Washington Square News

Washington Square News

Washington Square News

Spring 2021

Alexandria Johnson
Editor-in-Chief

Alexandria Johnson

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 ...

Paul Kim
Managing Editor

Paul Kim

In all the past bios Paul Kim has written for WSN, he mentioned he hates cilantro. This is because Paul hates cilantro. He has also grown to hate everything that even remotely looks like cilantro. Parsley has no right to look so...

Ashley Wu
Deputy Managing Editor

Ashley Wu

Ashley Wu is a mysterious Asian woman. ...

Kaylee DeFreitas
Deputy Managing Editor

Kaylee DeFreitas

Kaylee DeFreitas is a senior (Yikes!) majoring in Journalism and Educational Theatre with a minor in Irish Studies. When she isn’t writing for WSN, you can find her watching “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” doing embroidery a...

Deborah Alalade
Creative Director

Deborah Alalade

Deborah is a senior in Tandon studying Integrated Design & Media and minoring in MCC. From South Florida, she came to New York to become a designer and escape the heat. This semester, when she’s not napping, you can find h...

Susan Behrends Valenzuela
Creative Director

Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Susan Behrends Valenzuela is a sophomore in Studio Art at Steinhardt with a minor in Media, Culture, and Communications. Outside of school, she also works as graphic designer at NYU's Center For Multicultural Educational Progra...

Alexandra Chan
Multimedia Editor

Alexandra Chan

Alexandra is a CAS sophomore, moving on from LS, majoring in History and minoring in Politics, and has heard many questions about her future financial stability. She grew up in Hong Kong, spent some time in Shanghai and Los Ang...

Trace Miller
News Editor

Trace Miller

Trace Miller is a first-year at CAS double majoring in Comparative Literature and something that will land him a job (like, Economics). A proud Dallasite and muckraking junkie, he’s written about hacks and leaks, street art and ...

Sasha Cohen
Arts Editor

Sasha Cohen

Sasha Cohen is a sophomore studying Producing and Promotion for the Arts. She is from Chicago, but please do not ask her to choose between New York- and Chicago-style pizza. A theater fanatic, you can always find her catching th...

Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer
Arts Editor

Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer

Nico Pedrero-Setzer is a sophomore double majoring-in Journalism and Cinema Studies. He's from California by way of Chiapas noting he spent the majority of his childhood criss-crossing between the U.S. and Mexico before attending a...

Dana Sun
Culture Editor

Dana Sun

Dana is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Journalism. She favors Computer Science more (she loves a good challenge!) and has decided to pursue it as a career. However, journalism will always have a place in her heart. Sh...

Emily Dai
Opinion Editor

Emily Dai

Emily is a sophomore studying Politics and Economics. She is from Richmond, Virginia and is passionate about presidents, Pride and Prejudice and public transportation. Reach her on Instagram @emliydai for podcast recommendations ...

Kevin Kurian
Opinion Editor

Kevin Kurian

Kevin Kurian is a second year at CAS studying Politics and Economics. He is passionate about CT politics and housing/transportation policy. You can find him on Twitter at @KevinKurian. ...

Mitesh Shrestha
Sports Editor

Mitesh Shrestha

Mitesh is a junior double majoring in Economics and History. Originally from Northern Virginia, he loves experiencing nature, obsessing over dogs and anything and everything to do with sports. If he’s not on the couch watching...

Caitlin Hsu
Under the Arch Managing Editor

Caitlin Hsu

Caitlin Hsu is a junior in Media, Culture and Communications with double minors in Digital Design and Art and Journalism. She is still (STILL!) studying remotely in Houston, Texas with an undisclosed number of cats. She likes ...

Vaishnavi Naidu
Under the Arch Managing Editor

Vaishnavi Naidu

Vaishnavi Naidu is a rising sophomore in Liberal Studies studying Psychology/Journalism. She is President of the LS Theatre Club, and if you mention that you have even the slightest interest in theatre, she'll put on her best sal...

Arnav Binaykia
Deputy News Editor

Arnav Binaykia

Arnav is a sophomore double-majoring in Journalism and Data Science. He likes rainy days, reading about history and serial commas. He grew up in Mumbai, India, and is in person in New York this semester (where he really misse...

Roshni Raj
Deputy News Editor

Roshni Raj

Roshni Raj is a CAS sophomore double-majoring in Neural Science and Anthropology on the pre-medical track, with a minor in Chemistry. Passionate about food, she’s been scouted for the Yelp Elite and hopes to become a member ...

Sabrina Choudhary
Deputy Culture Editor

Sabrina Choudhary

Sabrina Choudhary is a Gallatin junior studying how narratives impact society, with a minor in French. She’s passionate about issues of identity and representation in everything from pop culture to history textbooks. When she...

Ryan Walker
Exposures Editor

Ryan Walker

Ryan Walker is a sophomore in Gallatin concentrating on the intersections of photography and social justice. As a military kid who’s moved every two years, she has no hometown but has been fortunate enough to live and travel ...

