

AS
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.

 

DY
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.

CLOSE [x]
  • 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.

    NEWS FEATURES MULTIMEDIA SPORTS ARTS OPINION
    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.

    Next