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Washington Square News

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

Aashna Miharia

Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor

Aashna Miharia is a first-year studying journalism and public policy with a minor in business studies. She’s from the Boston area and a novelist, coffee enthusiast and lover of independent bookstores. You can usually find her listening to an audiobook while wandering around New York City or on Instagram @aashnamiharia.

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Beyond NYU: Writing to help women combat social media’s toxic impact

Kara Alaimo used her interest in gender studies to help create sustainability goals within the United Nations, write articles for CNN Opinion and publish books.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor April 18, 2024

CAS alum Kara Alaimo is encouraging women to overcome the problematic nature of social media through her new book, “Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and...

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RAs unionize, demand university recognition

A majority of resident assistants on campus recently unionized, and are now demanding that NYU recognize them as a formal union.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor April 17, 2024

Around 25 people, including about 15 resident assistants part of the union Student Workers At NYU, demanded university recognition for the group in a letter to President Linda...

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3 professors named Guggenheim Fellows

Two Steinhardt professors and one Institute of Fine Arts professor were awarded fellowships to expand their work in the arts.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor April 15, 2024

Three NYU faculty members received Guggenheim fellowships to complete fine arts projects in their respective fields. The professors were among over 3,000 applicants this year and...

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What to do this week: Earth Day, farmers markets and more

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: April 15 - 21.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor April 14, 2024

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University research hub receives over $1 million in funding from New York senator

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is gifting $1.15 million from the United States’ annual federal budget to allocate toward NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor April 5, 2024

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge received $1.15 million from New York Sen. Chuck Schumer through a Congressionally Directed Spending request — a portion of the federal...

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Beyond NYU: From books to ballads

Ambrose Getz was unsure where she would end up when she first arrived at NYU. Now, she is releasing music and performing it across New York City.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor April 4, 2024

CAS alum Caroline Getz, who goes by the stage name Ambrose Getz, came to NYU with a love for music, ready to take full advantage of New York City’s spirited and vibrant entertainment...

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Campus Safety responds to wave of assaults near Washington Square Park

The Department of Campus Safety said it “is aware of reports on social media” of women being assaulted in several New York City neighborhoods, including near NYU’s Washington Square campus.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 29, 2024

Multiple women have shared stories online of being punched in neighborhoods throughout New York City, including areas near Washington Square Park and Union Square. NYU’s Department...

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Beyond NYU: A shy guy’s transformation into Broadway success

After studying music composition and musical theater writing at NYU, Steinhardt and Tisch alum Joe Iconis is creating musicals in unconventional ways.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 28, 2024

When Steinhardt alum Joe Iconis started studying music composition at NYU, he said he was known as being shy with a musical-loving personality. He said it was this introverted...

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‘It’s better than nothing’: NYU partially reopens Kimmel stairs

The university reopened a section of the Kimmel stairs this week, five months after closing it due to heightened protest activity near campus.
Aashna Miharia and Dharma Niles March 27, 2024

NYU has reopened a section of the Kimmel Center for University Life’s Grand Staircase, according to a Tuesday email to the university community from executive vice president...

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NYU moves to dismiss antisemitism lawsuit brought by Jewish students

The university called for the lawsuit, which accuses it of indifference toward antisemitic incidents on campus, to be dismissed earlier this month.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 25, 2024

NYU is looking to dismiss a November lawsuit filed by three Jewish students that accuses the university of indifference toward antisemitism and of violating federal civil rights...

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What to do this week: Ax throwing, an Easter parade and more

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: March 25 - 31.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 24, 2024

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Beyond NYU: A global jazz singer’s journey to becoming a Grammy winner

From studying vocal performance at NYU to winning a Grammy, Steinhardt alum Nicole Zuraitis is finding ways to share her love for jazz with the world.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 14, 2024

Steinhardt alum Nicole Zuraitis grew up listening to music from bands like Led Zeppelin, always knowing that she wanted to share her knack for music with the world. Zuraitis eventually...

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NYU Langone expands its health care practices to Queens

The new facility marks the medical center’s second location in the borough and aims to serve 13,000 patients each year.
Aashna Miharia and Maisie Zipfel March 8, 2024

NYU Langone Health opened a care facility in Laurelton, Queens on Tuesday. The 7,200-square-foot space — the medical center’s second location in Queens — will be used to...

