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Abby Wilson is a senior at NYU studying journalism and English literature. She’s from a Chicago suburb and more Midwestern than she’d like to admit. If she’s not in the newsroom, she's probably getting lost somewhere in the city as she very often does — please send help!

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Shots fired near NYU Brooklyn campus

An alert sent to the NYU community just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday reported that shots were fired near the university’s Brooklyn campus.
Oct 4, 2022

Shots were reported near 2 MetroTech Center on NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering campus in Brooklyn, according to an email and text alert sent to members of the NYU community...

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Q&A: Kazuo Ishiguro on Joni Mitchell, ‘War and Peace’ and the future of storytelling

Oct 4, 2022

Kazuo Ishiguro — winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature — is an author, musician and screenwriter who was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and raised in Britain. From “The...

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Beyond NYU: Decoding inner-city stereotypes

Each week, WSN sits down with an NYU student, faculty member or alum who’s making change beyond NYU. SPS senior Aboubacar Sall shares how his media company works to deconstruct the negative stereotypes associated with under-resourced neighborhoods.
Oct 3, 2022

Bronx natives Aboubacar “AB” Sall and Fredo Figueroa have been confronted with negative stereotypes about their community all throughout their lives. After graduating from...

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Explained: The contract dispute between NYU and its adjunct faculty union

ACT-UAW Local 7902, the union representing adjunct workers at NYU, has begun voting to authorize a strike if negotiations for a new contract with the university fail.
Sep 28, 2022

The union representing NYU adjunct faculty began voting to authorize a strike on Monday, Sept. 26. If passed, the vote will allow adjunct faculty to call a strike if they are unable...

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Beyond NYU: Quitting vaping with judgment-free Jones

Each week, WSN sits down with an NYU student, faculty member or alum who’s making change beyond NYU. Stern MBA student Caroline Huber shares how the startup she founded with her childhood friend helps people quit vaping in a judgment-free environment.
Sep 23, 2022

Stern MBA student Caroline Huber and her childhood friend Hilary Dubin are on a mission to create the new Nicorette — a nicotine replacement chewing gum that was developed in...

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Security guard publicly masturbated outside NYU building, lawsuit claims

Sep 20, 2022

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault. A security guard employed by an NYU security contractor allegedly masturbated in front of a co-worker...

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Taxi workers begin to receive hard-won debt relief

After the New York Taxi Workers Alliance struck a deal with the city last fall, thousands of taxi drivers will see city-funded debt relief starting Monday, Sept. 19.
Sep 20, 2022

A city-backed debt relief guarantee won by New York taxi workers last November went into effect on Monday, Sept. 19, restructuring loans for thousands of drivers who have purchased...

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Beyond NYU: Betting on building healthy habits

Each week, WSN sits down with an NYU student, faculty member or alum who’s making change beyond NYU. CAS senior Tiffany Lee shares how a habit-building app — developed alongside a Tandon graduate student and an NYU Abu Dhabi alum — allows users to bet on their own success.
Sep 16, 2022

Tiffany Lee, a CAS senior, used to be a chronic procrastinator. She tried YouTube videos, self help books, podcasts and apps to tackle her time management problem, but nothing...

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NYU jumps 3 spots in latest U.S. News rankings

After a data reporting scandal, Columbia University dipped from No. 2 to No. 18 in yesterday’s U.S. News & World Reports rankings. NYU now sits at No. 25.
Sep 13, 2022

NYU is the 25th best college in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings released yesterday — a jump from No. 28 last year. Since 2016, when the university...

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Beyond NYU: Unmasking the lobbying industry

Each week, WSN sits down with an NYU student, faculty member or alum who’s making change beyond NYU. Neil Bhatia, a 2019 graduate, shares how he makes finances more transparent with his startup, Lobbying Data.
Sep 9, 2022

Last year, the U.S. lobbying industry received $3.7 billion in revenue — an all-time high. With more than $2 billion exchanged and more than 11,000 federal lobbyists having participated...

