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Jemima McEvoy

Jemima McEvoy, Editor-in-Chief

Jemima McEvoy is a junior studying Politics, Economics and Languages in CAS. Maybe it's because she grew up in the British countryside, but she's completely intoxicated by life and art in New York City. She's passionate about music, literature and filling journals halfway. When she's not wondering around the streets smiling, she's likely writing or hastily sketching the goingson of Washington Square Park. She really likes words, but you're probably not surprised.

All content by Jemima McEvoy

First Impressions

September 5, 2017
Freshmen reflect on their first impressions of NYU and how they've changed.
Welcome Week Stories: False Alarm

Welcome Week Stories: False Alarm

August 28, 2017
Jemima McEvoy found herself on quite the adventure on her fourth night of Welcome Week.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is CAS required summer reading, telling the story of a young Nigerian woman pursuing her education in the US.

Book Review: ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

August 28, 2017
I did something unthinkable this summer — I read the Class of 2021’s required reading, “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for pleasure. And I would recommend for everyone else to do the same.
The Laysan albatross, a federally protected species, with its chick at the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve in Hawaii.

NYU Student Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail for Albatross Murders

July 7, 2017
An NYU student was sentenced to 45 days in jail on July 6 for crimes in 2015 that left over a dozen endangered albatrosses dead in a Hawaii nature reserve. Community members have been petitioning to expel him from the university.
President Andrew Hamilton names Lisa Coleman as the universitys first Chief Diversity Officer. Coleman was previously the Chief Diversity Officer at Harvard.

NYU Appoints Harvard’s Lisa M. Coleman as First Chief Diversity Officer

May 4, 2017
President Andrew Hamilton announced the appointment of the university’s first Chief Diversity Officer Lisa M. Coleman.
The NYU Students for Justice in Palestine has received anonymous death threats for the third time this academic year. The threats were made online during the weekend of April 15.

NYU SJP Demands Further Action from NYU After Death Threats

May 1, 2017
NYU Students for Justice in Palestine has received another death threat — this one threatens a specific member and uses even more graphic language than the last two messages the group received.
Bill De Blasio speaks at the NYU College Democrats’ “NYC Youth Rise Up Panel” in the Kimmel Center for University Life, April 26.

NYU College Democrats Host NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

April 26, 2017
NYU College Democrats hosted an event at which guest speaker New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the importance of civil engagement.
Recent changes to New York City park rules reduce the amount of offenses resulting in a permanent criminal record. These changes were instated to decrease mass incarceration, which is a serious problem in the United States.

NYC Makes Moves to Reduce Penalties to Decrease Mass Incarceration

April 25, 2017
The NYC Parks and Recreations department will change the punishments inflicted for minor offenses.
Alternative Breaks: Substitute Lounging for Social Outreach

Alternative Breaks: Substitute Lounging for Social Outreach

April 24, 2017

NYU Alternative Breaks offers a service-oriented option for students who want to cast aside their sweatpants and Netflix subscriptions for service work during their spring...

Crime Log: April 14-18

Crime Log: April 14-18

April 24, 2017
A look at the crimes from April 14-April 18.
The Environmental Issue

The Environmental Issue

April 17, 2017

When I began working on the Environmental Issue, a scene from the movie Les Choristes, which I was forced to watch many many years ago in French class, came to mind. Whilst explaining...

During the summer, Dejian Zeng worked undercover in a factory in China that produces Apple products. This experience helped him build his knowledge and passion for activism.

NYU Wagner Student Works Undercover in iPhone Factory

April 12, 2017
A graduate student at Wagner spent six weeks last summer working undercover in a factory that creates iPhones.
NYU Class of 2021 has the lowest acceptance rate in the last 16 years, falling at 27 percent from last years 35 percent.

NYU Acceptance Rate Drops to 27 Percent

April 11, 2017
The acceptance rate for NYU's class of 2021 fell from 2016's 35 percent to 27 percent. The admission demographic also highlights the largest percentage of international students in NYU's history and the largest percentage of African-American and Latinx students in the last 16 years.
NYU Stern School of Business Dean, Peter Henry, who announced his decision to step down from the position on December 31, 2016. WSN sat down with Henry on Wednesday to discuss his time as Dean and plans for the future.

