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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

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...

DACA Recipients Deserve Aid

DACA Recipients Deserve Aid

By Gabby Lozano, Deputy Opinion Editor April 28, 2020

Fearing deportation from federal agencies like the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and failing to distribute protection to immigrant workers are just two of other examples of how the United States...

NYC Public Schools Are Failing English Language Learners

NYC Public Schools Are Failing English Language Learners

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor April 23, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City public schools have transitioned to remote learning for the duration of the school year. For many students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants,...

Students Need Long-Term Reliable Internet Access

Students Need Long-Term Reliable Internet Access

By Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor April 8, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic has forced public and private schools across the country to move to remote learning, the number of students who don’t have reliable internet connections at home has sparked...

It’s Time for University-Wide Pass/Fail

It’s Time for University-Wide Pass/Fail

By Helen Wajda , Deputy Opinion Editor March 25, 2020

After University President Andy Hamilton announced that residence halls would be closed and students should move out, my sole focus was packing up my dorm room and finding safe transportation home in a...

The Rural Public School Crisis

The Rural Public School Crisis

By Helen Wajda , Deputy Opinion Editor March 2, 2020

In 2018, Keshia Speight, a third-grade teacher at a public school in rural North Carolina, reported that most years, she spends approximately $1,000 of her $37,000 annual salary on classroom supplies —...

The Inadequacy of Sex Ed

The Inadequacy of Sex Ed

By Helen Wajda , Deputy Opinion Editor February 24, 2020

“Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die.” So begins a well-known scene from 2004 teen comedy “Mean Girls,” where a coach lectures high school students on the dangers of premarital...

Participating in the Classroom

Participating in the Classroom

By Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor February 14, 2020

Every time I write a weekly discussion post for my English class, I’m grateful that my professor understands that participation can be measured in ways other than simply talking in class. Throughout...