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Controversial abortion rights group stages ‘die-in’ at Union Sq.

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, a reproductive rights group that has faced criticism from other grassroots organizations, held a protest to make abortion legal nationwide on Labor Day.
Sep 7, 2022

Abortion activists, many of whom wore white pants stained with fake blood, staged a “die-in” at Union Square on Labor Day to call for legal abortion across the United States....

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Woman shot dead outside Union Square NYU dorm

An early morning shooting on Thursday left a young woman dead near Union Square. Neither a motive nor perpetrator have been identified.
Sep 2, 2022

At approximately 5 a.m. on Thursday, a 25-year-old woman was shot dead on the corner of 14th Street and Irving Place — directly across the street from NYU’s University Hall...

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Dorm storage company loses, damages NYU students’ belongings

Several students have been forced to replace and repurchase items after Dorm2Dorm — a storage and moving company for college students — delayed deliveries, damaged belongings and failed to return items.
Aug 30, 2022

Many NYU students have been met with delivery delays and have experienced a lack of communication from Dorm2Dorm, which offers storage for students over the summer and while they...

Salman Rushdie speaks at an event hosted by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU on April 19, 2022. (Washington Square News)

NYU faculty member Salman Rushdie in recovery after attack

Salman Rushdie, a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, was taken to a hospital Friday morning after he was stabbed in the neck while delivering a lecture in western New York state.
Aug 12, 2022

Salman Rushdie, renowned author and NYU faculty member, is in recovery after being stabbed about 10 times, including once in the neck, before delivering a lecture in western New...

NYU’s flagship development project, 181 Mercer, is scheduled to open by spring 2023. (Staff photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Billion-dollar NYU building at 181 Mercer Street nears completion

After years of disputes and delays, the construction of NYU’s flagship development is set to open for use at the start of the spring 2023 academic semester.
Aug 11, 2022

After nearly six years of construction, NYU’s 181 Mercer Street building — a 735,000-square-foot development including classrooms, study spaces, dining areas, athletic...

A young man wearing black pants and a light-colored short sleeve button-up shirt holds onto the side of a subway platform, standing on the tracks over another man who is laying down on the tracks.

Cornell student rescues man from subway tracks seconds before train arrives

Early Thursday morning, Cornell University student Bryce Demopoulos pulled a man off of the tracks at the Third Avenue-138 Street subway station station shortly before the No. 6 train arrived.
Aug 4, 2022

Bryce Demopoulos, a senior at Cornell University, pulled a stranger off of the subway tracks at a subway station in the Bronx just moments before a No. 6 train approached the station...

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NYU ’20, ’21, ’22 grads honored at double-header commencement 

Tens of thousands of NYU graduates were honored at two graduation ceremonies at Yankee Stadium on May 18, which featured singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and disability rights activist Judith Heumann as speakers.
May 20, 2022

NYU’s 188th and 189th commencement ceremonies honored the classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020 at Yankee Stadium on May 18. Tens of thousands of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and...

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Advice for incoming first-years from NYU’s newest graduates

NYU grads from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 shared memories and wisdom while attending their commencement ceremonies at Yankee Stadium on May 18.
May 20, 2022

Tens of thousands of NYU graduates came together to celebrate their achievements and reflect on their time at the university during two commencement ceremonies held at Yankee Stadium...

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Inside NYU’s troubled Campus Safety department

May 17, 2022
NYU Campus Safety officers speak out about their frustrations toward their leadership, and how an accreditation system and the university’s COVID-19 protocols have impacted their work.
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David Sabatini will not be hired by NYU

The former tenured MIT professor, who was forced out of three institutions following allegations of sexual misconduct, will no longer be considered for employment by NYU’s medical school.
May 3, 2022

David Sabatini will not be joining the NYU Grossman School of Medicine faculty, according to a spokesperson and the Grossman administration. In an email to the NYU Grossman...

