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Opinion: Electives teach more than what’s on the syllabus

Making room for electives that excite you can make you a better student.
Neya Kidambi, Contributing Writer Feb 1, 2023

The start of a new semester is accompanied by many feelings, some familiar, some foreign. As we enter the second week of the new semester, the honeymoon period of discussing syllabi,...

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Opinion: You need to fill out your course evaluations

Giving course feedback is anonymous, a good place to vent and it helps professors with future job applications — you can take five minutes to do them.
Aksha Mittapalli, Contributing Writer Dec 12, 2022

A laptop screen displaying a webpage that indicates the course feedback website for New York University.Finals are right around the corner. As we get buried in assignments, our...

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Opinion: Traditional final exams are impractical

With increasingly negative stigma surrounding the final exam period, it’s time to bid farewell to traditional final exams.
Molly Koch, Staff Writer Dec 7, 2022

As I said goodbye to my mother at the train station, heading back to New York City after a cozy Thanksgiving break, I remembered the intense stress that shows up right around finals...

An white weekly calendar with colored chunks blocked that read “8 a.m.” and a title that reads “Ideal Schedule.”

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...

An illustration of a purple world map with four circles of club logos overlaying it. The top left circle has text “the French club” with the French flag drawn inside the letter “F” against a blue background. The top right circle has the tip of the Empire State Building lit with green, white and red lights and text “ITALIAN CLUB AT N.Y.U.” against a light blue background. The bottom left circle has text “C.M.S” in red and a red flower icon. The bottom right circle has text “Russian Club at N.Y.U” in red against a white background.

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: 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.
An illustration of Google Classroom’s logo with a crown on top against a light blue background. The logo has three people in white against a green board framed in yellow.

Opinion: Brightspace is poorly designed

Brightspace is supposed to be an efficient way to keep track of your classes, but Google Classroom just does it all better.
Anuj Jain, Contributing Writer Nov 8, 2022

Last year, NYU announced it was going to transition from NYU Classes to Brightspace, a platform developed by software company Desire2Learn. The FAS Office of Educational Technology...

The facade of a brick building. A small plaque reads: “New York University Silver School of Social Work.” To the right, a gray-haired man wearing a jean jacket walks by.

Opinion: NYU’s Silver School of Social Work should be tuition-free

New York City has the highest demand for social workers of any city in the country. NYU should make tuition free to fill that demand.
Noah Zaldivar, Contributing Writer Nov 2, 2022

Although gratifying, the field of social work is stressful and emotionally taxing. In their interactions with clients and communities, social workers often encounter feelings of...

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Opinion: NYU students should appreciate professors more

NYU students are lucky to have dedicated and driven professors. It’s time for us to show we care about them.
Molly Koch, Contributing Writer Nov 1, 2022

NYU is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, ranked in the top 25 schools. That’s due to not only its rigorous academic courses, but its driven and determined...

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Guest Essay: The United Auto Workers needs reform. Here’s how we do it.

Three members of academic worker unions from three New York City colleges argue for their parent union to take on a sectoral organizing strategy.
Urmila Mohan, Tamar Samir, and Paul Brown Oct 28, 2022

The academic sector’s union density has been growing recently — as has its opposition. NYU’s adjunct union is preparing for a strike amid unsuccessful negotiations with the...

The north-facing study room on the eighth floor of the Bobst Library. Rows of tables and chairs are lined up against floor-to-ceiling windows. On each table are lamps.

Opinion: Bring the old Bobst 8th floor back

The old configuration of the eighth floor north reading room was unique and inspiring. Put it back.
Claudia Yoon, Contributing Writer Oct 25, 2022

Serotonin is actually quite nice, you know? You don't need to be a neuroscience or psychology major to realize why our bodies need serotonin. It’s our happy hormone. My serotonin...

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Opinion: It’s time to embrace midterm exams

As much as you may hate them, your midterm exams can help you in the long run.
Molly Koch, Contributing Writer Oct 18, 2022

It’s your first year at college, and wow, this is easy. A five-question problem set here, a discussion board post there — you’ve just been breezing through your classes,...