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

Washington Square News

Jake Capriotti

Jake Capriotti, Photo Editor

Jake is a senior at Tisch studying film and television and has been with WSN since Spring 2020. He is an Arizona native and that is his one personality trait. Outside of WSN, Jake specializes in portraiture, performance and unit stills photography as well as being the official photographer for the NYC OffBrnd Dance Team. You can find him on Instagram @capriotti.jake and maybe he'll DM you some memes.

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A protester holds a cardboard sign reading Faculty for Justice in Palestine above a crowd in a park.

Photo: FJP claims NYU ‘forced’ pro-Palestinian students to relocate teach-in

Dec 11, 2023

File Photo: A pro-Palestinian rally at Washington Square Park on Oct. 17, where NYU professors launched the organization Faculty for Justice in Palestine. (Alex Tey for WSN)

A protester holds a cardboard sign reading Faculty for Justice in Palestine above a crowd in a park.

Photo: Faculty form group in support of Palestinian students at protest

Oct 19, 2023

NYU professors launched the organization Faculty for Justice in Palestine at an Oct. 17 rally in Washington Square Park. (Alex Tey for WSN)

A man in a white hoodie wearing a keffiyeh on his head is standing on another man’s shoulders with an unfurled green banner.

Photo: Opinion: NYU, don’t abandon your Palestinian students

Oct 17, 2023

Pro-Palestinian protesters gathered at 1 p.m. in Times Square on Oct. 8, 2023, for a rally responding to the ongoing conflict in Israel. (Alex Tey for WSN)

Photo collage of two photos side by side. Left photo of Pro-Palestine protester waving a green, red, black, and white Palestinian flag. Right photo of Pro-Israel protesters standing with blue and white Israel flag.

NYU students respond to Israel-Palestine conflict at citywide protests

Students took part in demonstrations across New York City on Sunday in response to intense fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Alex Tey and Sydney Barragan Oct 11, 2023

a collage of three images from left to right: a model wearing traditional regalia; models wearing nature-themed sweaters; a model wearing red-and-blue traditional regalia.

Photo: Global Fashion Collective showcases cultural couture from across the world at NYFW

Sep 13, 2023

Justin Jacob Louis, Section 35. (Alex Tey for WSN)

The facade of The New Schools Fifth Avenue building at night. Letters behind large windows spell out the universitys name and the lights of passing cars are blurred.

Photo: New School student workers fighting for union recognition

Sep 6, 2023

The non-academic student worker committee at The New School filed for recognition from the school’s union for academic student workers. (Alex Tey for WSN)

A line of police officers in riot helmets stand in a crosswalk. Behind them, metal barricades contain a dense crowd of young people.

Streamer Kai Cenat’s meetup stirs up mayhem in Union Square

A crowd that had gathered for a giveaway organized by the creator damaged vehicles and wreaked havoc on Friday, prompting police to clear the square and surrounding streets.
Alex Tey, Editor-at-Large Aug 5, 2023

A planned giveaway of gaming gear broke out into chaos Friday afternoon, when fans of Twitch streamer and YouTube creator Kai Cenat began to riot at Union Square. New York City...

Above a crowd in a park, protesters hold blue, pink and white transgender flags and a sign reading “you will never eradicate us.”

For trans people, what comes after visibility?

This year’s Transgender Day of Visibility rally was a chance for trans people to affirm their existence — and to consider how we can go beyond merely being seen.
Alex Tey, Editor-at-Large Apr 6, 2023

Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrated annually on the last day of March, is a complicated day for me. I often feel like I’d prefer to be invisible. This year, though,...

A large crowd of protesters march down University Place holding signs with text like “Protect Trans Kids!” and “Trans Liberation Sets us Free.”

Photo: Trans Day of Visibility march sees hundreds gather for trans rights

Apr 3, 2023

University Place was flooded with marchers as they approached Washington Square Park, diverting traffic. (Alex Tey for WSN)

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: Sidney Gish ponders what could’ve been in ‘Filming School’

Read about this week’s most notable singles from Lovejoy, Lana Del Rey and more.
Sandy Battulga, Alex Tey, and Lea Filidore Feb 16, 2023

This week we’re highlighting songs filled with pain. Singles from Sidney Gish, Lovejoy, Lana Del Rey and NYU’s own Kirsten Johanna examine emotions ranging from self-doubt...

The facade of The New Schools Fifth Avenue building at night. Letters behind large windows spell out the universitys name and the lights of passing cars are blurred.

Photo: Instruction resumes at New School after union strikes deal

Dec 12, 2022

The unionized part-time faculty at The New School halted their three-week strike while awaiting a vote on a new contract. (Alex Tey for WSN)

The facade of 90 Franklin Street is pictured.

A tax break is saving NYU $141 million this year. Here’s how.

