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Meghna Maharishi

Meghna Maharishi, News Editor

Meghna Maharishi is a first-year in LS planning to major in Politics. As someone who’s lived in New Jersey her whole life, she will probably try to convince you that it’s not that terrible. In the rare event she’s not in the office reporting and writing, you can find her probably buying overpriced coffee, browsing through record stores or endlessly watching Bon Appetit videos on YouTube.

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The Incarceration to Education Coalition, joined by Student Labor Action Movement, protest outside the Kimmel Center for University Life in spring 2017. IEC protested NYUs inclusion of a box on its application that asks applicants to indicate criminal history. (WSN File Photo)

NYU to Create a Scholarship for Formerly Incarcerated Students

The scholarship, created in conjunction with the Prison Industrial Complex Committee and Incarceration to Education Coalition, will begin in the 2020-2021 school year.
May 31, 2019

NYU will offer a new scholarship for formerly incarcerated students beginning fall 2020 as a result of a prison divestment campaign by the Prison Industrial Complex Committee and...

Steinhardt flags fly above its Washington Square East building. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

Board of Trustees Announces Law Firm Aiding Investigation Into Steinhardt

After a month of silence on its investigation of the sexual harassment allegations against Michael Steinhardt, the Board of Trustees named the law firm aiding its investigation and listed resources members of the NYU community could use to share any experiences with Steinhardt.
May 13, 2019

The Board of Trustees announced in an email to the NYU community on Monday that law firm Ropes & Gray LLP is aiding it in its investigation of trustee Michael Steinhardt —...

Professor Avital Ronell (pictured) will return to NYU in the fall after being found responsible for sexual harassment last year. The Student Government Assembly published a letter on Friday condemning her return. (via Wikimedia Commons)

SGA Condemns the Return of Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

After it was revealed that a professor accused of sexual harassment would return to teach at NYU in the fall, the Student Government Assembly published a letter condemning the professor and the university.
May 10, 2019

The Student Government Assembly published a letter on Friday condemning the return of German and Comparative Literature Professor Avital Ronell — who was found responsible for...

Trees line the beach at Tel Avivs waterfront. (Staff Photo by Julia McNeill)

Academics Voice Support for Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s Boycott of NYU Tel Aviv

After the university criticized the Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s boycott of NYU Tel Aviv, academics have come out in support of the department.
May 10, 2019

Multiple groups of academics have written two different letters of support for the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis' boycott of NYU Tel Aviv that started last week. NYU’s...

A fire has broken out in a building on East 12th Street and University Place. (Staff Photo by Min Ji Kim)

Fire Erupts on University Place

There were no serious injuries after a fire at an office building on University Place, but two people went to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
May 8, 2019

Firefighters put out a fire that erupted on the fourth floor of an office building on 99 University Place Wednesday evening near the School of Professional Studies building on...

Seniors names on the steps of the Kimmel Center for University Life. (Photo by Akshay Prabhushankar)

Transgender Students’ Deadnames Placed on Kimmel Steps, NYU Begins to Address the Issue

The names were placed on Kimmel’s stairs to thank seniors who donated to the 1831 fund. After complaints by transgender students, the university has offered to replace the names of any affected seniors.
May 8, 2019

After an effort to recognize seniors who donated to the 1831 Fund by placing their names on the stairs of the Kimmel Center for University Life, some transgender students and allies...

Students from NYU Divest called for the university to become carbon neutral at protests on campus last year. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Impact of NYU Divest’s Resolution on University Sustainability Initiatives Remains Unclear

After working with students, faculty and administrators to revise its resolution for months, it is now unclear how much NYU Divest’s decarbonization resolution will impact university policies on sustainability.
May 7, 2019

After a resolution that called for NYU to divest from fossil fuels and gas plants that use fracking passed in the University Senate in April, it is now unclear how much the resolution...

