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Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu, Photo Editor

Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu is a junior double-majoring in journalism and Media, Culture, and Communication. He firmly stands at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, but is still deciding where to head next. You can find him anxiously looking at 35mm film prices on the B&H Photo Video website. Although he is a bit socially awkward, you can contact him via [email protected] or follow @kevvvin_wky on Instagram.

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An illustration of a stack of paper documents against a purple background with a gradient.

Photo: How the pandemic affected NYU’s bottom line

Nov 23, 2022

An inside look at NYU’s tax forms. (Illustration by Kevin Wu)

A collage of two email memo screenshots regarding Maitland Jones against a background with a purple gradient. There is an N.Y.U. logo on the top left corner of the first screenshot.

Photo: Provost promises more transparency after concerns about Maitland Jones firing

Nov 9, 2022

NYU is planning on making changes to its faculty handbook following the backlash around the firing of Maitland Jones Jr. (Illustration by Kevin Wu)

An N.Y.U. flag hangs from the side of a building. The text is white and reads “N.Y.U. The “U” in the banner is faded. The background of the flag is purple.

Photo: Why we left NYU

Nov 8, 2022

Without the “U,” it’s just New York. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A photo of University Place, a street near NYU’s Washington Square campus. A white Dodge Charger with its left-front wheel missing and left front fender bent. Five police officers stand next to the car. Their white Sheriff’s vehicle is parked nearby.

Photo: Masked driver crashes car into Madman Espresso

Nov 1, 2022

The car crashed at University Place and 10th Street at around 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

The plaque outside the Mark Twain House in Greenwich Village

Photo: Haunted spots near NYU

Oct 31, 2022

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

A plaque that reads “New York University School of Law” next to the front gate of N.Y.U.’s law school.

Photo: ‘A slap in the face’: Outrage after ICE lawyers invited to NYU Law event

Oct 28, 2022

File photo: The entrance of the Vanderbilt Hall of the NYU School of Law. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A man on a bike passes by the exterior of The Halal Guys, located on 307 E. 14th Street.

Photo: The best cheap eats near NYU

Oct 25, 2022

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

An illustration of a megaphone with a red handle. Written in orange on the megaphone are the words “Staff Rants.”

Staff Rants: Midterms and midterms

It’s the middle of the term! The WSN staff offers our thoughts on our exam-packed weeks and the ongoing congressional election season.
Oct 24, 2022

On unoriginality: It’s really unoriginal of NYU to hold midterm exams during the midterm elections. As an academic institution that discourages plagiarism, it shouldn’t steal...

The number 6 train arriving at the Union Square station. People stand on the platform and walk on an overpass above the tracks.

Photo: Latest subway safety plan puts more police in stations

Oct 24, 2022

A train arrives at the Union Square subway station. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A white dish with food made with apples, pears, husk cherries, ricotta, cream, maple syrup, lingonberry, and holy basil.

Photo: ‘Never Alone’ sets a table for one

Oct 21, 2022

The final dessert was a sweet conclusion to my precious time with myself. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A person wearing a red shirt holds up a white poster with an image of the cartoon character Big Bird and the text “BIG BIRD IS WATCHING YOU.”

Photo: Birds Aren’t Real protest flocks to Washington Square Park

Oct 17, 2022

A protester holds a sign that reads “Big Bird is watching you.” (Kevin Wu for WSN)

Two people writing on a poster laid on the ground with text “ABORTION ACCESS DAY OF ACTION.” Around the poster are texts written on the ground with chalk, one block of text says “NYU PROVIDE ABORTION WITHOUT COST, QUESTION, OR DELAY!”

Photo: Opinion: It’s time to expand reproductive health care on campus

Oct 14, 2022

NYU needs to expand its reproductive healthcare on campus. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

An exterior photograph of a Blank Street Coffee from street view.

Photo: Blank Street Coffee: Symbol of gentrification or new neighborhood staple?

Oct 14, 2022

What you should know about Blank Street Coffee now that they are located everywhere across New York City. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A photograph of the outside of the N.Y.U department of chemistry.

