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Ankita Bhanot

Ankita Bhanot, Deputy Features Editor

Ankita Bhanot is a Sophomore in NYU CAS studying Journalism and is stoked to be the Deputy Features Editor this fall. She was born and brought up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Unfortunately, she abides by the Californian stereotype and can often be heard saying "hella." When she's not writing features for WSN, Ankita likes to perform improv, listen to Kendrick Lamar and spend hours reading at Strand so she can avoid actually buying the book. She aspires to someday own a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. Follow her on Twitter.

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Charles Scootie Anderson and Michael Mikey Foster of producing duo Social House. (via instagram.com)

Behind the Scenes With the Producers of ‘thank u, next’

WSN speaks with Social House, the LA-based duo behind Ariana Grande's chart-topping hit.
Nov 18, 2018

The past month has been a big one for Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson. Their Los Angeles-based production collective, Social House, has had a hand...

Young Thug performing at Violet 100 earlier this year.

Mumble Rap: A Genre or a Joke?

Sep 24, 2018
The mumble rap genre includes artists like 21 Savage and Lil Uzi Vert, but it still has critics questioning its musical validity.
Young Thug performing at Terminal 5 on April 5. The concert was an NYU exclusive event hosted by NYU Student Government Assembly and Program Board.

Young Thug Headlines Violet 100 at Terminal 5

Apr 9, 2018
Young Thug graced the Terminal 5 stage on April 5 for NYU’s annual Violet 100 concert.
Rapper and musician Wyclef Jean performs during an event at the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life on Feb. 13, marking the end of his masterclass in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

In the Classroom with Wyclef Jean

Feb 19, 2018
Legendary rapper and musician Wyclef Jean came to NYU to hold a master class and conversation about his life, work and the state of the music business.

Jez Dior is an Alternative to Modern Rap

Oct 2, 2017
WSN sat down with hip-hop artist Jez Dior to discuss his style of music and his biggest inspirations.
In Prague, people seem less obsessed with their cellphones than those in the United States.

Prague: Learning to Reconnect From 4,000 Miles Away

Mar 9, 2017
Ankita Bhanot reflects on the culture of cellphones in America and in Prague.
Trdelnik is a popular pastry in Prague that originated in Slovakia a few years ago. The confection — rolled dough topped with cinnamon, sugar and walnuts — has become quite popular among tourists and comes with a variety of fillings.

Czeching Out Some Traditional Czech Cuisine

Feb 7, 2017
The Czech Republic is known for its gorgeous architecture and revolutionary history, but not so much for its food. Check out some of Ankita Bhanot's favorite traditional dishes!
Cocaine, also known as the party drug, is a popular drug with a short rush.

A Brief Guide to the Most Prevalent Campus Drugs

Oct 27, 2016
WSN does not support the use of illegal drugs. However, should you choose to use them (or not), read on to find out about their short- and long-term effects.
Veselka is a Ukranian restaurant in the East Village that is open 24/7. They serve American breakfasts, like pancakes and waffles, as well as Ukranian classics.

Top Spots to Pull Your All-Nighter

Oct 20, 2016
All-nighters — they happen to the best of us. Here are some coffee shops around campus that are open late and provide a comfortable work environment.


Oct 3, 2016

Manhattan is, without a doubt, the heart of New York City. In addition to housing many well-known celebrities in the West Village and on the Upper East Side, it boasts the city’s...

Headphones are a universal “don’t talk to me,” not a welcome sign.

Headphones Should Still Be a Safe Haven

Sep 6, 2016
Tired of being harassed in Washington Square Park? Use these tips to make sure that nobody bothers you while you're wearing headphones.
In addition to the price of tuition, your textbooks can break the bank unless you buy smart.

Books Shouldn’t Pile on Your $70K

Sep 6, 2016
Looking to save on your textbooks? There are lots of cheaper alternatives other than just the NYU bookstore.

What’s New at NYU?

Aug 28, 2016

As the new school year approaches, students are preparing to fall back into their usual routines. Although you can count on a lot of the same late night cram sessions at Bobst...

What Nannies Are Saying About the Upcoming Generation

What Nannies Are Saying About the Upcoming Generation

May 2, 2016
Nannies are firsthand witnesses to the growth of the next generation. Our dining editor talks to NYU students who work as nannies about how this new generation of city kids is being brought up.
“In Support of HeForShe” is a film created by students in the hopes of facilitating the discussion of gender inequality.

Students Film for ‘HeForShe’

May 2, 2016
A new documentary premiering this summer features NYU students and faculty talking about their views on feminism.
Coppelia is one of the four restaurants where you can Seamless passover-friendly meals.

Get Your Passover Meals Seamlessly

Apr 27, 2016
Seamless's new Passover-inspired menu has caused a stir among Jewish students.
The Annual Chefs Collaborative Summit took place in the NYU Kimmel Center of University Life from April 10 - 12.

