Washington Square News

Washington Square News

Washington Square News

Spring 2022

Alex Tey
Editor-in-Chief

Alex Tey

Alex Tey is the editor-in-chief of the Washington Square News and the host of WSN’s Forgotten NYU podcast. The focus of her work is usually environments, both built and natural, and sometimes Japanese American singer-songwriter...

Trace Miller
Managing Editor

Trace Miller

Trace Miller is a CAS sophomore studying comparative literature and libidinal political economy. He likes Marx, hates writing and loves Hegelian sauce. Find him on Instagram or Twitter @w_tres_mil.

Portrait of Arnav Binaykia
Deputy Managing Editor

Arnav Binaykia

Arnav Binaykia studies journalism, history and data science at NYU. His reporting interests include local politics, labor and public data. Email him at [email protected] or find him online @arnavbinaykia.

Asha Ramachandran
Deputy Managing Editor

Asha Ramachandran

Asha Ramachandran is a junior studying journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis. They were born and raised in New England (but please don't ask about sports teams!). When Asha isn't obsessing over their two cats, they're probably...

Sabrina Choudhary
Deputy Managing Editor

Sabrina Choudhary

Sabrina Choudhary is a Gallatin senior studying how nationalism works through culture and education. She also minors in French. Her key personality traits are being from Vermont, having a pet rabbit and genuinely being named after...

Susan Behrends Valenzuela
Creative Director

Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Susan Behrends Valenzuela is a junior studying studio art at Steinhardt and minoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is passionate about the intersection of art and media, and is particularly fond of zines and small...

Manasa Gudavalli
Multimedia Editor

Manasa Gudavalli

Manasa Gudavalli is a junior studying mathematics and psychology with a minor in chemistry. She’s from Dallas, Texas, and loves photography, fashion, science and math memes. When she isn't attached to her camera taking pictures...

Abby Wilson
News Editor

Abby Wilson

Abby Wilson is a junior studying journalism and English. She’s from a Chicago suburb and more mid-western than she’d like to admit. In her free time, she can be found spending all her money at local bookstores, pretending...

Rachel Cohen
News Editor

Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen is a sophomore double-majoring in journalism and politics. As a Jersey girl, she pretends she’s a native New Yorker to be cooler. Outside of the newsroom, she can be found searching through the racks of a thrift...

Rachel Fadem
Features Editor

Rachel Fadem

Rachel Fadem is a junior majoring in journalism and gender studies. On the extremely rare occasion that she isn't working, she can be found at a coffee shop or a small bookstore with friends. She also enjoys making earrings and...

Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer
Arts Editor

Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer

Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer is a junior double-majoring in journalism and cinema studies. Nico is also a consumer of media: film, music, books — you name it! You can follow him over at @nicopedrero on Instagram, stalk his audiovisual...

Alex Tran
Culture Editor

Alex Tran

Alex Tran is a senior majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She's in love with culinary art, environmental protection and media production, with a life-long dream of driving a food truck across the country. While she's...

Roshni Raj
Culture Editor

Roshni Raj

Roshni Raj is a junior double majoring in neural science and anthropology with a minor in chemistry on the premedical track. Reading the morning newspaper as a child with her grandfather and observing cultural health practices...

Michelle Han
Opinion Editor

Michelle Han

Michelle Han is a junior studying public policy with interests in political communications and law. Besides spending a bit too much time on Politico's feed, she loves almost anything by Didion or Doctorow (a good essay rec. is...

Srishti Bungle
Opinion Editor

Srishti Bungle

Srishti Bungle is a junior at the College of Arts and Science majoring in history and minoring in creative writing and politics. She loves reading, crocheting and using WSN's opinion section as her own personal soapbox. When she's...

Caitlin Hsu
UTA Publishing Editor

Caitlin Hsu

Caitlin Hsu is most known for dressing like a cooler version of your dad. If you start a conversation with her, it is almost guaranteed that she'll show you pictures of her cat, mention that she's learning Russian or tell you...

Sydney Barragan
UTA Publishing Editor

Sydney Barragan

Sydney Barragan is a CAS sophomore majoring in journalism and public policy. If she's not answering my phone, she's probably asleep, watching a Dodgers game or three lattes deep at Newsbar. Sydney is from Orange County, California,...