The beach at Tel Avivs waterfront. (Staff Photo by Julia McNeill)

Over 2,000 People Sign Petition Against Boycott of NYU Tel Aviv

An NYU rabbi started a petition voicing opposition to a resolution by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis pledging noncooperation with the study away site.
May 6, 2019

A petition condemning the Social and Cultural Analysis Department’s resolution of noncooperation with NYU Tel Aviv has amassed over 2,000 signatures from students, alumni, faculty...

Fraternity members sued NYU over what they claim are false hazing allegations. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Student Files Lawsuit Against NYU Over Allegedly False Hazing Charges

A student filed a lawsuit against the university in April after the Office of Student Conduct found him and several other members of a fraternity responsible for a hazing incident that burned multiple students. The incident ultimately led the university to ban the fraternity from campus.
May 6, 2019

A student filed a lawsuit against NYU last month alleging that the university wrongfully concluded that he was involved in a fraternity’s hazing incident that inflicted burns...

A beach near the NYU Tel Aviv campus. (via NYU)

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis Pledges Noncooperation With NYU Tel Aviv

Citing entry restrictions imposed by the Israeli government, the SCA department voted to boycott NYU Tel Aviv on Thursday.
May 2, 2019

NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis has pledged noncooperation with the university’s study away site in Tel Aviv. The move was due to entry restrictions imposed...

A fight broke out in Washington Square Park during a rave for Israel’s Independence Day in April 2018. Supporters of Israel clashed with pro-Palestine protestors. (Courtesy of Ido Siman Tov)

Student Allegations of Anti-Semitism at NYU Gain National Attention

In a complaint filed to the Department of Education, Gallatin senior Adela Cojab alleges that NYU has allowed anti-Semitism to spread on campus.
April 29, 2019

A complaint filed against NYU to the Department of Education alleging that the university has enabled anti-Semitism on campus has received national attention after articles appeared...

(Courtesy of NYU)

NYUAD Appoints New Vice Chancellor

Mariet Westermann will oversee NYUAD’s academic, administrative and operational affairs.
April 29, 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi announced that Mariet Westermann will serve as Vice Chancellor of the school following a 10-month global search. As Vice Chancellor, Westermann will serve as the...

LS is announcing a First Year Away Program site in Madrid. (via NYU)

LS Expands First-Year Away Program to Madrid, Steinhardt Adds FYA Program in Paris

In an interview with WSN, LS Dean Julie Mostov discussed the college’s plans to add another first-year away site in Madrid and how Steinhardt plans to start the program, as well.
April 26, 2019

Liberal Studies will be expanding its first-year away program to Madrid by 2020, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development will begin its own first-year...

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)

‘Human Rights at NYU’ Resolution Narrowly Struck Down in University Senate

The resolution, originally inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, called for NYU to divest from companies associated with human rights violations.
April 25, 2019

A resolution that would aim to implement a socially responsible investment policy at NYU narrowly failed to pass at a University Senate meeting on Thursday. When it came to...

Students from NYU Divest called for the university to become carbon neutral at protests on campus last year. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Decarbonization Resolution Passes University Senate

After months of collaboration between activists and the university administration, the decarbonization resolution passed the University Senate.
April 25, 2019

A resolution to decarbonize the university passed at a University Senate meeting on Thursday with 47 votes in favor of the resolution and 40 votes against. Decarbonization calls...

Steinhardt flags fly above its Washington Square East building. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

Board of Trustees Continues Investigation into Steinhardt, Does Not Specify a Timeframe

As the Board of Trustees continues to investigate one of its members, Michael Steinhardt, it is unclear when the investigation will end or if changing the name of the Steinhardt school is a possibility.
April 23, 2019

NYU’s Board of Trustees launched an investigation after seven women in Jewish philanthropic organizations claimed Michael Steinhardt — the namesake of the Steinhardt School...

CAS senior Kelsey Moore, a Public Policy and Africana studies major, was selected to be the 2019 CAS valedictorian. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

CAS Valedictorian Hopes the Honor Encourages POC Students

Kelsey Moore will deliver a speech at the school's baccalaureate ceremony on May 21.
April 22, 2019

Right before spring break, CAS senior Kelsey Moore received an email from the dean’s office. It instructed her to go to the office to accept a graduation award, but she was unsure...