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Beyond NYU: Mastering movies and music videos

Tisch alum Jason Baum moved across the country to produce music videos for some of the music industry’s biggest artists. He now has five Grammy nominations and one Grammy win under his belt.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 7, 2024

Tisch alum Jason Baum initially entered the school’s Undergraduate Film & Television program with limited industry experience, but has since transformed into an award-winning...

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Students protest NYU Bookstore’s ties to Nike

The students are demanding that the university cut ties with Nike until the company pays wages owed to workers at a factory in Thailand.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor March 4, 2024

Around 20 students met inside the NYU Bookstore on Friday before picketing outside to demand that the university cut its contract with Nike, following accusations of not paying...

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Beyond NYU: Switching medicine for music business

CAS alum Mir Hwang co-founded GigFinesse to help emerging artists reach the big stage.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 29, 2024

CAS alum Mir Hwang struggled to balance his love for music and creativity while majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry on the pre-medical track. During his senior year,...

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Ex-NYU finance director pleads guilty in $3.5 million fraud scheme

Cindy Tappe, who worked as an administrator for the university until 2018, will face five years of probation and pay restitution for embezzling around $3.5 million in New York state grants.
Aashna Miharia and Maisie Zipfel February 28, 2024

A former NYU finance director pleaded guilty to diverting around $3.3 million in state funds to fictitious companies and using some of the money — around $660,000 — to pay...

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What to do this week: Violet 100, a salsa dancing event and more

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Feb. 26 - March 3.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 25, 2024

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Beyond NYU: How 2 brothers went from creating art to opening a gallery

Sam Kapp and his twin brother always had a passion for making art. Now, they work together to run their own gallery in New York City.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 22, 2024

CAS alum Sam Kapp always loved to create art with his twin brother, Daniel, but didn’t consider it something he could pursue professionally. After graduating in 2017, the Kapp...

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Court dismisses claims in alum’s Title IX suit over Tisch ‘blacklist’

A Tisch alum accused of sexual misconduct on an anonymous “blacklist” sued NYU over how the university addressed his concerns. The court dismissed his federal claims earlier this month.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 21, 2024

Over a year after an anonymous list accusing film students of misconduct emerged in the Tisch School of the Arts, the court dismissed claims in an alumnus’ lawsuit that NYU violated...

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Beyond NYU: Making musicals come to life in the Midwest

Steinhardt alum Kelsey McDaniel is taking her passion for musical theater across the country by creating her own production company in Indianapolis.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 15, 2024

From taking part in competitive dancing as a kid to later discovering the world of theater in high school, Steinhardt alum Kelsey McDaniel’s love for musical performance began...

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‘Publish or Perish’: The dark side of tenured professorship

As tenured professorships become harder and harder to find, the pressure to publish research is taking priority over quality and integrity in academia.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 11, 2024

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Beyond NYU: When music meets ‘Mean Girls’

Steinhardt sophomore Mahi Alam marked his big debut on the silver screen with the musical remake of the iconic early 2000s film “Mean Girls.”
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 8, 2024

Steinhardt sophomore Mahi Alam grew up watching the cult classic “Mean Girls,” but now he’s taking his relationship to the movie a step further. In just his first year at...

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Langone purchases $33 million building in Florida

The new building will expand NYU Langone Health’s presence in Florida, where it will now have four locations.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor February 5, 2024

NYU Langone Health purchased a $33 million building in West Palm Beach, Florida on Feb. 1, marking the medical center’s third location in the city and its fourth in the state....

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What to do this week: A book talk, Lunar New Year celebrations and a film festival

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Jan. 29 - Feb. 4.
Aashna Miharia, Deputy News Editor January 28, 2024

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Winter recap: The news you missed at NYU over break

A recent donation to president Linda Mills’ new financial aid initiative, the end of an anti-racism workshop and all the other news on campus since you’ve been gone.

As you get ready for spring semester classes to begin, here is some news from around campus that you may have missed over the break. Read more for updates on financial aid, a canceled...