Photo: Faculty unions fear for contract rights after Maitland Jones firing

Oct 12, 2022

NYU faculty fear for their contracts after Maitland Jones was fired without advance notice. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

The facade of a restaurant with a lot of plants around the entrance and an outdoor dining area. Next to the plants is a small board that indicates this is a bakery opening from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Photo: Crème de la crème: Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery’s homage to French croissants

Oct 6, 2022

Lafayette Bakery offers a variety of French and Mediterranean dishes, including the TikTok-favorite circular croissants. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A photograph of a printed edition of The New York Times. The newspaper is turned to a page on which an article titled “N.Y.U. Students Were Failing Class. The Professor Lost His Job” is visible. In the newspaper, the article is accompanied by a photo of a male wearing a blue suit jacket standing in a park.

Photo: Students not to blame for Maitland Jones firing, NYU faculty say

Oct 5, 2022

The Oct. 4, 2022, edition of The New York Times, in which an article about NYU firing an organic chemistry professor was published. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A male holding a microphone standing among a group of people sitting in a conference hall with a projector screen in the back indicating that this is the Fall 2022 Town Hall event of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Photo: Graduate students raise concerns about housing, employment availability at town hall

Oct 6, 2022

A town hall for students in the Graduate School of Arts and Science takes place at Hemmerdinger Hall. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

The entrance to a building with two signs showing arrows and the text IN and two identical notices of “THIS ENTRANCE IS CLOSED PLEASE USE 19 WEST 4TH STREET ENTRANCE TO ACCESS C-LEVEL CLASSROOMS” sticked on two glass doors.

Photo: CAS renovations shut down basement entrance to 19 W. 4th St.

Sep 28, 2022

Due to ongoing renovations for the future home of the College of Arts & Science, students no longer have normal access to the basement classrooms in 19 W. Fourth St. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A plaque says “New York University School of Law” next to the front gate of N.Y.U.’s law school.

Photo: Respite for NYU student parents as COVID restrictions ease

Sep 27, 2022

File photo: The entrance to Vanderbilt Hall, the main academic building of NYU’s School of Law. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A hand holding a smartphone with the podcast “What is Good Sex @ NYU” playing on the screen, with the Washington Square Arch in the background.

Photo: NYU's new sex-positive podcast tells you how to have ‘Good Sex @ NYU’

Sep 26, 2022

The “Good Sex @ NYU” podcast features university faculty and other guests to educate listeners on safe sex practices. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

The outside entrance of N.Y.U Langone Health’s main campus with a road sign in front of the modern building with a glass facade.

Photo: NYU Langone ranks No. 1 in leadership and ambulatory care

Sep 22, 2022

NYU Langone was listed on top of Vizient’s 2022 ranking on leadership quality, outpatient quality and accountability. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

The 6 subway train arrives at the Union Square station. People stand on the platform and walk on the overpass.

Photo: Opinion: College students should not have to pay for Metrocards

Sep 19, 2022

Subsidizing transportation costs, including subway fares, would alleviate the financial burden faced by commuting students.(Kevin Wu for WSN)

A New York City street in the winter. A pile of garbage covered in snow on the side of the street.

Photo: Opinion: Get involved with community service around New York City

Sep 12, 2022

Snow and garbage line Broadway on a winter day. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A stage with “NYU Welcome” projected on the screen. Two speakers standing on the right and three guests sitting on the right.

Photo: Incoming filmmakers show why cinema matters at NYU Welcome Film Festival

Sep 5, 2022

The Welcome Week Film Festival gave undergraduate filmmakers the opportunity to feature their works on the big screen. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A group of photographers standing and crouching on the zebra-striped crosswalk.

How to get away, even if you’re stuck

A glimpse into how our photographers de-stressed during the summer.
Sep 2, 2022

An illustration of a megaphone with a red handle. Written in orange on the megaphone are the words “Staff Rants.”

Staff Rants: First day of classes

Welcome, or welcome back! WSN staff shares our thoughts and feelings about the start of the semester.
Sep 1, 2022

On Thursday: NYU feels very comfortable disrupting the traditional week by starting classes on a Thursday — and not only a regular Thursday, but a Thursday before a long weekend....

