NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

Marita Vlachou

Marita Vlachou, Deputy Managing Editor

Marita Vlachou is a junior at the College of Arts and Science studying Economics and Journalism. She is currently the Deputy Managing Editor for WSN. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece and has always enjoyed traveling around the world and learning new languages. When she is not working for WSN, she organizes events for Greek students on campus through the NYU Hellenic Heritage Association, dances salsa and spends time with her friends. Marita joined the team in Spring 2014 and is excited to keep working for WSN. Cheers to a great semester!

All content by Marita Vlachou

Marita Vlachou: CAS, Journalism and Economics

May 4, 2017

Dear Marita, It’s officially been four years of NYU. Four years of living in four different neighborhoods of New York City. From your freshman year floormates that became...

Taking Action: The Syrian Refugee Issue

Taking Action: The Syrian Refugee Issue

April 18, 2016

The UN Refugee Agency reported that over 4,837,208 refugees have been affected by the violence in Syria. Every day we read stories about Syrian citizens having to flee their homes,...

Inside the Crisis: With a Student Who Lived in Syria

Inside the Crisis: With a Student Who Lived in Syria

April 18, 2016
CAS sophomore Selin Yurtsever who lived in Syria for five years shares her insight on the ongoing crisis.
The Partying Issue

The Partying Issue

February 16, 2016

What comes after falling

November 30, 2015

Growing up I was shy and very uptight. In many ways I think I still am and I can’t name a specific reason for that. I grew up in a family of divorced parents, but even though...

The Financial Aid Issue

The Financial Aid Issue

November 9, 2015

Letter from the Editor How am I going to pay for all of this? Most NYU students have asked ourselves this question starting when we receive our much-anticipated acceptance letters...

Poly receives $100 million gift, changes name

Poly receives $100 million gift, changes name

October 5, 2015
The Polytechnic School of Engineering received a gift of $100 million from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon.

[UPDATE] NYU student to be released by North Korea

October 5, 2015

UPDATE [Oct. 5, 11:46 p.m.]: NYU spokesperson John Beckman said the university is relieved to hear the good news of Joo's release. "He and his family have been in our thoughts,"...

Is Television Dead?

September 8, 2015

Remember those days when you had to anxiously hurry home, sit on your couch and wait for your favorite TV show to start? Well, those days are probably over. For good. With more...

School of Professional Studies Commencement

School of Professional Studies Commencement

May 22, 2015

Students, family and faculty gathered at the Grand Hyatt on Monday to participate in the School of Professional Studies graduation. SPS dean Dennis D. Lorenzo, who made the opening...

Protesters rally outside of Bobst for the compensation of Abu Dhabi workers affected by labor rights violations on Friday.

NYU student activists rally in support of Abu Dhabi workers

May 1, 2015
The NYU Abu Dhabi Justice Coalition held a rally in support of Abu Dhabi workers on May Day.
Thousands gather in Union Square prior to marching for the NYC Rise Up & Shut It Down For Baltimore protest on Wednesday.

New York City joins in Freddie Gray protests

April 30, 2015
Protests against police brutality were held throughout New York City on Wednesday in solidarity with Baltimore.

NYU Reacts: Sherrilyn Ifill to speak at 2015 Commencement

April 28, 2015
Members of the NYU community shared their thoughts on the recently announced commencement speaker.
Sherrilyn Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Sherrilyn Ifill to speak at graduation

April 28, 2015
NYU has announced this year's commencement speaker.
Kogon conducted a study which showed that LS students feel inferior to other NYU students.

Study: LS students feel stigmatized

April 26, 2015
A study conducted by an NYU student revealed that students in the Liberal Studies program feel inferior to other students.
Courtesy of NYUAD

UPDATE: Report issued on NYUAD labor conditions

April 19, 2015
An update to the recently released report on the labor violations at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus.
Courtesy of NYUAD

Investigators release report on NYUAD labor violations

April 16, 2015
An independent investigative firm hired by NYU to review allegations of labor violations at the NYUAD campus released their report.
NYU breaks applicant record

NYU breaks applicant record

April 6, 2015
NYU announced a record-breaking number of applicants for the incoming Class of 2019.
Construction workers cleanup damage from the East Village fire.

NYU Can Help initiative launches

April 2, 2015
NYU is launching the NYU Can Help initiative in order to help provide relief to those affected by the 7th Street fire.

Tuition hikes questioned

March 26, 2015
Growing speculation over tuition hikes for the 2015-2016 school year has resulted in a petition accumulating over 2,000 signatures opposing the change.

NYU Reacts: Sexual assault education

March 25, 2015
Students react to NYU's new online sexual misconduct education program.

Crime log: March 10 to March 18

March 23, 2015
A weekly round-up of crime from around the NYU campus.
Andrew Hamilton, who will succeed John Sexton as the university president, served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford starting 2009.

Andrew Hamilton appointed president of NYU

March 18, 2015

The university has announced that Andrew Hamilton, vice chancellor of the University of Oxford, will succeed John Sexton as the 16th president of NYU. In an email sent Wednesday,...

Josy Jablons is the treasurer of the Feminist Society as well as the founder and president of Students for Sexual Respect.

Josy Jablons

March 12, 2015

Even before founding Students for Sexual respect this spring, Gallatin sophomore Josy Jablons met frequently with the administration to ensure the university maintained prevention...

Students must complete the online course by April 15.

Course to address sexual assault

March 11, 2015
NYU will be rolling out a mandatory online training program for students designed to address sexual misconduct.
GSOC negotiates tentative contract with NYU administration

GSOC negotiates tentative contract with NYU administration

March 10, 2015
Negotiators from NYU and the union for graduate employees met to discuss a new contract for graduate student TAs.

