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The Soapbox: Asylum laws in Italy, fire ban in Australia, climate activism in Germany

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Krish Dev, Deputy News Editor Sep 22, 2023

In Italy, right-wing government passes laws deterring migrants Amid a surge in seaborne arrivals, the Italian government has approved new laws limiting migration into the country.  Prime...

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Course assistants to receive $1.7 million in missing back pay

NYU recently finalized a yearslong grievance with its graduate student union, which demanded over $1 million in backdated hourly pay for hundreds of course assistants.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor Sep 21, 2023

NYU’s graduate student union announced that it resolved an outstanding grievance with the university last week, granting over 600 course assistants more than $1 million in missing...

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Beyond NYU: Crafting sound waves and creating communities

Lynne Feldman spent her high school years dreaming of a career in music. Now, she is a seasoned sound editor-turned-social worker.
Bruna Horvath, Deputy News Editor Sep 21, 2023

Emmy award nominee and Steinhardt alum Lynne Feldman knew that she wanted to study music in college. Despite an earlier career in sound editing, she later chose a different path,...

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Demonstrators confront White House climate adviser at NYU Law event

As the White House climate adviser began his keynote speech, three people rose from their seats in protest of the Biden administration’s recent oil drilling initiatives.
Dharma Niles, Contributing Writer Sep 20, 2023

Three people stood up in protest at an NYU School of Law event Monday, just as White House national climate adviser Ali Zaidi began his keynote speech.  The protesters asked...

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Author Clint Smith speaks on bestselling book at NYU Reads event

This year’s NYU Reads author, Clint Smith, spoke about his book, “How the Word Is Passed” at a Monday discussion with Interim Provost Georgina Dopico.
Aashna Miharia and Yasmeen Rifai Sep 20, 2023

Award-winning author Clint Smith sat down with Interim Provost Georgina Dopico to discuss his 2021 book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across...

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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 Sep 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...

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Student activists join thousands at March to End Fossil Fuels

Tens of thousands of protesters attended a climate march in Midtown on Sunday, demanding new legislation to combat climate change.
Krish Dev and Mikaylah Du Sep 19, 2023

NYU students and faculty joined tens of thousands in a midtown Manhattan march on Sept. 17, calling on President Joe Biden to end federal fossil fuel investments and declare a...

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Athletics director placed on administrative leave after alleged inappropriate behavior

Sources told WSN that Athletics Director Stuart Robinson was placed on administrative leave due to misconduct accusations.
Ania Keenan, Features Editor Sep 19, 2023

As student athletes return to campus for the start of the fall season, Athletics Director Stuart Robinson — who has worked for the university since 2020 —  will be absent...

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NYU drops 10 spots in latest US News rankings

The decline comes after significant changes to the report’s methodology from last year.
Carmo Moniz, Managing Editor Sep 18, 2023
NYU dropped in the U.S. News & World Report’s national university rankings for the first time since 2020, falling ten spots from 25th place to 35th. The downward shift comes after years of the university steadily climbing the rankings; the last time it dropped more than one position on the list was in 2016.
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NYU reaffirms commitment to fossil fuel divestment

The university will avoid direct investments in fossil fuel companies — of which it currently has none — after a push from student activists, building on a previous announcement made in February 2022.
Bruna Horvath, Deputy News Editor Sep 18, 2023

NYU reiterated that it would avoid direct investments in fossil fuels and look to reduce indirect investments in a recent letter to student environmental group Sunrise NYU, after...

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Swipe it Forward returns with new banking system

The student government announced changes to its meal swipe donation initiative, Swipe it Forward, at a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14.
Maisie Zipfel, Deputy News Editor Sep 18, 2023

NYU’s meal donation program, Swipe it Forward, recently returned to select on-campus dining locations, despite limitations from NYU Eats, the organization that operates the university’s...

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What to do this week: NYU Reads, a MoMA exhibition and a planetarium visit

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Sept. 18-24.
Krish Dev, Deputy News Editor Sep 17, 2023

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