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Natasha Roy, Managing Editor-at-Large

Natasha is a CAS sophomore studying journalism and public policy, and she's an editor-at-large at WSN this semester. Originally from a small town outside Dallas, Texas, she moved to an even smaller town outside Atlanta, Georgia when she was nine (and she’ll absolutely force country music on you if you give her an inch). She's loved writing ever since she got her first My Password Journal — no promises that her skills have developed since then — and she's loved journalism ever since she accidentally signed up for newspaper in high school. In her free time, Natasha enjoys deleting Oxford commas, listening to My Favorite Murder and hanging out at the Hudson River. Ask her about her dog, and hit her up on Twitter!
All content by Natasha Roy
An illustrated portrait of author Calum McCann in a black shirt and blue blazer against a light orange background.

Q&A: Colum McCann says ‘storytelling is the most democratic thing that we have’

In his novel “Apeirogon,” National Book Award winner Colum McCann writes about Palestine, and Irish literature beyond Ireland.
Sep 29, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article may include spoilers for “Apeirogon.” Colum McCann is an Irish writer based in New York City. In 2009, he won the National Book Award for his...

An illustration of a baby lamb against a brown background.

Review: ‘Lapvona’ encapsulates abject apoliticism

As Ottessa Moshfegh’s trademark gallows humor grows formulaic, her newest novel does little more than snicker at a group of Slavic peasants.
Sep 7, 2022

Everything about Ottessa Moshfegh’s newest novel, “Lapvona,” is noncommittal. It is set in a vaguely medieval era, in a vaguely Eastern European village, and espouses a completely...

This is an image of NYU students Incarceration to Education Coalition protest during 2017 Weekend on the Square. Since then, the university still has not shown coordinated effort dedicated to documenting its ties to chattel slavery, including the history of enslaved and more recently wrongly incarcerated people on campus grounds. (Photo by Natasha Roy)

Photo: SCA students argue for reparations at NYU

Apr 8, 2021

This is an image of NYU students' Incarceration to Education Coalition protest during 2017 Weekend on the Square. Since then, the university still has not shown coordinated effort dedicated to documenting...

Natasha Roy

Natasha Roy

May 7, 2020

WSN really cemented my love for journalism and helped me see more sides of NYU that I never could have otherwise. I don't think I realized how lucky we were to be able to experiment...

Natasha Roy, the writer of this article, volunteers at New Horizon Special School, a school for special needs children and adults in Accra. Students have many options when it comes to interning or volunteering with an Accra-based organization. (Photo by Natasha Roy)

What NYU Should Tell Accra-Bound Students

Nov 26, 2018

NYU Accra is this university’s best-kept secret. It’s located in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the bustling capital of one of the most beautiful countries in the world...

Osu Castle was a major port for the Transatlantic Slave Trade. NYU Accra students had the opportunity to visit the castle, and several undergraduate students are taking a course on the Transatlantic Slave Trade as told from the African perspective.

A Day in the Life: Accra

Oct 22, 2018

The first thing people ask when I tell them I’m studying abroad in Accra is, “where is that?” Then they ask, “what’s there to actually do in Ghana?” It’s a fair...

SPS sophomore Arik Rosenstein goes to the synagogue every Friday and Saturday in Accra, Ghana as part of his religious practices.

Retaining Faith While Abroad

Oct 1, 2018
Learn more about how one Jewish student maintains his religious practices while studying abroad.
My Love Battle With New York City

My Love Battle With New York City

Lying to my friends and family at home about enjoying New York City hindered me from seeking a solution to my stress.
Aug 31, 2018
Lying to my friends and family at home about enjoying New York City hindered me from seeking a solution to my stress.
President Andrew Hamilton addresses graduates and their families at the College of Global Public Health commencement ceremony held in The Town Hall in midtown.

College of Global Public Health Commencement ’18

May 15, 2018

Bagpipes blared as 350 students graduating from the College of Global Public Health’s undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs filed into The Town Hall in midtown Manhattan...

