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Nicole Brown, CAS, Journalism & Politics

May 5, 2016

My favorite thing about New York is the skyline. Whether I’m riding the N train across the Manhattan Bridge, walking across Wyckoff Avenue in Bushwick or sitting on a Greyhound...

Who Represents You?

Who Represents You?

November 23, 2015
The Student Government Issue

How much influence do students have?

November 23, 2015

Student leaders at NYU are confident in their ability to influence changes on campus. Representing nearly 50,000 voices, the Student Senators Council sits on the university senate...

Pros, cons of being a tourist

February 26, 2015

Right when I arrived at the NYU Florence campus, I was given tips on how to not look or act like a tourist: Don’t go to any restaurants around the Duomo. Don’t order a cappuccino...

Video: Weekly Recap: December 1-4

December 8, 2014

Thank you for a great semester! The Weeks top stories: Rape through the lens of a survivor: https://www.nyunews.com/2014/12/04/rape-through-the-lens-of-a-survivor/ Sexual...

The SOHO Sample Store, a holiday pop-up shop on Mulberry Street, offers discounted designer looks.

Photo: Concerns over labor at NYU Shanghai

December 3, 2014

The SOHO Sample Store, a holiday pop-up shop on Mulberry Street, offers discounted designer looks.

[UPDATED] Presidential Search Committee to narrow down nominations

November 17, 2014
The search committee has received over 200 nominations for the next president.
Construction workers lift the capsule out of the ground.

Time capsule from 1950 unearthed outside NYU’s 370 Jay St.

October 2, 2014

A time capsule buried in 1950 was unearthed outside 370 Jay St., the former New York City Transit headquarters, on Oct. 1. The building will be renovated in 2015 by NYU and...

NYU President John Sexton addresses a student at the town hall on Oct. 1.

Town hall heats up over NYU Abu Dhabi

October 2, 2014
NYU President John Sexton held the first town hall of the semester on Wednesday.

Sexual assault policy changes imminent

September 25, 2014

The university will announce new sexual misconduct policies on Sept. 30 that will include redefining consent, increased support services through the newly formed Center for Sexual...

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Letter from the editor

August 24, 2014

Dear Readers, As I sat in the WSN office listening to music and trying to write this letter, the song “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé came on. In that song, the line “perfection...

Revived coalition brings labor issues to administration

Revived coalition brings labor issues to administration

May 21, 2014

The Coalition for Fair Labor at NYU sent a petition to the administration of NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi requesting three changes regarding labor rights of workers in Abu Dhabi. The...

Sexton sits down with WSN

Sexton sits down with WSN

May 1, 2014

On a Friday morning around 10:30 a.m., I attended a funeral with NYU President John Sexton. Sexton and I had previously agreed to sit down in his office for an interview...

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

January 27, 2014

Dear Readers, Every day at NYU, I am amazed and inspired by all of you. While I only know a fraction of you, I know talent is everywhere on this non-traditional campus....

Trisha Goyal | The Connector

Trisha Goyal | The Connector

December 12, 2013

When Trisha Goyal ran against 10 other freshmen for underclassmen liaison of the Stern Inter-Club Council, she was the only one not wearing a suit. The Stern junior didn’t...

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NYU Reacts: Nelson Mandela’s legacy

December 10, 2013

The death of former South African president Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5 sparked a global discussion from TV network segments and newspapers to personal reactions on social...

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First Joint Committee meeting starts productive conversation

November 11, 2013

  The first Joint Committee meeting, held on Nov. 1, created a platform for further discussion between the Board of Trustees, faculty and students about university...

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[UPDATE] FDNY rescues LS sophomore from between buildings

November 3, 2013

UPDATE Monday, Nov. 4, 8:35 p.m.: Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Ellett sent an email to the residents of Lafayette Hall and Alumni Hall, where Vongtau...

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[UPDATE] SLAM protests student debt as university unveils Momentum Campaign

October 21, 2013

UPDATE Monday, Oct. 21 9:22 p.m.: In response to SLAM's demands, NYU spokesman John Beckman explained that there are many priorities that go into the university's budget allocations,...

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NYU to sponsor Gordon Brown’s commission on human rights

October 17, 2013

  Former U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown, who has been a distinguished global leader for NYU since 2010, is spearheading a commission to investigate whether updates...