Universities in New York are exempt from paying property taxes. Here’s how much NYU saves.
Alex Tey, Editor-at-Large Nov 23, 2022

A framed sepia-tone photo of Joan Didion’s items in Stair Galleries is set against a black-and-white background of Didion book covers.

A day of magical thinking at the Joan Didion estate sale

The Nov. 16 auction of Joan Didion’s belongings marked a final, posthumous turning point in the legacy of the perennial idol of aspiring writers.
Alex Tey, Editor-at-Large Nov 21, 2022

I’m certain that, given the opportunity, Joan Didion would have attended her own estate sale. The writer was the definitive chronicler of disorder and decline in 20th-century...

A part-time faculty member on strike. They hold up their fist and carry a sign that reads U.A.W. ON STRIKE. Behind them are other striking faculty members.

Strike upends classes at The New School

Part-time faculty at The New School commenced a strike on Wednesday after their union was unable to reach a new tentative contract with the university.
Carmo Moniz, Tori Morales, and Alex Tey Nov 16, 2022

Part-time faculty at The New School — who together represent 87% of the university’s teaching staff — went on strike Wednesday morning after weeks of bargaining between their...

A black-and-white composite of several photos layered over one another depicting the philosopher Slavoj Zizek gesticulating wildly while speaking at a podium.

Slavoj Žižek is the public intellectual for an absurd world

The oratory style of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek is as much performance as it is lecture.
Alex Tey, Editor-at-Large Nov 6, 2022
The oratory style of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek is as much performance as it is lecture.
A crowd of protesters standing in Washington Square Park at night. In the center front is a woman dressed in black with her eyes closed and hand raised.

Photo: Keeping Iranian culture alive at NYU amid protests

Oct 24, 2022

Attendees at a vigil for Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died during detainment for violating hijab regulations, in Washington Square Park on Sept. 29. (Alex Tey for WSN)

A group of protesters poses in front of the Washington Square Arch for a photo. In the middle is a banner that reads “ABORTION ACCESS DAY OF ACTION”.

Photo: At NYU, 70 walk out of class in support of reproductive rights

Oct 7, 2022

NYU students walk out of their classes to call on the university to provide better abortion coverage. (Alex Tey for WSN)

A female protester wearing a white shirt with text “WOMEN LIFE FREDDOM” cuts off her dark hair with a scissor.

Photo: At vigil for Mahsa Amini, Persian Society urges NYU to issue statement

Oct 3, 2022

NYU students and other New Yorkers attended a vigil for Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died during detainment for violating hijab regulations, in Washington Square Park on Sept....

A lanternfly is seen in a door sill surrounded by other dead lanternflies.

Photo: Invasive lanternflies have arrived in Washington Square

Sep 15, 2022

NYU students have begun to spot lanternflies around campus. (Alex Tey for WSN)

The logo of WSNs 2022 While You Were Here graduation-themed special issue.

Editor’s Note: The end of the semester

Top stories on NYU’s med school, the Rubin intruder and abortion rights, plus some bird-related thoughts on spring transitions.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief May 7, 2022

The Front Bottoms guitarist Brian Sella and vocalist Mat Uychich standing in front of trees.

Q&A: Time, place and live music with The Front Bottoms’ Brian Sella

The frontman of the New Jersey-born punk rock band spoke with WSN about the evolution of the band’s style and returning to perform in his home state.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2022

“Everyone blooms in their own time,” promises the first track on The Front Bottoms’ 2020 album “In Sickness & In Flames.” With the pandemic putting live music on...

Portrait of Arnav Binaykia

Editor’s Note: Introducing WSN’s next Editor-in-Chief

Top stories this week: NYU med school defends disgraced biologist; criticism of Campus Safety.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Apr 30, 2022

A crowd of concert-goers dressed in summer outfits in the foreground and an outdoor stage in the background. The weather is sunny.

Photo: Q&A: Gov Ball co-founder Tom Russell on what makes the festival tick

Apr 27, 2022

The 10th anniversary Governor’s Ball was held from Sept. 24-26 at Randall's Island. This year the Governor's Ball will be held from June 10-12. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Editor’s Note: Daily Screener, NYU Survival Guide

Editor’s Note: Daily Screener, NYU Survival Guide

WSN responds to COVID cases in its staff.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Apr 23, 2022

A man sits on his bed looking at the camera in front of his decorated walls next to an empty bed and drawer that is not being used.

Students upset by NYU response to roommate’s mental health crisis

Coral Tower residents sought a dialogue with their residence hall directors to communicate their concerns. They were left in the dark instead.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Apr 18, 2022

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of a mental health crisis. Five residents of a Coral Tower suite said the building directors refused to listen to their concerns...

White text reading Re: The Identity & Equity Issue on a red background above fine white curvy lines.

