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Kavish Harjai

Kavish Harjai, Editor-At-Large

Kavish Harjai is a junior studying psychology and French in CAS. After long nights as a news desk editor and web managing editor, he escaped to Paris for a semester. He somehow got roped back into the paper as an Editor-at-Large but couldn’t be happier. In his spare time, he likes to prowl around the city in search of Abbi and Ilana from "Broad City.” He hasn’t been lucky thus far but that isn’t going to stop him. Kavish is the type of person to describe his favorite music as dream pop and sometimes randomly speaks French, but if you can get over that, he’s a pretty cool person.

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Classes With Notable Professors

Classes With Notable Professors

Apr 4, 2016
NYU students have the unique opportunity to take classes with award-winning professors, so we've compiled a list of some notable ones to watch out for.

How do you tell a boy you like him?

Nov 30, 2015

One time in elementary school, at the ripe age of 7 or 8, my girlfriend said she liked someone else. I didn’t really care about her, though, because I had a crush on the boy...

The Vices Issue

The “Vices” Issue

Oct 26, 2015

Our generation does drugs. We make money in unorthodox ways. We are in unconventional relationships. We know this, but we hardly talk about our varied behaviors without sneering...

Using Vices to Make Money: Lexi Goes on Dates

Using Vices to Make Money: Lexi Goes on Dates

Oct 26, 2015
Lexi*, a Gallatin senior, became a sugar baby to keep up with the NYU lifestyle.

Hidden gems in city of lights

Feb 26, 2015

Paris, the city of love, can fulfill all of your romantic dreams. You can hold your significant other’s hand and walk along the Champ de Mars, looking at the glittering Eiffel...

Video: [VIDEO] Op-Ed Live: Presidential Search

Nov 20, 2014
Emily Bell and Kavish Harjai discuss NYU's Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. The discussion is moderated by Omar Etman. Video produced by Christian Forte, Sam Bearzi and Shawn Paik.
NYU President John Sexton addresses a student at the town hall on Oct. 1.

Town hall heats up over NYU Abu Dhabi

Oct 2, 2014
NYU President John Sexton held the first town hall of the semester on Wednesday.
Lets Talk: Mental Health, Sex & Drugs

Let’s Talk: Mental Health, Sex & Drugs

Sep 25, 2014

Dear Readers, Sometimes as I walk down the street, I’m thankful to be surrounded by the city’s energy. Other times, attending a demanding university in New York’s...

Video: Weekly Recap Sept. 15-19

Sep 22, 2014
Here's a quick look at last week's top stories.
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[UPDATE] Strand Bookstore evacuated

Sep 16, 2014

UPDATE: Around 7 p.m., a spokesperson from the New York Fire Department confirmed the evacuation occurred because something was sprayed into the air, possibly pepper spray. — Original story...

Video: Weekly Recap Sept. 1-7

Sep 8, 2014
A wrap-up of the most popular stories from the past week. 
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[UPDATE] SLAM, other groups bring JanSport protest to Welcome Center

May 2, 2014

UPDATE: The University released a press release on May 6 that said it would not order more merchandise from JanSport. "NYU has decided not to place any new orders of merchandise...

Spring semester news recap

Spring semester news recap

May 1, 2014

The spring 2014 semester brought a slew of stories that took the university by storm. This timeline represents some of the most popular and contentious of those stories. Jan....

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Petitions circulate after flyer scandal

Apr 28, 2014

Both the NYU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and TorchPAC, a Jewish student organization, created petitions on change.org regarding their positions on the recent...

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President before Sexton leaves legacy

Apr 21, 2014

L. Jay Oliva, 14th president of NYU, played an integral role in developing the NYU community by encouraging school spirit and introducing the Martin Luther King Scholars Program....

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Non-tenured faculty make case for greater representation at Senate meeting

Apr 18, 2014

Tensions rose at the last Senate meeting of the year when discussion of the representation of contracted faculty, non-tenured faculty, students and portal campuses in the Senate...

Erotic gay art, once hidden, on display in SoHo

Erotic gay art, once hidden, on display in SoHo

Apr 7, 2014

Museum-goers are flocking to the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for a stimulating, never-before-seen exhibit. “Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum...

