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Salman Rushdie speaks at an event hosted by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU on April 19, 2022. (Washington Square News)

NYU faculty member Salman Rushdie in recovery after attack

Salman Rushdie, a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, was taken to a hospital Friday morning after he was stabbed in the neck while delivering a lecture in western New York state.
Abby Wilson, News Editor August 12, 2022

Salman Rushdie, renowned author and NYU faculty member, is in recovery after being stabbed about 10 times, including once in the neck, before delivering a lecture in western New...

NYU’s flagship development project, 181 Mercer, is scheduled to open by spring 2023. (Staff photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Billion-dollar NYU building at 181 Mercer Street nears completion

After years of disputes and delays, the construction of NYU’s flagship development is set to open for use at the start of the spring 2023 academic semester.
Abby Wilson, News Editor August 11, 2022

After nearly six years of construction, NYU’s 181 Mercer Street building — a 735,000-square-foot development including classrooms, study spaces, dining areas, athletic...

A young man wearing black pants and a light-colored short sleeve button-up shirt holds onto the side of a subway platform, standing on the tracks over another man who is laying down on the tracks.

Cornell student rescues man from subway tracks seconds before train arrives

Early Thursday morning, Cornell University student Bryce Demopoulos pulled a man off of the tracks at the Third Avenue-138 Street subway station station shortly before the No. 6 train arrived.
Abby Wilson, News Editor August 4, 2022

Bryce Demopoulos, a senior at Cornell University, pulled a stranger off of the subway tracks at a subway station in the Bronx just moments before a No. 6 train approached the station...

Michael Steinhardt resigns from NYU’s board of trustees

Michael Steinhardt resigns from NYU’s board of trustees

Michael Steinhardt, after whom the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is named, will step down from his position as an NYU Life Trustee months after an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney found that he possessed 180 stolen antiquities.
Arnav Binaykia, Editor-in-Chief August 2, 2022

Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund billionaire and namesake of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, will resign from the university’s board of...

An aerial view of Yankee Stadium shows the crowd of graduates, family and friends who attended NYUs commencement ceremony for the class of 2022.

NYU ’20, ’21, ’22 grads honored at double-header commencement 

Tens of thousands of NYU graduates were honored at two graduation ceremonies at Yankee Stadium on May 18, which featured singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and disability rights activist Judith Heumann as speakers.
Abby Wilson, News Editor May 20, 2022

NYU’s 188th and 189th commencement ceremonies honored the classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020 at Yankee Stadium on May 18. Tens of thousands of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and...

Judith Heumann waves to the crowd while on stage after delivering remarks during NYUs commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. NYU graduates and administrators cheer and clap their hands behind her. The backdrop of the stage is several NYU school flags.

Judith Heumann to NYU grads: ‘Disability is difference. It is not deficiency.’

Judith Heumann spoke about COVID-19 and disability activism at the combined commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. The in-person commencement ceremonies for these classes were canceled due to the pandemic.
Rachel Fadem, Features Editor May 20, 2022

Disability rights activist Judith Heumann addressed NYU’s classes of 2020 and 2021 at the university’s 189th commencement ceremony after she received an honorary Doctor of...

Taylor Swift hugs NYU president Andy Hamilton. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Here’s what Taylor Swift said during her NYU graduation speech

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift spoke about hard work, the importance of learning from mistakes, and her song “22” at the class of 2022 commencement exercises.
Rachel Fadem, Features Editor May 18, 2022

Taylor Swift spoke at NYU's 188th commencement ceremony after receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree on May 18. She delivered a speech to the class of 2022 at the Wednesday...

A stage with a purple backdrop and banners representing NYUs schools and colleges hang in the background. A podium is at the center, and NYU president Andrew Hamilton stands behind it wearing a purple academic robe. He is speaking with one hand raised in the air. Surrounding him are seated commencement guests, also dressed in purple academic robes.

NYU Commencement Guide: How to watch Taylor Swift’s speech online and more

On May 18, NYU is honoring the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 after two years of virtual graduation ceremonies. Here is what you need to know about the day.
Tori Morales, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

As May 18 comes closer and purple-robed seniors stroll through Washington Square Park, NYU is preparing for its first in-person commencement ceremonies at Yankee Stadium since...

Portrait of Mara Mills

NYU selects 2021-22 Distinguished Teaching Award winners

The award’s recipients are nominated by students, faculty and alumni for their excellence and innovation in teaching.
Bryn Borzillo, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

NYU has named six professors as Distinguished Teaching Award recipients for the 2021-22 academic year — Sonia Marciano, Donna Hallas, Mara Mills, Michael Poles, Mark Siegal and...

People hold signs at an abortion rights protest in Washington Square Park. Signs include Legalize abortion once and for all, We will not go back, and My body my choice.

Thousands rally for abortion rights across NYC in wake of leaked Roe ruling

New Yorkers, including elected officials and celebrities, took to Foley Square, Washington Square Park and the Barclays Center to protest a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Kayla Hardersen and Nicole Lu May 5, 2022

Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square on Tuesday to advocate for abortion rights and protest against the Supreme Court draft opinion leaked by Politico on Monday....

Astha Rajvanshi wearing a plaid scarf standing in front of mountains in India.

Astha Rajvanshi named 2022 Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award recipient

Astha Rajvanshi, a freelance journalist who reports on human rights and marginalized communities, was announced as the winner of a $12,500 grant from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Emma Grimes and Ruby Tess Naylor May 5, 2022

Astha Rajvanshi was named as the winner of the NYU Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, a $12,500 annual grant awarded to one early-career journalist in support of writing that...

The alleged intruder in an NYU lounge. He has light skin and glasses, and is wearing a green baseball cap backwards. He is also wearing an orange jacket under a dark gray coat.

Rubin Hall intruder’s identity revealed in police report 

Ahmed Mabrouk has been named as the intruder who entered Rubin Hall in April, staying overnight multiple times and interacting with residents.
Lauren Ashe, Senior Staff Writer May 4, 2022

A police report filed by NYU named Ahmed Mabrouk as the intruder who entered Rubin Hall and interacted with several NYU students in and around the dormitory last month. Mabrouk...