Anthony Ferrara
Abroad Editor

Anthony Ferrara

Anthony Ferrara is a junior at the Stern School of Business studying finance with a minor in public policy. He’s originally from New Jersey, but studied abroad in London last semester and won’t stop faking a British accent....

Ryan Kawahara
Web Director

Ryan Kawahara

Ryan Kawahara is a sophomore at Tandon majoring in Integrated Design and Media. He’s a huge movie and history buff as well as an avid runner and tennis player. He enjoys creative coding but also gets made fun of a lot for not...

Gillian Blum
Copy Chief

Gillian Blum

Gillian Blum is a CAS first-year studying journalism and politics. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but can navigate a Disney park better than her hometown. She is an exact mix of Peter Parker and Amy Santiago — she...

Max Tiefer
Copy Chief

Max Tiefer

Max Tiefer is a Tisch senior and Scottish noble majoring in film and television. As a child, he developed a passion for storytelling after burning down the set of his first short film, and spent the following years mastering his...

Mitesh Shrestha
Sports Editor

Mitesh Shrestha

Mitesh Shrestha likes sports, rap music and more things like that. Follow his Twitter for more entertaining writing.

Aaliya Luthra
Illustration Editor

Aaliya Luthra

Aaliya is a junior in MCC who likes binge watching Bojack Horseman, reading fiction novels and making art. Follow her IG @littleredbookillustrations for more!

Camila Ceballos
Photo Editor

Camila Ceballos

Camila Ceballos is a first-year at the College of Arts and Science studying international relations. She's originally from Medellín, Colombia, and loves yoga, politics, sustainable fashion and reading. Talk to her about the Lakers...

Edward Franco
Video Director

Edward Franco

Edward Franco is a first-year majoring in journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis at CAS and minoring in documentary and producing at Tisch. He is proud to be a Colombian American originally from the magic city: Miami, Florida....

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Social Media Editor

Luca Richman

Luca Richman is a Steinhardt sophomore majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. Originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey, he is passionate about the intersection of social media, journalism, and entertainment. He is also a...

Samson Tu
Photo Editor

Samson Tu

Samson Tu is a sophomore in Liberal Studies aiming to major in politics and Media, Culture, and Communication. His nationality is Taiwanese, but whether Taiwan is a country is up for debate. He is more than willing to have this...

Vaishnavi Naidu
Audio Editor

Vaishnavi Naidu

Vaishnavi Naidu is a CAS junior double-majoring in journalism and psychology. She loves audio and creative writing just as much as news stories and is always looking for an excuse to write a sappy love ode. In her free time, you'll...

Carmo Moniz
Deputy News Editor

Carmo Moniz

Carmo Moniz is a CAS first-year studying journalism and political science. You can find her getting lost in the city and rewatching John Mulaney specials.

A portrait of Kayla Hardersen.
Senior Staff Writer

Kayla Hardersen

Kayla Hardersen is a CAS senior double-majoring in journalism and politics. She was born and raised in a Chicago suburb and always welcomes healthy debate on whether or not deep-dish pizza is, in fact, lasagna. Pro tip: it is...

Lauren Ashe
Senior Staff Writer

Lauren Ashe

Lauren Ashe is a first-year double-majoring in journalism and politics. Outside of the newsroom she can be found reading books, checking out art, browsing flower shops and taking film photos. You can email her at [email protected]

A portrait of Maria Freyre.
Senior Staff Writer

Maria Freyre

Maria Freyre is a junior double majoring in Journalism and Media, Culture, and Communication. Her idols are Taylor Swift, Anne Boleyn and the Brontes. You can find her listening to 1812 Overture, eating oatmeal, watching period...

Gabriel Hawthorne
Deputy News Editor

Gabriel Hawthorne

Gabe Hawthorne is a sophomore from Arizona double-majoring in economics and environmental studies with a minor in Global Public Health. In his free time, he can be found spending time with friends, running by the water, or trying...

Gabby Lozano
Dining Editor

Gabby Lozano

Gabby Lozano is a senior studying Global Liberal Studies and minoring in food studies. After NYU, she aspires to work as a digital reporter or producer, but her dream is to become the next Anthony Bourdain. When she's not in school...

Mayee Yeh
Identity & Equity Editor

Mayee Yeh

Mayee Yeh is a junior studying linguistics and applied psychology. When not writing, they're probably trying to catch up on the Wordle archive or listening to not-BDSM podcasts. You can find them on Instagram @mayeeyeh.

