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All content by Aashna Agarwal
A lot of students suffer from heavy debt burden for student loan. (Via Facebook)

NYU Students Don’t Know if the Degree Is Worth the Debt

Students and alumni of the university talk loans and the school’s hefty price tag.
Aashna Agarwal, Contributing Writer November 11, 2019

Phillip Youmans was 17 when he started production of his feature film “Burning Cane,” 18 when he submitted it to Tribeca Film Festival as an NYU first-year and 19 when he became...

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Book Cover. (via facebook)

5 Books About Motherhood for Mother’s Day

These books depict the raw beauty and contradictions present in mothers and motherhood.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer May 10, 2019

Relationships are hard. Relationships with our parents can be even harder. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five books that explore motherhood and the ways it intersects with...

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The exterior of The Lit. Bar, a new independent bookstore and wine bar in the Bronx. It is currently the only bookstore in the entire borough. (Photo by Aashna Agarwal).

Noëlle Santos Brings Books Back to the Bronx

The Lit. Bar, the borough’s first bookstore since the local branch of Barnes & Noble closed in 2016, held its grand opening ceremony this past Saturday.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer May 1, 2019

After coming across a petition in 2014 to save Barnes & Noble — the lone surviving bookstore in the Bronx — Noëlle Santos knew she had to do something. That Barnes &...

“Safe Sex” (1985) by Keith Haring, included in “Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989” at the Grey Art Gallery. The exhibit, part of which is also on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, includes many works that address the AIDS crisis and the Reagan administration’s inaction. (Alana Beyer)

Grey Art Gallery Pays Tribute to the Art That Came From Stonewall

NYU’s art gallery celebrated its long-awaited “Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989” exhibit with a reception last week.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer April 29, 2019

Commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall riots that helped ignite the modern gay rights movement, NYU’s Grey Art Gallery is now showing “Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989,”...

Historian and NYU curator Hugh Ryan. His new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, works to uncover the erased queer history of the borough. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

‘When Brooklyn Was Queer’ Uncovers the Borough’s Buried History

NYU contributing curator Hugh Ryan talks his new projects, including a book on the queer history of Brooklyn and two exhibitions on the same subject.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer April 22, 2019

What started as a pop-up museum in part-time NYU curator Hugh Ryan’s Bushwick loft eventually transformed into a quest to uncover Brooklyn’s queer history. The pop-up was expected...

From left, Ray Fanara, one of two actors playing Poseidon, Gabriella Kessler, playing Athena, and Wes Braver, writer and member of the band, prepare for their performance. (Photo by Mark T Evans)

Behind the Script of Tisch’s ‘Medusa’

“Medusa” contributes to a long overdue conversation about the intersection of race and assault against women in an empowering, accessible way.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer April 8, 2019

“Medusa,” a new musical presented by Tisch Drama’s New Studio on Broadway, sheds light on how long humans have been grappling with assault at the hands of men in power. Based...

Jonathan Capeci of Nightly at their early show this past Wednesday at the Mercury Lounge. (Photo by Aashna Agarwal)

Nashville’s Nightly Embraces the Lower East Side With Upbeat Alt-Pop

The duo promoted their two latest singles, “No Call, No Reply” and “Twenty Something," which released March 29.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer April 2, 2019

Fans carried both school backpacks and office briefcases into the Mercury Lounge on Houston Street last Wednesday in anticipation of Nightly’s early show. It was the first time...

Book cover for Educated (via Facebook)

Five Books by and About Women for International Women’s Day

If you’re looking for books that offer both realistic and dynamic depictions of women this March, here are some memoirs, novels and poetry collections that do just that.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer March 8, 2019

Beyond the Bechdel Test, I’ve found that my standards for gender equality in books are basically nonexistent. In honor of International Women’s Day, here are five refreshing...

Liv Rocklin, winning Ultraviolet Live (via Facebook)

Liv Rocklin Wins the UltraViolet Live Talent Show

Steinhardt first-year talks her latest set, pre-show rituals and her journey to musical comedy.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer February 26, 2019

For years, Steinhardt first-year Liv Rocklin wanted to be a country singer. Last Thursday, she won the UltraViolet Live talent show for her musical comedy act. Rocklin found...

The Kimmel Center for University Lifes window gallery show Rosie Won the War. (Staff Photo by Jorene He)

Recasting Rosie the Riveter

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock juxtapose contemporary women and the making of the U.S. women’s rights movement in their newest exhibit, “Rosie Won the War,” in the Kimmel Windows Gallery.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer February 11, 2019

Portraits of women in power poses woo passersby at the intersection of LaGuardia Place and West Third Street, courtesy of artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock. Their exhibit...

Billy Lemos headlining at Mercury Lounge this past Friday. (Photo by Colin Tunney ‘21)

Clive Davis’ Harry Teardrop and James Ivy Bring Lo-Fi to the Lower East Side

The two music up-and-comers opened for Billy Lemos, who has garnered over 2 million streams on Spotify.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer February 4, 2019

NYU Clive Davis sophomores Harry Teardrop and James Ivy opened for headliner Billy Lemos Friday night at Mercury Lounge, playing to a room packed with fans and friends.  James...