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Universities increase expansion abroad

October 16, 2013

  Since 1990, there has been a 80 percent increase in the number of international branches of American universities, according to University of Albany professor Jason...

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[UPDATE] SLAM meets with Marc Wais in response to letter; Calls for changes in apparel production

September 27, 2013

UPDATE 10:39 p.m. Oct. 1, 2013: SLAM received a response to their letter from Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs Lynne Brown today. In the letter,...

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Environmentalists protest against Keystone XL Pipeline

September 23, 2013

Over 400 environmental activists gathered in Battery Park on Saturday to protest the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 350.org, an organization dedicated to solving...

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Few students show pride at GMA, NYU pep rally

September 10, 2013

Despite a low turnout at the NYU pep rally on Good Morning America yesterday morning, the students there were happy to show their school spirit. Three NYU students, dressed...

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Faculty committees make suggestions to influence university governance

September 3, 2013

Throughout the past academic year, NYU President John Sexton has established faculty committees to advise the administration on university decision making. In Sexton’s email...

[UPDATE] Momentum Campaign to bolster scholarships, endowment

[UPDATE] Momentum Campaign to bolster scholarships, endowment

August 28, 2013

UPDATE Sept. 4, 2013: Vice President of Enrollment Management Randall Deike provided more information about how the money from the Momentum Campaign will be used. Deike said...

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No Confidence recap: administration moves to resolve tensions with faculty

August 25, 2013

This summer, conflict between members of the faculty and the administration continued as information surfaced about housing loans to NYU administrators and some professors for...

FAQ: Vote of No Confidence

FAQ: Vote of No Confidence

August 25, 2013

  Tensions in university politics in the form of faculty’s votes of no confidence made headlines way beyond WSN’s homepage last semester. Here’s the breakdown...

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Welcome Week 2013 aims to bring together diverse community

August 25, 2013

  Beginning today, the Welcome Week 2013 staff has activities planned each day of the week. “Coming to New York City and NYU can be a daunting experience, and...

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NYU Poly merge with university expected to conclude at end of year

July 4, 2013

The university has announced that the Polytechnic Institute of NYU is expected to complete the transition to NYU’s School of Engineering by December of this year. In a series...

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Silver School does not pass vote of no confidence, does pass separate resolution

May 30, 2013

The faculty of the Silver School of Social Work held a vote of no confidence against NYU President John Sexton from May 21 to May 28. Professor Wen-Jui Han explained that...

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Improvements to Hayden will begin next year

May 2, 2013

Hayden residence hall will see some improvements in the near future. Renovations for the freshman dorm will begin after the student commencements end in 2014 and finish in...

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Students start petition to remove some unpaid internships from CareerNet

April 30, 2013

Last week, two NYU students started an online petition to stop the Wasserman Center for Career Development from posting certain unpaid internships. Tisch sophomore Christina...

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GPA cutoffs for Latin honors based on previous year’s top students

April 26, 2013

  Every year, universities award Latin honors to graduating seniors with high grade point averages. NYU has new GPA cutoff requirements for the summa cum laude,...

 NYU-Poly dean explains NYU School of Engineering

NYU-Poly dean explains NYU School of Engineering

April 25, 2013

The merging of NYU and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU to transform NYU-Poly into the NYU School of Engineering has been a work in progress since 2008. It is expected to be...

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NYU student arrested for building air rifles in dorm

April 23, 2013

  CAS junior Bernard Goal was arrested by the New York Police Department on Monday night for the possession of illegal weapons. Maintenance crew members found air...

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Steinhardt faculty to hold vote of no confidence

April 22, 2013

The faculty of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development voted to hold a vote of no confidence against NYU President John Sexton yesterday. The full-time...

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UPDATE: Steinhardt faculty governance discussions continue

April 11, 2013

UPDATE 9:00p.m. April 14, 2013: In an email to the Steinhardt faculty, faculty council chair Floyd Hammack announced that a meeting dedicated to the topic of university governance...

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Students question fairness of Stern Venture Challenge judging

April 9, 2013

The 13th Annual Stern Venture Competition has come under scrutiny in recent months, and suspicions of unfair judging exist among some of the teams. The annual competition divides...

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All-university student council elections begin

April 8, 2013

The All-University Elections will begin today at 9 a.m. and will end Friday, April 12. Coordinated by the Student Senators Council, the elections will institute student...

