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

Washington Square News

Staff Rants: Parties

From tailgates to sobriety, our staff has a lot of opinions on parties.
Charlie Dodge

On Tailgating 

Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor

I enjoy hanging out with my friends as much as the next person, but I will never understand the appeal of tailgate parties. Why would I want to hang outside of an event for hours? Am I supposed to enjoy sitting in uncomfortable chairs and eating food from the back of a car while I wait to get into a sporting event that I’m probably not at all interested in to begin with? I’m just thankful I go to a school where football games and the boring tailgate parties that come with them don’t exist.

On Personal Choices

Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Under the Arch Managing Editor 

If someone at a party tells you they don’t drink — don’t question them! Just let them sip on their nonalcoholic beverage of choice. A party doesn’t have an environment conducive for an in-depth discussion about an important decision they’ve made for themselves. Like, I wouldn’t want to shout my vulnerable answer with “WAP” blasting in the background (great song, though). Nobody would! If you’re truly interested: ask them later, in private and give them the option to not answer. Sometimes the reasons might be too personal to share, or they might not have a relationship close enough with you to discuss it. Sobriety’s different for everyone. 

On Partying During COVID-19

Bianca de Ayala, Deputy Opinion Editor

You literally don’t need to party right now. We have so many more years and opportunities to party, so just be considerate of the current situation. If we all wait now, you can party later. Please, I beg of you. I understand the horniness may be overwhelming. To this, I recommend you just treat yourself to a sex toy. We don’t need to kill more people because you can’t handle not getting black out drunk and having bad, forgettable sex for a couple of weeks.

On Not Attending Parties 

Alexandra Chan, Multimedia Editor 

I’ve never been to a party. Hi, mom! Also, I’m not lying, Aunt Stacy.

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
Helen Wajda
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.
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. :-)
Alexandra Chan
Alexandra Chan, Editor-at-Large
Alexandra Chan is a junior studying history, politics and East Asian studies. She has done her time in the basement dungeon state of mind and can't really seem to let go. Follow her @noelle.png on Instagram for inconsistent posting but aesthetically pleasing rows. She doesn't know what Twitter is.
Charlie Dodge
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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