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Readers Respond: NYU residence hall intrusions

Members of the NYU community told WSN how they feel about the recent intruders at residence halls.
Nov 29, 2022

The Washington Square News asked NYU community members what they thought about the university’s response to the recent intruders at multiple residence halls. These are some of...

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Opinion: Strike down pepper spray restrictions

In a time of increased break-ins, attacks and safety violations, students need better access to self-defense devices. New York state needs to reconsider its pepper spray laws.
Naisha Roy, Staff Writer Nov 29, 2022

As I finalized my Amazon shopping cart for my first year at NYU, I realized I forgot to add one item: pepper spray. Although it wasn’t as exciting as dorm decorations, I knew...

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Opinion: The red wave did hit New York. Is this the new normal?

New York Republicans made immense gains during the midterm elections. But the results are far from the country’s status quo, where Democrats staved off a greater Republican takeover of congressional seats.
Blake Salesin, Staff Writer Nov 23, 2022

If you are the type of person who says “My vote doesn’t matter in New York,” consider yourself wrong. It seems that as the dust settles following this year’s midterm elections,...

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Off-Third: What to do when you’re stuck in the US for Thanksgiving

Not going home for the holiday? Here is a list of things to do in the city while you wait for your American friends to come back to campus.
Aksha Mittapalli, Contributing Writer Nov 23, 2022

Off-Third is WSN’s satire column. Alone in the city this Thanksgiving, thousands of miles away from your family? Here’s a great plan of fantastic things you can do to fill...

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Opinion: You should love 8 a.m. classes

Whether you willingly chose an 8 a.m. or got stuck with one, these classes are not as bad as you think.
Molly Koch, Staff Writer Nov 22, 2022

One of the most dreaded weeks of the semester has officially passed us: spring course registration. Maybe you were lucky and got all your top choices. Maybe you’re still scrambling...

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Opinion: Islam didn’t start the Iranian protests

While there has been widespread support for Iranian women’s rights, the media has misinterpreted the true intentions of these protests.
Afnan Abbassi, Contributing Writer Nov 21, 2022

Following the murder of Mahsa Amini, protests rapidly spread across the globe from Washington Square Park to London. The attention that Iranian women have received in the media...

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Opinion: NYU should promote more conversation clubs

Since NYU has a language requirement, it should promote conversation clubs, which are some of the best ways to practice a new language.
Valentina Plevisani, Staff Writer Nov 21, 2022

Every Friday at 2 p.m., students from all levels of Italian conversational skill gather at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo to talk, hang out and enjoy complimentary snacks....

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Opinion: NYU needs more club sports

NYU has a club sport shortage. College students should be able to play sports without needing to be on the varsity team.
Claudia Yoon, Contributing Writer Nov 21, 2022

The best part about swimming is being part of a team. There is something so rejuvenating about part of a group of people who come together to practice for a common goal. And the...

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Opinion: You need to stop using toilet paper to clean your butt

Despite its prevalence in the United States and on NYU’s campus, toilet paper is one of the worst restroom hygiene options. It's time for NYU to offer toilet paper alternatives.
Aksha Mittapalli, Contributing Writer Nov 18, 2022

Allow me to paint a picture. You’ve just come back from a great 90-minute workout and you’re exhausted. Your clothes are soaked and your hair has grown stiff from the sweat....

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Opinion: Students can save Twitter

Users await the fall of Twitter under Elon Musk. But students could be the solution.
Alexandra Cohen, Opinion Editor Nov 16, 2022

Billionaire Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion — something that would be hilarious as a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, but is not funny in real life. Since his purchase...

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Off-Third: CAS needs a name

CAS first-years have faced this dilemma for way too long. We need a name.
Naisha Roy, Staff Writer Nov 16, 2022

Off-Third is WSN’s satire column. As a wide-eyed and eager first-year ready to take New York City by storm, you gather all of your belongings and move into your first dorm....

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Opinion: The University of Kentucky incident indicates a much bigger racism problem.

A white student at the university attacked a Black student and called her the n-word almost 200 times. But the University of Kentucky isn’t the only place with this problem.
Payton Selby, Contributing Writer Nov 15, 2022
A white student at the university attacked a Black student and called her the N-word almost 200 times. And the University of Kentucky isn’t the only place with this problem.