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NYU Continues To Fail Black Students

NYU Continues To Fail Black Students

NYU’s silence on Breonna Taylor’s murder suggests that the university still refuses to fully stand in solidarity with Black students despite claiming to support them.
WSN Editorial Board Sep 27, 2020

This past week, thousands of protestors across the country gathered to protest the indictment of the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the killing of...

NYU Still Needs to Take Action for LGBTQ+ Rights

NYU Still Needs to Take Action for LGBTQ+ Rights

Reflecting back on the 50th anniversary of the Weinstein Hall occupation protesting NYU’s cancellation of gay events on campus, it’s clear that NYU still has a long way to go to fully support the LGBTQ+ community.
WSN Editorial Board Sep 20, 2020

One year after the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ+ rights activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera organized an occupation of Weinstein Residence Hall in response to NYU’s abrupt...

Hotel Evictions Show NYC’s Disregard For Homeless People’s Needs

Hotel Evictions Show NYC’s Disregard For Homeless People’s Needs

Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to evict homeless residents from a neighborhood hotel after Upper West Siders threatened to sue the city not only endangers public health, but reflects hostility towards homeless individuals.
WSN Editorial Board Sep 13, 2020

New York City announced on Tuesday that homeless people staying at The Lucerne Hotel, located in the Upper West Side, will be removed. This move occurred after a weeks-long campaign...

Funding the MTA Is a Necessity

Funding the MTA Is a Necessity

Without federal relief for the MTA, wealthier residents of the city will continue to afford alternatives to public transportation while low-income communities will suffer even more.
WSN Editorial Board Sep 7, 2020

Since COVID-19 shut the world down in March, millions have faced financial difficulties. The MTA is no exception. In late July, the corporation released a report projecting a $16.2...

Providing Spaces for Black Students Does Not Mean Segregation

Providing Spaces for Black Students Does Not Mean Segregation

Despite arguments made by other publications, establishing a Black themed engagement community in NYU residence halls is not the same as segregation under Jim Crow.
WSN Editorial Board Aug 30, 2020

As more than 4,700 Black Lives Matter protests took place in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a police officer in June, the Black Violets, a student-led advocacy...

The Consequences of NYU’s Guise of Transparency

The Consequences of NYU’s Guise of Transparency

The university administration’s recent letter on NYU’s financial situation shows an inability to communicate and the consistent neglect of student needs.
WSN Editorial Board May 3, 2020

Friday, May 1 was decision day, when many high school seniors chose where they were going to go to college for the next four years. This year’s day was unprecedented with...

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Must Do More For Its Students

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Must Do More For Its Students

Extending time-to-degree deadlines and funding packages are necessary accommodations for graduate students who have recognized and adapted to the crisis we are in.
WSN Editorial Board Apr 26, 2020

Last week, the COVID-19 Coalition and NYU’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee hosted a Virtual Week of Action, which sought to raise awareness of the demands brought...

Prioritizing Transparency in Federal Relief Spending

Prioritizing Transparency in Federal Relief Spending

With the CARES Act, NYU will receive around $25 million in grants. The university must be financially transparent with what they do with this money to make sure that it goes to areas that need funding the most.
WSN Editorial Board Apr 19, 2020

The Department of Education recently released the amount of funding certain universities will receive through the CARES Act — the third installment of the coronavirus stimulus...

New Yorkers Don’t Deserve Petty Politics

New Yorkers Don’t Deserve Petty Politics

The recent feud between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio shows disunified leadership only hurts coronavirus efforts.
WSN Editorial Board Apr 12, 2020

On Saturday, April 11, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio closed public schools for the remainder of the academic year due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus as...

Holding Leaders More Accountable in Crisis, Not Less

Holding Leaders More Accountable in Crisis, Not Less

Though some of his actions have been integral to dealing with the coronavirus crisis and should be a good example for other states to follow, many of Governor Cuomo’s policies in both the past and the present have been harmful to the state’s efforts.
WSN Editorial Board Apr 5, 2020

During this time of crisis, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has become a figure of admiration for many Americans looking for a dependable political authority to feel protected....

The Principled Necessity of Tuition Reimbursement

The Principled Necessity of Tuition Reimbursement

With the transition to online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU students deserve a tuition refund.
WSN Editorial Board Mar 29, 2020

On Monday, March 16, NYU President Andrew Hamilton announced the university would be transitioning to online classes due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. On the same day,...

NYU’s Evictions Show Its Disregard for Students’ Needs

NYU’s Evictions Show Its Disregard for Students’ Needs

The closure of residence halls last week showed that, yet again, NYU has failed to put the interests of its students first.
WSN Editorial Board Mar 23, 2020

Last Monday, NYU President Andrew Hamilton sent out a letter to the student body about the closure of residence halls and the transition to online classes for the rest of the semester....