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NYU Law Policing Project to collaborate on Minneapolis public safety plan

The Minneapolis City Council recently approved a $1 million contract with NYU Law’s Policing Project that will help the city define future strategies for public safety.
Aashna Miharia, Staff Writer December 13, 2023

NYU’s Policing Project, a law enforcement reform project operating under the School of Law, will examine the effectiveness of the public safety system in Minneapolis through...

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Village residents threaten to sue NYU if local Morton Williams isn’t saved

Greenwich Village residents demanded that NYU and city authorities preserve the Morton Williams supermarket near the Paulson Center — which is at risk of being demolished — on Sunday afternoon.
Aashna Miharia, Staff Writer December 12, 2023

A group of Greenwich Village residents said they would file a lawsuit against NYU if it does not preserve a local supermarket sitting on university-owned land. The supermarket,...

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SGA calls for Gov. Hochul to sign reparations bill at rally

Members of the student government called on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that would establish a commission to study reparations to African American New Yorkers at a rally in Washington Square Park.
Aashna Miharia, Staff Writer December 4, 2023

Around 25 students gathered at Washington Square Park on Friday in support of a New York state Senate bill that would establish a commission for the study of reparations to descendants...

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What is NYU’s Prison Education Program?

Last month, President Linda Mills announced that the university’s Prison Education Program — which has helped hundreds of incarcerated people in New York earn college credit at no cost — will now provide bachelor’s degrees.
Aashna Miharia and Dharma Niles November 30, 2023

Every semester since 2015, 50 to 60 incarcerated people at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York have enrolled in college courses through NYU’s Prison Education...

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Pro-Palestinian students and faculty call JPMorgan, universities ‘complicit’ in Israel-Hamas war

Students and faculty at NYU, Columbia University and the City University of New York held a teach-in at JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New York headquarters on Friday.
Aashna Miharia, Staff Writer November 21, 2023

Pro-Palestinian students and faculty at NYU, Columbia University and the City University of New York criticized the institutions for their relationships to corporations that allegedly...

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Students and faculty join nationwide strike at Astor Place Starbucks

Members of NYU’s Young Democratic Socialists of America and NYU faculty joined a protest outside the Astor Place Starbucks on Thursday, calling on the company to improve working conditions for employees in a daylong nationwide strike.
Aashna Miharia and Luke McCrory November 17, 2023

Dozens of students and faculty gathered outside the Starbucks location on Astor Place Thursday morning, joining a nationwide strike calling for better working conditions, wages...

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NYU Langone to study AI detection for blood clot conditions

The medical center is working with ultrasound artificial intelligence company ThinkSono to study how it could help health care workers detect blood clots in deep veins using AI.
Aashna Miharia, Contributing Writer November 16, 2023

NYU Langone Health is conducting a study to look at how artificial intelligence can help untrained health care workers perform ultrasound scans to detect blood clots in veins....

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Bobst Library to undergo more renovations in coming months

The library’s newly designed ground floor was revealed to the NYU community last week, with more changes, including a coffee shop and new carpeting, to come within the next few months.
Aashna Miharia, Contributing Writer October 24, 2023

Bobst Library unveiled its first-floor renovation on Oct. 17, but NYU is already planning additional changes to the space, such as adding a coffee shop, modifying the existing...

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Tisch establishes new master’s degree in virtual film production

The Tisch School of the Arts will offer a graduate program in virtual production beginning next fall in an effort to train students to work with contemporary filmmaking technology.
Aashna Miharia, Contributing Writer October 11, 2023

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will become one of the first institutions to offer a one-year master’s degree program in virtual production starting next fall. The program...

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NYU researchers measure anti-Asian bias across the country

Researchers at the university found that a state’s party leaning and its population of people of Asian descent are associated with its levels of anti-Asian bias.
Aashna Miharia, Contributing Writer September 29, 2023

Republican-majority and swing states are more prone to stereotyping Asians and Asian Americans as foreigners, according to a study led by NYU Silver School of Social Work Ph.D....

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Author Clint Smith speaks on bestselling book at NYU Reads event

This year’s NYU Reads author, Clint Smith, spoke about his book, “How the Word Is Passed” at a Monday discussion with Interim Provost Georgina Dopico.
Aashna Miharia and Yasmeen Rifai September 20, 2023

Award-winning author Clint Smith sat down with Interim Provost Georgina Dopico to discuss his 2021 book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across...