New York State public schools suffer from segregation

New York State public schools suffer from segregation

Apr 2, 2014

New York State public schools are the most segregated in the nation, according to a report released on March 26. The report, published by the Civil Rights Project at the...

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Up-and-Comer | Jesse Wheaton

Mar 27, 2014

Two canvases, meant to portray a child’s imagination, hang above Jesse Wheaton’s bed. Yet the psychedelic patterns, brocaded fabrics and jumbled colors are more reminiscent...

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Memorial honors Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire victims

Mar 26, 2014

Students gathered at the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in an event sponsored by Workers...

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Dropbox to open office in NYC

Mar 24, 2014

Dropbox, a growing cloud-storage company, is in the process of opening an office in New York City. Currently, employees of Dropbox are working out of a temporary office space...

Water Week to make first splash at NYU

Water Week to make first splash at NYU

Mar 13, 2014

[email protected], a group dedicated to educating, advocating and fundraising on behalf of the world’s children, will host NYU Water Week from March 24 to March 28. This year...

Fed Chair Janet Yellen to address class of 2014 at Yankee Stadium

Fed Chair Janet Yellen to address class of 2014 at Yankee Stadium

Mar 12, 2014

Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, will be the speaker at the 182nd NYU commencement in May, the university announced on March 12. Yellen, along with former New York...

Dept. of Ed. releases guidelines for protecting transgender students

Dept. of Ed. releases guidelines for protecting transgender students

Mar 12, 2014

The New York City Department of Education revealed guidelines that protect the interest and safety of transgender students in public schools on March 10. “‘Transgender’...

[UPDATE] Space Priorities Working Group finalizes NYU 2031 proposals

[UPDATE] Space Priorities Working Group finalizes NYU 2031 proposals

Mar 5, 2014

UPDATE Friday, March 7, 3:00 p.m.: Sexton publicly announced that he, the deans and other members of senior leadership support the University Space Priorities Working Group's...

[VIDEO] WSN interviews Jeff Dachis at NYUEF

[VIDEO] WSN interviews Jeff Dachis at NYUEF

Mar 4, 2014

News Editor Kavish Harjai interviews Jeff Dachis at the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. Dachis, current CEO, chairman and founder of Dachis Group, was the second keynote speaker at...

Proposed bill plans paid state tuition

Proposed bill plans paid state tuition

Mar 4, 2014

New York state schools may be tuition-free for in-state students in the future. Assemblyman James Skoufis from New York Assembly District 99 is promoting his proposal to...

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ASA conference draws criticism from pro-Israel groups

Mar 3, 2014

A conference, organized by the American Studies program at NYU, sparked controversy as it attempted to answer questions that arose after the Americans Studies Association endorsed...

Entrepreneurs Festival celebrates student work, provides industry advice

Entrepreneurs Festival celebrates student work, provides industry advice

Mar 3, 2014

The Entrepreneurs Festival took place last weekend at NYU, bringing together entrepreneurs and students from across the city to provide advice and discuss their ideas, paths...

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Mary Jane reeks havoc in residence halls

Feb 27, 2014

Students living in Second Street residence hall and the C2 tower of Carlyle Court residence hall recently received emails addressing issues related to increased marijuana use. Melissa...

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Think tank analyzes Instagram future

Feb 26, 2014

The 2014 Instagram intelligence report of Stern professor Scott Galloway’s L2 Think Tank, a research company dedicated to assessing the presence of brands in social media...

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NYU Reacts: Protests persist in Venezuela

Feb 24, 2014

Global attention is focused on Venezuela after an increase in demonstrations against President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government last week. Gallatin sophomore Daniela...

NYU 2031 still sparks protest on campus

NYU 2031 still sparks protest on campus

Feb 10, 2014

Two large banners reading “RIP Coles 1981-2015” stood in front of the entrance to Coles Sports Center on Feb. 9 as part of a protest led by the Student Labor Action Movement...

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On coping: Floormates reflect on Titan Lee-Hai

Feb 7, 2014

As a student journalist who recently faced a tragedy, the only way I have found myself able to cope and dignify what happened is to write about it. My friend and floormate, Titan...

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ØDD Fall/Winter 2014

Feb 6, 2014

Click on image for more looks from ØDD F/W 2014. Judson Harmon harnessed space-like sounds and water-textured visuals in order to perpetuate his theme of “Water on the Moon”...

