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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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All content by Pablo Ocariz
A man in a purple uniform with the word “Violets” and the number 25 on it stands in front of a large display screen under a blue sky. He is wearing a black batting helmet which reads “N.Y.U.” in purple.

NYU baseball drops two of three games against Emory

The Violets went 1-2 on the road against Emory University as they kicked off UAA play.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

NYU men’s baseball started off in-conference play against Emory University in Atlanta this weekend, scoring a 4-3 win in the opener on Friday before losing both games of the...

Group photograph of players from N.Y.U’s men’s basketball team. They are in a huddle with their arms in the air.

The shot that ended NYU men’s basketball’s season

A disappointing first-round defeat to Lancaster Bible College ended the Violets’ season.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

NYU men’s basketball lost 64-67 against Lancaster Bible College in the first round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Alliance, Ohio, on Friday, March...

Five members of the N.Y.U. men’s basketball team huddle together on the courtside. All of them are wearing purple jerseys and shorts.

NYU men’s basketball earns first NCAA bid since 2016

After a season full of ups and downs, the Violets have advanced to the field of 64.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer March 1, 2023

Following a third straight loss on Feb. 5, NYU men’s basketball looked completely out of contention for the postseason. They were tied for last place in the University Athletic...

A basketball player jumps in the air, holding a basketball. Behind him are groups of people watching from the audience.

NYU men’s basketball marches toward madness

The Violets keep their tournament hopes alive with a four-game winning streak.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer February 22, 2023

NYU men’s basketball extended their winning streak to four this past weekend, going on the road to beat Emory University 88-82 and the University of Rochester 66-52. Guard Spencer...

Five male basketball players running on a basketball court. In the center is a player wearing a white and purple N.Y.U. jersey with the number five. He is running with the ball in his left hand.

NYU men’s basketball continues to slip

This past weekend, the Violets lost two back-to-back games during a conference road trip.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

NYU men’s basketball had a tough road trip this past weekend, losing 62-80 to Carnegie Mellon University and 92-96 to Case Western Reserve University. Graduate guard Spencer...

An illustration of a basketball player sitting on a bench in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He is wearing a black jersey with “Brooklyn 11” on it.

The Kyrie Irving trade: A rare win-win

The Brooklyn Nets receive two elite role players, and Irving teams up with Luka Dončić.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer February 7, 2023

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks after requesting a trade this past Friday, Feb. 3. In return, the Nets got back Spencer Dinwiddie and...

A man in a white and purple jersey and shorts jumping up toward a basket with a basketball in hand. Another player in a navy blue and gold jersey and shorts puts up his arm in an attempt to deflect him. Other players in similar jerseys surround them on the basketball court as they play in front of a crowd.

What’s going on with NYU men’s basketball?

As the Violets began conference play, the losses started piling up. Can they bounce back?
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer January 31, 2023

The NYU men’s basketball team went into conference play with a perfect 11-0 record. They had one of the top 10 offenses in the country, and were top five by point differential....

Three basketball players stand on a basketball court. In the middle, a man wears an N.Y.U. uniform with the number zero. He is throwing the ball upward as two other players in white uniforms run toward him.

Cinque Stephens records career high in men’s basketball’s 8th straight win

The Violets continue their undefeated season with a 98-62 win against York College on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer December 9, 2022

The NYU men’s basketball team dominated the CUNY's York College Cardinals in a 98-62 win on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The victory was fueled by a career-high 27 points from junior combo...

Player Nikola Lipovic, number 11, dribbles the ball into enemy defense. Lipovic wears a purple jersey and shorts with his number on it.

Men’s basketball continues undefeated season after 7th straight win

The Violets steamrolled Yeshiva University in their second biggest game of the season.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer December 6, 2022

The NYU men’s basketball team continued its undefeated start to the season with a 108-67 win over Yeshiva University at home on Thursday, Dec. 1. The Violets now hold a 7-0 record...

The N.Y.U. women’s volleyball team fist-bump on the court. Most players wear a white jersey and black shorts.

Women’s volleyball loses in Final Four of NCAA tournament

After a 3-1 loss to Trinity University, the No. 2 Violets ended their dominant season.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

The NYU women’s volleyball team ended its strong season on a sour note after a loss to Trinity University on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Violets had...

A female volleyball player wearing a purple jersey and black shorts jumps high from the ground while using her right arm to hit the volleyball behind the net. Three other players wearing orange shirts are standing on the other side of the net. Text “#GOVIOLETS N.Y.U. VOLLEYBALL” is printed on the net in purple.

Women’s volleyball advances to NCAA Elite Eight

The Violets garnered three wins over the weekend in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

The NYU women’s volleyball team dominated their way through the NCAA Division III tournament this weekend, earning a trip to the Elite Eight. The Violets only lost three sets...