Professor Avital Ronell (pictured) will return to NYU in the fall after being found responsible for sexual harassment last year. The Student Government Assembly published a letter on Friday condemning her return. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment to Return to NYU

After an 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Avital Ronell responsible for sexually harassing her doctoral advisee and led to her suspension, the professor will return to NYU to teach in the fall.
April 22, 2019

German and Comparative Literature Professor Avital Ronell — who was found responsible for sexually harassing a former graduate student — will be returning to teach at NYU this...

Speakers at the Fake News talk at NYU Journalism (Photo by Meghna Maharishi)

‘It’s Going To Be a Culture War’: Journalists Discuss Fake News Ahead of the 2020 Election

Journalists and academics reflected on the recent rise of fake news a year away from the 2020 presidential election.
April 19, 2019

During the 2016 presidential election, fake news spread far and wide through social media, and has continued to do so since then. Journalists and academics discussed the rise of...

Jewish Voice for Peace demonstrators protest in front of the Ziegfeld Ballroom in April 2018. Rebecca Vilkomerson, the Excecutive Director of JVP, participated in tonights panel discussion at NYU. (Photo by Sarah Jackson)

After Being Denied US Entry, BDS Co-Founder Phones in at Jewish Voice for Peace Event

After being denied entry to the U.S., BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti virtually attended the event in Kimmel where he had originally planned to appear.
April 16, 2019

In light of active resistance against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the U.S., activists discussed their support and experiences with the movement in an event...

Co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement Omar Barghouti was slated to speak at NYU on Monday. Instead, he was detained by U.S. Immigration at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and will phone in to speak. (Photo by Katie Peurrung)

BDS Movement Co-Founder, Set to Speak at NYU, Denied Entry to US

Student activists are urging the university to condemn the U.S. government’s actions.
April 15, 2019

A prominent Palestinian rights activist, scheduled to speak at NYU, was denied entry to the U.S. on Wednesday. Omar Barghouti, slated to give a talk on Monday, is the co-founder...

Food options from NYU dining halls. (WSN file photo)

Like NYU, Barnard Drops Aramark for Chartwells

Barnard announced Thursday that it will drop Aramark and switch to Chartwells after students protested Aramark’s ties to prisons.
April 12, 2019

Barnard College decided to drop Aramark as a food service provider in favor of Chartwells in an announcement on Thursday. The Compass Group subsidiary will take over the college’s...

Matthew Hedges, a British doctoral student who was imprisoned last year in the UAE, and his wife, Daniela Tejada, at their wedding. (Courtesy of Matthew Hedges and Daniela Tejada)

‘You Can Be Detained for Anything’: Academics Discuss Protecting Academic Freedom Abroad

In light of his sentencing in the UAE, U.K. postgraduate student Matthew Hedges and other academics advocated for increased protections for academic freedom at an NYU talk.
April 10, 2019

Limits on academic freedom in countries such as the United Arab Emirates and China — where NYU has satellite campuses — have resulted in disappearances, imprisonment, censorship...

Students walking on NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. (Staff Photo by Sam Klein)

What It Means for NYUAD to Be Fully Funded by the UAE

WSN explains the most important facts found in the last nine years of NYU Abu Dhabi’s tax returns.
April 7, 2019

Public information on NYU Abu Dhabi is limited — to say the least. From labor abuses involved in building the campus to professors who have been denied entry, much about the...

NYU alumnae and current editor in chief of OUT Magazine, Phillip Picardi, references his time covering LBGT rights at Teen Vogue at an NYU Stonewall Talk. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

Continue the Fight 50 Years After Stonewall, Activists Urge

A variety of LGBTQ activists said it is important to maintain an adversarial relationship with those in power who do not support equality.
April 2, 2019

LGBTQ activists discussed the legacy of the Stonewall Riots and the need to continue fighting those in power at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday. The event...

