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A woman holds a sign demanding the closure of the Rikers Island jail. Activists are criticizing the rising death toll and inhumane living conditions, and New York City has pledged to close Rikers Island in 2027. (Photo by Sam Clegg)

Opinion: Close Rikers now

By Asha Ramachandran, Opinion Editor September 30, 2021

After touring Rikers Island on Monday, Sept. 27, Mayor Bill de Blasio noted the city’s progress in improving the jail. However, he failed to mention the deadly overcrowding, maggot and roach infestations,...

The death of #vanlife influencer Gabby Petito and the disappearance of her boyfriend Brian Laundrie has captured national attention. The tragedy of the story is underscored by its underlying issues of mental health and domestic dispute. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: The true crime of Gabby Petito’s story was domestic violence

By Michelle Han, Deputy Opinion Editor September 29, 2021

Content warning: This article discusses domestic abuse.  The case of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old who was found dead in Wyoming last Tuesday, went viral on social media after she was reported missing...

Police officers ride by Bobst. Mayoral candidate Andrew Yangs 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...

NYU needs to combat the bystander effect

NYU needs to combat the bystander effect

By WSN Editorial Board April 5, 2021

On Monday, March 29, three men at a luxury apartment complex in midtown Manhattan watched as an assailant beat and kicked 65-year-old Vilma Kari on the sidewalk outside. A man standing in front of the...

Gun control has a racist past

Gun control has a racist past

By Srishti Bungle, Contributing Writer April 5, 2021

The United States has a glaring problem: mass shootings. From Columbine to Aurora to Parkland to Boulder, mass shootings briefly grasp the nation’s attention before joining the tragically long list in...

You know who had a bad day? Asian women

You know who had a bad day? Asian women

By Ashley Wu, Opinion Editor March 18, 2021

Yesterday morning, I awoke to frantic texts from relatives and friends back home in Georgia who were terrified by an act of senseless violence in a year fraught with hate crimes.  On Tuesday night,...

De Blasios police reform is hollow and insufficient

De Blasio’s police reform is hollow and insufficient

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor March 16, 2021

After a summer swept by protests for racial justice and demonstrations demanding the New York Police Department be defunded and held accountable for its violent racism, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office...

Release Juveniles From Detention Centers During COVID-19

Release Juveniles From Detention Centers During COVID-19

By Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor April 23, 2020

At the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, a 17-year-old incarcerated teenager and three other boys in his unit spend their days speaking to each other through a crack at the bottom of their door instead...

The Exploitation of Prisoners During Crisis

The Exploitation of Prisoners During Crisis

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor March 13, 2020

New York State is in the middle of a grave public health crisis, with the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. The way that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has resorted...

Don’t Try Children as Adults

Don’t Try Children as Adults

By Emily Dai, Deputy Opinion Editor March 2, 2020

On Dec. 11 of last year, 18-year old Tessa Majors was fatally stabbed while on an early evening walk through a park near campus. Majors had recently moved to New York from Charlottesville, Virginia to...

Protect Black Girls Before It’s Too Late

Protect Black Girls Before It’s Too Late

By Chinenye Onyeike, Staff Writer November 25, 2019

Samaya Dillard was a seven-year-old black girl from Sacramento. In December of 2013, Dillard’s second-grade teacher dragged her by her chair outside into the cold and made her stay there as punishment...

The NYPD’s Subway Occupation Must End

The NYPD’s Subway Occupation Must End

By Asha Ramachandran, Contributing Writer November 11, 2019

A young black man, Adrian Napier, was sitting alone on the subway at the Franklin Avenue station in Brooklyn on Oct. 25. A gang of police officers assembled outside of the train, pointing their guns at...