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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

Identity & Equity

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How students at NYU find community during Passover

Considered one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year, Passover can seem daunting for students celebrating away from home.
Annie Emans, Staff Writer April 22, 2024

Passover, which takes place from April 22 to April 30 this year, is a deeply important holiday in the Jewish faith as it remembers the Hebrew people's liberation from slavery in...

Three men dancing and clapping while a woman sings on a stage. Light up letters are at the front of the stage spelled “ARAB.”

NYU Arab Festival vibrantly celebrates Middle Eastern and North African cultures

With performances, food stations and a fashion show, the event brought students together to highlight the diversity of Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer April 17, 2024

On Monday, April 15, in the Kimmel Center for University Life's Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, the Arab Students Association hosted the Arab Festival. The event was a spectacular...

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From baked goods to books: 4 must-visit, women-owned businesses

Women's History Month may have since passed, but there are some unique women-owned businesses worthy of your support.
Yasmin Minos, Contributing Writer April 15, 2024

There are more women-owned businesses in New York City than in any other city in the United States, making up more than 40% of all retailers. But, with an abundance of small businesses...

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The only chicken biryani recipe you’ll ever need

There are many ways to make a tasty chicken biryani at home, but my mom’s South Indian-style dum biryani is always a hit. Bring it to your next potluck, dinner party or date night.
Teresa Mettela, Contributing Writer April 10, 2024

As with many immigrant families, food is often a labor of love — and my household is no exception. Growing up, it was pretty rare to hear my mom say the words “I love you.”...

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‘The Ways of Langston Hughes’ dives into the relationship between two creative pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance

The current exhibition on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture offers a glimpse into the life and work of Langston Hughes as documented by his longtime collaborator Griffith Davis.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer April 10, 2024

The Harlem Renaissance as a creative, cultural movement was extremely influential in changing perceptions of Black culture and consciousness across the United States and internationally....

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NYU student uses fashion and femininity to raise money for victims in Sudan

For her senior thesis showcase titled “The Garment of Ghorba,” Rund Mohammed used fashion to commemorate traditional Sudanese culture and style.
Zara Yasmine Rawoof, Contributing Writer April 9, 2024

This past Sunday at the Kimmel Center for University Life, GLS senior Rund Mohammed presented her senior thesis showcase and fashion show, titled “Garment of Ghorba.” The curated...

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Ramadan through the eyes of NYU students

This Ramadan, students share their experiences as well as grievances as they observe the holy month away from home.
Gabriel Giacomelli, Contributing Writer April 1, 2024

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world congregate to celebrate the month-long celebration through prayer, fasting, reflection and community. Ramadan is the ninth and most venerated...

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Breaking fasts, building faith: The beauty of community during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan has always held a special place in my heart. Now that I am away from home and family, my friends at NYU have helped me maintain a sense of community.
Noor Maahin, Staff Writer March 11, 2024

My earliest memories of Ramadan are vivid, enveloping my mind in warmth and nostalgia. I can smell my mother’s cooking, I can hear the laughter around the dinner table, I can...

Five musicians sitting and holding a goblet drum, two jahlas, a mirwas and a tabla.

Songs of the sea: How an NYU professor’s ensemble musically maps cultural exchange

Explore the musical exchanges between the Arabian Peninsula and the Swahili coast with Boom.Diwan, a band started by NYU alum and professor Ghazi Faisal Al-Mulaifi.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer March 7, 2024

Buzzing drums, rhythmic clapping and melodic singing — this is the yearslong story of trading between the Persian Gulf and Africa’s Swahili coast. This music embraces traditional...

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Who is Alex Harsley? The East Village photographer who’s seen it all

The 4th Street Photo Gallery displays moments of Black history that represent the photographer’s life behind the camera.
Maya Randolph, Contributing Writer February 28, 2024

The 4th Street Photo Gallery, located in the heart of the East Village at 67 E. Fourth St., is a small space with a rich history. The founder and photographer Alex Harsley has...

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Review: ‘Histories We Carry’ intertwines a New York and Latinx upbringing

The Latinx Project at NYU artist-in-residence Estelle Maisonett’s exhibition will be on display at 20 Cooper Square until May 10.
Annie Emans, Contributing Writer February 27, 2024

“Histories We Carry” is a collection of eye-catching collages, sculptures and paintings by Estelle Maisonett, the artist-in-residence at the Latinx Project at NYU. Maisonett...

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‘Desert + Coast’ is a vivid showcase of women’s contributions to Aboriginal culture

This exhibition represents the contemporary art practices of senior Indigenous Australian women painters and their connection to autonomy, culture and homeland. It is on view until Feb. 24.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer February 21, 2024

The collective art exhibition “Desert + Coast: Seven Elder Aboriginal Painters” displays and challenges women’s contributions to Indigenous art. The paintings depict Aboriginal...