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Kevin Kurian

Kevin Kurian, Opinion Editor

Kevin Kurian is a CAS junior studying Politics and Economics. He's from Connecticut and won't shut up about it if you get him started. Kevin is passionate about affordable housing and finding the best biriyani near campus. You can find him on Twitter at @KevinKurian.

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Mayor Eric Adams recently converted his first paycheck to cryptocurrency. He previously declared that he would take his first three paychecks in Bitcoin. (Image via Wikimedia Commons, Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Mayor Adams, don’t take your checks in crypto

While cryptocurrency could generate jobs in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams should not encourage the use of Bitcoin as a currency because of its instability and environmental harm.
January 26, 2022

Eric Adams, the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Swagger,” is attempting to breathe new life into a city afflicted by rising crime and a global pandemic. He’s maintained an eccentric...

One year ago today, domestic terrorists in support of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

Opinion: The Jan. 6 insurrection, one year later

In order to ensure the health and safety of U.S. democracy, the Senate must censure or expel Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
January 6, 2022

A year ago today, right-wing rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to silence 81 million people who voted against former President Donald Trump. They came bearing firearms...

Julian Hammond Santander: Thinking about capturing sexuality with Ian, it’s very important to focus on the power of selectiveness in showing. The idea that you’re only seeing as much as Ian—or I—want you to. Maybe it’s half a snarling mouth or the faint line down his abdomen, the outline of a face or an exposed chest presented proudly with pout. (Staff Photo by Julian Hammond Santander)

Ian Partman on revolution, abolition and activist scholarship

Gallatin sophomore is changing the world, one movement at a time.
December 10, 2021

Ian Partman strode into the headquarters of WSN, his steps imbued with purpose. The first thing I noticed when I saw him wasn’t the headphones dangling around his neck or the...

Conservative Senate hopeful J.D. Vance, pictured here at Turning Point USA’s Southwest Regional Conference in April 2021, often speaks at conservative events. Vance’s recent comments at the National Conservatism Conference disparaged higher education and professors. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)

Opinion: Senate hopeful J.D. Vance embodies American conservatism’s anti-intellectualism

American conservatives are taking up arms against education itself in a misguided and dangerous anti-intellectual crusade.
November 16, 2021

Republican senate hopeful J.D. Vance quoted disgraced former President Richard Nixon earlier this month in a harangue against institutions of higher education, going as far as...

NYU Langone Health should include Juneteenth on its holiday calendar. Recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday would be an act of recognition that shows Langone acknowledges the historical wrong of slavery. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: NYU Langone failed by not designating Juneteenth as a holiday

Instead of offering employees an optional “Cultural Heritage Day” in place of Juneteenth, NYU Langone should do the right thing by acknowledging the historical significance of June 19.
November 8, 2021

WSN recently reported that NYU Langone Health, NYU’s academic health center, did not include Juneteenth on its holiday calendar, instead allowing employees to choose one...

India Walton is a democratic socialist who won the Buffalo’s mayoral Democratic primary in June. While Buffalo’s majority-Democratic electorate would typically ensure Walton’s election as mayor, some of her fellow Democrats have refused to endorse her. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Opinion: Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton deserves Democrats’ endorsement

The lack of support for democratic socialist India Walton among New York state Democrats is unacceptable and foolish politics. 
October 26, 2021

Democratic socialist India Walton defeated incumbent Mayor Byron Brown’s attempt to seek a fifth term in the Buffalo mayoral primary in June. In this predominantly Democratic...

Food delivery services have become more essential in recent years. Mayor de Blasio must sign legislation to give them greater protections.
(Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

De Blasio must deliver for delivery workers

The New York City Council passed an unprecedented slate of legislation that will protect delivery workers from unsafe working conditions. Bill de Blasio should sign it immediately.
September 24, 2021

Hurricane Ida revealed the shallowness of America’s praise for frontline workers. As the streets of New York flooded, some decided that a pizza or a burrito was more important...

The Daily Screener is a form developed by NYU to track the vaccination status of students and staff. However, given the information-carrying capacity of NYU ID cards, the Screener appears redundant and wastes people’s time. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: The NYU Daily Screener is redundant

There is no reason why we should have to show our Daily Screener and NYU ID to enter university buildings.
September 8, 2021

Despite NYU accepting the most diverse class in campus history, there are a handful of universal experiences among the student body that transcend race, gender and class. One of...

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace on Aug. 10 after an official investigation confirmed he had sexually harassed at least 11 women. Although public pressure compelled Cuomo to resign, a mere resignation is not sufficient to properly hold him accountable. (Image via Wikimedia Commons, Staff Photo and Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Cuomo Must Never Hold Office Again

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced his resignation. We must do everything in our power to prevent his political comeback.
August 25, 2021

Note: This article contains mentions of sexual assault which may be triggering to some readers. Please proceed with caution. A notorious sexual predator left New York’s highest...

