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8 Iranian-owned businesses to support in NYC

Amid the women-led revolution in Iran, immerse yourself in Persian culture with this list of Iranian-owned restaurants, shops and services.
Roksaneh Salartash, Staff Writer Nov 16, 2022

You’ve seen Iran in the news, and are hopefully aware of the country’s current women-led revolution. However, if you are not familiar with our culture and traditions, look...

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How I moved past my first-gen imposter syndrome

My parents’ expectations caused me to use perfectionism as a survival tactic. Proud to Be First’s Secrets to Success Panel showed me that I’m not alone.
Noor Maahin, Contributing Writer Nov 9, 2022

If I had to choose one word to describe the academic environment I grew up in, it would be “expectations.” I had to be successful in my future: have a promising career, a lovely...

An interior view of the Bluestocking bookstore. In the foreground are shelves of comic books. On the wall is a painting of Julia de Burgos in brown. On the wall is text that reads “Soy La vida, La Fuerza, La Mujer,” which translates in English to “I am Life, Force and Woman.”

Finding comfort and community at Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore

This queer, trans, and sex worker run bookstore moonlights as a cafe, free store and activist space.
Sunny Sequeira, Under The Arch Editor Nov 7, 2022

When I walked into Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore, a radical bookstore in the Lower East Side, a couple Saturdays ago, I didn’t expect to leave with two pairs of trousers...

An illustration of Kanye West, also known as Ye, dressed in a pink sweater holding both his hands up. On top of his right hand is the Twitter logo — a bird in light blue. On top of his left hand is the Adidas logo, three slanted white stripes.

For Kanye West, fame shouldn’t overpower accountability

The artist was recently banned from Twitter and Instagram after spewing antisemitic beliefs.
Melissa Derzavich, Contributing Writer Nov 4, 2022

As I shuffle through my Spotify playlist, “Violent Crimes” by American rapper and fashion designer Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, starts playing. Instead of singing along...

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NYU Buenos Aires brings Latine students closer to their heritage

Three Latina students studying at NYU Buenos Aires reflect on how their time abroad in Latin America mended their relationship with identity and culture.
Juliana Guarracino, Abroad Editor Oct 24, 2022

As the only study abroad site in Latin America, NYU Buenos Aires is a place for many Latine students to connect to their roots, learn more about their history and embrace their...

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Keeping Iranian culture alive at NYU amid protests

Members of NYU’s Iranian community emphasize the importance of preserving their roots and speaking out against injustice.
Roksaneh Salartash, Contributing Writer Oct 24, 2022

Iran, a country in the Middle East with a rich history and vibrant culture, is defined by its welcoming people and love of the arts. We were raised through the poetry of Hafez...

From left to right: a model walking down the runway in a purple dress holding a sign that is purple and reads in white font, “End Genocide in Burma”; a model walking down the runway in a black dress with gold details holding a sign that is black and reads in gold font “Justice for Burma”; and a model walking down the runway in an orange dress holding a sign that is orange and reads in white font “Fashion is Inherently Political”.

Ingjin San’s designs raise awareness of Myanmar’s civil war

Ingjin San pushes boundaries in fashion by raising awareness of the current civil war in her birth country, Myanmar.
Sofi Cisneros, Contributing Writer Oct 6, 2022

Fashion designer Ingjin San wants peace restored in her home country of Myanmar — and she’s making it known on the runway.  Awash with bold statements such as “End Genocide...

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NYU’s new sex-positive podcast tells you how to have ‘Good Sex @ NYU’

NYU’s Health Promotion Office dropped the first two episodes of its newest podcast, talking about what good sex means to the university community.
Aarna Dixit, Contributing Writer Sep 26, 2022

Growing up in India, I didn’t receive any sex education. Now, the world of sex and sexuality has been crucial to who I am today — I became a sex educator with Planned Parenthood...

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Finding belonging at the West Indian Day Parade

Also known as the Labor Day Parade, Brooklyn resumes West Indian Day festivities after a two year pause.
Alekah Laing, Contributing Writer Sep 8, 2022

As a Jamaican American who lives in Brooklyn, I grew up listening to classic reggae music and soca. The return of the West Indian Day Parade, also known as the Labor Day Parade,...

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The yasses and flops of Grindr, as told by its NYU users

NYU students share their experiences with looking for fun and more on the Grindr app.
Derek Kamakanaaloha Soong, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

Content warning: this article mentions sexual assault. Whether you’re using it to find love, lust or some much-needed validation, dating apps are a quintessential part of...

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Gallatin first-years mobilize students to donate meal swipes to mutual aid

XR University NYC, revived in March, is challenging students to address issues ranging from climate change to food insecurity.
Tori Morales, Staff Writer May 2, 2022

It’s no secret that NYU has a food insecurity problem. The university’s Swipe it Forward program, which allows students to donate meal swipes that would otherwise go to waste,...

An illustration of two baskets on a blue background. The basket on the left has five Bibles and the basket on the right has chocolate Easter eggs.

Celebrating with unity and joy on one of the most sacred Christian holidays

The joys of Easter, from attending church to opening a Cadbury after an Easter egg hunt. 
Mika Chipana, Contributing Writer Apr 15, 2022

For as long as I can remember, Easter has always been the most significant Christian celebration of the year for my family. Although different denominations celebrate this holy...