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Rachel Ruecker

Rachel Ruecker, Editor-at-Large

Rachel is a Senior Editor here this semester, whatever that means. She really likes proving to people that she's complicated and as such spent last semester as the Sports Editor while also being a drama major in Tisch. She is happy to report (ha!) that she made it out alive, if barely. She is also from Canada.That's important. She also tweets a lot. Former Editor-in-Chief Alex Bazeley once said she was his favourite Twitter follow so like, follow her.

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The World According to Rachel: On Please, Thank You and I’m Sorry

The World According to Rachel: On Please, Thank You and I’m Sorry

September 22, 2017
Editor-at-Large Rachel Ruecker discusses the power of the words "please," "thank you" and "I'm sorry."
The Bucket List Issue

The Bucket List Issue

May 1, 2017

NYU is a dream school. People flock from near and far to don the Violet — if only metaphorically — but once we’re here, we often get so caught up in the bureaucratic mess...

The World According to Rachel: On Moms, Musicals and Everything Else

The World According to Rachel: On Moms, Musicals and Everything Else

May 1, 2017
In the last edition of her column for the semester, Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker reflects on music and her mom, among other things.
WSN weighs in on what music to listen to while studying.

Staff Recs: Best Music to Study To

April 27, 2017
Just in time for finals season to hit, WSN staff offer their best bets for music to study to.
The New York Rangers celebrate their victory over the Montreal Canadiens in game six of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday. NYU reacts to the team’s success.

NYU Reacts: Rangers Win Over Canadiens

April 24, 2017
As the Stanley Cup Playoffs journey on, the Rangers bested the Montreal Canadiens in six games. Here's the take from NYU students.
The World According to Rachel: On the Real Deal

The World According to Rachel: On the Real Deal

April 20, 2017
Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker discusses how capitalism has grown from a free-market theory into a complicated and occasionally depressing paradox, but it's hard to see its complexities from inside the bubble.
The World According to Rachel: On Loving What You Do and Doing the Work

The World According to Rachel: On Loving What You Do and Doing the Work

April 13, 2017
Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker discusses putting in the work to get the desired outcome and loving whatever you do.
The World According to Rachel: On Coffee Dates

The World According to Rachel: On Coffee Dates

April 6, 2017
Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker discusses the journey of friendship throughout college.
When Theater Becomes More Than the Stage

When Theater Becomes More Than the Stage

April 6, 2017
In the digital age, art has begun to overlap — and theater is no different, as plays continue to be performed in ways that transcend the stage.
The World According to Rachel: On Traveling Standby

The World According to Rachel: On Traveling Standby

March 30, 2017
Senior editor Rachel Ruecker discusses the stresses of flying standby.
The NYU men’s hockey team played their last Division-II game on Sunday night. They ended the season with a victory as the American Collegiate Hockey Association national champions.

Hockey Ends Time in Division-II on Top

March 20, 2017
The NYU hockey team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division-II Championship to cap off its time in the division. They will head to Division-I next season.
Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker reflects on how popular culture revolves around community.

The World According to Rachel: On Community

March 9, 2017
Senior editor Rachel Ruecker discusses the complexities of finding community while studying in New York.
Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker reflects on turning 20 and leaving the teen years.

The World According to Rachel: On Leaving Adolescence

March 3, 2017
Washington Square News' Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker discusses turning 20 as part of her new column.
The NYU hockey team playing at their home ground of Chelsea Piers. Spencer Varney and Mike Martin are the assistant coaches of the team, with the head coach being Chris Cosentino and goaltending coach, Dan Fortunato.

Martin and Varney: On the Ice to Behind the Bench

February 27, 2017
With recent success on the ice, the NYU hockey program can look behind the bench for a legacy of dedication to both the sport and the team.
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Lipton Hall

February 23, 2017

Residency: Freshmen Estimated yearly cost: $12,476 – $16,692 Low-cost rooms available: Yes Commute to class: 5 minute walk to WSP, 20-25 minute subway ride to Tandon Nearby...

The NYU hockey team won this weekend’s SECHL playoff tournament in Montclair, New Jersey. Over spring break, the Violets will compete in the ACHA Division II National Tournament to be held in Columbus, Ohio.

Hockey Wins SECHL Championship

February 21, 2017
The NYU hockey team took home the SECHL title en route to next month's ACHA National championship.
The NYU Hockey Team playing at their home ground of Chelsea Piers, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. The game saw the Violets experience their first loss of the year, against Sacred Heart University.