President Biden, cancel student loan debt

President Biden, cancel student loan debt

The Biden administration is considering the cancellation of up to $50K of student loan debt through an executive order. Doing so would benefit NYU students.
April 12, 2021

In a sharp departure from his centrist posturing during the Democratic primary, President Biden embraced the power of his office by signing more executive orders in his first two...

America needs high-speed rail

America needs high-speed rail

The rest of the developed world is eating America’s lunch in high-speed rail. Our country needs to act by making it a central part of President Biden’s infrastructure proposal.
March 26, 2021

The United States falls behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to high-speed rail. From the Czech Republic to China, governments across the world are innovating to...

Keep New York Citys streets open

Keep New York City’s streets open

New York City did the right thing by opening the streets to pedestrians during the pandemic. The streets should stay open after the pandemic.
March 17, 2021

One of the only good things to come out of the pandemic was the opening of New York’s streets.  The Open Streets initiative benefited New York’s small businesses when they...

We Should Be Able to Recall Cuomo

We Should Be Able to Recall Cuomo

Cuomo has betrayed the public's trust by harassing women and covering up the pandemic’s true toll on New York’s nursing homes. Voters should have the ability to recall the governor.
March 9, 2021

The past several weeks have shown the nation that a miscreant occupies the New York governor’s mansion. From being accused of sexual misconduct by five women to lying to the...

Save the Supreme Court

Save the Supreme Court

While it is important to prevent a conservative hegemony on the court that would rescind the protections and liberties of vulnerable communities, it is essential that the plan to reform the Supreme Court considers long-term interests.
September 24, 2020

As a result of Mitch McConnell’s push to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her passing on Sept. 18, it is likely that the Supreme Court will have a 6-3 conservative majority...

President Trump Has No Clue What He’s Doing

President Trump Has No Clue What He’s Doing

The President’s blatant and intentional mismanagement of COVID-19 highlights his inability to perform the duties associated with his role.
September 16, 2020

In the 1970s, investigative journalist Bob Woodward relied on extreme cloak and dagger tactics to uncover evidence that implicated then-President Richard Nixon in the Watergate...

NYPD, Stay Out Of Our Restaurants

NYPD, Stay Out Of Our Restaurants

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent plan to reopen indoor dining and use the New York Police Department to enforce social distancing will only place Black and indigenous people of color in more danger. Instead, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene should shut down noncompliant restaurants.
September 8, 2020

As the pandemic rages on, city and state government officials are brainstorming plans to reopen indoor dining in New York City. While restaurants outside of the five boroughs have...

NYU, Cut Ties With Chartwells

NYU, Cut Ties With Chartwells

NYU’s latest quarantine meal delivery debacle should give cause for the university to re-evaluate its relationship with its dining provider, Chartwells.
September 1, 2020

It was a surreal experience to see my TikTok feed filled with moldy and bizarre excuses for meals from my own university. From watermelon chicken salad to a single piece of bread,...

Amazon, Protect Your Workers and Meet Their Demands

Amazon, Protect Your Workers and Meet Their Demands

In order to protect their workers from COVID-19, Amazon must better enforce social distancing protocols while providing paid leave for at-risk workers.
April 28, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon has come under fire for mandating that their employees continue to work in conditions that make social distancing impossible. According to organizers,...

The Trump Administration Must Stop Politicizing COVID-19

The Trump Administration Must Stop Politicizing COVID-19

From President Trump’s delayed use of the Defense Production Act to federal aid discrepancies between states, he routinely places his goal of reelection over the lives of everyday Americans.
April 16, 2020

The federal government’s policies during this pandemic have been weak and slow in action. A part of this problem stems from the fact that the Trump administration’s response...

Curtailing the Endless Military-Industrial Complex

Curtailing the Endless Military-Industrial Complex

Military contractors have exploited Washington insiders through lobbying and overcharging since the days of Eisenhower, often at the expense of U.S. troops and taxpayers. This grifting must end.
April 3, 2020

The United States’ military spending has reached $934 billion dollars, outpacing all other industrialized countries in a period of official peacetime. The fact that this year’s...

NYCHA, Buy Up Vacant Apartments

NYCHA, Buy Up Vacant Apartments

In order to deal with the housing affordability crisis, NYCHA should purchase the 250,000 vacant apartments in the city and convert them into affordable housing units.
March 3, 2020

New York City’s housing crisis is a bizarre paradox. Currently, hundreds of thousands of residents grapple with cost barriers while trying to find affordable apartments through...

Andrew Yang Should Run for Mayor

Andrew Yang Should Run for Mayor

A Yang candidacy for New York City mayor holds the promise of progressive and transformative change for the five boroughs.
February 26, 2020

Andrew Yang recently ended his long-shot campaign for president following a disappointing finish in the New Hampshire primary. The entrepreneur and political newcomer was propelled...