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Sexton addresses issues of financial, social concern

April 3, 2013

  In the last Student Senate Council Town Hall meeting with NYU President John Sexton this year, held in the Grand Hall at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual...

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LIVE BLOG: Town Hall Meeting with President John Sexton

April 2, 2013

  [liveblog] Today is the last Student Senate Council Town Hall meeting with President John Sexton of the year. All NYU students have been invited to attend and...

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UPDATE: Tisch begins discussions of a vote of no confidence

March 25, 2013

UPDATE 4:00 April 7, 2013: The Tisch faculty will have a forum with Sexton and the administration on April 30 to discuss the governance of the university. “That meeting...

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NYU leadership divides faculty

March 13, 2013

Approximately 50 percent of eligible CAS faculty members have cast their ballot in the vote of no confidence as of 11 p.m. yesterday, halfway through the allotted voting period....

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Faculty of Arts and Science begins no confidence vote

March 10, 2013

  Today is the first of a five-day no confidence vote among the Faculty of Arts and Science against university president John Sexton. All full-time tenured and tenure-track...

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NYU supports lifestyles of students with disabilities

March 6, 2013

Over 900 NYU students are registered at the Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities. The CSD aims to create a safe, educational and positive environment...

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Studio art students call for renovation in Barney building

February 28, 2013

Artists expect their studios to be havens for creativity. But for students in Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s Studio Art program, the Barney building...

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Immigration reform talks give NYU students hope

February 19, 2013

  Part of the bipartisan plan for immigration reform that President Barack Obama addressed in his State of the Union address could greatly impact college students. If...

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Obama sets agenda with State of the Union address

February 13, 2013

  President Barack Obama addressed several issues related to college students while underlining job creation and bipartisan agreement during last night’s State of...

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NYU Public Safety Crime report reveals safer campus

February 12, 2013

Graphic by Jacqueline Hsia/WSN Living on a non-traditional campus in a major city may pose risks to NYU students, but records of crime on and off campus have proven otherwise. Assistant...

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Discussing Hedges v. Obama

February 7, 2013

Last night, a panel of lawyers, whistleblowers and the plaintiffs from the Hedges v. Obama case met at the Culture Project to discuss the lawsuit. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist...

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Staci Barton: the caregiver

December 13, 2012

Steinhardt graduate student Staci Barton struggled with her racial identity when she was growing up. “As a light-skinned black person, my racial identity was always challenged...

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City24/7 replaces pay phones with tablets throughout city

December 5, 2012

By the end of the week, Manhattan will receive 10 modernized pay phones. City24/7, a media company that focuses on providing information to the New York City community, has...

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Volunteers help Sandy victims on Day of Action

November 19, 2012

While life after Sandy is back to normal for the NYU community and much of lower Manhattan, hundreds of people are still without basic necessities. “It’s been very difficult,”...

Students forced to relocate from dorms

Students forced to relocate from dorms

October 31, 2012

Students in select dorms received an email on Tuesday evening notifying them that they had to leave their building by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Tom Ellett, the vice president of...

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NYU welcomes new biology professor

October 11, 2012

This year, Esteban Mazzoni joined the university staff as a professor in the Department of Biology. Mazzoni is originally from Argentina and received his undergraduate degree in...

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SoHo locals criticize restaurants’ noise level

October 10, 2012

Restaurant and bar owners and community members met to discuss the renewal of liquor licenses at Tuesday night’s Community Board No. 2 meeting on State Liquor Authority Licensing. In...

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City announces plans for lane redesigns in Central Park

October 8, 2012

New York City’s Department of Transportation announced its plans to redesign the traffic lanes in Central Park last month, in hopes of improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclist...

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Protesters against NYU Law trustee unite for second demonstration

September 20, 2012

Around 30 people gathered at Bobst Library yesterday afternoon to participate in a follow-up protest to last week’s rally held by the Student Labor Action Movement against Daniel...

New online database provides open access to undercover journalism

September 13, 2012

Undercover journalism has served the public well but does not receive the recognition it deserves, according to NYU journalism professor Brooke Kroeger. To shed light on the...

NYC Taxi fares see an increase of 17 percent

NYC Taxi fares see an increase of 17 percent

September 13, 2012

For the first time since 2004, the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission increased the cab fare. Last May, the commission received a proposal from the yellow cab industry...