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

Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

Manasa Gudavalli

Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief

Manasa Gudavalli is a super senior studying a super strange combination of psychology, mathematics, journalism, and chemistry. When they are not editing the Washington Square News, they are probably reading Freud, watching college football, or developing film photos. You can find them on Instagram @manasa.gudavalli and

All content by Manasa Gudavalli
An illustration of an older man with a mustache and glasses, wearing a light blue shirt and navy blazer. Behind him are antiques and face designs.

Photo: Opinion: Renaming the Steinhardt school is long overdue

Feb 16, 2024

(Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

An N.Y.P.D. car parked outside N.Y.Us Alumni residence hall with groups of students standing by the building entrance.

Photo: Alumni Hall, 4 other NYU buildings receive false bomb threat

Feb 9, 2024

Students wait outside Alumni residence hall on Thursday night as the police and fire department search the premises. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

A pink background split into two sides by a violet zig-zag. On the left side there is a red shirt with white text that reads 49ers and blue-denim shorts. On the right side there is a red hoodie with yellow text that reads CHIEFS, a gold chain and a football.

Photo: Blitz and ‘fits: A Super Bowl style guide

Feb 9, 2024

(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Linda Mills in a black gown with silver trim stands behind a clear podium with a reflector in front of it. The silhouettes of the back of people’s heads are in front of her.

Photo: Mills inducted as fellow of social work honor society, Silver dean named president

Feb 1, 2024

President Linda Mills at her inauguration ceremony hosted at the Paulson Center. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Letter from the editor: On reflection

Letter from the editor: On reflection

Honoring my final semester at the Washington Square News, NYU’s independent student-led publication.
Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief Jan 22, 2024

It’s my last first day of school. Today signifies the first page of the final chapter of my undergraduate years at NYU — a moment wrapped in nostalgia, accomplishment and the...

(Graphic by Manasa Gudavalli)

Photo: A look inside the student government’s budget

Nov 29, 2023

(Graphic by Manasa Gudavalli)

N.Y.U. president Linda Mills wearing a black gown with silver decorative patterning stands behind a podium. She is wearing a large silver medallion around her neck.

Photo: Opinion: The NYU Promise is not promising for all students

Oct 30, 2023

File Photo: NYU president Linda Mills at her Presidential Inauguration ceremony hosted at the Paulson Center. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Taylor Swift performs standing with a guitar in hand. Swift wears a pink mid-length dress with layered ruffles as she sings into a standing microphone.

Photo: Ranked: Taylor Swift’s vault tracks

Oct 25, 2023

File Photo: Taylor Swift performing her surprise songs at the Eras Tour concert in Boston, 2023. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

A purple poster with icons of a mask and the daily screener placed on the glass door entrance of N.Y.U.’s StudentLink Center.

Photo: Opinion: COVID-19 still exists, despite what NYU seems to think

Oct 19, 2023

File Photo: NYU’s COVID-19 safety posters in front of the StudentLink Center in March 2021. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Linda Mills in a black gown with silver detailing stands behind a podium in front of a purple backdrop and seated rows of people. In front of her are the backs of John Sexton and Andrew Hamilton’s heads.

Photo: Mills announces free tuition for low-income students starting fall 2024

Oct 18, 2023

Former NYU presidents John Sexton and Andrew Hamilton watch current president Linda Mills give her inaugural address. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Fans sang, danced and cheered throughout the film. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Review: Taylor Swift brings the stage to the big screen in The Eras Tour concert film

In this cinematic cut, the Eras Tour “Hits Different.”

Since Taylor Swift last filled stadiums with her “Reputation” tour, she has released four new albums: “Lover,” “folklore,” “evermore” and "Midnights.” Due to...

A model wearing a baggy, red V-neck overshirt with two purple stripes on each sleeve and a purple letter W on the center walks on a runway. The model is wearing a long-sleeved purple shirt under the overshirt, and baggy, red leather-like pants. The model wears two stud earrings, and black shoes. A model wearing a floor-length, denim button-up overcoat with only the top two buttons closed and jeans with the fly unbuttoned walks on a runway. The model is pregnant, with the open coat revealing a pregnant stomach. The model wears brown lace-up boots, with thumbs hooked in the pants’ pockets. A model wearing a black, seemingly leather, crop top, closed in the front by two buttons, walks on a runway. The model wears a white beanie and baggy, purple pans with big pockets on both legs. The model’s boxers are slightly visible above the pants. The model wears small, gold-colored hoop earrings, and brown lace-up boots.