Editor’s Note: The ‘Re:’ special issue

“Re:,” the Identity & Equity Issue. Also: when and why we might go off the record with a source.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Apr 9, 2022

A masked student sits in an NYU common room area. She is surrounded by tables, chairs and a foosball table.

Editor’s Note: A memorial fund to support WSN staff

Introducing the Sarah Raybin Portlock Fund for WSN. Also, top stories on masks, Taylor Swift, Ukraine.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Apr 2, 2022

Two windows surrounded by brick. Through the windows, a college class is being taught.

Editor’s Note: What purpose do letters to the editor serve?

Top stories from accommodations to anti-abortion protesters to a K-indie band interview.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Mar 26, 2022

A map in gray and pale green with red squares and text indicating where and when NYU students were assaulted at five locations to the east of NYUs Washington Square campus.

Editor’s Note: The semester’s top stories (so far)

From campus safety to NYU’s response to conflicts overseas, a look at the first half of Spring 2022. Also, a look at how WSN staff get paid.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Mar 19, 2022

An image of Bobst Library looking down on the ground-floor atrium. On each level, metal screens run from the floor to the ceiling.

Editor’s Note: Spring break reads

Take some time to catch up with campus journalism. Featuring our Features section and explaining why we have one.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Mar 12, 2022

Students are seated on the lobby steps of the Kimmel Center for University Life, with one student waving a Ukrainian flag above the crowd.

Editor’s Note: This week’s top stories, and WSN vs. world news

How we cover global events. Also: Ukraine, campus safety, Maisie Peters.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Mar 5, 2022

A filled transparent condom dispenser against a pink wall located in the resource center of the Third North residence hall.

Student-led initiative expands dental dam access

Dental dams, which protect against sexually transmitted infections, will be more available in residence halls due to the advocacy of a group within NYU’s Amnesty International chapter.
Nicole Chiarella, Staff Writer Mar 2, 2022

Dental dams will become more available across campus and in residence halls in the coming weeks. The initiative was piloted by Amnesty International’s sexual reproductive rights...

Editor’s Note: Defining editorials; on-campus safety concerns

Editor’s Note: Defining editorials; on-campus safety concerns

What makes an editorial, and what doesn’t. Also: cuts to guard overtime, students assaulted, antisemitism.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Feb 26, 2022

Editor’s Note: Housing Guide, campus attacks; digital accessibility

Editor’s Note: Housing Guide, campus attacks; digital accessibility

Making our web content more accessible. Also: special issues about Valentine’s, dorms; news about attacks on campus and NYFW.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Feb 19, 2022

NYU student to compete on college ‘Jeopardy!’ tonight

NYU student to compete on college ‘Jeopardy!’ tonight

Tisch student Jeric Brual will represent NYU and test his trivia skills in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Nicole Chiarella, Contributing Writer Feb 15, 2022

Tisch senior Jeric Brual is set to represent NYU in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The film and television student will compete...

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The case for the <3 emoticon

Real love isn’t like the ❤️ emoji.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Feb 14, 2022

“Instead of saying ‘I love you,’ I’ll just use a heart,” a New York college student told The New York Times in late 2011, as emoji were beginning to take off in the United...

A study by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing found a correlation between COVID-19, sleep insufficiency and poor mental health among nurses. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Editor’s Note: SGA updates, nurse burnout, our editing process

How we edit our articles. Also: an interview with Gracie Abrams and why NYU should bulk-order masks.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Feb 12, 2022

Starting Friday, Feb. 4, students will be allowed to eat in dining halls. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Editor’s Note: COVID rules eased; notes on a retraction

We retracted a story — here’s why. Also: NYU’s reopening, @nyuaffirmations, “Euphoria.”
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Feb 5, 2022

Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski released her latest album, “Laurel Hell,” on Friday. (Photo by Ebru Yildiz, Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Review: On ‘Laurel Hell,’ Mitski blooms

Mitski's first album in four years pairs her unmatched lyricism with synth-heavy ’80s-inspired production. “Laurel Hell” is out Friday on all platforms.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Feb 4, 2022
Mitski's first album in four years pairs her unmatched lyricism with synth-heavy ’80s-inspired production. “Laurel Hell” is out Friday on all platforms.
An illustration of hand turning a page of a print edition of WSN. The image on the front page is a smaller version of that illustration, suggesting infinite recursion.

Letter from the editor: On transition

Transitions are perpetual, uncomfortable and inevitable. Meet WSN's new editor-in-chief.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Jan 24, 2022

Dear readers, This is a strange time to be attending college. Last spring was mostly online, last fall was mostly in person, and now we’re in this in-between zone where...