Stern Dean Stepped Down to Become Lead Singer of Owl City

April 1, 2017
NYU Stern Dean Peter Henry revealed the real reason why he decided to step down — to become the lead singer of his favorite band Owl City.
Fire officers work to control the fire next to the Strand bookstore, which broke out on 12th Street following an explosion this morning.

BREAKING: NYU Buildings Evacuated Due to Nearby Manhole Fires

March 31, 2017
Several manhole fires have erupted on Broadway and 12th St. The Fire Department of New York and NYU's Public Safety are working on solving the problems.
Charles Murray has been criticized for his book The Bell Curve, which links intelligence. Faculty and students have expressed their disapproval of the event.

Author Charles Murray’s Speech Met With Protests

March 24, 2017
"The Bell Curve" author Charles Murray spoke at NYU's Torch Club today after the administration was criticized for approving the speaker. Protesters gathered outside of the event.
White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit attended the university as a guest speaker for the NYU College Republicans.

Lucian Wintrich Speaks at NYU After Postponed Visit

March 24, 2017
After NYU postponed his Feb. 16 visit, Lucian Wintrich, a conservative White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit, spoke to the NYU College Republicans on Thursday. The event remained peaceful, although audience members trickled out after Wintrich deviated from his original narrative.
Kenny G knows his hands are only for playing sax, and we know his songs are only for having fun — but hes not the only choice when youre picking a playlist for your night.

Staff Recs: Favorite Songs to Have Fun To

March 24, 2017
Even if it's only been a week of classes after our break, it's still Friday — indulge in some fun, if you know what we mean, and let us suggest a soundtrack for the night.

René Rismondo

Hitting Stigmas out of the Park
March 23, 2017

René Rismondo wants to break into the boys’ club — a term used by women to reference the male domination of the baseball industry. The gender disparity in baseball is exemplified...

To combat child exploitation, NYU Tandon professor Nasir Memon is helping with the development of a software that detects child pornography. He is working with other professors, NYU Students, and the Department of Homeland Security to create this technology.

Tandon Team Develops Software to Combat Child Exploitation

March 20, 2017
Tandon professor Nasir Memon is working with a team of graduate students to develop software that will help law enforcement officials detect and combat the issue of child pornography.

Baja Society of Automotive Engineers Aims to Engineer the Future

March 20, 2017

An off-road competition is on the road for NYU’s Baja Society of Automobile Engineers. The team is working on a project to create a custom vehicle to compete against other universities...

A dozen albatrosses were slaughtered and photographed dead in Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve in 2015. Tisch sophomore Christian Gutierrez has been charged with the crime along with two others, who are minors.

NYU Student Accepts Plea Deal in Albatross Killings Case

March 20, 2017
Tisch sophomore Christian Gutierrez has accepted a plea deal in a case involving the murder of a dozen albatrosses — an endangered species — at a Hawaii nature reserve in 2015.
After the protests at Bobst last week, SLAM members held a private meeting with Andrew Hamilton.  They discussed the implications of having a student voice on the NYU Board of Trustees.

Photo: Administrators and SLAM Talk Representation Post-Protest

March 8, 2017

After the protests at Bobst last week, SLAM members held a private meeting with Andrew Hamilton. They discussed the implications of having a student voice on the NYU Board of Trustees.

Can You See My Underwear?

Can You See My Underwear?

March 6, 2017

On my first day of high school in Chicago, the girl sitting next to me in English class announced with a booming voice and American accent that she liked my pants. I was momentarily...

NYU President Andrew Hamilton speaks at a town hall held today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. The Sanctuary Campus movement marched on the event to demand Hamilton declare NYU a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Photo: Hamilton Town Hall Turns Testy

March 2, 2017

NYU President Andrew Hamilton speaks at a town hall held today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. The Sanctuary Campus movement marched on the event to demand Hamilton declare NYU a sanctuary campus for undocumented...

In a survey administered by the university in 2016, 1,218 students answered questions about NYUs climate of sexual misconduct.  According to the survey results, 52.7 percent of students did not notify anyone of their sexual misconduct experience.

