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Washington Square News

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Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu, Digital Director

Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu is a senior double-majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication and Journalism. He directs everything digital at WSN. You can directly reach him digitally at [email protected].

All content by Kaiyu (Kevin) Wu
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

Tori Morales and Kevin Wu January 22, 2023

Fritting markers, meant to reduce heat and bird collisions, can be seen on the windows throughout the building.

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

December 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

December 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)

(Illustration by Kevin Wu; Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Review: ‘Living’ is a remarkably pointless rendition of an all-time classic

Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor December 15, 2022

(Illustration by Kevin Wu; 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

December 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

December 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)

Colin Huggins wearing all black playing a grand piano in the middle of a park. The piano’s paint is worn off on the edges and text “this machine kills fascists” is etched onto the paint in all caps.

Photo: Washington Square Park piano man may leave NYC 

Adrita Talukder, Deputy Culture Editor December 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

November 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

November 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

November 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)

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Best spots to celebrate National Cappuccino Day

Kasey Goldenberg, Contributing Writer November 8, 2022

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

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

Liz Lindain, Contributing Writer November 8, 2022

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

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Thai food to Soothr your heart and soul

Linsey Liao, Staff Writer November 7, 2022

(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

November 1, 2022

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

The entrance and facade of N.Y.U’s Brittany Hall dormitory.

Photo: Haunted spots near NYU

Sarah Whitacre, Staff Writer October 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

December 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

Jhenesis Hines, Contributing Writer October 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

October 24, 2022

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

Artist Frida Foberg stands next to her exhibition installation of a wooden table with a mirror, utensils, and dush of plated food on it. WSN contributing writer Alisha Goel sits in a wooden chair by the table facing Frida.

Photo: ‘Never Alone’ sets a table for one

Alisha Goel, Contributing Writer October 21, 2022

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

Three people stand on top of a white van which has the text “BIRDS AREN’T REAL” pasted on its side, parked near the Washington Square Arch. A crowd of protestors holds up signs behind the van. Four New York City police officers stand on the other side facing the protesters.

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

Mayee Yeh, Deputy Managing Editor October 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

October 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?

October 14, 2022

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

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Lattes and no laptops: Unplugged cafes in NYC

Jasmine Venet, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

(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

Abby Wilson, News Editor October 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

October 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

October 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

October 6, 2022

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

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Diners near campus that will fill your heart and your stomach

Sarah Whitacre, Contributing Writer September 30, 2022

(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.

September 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

September 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’

September 26, 2022

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

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Nightlife in the city: How to have fun when you’re under 21

Linsey Liao, Contributing Writer September 23, 2022

(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

September 22, 2022

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

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Photo: Ranked: What is the best NYU dining hall?

Lorraine Olaya, Deputy Managing Editor September 19, 2022

(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

September 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

Molly Koch, Contributing Writer September 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

September 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.
Camila Ceballos, Samson Tu, Kevin Wu and Manasa Gudavalli September 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.

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

Carmo Moniz and Edward Franco September 1, 2022

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