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Staff Rants: NYU Housing

Palladium might have a failing dining hall, but it’s not the only residence hall that has issues.
Grace Halio

On Uninvited Guests
By Calais Watkins, Dining Editor

I only lived in NYU Housing for one brief, inglorious year — in Weinstein Residence Hall, to be specific. I expected the cinderblock walls and lack of bathtubs. For those things, I had time to mentally prepare. I did not, however, expect the critters, nor could I have ever been ready. After winter break of that year, my roommate and I returned to Weinstein to find not one, but TWO dead mice in our shower. (Shower sex gone wrong? I mean, probably.) That same night, I fell asleep to the sound of their family members scampering across the floor. The following months of glue traps from maintenance did nothing to solve the problem and, after a while, I accepted the fact that my new roommates were there to stay. And we never even signed a living agreement! Dare I bring up the cockroaches in the basement?

On Access to On-Campus Spaces
By Sam Klein, Managing Editor

When I was a first-year, my sophomore teammates lived at the Green House at Seventh Street, the most neglected — but arguably best — dorm on campus. At least three nights a week, I would do homework in the basement study lounge at Seventh Street with teammates, including upperclassmen living off-campus who would get tapped in by the sophomores. The study lounge, replete with its beautifully unpleasant pale green walls, five tables, chairs, whiteboard and single tiny window, brings back some of my favorite memories of that year. But now, my teammates are all first-years or live off-campus (as do I). I don’t know anybody who can tap me into Seventh Street, and because it only has 90 residents, chances are, I won’t next year either. At this point, the odds are heavily stacked in favor of me never setting foot in that study lounge again — all because NYU prohibits people who live off-campus from accessing on-campus spaces. Why? They already arrange housing priorities to push upperclassmen off-campus, which is fine because I like my apartment more anyway. But why can’t I go into residence halls? I want my beloved study lounge back. I miss it.

On Temporary Solutions
By Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Senior Reporter

Last semester I lived with three lovely people, with whom I kept the apartment clean, neat and most definitely mold-free — until black mold started growing on the ceiling of our bathroom. It grew in a shape that weirdly resembled footsteps (it’s spooky season). We filed a work request. Someone came and … painted over it. Which, if you’ve never encountered black mold, is not the way to get rid of it. Surprise, surprise, it grew back. Naturally, we filed another work request. What did they do this time? You’ll be correct in assuming … they painted over it once again. And … it grew back. For the third time. Thank goodness, there was only a week until move out at that point.

On the Many, Many Problems With Rubin Residence Hall
By Ronni Husmann and Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editors

Rubin is straight a–. We’re in mountains of f-ckin’ debt just to go to this goddamn f-ckin’ school and we live in a hellhole with no f-ckin’ air conditioning. The toilets are deada– public bathroom toilets, and the tiles are f-ckin’ cracked. We’ve been to Lipton. We’ve been to Brittany. We’ve been to Third North. The f-ck are they doing with Rubin? Honestly, what the f-ck? The one good f-cking thing we had was that laundry was free for two f-cking weeks because the machines broke. It was the only f-cking thing we had. And then those f-cking greedy-a– motherf-cking Brittany Hall kids came to our goddamn laundry room to do their f-cking laundry, and because of this intrusion, the Rubin staff made it a f-cking priority to get it fixed. Now we pay for our laundry and it f-cking sucks. And there’s no f-cking dining hall. And the f-cking cockroaches. And the smell. The f-cking smell! It’s the goddamn pipes or some sh-t that stinks up the whole f-cking building. The printer is always f-cking broken. Always. We’ve never once printed something in our own goddamn residence hall. And then the motherf-ckin’ outlets. We have outlets right behind our beds that we can’t use because the holes in the outlet are deada– too f-ckin’ big. And the best f-cking part is that we didn’t even put Rubin on our goddamn housing lists.

On Those Tiny Mailboxes
By Melanie Pineda, Editor-at-Large

There are a number of reasons why choosing to live on campus is easier than having to battle through the hellish maze that is New York City apartment hunting. But one thing I’ll always give NYU sh-t for is their mailboxes; they are especially undesirable. The entirety of my sophomore and junior years, I was unable to open those cursed boxes — even though I lived in a different dorm each year. No matter how many times the Resource Center explained to me how to open the tiny thing, they both simply wouldn’t budge. Who knows whether or not my local government actually sent my absentee ballot to the right address that year? Who knows whether or not my angry emails to some poor voting booth volunteer were warranted? I sure don’t. Or maybe all mailboxes are simply out to get me and no one else. One thing I do know for sure is that if the United States postal system were still alive and well, I would be dead.

