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Mansee Khurana

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Mansee Khurana is a CAS sophomore studying Psychology and Philosophy. You can usually find her in the newsroom trying to convince you to help her with a crossword or ranting about Jeopardy. If not, she probably got lost on the subway. Help her out by following her on Twitter @mansee_writes.

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How Maha Hashwi Rallies to Build a Better World

How Maha Hashwi Rallies to Build a Better World

The Tandon senior brings together her background and her undeniable strength to prove that the power of the people can set waves of change into motion.
Dec 5, 2019

On one of the first cold Tuesdays of the year, the Muslim Student Association’s mentorship event had a low turnout, but even with only 30 of the 100 or so members present, you...

Louise Lessél’s “The Black Queen” serves as the embodiment of the evil myths surrounding queen Barbora. It’s a digital and computer-operated actor capable of interacting with an actress, who plays queen Barbora in her battle for her reputation and honor. The darkness is represented by particles following the actress and glass screens serve as triggers for various events to move the play along. (Courtesy of Louise Lessél)

Louise Lessél Brings Metaphors Into Reality Through Programming

Artist Louise Lessél creates interactive experiences and turns the audience into participants in her latest projects, including Cosmic Harp, The Wave and The Black Queen.
Oct 16, 2019

Former NYU President John Sexton visited the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute on Washington Square on Thursday to discuss his new book “Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age. (Photo by Mansee Khurana)

Former NYU President John Sexton Addresses Criticisms of NYUAD

President Emeritus John Sexton responded to criticisms of NYU’s operations in Abu Dhabi during a talk to promote his new book “Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age.”
May 8, 2019

Former NYU President John Sexton came to the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute on Washington Square on Thursday to discuss his new book “Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic...

Colloquium Room at Kimmel is where Student Government meets. A Socially Responsible Investment resolution failed to pass the University Senate on Thursday. (Staff Photo by Jorene He)

Sexual Misconduct, Sustainability Addressed by University Senate Resolutions This Year

Four of five resolutions presented to the University Senate during the 2018 to 2019 academic year were passed.
May 6, 2019

The University Senate, which is the most powerful representative body within NYU, passed four resolutions this semester. They touch on issues including sustainability and sexual...

A panel speaks the Breaking the Glass Ceiling event at NYU Skirball (Staff Photo by Mansee Khurana).

Successful Women Discuss Struggles in Male-Dominated Fields

Tisch alumna Gina Rodriguez spoke at Skirball with other women who have made it far in their fields and overcame obstacles along the way.
Apr 29, 2019

Actress and alumna Gina Rodriguez (Tisch ‘06) returned to NYU on Monday to moderate a panel of women who spoke about the different career paths they have taken in male-dominated...

Students read Anonymous Affirmations, a Lipton Residence Hall initiative that sends messages of positivity to NYU students. (Photo by Jorene He)

Current Wellness Resources Fall Short of Expectations

Fourteen students who have used NYU’s Counseling and Wellness Services told WSN they did not receive adequate care.
Apr 29, 2019

*Some of those who spoke to WSN asked to only be identified by their first name for privacy reasons. Jaelynn Ortiz’s first semester at her dream school did not always feel...

Robert Hotz, Brain Nosek and Alicia Speigel held a discussion on Journalism on the Brain at the Arthur L. Journalism institute. (Photo by Mansee Khurana)

NPR’s ‘Invisibilia’ Co-Host Talks About the Importance of Narratives

The Kavli Foundation’s last talk at the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism hosted two leaders in science discussing the importance of credibility.
Apr 24, 2019

NPR’s “Invisibilia” co-host Alix Spiegel and psychologist Brian Nosek discussed the credibility of scientific research and reporting in an event hosted by NYU’s Science,...

Esther Perel spoke at NYU Skirball today, April 22. (Staff Photo by Mansee Khurana)

There’s a ‘Consumerism of the Soulmate,’ Sex Therapist Says

Podcaster and New York Times best-selling author Esther Perel spoke about modern-day relationships at Skirball.
Apr 22, 2019

Celebrated author and sex therapist Esther Perel spoke about how feelings of loneliness can increase dependence on one’s romantic partner at this season's last edition of the...

The facade of the Leslie eLab. (WSN file photo)

Tech Week Starts With the Question: Is AI Ethical?

Hosted by [email protected], Tech Week’s first event on Monday discussed how Artificial Intelligence can feed into systematic discrimination, while Tuesday’s event delved into how product management led to the creation of an app for first responders to disaster-stricken areas.
Apr 18, 2019

[email protected]’s Tech Week kicked off with events on the Ethics of AI and Women in Product Management. [email protected] is a community of students interested in technology who host public...

