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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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Helping out in the kitchen, having a  relaxing movie night, or writing to family members. Listen to the traditions that are keeping us sane in the middle of the pandemic. (Photo by Sammy Tavassoli, Alana Beyer and Alex Tran. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

Culture Desk Staff: The Traditions That Keep Us Grounded

It’s been almost a year since the start of the pandemic in the U.S., and life has been the same ever since. Check out the traditions our staff writers follow to keep themselves sane, especially over Zoom University.

  The Rhythm of Wontons Dana Sun, Culture Editor I’ve been wrapping wontons with my parents ever since I learned to walk. It’s usually just the three of us, standing...

Gloves and masks are indispensable items for going out during the pandemic. Nonetheless, they are only a few of the changes made to dating in this weird time we are all experiencing. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

The New Normal of Dating in the Pandemic

Soulja Boy’s “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” is now being done literally.
Madison San Miguel, Contributing Writer Sep 17, 2020

A year ago, wearing a mask and avoiding physical contact would not have been necessary to go on a rendezvous with someone new. Now, the pandemic has shifted the way we meet new...

A student tries to follow their pre-pandemic schedule while attending school remotely. Madison San Miguel discusses some of the ways she brings NYC back home. (Photo by Madison San Miguel)

I Tried: Following an NYC School Schedule From Home

Seven months since the start of quarantine, one student returns to her pre-pandemic routine while studying remotely.
Madison San Miguel, Staff Writer Sep 15, 2020

As we continue to live in a world still operating under pandemic precautions, it’s hard to distinguish life from when we were first sent home over spring break last semester...

A student prepares to use the Houseparty app on their iPhone. As state governments have asked their residents to stay at home, people have begun to find new ways to connect virtually. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Virtual Hangout Apps for Social Isolation

Missing your friends in quarantine? Try these four apps to keep in touch digitally.
Madison San Miguel, Staff Writer Apr 29, 2020

It’s a Zoom world, and we’re all just living in it. Now that NYU has transitioned to remote learning, community members are forced to frequent the app as a pseudo-setting for...

Changing gears to remote learning can also alter workout routines. Stay home and stay active with these online options. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

No Gym? No Problem

With every gym in the country closed, get your workout on with these fun and mostly free ideas.
Madison San Miguel, Staff Writer Apr 6, 2020

The idea of exercising at home seemed appealing when it was cold and rainy in New York City. But now that we’ve transitioned to remote learning, we must also transition our regular...

Instructors in the Food Lab help a student with the recipe she must complete in class. The Steinhardt class is a hands-on course that exposes students to a variety of culinary techniques. (Photo by Madison San Miguel)

What Is NYU’s Food Lab?

Steinhardt’s Nutrition and Food Studies Lab is more than your average cooking class.
Madison San Miguel, Staff Writer Feb 28, 2020

The NYU Food Lab smells of freshly diced beets and toasted almonds.Students in white coats and purple baseball caps rush, purposefully, around a large kitchen. The tantalizing...

Liberal Studies sophomore Victoria Abraham runs an Instagram page called @fat_fab_feminist. She aims to encourage the acceptance of all body types. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Meet the LS Sophomore Calling For Fat Liberation

Victoria Abraham is using her massive social media following to spread her message of body positivity.
Madison San Miguel, Staff Writer Feb 18, 2020

The establishment of a feminist club at her high school influenced Liberal Studies sophomore Victoria Abraham to create her Instagram page, @fat_fab_feminist. The then-junior sought...

The first thought that popped into my head the moment I opened the color stick was that it looked like a giant crayon. The writer describes her experience using the popular Milk lip and cheek stick. (Staff Illustration by Min Ji Kim)

Mediocre MILK Makeup

Despite MILK Makeup Lip + Cheek’s cult following online, it simply didn’t live up to the hype.
Madison San Miguel, Contributing Writer Oct 17, 2019

In the world of dewy complexions and multi-use products, MILK Makeup is one of those beauty brands that everyone knows and loves. With its minimalistic packaging and exceptional...

The Hoax of Trump’s National Emergency

The Hoax of Trump’s National Emergency

Read one writer’s take on the national emergency after having lived next to the U.S.-Mexico border her entire life.
Madison San Miguel, Contributing Writer Feb 25, 2019

I am extremely proud to say that I am Mexican. I love my culture. I love the diversity of people, the food, the marvelous celebrations and the language. It is highly disappointing...

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