The Raritan River runs through Clinton, providing a picturesque setting for the town. Children are often seen feeding ducks, and you can eat at a cafe right by the water as well.

Clinton, New Jersey

Apr 22, 2018
Clinton, NJ is a homey town and a pleasant escape from city life.
The Shot by AR-15 campaign has been making waves in subway stations around the city.

Student ‘Shot by AR-15’ Subway Campaign Challenges Gun Violence

Apr 15, 2018
School of Visual Arts seniors Ji Kim and Andy Koo raised awareness against gun violence with posters that played on Apple's “Shot on iPhone” ad.
Slack Chat: How can student activists better leverage NYU?

Slack Chat: How can student activists better leverage NYU?

Apr 12, 2018
Three WSN Editors debate NYU's response to the recent NYU SLAM and NYU Divest Kimmel Occupation.
AC Gears, a tech shop on 8th street.

Five Local Tech Shops That Aren’t Best Buy In Union Square

Apr 8, 2018
When told to shop local, most people envision stopping by a neighborhood grocery store or an independent bookshop — but few people think to look for a local technology shop when searching for a pair of headphones or a laptop charger.
Lorde headlined the Melodrama tour Wednesday night in Barclays Center.

Staff Recs: Best Lorde Songs

Apr 5, 2018
In honor of the Melodrama Tour's stop in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, WSN has compiled a list of the best Lorde songs.
A student led protest at the Wendy’s on Broadway.

On-Campus Club Protests Wendy’s Restaurant Chain Labor Practices

Apr 5, 2018
NYU Peer Health Exchange helped lead a protest against Wendy's on Thursday night for the fast food company's refusal to join the Fair Food Agreement.
I Tried … Joining The Illuminati

I Tried … Joining The Illuminati

Apr 2, 2018
See what went down when our Managing Editor-at-Large tried to join the illuminati.
Clockwise from top left, album covers from The Arctic Monkeys, Slowdive, Anderson .Paak , and Kim Petras.

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Spring into Spring With

Mar 29, 2018
Say goodbye to winter with our playlist of songs to spring into spring with!
More Feces and Urine Discovered In Broome Residence Hall

More Feces and Urine Discovered In Broome Residence Hall

Mar 29, 2018
After discovering more improper disposal of feces and urine in Broome Street Residential College, the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services has threatened strict disciplinary action, including possible expulsion.
CAS Dean Gene Jarrett talks about his hopes for his time at NYU.

CAS Dean Gene Jarrett: A Semester In

Gene Jarrett talks about his experiences as CAS Dean a semester in.
Mar 19, 2018
WSN talks to CAS Dean Gene Jarrett about his present and future initiatives to help students in CAS.
A pro-planned parenthood rally on Feb. 11, 2017 in Washington Square Park.

A Crash Course on the Four Waves of Feminism

Mar 19, 2018
Feminism has evolved from many different shapes and forms. Here's a quick rundown on the four waves of feminism.

Alex Smith

The Ambidextrous Academic
Mar 8, 2018

Alex Smith can’t tie himself down to just one passion. Instead, he plays the field, trying his hand at whatever piques his interest at the time, immersing himself in all he does.  The...

Students of the Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

College of Nursing Signs Letter Advocating for Gun Control

Mar 5, 2018
The Rory Meyers College of Nursing has decided to support a letter from the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) that calls for Congress to create a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings in the aftermath of the recent school shooting in Parkland.
For Some NYU Students, New York Is Enough

For Some NYU Students, New York Is Enough

Feb 26, 2018
NYU has 14 global locations throughout every corner of the world, yet, many students choose to spend their full four years in New York City; why?
A variety of leafy greens and other salad ingredients.