The N.Y.U. women’s volleyball team wearing white jerseys and black shorts huddle on the court. Behind them are staff members dressed in blue and black.

Women’s volleyball finishes in third at UAA Championship

The Violets now have had back-to-back top-three finishes at the tournament. 
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer November 8, 2022

NYU hosted the University Athletic Association Championship last weekend at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The Violets finished third in the tournament, with wins over Brandeis...

(Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

Men’s basketball looks to build on winning season

A new head coach and seven new recruits headline a year of changes for the Violets.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer October 28, 2022

After last year’s mixed season for the NYU men’s basketball team, in which they had its first winning record in six years, but finished second to last in the conference, the...

Olivia Lewandowski, Dominique Drust and Sarah Lattan dressed in black jerseys throw their hands up. Volleyball is in mid air.

NYU women’s volleyball dominates during senior weekend

The Violets only lost one set in three matches this past weekend as the regular season nears its end.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer October 25, 2022

No. 6 NYU women's volleyball continued its dominant season this past weekend, winning all but one set across its games against Stockton University, Stevens Institute of Technology...

Libero Lindsey Hirano wears a pink jersey while passing a volleyball.

Women’s volleyball sweeps Third UAA Round Robin

Despite a strong comeback by Emory University, the No. 8 Violets were able to win both University Athletic Association matchups.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer October 18, 2022

No. 8 NYU women's volleyball upset No. 6 Emory University in a five-set thriller at the University of Rochester on Sunday, Oct. 16. They came into the game off the back of five...

An illustration of a gravestone with several flowers placed in front of it in orange and blue. The text on the gravestone is “R.I.P. Mets.”

A eulogy to this season’s New York Mets

The Mets’ season is over after only a short cameo in the postseason.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

They have done it again. Another New York Mets season has come to an end, and they have nothing to show for it except heartbreak and disappointment. This year's Mets were supposed...

Bryce Lexow, wearing a purple and white striped NYU jersey, kicks a soccer ball. Three opponents wearing black jerseys are moving in the background.

NYU men’s soccer falls in conference home opener

The Violets failed to take advantage of an early 1-0 lead as they conceded two goals in the second half.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

The NYU men’s soccer team lost 1-2 in its first conference home game to Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Violets came into this game off the back of two...

An illustration of football player Zach Wilson wearing a white headband and a green jersey.

The New York Jets are fun again

After over a decade of mediocrity and lack of imagination, the New York Jets finally have a young core to make fans excited.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

Since making back-to-back AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010, the New York Jets have not made the playoffs. They have not been a top 10 offense a single time, and they have...

Two members of the women’s volleyball team pass a volleyball ball through the net to the opposing team dressed in red.

NYU women’s volleyball splits games in doubleheader

The team’s tough loss early in the day was atoned for by a win to round off the weekend.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

The ninth-ranked NYU women's volleyball team split their games against opponents No. 24 Tufts University and No. 16 host Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 25. Both games went...

A member from the New York University women’s soccer team kicks the ball down the soccer field.

Women’s soccer continues its undefeated season at William Patterson University

Tate Jordan scored her second goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 and maintain the team's undefeated season.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer September 23, 2022

NYU’s women's soccer remains undefeated after drawing 1-1 at William Paterson University on Wednesday, Sept. 21, as the Pioneers scored off of their only shot of the game. This...

A green baseball field and players wearing white uniforms standing in bases.

How the surging Braves caught the dominant Mets

Late season mediocrity has come back to haunt the once infallible Mets, as the once mediocre Braves have dominated the latter half of the season.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer September 22, 2022

The New York Mets have arguably been the top team in the National League East all year. Since game six of the season, they have spent all but one night atop the NL East standings....

An athlete jumping high off the ground while using her right arm to hit a volleyball mid-air, among several other athletes inside an NYU Athletics arena.

NYU Volleyball weekend soured by close defeat to WashU

The Violets experienced their second loss of the season after going 2-1 in the University Athletic Association Round Robin in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer September 20, 2022

The No. 6-ranked NYU women’s volleyball team was upset by the No. 20 Washington University in St. Louis Bears after a classic five-set match on Saturday, Sept. 17. The score...

A man in a white NYU jersey and purple shorts dribbles a ball upfield with two defenders in black and maroon Stevens jerseys and one teammate in a white NYU jersey and purple shorts.

NYU soccer falls 2-1 to 11th-ranked Stevens in non-conference home game

Although sophomore Joe Leslie scored his fourth goal of the season, NYU’s defeat places them at 2-2-1.
Pablo Ocariz, Staff Writer September 15, 2022

The NYU men’s soccer team fell 2-1 to No. 11 Stevens Institute of Technology on Sept. 13 in a home game at Gaelic Park. This marks the second straight 2-1 defeat for the Violets,...