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

Washington Square News

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Staff Rants and Raves: NYU Facilities

NYU owns a lot of property, from residence halls with no heat to libraries that block out the sun to dining halls that can’t pass inspections. Read what our staff has to say about NYU’s campus.
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Grace Halio

Rants

On Being a Thirsty Gal

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor

Hydration is key, folks. But the architects of Bobst Library don’t seem to understand this ethos, as they would prefer that I stay thirsty. Almost every water fountain in the building — I say almost because I know someone is going to be up in these comments like “Actually, the one on 4 East works just fine” — is pathetic. The water drip-drops at a glacial pace, making me look like a complete fool as I stand at the fountain for five whole minutes. That’s 300 extra seconds that I could have spent watching Kehlani music videos on YouTube. I just want the fountains to do their job so that I can drink my water, so that all of my problems in life will be magically fixed.

On the Meyers Building

By Victor Porcelli, News Editor

I hate the f-cking Meyers building, y’all. First, there’s one entrance that has just been blocked off for like a year. But that’s, like, a small thing. The main issue is that it’s always cold. I’m really not somebody who complains about the cold; I can dig chilling in a sweater and taking a little in-class nap. But that place gets FREEZING in the winter. It’s impossible to focus and the chairs end up getting uncomfortable and cold themselves. Plus, you can always hear the subway — I guess because it’s near the Eighth Street subway stop? — so in the middle of a lecture, you can’t hear sh-t. And when you FINALLY get to leave, people only use one exit — because the other one is blocked off — so you have a hundred people all trying to crowd into one small door. I don’t like it. It’s not fun. And it means you have to wait longer to get out of that cursed building.

On Accessibility

By Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Senior Reporter

After writing an article on the experience of mobility aid users at NYU last semester, I started paying closer attention to the campus’s infrastructure, which isn’t mobility-aid friendly whatsoever. First of all, the ramp by Tisch Hall doesn’t work. It’s too narrow for several kinds of wheelchairs. In order to get into that building you need to use the back entrance  — unless you use mobility aid ambulatory — which Public Safety opens for you individually. Doesn’t sound like the most pleasant experience to me. The doors of the Silver Center tend to be too heavy for people on crutches, the halls of the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities are labyrinthine and are quite difficult to navigate in a wheelchair, etc. I could go on. The list is endless, which is just infuriating. I know that New York isn’t an accessible city, but why can’t our campus be more accessible in order to support mobility aid users on a daily basis? It isn’t too hard to install a handful of ramps.

On Room 101, 5 Washington Place

By Sam Klein, Managing Editor

There is something deeply wrong with this room. I would consider myself somewhat of an authority on it — I’m currently enrolled in my third class in this all-purpose 120-person lecture hall. That’s 16% of all my NYU courses ever (Texts and Ideas, Cultures and Contexts, Environmental Systems Science). Despite my vast experience in Room 101, I will never understand why it is so, so, so unpleasantly hot. This oppressive heat was exacerbated during my first-year spring semester when my class in this room directly followed a class in Cantor, easily the building with the coldest rooms on campus. During the winter, I’ll wander in with my coat on because, well, it’s winter, and start sweating. I’ll take off my coat and my sweater and be sitting there in a T-shirt in February and still be sweating. It’s one thing during the summer, when I would accept the excuse of it being a noble AC-saving measure. But in the winter? NYU is blasting the heat to an uncomfortable extreme, wasting energy — and, more importantly, upsetting me.

Raves

On Breezing By

By Bella Gil, Beauty and Style Editor

Almost every door at NYU requires full upper body strength to pry open. I find myself shoving my entire body on Kimmel’s revolving doors just to get them to budge. My palms sweat just thinking about holding the door open for people behind me walking into the Silver Center because my weak arms just can’t do it. But there’s one door on campus that makes me feel like I have the strength of a thousand horses. After you enter 726 Broadway, there is another set of doors to open, and they’re as light as a feather. Why do I love these doors so much? Why does it give me such pleasure to swing them open and saunter inside? Even if I’m on my way up to the sixth floor to tell my advisor that I have no idea what I’m doing with my life, at least I know that when I leave, I get to swing open those doors. So thank you, 726 Broadway, for allowing me to know that at least I can open one set of doors on campus.

On Being a 404 Bro

By Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editor

I’m no Victor Porcelli, but I do like to work out. It’s fun, it’s stress-relieving, and it’s an overall good time. I’m not a Palladium bro. I’m a 404 stan. I only swim in oceans, I physically cannot play basketball and I prefer to avoid flies while I’m working out, so I avoid Palladium. 404 is relatively quiet and there aren’t ever too many people there. The staff even draw exercise memes on the whiteboard at the front desk. It’s clean, it’s lean and it’s wholesome, and the address is easy to remember. 404, no error found.

On the Journalism Department

By Alexandria Johnson, Deputy News Editor

As a student journalist figuring out my concentration, 20 Cooper Square is probably one of the best buildings on campus. Yeah, you have to walk past the Financial Aid office (which can be depressing) but there’s something to look forward to. First: as you walk in, there are two vending machines — the go-to if I ever need a snack in between classes. Second: when you get on the sixth floor, there are nice chairs to lounge in and free printing! That floor is the plug if you run out of printing credits or forget to print your assignment before heading to class. After you take the stairs up to the seventh floor, there’s a nice view on the right side so you can watch the time pass. If I have a phone interview for an article and I’m on campus, it’s the best way to hear what the other person is saying without background noise. If you’re ever worried about finding a good place to do work, hit up the journalism department at 20 Cooper Square.

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

Email WSN Staff at [email protected].

About the Contributors
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.
Victor Porcelli, News Editor
Victor Porcelli is a junior studying Public Policy. He's from Central Jersey, the existence of which he will vehemently defend. Outside of journalism, he likes romcoms and ... he can't think of anything else. He aspires to becoming verified on twitter so follow him @victor_porcelli.
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, 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 samklein.myportfolio.com or on instagram @samkleinphotography.
Bella Gil, Culture Editor
Bella is a CAS junior studying Journalism and English. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she still wonders how she made it all the way across the country and back. She is a devoted lover of all things Nintendo and unironically loves a classic round of Fortnite. When not gaming or doing schoolwork, she is roller-skating. Though you won't see her on the street this semester, she's still probably thinking about what she's going to wear tomorrow even though she's just going to be home. If she likes you enough, she'll make you a batch of cookies. She loves to learn and is always open to new experiences and conversations. Follow her on Instagram @bellamaegil, she'll talk with you about (literally) anything.
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.
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.
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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