An aerial view of the Washington Square Arch with a crowd of NYU students wearing purple outfits in the background.

Photo: What you missed around NYU this summer

Sep 1, 2022

Washington Square Park, at the heart of NYU’s Manhattan campus. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

People hold signs at an abortion rights protest in Washington Square Park. Signs include Legalize abortion once and for all, We will not go back, and My body my choice.

Photo: Thousands rally for abortion rights across NYC in wake of leaked Roe ruling

May 5, 2022

Abortion rights protest in Washington Square Park on May 3. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

A crowd of people and cyclists walking across an intersection.

A photo hoarder’s monologue: streets IN digital & ON analog

Finding beauty in capturing the streets of New York City through digital and film photography.
Apr 30, 2022

As someone who has spent most of his life in cities of different shapes and sizes, street photography almost feels like the default category of photography for me. I didn’t start...

A photo of the outside of the NYU Law School building. A man wearing a mask is seen walking outside the front door into the courtyard.

Photo: Bitter dispute about Israel and Palestine divides NYU Law community

Apr 28, 2022

A petition has been created in opposition to NYU’s Law Students for Justice in Palestine letter, which was released on April 11. It addresses the recent string of Palestinian attacks in Israel. (Photo...

The brick column in front of the NYU law school with a plaque saying “New York University School of Law.”

Photo: Teach-in condemns NYU Law Policing Project

Apr 25, 2022

Teach-in protests against NYU School of Law’s Policing Project claim the project’s sponsors support the prison-industrial complex and heighten tension between communities of color and the police. ...

A front view of the Ukrainian restaurant Veselka. The restaurant has a small dark red and yellow awning with its name printed on it. In front of the restaurant there are trees without branches in pots painted with the yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flag.

Photo: Veselka, the heart of Ukrainian solidarity in New York

Apr 14, 2022

Veselka is a Ukrainian restaurant in the East Village owned by Jason Birchard. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

The exterior facade of a brown building with black and white signage on top of the windows of Sunny and Annies Deli on the corner of a street.

Photo: The best late-night and 24-hour eats around campus

Mar 29, 2022

Sunny and Annie’s (Photo by Kevin Wu)

The facade and outdoor dining space of Carroll Place. Above the restaurant’s entrance is a sign with the restaurant’s name in gold letters.

Photo: The best places for bottomless brunch around NYU

Mar 4, 2022

Carroll Place is an Italian restaurant located at 157 Bleecker St. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Madman Espresso is a cafe on University Place near NYU’s Washington Square campus. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Photo: Local businesses wrestle with record inflation

Feb 3, 2022

Madman Espresso is a cafe on University Place near NYU’s Washington Square campus. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Caffè Reggio is an Italian cafe located on 119 MacDougal St, whose outdoor dining seating has quadrupled in size during the pandemic. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Photo: Outdoor dining plan sparks space conflicts among Village residents, businesses

Dec 12, 2021

Caffè Reggio is an Italian cafe located on 119 MacDougal St, whose outdoor dining seating has quadrupled in size during the pandemic. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies held a panel to discuss the worsening Haitian immigration crisis. The panel highlighted President Biden’s failure to implement solutions and America’s history of racism against Haitians. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Photo: Amid worsening border crisis, NYU panel talks mistreatment of Haitian migrants

Dec 1, 2021

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies held a panel to discuss the worsening Haitian immigration crisis. The panel highlighted President Biden’s failure to implement solutions and America’s...

The NYU School of Law’s Lead the Way campaign raised over $540 million. NYU Law students want that money to be used for student financial aid. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Photo: Law students want more say in spending of $540M fundraised by NYU Law

Oct 28, 2021

The NYU School of Law’s Lead the Way campaign raised over $540 million. NYU Law students want that money to be used for student financial aid. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

The restaurant offers a variety of pizza options that accommodate a range of dietary restrictions. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Photo: Champion Pizza gives back to the community one slice at a time

Oct 21, 2021

The restaurant offers a variety of pizza options that accommodate a range of dietary restrictions. (Photo by Kevin Wu)