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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

New York got its first vaccine passport app which is the first government-issued immunity pass in the country. However, the prospect of widespread use of a vaccine passport has prompted both critics and supporters. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

OPINION: A premature vaccine passport can threaten public health and equity

By Lucy Yama, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

The stark ideological and political divide between American conservatives and liberals has been considered a proxy for one’s views on pandemic-related mandates, including mask-wearing and social distancing...

Protestors march in Manhattan as part of a climate strike. Sustainability movements must recognize the need for intersectionality. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

OPINION: Let’s include voices of color into the sustainability movement

By Batoul Saleh, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

For the most part, Earth Day inspires people to post on social media with calls to action about the climate, the environment and how we, as individuals, can combat these changes. Unfortunately, the face...

Although the modern college campus is perceived to be filled with liberal and leftist students, professors, and policies, there is no shortage of young college republicans. Some young conservative activists claim that ideological diversity is under attack whenever their opinions are challenged. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

OPINION: When campus conservatives invoke ‘ideological diversity,’ don’t take them seriously

By Srishti Bungle, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

The modern college campus is perceived to be rife with liberal and leftist students, professors and policies, especially by conservatives. Though this narrative gained traction during the anti-war protests...

Scott Stringer, Comptroller of NYC is currently running for mayor. Recent sexual misconduct allegations make him unfit for office. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

EDITORIAL: Scott Stringer is wrong for New York City

By WSN Editorial Board May 3, 2021

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault. Jean Kim held a press conference on April 30. In this conference, Kim alleged that her former boss, Scott Stringer, had repeatedly...

A community leader speaks out against Asian hate crimes during a protest. The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that attempts to address the rising tide of these hate crimes. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

OPINION: The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act aids and abets a racist policing system

By Srishti Bungle, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

On Thursday, April 22, the U.S. Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The Act passed 94-1, sweeping the narrowly divided Senate floor in a near-unanimous decision. The Act, if passed through the...

On April 26, the Supreme Court announced that it would review a New York law that restricted the ability to carry a gun outside the home. This is the first time the Supreme Court has taken up this issue in over a decade. (Staff Photo by Taylor Knight)

OPINION: Conservative win in Second Amendment case could spur liberal court reform

By Emily Dai, Opinion Editor May 3, 2021

On April 26, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would review a longstanding New York law that restricted the ability to carry a gun outside the home. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association...

NYU YDSA to announce tuition strike Friday. The strike comes on the heels of the graduate student union strike. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan, Illustration by Graciela Blandon)

OPINION: NYU Student Tuition Strike: Stronger Together

By Jake Colosa, Contributing Writer April 30, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted more than a year, and it hasn’t been easy. After being sent home suddenly, many of us spent a year alone, struggling to keep up with our coursework as the world seemed...

Police officers ride by Bobst. Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang's policies do nothing to curb the issue of police power in New York City. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

OPINION: Andrew Yang’s police reform plan is insufficient

By Lucy Yama, Contributing Writer April 30, 2021

In the wake of Derek Chauvin’s conviction, the former officer who murdered George Floyd, New York City mayoral candidates, have renewed calls for police reform. There is a vigorous debate among candidates...

On March 12, nine NYU Shanghai students were detained in two separate drug sweeps by police officers. NYU students are just the latest victims in international tensions. (Photo by Casey Kwon)

OPINION: NYU Shanghai students’ detainment was absolutely political

By Jack Li, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

On March 12, nine NYU Shanghai students were detained in two separate drug sweeps by police officers. WSN reported that two students were approached at a bar, while seven others were taken into custody...

Staff Rants: The Oscars

Staff Rants: The Oscars

On Viewership Who the f-ck saw live-action Pinocchio? -Alexandra Chan, Multimedia Editor   On Important Progress The Oscars format this year was bizarre. The Best Director category is...

NYU’s admissions statistics show that New York University is no exception when it comes to an elite university admitting disproportionately wealthy students each year, despite boasting itself on its record-setting levels of diversity. Netflix’s documentary about the 2019 college admissions scandal, “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal,” portrays the scandal as a one-off incident in an otherwise just system rather than a symptom of a national issue. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

OPINION: The story that Netflix’s ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ documentary doesn’t tell

By Batoul Saleh, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

Last March, a new documentary centering around the 2019 college admissions scandal came to Netflix. While the docudrama's lackluster quality and melodramatic reenactments leave a lot to be desired,...

The National Grid is constructing a fracked gas-line that runs through many marginalized communities in Brooklyn. This unsustainable energy method presents a real danger to the communities in which this main runs through. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

OPINION: Brooklyn’s fracked gas pipeline endangers vulnerable communities

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor April 26, 2021

A 7-mile natural gas pipeline is under construction in northern Brooklyn. The multinational utility company National Grid wants to build the pipeline to pump natural gas from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn....