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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

A front entrance with the text “Electric Lady Studios” written in a retro white font on two reflective walls.
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The exterior of the Morton Williams Supermarket, with a prominent red lettering that reads Morton Williams at the top of the building and the phrase The Fresh Marketplace beneath it.
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Staff Rants: Holiday Overload

It’s the end of the term, which means it’s the holiday season! WSN staff shares their thoughts about it — the good and the bad, but mostly the bad.
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(Charlie Dodge and Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

On giving gifts

Krish Dev — Deputy News Editor 

Whenever I have to buy gifts for the holidays, I feel like I am walking on a tightrope — it’s a delicate balance between practicality and playfulness. It’s difficult finding a gift that is both useful but also imaginative, sparking joy that transcends mere function.

 

On finals

Alisha Goel — Photo Editor

Tell me why I have two in-person finals on Dec. 22? It’s like NYU doesn’t want me to get in the Christmas spirit.

 

On timing

Alexa Donovan — Deputy Arts Editor

Hanukkah may not be the most important Jewish holiday, but it’s certainly the most fun. If only it coincided with break … I am not sure pretending to light candles alone in a present-less dorm will bring me that same cheer.

 

On money

Molly Koch — Opinion Editor 

I spent over $600 on Black Friday — aka, my entire paycheck. I truly blacked out because I forgot I need money for groceries.

 

On too much relaxation

Qianshan Weng — Multimedia Editor

For Thanksgiving break, I decided to go nowhere, do nothing and get a lot of sleep. That worked out so well, but then I discovered yesterday that I missed an extra credit assignment that I desperately needed for my journalism class that was due by the end of the break. Now I am screwed. Cheers everyone.

 

On mindfulness

Sabrina Lee — Identity & Equity Editor

When everything at the end of the year races to a close, I’ve been making an effort to take my sweeeeet time to complete mundane tasks as therapy: folding clothes, peeling vegetables and strolling to class.

 

On holiday movies

Bruna Horvath — Deputy News Editor

The worst holiday movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. It sucks for both Christmas and Halloween. Hot Topic please stop mass producing Jack Skellington merchandise. 

 

On weather and movies

Natalie Thomas — Deputy Managing Editor

Snow lands on top.

 

On holiday spirit

Katherine Welander — Deputy Copy Chief

I’m tired of being judged for wanting to get into the holiday spirit early. It should be acceptable for me to start putting up Christmas decorations and listening to Christmas music as soon as it hits 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 1.

 

On fashion

Naisha Roy — Deputy Managing Editor

I thought this would be my season of iconic Pinterest outfits, but my entire winter wardrobe is currently hinging on one pair of funky tights and the superglue I bought to hold my six-year-old Kohl’s boots together.

 

WSN’s Opinion section strives to publish ideas worth discussing. The views presented in the Opinion section are solely the views of the writers.

Contact the opinion desk at [email protected].

About the Contributors
Krish Dev, Multimedia Editor
Krish is a first-year planning to major in Computer Science and Linguistics at CAS. In his free time, he enjoys posting photos on @krish_dev.creations, obsessing over geography, watching new films with the other Multimedia Editors, taking public transport to new places and letting Arsenal make or break his week.
Alisha Goel, Multimedia Editor
Alisha Goel (she/her) is a junior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Integrated Design and Media. When she is not at WSN, she is stressing out on code, reading a long book, watching a movie at AMC with one of the other multimedia editors or creating mildly disturbing art with her photography. You can find her at @03alisha17 on Instagram or email her at [email protected].
Alexa Donovan, Deputy Arts Editor
Alexa Donovan is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Art History and minoring in Creative Writing. Her favorite drink is lemonade and her party trick is listing the U.S. presidents in chronological order. You can find her in Bobst Library most hours of the day, on instagram @alexadonovan/@lemonadequeen5678 and on Goodreads @alexafdonovan.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor
Molly Koch is a junior in Gallatin concentrating in journalism as an art form. They’re fascinated by classical literature and its influence on the power of the written word. When they are not writing, you can find them reading their way through their endless TBR, running along the Hudson or Facetiming their dog.
Qianshan Weng, Multimedia Editor
Qianshan Weng is a junior studying Media, Culture and Communication and Journalism. You may pronounce his name as "chi''en-shan", or, if it makes your life easier, just call him "Ben." He grew up in Shenzhen, China, and has spent the last five years or so saying that he wants to learn Cantonese. The answers to the questions "when will he finally start?" and "why is this taking him so long?" remain mysteries, even to himself. You can reach out to him at [email protected]
Sabrina Lee, Identity & Equity Editor
Sabrina Lee is a senior majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. Born and raised in Singapore, she is interested in evaluating questions of culture, identity and community in our changing world. Outside of work and school, she’s building Pinterest boards, cooking meals to replicate tastes from home, or perched on her fire escape.
Bruna Horvath, News Editor
Bruna Horvath is a sophomore studying journalism and English at CAS. When she’s not a Deputy News Editor, she’s a "Gone Girl" enthusiast, a Goodreads lover, and a Barnes & Noble frequenter. You can usually find her ordering an iced mocha, telling people her name is “Bruna” not “Bruno,” or on Instagram @brunaahorvath.
Natalie Thomas, Editor-at-Large
Katherine Welander, Copy Chief
Katherine Welander is a junior majoring in Art History and Anthropology. She is from the Bay Area, California and spends her free time reading, baking, wandering around art museums, playing Animal Crossing and drinking lots of iced lattes. You can find them on Instagram @kat.el3na.
Naisha Roy, Editor-at-Large
Naisha Roy is a second-year studying journalism and Spanish & Linguistics. She loves covering topics like immigration issues and NYU policies. In her free time, she's probably doing the daily crossword or cooking while listening to Taylor Swift. She loves spending her weekends finding cheap food spots around the city with her four best friends. You can reach out to her on Instagram @naisharoy9 if you ever need to rant about how AP Style doesn't use the Oxford Comma.
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