Hockey Enjoys Success in Regular Season Finale

February 13, 2017
The NYU hockey team heads into the post-season next weekend riding the wave of a competitive 4-0 victory over rivals William Paterson University.
The NYU hockey team had a busy weekend with two very close, competitive games.

Hockey Splits Penultimate Weekend

February 6, 2017
The NYU hockey split its weekend decisions at home.
The NYU Hockey Team defended its home ground with a strong 12-2 victory over the weekend.

Hockey Strong at Home

January 30, 2017
The NYU hockey team played at home for the first time in 2017 and displayed offensive prowess Friday in a 12-2 showing against Central Connecticut State University and kept things interesting Sunday against Keene State College in a 4-3 win.
After a perfect first weekend of the season, the NYU hockey team will return to the Chelsea Piers Sky Rink on Friday.

Hockey Kicks Off 2017

January 23, 2017
The NYU hockey team was back this weekend, coming away with a pair of wins against northeast foes.
Chandni Sharma

Chandni Sharma

Refusing to Compromise Identity
December 8, 2016

Her name is Chandni, and she’s going to make damn sure you take the time to learn it right. “You know how people have their, like, Starbucks name or whatever?” Sharma...

The NYU Hockey team split their decisions on the road.

Post-Break Hockey Roundup

December 5, 2016
The NYU hockey team hit the road this weekend in their return from break, playing Keene State and Northeastern.
For the first time since 2013, the mens’ cross country team competed in the NCAA Division III championship.

Checking in on Athletics

December 5, 2016
Here's a look back at how NYU sports teams fared in the fall, along with what's next in the wonderful world of NYU athletics.
The womens basketball team improved their record to a stellar 7-0, increasing their season opening streak.

Women’s Basketball Beats Brooklyn, Moves to 7-0

December 2, 2016
The women's basketball team improved their winning streak to seven, maintaining their perfect start to the season against Brooklyn College on Thursday.
The NHL revealed a new team, Vegas Golden Knights, which is situated in Las Vegas.

Anywhere But Las Vegas: Americanizing Canada’s Game

November 29, 2016
The NHL's newly added 31st team is the Vegas Golden Knights, which is raising some eyebrows among diehard hockey fans. Here's a look at what could be.
Stephanie Cunningham achieved the NYU Women’s Fencing team’s sole victory in its duel against Columbia on Tuesday.

Wrestling 2-0 in Grapple at the Garden

November 28, 2016
The NYU Grapplers headed to the exciting Grapple at the Garden this weekend where they came out on top — literally, while the fencing team struggled, with both the men's and women's teams losing.
The NYU Hockey team has enjoyed smooth sailing so far this season.

Violet Hockey by the Numbers

November 28, 2016
A numbers breakdown for the Violet hockey team.
The Athletes Issue: Training in Silence

The Athletes Issue: Training in Silence

November 21, 2016

Being a Division III school with a more artistic focus, sports are often cast aside at NYU. However, within these oft-forgotten teams are athletes with complex and unique stories...

Elise Gibbs helped maintain the NYU women’s swimming team’s undefeated status on Sunday.

Women’s Swimming and Diving Crushes

November 21, 2016
Violet sports action this weekend included continuations to the wrestling and swimming and diving seasons, while the cross country team complete theirs.
The NYU hockey team suffered a loss at Chelsea Piers, in its first game of the season.

Hockey Breaks Streak, Rebounds

November 21, 2016
After dropping just their second of the season Friday at home against RPI, the Violet hockey team redeemed themselves Saturday against Marist, shutting out the Red Foxes 3-0.
Some NYU students stay true to the sports teams of their hometowns while others find themselves potentially at the front of Yankee Stadium.

Photo: Does Coming to New York Mean Switching Teams?

November 15, 2016

Some NYU students stay true to the sports teams of their hometowns while others find themselves potentially at the front of Yankee Stadium.

Midfielder, Bryan Walsh, scored the lone goal for NYU in the team’s final game of the season.

Soccer Gears Up For Postseason

November 14, 2016
The men's and women's soccer seasons entered the postseason with the men's team falling to Drew University, while the women winning both their weekend games.
The NYU Hockey team’s hot streak continued as they took to the road this weekend and improved their record to 11-1.

Hockey Tested, But Stands Tall

November 14, 2016
The Violet hockey team delivered an exciting OT win Saturday in Albany, followed by a 5-2 win against RPI in an afternoon in Troy.
Captain Steven Esposito at center ice for the ceremonial puck drop on Friday night against Northeastern University.