Photo of Vivian Stockley
Beauty & Style Editor

Vivian Stockley

Vivian Stockley is a CAS sophomore studying journalism and international relations, with a minor in Russian. She loves her cats, fish and lizards and anything vintage. Find her on Instagram @vivianfarrellstockley.

Isabella Armus
Deputy Arts Editor

Isabella Armus

Isabella Armus is a senior majoring in cinema studies with a double minor in creative writing and anthropology. She loves trash TV, botching recipes, and taking blurry pictures of people’s dogs. Follow @isabellaarmus on Instagram...

JP Pak
Film & TV Editor

JP Pak

JP Pak is a CAS sophomore studying English and history with a minor in the business of entertainment. Originally from Denver, Co., he loves writing about film, television and developments in the entertainment business. JP is pretty...

Yas Akdag
Music Editor

Yas Akdag

Yas Akdag is a sophomore studying recorded music at the Clive Davis Institute. When she's not consumed by Ableton, she's probably getting French toast bagels or raving about Diet Coke. Find her on Instagram @yasakdaag.

Alexandra Cohen
Deputy Opinion Editor

Alexandra Cohen

Alexandra Cohen is a first-year at NYU studying politics and philosophy. She's a loud, short, Jewish girl from Los Angeles, and you'll typically find her playing along with Jeopardy, writing about anything and everything, and...

Jules Roscoe
Deputy Opinion Editor

Jules Roscoe

Jules Roscoe is a CAS sophomore studying journalism and linguistics with a minor in Latin and Greek. They're unapologetically from Massachusetts — go Red Sox — and they love studying new languages. They believe academia is...

Lorraine Olaya
Abroad Copy Chief

Lorraine Olaya

Lorraine Olaya is a CAS junior 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. When she's not drowning...

Kiersten Dugan
UTA Profiles Editor

Kiersten Dugan

Kiersten Dugan is a sophomore at the College of Arts and Science studying journalism and international relations. You can find her buying $8 chai lattes and power-walking to class or on Instagram @kierstendug.

Ariana Wahab
Deputy Copy Chief

Ariana Wahab

Ariana Wahab is a CAS first-year studying psychology. Her main personality traits are being from just outside the city (Westchester, New York) and functioning on no sleep. In her spare time, you can find her binge-watching TV...

Sam Spray
Deputy Copy Chief

Sam Spray

Sam Spray is a Tisch first-year double majoring in cinema studies and art history. She is from the middle of nowhere in Michigan, and once had a hawk who lived in her backyard that her family named Waldo. She truly believes that...

Aleksandra Goldberg
UTA Voices Editor

Aleksandra Goldberg

Aleksandra Goldberg is a CAS senior studying English, creative writing and journalism. When she’s not writing she can often be found spilling her drink for no good reason, working through her Goodreads challenge, or arriving...

Ivy Zhu
UTA Senior Editor

Ivy Zhu

Ivy Zhu is a junior at the College of Arts and Science studying chemistry and journalism. Some of her favorite things to do in the city are going out to eat with friends, visiting museums and public parks or watching TikToks in...

Sunny Sequeira
UTA Staff Editor

Sunny Sequeira

Sunny Sequeira is a baker, painter and resident hoodie lover. You’ll usually find them analyzing and critiquing media, trying out new recipes or looking at pictures of cats. They’re majoring in English at CAS with a concentration...

Ben Galloway
Features Staff

Ben Galloway

Ben Galloway is a Gallatin sophomore concentrating in journalism and queer and feminist studies. He loves listening to radio and podcasts along with writing and reporting longform stories. You can find him on Instagram at @benjamin.galloway.

Nandini Gupta
Features Staff

Nandini Gupta

Nandini Gupta is a sophomore studying journalism and dramatic literature. You can find her geeking out about BTS (she’s Jimin biased) whenever she’s not writing novels and plays and making YouTube videos. Find her on Instagram...

Alexandra Chan
Editor-at-Large

Alexandra Chan

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...

Kristian Burt
Editor-at-Large

Kristian Burt

Kristian Burt is a sophomore at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, concentrating in journalism, international politics and media ethics. He's from Westchester, New York, and can often be found arguing over whether or...

Joey Hung
Editor-at-Large

Joey Hung

Joey H***'s Instagram is @joeyalison but she hasn't posted since Thanksgiving. She's trying to complete a degree in Media, Culture, and Communication. Wish her luck!