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Readers Respond: NYU residence hall intrusions

Members of the NYU community told WSN how they feel about the recent intruders at residence halls.
Nov 29, 2022

The Washington Square News asked NYU community members what they thought about the university’s response to the recent intruders at multiple residence halls. These are some of...

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Opinion: NYU needs more club sports

NYU has a club sport shortage. College students should be able to play sports without needing to be on the varsity team.
Claudia Yoon, Contributing Writer Nov 21, 2022

The best part about swimming is being part of a team. There is something so rejuvenating about part of a group of people who come together to practice for a common goal. And the...

Students studying inside N.Y.U.’s Bobst Library in a large room on the ground floor. Several rows of desks with computers are visible.

Opinion: NYU needs more quiet spaces for students

At prestigious universities, student mental health concerns abound. The university must provide students with more quiet spaces to combat this.
Molly Koch, Contributing Writer Nov 14, 2022

At each Presidential Welcome and Reality Show, there is an interesting approach to mental health awareness. In song, students were told the different resources available from wellness...

Illustration of a classroom with students sitting at the chairs. Students sit in costume at school desks. In order from the front of the classroom back and from left to right, there is a student dressed as an angel, an alien, a devil, a cat, a cowboy, and a banana.

Opinion: Wear your Halloween costume to class today

College students underappreciate Halloween, but it should be our favorite holiday of the year.
Jules Roscoe, Opinion Editor Oct 31, 2022

Today marks the end of spooky season. The extensive costume planning and horror movie marathons will culminate tonight as Halloween — one of the United States’ most popular...

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Opinion: It’s high time we embrace pop music again

I’m tired of pretending that “Price Tag” by Jessie J is not my favorite song.
Aksha Mittapalli, Contributing Writer Oct 28, 2022

Last weekend, I was at one of those parties where no one is dancing and everyone is spending all of their time and energy on making tasteless small talk. During one such blessed...

Photograph of a banner saying “N.Y.U. Farmer’s Market” on the right, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables on a table covered in a purple N.Y.U.-branded tablecloth on the left.

Opinion: NYU students need to eat more fruit

It's time that meal plans provide more fruit options.
James Bisceglia, Contributing Writer Oct 26, 2022

Say you’re at one of the dining locations on campus and would like to round out your meal with a piece of fruit. Between Third North dining hall, Downstein, Market at Sidestein,...

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...

Andrew Hamilton speaks from behind a podium on a black stage wearing a black suit and purple tie in front of alumni and parents.

Opinion: NYU should have more than one parents weekend

NYU's Alumni and Parents Weekend is a time to reconnect with family. Students deserve more than one opportunity to do that.
Molly Koch, Contributing Writer Oct 25, 2022

In case you missed it, this past weekend was NYU’s annual Alumni and Parents Weekend. From Oct. 20-23, NYU welcomed student families to campus and celebrated its extensive alumni...

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Opinion: Class of 2026, there’s nothing wrong with slacking off

With midterm season in full force, a lot of first-years are feeling the same pressure to constantly work like in high school. I’m here to tell you it’s OK to slack off.
Naisha Roy, Staff Writer Oct 24, 2022

Dear fellow first-years, let’s be honest. If you’re a student here, it’s because you didn’t slack off in high school — you were one of those child prodigies who cured...

An illustration of New York University’s Bobcat mascot against a purple background, with a red line striking it out. The Bobcat is wearing a dark purple athletic vest with the letters “N.Y.U.” printed on it.

Opinion: The NYU mascot is meaningless. We need a new one.

Do you feel represented as a Bobcat? I don’t.
Matthew Franco, Staff Writer Oct 19, 2022

I looked into NYU’s mascot, and it turns out we aren’t the cute NYU Violets I thought we were. No, we’ve been the NYU Bobcats for almost 40 years. According to NYU’s website,...

A group of four people wearing the same yellow sorority t-shirts all take a selfie with a smartphone. They stand on a rooftop with other sorority members in the background.

Opinion: Fraternities suck. Here’s why they’re still important.

The prominence of NYU’s Greek life is minimal. Maybe it’s time we brought it back.
Noah Zaldivar, Contributing Writer Oct 18, 2022

I’ve often heard it said that joining a fraternity at NYU is a social death sentence. Though frat propagandists might try to tell you otherwise, Greek life is barely a part of...

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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,...