Chefs Come Together To ‘Change Menus, Change Lives’

Apr 19, 2016
The Chef's Collab Summit took place this year at NYU's Kimmel Center, bringing together famous chefs and food leaders to talk about locally-sourced ingredients.
This past spring break, NYU students visited Berlin as part of a service trip to help Syrian refugees.

Students Travel to Berlin to Volunteer With Refugees

Apr 18, 2016
Three NYU students traveling to Berlin as part of a spring break service trip share their experiences volunteering with Syrian refugees.
If you have a job interview over a meal, chew your way to success with proper etiquette.

Proper Over-Meal Interview Etiquette

Apr 18, 2016

Interviews are already nerve-wracking enough, having to deal with your own anxiety while trying to appear calm and confident to the person interviewing you. Add a meal into the...

Quinciple is a grocery delivery service currently available in lower Manhattan.

Quinciple Brings Groceries to Your Door

Apr 14, 2016
A new grocery service might save NYU students from the crowds at Trader Joes.
Max Rosenzweig, otherwise known as Diveo, is a sophomore at Clive Davis, where he focuses on creating sweet and cute electronic music.

Meet the DJ: Max Rosenzweig

Apr 11, 2016
Two NYU electronic music producers Diveo and Annie Heslinga share their spin on the experimental genre.
Gallatin senior Annie Heslinga is involved in the New York music scene not only through her WNYU radio show, but also through creating her own music.

Meet the DJ: Annie Heslinga

Apr 11, 2016
Two NYU electronic music producers Diveo and Annie Heslinga share their spin on the experimental genre.
According to NYU, there have been trackers installed in the dining hall cutlery all along.

Fork ‘Em Over: NYU Cracking Down On Dining Hall Crime

Mar 31, 2016
It turns out the silverware in NYU dining halls actually has tracker chips installed in each one of them, so students stealing them will now be caught and punished!
UberEATS is a new food delivery service to help you get your favorite burger delivered to your door.

Every Move Your Food Makes, UberEATS Is Biking It

Mar 29, 2016
Uber has launched UberEATS, a stand-alone app for food delivery. How does it stack up against its competitors?
Some say that the hundreds of lights in Panna II contribute to the incredibly flavor of the Indian food.

Look No Further for Authentic Indian Food

Mar 4, 2016
Looking for some delicious, authentic Indian food? Check out these restaurants!

In the Kitchen With Jaya Aiyer

Feb 29, 2016
Freshman Jaya Aiyer shows us that it's easy to cook delicious dishes quickly and with basic ingredients.

Founders Hall

Feb 25, 2016

Residency: Freshmen Estimated yearly cost: $14,060 Low-cost rooms available: No Commute to class: 10 minutes Nearby subways: 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R Shuttle: No Founders...

The Dining Issue

The Dining Issue

Feb 1, 2016
Your guide to NYU Dining.

Five Easy Microwavable Recipes

Jan 29, 2016
Tired of eating from the dining halls or craving something homemade? Try these quick and easy recipes!
NYU announced that it will no longer spend money on plastic water bottles. WSN File Photo.

‘Eight Glass of Water’ rule is challenged

Nov 23, 2015
NYU students and staff sound off on how much water is too much, too little or just right.
Tamera Davis (Gallatin ’19), member of NYU Project Outreach, volunteer at Strive for College, and one of many on campus who enjoys giving back to the community, says she is thankful for the opportunities offered by a prestigious university.

Show your thankfulness around the city

Nov 17, 2015
List of ways to show your thankfulness regardless of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
race Jordan, Christine Thu Nhi Dang, and Chris Barker as faculty speakers sharing their experiences on being first-generation college students.

Professors share college experiences with first-generation students

Nov 6, 2015
CAS faculty shared their experiences on being first-generation college students at a panel on Wednesday.
Four places to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the city

Four places to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the city

Oct 29, 2015
From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, the Mexican festival Dia de Los Muertos will be celebrated all over the city.
Sophomore Christian Alfaro handles all his school work and extracurriculars while also working on the Events Operation Staff for the New York Red Bulls.

On the Job: Christian Alfaro

Oct 28, 2015
Sophomore Christian Alfaro juggles school with working behind the scenes for the New York Red Bulls.
One of Chef Danny Meyer’s many
restaurants, Union Square Café, will raise its prices
and eliminate tipping to ensure a
living wage for its employees.

NYU students talk the tipping point

Oct 26, 2015
NYU students weigh in on the controversial move to ban tipping.

[VIDEO] In the Kitchen: Jeremy Truong takes control with asian spices

Oct 5, 2015
Second in our series of cooking tips and recipes from NYU students.

Brooklyn’s Photoville fosters artistic community

Sep 21, 2015
Brooklyn's Photoville connects photography fans and artists alike at this outdoor event.

NYU professors work to improve sex talks between fathers and sons

Sep 15, 2015
Two NYU Silver professors received a $4 million federal grant to enhance father-son communication about sexual health in disadvantaged communitites.