Undergraduates protest university’s GSOC negotiations

March 6, 2015
SLAM rallies in response to the memorandum sent to the university regarding the potential strike of graduate student workers.
Palladium will return to being an upperclassmen only residence hall next year.

NYU revises housing procedures

March 3, 2015
NYU continues to announce changes to the housing options for the 2015-2016 school year.

Making the most of Abu Dhabi

February 26, 2015

One of the three NYU portal campuses can be found in the Middle East, and more specifically in the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. NYUAD offers more than...

NYU students react to the current economic situation in Greece.

NYU Reacts: Greek economy

February 24, 2015
NYU reacts to the agreement reached between Greece and its European creditors on Feb. 20 to extend their loan for four months.

NYU Secrets passes torch

February 23, 2015
NYU students react to the announcement that a new secrets forum will be created after the controversial NYU Secrets closes.
Parkchoonmoo Fall/Winter 2015

Parkchoonmoo Fall/Winter 2015

February 16, 2015
A review of the Parkchoonmoo Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

Study reveals FDA reporting issues

February 12, 2015
A university professor and his students investigated the FDA for burying research misconduct.
Students discuss aid at NYU Albany Day

Students discuss aid at NYU Albany Day

February 11, 2015
A discussion on black power in America as American Democracy is held accountable for racial injustice.
NYU plans to renovate two towers of Carlyle Court Residence Hall in Spring 2016.

Carlyle Court Residence Hall to close in spring 2016

February 10, 2015
The university announced plans to move forward with a plan to close two of the towers of the Carlyle Court Residence Hall for renovations beginning after the end of the fall 2015 semester.

Facebook page to whisper its last secret

February 3, 2015
NYU Secrets announced that the page will terminate at 9,000 posts.
NYU Law announces human rights institute

NYU Law announces human rights institute

February 3, 2015
NYU Law announced plans to launch a new institute for human rights.
In Bryant Park a fountain freezes over in the cold of winter.

NYU Reacts: Winter storm

January 29, 2015
Though snowstorm Juno didn't quite meet expectations, its effects—including class cancellations and public transit closures—made for an eventful start to the semester.

Trustee’s subpoena attempt denied

January 26, 2015
Federal judge ruled that subpoena for NYU Law students violated First Amendment rights.
Sophie Lasoff

Sophie Lasoff

December 11, 2014

In February 2013, NYU Divest hosted its first event — a lecture that featured environmentalist Bill McKibben as the main speaker. The event brought 500 people to Cooper Union....

National Context

December 4, 2014

SUNY Announces New Sexual Assault Policy SUNY unveiled a new system-wide sexual assault policy on Dec. 2, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for a comprehensive and uniform...

SLAM letter calls for fair wages, aid

SLAM letter calls for fair wages, aid

November 26, 2014
NYU's SLAM delivered a letter to John Sexton with their demands to improve student debt.
Protesters in Times Square.

Photo: Social media erupts after Ferguson verdict

November 25, 2014

Protesters in Times Square.

Startups compete in New York City Challenge Cup

November 21, 2014
Winners of the New York City Challenge Cup competition hosted by Incubator 1776 and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering were chosen on Nov. 10.
Assault survivor, New York Magazine editor encourage activism

Assault survivor, New York Magazine editor encourage activism

November 11, 2014
Experts and activists discussed rape culture on college campuses and the Roman poem "The Rape of Lucrece".
Megan Powers, Vice President of the NYU College Republicans, second from left, rebuts the stance taken on ISIL by her Democratic counterpart.

Students gather to debate key issues

November 4, 2014
A debate between NYU Libertarians, NYU College Republicans, NYU College Democrats, and International Socialist Organization was hosted by the NYU politics society.
In memoriam: Former Wagner Dean

In memoriam: Former Wagner Dean

October 22, 2014
First chairman of the MTA and former dean of NYU Wagner passed away at the age of 101.
From left to right: Michael Waldman, Alex Wagner, Robert George and David Corn discuss the lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming elections.

Midterms, Obama’s record debated

October 15, 2014
An event was held on Oct. 14 to discuss the importance of the upcoming midterm elections.
Jacqueline Hsia

A global perspective on domestic travel

October 9, 2014

It is normal for American students who are in a study abroad program to spend some of their free time traveling to nearby cities and countries. Unfortunately, their drive...

Lecture discusses portrayal of Greece

Lecture discusses portrayal of Greece

October 1, 2014
Event coverage of a lecture exploring how the international and Greek media have portrayed the Greek economic and financial crisis over the last few years.
Peace  scholar speaks at NYU

Peace scholar speaks at NYU

September 16, 2014

Yair Hirschfeld, a University of Haifa professor and key architect of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, spoke at the NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies last night about the current...

On the Wire: Global

On the Wire: Global

September 8, 2014
The latest news from NYU's study away sites.
Hotels serve as residence halls this fall

Hotels serve as residence halls this fall

September 2, 2014
NYU students displaced by dorm renovations have been given rooms in three Affinia Hotels.
Avital Glibicky/WSN

Recent string of thefts affects NYU campus

April 30, 2014

Students are at risk of having their property stolen when they are in coffee shops or restaurants near NYU’s campus. Wallets, laptops and bags have been taken since February....

courtesy of NYU

Study relates violence to school performance

April 22, 2014

When the homicide rate increases in a community, primary school children are more likely to fail a grade. A new study, co-authored by NYU sociology professor Florencia Torche...