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The School of Professional Studies at NYU is shutting down the English Language Institute at the end of the semester. The closure will result in dozens of staff layoffs and the loss of English programs which serve international students. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

NYU cuts English program that served international students, fires staff

By Gabriel Hawthorne, Staff Writer December 6, 2021

The Comprehensive English Program at NYU’s School of Professional Studies will be shut down at the end of the fall 2021 semester, according to an Oct. 1 statement from SPS dean Angie Kamath. SPS administration...

Anime NYC was held from Nov. 19-21 at the Javits Center in New York City. An attendee from Minnesota tested positive for the omicron variant in one of the first detections of the variant in the United States. (Photo by Mari Binstock)

Anime club members should get COVID test, NYU says

By Arnav Binaykia, News Editor December 6, 2021

Members of Club Anime, the largest anime-related club on campus, were asked by NYU to immediately obtain a COVID-19 test in an email from the university’s COVID-19 response team on Dec. 5. The directive...

Tech entrepreneur David Ko was recently introduced as a member of the NYU board of trustees. WSN sat down with Ko to talk about his plans for the university. (Photo by Raleigh Swick)

Becoming an NYU trustee: a conversation with David Ko

By Abby Wilson, Staff Writer December 6, 2021

Tech entrepreneur David Ko, one of NYU’s three newest trustees, recently spoke with WSN from his home in San Francisco about his involvement with NYU since graduating in 1993. He expressed gratitude...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: the omicron variant, Barbados, Ukraine

By Suhail Gharaibeh, Deputy News Editor December 3, 2021

Around the globe, the omicron variant is set to prolong the pandemic As the new omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads around the world, some of the poorest countries — particularly on the African continent...

College Republicans president Gianna Guzzo (left), a Steinhardt senior, debated with College Democrats president Elina Rodriguez (right), a CAS sophomore, during the NYU Interclub Politics Society Debate on Dec. 1. (Staff Photo by Kristian Burt)

NYU Dems and Republicans debate prisons, education, drugs

By Kristian Burt, Deputy News Editor December 3, 2021

At a debate hosted by the NYU Politics Society on Wednesday, NYU’s College Democrats and College Republicans faced off over for-profit prisons, higher education funding and drug decriminalization. Afterward,...

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is located near the University of Sydney in Australia, which recently reopened to NYU students as a global study away site. Starting next July, NYU students will be able to take classes at the University of Sydney. (Photo by Julia Moses)

Australia study away program expanded through NYU-University of Sydney partnership

By Kristian Burt, Deputy News Editor December 2, 2021

NYU students will be able to take courses at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown and Darlington campus starting July 2022. University of Sydney students will also be able to study at NYU in New York...

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies held a panel to discuss the worsening Haitian immigration crisis. The panel highlighted President Biden’s failure to implement solutions and America’s history of racism against Haitians. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Amid worsening border crisis, NYU panel talks mistreatment of Haitian migrants

By Carmo Moniz, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies discussed an ongoing surge of Haitian migration at the U.S. southern border at a Nov. 22 event. The teach-in session, called Haitian Migration Beyond...

Amazon employees gather outside Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan penthouse at 212 Fifth Ave. during the Black Friday march. The march was organized by the Workers’ Assembly Against Racism to pressure the company into recognizing a new labor union at Amazons JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island. (Photo by Lau Guzmán)

NYC Amazon employees protest for unionization

By Lau Guzmán, Contributing Writer November 30, 2021

For more than a year and a half, Tamara Ramirez worked an overnight shift four days a week at Amazon's JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island. After a disagreement with her shift leader over her pay...

A new greenery wall is installed in the lobby of 708 Broadway, home to the NYU School of Global Public Health. Recently, NYU has improved from 43rd place to 29th place on The Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges.” (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

NYU jumps 14 places in college sustainability ranking

By Carmo Moniz, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

NYU climbed from No. 43 to No. 29 in The Princeton Review’s 2022 “Top 50 Green Colleges” list — a 14-place increase from last year’s ranking. The College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine,...

Three separate incidents of food poisoning have been reported at the Palladium dining hall. The dining hall failed a health inspection in fall 2019. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Palladium dining hall food caused food poisoning, 3 students say

By Nicole Chiarella, Contributing Writer November 22, 2021

Cindy Edward, a CAS senior, said she felt ill and had to check herself into the emergency room after eating at the Palladium dining hall. She had eaten a salmon salad for lunch on Oct. 27, started vomiting...

In early November, New York City’s COVID-19 positive test rate was 2.06% while NYU’s was 0.76%. A decrease in hospitalizations and deaths accompany the increase in the positive test rate. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

NYU sees slight rise in COVID cases as winter approaches

By Gabriel Hawthorne, Staff Writer November 22, 2021

NYU reported a slim increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on campus as positivity rates increased in New York City over the past four weeks.  In the most recent testing cycle from Nov. 8-14, the...

The Student Government Assembly held its third meeting of the semester. One of the issues discussed was sustainability in dining halls. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Student gov’t seeks changes to NYU academic calendar

By Maria Freyre, Staff Writer November 22, 2021

NYU’s student government discussed revisions to the academic calendar and promoting sustainability measures at dining halls at its third meeting of the fall 2021 semester on Nov. 18. Secularizing the...