How ‘Hip’ Is NYU?: University Asks Students in New Survey

How ‘Hip’ Is NYU?: University Asks Students in New Survey

A random group of students were chosen to participate in NYU’s latest marketing campaign.
Apr 16, 2019

A select number of NYU students woke up to an email on Friday morning asking them to participate in a survey about how they perceive NYU. SimpsonScarborough, an educational...

Professor Jin Kim Montclare. (Courtesy of Professor Montclare)

Tandon Professor Inducted Into Bioengineering Elite

Professor Jin Kim Montclare discussed her election into the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.
Apr 4, 2019

Jin Kim Montclare, a professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering...

University Senate meetings are held on a monthly basis in the colloquium room. Attendees include members from the Student Senators Council, the Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Senators Council and the Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council, among others. (WSN File Photo)

University Senate Approves Motion to Expand LS Representation

The USenate voted to give the Dean of Liberal Studies a seat after a year-long effort by a faculty member.
Mar 28, 2019

The University Senate overwhelmingly approved a resolution which will allow the Dean of Liberal Studies, currently Julie Mostov, to sit on the Dean’s Council of the University...

Students crowd the steps of Kimmel to listen to speakers of different faiths at the vigil. (Photo by Alana Beyer)

Vigil at Kimmel To Honor New Zealand Victims

The Islamic Center held a vigil on Friday to honor victims of the Christchurch shooting.
Mar 15, 2019

Over 100 students came together to fill the steps and balcony of the Kimmel Center for University Life on Friday to share prayers and thoughts for the victims and families of the...

NYU hosts an event as part of its ongoing Stonewall talk series, detailing NYUs relationship to the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Mansee Khurana)

The ‘Streak of Violet’ on LGBTQ History

Rosenthal Pavilion hosted a seven-act event featuring key moments of NYU’s LGBTQ community.
Mar 11, 2019

As part of the ongoing Stonewall 50 celebration at NYU, the university premiered the documentary “What Stonewall Means to Me,” at today’s Streak of Violet: LGBTQ+ History...

Silver School of Social Work Professor James Martin (via nyu.edu)

Professor Honored by LGBTQ Caucus

Associate Professor James Martin speaks about his networking caucus and the history of LGBTQ members in the workplace.
Mar 11, 2019

While working on his dissertation at the University of Illinois, current NYU professor James Martin felt pressured to hide what he was really interested in: LGTBQ issues. Now,...

With the initial hype around cryptocurrency having died down, the future of blockchain is in question. (Photo by Mansee Khurana)

Future Labs Talk Focuses on Blockchain

This month’s Tandon’s Future Labs Focus talk spoke about the future of blockchain post-hype.
Mar 5, 2019

With the excitement of bitcoin and blockchain dying down, NYU’s Tandon Future Labs brought together a panel of experts to discuss the relevance of cryptocurrencies in the future....

Why Havent Students Heard of the University Senate?

Why Haven’t Students Heard of the University Senate?

The University Senate passed 31 resolutions in the last eight years, minutes from their meetings show.
Mar 4, 2019

You know how graduation is held at Yankee Stadium every year? Well, that’s decided by the University Senate — a 137-person body made up of students, faculty and administrators...

Guilamo-Ramos and his team at the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health discuss the Families Talking Together Program. (Courtesy of Dr. Vincent Guilamo Ramos)

Parent-Child Talks Combat Youth HIV, Professor Says

Silver Professor Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos speaks about his work with HIV prevention in Latino and African-American adolescent populations.
Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos first saw Manhattan through the windows of a yellow school bus. “The classic school trip was to go to the Museum of Natural History,” Guilamo-Ramos...

Ta-Nehisi Coates, distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, spoke at NYU Skirball Center tonight. (Courtesy of Gabriella Demczuk)

Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘The Power of Invisibility Is Dissipating’

At a Tony Judt memorial lecture, the "Between the World and Me” author spoke about how history’s misremembered accounts contribute to misunderstandings with today’s left.
Feb 28, 2019

Distinguished writer Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Skirball Center for Performing Arts yesterday in honor of Tony Judt, celebrated historian and founder of NYU’s Remarque — a program...

NYU Student Missing, Last Seen in Brooklyn

NYU Student Missing, Last Seen in Brooklyn

Feb 26, 2019

Update Feb. 28: According to Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Marc Wais, Pal was found this Thursday and is safe. CAS senior Nyamal Pal was last seen leaving a courthouse...

NYUs Skirball hosts a panel of professors as part of NYUs Stonewall 50 campaign. (Photo by Alana Beyer)

Fifty Years After Stonewall, Talk Revisits NYU’s History With the LGBTQ Community

In 1970, NYU prevented queer clubs from holding events on campus. Today, they celebrate Stonewall’s 50th anniversary.
Feb 26, 2019

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots — which are often credited as the catalyst for the gay liberation movement — NYU Skirball hosted a discussion about...

