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Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu

Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu, Multimedia Editor

Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu is a junior double-majoring in journalism and Media, Culture, and Communication with a minor in Web Programming and Application. He is constantly hesitating on whether to take journalism as a major or not. He'll eventually figure it out, hopefully soon.

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A large open lobby with two stripes of lights on the ceiling. There are white tables on the left side and red sofa chairs on the right side. On the wall to the right hangs an art installation with strands of colorful wires.

Photo: What’s inside NYU’s $1.2 billion Paulson Center

Jan 22, 2023

The Paulson Center Commons on the second floor is an open space for students to study and socialize.

A tall building complex with a glass exterior in daylight with traffic passing in front of the building.

Photo: 181 Mercer named John A. Paulson Center after donation from hedge fund billionaire

Dec 14, 2022

NYU’s flagship development project, 181 Mercer Street, is scheduled to open in January. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

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: Trespasser uses fake NYU ID to access law school dorm

Dec 20, 2022

An unidentified man accessed an NYU Law building at least one time last month using a fraudulent NYU ID. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

A man in a blue shirt and a brown tie holds his right arm up while speaking to a group of students. Behind him, there is a slide that is drawn over that reads: “Stern Best, thumbs up emoji.”

Photo: Off-Third: Sternies are better than us, actually

Dec 7, 2022

Stern dean Robert Whitelaw was right when he said that Sternies are just better than everyone else. (Illustration by Kevin Wu; Tori Morales for WSN)

An illustration of pages of a legal document in the foreground and a blurred image of an N.Y.U Campus Safety badge in the background.

Photo: Man convicted of murder sues NYU after being denied Campus Safety job

Dec 2, 2022

The lawsuit against NYU is filed on the basis of New York State Human Rights Law. (Illustration by Kevin Wu; Manaal Shareh for WSN)

A pair of hands with tattoos on the fingers holding the keyboard of a grand piano. The piano is taken apart and exposing its internals. The right hand is also holding a paper towel roll.

Photo: Washington Square Park piano man may leave NYC 

Dec 1, 2022

Huggins took apart his piano after it became soaked by rain in early October. (Courtesy of Kevin Wu)

The facade of a restaurant with brown-tinted windows and a retracted, blue sun shade with white text “208” and “JA MOY” in all caps.

Photo: Keep calm and eat at Ja Moy Kitchen & Bar

Nov 29, 2022

Ja Moy Kitchen & Bar provides the perfect ambiance in the midst of New York. (Kevin Wu for WSN)

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: Stories from students who transferred out

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: NYU Law withdraws from US News rankings, following other top schools

Dec 6, 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.

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

File photo: NYU students walked out of classes for reproductive rights on Oct. 6 in Washington Square Park. (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...

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.

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.

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.
Kevin Wu, Staff Photographer 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...