An Aramark truck parked on the NYU campus. NYU will be ending its contract with Aramark. (Photo by Marva Shi)

Students Say New Dining Service Provider, Same Problems

Students don’t understand why NYU decided to switch to Compass Group for dining services because, like Aramark, Compass Group also has connections to prisons.
April 1, 2019

After months of deliberation, NYU confirmed last week that Aramark will be dropped as the university’s food service provider. The controversial company, which has been on campus...

The acceptance rate for the NYU Class of 2023 has dropped to 16 percent, the lowest in university history. (WSN File Photo)

NYU Acceptance Rate Drops to 16 Percent for the Class of 2023

The Class of 2023 will be the most selective and diverse class yet.
March 28, 2019

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2023 fell to 16 percent according to admissions decisions released Thursday, making the class the most selective in university history. Of...

An Aramark truck in Tampa, Fla. NYU will not renew its contract with Aramark, according to multiple NYU Dining employees. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Aramark Will Not Be NYU’s Dining Service Provider After July, Employees Say

The controversial food service provider’s contract has not been renewed, according to multiple employees of the company.
March 25, 2019

Aramark — NYU’s current food service provider — will not have its contract renewed, according to multiple NYU Dining employees who were notified by their managers over the...

Steinhardt flags fly above its Washington Square East building. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

Namesake of Steinhardt Accused of Sexual Harassment

Michael Steinhardt, who the Steinhardt school is named for, was accused of repeated patterns of sexual harassment in an article published in The New York Times.
March 25, 2019

Philanthropist and billionaire Michael Steinhardt — the namesake of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development — was accused of sexual harassment by...

Mariam Abukwaik calls for justice. (Photo by Alana Beyer)

Muslim Students Continue to Mourn After Christchurch Shootings

More than a week after the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Muslim students mourn and reflect on what happened.
March 24, 2019

Silver sophomore Mariam Abukwaik was overwhelmed by the headlines. At least 49 were presumed dead in Christchurch, New Zealand in a horrific massacre which targeted two mosques....

NYU Athletics Received $338,379 from Charity Linked to College Admissions Scandal. (Photo byAlex Muhawi-Ho)

NYU Athletics Received $338,379 From Charity Linked to College Admissions Scandal

The university’s athletic department received donations from the charity associated with the recent college admissions scandal.
March 15, 2019

Wealthy celebrities and parents have been accused of sending bribes to influence college decisions in favor of their children in a nationwide college admissions scandal — and...

New Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Antonio Merlo. (Courtesy of NYU)

NYU Appoints New FAS Dean

Antonio Merlo will begin his position this summer.
March 5, 2019

NYU announced that political economist Antonio Merlo will be the next Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science on Tuesday. As dean, Merlo will be involved in hiring and big-picture...

Missing Student Found in the Bronx

Missing Student Found in the Bronx

According to an administrator, missing student Nyamal Pal was found today and is safe.
February 28, 2019

After missing for nearly a week, CAS senior Nyamal Pal was found safe Thursday morning. Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Marc Wais confirmed that Pal was found in a...

Students walking on NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. (Staff Photo by Sam Klein)

A Look at the Terms That Built NYUAD

A 2007 provost’s report offered an in-depth look into the initial negotiations between NYU and Abu Dhabi.
February 25, 2019

A 2007 provost’s report offering an overview of the university’s current and potential global sites resurfaced on Twitter last week when English Professor John Archer tweeted...

The “Carceral Crisis: Race, Class and Punishment in America” course in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute focuses on providing students with an in-depth understanding of mass incarceration. (Photo by Victor Porcelli)

NYU to Offer New Journalism Minor

NYU’s journalism program announced that it will soon offer a minor in journalism, with tracks in print and online as well as broadcast and multimedia journalism.
February 22, 2019

NYU announced in an email on Friday that the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute undergraduate program will offer two journalism minors, one in print and online and one in...

