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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

Palladium Brunch is a staple of NYU Dining. While clubs are currently still prohibited from serving food at in-person meetings, Palladium Brunch is back in full swing. (Photo by Max Lerner)

Opinion: ‘Let them eat brunch’: NYU’s double standard on COVID-19 food policies

By Batoul Saleh, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

Last weekend, the nyu.eats Instagram account shared that Palladium brunch, a weekly event where the dining hall presents a buffet style brunch in exchange for two meal swipes or the cash equivalent, resumed...

Universities and colleges have loosened their standard testing requirement for incoming students considering the impact of the pandemic. Such a test-optional policy, in fact, successfully promotes diversity in schools. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: NYU should commit to test-optional applications

By Batoul Saleh, Staff Writer September 14, 2021
NYU’s announcement that the 2021-22 admissions cycle will be test-optional is the perfect opportunity for NYU to fully commit to a more equitable practice.
Recently, bills that restrict teaching critical race theory have been introduced in 27 states. In a city as diverse as New York, education about racism is extremely important. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Opponents of critical race theory fail to understand its design

By Alexis Tretschok, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

Over the summer, Republican legislators commenced a new phase in the ongoing debate regarding how to teach history classes about our nation's controversial policymakers. In June, legislators introduced...

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 urgency of supporting the #StrikeOnNYU

The urgency of supporting the #StrikeOnNYU

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor April 5, 2021

After nine months of constant stonewalling from the university administration, NYU’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee is holding a strike authorization vote. They’re demanding a living wage, free...

Students with special needs must be prioritized

Students with special needs must be prioritized

By Batoul Saleh, Contributing Writer March 31, 2021

Parents, students and teachers rallied at the Department of Education headquarters on March 13. They demanded that schools be reopened after over a year of virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

Support GSOC to Protect NYU

Support GSOC to Protect NYU

By Jun Sung, Deputy Managing Editor September 27, 2020

The Graduate Employees’ Organization at the University of Michigan organized a strike on Sept. 8 in response to the university’s plans to reopen its campus and the lack of transparency regarding COVID-19...

Homeless Students Deserve More From NYCs Education Department

Homeless Students Deserve More From NYC’s Education Department

By Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor September 20, 2020

At a homeless shelter in Manhattan, Christlie Jean-Baptiste struggles to get her children online for remote learning due to the shelter’s lack of Wi-Fi and cell service. While children across the city...

Making Space for Self-Compassion Starts in the Classroom

Making Space for Self-Compassion Starts in the Classroom

By Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor September 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? How will I maintain my...

The Misleading Nature of the NYU Administration’s Letter

The Misleading Nature of the NYU Administration’s Letter

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor May 6, 2020

Last week, NYU President Andrew Hamilton, Executive Vice President Martin Dorph and Provost Katherine Fleming sent an email to the NYU community, providing several updates and an explanation of NYU’s...

President Hamilton: Support Students in Need and Take a Pay Cut

President Hamilton: Support Students in Need and Take a Pay Cut

By Helen Wajda , Deputy Opinion Editor May 6, 2020

When I received President Andrew Hamilton’s email discussing NYU’s current financial situation last week, I expected it to contain the usual insistence that the administration is doing its best to...

Teachers Deserve Better Pay in Crisis

Teachers Deserve Better Pay in Crisis

By Nicole Chiarella, Deputy Copy Chief May 3, 2020

Since the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, many schools across the United States have responded by closing their doors for the remainder of the academic year. As a result, these schools have opted...