Cecil Scheib, NYU Assistant VP for Sustainability, talked about the sustainability of NYU buildings at UN Initiatives Climate Change Panel. (Staff Photo by Min Ji Kim)

Sustainability Initiatives Focus on Engagement and Reduction

An in-depth look at the 35 new initiatives announced by the Office of Sustainability.
Feb 25, 2019

In an effort to increase university-wide sustainability, NYU’s Sustainability Working Group  announced 35 new initiatives at last week’s University Senate meeting. These initiatives,...

NYU announced that it will no longer spend money on plastic water bottles. WSN File Photo.

NYU to Ban Spending on Plastic Water Bottles

NYU announced at a University Senate meeting that it would no longer buy plastic water bottles starting in 2020, although vending machines on campus will continue to offer them.
Feb 14, 2019

In NYU’s movement toward sustainability, student activists often ask for more. On Thursday, the university announced that it would no longer purchase single-use plastic water...

The logo of NYUs Student Government. (Courtesy of NYU Student Government)

Resolutions Halted Before USenate

Authors of two prominent resolutions last semester express concern about the future of their proposals.
Feb 11, 2019

The University Senate will hold its first meeting of the spring 2019 semester on Valentine’s Day. It will be the first opportunity for the University Senate to potentially present...

NYPD Faces Backlash for Cleaning Up Homeless Outside Silver

NYPD Faces Backlash for ‘Cleaning Up’ Homeless Outside Silver

The 6th Precinct caused controversy on Twitter when they posted photos of homeless people's belongings seemingly being thrown away.
Feb 7, 2019

This Tuesday, the NYPD 6th Precinct posted a series of photos on Twitter showing individuals cleaning up an area in front of the Silver Center for Arts and Science that is often...

Pair of Pants Missing  From Lafayette

Pair of Pants Missing From Lafayette

Feb 4, 2019

From Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, the Department of Public Safety received eight reports of larceny, four reports of a drug law violation, one report of harassment, and six reports of controlled...

The NYU Langone Medical Center, located on First Avenue. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Medical School Applications Surge in Wake of Free Tuition

Applications to NYU’s School of Medicine increased by 47 percent after offering free tuition to students.
Jan 28, 2019

After deciding to attend NYU’s School of Medicine last year, University of Massachusetts graduate Margareta Ianosi-Irimie spent her summer thinking about how she was going to...

The Damage Proxy Map higlights the areas in California that is potentially impactd by the Woolsey and Camp Fires. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech)

California Students Watch From Afar as Their Home State Burns

Students share their experiences with the wildfires in California while away at school.
Nov 15, 2018

Despite being 3,000 miles away from home, Tisch senior Sami Sneider can still feel the heat of the recent fires that have engulfed California. “I’m from Venice, so you...

A team presentation at the Super Hacks competition. Teams worked to create start up ideas involving AI. (Photo by Alana Beyer)

NYU Launches AI Hackathon

NYU put student engineers and entrepreneurs to the test with an AI hackathon in which they had to work against the clock to design and pitch ideas.
Nov 12, 2018

This weekend, the NYU InnoVention Society hosted the university’s first AI hackathon at the Galvanize technology space in SoHo, putting business and engineering students together...

Shiv Soin, a first-year CAS student who works with the NY State Democratic Party.

From the Books to the Polls, NYU Students Ace the Midterms

Two students speak about working on midterm campaigns.
Nov 6, 2018

As the midterm season and the elections come to a close, some NYU students have immersed themselves in both. NYU students have been able to participate in New York midterm...

NYU alum John Keene recently was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. (Courtesy of John Keene)

CAS Alumnus Awarded Genius Grant

Oct 22, 2018

Long before he received the phone call that would change his life, John Keene was just another graduate student at NYU, spending his days studying in Elmer Holmes Bobst Library...

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses NYU students and community members at the Skirball Center on Monday. She spoke about the presence of women in politics, particularly young women. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Nancy Pelosi Discusses Female Empowerment at NYU

Oct 16, 2018

On Monday evening, California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was among prominent women in a lineup to speak at the first NYU Skirball Talks event of the year. Among other topics, Pelosi...

In lieu of the Kavanaugh allegations, NYU students attend a vigil honoring victims of sexual assault.

In Light of Kavanaugh Allegations, 15 Clubs Organize Sexual Assault Vigil

Oct 1, 2018
A vigil was held for survivors of sexual assault.
College Democrats and Republicans Prep for Election Season

College Democrats and Republicans Prep for Election Season

As elections approach, a preview of what student Republicans and Democrats have planned this semester.
Sep 17, 2018
As elections approach, a preview of what student Republicans and Democrats have planned this semester.