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University grapples with student safety, wellness

Feb 5, 2014

For the university, ensuring the well-being of over 40,000 students is a daunting undertaking. NYU has several safety nets, including a wellness hotline and counseling services. The...

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Classes made portable with app redesign

Feb 3, 2014

The student-developed app Kipin Hall celebrated the integration of a web-based educational platform into mobile solutions for Apple and Android devices today. The app, which...

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American Studies Association boycotts Israeli academic institutions

Jan 27, 2014

The American Studies Association’s National Council announced on Dec. 4 that they supported a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. During a 15-day voting period, the...

Friends, students reflect on professor Samuel Maratecks passing

Friends, students reflect on professor Samuel Marateck’s passing

Jan 15, 2014

Professor Samuel Marateck passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, after a protracted illness. Marateck taught in the Department of Computer Science for decades and will be remembered...

UCSL meeting includes announcements on Hayden

UCSL meeting includes announcements on Hayden

Dec 6, 2013

Marc Wais, vice president of Global Student Affairs, opened the final University Committee on Student Life meeting by praising the committee for all the work they put into this...

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Naftali to begin LGBTQ, activist archives at Tamiment

Nov 25, 2013

  Tim Naftali will head the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives starting in mid-January, Carol Mandel, dean of NYU Libraries, recently announced. Naftali,...

Alumni demonstrate in Washington Square Park, question value of higher education

Alumni demonstrate in Washington Square Park, question value of higher education

Nov 22, 2013

Alumni from NYU and other universities protested student debt and questioned the value of higher education in Washington Square Park. On Nov. 21,  the alumni spoke out about...

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Public Safety reassesses safety measures in wake of assault incidents

Nov 14, 2013

In response to NYU’s two incidents of assault occurred around campus in October, university officials are in the process of reviewing the University’s Public Safety Standards. "Since...

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Insomnia Cookies expands delivery route, includes Carlyle Court

Nov 12, 2013

Students in Carlyle Court residence hall can now have cookies delivered to their doors. Insomnia Cookies has decided to include the residence hall in its delivery route. CAS...

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Queer Union hosts ‘Pier Kids’ documentary, raises funds for Kickstarter campaign

Nov 11, 2013

  Segments from “Pier Kids: the Life,” a documentary by Elegance Bratton and produced by Nathan Proctor, revealed the issues plaguing LGBTQ youth in New York City. At...

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Red and blue clashed in NYU political party debate

Nov 8, 2013

At the semi-annual NYU College Republican-Democrat debate, both student organizations engaged in a heated discussion about fracking and the Affordable Care Act. “We chose...

Panelists discuss crisis pregnancy centers, Planned Parenthood

Panelists discuss crisis pregnancy centers, Planned Parenthood

Nov 6, 2013

For the NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice’s first event of this school year, a panel of experts discussed crisis pregnancy centers and screened a new HBO documentary,...

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Annual Pumpkin Fest attracts crowds to Central Park

Oct 27, 2013

  Zombies, Frankenstein’s monsters, superheroes and many other characters attended this year’s annual Pumpkin Fest in Central Park. The sun was out on Saturday,...

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Discussion questions meaning of queer across borders

Oct 23, 2013

The NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Department of East Asian Studies co-hosted an event titled Queer Japan as part of the Globally Queer? series on...

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NYU Reacts: Marriage equality in New Jersey

Oct 22, 2013

New Jersey opened the state to same-sex marriages on Oct. 21 without an appeal from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Christie’s administration had initially stated it would...

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Select dorms prepare for future storms

Oct 17, 2013

  One year after Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29, 2012, NYU has completed some initiatives in response to the needs of displaced students. Initiatives included...

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#NYUthemoreyouknow aims to educate students on safe drinking

Oct 3, 2013

Twitter fanatics may have spotted a trend in the NYU community. Residence hall Twitter accounts launched an initiative in September to tweet alcohol-related facts with the...

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Author Reza Aslan visits NYU to discuss religion, history

Sep 24, 2013

The New York Times bestselling author Reza Aslan visited NYU yesterday students to give a public lecture about the spread of Islam in the Middle East. Author of “Zealot: The...