On a Series Unfortunate of Events
By Alexandria Johnson, Deputy News Editor

I had a wild ride with NYU Housing during my first year. It started when I dormed during Opportunity Programs summer. I was told that I would stay in the same room at Goddard Residence Hall, which was great because I didn’t have to transition to another dorm. Knowing that, I asked if I could keep my belongings at the dorm while I visited my family. They said yes — as long as I kept my things on the desk and not in the bathroom. Long story short: when I returned on Move-In Day, my room was cleaned and all of my stuff was gone. Not only did I have to adjust to a new roommate, but to the loss of clothes, important papers and my supply of paper towels. This doesn’t even take into account the fact that midway through the semester, my roommate waited three days to tell me that she had a bite on her arm — a bedbug bite. I had to talk to my RA, make a report and email Goddard’s Residence Hall Assistant Director for a bite that wasn’t even mine. Then, when the exterminator arrived, I had to wash all of my clothes and leave my own dorm for four hours, hoping my friends were available. Living in Goddard may have prepared me to have a community of friends with different interests, but nothing could ever prepare me for bedbugs and stolen stuff.

On Being Squished
By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor

Why, oh why, are we subjected to sleeping on those skinny twin XL mattresses? Imagine actually being as tall as your Tinder bio says you are. You simply would not fit! Now, I’m not very tall, but sometimes, after a long day of doing absolutely no work, I just want to jump into my bed head-first and sprawl out. Unfortunately, I cannot do this because there is simply not enough bed for me to live out my dreams.

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About the Contributors
Calais Watkins
Calais Watkins, Dining Editor
Calais Watkins is a third-year student, southern California native and sock enthusiast studying English in CAS. Although she believes English professors have dramatically overestimated their students’ time to read assigned texts, she’s sometimes thankful because she thinks a book in her hand makes her look all ‘intellectual’ while riding the subway to and from babysitting. Calais (pronounced ‘cal-ay’) fears substitute teachers and her name being read aloud because it once got mispronounced as “Callus” and the nickname haunts her to this day. Her most commonly said words are, “I’m cold.”
Ronni Husmann
Ronni Husmann, Deputy Managing Editor
Ronni (or Veronica) Husmann is a first-year in Liberal Studies intending to study Journalism and International Relations. As a Los Angeles native, she’s trying to reconcile her belief in “West Coast Best Coast” and her love of New York City. When she’s not writing or inhaling coffee, you can catch her taking photos, eating bread and stalking dogs in Washington Square Park. Check out her website:
Ishaan Parmar
Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editor
Ishaan Parmar is a Tisch first-year studying Film & Television. He enjoys highs-and-lows during pitch meetings and making fun of his news editor, Victor. He joined WSN to get away from the oversized nicotine cartridge that is the Tisch building. Ishaan is from Los Altos, California, a small town 40 minutes south of San Francisco. He loves watching baseball and Gordon Ramsay videos at the end of the day to relax.
Melanie Pineda
Melanie Pineda, Opinion Editor
Melanie Pineda is one of the Opinion Editors for WSN. She is a junior in CAS double majoring in Journalism and Latin American Studies. She enjoys going on long rampages about her dog because, well, he’s a good boy. Her hobbies include pretending to have it all together, discussing social justice issues and making obscure Vine (RIP) references. She is more often than not seen calling her mom about everything and anything and drinking absurd amounts of coffee. Follow her on Twitter @meiabean.
Anna-Dmitry Muratova
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Finley  comes from Moscow, Russia! They're a junior studying Journalism and Environmental Studies and it's their fifth semester at WSN. Finley loves all things inclusive, sex. ed., ecology and advocacy for a whole bunch of stuff. They'd love to chat with you if you want to write for Under the Arch! Find them @veryawkwardfinley on Instagram. :-)
Sam Klein
Sam Klein, Managing Editor
Sam Klein is a junior majoring in journalism and environmental science. He is interested in sustainable, large-scale farming and fishing as well as global economic development in the agricultural sector; he also supports eating insects. Outside of WSN he runs on NYU's cross-country and track teams. During his free time he enjoys photography, traveling, coffee and being outdoors. You can check out his work at or on instagram @samkleinphotography.
Alexandria Johnson
Alexandria Johnson, Editor-in-Chief
Alex is a senior double-majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. She is a New York native (representing Queens!), and she loves to talk about how songs have gotten shorter recently, trying to meet her celebrity crush (she'll never tell) and her passion for painting album covers. She's definitely NOT a professional artist, but it helps her pass the time. Follow her on IG and Twitter @a_johnson_2021.
Bela Kirpalani
Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor
Bela is a senior in CAS studying history. Born and raised on Long Island, her love for bagels knows no bounds (the same goes for blueberries, but that really doesn't have anything to with Long Island). She also loves all things sports — how fitting — and finds way too many unfunny things funny. When not in the newsroom, she is probably off playing FIFA or wishing she were playing FIFA.
Grace Halio
Grace Halio, Editor-at-Large
Grace Halio has spent the past three years working at WSN because her job has an actual title, unlike her concentration in Gallatin. She's studying how journalism and public art can be narratives for social and climate injustice, but has a soft spot in her heart for New York Fashion Week and all things Features Desk. A Long Island native, she could likely live off of bagels. Grace spent her spring 2016 semester studying in Florence, Italy. Unfortunately, she did not turn into Lizzie McGuire; fortunately, she ate a lot of cheese. She looks forward to returning to the motherland. In the meantime, however, you can find her fighting for the necessity of the oxford comma and making pasta for dinner six nights a week. Follow her on Twitter to see her creative 140 character complaints or on Instagram to take a peek at how she spends her free time.

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