Promotion Provides Momentum for Hockey

November 7, 2016
NYU's hockey team stayed dominant in its pair of outings this weekend, beginning Friday at home with a 3-2 win over Northeastern and finishing big on Saturday 11-3 against Montclair State.

Violet Nation serves to expand the reach of NYU Athletics.

Photo: Violet Nation: Rallying Together

November 7, 2016

Violet Nation serves to expand the reach of NYU Athletics.


Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams celebrated their final games of the regular season on a picturesque fall day at their home Gaelic park.

Photo: Soccer Season Ends on the Up

November 7, 2016

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams celebrated their final games of the regular season on a picturesque fall day at their home Gaelic park.

After their season long winning streak, the Violet’s lost to William Paterson University on Saturday.

Hockey Fails to Uphold Streak

October 31, 2016
The NYU hockey team's winning streak came to an end Saturday against William Paterson University. They continued play Sunday against Providence College.
The Violets continue their winning streak against University of Massachusetts, sitting at a perfect 6-0 for the season thus far.

Hockey Stays Unblemished Through Six Games

October 24, 2016
The NYU hockey team continued their perfect season opening streak in a pair of shutout wins this weekend.
Stern freshman, Owen Smith, scores the last goal in the Violets’ game against Maritime.

Soccer Recovers from Losses, Shuts Out Opponents

October 21, 2016
Both the men's and women's soccer teams looked to rebound off a rough weekend in the Midwest on Thursday night.
In their victory against Brandeis, sophomore Katie Goethe supported the team with 39 assists.

Volleyball Continues Downward Slump

October 20, 2016
The women's volleyball team continued on a downward trend at home against Stevens Institute of Technology last night.
The NYU Hockey team continued their undefeated season with matches against the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Hockey Stays Hot in Weekend Away

October 17, 2016
The NYU men's hockey team continued their early hot streak, improving to 4-0 on the season in their pair of away games this weekend.
The NYU hockey team saw victory this past weekend, winning 9-1 and Siena College and 4-3 at the University of New Hampshire.

Violets Hockey Dominant in First Two Home Games

October 11, 2016
The NYU hockey team started its season off strong at home this weekend, taking Siena College 9-1 and the University of New Hampshire 4-3.
The women’s soccer team continued their dominance with a 4-0 home win over Brooklyn College.

Women’s Soccer Rebounds from Scoreless Weekend

October 5, 2016
The NYU women's soccer team looks to continue their successful season with a home game against Brooklyn College.
Queens

Queens

October 3, 2016

The biggest and second most populated of the five boroughs, Queens is quite literally the landing and taking off point for many as they leave or return to the city, but it’s...

NYU students competed in a variety of sports this weekend including volleyball, cross country, and tennis.

Mercurial Violets Thrive in Golf, Struggle in Volleyball

October 3, 2016
Recapping the rest of the weekend's sports action, including cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball.
Sports and theater may seem as though they are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but actually have a lot in common.

Sports vs. Theater: Working Toward a Common Cause

September 30, 2016
Sports Editor and Tischie Rachel Ruecker takes us through why maybe sports and theater aren't so different after all.
At the NYU-NJCU match, Tristan Medios-Simon scored all three goals for his team, bringing NYU up to a tie with NJCU.

Soccer Held Scoreless in Home Loss

September 28, 2016
The NYU men's soccer team played Drew University at home on Tuesday, in hopes of finding consistency.
The NYU women’s volleyball team brought home another win this past weekend at Baruch College, bumping their season up to a high streak.

Volleyball Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

September 26, 2016
The NYU women's volleyball team maintained their hot streak, improving to 13-3 on the season.
NYU women golf team take third place at the Mt. Holyoke Invitational.

Golf Stellar in Busy Sports Weekend

September 26, 2016
Recapping the weekend's sports action.
Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker reflects on turning 20 and leaving the teen years.

Photo: Rachel Ruecker

January 23, 2016

Senior Editor Rachel Ruecker reflects on turning 20 and leaving the teen years.

NYU womens soccer came from behind and won against Ramapo with a score of 3-2.

Women’s Soccer Soars While Men’s Runs in Place

September 22, 2016
NYU's soccer contingents each played Wednesday, with the women's team recapturing brilliance and the men's team held to a 3-3 tie.
The NYU womens volleyball team has been doing very well so far this season.

Fall Sports: An Update On The Highs and Lows

September 22, 2016
Examining the highs and lows of NYU's fall sports teams thus far in the season.
Women’s soccer dominated the field this past weekend in a game against Trinity College, yet couldn’t bring home the win.  The score remained 0-0.

