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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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A purple poster with icons of a mask and the daily screener placed on the glass door entrance of N.Y.U.’s StudentLink Center.

Opinion: COVID-19 still exists, despite what NYU seems to think

NYU’s relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions does not justify neglecting the needs of positive students.
Ganga Subramanian, Staff Writer Oct 19, 2023

As you navigate the corridors of NYU's residence halls or rush to your classes, you'll probably see the bright purple "Masks Always Welcome" signs plastered on the walls — a...

A group of protesters poses in front of the Washington Square Arch for a photo. In the middle is a banner that reads “Abortion Access Day of Action.”

Guest Essay: Linda Mills, we demand action on reproductive health care

In an open letter to NYU’s next president, students from the university’s chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America call for better access to reproductive health care on campus.
Averi Chen, Samantha Del Rio, and Erin Lawson Feb 23, 2023

The authors of this letter are members of the NYU chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America. It is addressed to Linda Mills, who, earlier this month, was appointed...

A box of emergency contraceptive pills on a white tabletop. The box reads “Plan B. One-Step.”

Opinion: What if you could get Plan B from a vending machine on campus?

Universities across the country have installed vending machines that sell round-the-clock, contact-free emergency contraception on their campuses. NYU needs to follow suit.
Aksha Mittapalli, Staff Writer Feb 16, 2023

The George Washington University installed a first-of-its-kind vending machine on its campus last month. Instead of dispensing snacks, energy drinks, or other late-night study...

A warning posted for visitors to the N.Y.U. Student Health Center at 726 Broadway. The sign indicates that students must have an appointment to visit the health center.

Opinion: A whole pandemic later, I still can’t access the Student Health Center

It’s been three years since COVID-19 taught us the importance of getting quick and efficient medical care. But NYU’s health center still has long wait times, making appointments inaccessible to students who need them.
Astrid Arias, Contributing Writer Feb 9, 2023

When you first get accepted to NYU, one of the very first things you have to do is make an online account with the Student Health Center. If you do not have your own insurance,...

The exterior view of a building with three N.Y.U. banners that read “N.Y.U Meyers”, “N.Y.U Dentistry” and “N.Y.U Engineering.”

Opinion: NYU’s nutrition curriculum should not promote diet culture

For a class titled “Nutrition and Health,” the professor and the syllabus promote rather unsettling, unhealthy eating attitudes.
Annabelle Thompson, Contributing Writer Oct 12, 2022

Content warning: This article contains mentions of eating disorders. My heart sank when I read my Nutrition and Health syllabus. I thought that as a nursing major, I would be...

People hold signs at an abortion rights protest at Barclays Center. Signs read Codify Roe v. Wade, Fuck this, and Its not just abortion: Right to privacy equals gay marriage, gay sex, contraception and interracial marriage.

Opinion: Community abortion funds need your help right now, not Planned Parenthood

Small abortion funds and community-based reproductive organizations are in urgent need of financial support as reproductive rights are under attack. To help those most in need, donate to local funds instead of Planned Parenthood.
Srishti Bungle, Opinion Editor May 6, 2022

An initial draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico on...

An illustration of an NYU transcript with a W grade for one course.

Opinion: For students’ health, a W grade on a transcript should be expungeable

The rigidity of the withdrawal policy may push students to prioritize grades over health.
Sophie Moller, Contributing Writer Apr 13, 2022

If a student withdraws from a course after the add/drop period, a W will appear on their transcript. According to guidelines from the NYU Division of Student Affairs, students...

On an easel, a poster with a dark purple background reads in pink font: “Donate up to 3 meal swipes per day at the following dining halls.” Below in white font, one under the other, it reads: “Downstein, Jasper Kane Cafe, Kosher Eatery, Marketplace at Kimmel, NYU Eats at Lipton, Peet’s Coffee, Palladium, NYU Eats at Third North.” Next to the easel the door of Kimmel Marketplace is open and a dining hall worker is seen in the back.

Opinion: NYU’s Swipe it Forward meal donation program could be great

The meal swipe donation program aims to combat food insecurity in our community, but its inconsistency and confusing logistics are hindering its potential.
Holly Kase, Contributing Writer Apr 7, 2022

We live in an expensive city, which means eating doesn’t come cheap. A 2019 NYU study surveyed 257 NYU students and found that 41% were experiencing food insecurity. That’s...

Seven students wear masks while sitting at their desks in an NYU classroom. A professor sitting on a table listens to a student.

Opinion: NYU easing the mask mandate is the right first step

NYU followed the lead of other New York City colleges by lifting masking restrictions, but they’re still staying unnecessarily cautious.
Alexandra Cohen, Deputy Opinion Editor Mar 31, 2022

What we all kind of expected to happen was officially announced via email from NYU Senior Leadership. NYU’s mask mandate was dropped — somewhat. Masking will still be mandatory...

A group of protesters in Foley Square at the Civic Center. On the right, a black banner with the names of trans people of color painted in white. In the center behind a row of people is a banner with blue, white and pink details. On the right, a lady stands with a trans flag tied around her shoulders like a cape.

Opinion: It’s time to give trans people respect, agency and autonomy

Transphobic bills have continued to pass through state legislatures, but American democracy should be protecting transgender people, not oppressing them.
Aarna Dixit, Staff Writer Mar 23, 2022

On March 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed state officials to start handling certain medical treatments as child abuse crimes. These medical treatments include gender-affirming...

A picture of multiple women at a rally walking on the sidewalk on their way to Washington Square Park, holding posters with an orange background. The posters say in black bold letters: “Abortion on Demand & Without Apology!”

Opinion: It’s now or never for reproductive justice

Recent abortion restrictions and bans threaten reproductive rights — especially with the challenging of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. The way to protect reproductive justice lies in intersectionality.
Aarna Dixit, Staff Writer Mar 10, 2022

In May 2021, a Mississippi law to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy was proposed — two months earlier than allowed by Roe v. Wade’s decision.  On Sept. 1, 2021,...

A masked student sits in an NYU common room area. She is surrounded by tables, chairs and a foosball table.

Opinion: NYU, do not lift the mask mandate

Making masks optional is irresponsible and would put students at risk.
Caitlin Hsu, UTA Publishing Editor Mar 9, 2022

With NYU to consider lifting its mask mandate after spring break, they must take into account that lifting the mandate would endanger immunocompromised and disabled students and...

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