WHENSMOKECLEARS brings ‘Uptown Couture’ to the runway

WHENSMOKECLEARS exemplifies New York City fashion at Spring/Summer 2024 New York Fashion Week.
Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief Sep 15, 2023

From left to right: a model wearing a yellow-and-purple plaid knitted vest and a yellow patterned knitted tie; a model wearing a white and red-and-mint shirt and a skirt of the same color; a model wearing a purple jumpsuit.

Parsons MFA ‘We Dem Kids’ show breaks away from the expected

Parsons MFA students debuted their NYFW Spring/Summer 2024 designs at the Brooklyn Museum.
Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief Sep 14, 2023

The Master of Fine Arts program at The New School’s Parsons School of Design presented its New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 collection “We Dem Kids” at the Brooklyn...

Letter from the editor: On change

Letter from the editor: On change

Welcome to Washington Square News, NYU’s independent undergraduate newspaper.
Manasa Gudavalli, Editor-in-Chief Aug 4, 2023

Dear Readers, When thinking about my own first year at NYU, I vividly remember the mix of emotions that filled my heart — the excitement of meeting new friends and the thrill...

N.Y.U. Welcome Week ambassadors stand on the steps in the lobby of the Kimmel Center for Student Life waving and cheering to passersby.

What to expect when you’re expecting: NYU Welcome edition

Here’s our guide to preparing for your first week on campus.
Manasa Gudavalli and Naisha Roy Aug 4, 2023

In the days following the chaos and excitement of your dorm move-in, you’ll get to experience NYU’s version of student orientation — NYU Welcome. From Aug. 26 to Sept. 15,...

Taylor Swift stands on a black platform onstage with a microphone in hand, surrounded by smoke and red light. A white spotlight shines on her as she performs, wearing a black bodysuit with one pant leg and sleeve as well as black boots.

What to know before you go: The Eras Tour

Swifties, here's the ultimate survival guide to seeing Taylor Swift in all of her eras. “1, 2, 3, let’s go bitch!”
Natalie Thomas and Manasa Gudavalli May 26, 2023

A wide view of the N.Y.U Stern graduation ceremony. Goldman Sachs C.E.O. David Solomon — wearing a purple robe with a white collar — speaks behind a podium. Flowers surround him, and people in purple robes sit on stage. There is a full audience watching the stage, most people wearing graduation caps and robes.

Photo: ‘Life is a marathon, not a sprint’: Goldman Sachs CEO at Stern graduation

May 19, 2023

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon addresses the Stern 2023 undergraduate class. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

The exterior of Le Fournil bakery. A banner with white text reads “Boulangerie” in blue, red and white, the color of the French flag, sits above the entrance.

Photo: The best French bakeries in New York City

May 5, 2023

(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

A stall at a flea market with many boxes holding different types of stones and crystals on a table. There are yellow price tags next to some of the boxes. People are browsing the stall in the back.

Photo: The best outdoor flea markets to visit this spring

Apr 27, 2023

(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Chair-elect Ryan Carney poses for a photo.

Photo: Ryan Carney elected next NYU student government chair

Apr 14, 2023

Ryan Carney, chair-elect of NYU’s Student Government Assembly. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Members of the student government gathered in the senate to vote on a new chair. A screen displays “General Discussion.”

Photo: Ryan Carney elected next NYU student government chair

Apr 14, 2023

NYU’s Student Government Assembly elected Ryan Carney as its next chairperson. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

An illustration of a COVID-19 vaccination card in the background with a half-full syringe on the left in the foreground and a bottle reading “COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER” on the right.

Photo: NYU to drop COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Apr 5, 2023

(Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Andrew Hamilton, a man in a black suit, laughing.

Photo: ‘I feel like I’m attending my own funeral,’ Hamilton says at farewell event

Mar 31, 2023

NYU president Andrew Hamilton mingled with event attendees after the Student Government Assembly farewell chat.(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Judith Heumann wearing N.Y.U’s commencement robe and red-framed glasses waves to the crowd.

Photo: Judith Heumann, disability rights activist who spoke at NYU graduation, dies at 75

Mar 5, 2023

File photo: Judith Heumann at NYU’s commencement in May 2022. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

The interior of a restaurant with a plant and an upside-down barstool. Next to the plant is a blackboard with the text “Jadis” written with chalk on it.

Photo: Booze on a budget: Happy hour spots near NYU

Mar 3, 2023

(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

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