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Twitter has placed hundreds of mask-related tweets on sidewalks and buildings. The campaign is in part designed to promote wearing masks in public. (Staff Photos by Trace Miller)

NYU and Twitter encourage pandemic responsibility around Washington Square Park

Meanwhile, another party protest is planned for the park.
Sep 24, 2020

Tweets encouraging mask-wearing were printed out and pasted on the sidewalk of Washington Square East as part of Twitter’s new campaign to add some levity to the typical messaging...

Police and Protesters Shut Down Grand Central Station

Police and Protesters Shut Down Grand Central Station

NYPD officers stood by while NYC Shut it Down rallied to protest the murder of Daniel Prude and the involvement of police in mental and public health issues.
Sep 15, 2020

Activists affiliated with the group NYC Shut It Down gathered at Grand Central Terminal on Monday evening, Sept. 14, to protest the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed by Rochester...

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently amended the federal Department of Education guidelines under Title IX. New changes in Title IX have been adopted by NYU due to pressure of loss of government funding despite ACLU, student, and administrator push back. (Image from Wikimedia Commons, via Gage Skidmore)

NYU Updates Title IX Policy

The law responsible for protecting people from sex-based discrimination in education has been updated by NYU.
Sep 2, 2020

The university has updated its Title IX policy regarding the schools’ handling of allegations of sexual misconduct.  The change, according to an NYU news release, was necessary...

American Academy of Arts and Sciences selected its 2020 fellows last week — three NYU professors made the list. From left to right, English professor Mary Carruthers, psychology professor Gregory Murphy, and anthropology professor Susan Antón are among the 250 chosen this year. (Images via NYU, Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

Three NYU Professors Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected three NYU professors as fellows on Thursday, April 23.
May 4, 2020

Three NYU professors were elected as American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows — one of the most prestigious scholarly honors — on Thursday, April 23.  The new fellows...

This week, NYU TAs may stop teaching in protest. Sick-Out NYU released a list of demands for NYU administration to address in order to provide for students and workers.
(Photo by Jessica Francis)

Teaching Assistants Plan a ‘Sick-Out’ Strike

Members of Sick-Out NYU plan to take a three-day strike to advocate for graduate students’ rights during the pandemic.
May 4, 2020

NYU Teaching Assistants plan to collectively take three consecutive sick days starting Wednesday, May 6 to demonstrate their essential role at the university and protest NYU’s...

The Vanderbilt Hall on Washington Square S hosts the NYU Law School. NYU’s School of Law has switched to a pass/fail grading system. (Photo by Nina Schifano)

NYU School of Law Shifts to Mandatory Pass/Fail

After NYU School of Law supported the implementation of mandatory pass/fail policy, the administration put it into place, making grading for nearly all courses pass/fail.
Apr 20, 2020

The NYU School of Law shifted to a mandatory pass/fail grading model for the remainder of the Spring semester as of Wednesday, March 25.  This decision was made based on the...

Last week the Guggenheim Foundation announced the Guggenheim Fellows for 2020. From left to right, NYU Professors Melissa Schwartzberg, Jenny McPhee, and Kim Phillips-Fein received fellowship awards. (Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

Three NYU Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Three NYU faculty members received the prestigious fellowship to help fund their projects over the next year.
Apr 14, 2020

Three NYU faculty members were announced as Guggenheim fellows on Thursday, April 9. The fellowships are awarded to advanced professionals who have already demonstrated their ability...

On Sunday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo extended New York State On PAUSE, a policy mandating non-essential workers remain at home until at least April 15. Small business owners wonder about the future of their livelihoods and many are concerned about the strain on their income. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

New Yorkers Reflect on the PAUSE

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE, which prevents non-essential workers from coming into work to delay the spread of COVID-19, has taken a toll on New York City business owners.
Mar 30, 2020

Two days before New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State On PAUSE — a policy mandating non-essential workers remain at home — Tom Birchard made the tough decision...

NYUs Student Government Assembly reviewed relevant applicant data. The SGA met that day to hold a vote to make election day a university holiday. (Staff Photo by Nick Mead)

SGA Unanimously Passes Measure to Make Election Day a Holiday

The resolution was supported by on-campus organizations such as Generation Vote, NYU College Democrats and the student councils of several schools at NYU.
Feb 28, 2020

NYU’s chapter of Generation Vote, an organization aiming to engage young voters in the political process, is working to make Election Day a university holiday at NYU. The Student...

The Puck Building at NYU Wagner displays the works of the late journalist James Foley. Foley was murdered by ISIS in 2014. (Staff photo by Nick Mead)

The Legacy of James Foley, Panel Grapples with War Reporting

Panelists discussed countering propaganda and an accompanying art exhibition incorporating James Foley’s war photography.
Feb 27, 2020

In 2014, American journalist James Foley was executed on tape by the Islamic State. The footage is one of the most broadly-circulated videos of an act of terror. On Tuesday, NYU...

Emergency vehicles, police officers, and paramedics surrounded Astor Place. A train struck an individual at Astor Place Station. (Staff Photo by Nick Mead)

Man Struck by Train at Astor Place

An 80-year-old man was hit by a train at Astor Place, the second accident at the station this week.
Feb 25, 2020

A man was fatally struck by a downtown 6 train at the Astor Place subway station this afternoon while trying to retrieve a dropped item, according to the MTA. This is the second...

A student watches We Are Not Strangers, a video created by NYU Shanghai students and alumni in solidarity for Wuhan coronavirus victims. The virtual choir rendition of the song encourages unity and hope among staff and students. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NYUSH Students Push for Unity in Song

A group of NYU Shanghai community members made a YouTube video featuring the song “We Are Not Strangers” — a song from “The Reality Show”, a musical performed for NYU first-years during orientation.
Feb 24, 2020

Students at NYU Shanghai have had an unusual start to their semester. Classes at the site were suspended as the extent of the coronavirus outbreak became apparent. Many are taking...

Protestors march down 5th Avenue in response to the State of the Union and the Senate Acquittal of President Trump. (Staff photo by Jake Capriotti)

Senate Acquittal of President Trump Spurs Protest

New Yorkers with the group Rise and Resist came together in Columbus Circle on Wednesday to protest the US Senate acquitting President Donald Trump of impeachment nearly 90 minutes after the vote came in.
Feb 6, 2020

Protestors gathered in Columbus Circle on Wednesday evening to protest the acquittal of President Donald Trump by the Senate on two articles of impeachment.  During the Senate...

NYU students pose with their posters at Foley Square at a climate strike. NYU researchers point out the benefits of a higher carbon emission tax for the environment. (Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NYU Researcher: Carbon Taxes Need to Be Higher to Avoid Climate Change’s Worst Effects

A study co-authored by an NYU professor found that to sufficiently curb carbon emissions, a carbon tax needs to be much higher than traditional models suggest.
Oct 11, 2019

A tax on carbon emissions should start drastically higher than traditional climate change models suggest, according to a study published last week by NYU and Columbia University...