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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

Arts activism group Confront Art repainted their statue of George Floyd after it was vandalized on Oct. 3. The statue is part of the SEEINJUSTICE installation, which memorializes key figures from the 2020 racial injustice protests. (Staff Photo by Ryan Kawahara)

Union Square statue of George Floyd vandalized two days after unveiling

By Abby Wilson, Contributing Writer October 13, 2021

A bronze bust of George Floyd in Union Square was vandalized in broad daylight on Oct. 3, just two days after it was unveiled to the public. The statue was restored the same day by Confront Art, the activist...

On Thursday, Oct. 7, law students rallied outside the Park Avenue headquarters of LexisNexis. NYU School of Law students joined students from more than 20 law schools across the country to demand that universities end their contracts with legal databases Westlaw and LexisNexis to pressure their owners to cut ties with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Law students push for NYU to cut ties with legal databases over ICE links

By Suhail Gharaibeh, Deputy News Editor October 8, 2021

Students at the NYU School of Law have joined a national campaign calling for universities to stop purchasing access to two legal databases linked to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Dozens of...

NYU employees have launched a farmstand free of charge near campus at Judson Memorial Church. Research shows that 50% of college students are affected by food insecurity. (Photo by ​​Camille Harvell)

NYU employees launch free farmstand to combat food insecurity on campus

By Abby Wilson, Contributing Writer October 6, 2021

Three NYU administrators have established an organization aiming to combat food insecurity on and around NYU’s Washington Square campus. The Minetta Creek Collective will operate its first free farmstand...

NYU’s Hong Kong Student Advocacy Group displays artwork to spread awareness of the Chinese government’s treatment of Hong Kong. The group organized a protest at Washington Square Park in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. (Photo by Thirdblade Photography)

Students protest in solidarity with pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong

By Gillian Blum, Deputy Copy Chief October 4, 2021

The Hong Kong Student Advocacy Group at NYU gathered at Washington Square Park on Oct. 1 to mark the 72nd anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China and spread awareness about life...

A sign outside a restaurant near campus tells patrons that they must be vaccinated to be served. However, many NYU students have reported that local businesses are not complying with Mayor DeBlasio’s mandate. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

NYC vaccine mandate goes unenforced at local businesses

By Gabriel Hawthorne, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Key to NYC vaccine mandate for indoor activities having gone into full effect on Sept. 13, students have noticed that some local businesses are not complying with its requirements.  The...

Local businesses near Washington Square Park experienced a difficult time during the COVID-19 lockdown and only recovered when the campus reopened. They form the backbone of the neighborhood, and NYU students and faculty function as a major source of income. (Photos by Camille Harvell)

Return to campus eases 18 months of financial distress for local businesses

By Api Dhadda, Contributing Writer September 29, 2021

Peter Karounos’ family has owned and operated University Floral Design on University Place since 1928. But in the months following March 2020, the pandemic wrought nearly irreparable financial damage...

Large crowds of activists take to the streets of Downtown Manhattan.

Thousands of students march in NYC Global Climate Strike

By Ari Solomon and Agne Tolockaite September 27, 2021

More than 2,000 students and climate activists participated in the Global Climate Strike march last week, which was organized by the New York City chapter of Fridays For Future, a youth-led climate-advocacy...

Police and guards surround the Tandon campus in Brooklyn. An individual was shot near 6 Metrotech on Tuesday afternoon. (Staff Photo by Arnav Binaykia)

NYU student shot on Brooklyn campus

By Arnav Binaykia, Rachel Cohen, Rachel Fadem, and Suhail Gharaibeh September 21, 2021

An NYU student was shot at approximately 3:15 p.m. outside 5 MetroTech Center on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering campus. The victim, a Tandon sophomore, was wounded in the arm but remained conscious...

The statue of Marsha P. Johnson, decorated in a wreath and flowers, stands in Christopher Park. This monument honoring the gay liberation pioneer was installed by a local artist without city authorization. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

Guerrilla memorial is NYC’s first statue of a trans person

By Rachel Cohen, Deputy News Editor September 20, 2021

In 2019, New York City announced plans to install a monument honoring gay liberation pioneer and Black transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson down the street from the Stonewall Inn, a historic safe haven...

An unknown motorist has been linked to multiple groping incidents on campus. This week, the NYPD arrested a suspect. (Image courtesy of NYPD, Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Alleged serial groper arrested

By Rachel Fadem and Suhail Gharaibeh September 15, 2021

Police have arrested a suspect accused of sexually assaulting 10 people — including four NYU students — in downtown Manhattan between Aug. 21 and Sept. 10, according to local authorities and NYU’s...

Security camera footage shows the perpetrator wearing a black face mask and riding a red and black moped. The reports all described the attacker wearing dark clothing and a motorcycle helmet covering the majority of their face. (Image courtesy of NYPD)

Another student groped on campus as string of sexual assaults continues

By Arnav Binaykia, Rachel Cohen, Rachel Fadem, and Suhail Gharaibeh September 11, 2021

An NYU student reported that they were sexually assaulted on campus at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 10. This was the fourth such incident in less than two weeks, all of which appear to be perpetrated...

A firefighter uses a thermal imaging camera on 9/12/01. (Photo by Yoni Brook)

‘A city grieves’: How the Sept. 11 attacks upended life at NYU

By Arnav Binaykia and Suhail Gharaibeh September 11, 2021

This story is the second of a two-part series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City. Read the first story here. “In a brutal act of terrorism that may have...