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There are other adjectives we can use to celebrate holidays — not just “merry” Christmas. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Christmas is a lexical glutton

All holidays are not created equal, and this inequality has been compounded by our very vocabulary. This Christmas season, let us right this wrong.
Max Tiefer and Lorraine Olaya Dec 3, 2021

Imagine, if you will, that you’re visiting your significant other’s family for Thanksgiving. Before you even knock, the patriarch throws the door open and offers you a hearty...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the institutions accessible to NYU students through the recently suspended Museum Gateway program. This forced inaccessibility gives us a unique opportunity to re-evaluate our relationships with museums and their legacy. (Photo by Celia Tewey)

Opinion: The Museum Gateway Program suspension is an opportunity to scrutinize our relationship with museums

While we cannot reverse the suspension of NYU’s Museum Gateway program, we can use this time to re-evaluate our relationships with museums and which ones we, as students, receive free admission to.
Michelle Han, Contributing Writer Apr 22, 2021

NYU’s Museum Gateway program, which offers free museum admission for students, has remained suspended since last fall due to administration’s COVID-related concerns. The student...

Professors, Students Aren’t Asking for Pina Coladas

Professors, Students Aren’t Asking for Pina Coladas

Professors, here are ways you can help students during a COVID-19 semester.
Bianca de Ayala, Deputy Opinion Editor Sep 27, 2020

In the COVID-19 era of taking classes from bed, students have never encountered a more leisurely form of attending lectures. Students can wake up minutes (or seconds) before their...

Making Space for Self-Compassion Starts in the Classroom

Making Space for Self-Compassion Starts in the Classroom

While it’s tempting to try to continue on as normal during this time, trying to forget that we’re living through a pandemic might be more harmful than helpful for mental health.
Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor Sep 14, 2020

Almost every day since mid-March, I’ve felt overwhelmed with anxiety and exhaustion. Will my family members — many of whom have underlying health issues — contract COVID-19?...

Help Local Bookstores During COVID-19

Help Local Bookstores During COVID-19

Independent bookstores were struggling even before the pandemic hit and are now being forced to question if they will ever open their doors again. Here’s how you can help.
Sam O'Donnell, Staff Writer May 5, 2020

Independent bookstores across the country offer many a safe haven. These local stores are especially important in New York City as they have a much needed quaint ambiance where...

The National Emergency Library Must Support Both Authors and Readers

The National Emergency Library Must Support Both Authors and Readers

While the creation of the National Emergency Library is good in principle, the service’s current model is detrimental to authors.
Helen Wajda , Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 12, 2020

As libraries across the country have closed in response to COVID-19 in the past month, the Internet Archive announced that they were creating a National Emergency Library that...

The COVID-19 Productivity Trap

The COVID-19 Productivity Trap

Dealing with a global pandemic is difficult enough without the added pressures of being as productive as possible at home.
Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 1, 2020

Since I started social distancing a few weeks ago, I’ve found myself surrounded by tips for how I can maximize this time all over Twitter and Instagram — from people posting...

Confronting Identity in Light of Coronavirus and Xenophobia

Confronting Identity in Light of Coronavirus and Xenophobia

As much as I may identify with my own nation, the recent pandemic has shown me how fragile this relationship truly is.
Emily Dai, Deputy Opinion Editor Mar 23, 2020

I was born in New York City. I grew up in Richmond. I reveled in my American history and government classes. I even voluntarily participated in a year-long civics competition where...

Stop Diet Eurocentrism

Stop Diet Eurocentrism

As dietitians and public health officials constantly search for solutions to fix America’s health, they need to include more dishes from a variety of cuisines, rather than solely promoting the Eurocentric diet.
Gabby Lozano, Deputy Opinion Editor Mar 10, 2020

Growing up with a mother as a dietitian, my relationship with food was different than most. The daily spoonful of flaxseed (not in a smoothie or muffin but straight up ground fiber)...

Stop Celebrating Disordered Eating Habits

Stop Celebrating Disordered Eating Habits

While there is a distinction between disordered eating and eating disorders, disordered eating is still incredibly toxic, and celebrating it only wreaks havoc on one’s health.
Helen Wajda , Deputy Opinion Editor Mar 8, 2020

Content warning: this article discusses eating disorders. Over the past year, Adele’s dramatic weight loss has sparked headlines. As more photos of the singer have emerged,...

Believing Survivors Still Matters

Believing Survivors Still Matters

If predators believe in each other’s innocence in the public’s eye, why can’t we believe survivors who accuse those predators?
Anna-Dmitry Muratova , Deputy Managing Editor Mar 8, 2020

Content warning: this article contains mentions of rape and discusses sexual violence. Last Tuesday, Harvey Weinstein was convicted after a prolonged trial, which was momentous...

Conquering Loneliness

Conquering Loneliness

While loneliness can be deeply unpleasant and scary, labeling it as something negative that needs to be avoided only encourages people to fear a natural human experience.
Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor Mar 4, 2020

When I first committed to NYU, most people warned me that if I didn’t try really hard to make friends (and even if I did), I’d end up feeling incredibly lonely. As a result,...