(via Wikimedia Commons)

A Year Later, Students Reflect on Downstein’s Racist Black History Month Meal

Aramark, responsible for a racist meal served at Downstein last year, is one of two food service providers bidding for a contract with the university.
February 20, 2019

Weinstein Passport Dining Hall made national headlines last February after serving red Kool-Aid, watermelon-flavored water, collard greens, ribs and cornbread for Black History...

Matthew Hedges, a British doctoral student who was imprisoned last year in the UAE, and his wife, Daniela Tejada, at their wedding. (Courtesy of Matthew Hedges and Daniela Tejada)

Hedges Encourages Reflection on NYUAD

WSN spoke with formerly imprisoned U.K. academic Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada over academic freedom in the UAE and at NYUAD.
February 19, 2019

British doctoral student Matthew Hedges was tortured last year during a months-long interrogation period and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates...

(via twitter.com)

Silver Releases Statement Addressing Racist Email

Following scrutiny after a graduate student tweeted a racist email a classmate sent, Silver School of Social Work issued out a statement condemning the incident.
February 15, 2019

After a first-year graduate student's racist experience went viral on Twitter, Silver School of Social Work sent out a statement acknowledging institutional racism at the school...

Law professor Melissa Murray speaks with renowned journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates about mass incarceration, the #MeToo movement and 2020 presidential candidates. (Staff Photo by Victor Porcelli)

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Politics at NYU Law

Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates compared his newfound understanding of the #MeToo movement to white people’s’ understanding of civil rights issues after reading his writing.
February 1, 2019

Renowned author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates discussed mass incarceration and the #MeToo movement with law professor Melissa Murray in Vanderbilt Hall on Thursday. NYU’s...

A student walks through the NYU Abu Dhabi Campus. NYU spokesperson John Beckman recently made a statement regarding the campus, which has been at the center of controversy during its decade of existence.  (Photo by Sam Klein)

NYU and professors butt heads over NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU recently issued a statement discussing the mounting criticism of NYUAD, maintaining that academic freedom is protected at the campus.
January 28, 2019

Last week, NYU publicly released a statement to NBC addressing criticism about the lack of academic freedom at the Abu Dhabi campus. In the statement, NYU spokesperson John Beckman...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

NYU Discusses Dining Providers, Food Insecurity Before Winter Break

The bidding committee heard Aramark’s and Compass Group’s presentations and discussed food insecurity in December.
January 28, 2019

Multiple groups of NYU students and administrators met in December to discuss which company will become the university’s food service provider as well as how NYU can better address...

LS Professor Michael Rectenwald suddenly retired. (via NYU)

‘Anti-PC’ Professor Rectenwald Has Retired

LS Clinical Professor Michael Rectenwald, who ran the Twitter account @antipcnyuprof, unexpectedly retired this January.
January 28, 2019

Earlier this January, Liberal Studies Clinical Professor Michael Rectenwald suddenly retired. Rectenwald became a controversial figure within the NYU community through his Twitter...

The entrance to Vanderbilt Hall, which houses NYU School of Law. (Photo by Tony Wu)

NYU Law Faces Backlash After Eliminating Alumni From Listserv

A petition by an NYU Law alumnus to keep the current listserv has garnered over 180 signatures from students and alumni.
January 16, 2019

An NYU School of Law alumnus has started a petition after the school declared that its listserv, Coases, would be replaced by a Google group only accessible to current students...

Applications to NYU have increased for the 13th year in a row. (Photo by Justin Park)

University Receives Over 84,000 Applications for Class of 2023

Applications to the university have increased for the 12th year in a row.
January 7, 2019

NYU received over 84,000 applications for first-year admission into the Class of 2023, according to a university press release. The number of applications has climbed every...

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Marc Wais talks to members of the IEC. (Photo by Sayer Devlin)

University Agrees to Meet Activists’ Demands on Aramark After 155-Hour Occupation

The Incarceration to Education Coalition ended their 155-hour long occupation in Bobst and Kimmel after NYU agreed to meet some of the organization’s demands, but NYU said “the University cannot make pledges that bind its actions in future years.”
December 9, 2018

NYU has agreed to meet some of the Incarceration to Education Coalition’s demands after the organization ended their 155-hour long occupation in the lobby of the Elmer Holmes...