University to Use Climate Survey Results to Decrease Sexual Misconduct

February 28, 2017
President Andrew Hamilton alerted students to the results of a sexual misconduct survey that the university conducted in 2016.
From left to right, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NYU Law professor Bryan Stevenson, Sherrilyn Ifill and Tony Thompson at the Center on Race, Inequality and the Laws Inaugural Conversation.  This event took place in the Greenberg Lounge of the NYU Law school on February 27 to discuss the effects of racial bias and economic inequality.

Civil Rights Lawyers Examine Race, Inequality and Law

February 28, 2017
Tony Thompson moderated a discussion between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, President of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherillyn Iffil and NYU Law Professor Bryan Stevenson.
The Director of Professional Standards and Accreditation Manager, Heba Nassef Gore, and the Associate Vice President of Public Safety, Fountain Walker. The pair are working to implement a program designed to offer professional development resources to security organisations.

NYU Public Safety Attempts to Secure Accreditation

February 27, 2017
NYU’s Public Safety team is working to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. They would only be the second campus security department in the country to do so.
Students gathered around the ice sculpture in the atrium of Bobst while enjoying the annual Violet Ball.  The event took place on Saturday, February 26 as part of Violet 100s NYU Spirit Week.

Dancing Bobcats, Ice Sculptures and Champagne: Violet Ball 2017

February 27, 2017
In the culminating event of this year's Violet 100 week, the Violet Ball gave NYU just what it had hoped it would — the feeling of community and togetherness that the university is so often criticized for lacking.
Washington Square Village,  between Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place.

Washington Square Village

February 23, 2017

Residency: Graduate, Faculty, Staff, Community Members Estimated yearly cost: $21,112 Low-cost rooms available: No Commute to class: 5 minute walk to WSP, 15-20 minute...

Alumni Hall, 33 3rd Ave

Alumni Hall

February 23, 2017

Residency: Upperclassmen, Graduate Estimated yearly cost: $21,112 Low-cost rooms available: No Commute to class: 10-15 minute walk to WSP, 25-30 minute subway ride to Tandon Nearby...

Protesters gathered at Schwartz Plaza today to demonstrate in favor of the recent SSC vote and an NYU Board of Trustees members connection to President Donald Trump. At one point, protesters were positioned in front of the elevator that goes  to President Andrew Hamiltons office.

SLAM Protests Board of Trustees Connection to President Trump

February 22, 2017
NYU's Student Labor Action Movement organized a rally today to protest the lack of student representation on NYU's Board of Trustees and board member John Paulson's connection to President Donald Trump.
The NYU administration postponed Lucian Wintrichs appearance in order to prepare for expected disruption and harassment.  Lucian Winterish is a White House press correspondent for the Gateway Pundit.

Administration Postpones NYUCR’s Guest Speaker Lucian Wintrich Due to Security Concerns

February 15, 2017
NYU College Republicans learned that their event with guest speaker Lucian Wintrich would be postponed due to security concerns, which left some NYUCR members frustrated and annoyed. 
Elmer Holmes Bobst library in darkness following a power outage on Tuesday 14th, February 2017.

Blacked Out Bobst

February 14, 2017
Blackouts at Bobst Library and Tisch Hall have led classes to be cancelled and students to be evacuated by Public Safety officers.
A new computer science program has been established at Tandon for those with no background experience to transition into computer science.

Tandon Provides Crash Course in Computer Science

February 14, 2017
The Tandon School of Engineering has a new Computer Science program that gives inexperienced students the tools to pursue a career in technology.
NYUSJP gets an anonymous letter threatening to disclose club members’ personal information to American and Israeli federal agencies.

Anonymous Letter Threatens NYUSJP Members

February 10, 2017
NYU Students for Justice in Palestine received an anonymous letter threatening members of the clubs and their families.
On Friday morning, many NYU students were prompted to download an app that would forfeit their administrative control.

IT Mixup Temporarily Forfeits Students’ Administrative Control

February 6, 2017
Students with Android phones were asked to accept a list of privacy-invading terms and conditions when they logged into their NYU gmail account.
Protests and Attacks Cut Gavin McInness Speech Short

Protests and Attacks Cut Gavin McInnes’s Speech Short

February 2, 2017
Violence broke out at the Kimmel Center for University Life as Gavin McInnes spoke to the NYU College Republicans.
The 27th Annual Violet Ball, which was on Feb. 27, 2016 brought the NYU community for a night of music and fun.