Soccer Scoreless in Double OT

September 19, 2016
The NYU women's soccer team was held to a scoreless tie after going to double overtime against Trinity College.
Sophomore Annie Singh was a high hitter against Brooklyn College with 8 kills.

Volleyball Continues Mini Streak, Dominates Brooklyn College

September 15, 2016
The women's volleyball team competed in a one-sided match against Brooklyn College on Tuesday.
Junior Nic Notaro, who plays forward, goes in for a header against Mt. St. Vincent.

Violet Soccer Players Come in Clutch in Mid-Week Action

September 15, 2016
The women's and men's soccer teams took to the field for some mid week action, with both teams emerging successful.
The Violets’ Cross Country team took to Poughkeepsie to participate in Vassar College’s Ron Stonitsch Invitational this weekend.

Weather Hampers Cross Country

September 12, 2016
A rundown of NYU's cross-country team's weekend performance at the Ron Stonitsch Invitational.
A Home 3,000 Miles Away From Home

A Home 3,000 Miles Away From Home

September 12, 2016

On the first day of freshman year, I gave each of my roommates a bottle of maple syrup and a package of maple sugar candy. Everything that came after felt somewhat inevitable. I...

Team Europe plays Team North America in the Third World Cup of Hockey installment, a revival of the 2004 NHL event.

Preview: The World Cup of Hockey

September 9, 2016
WSN's resident hockey expert takes us through a preview of the World Cup of Hockey.
The Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is an iconic space for sports in NYC.

The Hottest Sports Tickets in NYC Aren’t Always a Pipe Dream

September 9, 2016
A handy guide to New York City professional sports teams for NYU students.
Mens Soccer Rights Ship to Avoid Early-Season Skid

Men’s Soccer Rights Ship to Avoid Early-Season Skid

September 8, 2016
The NYU men's soccer team took on the City College of New York.
NYU Hockey’s head coach Chris Cosentino is going into the new season with major optimism, regardless of losing five key players to last May’s graduation.

Hockey Preps to Bounce Back After Failing to Defend Their National Title

September 6, 2016
A look at the NYU men's hockey team's stab at redemption for the 2016-2017 year.
Club Sports For the Masses

Club Sports For the Masses

August 28, 2016

You may or may not know this already, but NYU is not exactly a hotbed of excitement about varsity sports. That being said, there is still a myriad of sports to explore, and as...

NYU Softball was scheduled to play a total of six games throughout the weekend, ending with NYU beating New Jersey City University twice on Friday, and Brandeis University twice on Saturday;  their games on Sunday were cancelled.

Softball Finishes 13-1 at Home

May 2, 2016
The NYU softball to play well this weekend against NJCU and Brandeis.
Why NYU Sports Matter: A Personal Account

Why NYU Sports Matter: A Personal Account

April 26, 2016
For some at NYU, the university's athletics programs actually matter, just ask Rachel Ruecker.
NYU broke a school record and placed third in the 4x400 relay.

Track on Course Near End of Season

April 25, 2016
The UAA Championships were in full swing in Missouri, as the Violets track and field squads traveled west for the festivities.
Celebrating it’s 20th year, the Stern Rugby Club brought together alumni and current students to face off.

NYU Stern Rugby Club Celebrates 20 Years of Camaraderie

April 25, 2016
WSN's Rachel Ruecker visited Randall's Island to report on the always entertaining NYU rugby team.
Senior Becky Turlip placed in the top three for two races.

Seniors Headline Track’s Weekend

April 18, 2016
Track and field was back in action this weekend at the Greyhound Invitational in Pennsylvania.
Canadas pride and joy Sid the Kid is a generational talent, despite what critics and Ovechkin advocates may say

Sid vs. Ovi: A Case for Crosby

April 15, 2016
In an era of two greats, WSN's Rachel Ruecker thinks Sidney Crosby edges Alexander Ovechkin.
This is the first time since 1970 that no team from Canada will compete in the Stanley Cup.

True North Strong and…Not in the Playoffs?

April 8, 2016
The lack of Canadian teams in this year's NHL playoffs is not an accurate reflection of the country's influence on the game, writes Rachel Ruecker.
Sophomore pitcher Cameron Serapilio-Frank threw seven shut-out innings in the game against CCNY.

Serapilio-Frank Shines for Baseball Over Weekend

April 4, 2016
After a close win on Friday, the baseball team celebrated family day with a drubbing of CCNY.
NYU fell to Montclair State University this weekend, ending the games 11-10 and 10-7.