Students walk past protestors who are demanding a response from NYU regarding its dining services on the steps of Kimmel.

IEC Moves Days Long Occupation to Kimmel Stairs

Members of the IEC have now moved their occupation of Bobst to Kimmel, hoping to escalate their protest of NYU’s dining services.
December 6, 2018

After occupying the lobby of Bobst Library for 63 hours, the Incarceration to Education Coalition moved its sit-in to the stairs of the Kimmel Center for University Life late Wednesday...

Signs protesting against Aramark, one of NYUs current dining service providers, are placed on the floor of Bobst Library atrium since Monday. (Photo by Tony Wu)

IEC Continues 40-Hour Sit-In at Bobst

December 5, 2018

Incarceration to Education Coalition members have been crowding the lobby of Elmer Holmes Bobst Library since 8 a.m. on Monday. This is the second night that students have slept...

 NYUs Abu Dhabi campus. NYU faculty held a townhall to discuss the universitys relationship with the satellite campus. (Courtesy of Aizaz Ansari)

Faculty Discuss NYU’s Ties to Abu Dhabi

December 4, 2018

NYU faculty sponsored an open forum on Monday to discuss the university’s ties with the United Arab Emirates after the sentencing of British postgraduate student, Matthew Hedges....

Dr. Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU, recently preformed his second landmark face transplant while at the university.(Courtesy of NYU Langone Health)

At Langone, a Doctor Gives a Gunshot Victim a New Face

The second full-face transplant performed at NYU was conducted over a 25-hour period.
December 3, 2018

Inside the operating room during a 25-hour face transplant surgery, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez had time to take just one bathroom break and a quick sip of coffee. The rest of his...

NYUs Student Government Association drafts a petition, joining the over 200 professors who urged NYU President Andrew Hamilton to condemn the UAE government late last week. (Courtesy of Aizaz Ansari)

Students Support Faculty Letter, Urging Hamilton to Respond to NYU’s UAE Relationship

Hamilton told faculty signatories in an email that he had spoken to senior officials in the Abu Dhabi government as well as Durham University’s vice chancellor about Matthew Hedges’ life sentence.
November 28, 2018

Two days after faculty members published a letter urging President Andrew Hamilton to condemn the United Arab Emirates’ sentencing of Durham University postgraduate student Matthew...

 NYUs Abu Dhabi campus. NYU faculty held a townhall to discuss the universitys relationship with the satellite campus. (Courtesy of Aizaz Ansari)

Hamilton to Address Faculty Concerns About UAE

With its degree-granting campus in Abu Dhabi, NYU remains inextricably tied to the United Arab Emirates as its government received international condemnation over the imprisonment of a British doctoral student — that the government has since pardoned.
November 26, 2018

When students leave NYU to visit home, the university usually grows quiet. But over this year’s Thanksgiving break, NYU found itself embroiled in controversy. Late last week,...

Chief Political Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, Gil Hoffman, talks to the Realize Israel club about being a Jewish student on campus regarding issues such as BDS and the Pittsburgh shooting. (Photo by Alina Patrick)

Jerusalem Post Correspondent Talks BDS on Campus

Realize Israel invited chief political correspondent Gil Hoffman to speak to students about BDS and Israeli politics.
November 13, 2018

NYU Realize Israel hosted Jerusalem Post chief political correspondent Gil Hoffman on Monday to talk about Israeli politics and the the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement...

Students at a town hall discuss free speech on campus in the wake of Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Liberal Studies Hosts Town Hall on Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech

Liberal Studies hosted an open dialogue session with LS students to discuss their thoughts on free speech on campus after the postponement of Milo Yiannopoulos’ canceled appearance.
November 8, 2018

Liberal Studies Dean Julie Mostov hosted a town hall on Thursday to discuss with LS students the university’s handling of Milo Yiannopoulos’ postponed appearance after LS professor...