Everything You Need to Know About Violet 100

January 31, 2017
NYU Student Senators Council gave WSN an exclusive on plans for Violet 100.
NYU Shanghai students are outraged at the institute’s expensive textbook policies.

Students Read Between the Lines of NYUSH Textbook Policies

January 30, 2017
Students at NYU Shanghai fight with the administration over textbook policies.
Crime Log: Jan. 20-27

Crime Log: Jan. 20-27

January 30, 2017
A look at the crimes from the week of Jan. 20-27.
Protestors in Battery Park Respond to JFK Detainees

Protestors in Battery Park Respond to JFK Detainees

January 29, 2017
New Yorkers took to the streets again on Sunday to protest President Trump's recent executive orders on immigration.
NYU Safe Ride cars outside Third Avenue North Residence Hall. (Photo by Veronica Liow)

Shut Up and Drive: Students Complain About the Efficiency of Safe Ride

January 27, 2017
Safe Ride, NYU's free night time transportation service, faces much grumbling, but Assistant Director for Transportation Services Greg Rivas discusses the improvements they plan to make.
At the emergency rally on Jan. 25, New Yorkers came together to show solidarity with the Muslim American and immigrant communities.

Emergency Rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights Held in Washington Square Park

January 25, 2017
After President Donald Trump signed executive orders concerning immigration, thousands of protestors congregated at Washington Square Park for an emergency rally.
Hundreds of students gathered to protest DAPL in response to Donald Trumps controversial inauguration.

Trump Moves to Revive DAPL, Students Respond with Protests

January 25, 2017
People are protesting President Trump's executive order that allows the government to consider building the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines.
A minor oil spill caused some worry among the Third North residents.

Accidental Oil Spill at Third North Residence Hall

January 24, 2017
An oil spill occurred in the North Tower of Third North.
The Bronfman Center is  the center of the NYU Jewish community.

NYU Ranked Ninth Among Worst Schools for Jewish Students

January 24, 2017
NYU, the private university that boasts the largest Jewish population, ranked as the ninth worst higher education institution for Jewish students.
iGrade is an online service developed to guide students and their families on personal and college-related finances. NYU’s Affordability Steering Committee announced a partnership with the service on March 29.

NYU Ranks Fourth for Accepting Lower Income Students

January 23, 2017
A study revealed that NYU ranked fourth among other elite colleges enrolling the highest percentage of low- and middle - income students.
Crime Log: Dec. 5 to Jan. 19

Crime Log: Dec. 5 to Jan. 19

January 23, 2017
A look at the crimes from winter break.
President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated today as the 45th President of the United States.

A Trump Inauguration Guide: Talking with Willie Geist

January 20, 2017
Willie Geist, NBC anchor and news correspondent, spoke with WSN on what to expect from the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.
In light of recent mass shootings, students might be left wondering what NYU’s mass shooting protocols are.

What Is NYU’s Emergency Protocol for Mass Shootings?

December 6, 2016
Recent mass shootings like the one at Ohio State University may have prompted students to wonder what the protocol would be if something were to happen at NYU.
Crime Log: Nov. 26-Dec. 4

Crime Log: Nov. 26-Dec. 4

December 5, 2016
A look at the week's crimes.
NYU is under constant pressure from its students and administration to analyze the discrimination and diversity problems on campus.

Andrew Hamilton Affirms Support for Undocumented Students

December 1, 2016
Andrew Hamilton sent around a letter to students about NYU being a sanctuary campus all students, regardless of documentation.
Former Prime Minister of Cuba Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25, and NYU students have something to say about it.

NYU Reacts: Former Cuba President Fidel Castro Dies at 90

November 29, 2016
NYU students react to the death of Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro.
GLS senior Melissa Godin is one of three Rhodes Scholars at NYU and has done extensive work in the international community.