The lounges at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life are located on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: A guide to NYU’s spring 2022 reopening policies

Jan 24, 2022

The lounges at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life are located on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors. (Photo by Jake Capriotti)

An NYU alumni newsletter suggests that NYU will resume in-person instruction for the spring 2022 semester. The university has yet to officially announce its plans. (Staff Photo and Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

NYU alumni newsletter hints at in-person spring 2022 semester

An NYU webpage dated Jan. 15, 2022, states that NYU “is preparing to resume in-person instruction at the start of the spring semester” at its New York City campus and abroad sites.
Kristian Burt, Rachel Cohen, and Alex Tey Jan 10, 2022

NYU appears prepared to start the spring semester with in-person classes, according to an alumni newsletter on the university’s website. The page, dated Jan. 15, 2022, seems...

NYUs COVID-19 positivity rates have increased sharply in recent weeks, but have remained lower than the rates in New York City as a whole.

NYU COVID positivity rate more than 20x pre-omicron average

The most recent data shows an 18.29% positivity rate in COVID tests at NYU.
Alex Tey and Arnav Binaykia Jan 10, 2022

COVID-19 positivity rates at NYU are up drastically, with 18.29% of tests conducted between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 coming back positive. This latest data marks a 22-fold increase from...

Editors Note: A new newsletter from WSNs editor-in-chief

Editor’s Note: A new newsletter from WSN’s editor-in-chief

Editor’s Note is an upcoming weekly newsletter from WSN’s Editor-in-Chief that brings you the week’s top stories — and the stories behind the stories.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief Dec 11, 2021

The holidays can be expensive. Here are some items that are worth the hefty price tag. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Sometimes, expensive gifts… are better

If you’re at NYU, there’s a decent chance that you know some rich people who helped get you here. Here are expensive gifts that are actually worth the money that you can ask them for.
Alexandra Chan, Alex Tey, and Alex Tran Dec 10, 2021

As winter break approaches, here’s a holiday gift guide to help you to take advantage of the rich people in your life. When they ask how to ease their conscience, you can answer...

NYU serves over 100,000 meals a week and has denied reported cases of food poisoning. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Cockroaches and rodents spotted at NYU dining halls

Dec 12, 2021

NYU serves over 100,000 meals a week and has denied reported cases of food poisoning. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

The MTA is responsible for public transportation in the New York City metropolitan area. The NYU School of Global Public Health received a $4 million federal grant to study the impact of COVID-19 on transit workers. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

NYU researchers win $4M grant to study COVID impact on transit workers

The five-year project launched in November will help develop preventative measures that protect frontline workers from this pandemic and future ones.
Nicole Chiarella, Contributing Writer Dec 9, 2021

When COVID-19 began to spread in New York City last March, the services of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were deemed essential, and transit employees were required...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to this: Mitski strikes again with new single ‘Heat Lightning’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Mitski, Ed Sheeran, Joshua Bassett and more.
Bryn Borzillo, Candace Patrick, and Alex Tey Dec 9, 2021

Yes, it’s true — this is the last edition of “Listen to this” for the fall semester. It’s been crazy and hectic, but time really has flown. Ahead of her forthcoming album,...

The School of Professional Studies at NYU is shutting down the English Language Institute at the end of the semester. The closure will result in dozens of staff layoffs and the loss of English programs which serve international students. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: NYU cuts English program that served international students, fires staff

Dec 6, 2021

The School of Professional Studies at NYU is shutting down the English Language Institute at the end of the semester. The closure will result in dozens of staff layoffs and the...

Washington Square Park lies on top of “the Land of the Blacks,” farmland and homes inhabited by people of African descent between the mid-17th century and early 18th century. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Opinion: NYU should create a monument for ‘The Land of the Blacks’

Dec 1, 2021

Washington Square Park lies on top of “the Land of the Blacks,” farmland and homes inhabited by people of African descent between the mid-17th century and early 18th century....

Palladium dining hall is located on the third floor of Palladium Hall is one of the most popular NYU dining locations. Various dining restrictions since COVID-19 have made student dining more difficult, causing more harm than good. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Photo: Opinion: Dining restrictions are hurting students’ wellbeing

Nov 23, 2021

Palladium dining hall is located on the third floor of Palladium Hall is one of the most popular NYU dining locations. Various dining restrictions since COVID-19 have made student...

Caffe Reggio is located at 119 MacDougal St. (Staff Photo by Alex Tey)

Photo: The best hot chocolate spots around campus

Nov 23, 2021

Caffe Reggio is located at 119 MacDougal St. (Staff Photo by Alex Tey)

Three separate incidents of food poisoning have been reported at the Palladium dining hall. The dining hall failed a health inspection in fall 2019. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Palladium dining hall food caused food poisoning, 3 students say

Three students have claimed that eating at the Palladium Hall NYU Eats location in unrelated incidents on separate days caused them to become ill.
Nicole Chiarella, Contributing Writer Nov 22, 2021

Cindy Edward, a CAS senior, said she felt ill and had to check herself into the emergency room after eating at the Palladium dining hall. She had eaten a salmon salad for lunch...

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