Softball Drops Pair of Close Games

March 28, 2016
17 runs in two games wasn't enough for the NYU softball team as they were swept by Montclair State University on Saturday.
On Sunday, The Violets desperate title defense came up an overtime goal short at the hands of Grand Valley State.

Hockey’s Title Defense Comes to a Bitter End

March 21, 2016
It was win or go home for the NYU hockey team, who looked to keep its title hopes alive against Grand Valley State.
The Violets slipped up in their second round game, losing 5-4 to Utah State. Theyll likely need to win out to make it out of pool play.

Hockey Nationals Day 2: Utah State 5-4 NYU

March 19, 2016
After handily defeating Penn State, the NYU hockey team continued its march to a championship against Utah State.
The NYU hockey team kicked off the defense of their 2015 National Championship with some strong offensive play early on and solid defense throughout.

Hockey Begins National Title Defense With 8-2 Drubbing of Penn State

March 18, 2016
The top-ranked NYU hockey team began its march to a second consecutive title at the ACHA Championship tournament against Penn State.
Freia Lobo

Freia Lobo

March 10, 2016

When I stopped by NYU’s Leslie eLab be-fore [email protected]’s executive board meeting one Tuesday, club Vice President Freia Lobo took me in with open arms. She showed me around and...

Ireland Gibson of NYU’s Track and Field team ran a new 800m record for NYU.

Individual Runners Shine Despite Mediocre Track Finish

March 7, 2016
Track was in action over the weekend in Staten Island for the ECAC Championships.
Chris Cosentino is the head coach of NYUs Mens Ice hockey team.

Off the Ice: Talking With the Hockey Team’s Saving Grace

March 4, 2016
Some thought NYU hockey coach Chris Cosentino was committing career suicide when he took the reigns of a struggling Violets team, but this wasn't his first challenge.
Matthew Powers (c) and Budd Brown (l) each earned three medals on Sunday.

Track Hosts UAA Championships at 168th Street Armory

February 29, 2016
NYU's track and field teams traveled to 168th Street to compete in the UAA Championships.
Sophomore Sage Scheiwiller has had a great start to the season with a four game hitting streak.

Second-Year Softball Starts Rocky

February 29, 2016
Beginning its second season, the NYU softball team looked to get off to a good start in North Carolina.

Hayden Hall

February 25, 2016

Residency: Freshmen Estimated yearly cost: $10,454 - $16,712 Low-cost rooms available: Yes Commute to class: 5 minutes Nearby subways: A, C, E, B, D, F Shuttle: No After...

The NYU Ice Hockey team lost their first match since winter break on Sunday.

Hockey Starts Postseason Hunt, Takes First Loss of ’16

February 22, 2016
The top-ranked NYU men's hockey team was in action this weekend in the SECHL playoffs.

Off the Ice: Overheard With the Hockey Team

February 19, 2016
WSN's Rachel Ruecker reports on the colorful characters that make up NYU's hockey team.
The hockey team had their last game of the regular season against the University of New Hampshire.

Hockey Routs UNH 4-1 in Their Home Finale

February 16, 2016
The NYU hockey team finished its season's second half with a bang against the University of New Hampshire.
The NYU mens hockey team is one of NYUs most talented, hardworking and gritty groups of students.

Off the Ice: The Little Club Hockey Team That Could

“Off the Ice” is an ongoing all-access series that goes behind the scenes of the NYU men’s hockey team.
February 9, 2016
Meet the colorful bunch that makes up one of NYU's proudest groups — the men's hockey team.
The NYU Ice Hockey team once again won both their matches over the weekend.

Hockey Testy in Weekend Wins

February 8, 2016
The NYU hockey team continued its hot second half against Montclair State and Marist.
NYU Men’s Hockey beat William Paterson University 2-1 on Friday and continued on to defeat Boston College 5-1 on Sunday at Chelsea Piers.

Hockey Wins in Dramatic Fashion on Friday, Follows With Blowout Sunday

February 1, 2016
NYU hockey continued its second half of the season at home against William Patterson University and Boston College.

A True Culture of Hockey in the North

January 29, 2016
With only one primary sport, Canada's love for hockey is a religion from the professionals down to the kids.
NYC Gotham Cup a Tune-Up for Violet Track

NYC Gotham Cup a Tune-Up for Violet Track

January 26, 2016
NYU's track and field teams competed in the Gotham Cup on Jan. 22 before hunkering down as the snow piled up.
The men’s hockey team kicked off their 2016 title defense with a pair of wins against Siena College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Hockey Nets Sweep in First 2016 Games

January 25, 2016
NYU's hockey team looked to begin its march to a second consecutive championship, kicking off its second half against Siena College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.