NYU Senior Awarded Rhodes Scholarship for Human Rights

November 28, 2016
Q&A with GLS senior Melissa Godin who was one of three students named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar for her research on human trafficking and volunteer tourism.
Crime Log: Nov. 19-23

Crime Log: Nov. 19-23

November 28, 2016
A look at the last week's crimes.
Smoking marijuana is slowly becoming less of a taboo.

Considering a Career in the Cannabis Industry

November 21, 2016
NYU hosts a Cannabusiness Seminar to teach students about entrepreneurship in the cannabis industry.
Crime Log: Nov. 13-17

Crime Log: Nov. 13-17

November 21, 2016
A look at the past week's crimes.
Allan Lichtman is an American History professor at American University.

Professor Predicts Impeachment for Donald Trump

November 21, 2016
A history professor at American University has successfully predicted election outcomes for the past 30 years, and now predicts that Donald Trump will be impeached.
With the controversy of the current election, political tension between family members may cause awkward gatherings over the Thanksgiving break.

Taking Politics to the Thanksgiving Table

November 17, 2016
NYU students discuss how the election results will affect relations with their families at Thanksgiving.

Fight Against Islamophobia Continues at Tandon Rally

November 16, 2016
The Muslim Student Association held another rally in response to the vandalism at the Tandon campus.
After the result of the election, a number of rallies and protests have taken place all over New York City, from Washington Square Park and Union Square, to outside of Trump Tower.

NYU Student Organizes Love Rally in the Park

November 14, 2016
An NYU sophomore organized a love rally in Washington Square Park to bring people together after Donald Trump's victory.
Crime Log: Oct. 20-Nov. 13

Crime Log: Oct. 20-Nov. 13

November 14, 2016
A look at the campus crimes from the past 3 weeks.
People gather on the Kimmel Staircase to watch the Rise Above Hate Rally

MSA Fights Bigotry with #NotOnOurCampus

November 11, 2016
The Muslim Students Association organized a rally at Kimmel in response to the vandalism at Tandon.

Protesters Flood the Streets, Head to Trump Tower

November 10, 2016
In a protest organized by Socialist Alternative, thousands of anti-Trumpers took to the streets, marching from Union Square to Trump Tower in midtown.
Professor Barry Friedman founded the Policing Project in an effort to bring democratic engagement to policing within the community.

NYU Professor Helping to Combat Police Brutality

November 6, 2016
Q&A with NYU Professor and founder of the Policing Project collaboration with NYU Law.

Earth Matters

October 24, 2016

Students talked over homemade acai bowls during the Wednesday, Oct. 19 Earth Matters meeting — the members hosted a demonstration on how to make these trendy treats, as a way...

Crime Log: Oct. 6-18

Crime Log: Oct. 6-18

October 24, 2016
Campus crimes from the past 2 weeks.
On the afternoon preceding the third and final presidential debate, a crowd gathered at Trump Tower to protest his treatment of women.

Photo: NYU Joins Pussy Power Movement At Trump Tower

October 20, 2016

On the afternoon preceding the third and final presidential debate, a crowd gathered at Trump Tower to protest his treatment of women.

The new StudentLink Center, located at 383 Lafayette St., is only a seven-minute walk from Washington Square Park.

How StudentLink Plans to Improve Student Life

October 19, 2016
NYU added StudentLink, a new student resource center, to its Manhattan campus.
The NYU Native American and Indigenous Students Group protested in Washington Square Park with posters and sidewalk chalk.

Native American Group Protests Columbus Day

October 11, 2016
The Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU protested for the university to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Regardless of NYUs vast student body, many often face challenges when applying for financial aid.

How NYU Is — Or Isn’t — Aiding Students

September 30, 2016
NYU assessed its finances in a letter addressed to the New York State Legislature in which it admitted inadequate funding for its students.
Often ranked as the #1 Dream School, NYU has fallen in its overall ranking.

NYU Drops in U.S. News Rankings

September 19, 2016
It came as a surprise to many NYU students when this year's US News and World Report's national university rankings revealed that the university has fallen down 4 spots, from its ranking at no. 32 in 2016, to its present position at no. 36.
Updates on IEC, SLAM, and Divest movements and their post-Spring/Summer developments.

Checking in with Student Activist Groups

September 14, 2016
After a summer of much change, NYU activist groups refreshed and redefined their work for the year.