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Sunrise NYU held a rally in Washington Square Park on Oct. 15. The climate justice group relaunched its initiative pushing NYU to divest from fossil fuels and private prisons. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Sunrise NYU revives university divestment campaign

By Rachel Fadem, Deputy News Editor October 18, 2021

Sunrise Movement NYU, the local chapter of a nationwide student-led climate justice group, is launching a renewed Divest NYU campaign that aims to pressure the NYU administration into ending its investments...

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently spoke at an event for NYU Law’s Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Sotomayor offered insights on diversity and gender bias in the Supreme Court. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Supreme Court justice Sotomayor addresses judicial mansplaining at NYU event

By Kashish Bhatia, Staff Writer October 18, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor said the Supreme Court changed its oral argument format after studies showed that women are more likely to be interrupted by male justices and their counterparts,...

NYU has implemented randomized COVID-19 testing for students. Some students who evaded required tests, though, faced no repercussions. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

NYU’s randomized COVID-19 testing program goes unenforced

By Kashish Bhatia, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

Shortly before the beginning of the fall 2021 semester, NYU announced that it would institute randomized COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated staff, students and community members — reversing an earlier...

NYU’s Quidditch team was looking forward to returning to playing games for the first time since COVID-19 began. However, a new policy from NYU’s Center for Student Life has suspended all in-person activities for performing arts and sports clubs. (Image courtesy of NYU Quidditch)

Performing arts and sports clubs prohibited from holding in-person activities

By Maria Freyre, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

NYU’s Quidditch team was looking forward to traveling to games, welcoming new players and heading to Warwick, R.I., for the US Quidditch Northeast Regional Championship for the first time since...

NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison will be stepping down at the end of the academic year. He has held the position since 2013. (Image via nyu.edu)

NYU Law dean Trevor Morrison to resign

By Kristian Burt, Contributing Writer October 8, 2021

Dean Trevor Morrison of the NYU School of Law announced Oct. 7 that he will be stepping down at the end of the 2021-22 academic year in an email to the law school community. Morrison has held the position...

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer was chosen as this years NYU Reads selection. Members of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU have said that the university has failed to include them in the conversation about the reading. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

Indigenous students demand visibility after being snubbed at NYU Reads event

By Rachel Cohen, Deputy News Editor October 8, 2021

Members of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU said they were not invited to participate in a community event about “Braiding Sweetgrass,” a book by Indigenous author Robin Wall...

Students in class at the 6 Washington Place academic building. NYU faculty have voiced concerns about the university’s COVID-19’s safety guidelines. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Faculty research challenges NYU’s claims of little to no risk of classroom COVID-19 transmission

By Natalie Thomas, Contributing Writer October 7, 2021

CAS chemistry professors Michael Ward and Stephanie Lee are currently leading an investigation to test the carbon dioxide levels in NYU classrooms and determine the quality of air circulation. Early findings...

NYU Eats has switched to disposable dishes and silverware due to manufacturing constraints caused by COVID-19. The change has led to questions about sustainability on campus. (Photo by Naomi Mirny)

Dishwasher disrepair disrupts dining, demands disposable dishware

By Carmo Moniz, Contributing Writer October 6, 2021

Supply chain issues triggered by the pandemic have forced two NYU dining halls to temporarily switch to disposable silverware. The Palladium dining hall is providing students with compostable single-use...

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...

The first Student Government Assembly meeting of this semester took place last Thursday. Students’ concerns regarding COVID-19 guidelines and the recent shooting that happened outside the Tandon School of Engineering were addressed. (Illustration by Charlie Dodge)

Health and safety take center stage at first fall 2021 student government meeting

By Maria Freyre, Contributing Writer October 5, 2021

NYU’s Student Government Assembly discussed student concerns about the university’s COVID-19 safety guidelines and questioned campus security protocols in relation to the recent shooting outside the...

National student loan debt reached a record high in 2021, leaving millions of Americans struggling to pay back their debt. As January approaches and the pause on student loan payments reverses, NYC’s Debt Collective — the first national union of debtors — seeks to cancel the destructive debt cycle once and for all. (Photo by Kristian Burt)

NYC Debt Collective seeks to end student loan burdens

By Kristian Burt, Contributing Writer October 5, 2021

CAS sophomore Anthony Portillo was walking through Washington Square Park in September when he noticed a stand with the words “Biden, sign the executive order” emblazoned on a red background. The booth...

The view of downtown Tampa from the Hillsborough River. NYU Law’s Civil Rights Clinic and other civil rights organizations are calling for the city of Tampa to end the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, which they say disproportionately harms people of color. (Photo by Ari Solomon)

NYU Law civil rights org fights Fla. housing discrimination

By Meghana Kakubal, Contributing Writer October 4, 2021

Seven civil rights organizations, including NYU Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, the NAACP and the ACLU, have signed a petition calling for the mayor and city council of Tampa, Florida, to end a controversial...