A close-up shot of a group of protesters close together, all wearing masks. The signs in the front read “NYU Shame on You,” “Students Against Sabatini” and “Say No to Sabatini.” A screenshot of the NYU Langone Health Responds Twitter page is superimposed.

Langone Twitter account and anonymous MIT alums advocate for Sabatini

With NYU’s Grossman medical school facing backlash for considering hiring David Sabatini, the school and the biologist have been supported by his former colleagues and students.
May 2, 2022

As the NYU Grossman School of Medicine continues to consider hiring biologist David Sabatini, an NYU Langone Health Twitter account and several Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

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NYU Grossman admins defend potential Sabatini hiring, dispute allegations

Grossman School of Medicine administrators offered justifications for considering hiring David Sabatini — who was forced out of three institutions due to sexual misconduct allegations — in a forum on Thursday, April 28.
Apr 29, 2022

NYU Langone Health administrators defended the Grossman School of Medicine’s potential hiring of David Sabatini in an April 28 forum. The former Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

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NYU med school students, staff walk out to protest potential hiring of David Sabatini

Hundreds of community members at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine protested the potential hiring of David Sabatini, who resigned from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this month after sexual misconduct allegations.
Apr 28, 2022

More than 200 students and employees staged a walkout to protest the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s potential hiring of biologist David Sabatini outside the school’s Kimmel...

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NYU pres. had ‘strongly advised’ against med school’s potential hiring of MIT biologist accused of sexual misconduct

David Sabatini, a former tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who stepped down following sexual assualt allegations, is being considered for hiring by NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine despite community backlash.
Apr 27, 2022

NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine is considering hiring David Sabatini, a biologist who was fired from or forced to leave three other institutions after being accused of sexual...

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Relief in East Village after alleged Brooklyn shooter arrested

Frank James, the suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting, was arrested on Wednesday, April 13, after Zack Dahhan spotted him walking on the First Avenue sidewalk.
Apr 13, 2022

Zack Dahhan was repairing security cameras inside of Saifee Hardware & Garden in the East Village when he saw Frank James — the man accused of the mass shooting in a subway...

NYU president Andrew Hamilton standing in the NYU School of Global Public Health. Behind Andrew Hamilton, a purple banner hangs with the NYU logo and the words “School of Global Public Health” in white letters. Hamilton is wearing a black blazer, white button-up shirt and bright purple tie.

Hamilton to step down as NYU president next year

University president Andrew Hamilton will resign from his role on June 30, 2023, and later rejoin NYU as a CAS chemistry professor.
Apr 13, 2022

Andrew Hamilton will be stepping down as NYU’s president on June 30, 2023. After taking a sabbatical, he will join the College of Arts and Science as a professor in the chemistry...

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Provost Katherine Fleming to leave NYU for Getty Trust

Katherine Fleming, who has served as NYU’s chief academic officer since 2016, will preside over the J. Paul Getty Trust and its $9.2 billion endowment.
Apr 6, 2022

NYU provost Katherine Fleming was selected by the J. Paul Getty Trust, a multi-billion dollar cultural and philanthropic organization based in California, to be its next president...

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Gallatin appoints new dean

Victoria Rosner, the current dean of academic affairs at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, will become the dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU beginning July 15.
Apr 5, 2022

Victoria Rosner was appointed as the dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU on Monday, April 4, President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming announced....

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Students and staff left puzzled by new mask guidelines

After NYU lifted parts of its on-campus mask mandate earlier this week, community members are unsure of where exactly mask wearing is optional or required.
Apr 1, 2022

When students arrived at Palladium Athletic Facility’s turnstile on Thursday, March 31, they did not think they would need to wear a mask — some had shown up without them....

