NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Letter from the editor: On transition

By Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief January 24, 2022

Dear readers, This is a strange time to be attending college. Last spring was mostly online, last fall was mostly in person, and now we’re in this in-between zone where you can go to classes...

Despite the surge in cases of the omicron variant, NYU announced that classes will be held in-person. However, the omicron variant can be fatal for disabled and immunocompromised students, whose health and safety continue to be overlooked. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: NYU’s reopening is ableist

By Srishti Bungle, Deputy Opinion Editor January 17, 2022

NYU’s recent announcement that the university will hold in-person instruction during the spring 2022 semester included a revealing concession. “To be clear, in all likelihood, we will see increased...

(Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Opinion: Defending WSN’s coverage of the ELI

By Alexandra Chan, Managing Editor December 15, 2021

The university’s response (Dec. 14, “Letter to the Editor: WSN's coverage of the ELI is erroneous”) to WSN’s reporting on the English Language Institute raises concerns that need to be addressed. [Read...

NYU needs to cut ties with Michael Steinhardt and rename the school that bears his name.

Opinion: NYU should sever all ties with Michael Steinhardt 

By Asha Ramachandran, Opinion Editor December 10, 2021

Michael Steinhardt, billionaire, hedge fund manager and the namesake of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, was forced to surrender $70 million worth of stolen artifacts...

Staff Rants: The end of the semester

Staff Rants: The end of the semester

On leaving Ashley Wu — Editor-in-Chief I didn't know I'd be graduating this semester. It came as a bit of a surprise. After scheduling a meeting with my counselor, I realized there were no...

Sunrise Movement NYU urged the NYU board of trustees to improve transparency and democracy, as well as divest from fossil fuels. For the 1,200 students who have signed a petition created by Sunrise NYU, democracy within the NYU board of trustees and community is imperative. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Letter to the Editor: Divestment, democracy and the board of trustees

By Paige Anderson, Contributing Writer December 7, 2021

Sunrise Movement NYU launched its Divest NYU campaign this fall, the third push for divestment from fossil fuels at NYU. While each push differed in strategy and specific demands, they all centered around...

Palladium dining hall is located on the third floor of Palladium Hall is one of the most popular NYU dining locations. Various dining restrictions since COVID-19 have made student dining more difficult, causing more harm than good. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Opinion: Dining restrictions are hurting students’ wellbeing

By Alyssa Goldberg, Contributing Writer November 23, 2021

Content warning: This article discusses disordered eating. While NYU has placed a major emphasis on COVID-19 safety policies, the administration has paid significantly less attention to how new regulations...

NYU has a stricter mask policy than that of New York state. The school’s policy does nothing more than give the illusion of health and safety. (Illustration by Charlie Dodge)

Opinion: NYU’s mask policy is just for show

By Jules Roscoe, Staff Writer November 22, 2021

Last year, the medical community rejoiced as Sandra Lindsay, a New York nurse, became the first American to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and more joined Pfizer in developing...

The annual Trans Day of 
Remembrance is a chance to memorialize those lost and to stand up for those still living. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Do us justice with your trans remembrance

By Alex Tey, Deputy Managing Editor November 20, 2021

Content warning: This article discusses transphobia, murder and suicide. Founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in memory of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman murdered the previous year, Transgender...

The cancellation of YDSA’s tuition strike should not be viewed as a failure. Rather, it shows the lengths that students are willing to go to demand action from the university. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Letter to the Editor: The NYU YDSA tuition strike laid the foundation for future organizing

By Jake Colosa, Contributing Writer November 19, 2021

Last week, a WSN opinion piece argued that the NYU Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter’s failed tuition strike “did not demonstrate the same resolve or organization” as organizing efforts...

Staff Rants: NYU stereotypes

Staff Rants: NYU stereotypes

On nepotism Tisch: A school half-comprised of pure talent and half-comprised of nepotism and too much daddy’s money. Srishti Bungle — Deputy Opinion Editor On making New York City your personality NYU...

Students with NYU YDSA protest for lower tuition on April 30. The organizations spring 2021 tuition strike was canceled due to insufficient mobilization and concerns over de-enrollment. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Opinion: NYU YDSA strikes out

By Zach Banks, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

After several months of uncertainty, the NYU chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America announced that they were calling off their tuition strike. When NYU YDSA said on April 30 that it would...