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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

Richard Shu

Richard Shu, Deputy Opinion Editor

Richard Shu is a Deputy Opinion Editor. He also was the Deputy Copy Chief. He also is a major in math and economics. He also conducts research review at an educational consulting nonprofit. He also enjoys cooking a lot and makes excellent Chinese-style pork belly stew. He also is nursing a pet theory that the book "Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein might hold the keys to creating a more just and humane society. Feel free to ask him about any of these.

All content by Richard Shu
College Republicans Drama Tests The Future of GOP

College Republicans Drama Tests The Future of GOP

September 21, 2016
From the highest marks of the party itself, all the way down to the grassroots college-level efforts, Trump has cleaved a divide between those who stand up for the principles they believe in, even if it means betraying their party, and those who would rally behind an egotistical, lying braggart if only to keep their trembling elephant standing a little longer.
The Hypocrisy of University Moral Codes

The Hypocrisy of University Moral Codes

May 2, 2016
Honor codes like BYU’s are simply artifacts of an older generation who are content to have children seen and not heard.
Millennial Homeownership is More Dream Than Reality

Millennial Homeownership is More Dream Than Reality

April 28, 2016
A spectre is haunting America — the spectre of renting.
The Ethical Case for an Open Heart

The Ethical Case for an Open Heart

April 18, 2016
Opinion editor Richard Shu argues that the West has the duty to accept more Syrian refugees.
College Admissions Are Not Your Self-worth

College Admissions Are Not Your Self-worth

April 11, 2016
For how inept Howard’s letter may have been, it speaks to an increasingly frustrated contingent of students who recognize, throughout the admissions process and even after they’ve enrolled, that their childhoods have been shortchanged.
Universitys Wage Raises Have to Come From Somewhere

University’s Wage Raises Have to Come From Somewhere

March 29, 2016
Though the measures are undoubtedly a boon for student workers, we must all keep in mind that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
The Perils of a Brownsville Tech Revolution

The Perils of a Brownsville Tech Revolution

March 21, 2016
Teaching children to adapt to the modern workforce requires much more than a course in JavaScript.
Rohit Mittal

Rohit Mittal

March 10, 2016

Rohit Mittal does not speak like the average startup CEO. He has that sort of dorky, disarming charm that makes him instantly approachable. When he talks — whether about his...

Brittany Hall

February 25, 2016

Residency: Freshmen Estimated yearly cost: $12,496 - $14,060 Low-cost rooms available: No Commute to class: 5 minutes Nearby subways: N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6, L Shuttle: No Brittany...

Specialized University Campuses Shortchange Student Opportunities

Specialized University Campuses Shortchange Student Opportunities

February 22, 2016
If the university’s goal is to promote innovation and job-creating entrepreneurship in its students, to prepare them for the complexities of the modern workforce, it won’t do so by producing hyper-specialized wonks.
With His Passing, Scalia Leaves Senseless Sycophants

With His Passing, Scalia Leaves Senseless Sycophants

February 16, 2016
Scalia was the best of the bad bunch. He forced his opposition to rethink their positions and develop their arguments rigorously and thoughtfully. Before activists celebrate his passing, they should realize that Scalia possessed many gifts that his sycophants lack.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Necessitates Education Reform

Trans-Pacific Partnership Necessitates Education Reform

February 8, 2016
Politicians need to recognize the radical new possibilities that a specialized economy will bring.
Katy Perry headlined the Super Bowl Halftime Show last year, and as much as we love Coldplay, the WSN staff thinks another artist could play the show better.

Staff Recs: Artists We Wish Would Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 5, 2016
Let's give some more interesting musicians a shot.
Denmark Refugee Policy Deplorable

Denmark Refugee Policy Deplorable

February 1, 2016
By passing the confiscation bill, the Danish government is allowing the loud, inhumane voice of a few take precedent over the understanding and welcoming many.
NYC Schools Need Less Police, More Care

NYC Schools Need Less Police, More Care

January 25, 2016
Ditch the police officers and metal detectors in New York's public schools, and a productive learning culture can grow in their place.
Recent push for drug policy reform shows inherent racism

Recent push for drug policy reform shows inherent racism

November 11, 2015
Heroin addiction is getting a lot more attention than crack ever did, and it's because of the difference in race. White heroin victims get more attention on the national news because our society still places the concerns of the white middle class over the black urban poor.