“Vote Here” signs in multiple languages outside the polling center in Brittany Hall.  (Photo by Alina Patrick)

On Highly Anticipated Election Day, NYU Goes to the Polls

NYU students headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes for the 2018 midterm elections.
November 6, 2018

With the possibility of Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and gaining the ability to check the Trump Administration’s power, students across the university...

Chartwells, a division of Compass Group, will replace Aramark as NYUs dining service provider starting this summer. Recently, Aramark revamped Third North Courtyard Cafe (pictured above) to Harvest Table in its attempts to continue its contract. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Rebuking Aramark, Students Pressure NYU Dining Services

SGA passed a resolution to boycott food service providers such as Aramark, Compass Group USA and AVI Foodsystems because of their relationships with prisons, although all three companies expressed interest in submitting a proposal to NYU’s bidding process.
November 5, 2018

In a nearly unanimous vote, with only one abstention, the Student Government Assembly passed a resolution backed by the Incarceration to Education Coalition to pressure NYU to...

A float from this years NYC Halloween Parade. (Photo by Tony Wu)

New Yorkers Let Loose at Packed Halloween Parade

At the annual New York City Village Halloween Parade, WSN met a queen from Colombia, Bob and Linda Belcher and a cotton candy-costumed foodie.
October 31, 2018

Part the crowd of jokers, skeletons and other spooky creatures flocking to the annual New York City Village Halloween Parade and you’ll find Mile Gomez, a young Colombian woman...

NYU Divest during a rally in 2016. (Photo by Jake Quan)

Student Decarbonization Efforts Gain Momentum

NYU Divest’s campaign for decarbonization may now finally be heard by the University Senate in a week, while NYU Divest plans to amplify its resolution by hosting a rally on the same day.
October 29, 2018

After nearly a year of researching, writing and campaigning, NYU Divest’s resolution for decarbonization was finally passed by the Student Senate Council last Thursday. The resolution...

Gallatin is welcoming new winners of its human rights scholarship. (Photo by Echo Chen)

Gallatin Holds Town Hall to Discuss [email protected] Survey Results

October 23, 2018

Nearly two weeks after NYU publicly released the results of the [email protected] survey, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study was the first school to host a town hall to discuss...

A reminder for students to vote in the midterm written on a whiteboard at the RC in Weinstein. (Photo by Alana Beyer)

University Urges Students to Vote

October 22, 2018

NYU students show up at the polls in smaller numbers than their counterparts nationwide, according to reports from Tufts University. Owing to this, and to the student body’s...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

Aramark Competitor Abruptly Drops Out

The competition to become NYU's next food provider just got smaller.
October 15, 2018

It was after Lipton Dining Hall received a “C” grade during a Department of Health inspection that NYU initiated a bidding process with food service providers for a new dining...

Cecile Richards (right), activist and former President of Planned Parenthood, had a sit-down conversation with NYU Professor Mitchell Moss on Tuesday.

Former Planned Parenthood President Speaks at NYU

October 4, 2018
Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards visits NYU to discuss how women can make an impact in the upcoming midterm elections.
Andria Tupola speaks to the NYU College Republicans. She won the Republican nomination for governor of Hawaii in August.

From Music Teacher to Gubernatorial Candidate: Hawaii’s Andria Tupola Speaks at NYU

September 28, 2018
NYU's College Republicans held an event Thursday featuring the GOP nominee for Governor of Hawaii.
A volunteer wears a sticker saying register to vote and then vote.

NYU Wants You to Vote

September 26, 2018
NYU pushed for students to make their voices heard at the polls and register to vote on Tuesday.
NYU professor claims that vaping is actually good. (Photo by Abigail Weinberg)

JUUL-Addicted NYU Braces for Federal Crackdown

September 19, 2018
With the FDA threatening to crack down on vaping, students react.
Melissa Murray is a professor at NYU Law, specializing in constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice.

Law Professor Delivers Scathing Testimony at Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

NYU Law Professor Melissa Murray testified against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
September 14, 2018
NYU Law Professor Melissa Murray testified against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.