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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

Alejandro Villa Vasquez

Alejandro Villa Vasquez, Deputy Managing Editor

Alejandro Villa Vásquez is a sophomore studying English and Creative Writing at CAS. He dreams of writing something worth publishing someday, as well as becoming a high school teacher. The things that make him happiest include works written by and about Sylvia Plath, female-fronted anime series and anything smothered in hot sauce. With a casual passion for fashion, you can find him in his natural habitat of the thrift store scouring for trousers, Mary Janes and any other dusted treasures he can get his paws on.

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A white desk is centered below a painting of two birds. Alejandro Villa Vasquez shares his zoom set up. (Photo by Alejandro Villa Vasquez)

Photo: Finishing college from home: students reflect on a remote final semester

May 7, 2021

A white desk is centered below a painting of two birds. Alejandro Villa Vasquez shares his zoom set up. (Photo by Alejandro Villa Vasquez)

Homelessness Isn’t Something You Can Scrub Off the Streets

Homelessness Isn’t Something You Can Scrub Off the Streets

Acknowledging that the systems which are meant to help homeless people need immense restructuring is more urgent than ever.
Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Contributing Writer Feb 7, 2019

This isn’t the first time a picture taken of homeless people has sparked debate about the potentially — and almost invariably — exploitative nature of photographing them,...

(Photo by Katie Peurrung)

Arystan Tatishev | How ‘Memebers’ Create Community

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Deputy Managing Editor Dec 6, 2018

The coffee shop on Mercer Street where I met Arystan Tatishev was bustling, despite it being a Friday night. No one would expect the international student studying Mechanical...

Jaboukie Young-White performs at Kimmel on Thursday night.

Jaboukie Young-White Lights up Kimmel With Laughter

On and off stage, Jaboukie Young-White turns out to be just the hip and conscientious artist his fans thought he was.
Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Deputy Managing Editor Oct 1, 2018
On and off stage, Jaboukie Young-White turns out to be just the hip and conscientious artist his fans thought he was.
Welcome Week introduces first year students to the university and includes a number of events to get them situated in the city.

When Welcome Week Isn’t Welcoming

A week that held so much promise disappointed in the end.
Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Deputy Managing Editor Sep 3, 2018
A week that held so much promise disappointed in the end.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves to the graduates as he makes his way to the stage.

NYU’s Class of 2018 Shines Through the Showers at 186th Commencement

The Class of 2018 wouldn't the rain stop them from graduating in Yankee Stadium. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NYU President Andrew Hamilton rounded out the ceremony with remarks of promise for the graduating class.
Dean of the Silver School of Social Work Neil Guterman making his first address as the newest dean of the school.

Silver School of Social Work Commencement ’18

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief May 15, 2018

Located in the tranquil neighborhood of Morningside Heights, United Palace hosted the Silver School of Social Work’s 2018 Commencement. Upon entering, it becomes obvious...

Your Shoes Are Classist, And So Are You

Your Shoes Are Classist, And So Are You

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief Apr 26, 2018
Homeless chic fashion is offensive and insensitive to the plights of poverty.
John Krasinksi in A Quiet Place.

Staff Recs: Intelligent Horror Films

In honor of "A Quiet Place" getting a sequel and "Get Out" winning an Oscar, WSN has compiled a list of the most intelligent horror films for your viewing pleasure.
Racial Purgatory: Between Black and White

Racial Purgatory: Between Black and White

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief Apr 16, 2018
There is standard of Black and White within society; however, between these two colors exists many others who don't fit the two color mold.
Kali Uchis debut album Isolation.

Cool and Colombian: Kali Uchis’ ‘Isolation’

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief Apr 12, 2018
Kali Uchis brings Spanish lyrics and Latin culture to the fore of her debut album "Isolation." Uchis is the hero she describes in lead single “After the Storm.”
Don’t Invade My Language, Too

Don’t Invade My Language, Too

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief Apr 8, 2018
The term 'Latinx' is a form of linguistic imperialism that should not be legitimized. Instead, the term 'Latine' should be used as an alternative for people who don't identify as Latino or Latina.
Lorde headlined the Melodrama tour Wednesday night in Barclays Center.

Staff Recs: Best Lorde Songs

In honor of the Melodrama Tour's stop in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, WSN has compiled a list of the best Lorde songs.
The Atomic Age of Anime

The Atomic Age of Anime

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief Apr 4, 2018
The decimation of Hiroshima and Nagaski is known throughout the world today, but what few people care to investigate is how manga and anime allowed for Japan's healing process to manifest in artistic, cathartic, everlasting forms.
Clockwise from top left, album covers from The Arctic Monkeys, Slowdive, Anderson .Paak , and Kim Petras.

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Spring into Spring With

Say goodbye to winter with our playlist of songs to spring into spring with!
The cast of Seinfeld.

Staff Recs: Best Shows to Binge on a Snow Day

Whether summer lethargy or winter blizzards are responsible for your next binge-watching stint, WSN is here with a few of our favorite television shows to get the job done.
This week’s staff recommendations is on what film should win Best Picture for the 2018 Oscars.

Staff Recs: Who Should Win Best Picture

The WSN Staff makes a case for which "Best Picture" nominees should take home the top prize at the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday.
A variety of leafy greens and other salad ingredients.

Staff Recs: Best Leafy Green

The WSN Staff has compiled a list of the best leafy green for your next salad. Lettuce begin!
A still of the friend group of “That’s So Raven”.

Staff Recs: Best TV Friend Groups

In light of Galentine’s Day recent passing, the WSN Staff compiled a list of our favorite friend groups on television.
Oxford Fashion Studio Group Show: Rachel Pollack, Shabeeg, Mirochoa B. Zarina F/W 2018

Oxford Fashion Studio Group Show: Rachel Pollack, Shabeeg, Mirochoa B. Zarina F/W 2018

Alejandro Villa Vásquez, Copy Chief Feb 11, 2018

  Located next to the fuming Hudson River, and hidden amidst foggy skyscrapers is the minimalist-inspired Studio 450. The walls are white waterfalls and the bare ceilings...

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Cry To

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Cry To

The WSN Staff compiled a playlist of the best songs to cry to this Valentine's Day. Sit back, relax and feel all the feels.

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