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

Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

University Life

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Opinion: The case for extending the add/drop period

Two weeks is not enough time for students to determine if their courses are right for them.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor Sep 20, 2023

I remember thinking that I had a perfect schedule during course registration last semester, but I was plainly mistaken and found myself wanting to change course after the first...

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Opinion: Bobst’s construction is too disruptive for studying

Between taking away places to study and making it hard to focus in class, construction in the library is doing students more harm than good.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor Sep 13, 2023

The first week of classes is typically a favorite among students, as assignments tend to be lighter and exams are still months away. For the unlucky students who already have labs...

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Opinion: NYU Club Fest was far too chaotic to enjoy

Wednesday's humidity made Club Fest seem like a promising escape, but what should have been a chill and fun event turned out to be a complete mess.
Abi Rivera, Opinion Editor Sep 8, 2023

NYU’s Club Fest at the Paulson Center was hosted for students to find their place among the over 300 clubs offered at the university. Instead, students found themselves corralled...

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Opinion: Dear NYU, upperclassmen are students too

Just because we’re no longer first-years, doesn't mean we don’t deserve support as the semester begins.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor Sep 5, 2023

As a peer mentor for a pre-orientation program, I had the privilege of moving in two weeks prior to regular move-in for upperclassmen students. I was so excited to be back on campus...

Letter from the editor: On change

Letter from the editor: On change

Welcome to Washington Square News, NYU’s independent undergraduate newspaper.
Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief Aug 4, 2023

Dear Readers, When thinking about my own first year at NYU, I vividly remember the mix of emotions that filled my heart — the excitement of meeting new friends and the thrill...

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Opinion: Final exams are weighted too high

These assessments should not be worth more than every other assignment done in a semester.
Molly Koch, Deputy Opinion Editor May 2, 2023

This semester, I tragically encountered every student's biggest fear: a final worth 50% of my grade. Meaning that this final, which also happened to be a lecture-style presentation...

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Opinion: The CAS Student Council’s decision to oust a candidate was unfair

The student council president’s unprecedented overreach of executive power sets a dangerous example for future presidents.
Noah Zaldivar, Staff Writer Apr 28, 2023

This month has been tumultuous for the College of Arts & Science Student Council. Two weeks ago, amid elections for the council’s next president, one of the candidates, Adiba...

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Opinion: NYU’s markets are unusable with their expensive prices

The university’s campus convenience stores: a concept that only works in theory.
Naisha Roy, Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 28, 2023

NYU’s dining hall hours suck. The good locations are never open late, and even the mediocre ones run out of food long before they close. That’s part of the reason why NYU has...

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Opinion: Sick of misleading Rate My Professors reviews? Use NYU’s tool instead.

Save yourself from a 5.0 professor who is actually a 1.9.
Molly Koch, Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 25, 2023

With course registration season upon us, everyone’s scrambling to find classes that fit their schedules and major requirements, and doing their best to avoid being stuck with...

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Noah Knows Best: Your course load needs to be perfect. Here’s how to make it happen.

Course registration can be a very complicated process, and many wind up unsatisfied with what they choose. Here's a guide on how to pick a schedule that works best for you.
Noah Zaldivar, Staff Writer Apr 20, 2023

One of the most stressful parts of college is selecting which classes you’re going to take each semester and when you’re going to take them. You log into one of NYU's many...

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Opinion: NYU’s all-gender bathroom list is outdated and incomplete

Transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming students have been left in the dark about where they can find a safe restroom at NYU.
Molly Koch, Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 11, 2023

NYU prides itself on promoting diversity, but the university often falls short in putting its goals into practice. Despite its much-trumpeted commitment to inclusivity, by the...

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Opinion: Recitations shouldn’t be mandatory

NYU should allow students to take ownership of their learning.
Molly Koch, Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 4, 2023

NYU is a large university, with over 50,000 enrolled students, which means class sizes are not always going to be small. Unless you are like me and lucked out with small discussion-based...

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