Staff Recs: Best Leafy Green

Feb 23, 2018
The WSN Staff has compiled a list of the best leafy green for your next salad. Lettuce begin!
Antonella Cotilletta

Antonella Cotilletta

President of IRHC
Feb 22, 2018

Shraddha Jajal

Shraddha Jajal

IRHC Vice President of Business Administration
Feb 22, 2018

Shraddha Jajal balances her life on a tightrope — with precision and grace, she never misses a step. Between balancing her dance team, two jobs and position as the Vice President...

Shriya Khonde

Shriya Khonde

IRHC Vice President of Service
Feb 22, 2018

Inter-Residence Hall Council’s Vice President of Service Shriya Khonde wants to build bridges. Whether it’s between students on NYU’s Washington Square and Brooklyn campuses...

Shawn Kshatriya

Shawn Kshatriya

IRHC Co-Vice President of Advocacy
Feb 22, 2018

Between his sentences, Shawn Kshatriya slyly cracks jokes about the stress of school or some of his awkward interactions with New York City strangers. But the Tandon sophomore...

Karan Ganta

Karan Ganta

IRHC Co-Vice President of Events
Feb 22, 2018

When you first meet Tandon sophomore Karan Ganta, he might seem like your average NYU student: a guy who balances school, a job and student government. But as IRHC’s co-Vice...

Front row from left: Shawn Kshatriya, Shriya Khonde, Kyle Haynes;
Middle row from left: Tayler Everts, Antonella Cotilletta, Shraddah Jajal, Duncan Lemieux; Back row: Tom Fogle

The Hidden Student Figures of Residential Life

Feb 22, 2018

There are a handful of students with exclusive insight into the world of NYU residential life. They live among us, but appear to be just like the rest of us. These are the nine...

The Green House at Seventh Street

The Green House at Seventh Street

Feb 22, 2018

Address: 40 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10003 Cost per semester: $8,061-$9,386 Low cost: No Rooms available: Singles, Doubles Nearby subways: N, R, 6 NYU Shuttles: None Closest...

Interior of a Rubin double room.

Rubin Hall

Feb 22, 2018

Address: 35 5th Ave., New York, NY 10003 Cost per semester: $4,020-$7,125 Low cost: Available Rooms available: Singles, Doubles, Triples Nearby subways: L,...

A still of the friend group of “That’s So Raven”.

Staff Recs: Best TV Friend Groups

Feb 16, 2018
In light of Galentine’s Day recent passing, the WSN Staff compiled a list of our favorite friend groups on television.

Video: Love and Sex Feature: Couples Edition

Feb 11, 2018

For this year’s Love and Sex Feature, we asked some of the WSN staff — both past and present — and their significant others questions from the New York Times’ “The...

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Cry To

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Cry To

Feb 9, 2018
The WSN Staff compiled a playlist of the best songs to cry to this Valentine's Day. Sit back, relax and feel all the feels.
NYU Strives for Economic Diversity Through Opportunity Programs

NYU Strives for Economic Diversity Through Opportunity Programs

Feb 5, 2018

NYU students love to complain that the university doesn’t do enough to provide financial assistance to its students — and many of these misgivings are valid, as NYU ranks as...

The Hidden Feature

The Hidden Feature

Jan 29, 2018
In this city, it can feel nearly impossible to find something that’s your own — something that’s hidden away from everyone else.
Clare Fitzgerald, NYUs new associate director for exhibitions and gallery curator at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

Clare Fitzgerald Joins ISAW as Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator

Jan 26, 2018
Clare Fitzgerald will take on the role of associate director for exhibitions and gallery curator at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

Most Creative

Gallatin Concentrations
Jan 22, 2018
NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study is known for its broad range of concentrations. WSN is showcasing 3 students with the most creative concentrations.

RJ Khalaf

Leading With Love
Dec 7, 2017

Leadership. Faith. Football. RJ Khalaf’s passions are varied, but they all center around his desire to weave positivity into his surroundings. Though his passions don’t...

The Pets Issue

The Pets Issue

Dec 4, 2017
Many college students feel petsick when they leave home. This issue is an ode to all the animal pals we leave behind to go to school in this city — and the ones we bring into our lives when we get here.

