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

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

Washington Square News

All content by Mariapaula Gonzalez
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Protesters set up Gaza Solidarity Encampment outside Paulson Center

The encampment is the second to be organized on campus, after the first was swept by police Monday evening.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Update, 12:18 a.m., April 27 An unidentified speaker announced to the encampment that remaining protesters — of which...

(Lianna OGrady for WSN)

Students and faculty set up pro-Palestinian encampment at Gould Plaza

The demonstration follows similar encampments at Columbia University and Yale University, where student protesters have been arrested.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Update, 3:50 a.m., April 23 Arrested protesters are being released from NYPD headquarters downtown in groups of two to...

Police officers in what look like biker helmets stand around the entrance to a subway station. Behind them, people are marching. One person holds a small Palestinian flag, and two hold up posters.

NYU students join hundreds at Columbia pro-Palestinian encampment

More than 100 student protesters were arrested at the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia University on Thursday afternoon. NYU students and faculty were reportedly not among those arrested.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 19, 2024

The New York City Police Department arrested over 100 students during a pro-Palestinian demonstration at Columbia University yesterday, where NYU students joined hundreds at the...

Students gathered in the Paulson Center lobby with a sign saying “N.Y.U. HAS BLOOD ON ITS HANDS” in black and red font with red paint handprints. A Palestinian flag is hanging on the window behind them.

Over 150 hold demonstration outside Paulson, attempt to enter lobby

The university said a student encouraged a group of non-NYU affiliated protesters to enter the building.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 2, 2024

More than 150 pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated outside the Paulson Center on Saturday, with a smaller demonstration inside the building’s atrium organized by students...

A protester holds a mock newspaper called “The New York Crimes” with the headline “STOP THE PRESSES! FREE PALESTINE!”

Students protest media coverage of Israel-Hamas war at journalism career fair

A small group of students protested coverage of the war by various news outlets during a career fair hosted by the journalism department.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 1, 2024

Content warning: This article contains mentions of sexual violence. A group of around 10 students protested the attendance of several major news outlets at a career fair held...

A lecture hall with students sitting in the foreground and two men sitting around a Palestinian flag.

NYU restricts SJP event access, citing admin concerns of ‘contentious speakers’ on college campuses

The university closed public access to a Students for Justice in Palestine event last week, and a similar event was postponed by another student-led organization earlier this month.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Staff Writer March 14, 2024

NYU restricted access to an event hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine last Thursday due to what an administrator referred to as “events featuring contentious speakers”...

A tall building complex with protruding glass windows under construction. Across the street from the construction site is a row of buildings with brown brick exteriors. The road sign indicates that the building is on Bleecker Street.

NYU’s yearslong history with the Turner Construction Company

The university hired Turner to construct the Paulson Center months after filing a lawsuit against the company accusing it of building faulty flood protections.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Staff Writer February 20, 2024

Just a few months before NYU hired Turner Construction Company — an international construction services firm based in North America — to build the now-completed Paulson Center,...

To the right there is a sign on a brick wall that reads, ‘New York University School of Law.’ Behind that wall is the entrance of a brick building.

Inside NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic

Every year, up to 12 NYU Law students participate in the school’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, where they provide legal representation in immigration cases.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Every year, up to 12 second and third-year law students work at the School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic — a yearlong course where students provide legal representation...

(Graphic by Manasa Gudavalli)

A look inside the student government’s budget

NYU’s student government receives an operating budget of around $500,000 every academic year. Last year, it spent the most on Violet 100 programming, conference funding and stipends, with thousands of dollars also put toward a banquet and retreats.
Graylin Lucas and Mariapaula Gonzalez November 29, 2023

The student government budget was around $524,000 last year, with the most money having been spent on the spring spirit week event Violet 100, grants for students to attend conferences...

An illustration of a letter titled Statement by N.Y.U. M.L.K. Scholars For a Liberated Palestine displayed on a laptop screen in front of a dark purple background. The first two paragraphs of the letter are enlarged on top of the screen.

MLK Scholars condemn NYU response to Israel-Hamas war, call for shut-down of Tel Aviv site

A group of students in the MLK Scholars program recently signed a letter to President Linda Mills and other administrators criticizing the university’s response to the Israel-Hamas war.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Contributing Writer November 28, 2023

Dozens of students in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars honors program signed a Nov. 13 letter criticizing NYU’s response to the Israel-Hamas war and calling for the university...

Three banners, each reading “Free Palestine,” “Shut Down N.Y.U. Tel Aviv” and “Cease-fire and De-occupy,” hang from the staircases in the Bobst Library.

Pro-Palestinian faculty group hosts teach-in on campus

NYU’s Faculty for Justice in Palestine hosted a discussion on the Israel-Hamas war, Palestinian history and how the university has responded to the conflict.
Mariapaula Gonzalez, Contributing Writer November 13, 2023

Students and faculty discussed the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and expressed solidarity for Palestinian resistance and academic freedom at a teach-in at the Iris...

A portrait of a person with brown and silver hair, wearing long silver earrings.

NYU announces Center for Indigenous Studies, will establish new major

The university’s new center, which is slated to open in spring 2024, will provide a dedicated space for Indigenous students on campus and launch an Indigenous Studies major.
Adrianna Nehme and Mariapaula Gonzalez October 24, 2023

NYU will establish a Center for Indigenous Studies this coming spring, according to a recent announcement from Interim Provost Georgina Dopico. Under the new center, the university...

A birds-eye-view of Manhattans skyline.

Study proposes solutions to housing shortages in big cities

A recent study by NYU and Columbia University researchers suggested that many U.S. office spaces could be converted into affordable housing units.
Mariapaula Gonzalez and Salma Badr September 25, 2023

Researchers at NYU and Columbia University found that repurposing vacant offices as affordable living spaces could help alleviate housing issues in major cities, including New...