Staff Recommendations: Back to School Songs

September 9, 2015
As we approach the end of summer and the start of autumn, listen to these WSN staff-recommended songs to start the semester on the right foot.
Cooper Union expansion dangerous, reckless

Cooper Union expansion dangerous, reckless

September 8, 2015
Cooper Union's expansion plans have been met with ire from locals, and so NYU should temper its rampant expansionism.
NYU students have duty to preserve Greenwich Village

NYU students have duty to preserve Greenwich Village

August 28, 2015
NYU students, especially freshman, must understand the complex and sometimes controversial reputation NYU has earned in Greenwich Village.
Comedy most incisive when angry

Comedy most incisive when angry

April 29, 2015
Obama's recent speeches are contradictory in their handling of serious issues.
$15 wage necessary for workers

$15 wage necessary for workers

April 21, 2015
The current minimum wage is not enough to make rent in the Bronx, and should be raised to $15.
Problem of rising tuition hardly unique

Problem of rising tuition hardly unique

April 13, 2015
The stratospheric rise in tuition costs have benefitted university administrations rather than improve the education experience for students.
Well-rounded curricula needed

Well-rounded curricula needed

April 6, 2015
The Core Curriculum is important for undergrads in order to prepare them for a constantly changing workforce.
Political meddling is real threat to free speech

Political meddling is real threat to free speech

March 25, 2015
While trigger warnings are often attacked for being the antithesis of free speech, politicians meddling in education issues is much more serious.
De Blasio political maneuvers admirable

De Blasio political maneuvers admirable

March 9, 2015
Mayor de Blasio's recent protest against the St. Patrick's Day parade are indicative of a larger positive trend in highly political New York mayors.
Adjunct faculty deserve better treatment

Adjunct faculty deserve better treatment

March 4, 2015
Adjuncts at NYU receive significantly less pay and job security than their tenure-track or contracted colleagues. The community and the administration must do more to address their concerns.
Digital decay must be prevented

Digital decay must be prevented

February 25, 2015
The problem of digital decay (our files being unreadable in the future because tech software changes so much) should be addressed.
Smart drugs require smart policy

Smart drugs require smart policy

February 19, 2015
University drug policies must better address "smart drug" abuse.

Video: Op Ed Live: Humans of New York

February 11, 2015

Richard Shu leads a conversation bout the latest humanitarian efforts of the Humans of New York blog. Joined by Annie Cohen and Shawn Paik.

Democrats must not take votes for granted

Democrats must not take votes for granted

February 11, 2015
Democrats have been resting on their laurels and need to be more proactive to win elections.
Constitution should not serve partisan agenda

Constitution should not serve partisan agenda

February 2, 2015
Conservative standpoints on the Supreme Court are limiting its effectiveness.
New blog well-intended, needs verification

New blog well-intended, needs verification

December 3, 2014
"Getting racists fired is a noble cause, no doubt, and revenge can feel very sweet. But if we are to move beyond revenge, to justice and the betterment of our society, we simply need a higher standard of proof."
1Art pieces good investment for wealthy

1Art pieces good investment for wealthy

November 19, 2014
Prices of artwork are higher than ever but that doesn't mean that the quality of art is improving. Instead, it is a sign that the ultra rich who drive the art markets are investing their capital in a growing market.
Coming to terms with a privatized universe

Coming to terms with a privatized universe

November 12, 2014
The romanticized vision of spaceflight created in the 20th century will cease to exist as space travel is corporatized.
Objections to foodies, organic revolution

Objections to foodies, organic revolution

November 4, 2014
Modern food culture celebrates gluttony while ignoring the pressing inequalities of the industry.
Stand-your-ground not applied consistently

Stand-your-ground not applied consistently

October 29, 2014
The stand your ground laws are not being used fairly. Women who have fought back against abusive partners have tried to use the laws as a defense but have not been successful.
Unions need to help increase minimum wage

Unions need to help increase minimum wage

October 22, 2014
The low minimum wage proves the need for labor unions. It is up to the unions to step up and address this issue.
Chinese president masks disdain for democracy

Chinese president masks disdain for democracy

October 6, 2014
President Xi now enjoys an unprecedented tumult of popularity from his people, hoping that the new charismatic leader can bring about much-needed reform to China’s troubled political system.
Tinder gives equal power to both sexes

Tinder gives equal power to both sexes

October 1, 2014
Tinder may be shallow because people use it to judge others solely on appearances. However, Tinder has been valuable in equalizing gender differences when it comes to judging appearances.
Violence problem in United States

Violence problem in United States

September 23, 2014
Violent executions shouldn't be a solution to violent crimes.
Objectification of the gay best friend

Objectification of the gay best friend

September 10, 2014
Starry-eyed young straight women hope that NYU will provide them with a gay best friend with whom they can discuss fashion and feelings and treat as a token instead of a human being.