A Home Away From Home

Dec 4, 2017

Unfortunately — or, fortunately, for some — students are not allowed to bring their dogs from home when they move into NYU’s residence halls. For us dog lovers, being away...

“Last Christmas” by Wham!, featuring the duo George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, Is one of the staff recommendations for best original holiday song.

Staff Recs: Best Original Holiday Songs

Dec 1, 2017
For the last staff rec of the semester, WSN staff members reveal their favorite original holiday hits.
History of Coffee

History of Coffee

Nov 20, 2017
How did coffee become the drink we all know and love?
This week WSN staff discuss their favorite seasonal beverages like drinking hot chocolate for Christmas season.

Staff Recs: Seasonal Beverages

Nov 17, 2017
WSN staff members give their takes of the best seasonal beverages.
French Labor minister, Muriel Penicaud, spoke at NYUs Maison Francaise on March 11th. (Photo by Viola Mai)

NYU Ranks Highest in International Student Enrollment and Study Abroad Placement

Nov 16, 2017
A new report shows that NYU hosts more international students than any other institution. NYU also ranked first in the amount of students sent to study abroad.
Vine’s Popularity Still Reigns

Vine’s Popularity Still Reigns

Nov 13, 2017

While the once-popular Vine, a social media application on which users could post six-second video clips, was shut down in 2016, fans still continue to enjoy old Vines to this...

WSN staff chooses their favorite place to get Mac and Cheese ranging from places like S’MAC to Panera Bread to even Annie’s microwaveable plate.

Staff Recs: Best Mac and Cheese

Nov 10, 2017
The WSN staff gives their takes on the best mac and cheese.

Murky Future for Print Media

Nov 6, 2017

With the rise of technology, finding ways to keep print journalism alive has been difficult. The circulation of weekday printed newspapers has been steadily declining since 1990,...

Counterpoint: Costumes Are Not Just Costumes

Counterpoint: Costumes Are Not Just Costumes

Oct 30, 2017
You can’t just pick and choose aspects of a culture that you like and then denounce the others simply because they are different from your own. That does not accurately represent the entire culture, and it is disingenuous.

Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter

Oct 30, 2017

Update: Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter is a webseries by the actress Elizabeth McDonough. The following article is a profile on the character.  New York City native Janice Gunter...

The NYU College Democrats attended the College Democrats of America National Convention in Las Vegas where it was named Chapter of the Year.

NYU College Democrats Named Best Chapter

Oct 30, 2017
The NYU College Democrats were named Chapter of the Year by the College Democrats of America.
This week the WSN staff discuss their favorite Halloween candies ranging from candy corn to British sweets.

Staff Recs: Best Halloween Candy

Oct 26, 2017
WSN staff give their opinions of the best Halloween candy on the market.
The Religion Issue

The Religion Issue

Oct 23, 2017
Religion is a major part of everyday life for many people. In the Religion Issue, we look at different ways religious life affects students at NYU.
WSN staff share their favorite Halloween TV Episodes from when they were growing up.

Staff Recs: Best Halloween TV Episodes

Oct 20, 2017
The WSN Staff reminisces about their favorite Halloween TV episodes.

NYU’s Favorite Memes

Oct 16, 2017
Read on for a roundup of NYU students' favorite memes.
CAS sophomore Natasha Roy (right) and her friend Dani Dudas wear traditional clothing that is commonly worn during Diwali.

Celebrating Diwali at NYU

Oct 16, 2017
NYU students may have trouble celebrating Diwali once they start college, but some have found a way to partake in festivities in the city.
WSN staff talks about their best Halloween childhood costumes ranging from Tigger to being a washing machine.

Staff Recs: Best Childhood Halloween Costumes

Oct 12, 2017
WSN staff members choose their best childhood halloween costumes.
Mallika Sinha

Mallika Sinha

Oct 10, 2017
An interview with CAS sophomore Mallika Sinha for The Immigration Issue.

