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

Washington Square News

All content by Clara Spray
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8 NYC burritos worthy of the West Coast 

The endless hunt for good burritos on the East Coast can be exhausting. Here are some spots around the city that might just stop your search, just in time for National Burrito Day.
Clara Spray, Staff Writer April 6, 2023

As a New Mexico native, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect burrito on the East Coast — one that might just live up to those I can find on the other side of the Mississippi....

Director Martin Scorsese wearing a suit and a blue tie, standing in front of a backdrop with the N.Y.U. logo and text “TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS.”

Martin Scorsese makes appearance at first Tisch Gala since 2019

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts celebrated Hank Willis Thomas and Deborah Willis at the first post-pandemic edition of its flagship fundraising event.
Clara Spray and Julia Diorio April 6, 2023

The Ziegfeld Ballroom was full of stars and smiling faces for this year’s edition of NYU’s Tisch Gala. From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese to university president Andrew...

Professor Yevgenia Albats and journalist Anne Applebaum converse sitting across a wooden table.

Conspiracy group hijacks NYU-hosted event on war in Ukraine

A pair of protesters interrupted a conversation on the war in Ukraine between Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats and Atlantic staff writer Anne Applebaum on March 2.
Clara Spray, Staff Writer March 6, 2023

Two protesters from a group associated with fascism and antisemitism crashed an event featuring Polish American writer Anne Applebaum and Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats on...

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NYU prof. gets $75,000 for work on quantum physics

Dries Sels, a professor in the university’s physics department, has been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship for his work on quantum physics and machine learning.
Clara Spray, Staff Writer March 1, 2023

Dries Sels, an assistant professor of physics at NYU, was recently awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for his work on quantum dynamics and machine learning. The fellowship, granted...

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Conservative nonprofit directs its indignation at NYU professors

Right-wing organization Turning Point USA has accused four additional NYU faculty of discriminating against conservative students. “I can give two shits about them,” one of the professors told WSN.
Clara Spray, Staff Writer February 17, 2023

Less than a year after right-wing group Turning Point USA added six NYU faculty to its Professor Watchlist, it is adding four more, accusing them of spreading “left-wing propaganda”...

Bill de Blasio scowls while wearing a blue shirt, blazer, dark pants and a yellow tie. He sits while speaking into a microphone. Next to him is a man, also sitting and holding a microphone, in a blue shirt, blazer, khakis and a red tie. They are in front of a white curtain with a purple stripe at the bottom.

Bill de Blasio: ‘President of Weinstein was my first serious elected office’

Former New York City mayor and NYU alum Bill de Blasio spoke to WSN about his career and time at the university before speaking at a health equity event at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Clara Spray, Staff Writer February 10, 2023

Clad in a navy blue suit and a bright yellow tie, former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio addressed a crowd of around 50 people regarding health equity in the city and beyond...

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Starting afresh is sometimes lonely, NYU transfer students say

Limited opportunities for socializing can make it difficult for transfer students to make friends and feel integrated within NYU culture.
Clara Spray, Contributing Writer February 6, 2023

Leaving a traditional college town for the fast-paced lifestyle of New York City can be a daunting experience, posing challenges to even the most prepared transfer student. CAS...