Sydney Barragan
Under the Arch Deputy Editor

Sydney Barragan

Sydney Barragan is a freshman at CAS majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. She was born and raised in Southern California but no, she can't surf. You can often find her watching Criminal Minds or happily paying $7 for a cu...

Taylor Knight
Deputy Photo Editor

Taylor Knight

Abbey Whelan
Voices Editor

Abbey Whelan

Abbey is a Gallatin senior researching the socio-cultural impacts of media and its potential for education and social change. She is minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and loves getting paid to play games wi...

Alex Tey
Copy Chief

Alex Tey

Alex is a Journalism and Environmental Studies double major, as well as a musician and birdwatcher passionate about pit orchestras, Mitski and the American Dipper. She is on Twitter as @teythemtheirs, and can also be found on ...

Manasa Gudavalli
Deputy Multimedia Editor

Manasa Gudavalli

Manasa is a sophomore studying Mathematics and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. She’s from Dallas, Texas and loves photography, fashion, science and math memes. She spends her free time curating her closet and pretending s...

George Papazov
Video Editor

George Papazov

George is a junior majoring in Economics and Journalism. He takes courses in physics out of his masochistic compulsions. You’ll notice that he never talks about politics — he generally thinks that politics is an occupation...

Ana Cubas
Music Editor

Ana Cubas

Ana is a Gallatin sophomore studying Pop Culture Criticism, with a minor in BEMT (Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology). She anxiously awaits the day where she can see Dead & Company live or adopt her own cat. She...

Sam Brinton
Beauty & Style Editor

Sam Brinton

Sam Brinton is a junior studying Journalism and Metropolitan Studies. She loves New York Times crossword puzzles, clarinet and playing Nintendo games to avoid her problems. A native North Carolinian, she will say "y'all" without shame...

Nicole Chiarella
Copy Chief

Nicole Chiarella

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 bo...

Nathan Chizen
Video Games Editor

Nathan Chizen

Nathan Chizen is a junior majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Journalism. Also an installation artist, he works with audio technology and video to reconsider the utility of digital services and how they affect our envir...

Max Tiefer
Deputy Copy Chief

Max Tiefer

Max Tiefer is a junior at Tisch majoring in Film and Television and specializing in the intersection between American foreign policy, comedy, and the military applications of bread. As a child, he developed a passion for storytelling...

Mariam Khan
Voices Editor

Mariam Khan

Mariam is a freshman studying Liberal Arts at SPS. As a lover of all things travel, she is patiently waiting to vacation safely again. She’s also a passionate linguaphile, retweeter and hopes to have her own ice cream flavor one day....

Lorraine Olaya
Deputy Copy Chief

Lorraine Olaya

Lorraine Olaya is a CAS sophomore and LS transfer majoring in English and double minoring in Creative Writing and French. She is a native New Yorker, born in Queens, but also doesn't shut up about the fact that she's Colombian....

JP Pak
Film Editor

JP Pak

JP Pak is a CAS freshman studying Economics with a minor in the Business of Entertainment. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he loves writing about film, music and his many other interests. JP is pretty sure that he walked pa...

Jennifer Ren
Performing Arts Editor

Jennifer Ren

Jennifer is a sophomore majoring in Drama and Journalism. She is from Beijing and loves traveling around the world! You can find her on Instagram @jiingxn. Tell your dog she said hi <3!!...

Jake Capriotti
Photo Editor

Jake Capriotti

Jake is a senior at Tisch studying Film and Television. He has been a photographer for over five years now and has been with WSN since last spring. Originally from Arizona, he transferred from community college in Fall 2019 a...

Asha Ramachandran
Deputy Opinion Editor

Asha Ramachandran

Asha is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis with a minor in Spanish. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, but please do not ask her about the sports teams. You can usually find her playing ...

Ivy Zhu
Under the Arch Senior Editor

Ivy Zhu

Ivy is a sophomore at CAS studying Neural Science and Journalism. Her passion for writing grew from journaling in diaries when she was just a little girl living in Houston, Texas. As someone who started off with English as th...

Gabby Lozano
Dining Editor

Gabby Lozano

Gabby is a junior majoring in Global Liberal Studies and minoring in Food Studies. She has a passion for all things food and is eager investigate the various political, cultural and economic nuances that surround the global food s...

Brooke Nguyen
Under the Arch Multimedia Editor

Brooke Nguyen

Brooke is a freshman on the pre-law track double-majoring in Economics and Psychology. She is from Orange County, California (read: not LA), where she began photojournalism as a yearbook senior editor before and taking on portrait pho...

Alex Tran
Deputy Multimedia Editor

Alex Tran

Alex is a Steinhardt sophomore majoring in Media, Culture and Communication. She doesn't seem to talk much......