Giulia Sbaffi

Oct 10, 2017
An interview with Italy native and doctorate candidate in NYU’s Italian Studies Department Giulia Sbaffi for The Immigration Issue.
Staff Recs: Scariest Horror Movies

Staff Recs: Scariest Horror Movies

Oct 5, 2017
WSN staff members choose their picks of the scariest horror movies of all time.
Now that it’s officially October, WSN staff members talk about the best Halloween songs you should listen to

Staff Recs: Best Halloween Songs

Sep 28, 2017
The WSN staff recommends their favorite halloween songs to get them in the mood for the best season.
Pizza Clash

Pizza Clash

Sep 25, 2017
Pizza is a New York staple that is a crowd favourite. Our Assistant Managing Editor tried the pizza stores around campus and rated them, so you don't have to go around New York and find a good pizza spot!
Sautéed potatoes is one of the many ways to cook a side dish for your meal.

Staff Recs: Best Way to Eat a Potato

Sep 21, 2017
The WSN staff tells you their favorite ways to eat the versatile potato.
Sophomore Rebecca Karpen manages to get a spot on the Democratic County Committee Board

Gallatin Sophomore Elected to Democratic County Committee Board

Sep 21, 2017
Gallatin sophomore Rebecca Karpen earns a spot on the Democratic County Committee Board.
WSN Staff talk about their favorite tunes from this summer.

Staff Recs: Music for Pretending Summer Isn’t Over

Sep 14, 2017
The WSN staff picks the music that will let you pretend summer isn't over.
Hillary Clintons book signing at the Union Square Barnes & Noble drew a huge crowd for the chance to meet the former candidate.

Hillary Clinton Book Signing at Union Square Barnes and Noble

Sep 12, 2017
A number of NYU students were among the hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters waiting patiently to get copies of her new memoir signed at the Union Square Barnes and Noble.

Kyler James

Sep 11, 2017
Kyler the Wizard is one of the locals of Washington Square Park. He's the go-to-guy for all fortune telling and general wizardry.
The Firsts Issue

The Firsts Issue

Sep 5, 2017

NYU’s new freshman class descended upon the city this last week, and though they hail from all corners of the globe, they share the whirlwind that is their first week of college. I...


The School of Professional Studies announced several changes in their educational program over the summer.

SPS Changes Paul McGhee Division to Provide Affordable Education

Sep 5, 2017
After laying off 10 professors last semester, the Paul McGhee Division of NYU's School of Professional Studies will be restructured to grant two year associate degrees at a more affordable price.
Welcome Week Stories: Friends From Around the World

Welcome Week Stories: Friends From Around the World

Aug 28, 2017
Natasha Roy came from Georgia, but she now boasts friends from all over the world.
The School of Professional Studies is making changes to reflect the changing demographics of its students. SPS is letting go of several faculty members and is changing the makeup of the Paul McGhee Division.

SPS Changes Lead to Firing of 10 Faculty Members

May 22, 2017
The School of Professional Studies is laying off 10 full-time faculty members and restructuring one of its programs.
Why NYU? Remembering the Dream

Why NYU? Remembering the Dream

May 1, 2017

When I committed to NYU around this time last year, I went against everything I had been saying to myself throughout senior year of high school — that I wanted to go to a university...

WSN weighs in on what music to listen to while studying.

Staff Recs: Best Music to Study To

Apr 27, 2017
Just in time for finals season to hit, WSN staff offer their best bets for music to study to.
During Weekend on the Square, the Incarceration to Education Coalition protested in front of Kimmel, gaining the attention of the university and prospective students. IEC aims to remove the checkbox on college applications to indicate whether the applicant has been convicted of a crime.

Photo: IEC Continues Fight to #AbolishTheBox

Apr 25, 2017

During Weekend on the Square, the Incarceration to Education Coalition protested in front of Kimmel, gaining the attention of the university and prospective students. IEC aims to remove the checkbox on...

