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

Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News


A purple N.Y.U. flag hangs on a building.

A search firm failed to find misconduct allegations against NYU’s former athletics director. Here’s why.

A search firm executive and a director of hiring at a top university said executive search firms like the ones used in higher-level hiring decisions by NYU can miss key information on applicants’ criminal backgrounds and details kept in internal misconduct records.
Ania Keenan, Features Editor May 12, 2024

Lawsuits, human resources reports, calls from victims and allegations compiled by labor unions — this is just some of the evidence of sexual misconduct NYU missed when it hired...

File Photo: NYU Tisch School of the Arts located at 721 Broadway. (Katie Peurrung for WSN)

A Tisch professor disappeared during a misconduct investigation. Two semesters later, he’s scheduled to teach again.

An Office of Equal Opportunity investigation found that professor Robert Benevides’ actions toward a student in summer 2023 constituted sexual and gender-based harassment, email evidence shows. Benevides will teach two classes next semester, according to Albert.
Carmo Moniz, Managing Editor May 3, 2024

A mural of a woman’s face holding up a chain with the word “LOISAIDA” and a gold cityscape. The words “el bohio murals” and “#BRINGARTBACK” are next to the woman alongside the words “CURATED BY … THRIVECOLLECTIVE.ORG.”

Activists’ 25-year fight to revive an East Village community center

The Charas Community Center served East Village residents for years before a new owner emptied the space. But the building’s recent purchase has locals hopeful the center will make a return.
Dharma Niles, Deputy News Editor March 12, 2024

A front entrance with the text “Electric Lady Studios” written in a retro white font on two reflective walls.

‘An exploitative environment’: The interns behind Electric Lady Studios

Julia Diorio, Music Editor February 20, 2024
Student interns expecting to gain hands-on experience in the music industry told WSN they were made to do janitorial and administrative work at the renowned recording studio.
The exterior of the Morton Williams Supermarket, with a prominent red lettering that reads Morton Williams at the top of the building and the phrase The Fresh Marketplace beneath it.

How a supermarket became the center of NYU’s relationship with the Village

Years of back-and-forth between local residents and the university over the future of a supermarket ended in an agreement saving the grocery store for at least the next 13 years.
Carmo Moniz, Managing Editor January 31, 2024

A graphic with three strips of excerpts from a lawsuit document against a background of players competing on a volleyball court. The court has the logo of N.Y.U. Athletics in the middle.

How Stuart Robinson’s misconduct went overlooked for years

Ania Keenan, Features Editor October 27, 2023
For nearly three decades, staff at NYU and students and staff at the State University of New York, New Paltz were allegedly harassed and discriminated against by former athletics director Stuart Robinson.
Eight people stand in a line on a grass field and are doing warmup exercises, with a few of them talking to each other.

‘Unrecognizable’: How the women’s cross country team went from 4 runners to 5th in the nation

In less than three seasons, head coach Tyler Deck Shipley elevated a struggling cross country team to one of the nation's best.
Ethan Rendon, Staff Writer October 27, 2023

When Tyler Deck Shipley inherited the women’s cross country team in 2021, he only had four runners — not enough to score in meets. In nearly three seasons, with strong recruiting...

A glass sign that says “Walker Hotel” illuminated by yellow light bulbs above the entrance of the Walker Hotel.

Housing overflows returned to NYU, despite additional residence hall

This year was the latest where the university moved some students to temporary housing to alleviate overflow in its on-campus housing system.
Naisha Roy, Deputy Managing Editor October 26, 2023

Every year, student registration for university housing outpaces available rooms, and every year some students who are unable to register are placed in off-campus hotels. This...

A logo of the N.Y.U Office of Equal Opportunity being printed on a glass door. The interior of the office can be seen through the glass door.

NYU knew about allegations against former Athletics Director, source says

A former State University of New York, New Paltz student said she called NYU’s Title IX office about Stuart Robinson’s behavior shortly after he was hired at the university.
Ania Keenan, Features Editor October 9, 2023

Content warning: This article discusses sexual and verbal harassment. Shortly after former athletics director Stuart Robinson was hired by NYU, a former student athlete at the...

A collage of three excerpts from a lawsuit against a gray background. The excerpts are highlighted to show the inappropriate comments made by Athletic Director Stuart Robinson.

‘Sexually crude and puerile’: suspended Athletics Director named in 2018 Title IX lawsuit

Ania Keenan, Features Editor September 22, 2023
Athletics director Stuart Robinson allegedly harassed an employee at the State University of New York, New Paltz’s Athletics Department prior to taking his current position at NYU, public records show.
Protesters walk down University Place holding large signs that read ”N.Y.U. OWES ADJUNCTS” and “UNION POWER.”

University denies foul play after adjuncts’ courses changed

NYU is attributing shifts in adjunct course assignments to pandemic-related enrollment and budget changes, but the union representing adjuncts says the university is undermining their job security.
Ania Keenan, Features Editor September 19, 2023

For many adjunct professors — part-time faculty that make up a large share of instructors at NYU — course assignments looked different this year. For some, assignments did...