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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

Addison Aloian

Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor

Addison is a Tisch-CAS sophomore studying Recorded Music at the Clive Davis Institute and Journalism from Tampa, Florida. When she’s not busy writing for WSN or hanging out with her Zeta Tau Alpha sisters, she can be seen shopping at Trader Joe’s, attempting a good at-home workout for those ~gains~, or complaining about the latest season of The Bachelor (but obviously still tuning in faithfully every week). She is always down to meet new people, try new restaurants or discuss the only sport she cares about, hockey (go Lightning). Find her on Instagram @addisonaloian and check out her blog on

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Several NYU couples choose to live together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Couples have had to make adjustments to their living situations, such as rearranging furniture and making lifestyle changes. (Staff Illustration by Charlie Dodge)

Moving in Together During a Pandemic: Why Now?

NYU couples tell stories of how COVID-19 impacted their relationship — including why it made them decide to live together.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor September 21, 2020

Attending college brings about new responsibilities for some, such as officially moving out of childhood homes, no longer living with parents and maybe even cooking for ourselves...

During Black Lives Matter movement in NYC, numerous protesters gathered in Washington Square Park. Thats just one of the multiple events that students staying in the city this summer were able to witness. (Photo by Addison Aloian)

A New York Like Never Before

Several students tell stories of what the city was really like this past summer.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor September 9, 2020

As New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus in March and NYU went online for the rest of the semester, many students left the city. But some students continued to...

Reading, roller skating, listening to true crimes podcast or making the best spicy fried chicken sandwich. We’ve all been there this quarantine season. (Photos by Scott Hogan, Guru Ramanathan, Leo Sheingate, Sasha Cohen. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

Culture Desk Faves: Our Quarantine Hobbies

WSN’s Culture desk shares the ways they found to cope with quarantine.

Having spent a majority of 2020 in quarantine, everyone’s had enough time on their hands to become a master baker, handwrite their autobiographies and watch every show Netflix...

Deputy Culture Editor Addison Aloian makes her sweet potato gnocchi recipe, topping it with sage, paprika, and cheese. Spending time in quarantine has allowed her to hone in on hobbies such as cooking. (Staff Photo by Addison Aloian)

The Meal That Got Me Through Quarantine

When quarantine boredom strikes, what better way to fill your time with than cooking some delicious sweet potato gnocchi?
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor September 1, 2020

While quarantine has allowed me to tap into many hobbies I never had time to explore previously, my favorite is cooking. I’ve used my extensive free time to get creative in the...

Tisch Clive Davis sophomore Madi Richardson started a new fitness blog called Madi Muscle. She aims to share workouts, recipes, music and inspiration through combining her interests in this hobby. (Photos via Madi Richardson, Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

Motivation with Madi Muscle

The Tisch sophomore gave me a run-down of her new Instagram, Madi Muscle.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor May 5, 2020

Madi Richardson is a Tisch sophomore studying Recorded Music at the Clive Davis Institute, but what makes her even cooler is her new fitness blog, Madi Muscle. An astute member...

Washington Square Park’s iconic fountain is often turned on when the weather begins to warm. Though the park provides a laid-back place to hang out on sunny days in the city, students reflect on enjoying spring in their respective hometowns.
(Staff Photo by Chelsea Li)

Getting in Touch With the Great Outdoors

Students discuss why this extended break away from the city isn’t as bad as we think.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor May 4, 2020

Due to the abrupt move to remote classes for the rest of the semester after the outbreak of COVID-19, some students have relocated miles away from New York City, either in their...

This is a simplified version suitable for college students of my grandmothers seafood pasta. Follow a few simple steps for a grand meal in no time. (Staff Photo by Addison Aloian)

A College-Friendly Homemade Delicacy

Ideas for a grand meal, dumbed down for the college student’s time and budget.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor April 29, 2020

With COVID-19 calling for social distancing, being away from New York City is daunting for many students, so I’ve been trying to focus on the positives of this situation. The...

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is a highly sought after internship by NYU students. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the way students are looking for summer internships. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

The Uncertain Future of Summer Internships

Students discuss the cancellation of their internships and the challenges presented through remote work over the summer.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor April 27, 2020

In the midst of COVID-19 and the uncertainties it has thrust upon the world, one of the biggest questions for students are the fate of their summer internships. Large media...

Tandons official form for changing majors requires students to fill out a reason. Hear from several students who realized they needed to change course. (Staff Photo by Chelsea Li)

Change Your Major, Change Your Life

Students rehash why they changed their majors and the new paths it led them down.
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor April 3, 2020

As 17-year-olds, we’re asked to make the life-altering decision of choosing a potential major to study when we apply to universities. We’re expected to choose a subject that...

Quarantine has given us plenty of free time. With salons and beauty parlors closed across the country, there are still ways you can practice self-care from the comfort of your home. (Staff Photo by Divya Nelakonda)

Creative Self-Care in Uncertain Times

Never have time to pamper yourself? Now you do!
Addison Aloian, Deputy Culture Editor April 2, 2020

Thinking of ways to still implement self-care into your routine despite all spas and salons having closed due to the coronavirus? Look no further — here are some creative hair...

Tisch sophomore Christian Corpening gives tarot card readings for other students. He was introduced to the practice last year in Washington Square Park. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Student Tarot Card Readers Unveil Their Supernatural Beliefs

While many people feel psychics and tarot cards are simply entertainment, these students suggest otherwise.
Addison Aloian, Contributing Writer March 2, 2020

As NYU students, we are lucky to be immersed in a diverse student body with many beliefs. Among us are those who feel a deeper connection to the universe, who practice the art...

Steinhardt sophomore Anneka Miller runs an Instagram account for her company, Tasty Teaspoon. She strives to promote a healthy, happy lifestyle through nutritious recipes.
 (Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

NYU Student Makes A Difference One Yummy Recipe At A Time

Nutrition student in the classroom to business owner on Instagram, this NYU student does it all.
Addison Aloian, Contributing Writer February 24, 2020

Steinhardt sophomore Anneka Miller made the Instagram account @atastyteaspoon for her business in Jan. 2019 as an outlet for her mental health. She used the account to help express...

Mokyo, an Asian-fusion restaurant, is located along St. Marks Place. Though its storefront may seem plain, the dishes Mokyo offers are anything but. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Make Way for Mokyo: Asian-Fusion Tapas to Die For

St. Marks Place’s new gem won’t stay hidden for long.
Addison Aloian, Contributing Writer February 18, 2020

The question I’m constantly asked by friends and family is, “What’s the best part of living in New York?” Without hesitation, one answer comes to mind: the food. New York City...

SERRA ALPINA by Birreria in Eataly is a trendy restaurant on social media. Despite the unique concept, it provided a rather underwhelming experience. (Staff photo by Alex Tran)

Trendy Italian Restaurant Puts Style Over Substance

Eataly’s elaborately decorated SERRA ALPINA by Birreria leaves much to be desired in terms of service and meal quality.
Addison Aloian, Contributing Writer February 12, 2020

When I returned to New York after being away for winter break, I was looking forward to one thing in particular: food. The restaurants in the city are arguably some of the best...

Sophomore Valentina Parra-Rodriguez with model Jacob Elordi. Students frequently run into celebrities in NYC. (Photo by Zendaya Coleman)

Lessons From Celebrity Encounters Told By NYU Students

These NYU students rehash their celebrity sightings around campus and discuss why they did or did not approach them.
Addison Aloian, Contributing Writer February 10, 2020

One of the best parts about living in New York is constant celebrity sightings. As NYU students, we can brag that we walk past stars on the daily whether it’s strolling by the...