The Crossover Between Service and Activism

The Crossover Between Service and Activism

Apr 24, 2017

Activism and service are often seen as separate entities, but when combined, they have the potential to produce truly significant change for any cause. The environmental movement...

Project Sunshine Spreads Light in Hospitals

Project Sunshine Spreads Light in Hospitals

Apr 24, 2017

Project Sunshine, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children in hospitals, thrives at NYU. Whether it be through visiting hospital patients or sending items...

The shots were fired on the same street as the NYU Bookstore.

NYU Bookstore to Be Leased to Follett Higher Education

Apr 24, 2017
An investigation into the NYU Bookstore, which might lease its operations out to the Follett Higher Education Group, is raising concerns among the bookstore's current employees.
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)

Prospective Students and Protests Flood Weekend on the Square

Apr 22, 2017
Several activist groups protested against various university practices during Weekend on the Square today.
NYU held its all-university elections during the week of April 15 through April 20. The results for the Class Activities Board are now out!

Breaking Down the All-University Elections

Apr 20, 2017
The All-University elections were held from April 15-20. Here's a breakdown of the results.
The Hudson River is a great outdoor study spot for students in New York City.

Staff Recs: Best Outdoor Study Spots

Apr 20, 2017
It's nearly time for finals, but the sun beckons — the only rational solution? Study outside.
WSN outlines the timeline of NYU Divest, an activist group advocating for divesting from fossil-fuel investments to lower carbon footprints, from September 2016 to April 2017.

NYU Divest in 2016-2017

Apr 17, 2017
A timeline of the actions that NYU Divest since its conception.
There are many opportunities for NYU students to make an environmental impact, such as participating in NYU Divest or the Community Agriculture Project.

How Can NYU Students Make An Impact?

Apr 17, 2017
A rundown of all the ways that students at NYU can get involved with environmental activism.
President Trump plans to undo many environmental policies under the Obama administration, raising concerns of students.

Green Policies: From DC to NYC

Apr 17, 2017
Washington Square News takes a look into how specifically the proposed and already enacted environmental policies under Trump are going to affect students and Professors at the university.
The NYU Class of 2021 has been announced to be the most diverse class in NYU’s history, with 17 percent of admits being first-generation students, and the Latinx and African-American populations representing a greater proportion of the class body.

NYU Reacts: Diversity of the Class of 2021

Apr 13, 2017
NYU admitted the most diverse group of students in 16 years for the class of 2021. Current and prospective NYU students react to this announcement.
NYU Class of 2021 has the lowest acceptance rate in the last 16 years, falling at 27 percent from last years 35 percent.

NYU Acceptance Rate Drops to 27 Percent

Apr 11, 2017
The acceptance rate for NYU's class of 2021 fell from 2016's 35 percent to 27 percent. The admission demographic also highlights the largest percentage of international students in NYU's history and the largest percentage of African-American and Latinx students in the last 16 years.
According to the Brooklyn Eagle, NYU Langone Medical Center is continuing its expansion efforts by adding a site in Bay Ridge. So, the Brooklyn community will have more access to medical care.

Langone Expands to Bay Ridge

Apr 10, 2017
NYU Langone is continuing its expansion in Brooklyn to Bay Ridge.
The fight to make NYU a sanctuary campus continued today at a rally at the Kimmel Center for University Life. NYU Sanctuary members read the policy demands and updated the students on their meeting with President Andrew Hamilton.

Sanctuary Campus Working Group Meets With Hamilton

Apr 4, 2017
NYU Sanctuary met with President Andrew Hamilton to discuss its list of demands and suggest how the university can best implement them.
Fire officers work to control the fire next to the Strand bookstore, which broke out on 12th Street following an explosion this morning.

BREAKING: NYU Buildings Evacuated Due to Nearby Manhole Fires

Mar 31, 2017
Several manhole fires have erupted on Broadway and 12th St. The Fire Department of New York and NYU's Public Safety are working on solving the problems.