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NYU acceptance rate falls to 12.2% for 2022 admits

The university’s incoming class of 2026 is its most selective ever. NYU received more than 105,000 applications.
Mar 31, 2022

NYU’s undergraduate admissions rate dropped to 12.2% for the class of 2026, according to university admissions data released on Wednesday. More than 105,000 students applied...

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Student gov’t champions divestment and grad student pay

The Student Government Assembly passed resolutions proposed by Sunrise Movement NYU and a member of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee during its meeting on March 2.
Mar 7, 2022

The Student Government Assembly passed four resolutions addressing NYU’s divestment from the fossil fuel industry, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee’s demands for back...

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What to do this week: Bumper cars and a date night at the Met

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Feb. 21 to Feb. 27.
Feb 20, 2022

An art display for the Bronx fire 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 231 10th Ave. Free, open to the public More than two dozen local artists will feature their work at the West Chelsea...

While the omicron surge in New York City has died down, COVID-19 continues to impact supply chains and grocery prices. (Photo by Noma Mirny)

Empty shelves at the grocery store? Blame supply chain issues.

The uptick in product prices and lack of shelf stock have led New York City residents to reevaluate their food consumption habits.
Feb 17, 2022

Many grocery stores in New York City are struggling to keep their shelves stocked due to supply chain holdups and other remaining impacts of the omicron surge. To keep up with...

Patricia McSteen will join NYUs Department of Campus Safety as the senior associate vice president and deputy of campus safety. McSteen was previously the student affairs administrator and dean of students at Ohio University.

NYU campus safety hires new administrator

Patricia McSteen, Ohio University’s former dean of students, will join the campus safety department next week to bolster community outreach.
Feb 8, 2022

Patricia McSteen, a former interim senior associate vice president and dean of students at Ohio University, will join NYU’s campus safety department as the second in command....

The Donut Pub at Broadway and Astor Place is suffering the effects COVID-related inflation. Local businesses in New York City are feeling the burden of 40-year high inflation rates. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Local businesses wrestle with record inflation

With inflation rates reaching a near 40-year high, businesses around NYU are suffering from supply chain issues and increased costs.
Feb 3, 2022

National inflation rates peaked at 7% in late 2021, a figure unparalleled since the early 1980s. Some local businesses around NYU’s Washington Square campus report making difficult...

All NYU athletic facilities will remain closed until further notice. (Staff Photo by Luca Richman)

A guide to NYU’s spring 2022 reopening policies

As NYU resumes in-person instruction, read about the recommendations and requirements you need to know at the beginning of the spring semester.
Jan 24, 2022

Editor’s note: This article was published in January 2022. Guidelines and requirements from NYU may have since changed. NYU students, faculty and staff are set to return to...

Tech entrepreneur David Ko was recently introduced as a member of the NYU board of trustees. WSN sat down with Ko to talk about his plans for the university. (Photo by Raleigh Swick)

Becoming an NYU trustee: a conversation with David Ko

David Ko plans to advocate for entrepreneurship opportunities and student success as one of the newest members of NYU’s Board of Trustees.
Dec 6, 2021

Tech entrepreneur David Ko, one of NYU’s three newest trustees, recently spoke with WSN from his home in San Francisco about his involvement with NYU since graduating in 1993....

Renowned author Fran Lebowitz spoke at NYU’s Casa Italiana on Nov. 11. She shared her experiences as a writer and expressed her annoyance with NYU students. (Photo by Abby Wilson)

‘I’m like the slut of literature’: Fran Lebowitz speaks at NYU’s Casa Italiana

Renowned author Fran Lebowitz discussed style, her career and her annoyance with NYU students.
Nov 15, 2021

Known for her scathingly honest commentary, renowned author Fran Lebowitz graced the NYU community with her signature dry humor on Nov. 11. It was Casa Italiana’s first in-person...

