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

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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

Staff Rants: Back To School

From the big workload to Zoom complaints, our staff has a lot of feelings about the first week of classes.
Charlie Dodge

On the Lack of Anonymity 

Alexandria Johnson, Deputy Managing Editor 

Maybe it’s just me, but why do I need to put my camera on for every class? I’m in my senior year juggling filming for journalism and studying economics, not to mention being in quarantine, and professors still want me to put my camera on? Make it make sense. I also don’t understand why I have to introduce myself for every class. When I’m taking journalism classes, it’s understandable. What I write or film about is impacted by the experiences I have and people should know who I am and where I come from, but why for economics at 9:30 a.m.? Don’t get me wrong, I like my professor and my TA seems cool, but why do I have to have my camera on for that? You’re teaching me consumer surplus, you don’t need to know about my life and where I’ve traveled. And if I have to say another fun fact about myself again, it’s going to be a problem. All I want is anonymity and my classes can’t even give me that.

On Excessive Work

Nicole Chiarella, Copy Chief 

It’s only the second week of classes, and I’m already behind. How is that even possible? In these past few days, I’m pretty sure I’ve drank at least 7% of the world’s caffeine supply. I have so much reading to do, yet am I still laying in bed counting how many pigeons fly by the window? Yes. Do I have plans to do the homework for the classes that make me want to scream into the void? I’ll keep you posted. 

On Breakout Rooms

Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor 

If I have to endure another Zoom breakout room where my classmates and I barely speak due to the constant fear of the professor popping in unannounced during the 30 seconds we spend discussing things unrelated to the class content, I will scream … and I won’t even mute my mic. 

On Zoom Issues 

Kim Rice, Copy Chief

I am elated that school has started again, I really missed the routine and having things to take up my time, but I have had four main troubles this first week. First, I am absolutely not mad at all at professors who have a hard time with technology. I was born into the digital era and still have trouble, so I get it. But why not make it easier on all of us and not try to have breakout rooms or whatever else through Zoom? Just share your screen (sadly, I need the visuals) and let’s keep it pushing, please and thank you. Secondly, why tell us to direct all questions to the chat and then never check the chat? So now there are 70 questions in the chat and one minute left to class and you’re going to rush through them or give us the infamous, “Bring these questions up next class and I’ll answer them,” only to never answer any of the questions because we all forgot. Next, why are there group projects? Over Zoom? I hardly ever met up with my group in person, I am not going to schedule a Zoom meeting to talk to three people who would all rather not be doing this for a project that is worth barely anything but is mandatory. And finally, as a society we have actually surpassed the necessity of Zoom chats. There is no need, I don’t want private chats from randos or public chats in lectures with 312 students and over 100 messages continuously streaming in.

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

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About the Contributors
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.
Nicole Chiarella, Copy Chief
Nicole Chiarella is a sophomore in CAS majoring in English and history, and minoring in Journalism. Fun fact: you can check previous versions of her bio to see all the different minors she said she was gonna do. Nicole was born and raised in Miami, though she considers herself an honorary New Yorker. She loves — LOVES — Saturday Night Live, and all things Broadway. When she's not copy chiefing or rewatching SNL skits, you can find her wandering around Central Park (with her best friend of course) or taking her third nap of the day. Find her on her Instagram too @nickynix_521!
Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor
Helen is a junior double majoring in Childhood/Special Education and English. She's from Upstate New York (actually Upstate, not Westchester) and enjoys making extremely specific playlists when she's not writing. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @helenwajda.
Kim Rice, Copy Chief
Kim is a junior (ahhhhhh) double majoring in Journalism and Politics. A born and bred New Yorker, she does say things like "cawfee" and "dawg" but please don't ask her to repeat the words for you, it's kind of annoying. You shouldn't be bumping into her really, but from a safe distance you can find her drinking an iced coffee, walking around, just taking everything in. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter @k_r_630 to see and hear random thoughts and pictures of things you can easily see and think yourself.
Charlie Dodge, Creative Director
Charlie Dodge is a cartoonist/writer/junior at Gallatin studying 21st Century Storytelling. Originally a Californian, she has once again taken refuge in NYC this semester. She loves museums (especially the free ones) and has aspirations for a future curatorial career. Charlie frequently collaborates with Leo Sheingate, and posts way too many photos on Instagram @muckrakerdodge.
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