A person wore a New York Taxi Workers Alliance T-shirt at the hunger strike on Oct. 20. The two-week hunger strike ended on Nov. 3 with a successful negotiation of a debt relief agreement. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

NYC taxi workers strike deal, end hunger strike

Taxi workers of New York City and their supporters ended a two-week hunger strike after negotiating a debt relief agreement with the city and a private equity firm.
Nov 8, 2021

A two-week hunger strike organized by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance ended on Nov. 3 after the union representing New York City taxi drivers negotiated a debt relief agreement...

CAS junior Karishma Chari (second from left) joined the New York Taxi Workers Alliance hunger strike for 52 hours in solidarity with the taxi drivers. Taxi drivers are calling for debt forgiveness and advocating for workers’ rights. (Photo by Hai Tu)

NYU student hunger strikes for 52 hours in solidarity with taxi drivers

Karishma Chari, who ended her fast on Tuesday morning, participated in the New York Taxi Workers Alliance’s hunger strike alongside taxi drivers campaigning for debt relief and workers’ rights.
Nov 3, 2021

For two and a half days, Karishma Chari didn’t eat. Her hunger strike was an act of solidarity with taxi drivers who reached 15 days on hunger strike Wednesday as part of the...

NYU Langone Health has announced a new “Cultural Heritage Day.” The announcement comes after Langone did not include Juneteenth, a federal holiday, on their 2022 calendar. (Photo by Nina Schifano, Staff Illustration by Jake Capriotti)

Instead of Juneteenth holiday, NYU Langone offers employees a ‘Cultural Heritage Day’

NYU Langone Health announced a new vacation day, which they are calling “Cultural Heritage Day,” after employees pointed out that the medical center’s 2022 holiday calendar did not include Juneteenth.
Oct 29, 2021

Juneteenth, a federal holiday on June 19 commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is not included on NYU Langone Health’s 2022 holiday calendar. Instead, the medical...

Members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance are on strike, protesting exploitative licensing regulations and calling for debt relief. The union began an indefinite hunger strike on Oct. 20 outside of City Hall. (Staff Photo by Sirui Wu)

‘Loss is not an option’: New York’s taxi drivers begin hunger strike

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance began its hunger strike at City Hall on Oct. 20. They are protesting against a proposed debt relief plan that they say will hurt drivers more than it will help them.
Oct 21, 2021

Members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, the union representing taxicab drivers in New York City, gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday night to mark the beginning of a...

Arts activism group Confront Art repainted their statue of George Floyd after it was vandalized on Oct. 3. The statue is part of the SEEINJUSTICE installation, which memorializes key figures from the 2020 racial injustice protests. (Staff Photo by Ryan Kawahara)

Union Square statue of George Floyd vandalized two days after unveiling

After a statue of George Floyd was defaced on Oct. 3, local activists and community members worked to restore and protect it.
Oct 13, 2021

A bronze bust of George Floyd in Union Square was vandalized in broad daylight on Oct. 3, just two days after it was unveiled to the public. The statue was restored the same day...

NYU employees have launched a farmstand free of charge near campus at Judson Memorial Church. Research shows that 50% of college students are affected by food insecurity. (Photo by ​​Camille Harvell)

NYU employees launch free farmstand to combat food insecurity on campus

The Minetta Creek Collective’s farmstand, set to launch on Oct. 6, reimagines the concept of a food bank for the NYU and Greenwich Village communities.
Oct 6, 2021

Three NYU administrators have established an organization aiming to combat food insecurity on and around NYU’s Washington Square campus. The Minetta Creek Collective will operate...

Many students are experiencing crowded classrooms in NYU buildings. The high-density classes contrast with the guidelines that NYU is implementing in other areas of student life. (Photo by Olivia Hughart)

Packed classrooms provoke COVID concerns

NYU returned to full in-person instruction this fall, but students are concerned about large class sizes, limited room for social distancing and contrasting rules for academic and non-academic spaces.
Sep 29, 2021

Despite the university’s COVID-19 guidelines for the fall 2021 semester, some students believe classroom regulations are too lenient. Students are frustrated that though on-campus...