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Sakshi Venkatraman

Sakshi Venkatraman, Editor-in-Chief

Sakshi Venkatraman is a junior in CAS majoring in Politics and minoring in Spanish and Journalism. She hails from the sunny state of Texas, so she's still mesmerized every time it snows in New York City. She has been passionate about journalism for more years than she can remember and loves everything from writing to tweeting to podcasting. When she's not in the newsroom, she's reading, listening to Planet Money or scouring thrift stores for hidden treasures. Follow her on Twitter @sakshi_saroja.

All content by Sakshi Venkatraman
The Most Powerful Student on Campus Needs No Introduction

The Most Powerful Student on Campus Needs No Introduction

But you’ll remember her name anyway.
Dec 5, 2019

Jakiyah Bradley is not the sentimental type. When you’re the most powerful student on campus, you can’t let your emotions get in the way. In her office in Kimmel, she spends...

The Final Staff Rants (of the Semester)

The Final Staff Rants (of the Semester)

In honor of the semester’s final Staff Rants, we have no theme — only pent-up rage.
Dec 4, 2019

On Free Space By Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editor Look, I get it. We’re all on the homework grind. CAS, Liberal Studies, Stern, Tisch — we all have homework, and none...

The office of Fraternity and Sorority Life located at the Center for Student Life at NYU. (Staff Photo via Darcey Pittman).

NYU’s Interfraternity Frats to Stop Recruiting After This Semester

After hazing issues led to NYU suspending or banning most IFC frats from campus, those that are left will pause the recruitment of new members in Spring and potentially Fall 2020.
Nov 14, 2019

NYU’s Interfraternity Council fraternities will suspend recruiting altogether come Spring 2020, according to a Monday morning press release by the IFC. This comes after several...


How the Journalism Industry Obstructs Lower Income People

As with many careers, starting as a reporter can come with a high price tag, and it disproportionately keeps lower income people of color out.
Sep 3, 2019

When I first got started in journalism, I was 14, and I thought putting pen to paper and furiously writing two articles a week would be enough to get me to The New York Times one...

Steinhardt Dean Dominic Brewer addresses the audience at the schools undergraduate commencement on Tuesday. This is Brewers last commencement as dean, as he will be leaving NYU after this semester. (via Steinhardt)

Steinhardt Commencement ’19

May 26, 2019

Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater was awash in violet on Tuesday morning as the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development graduated its undergraduate class...

An NYU graduate, wearing his violet gown and a 2019 commencement cap, talks on the phone and waves the commencement program which he has folded into a fan. (Photo by Julia McNeill)

NYU’s Class of 2019 Graduates With a Challenge to Foster Unity

May 22, 2019

A sea of violet gowns replaced the white and navy pinstripes that typically fill Yankee Stadium. On Wednesday morning, NYU held its 187th Commencement ceremony for the class of...

Sharpay had some valid points, OK? (via Disney)

Unpopular Opinions: When the Villain Was Right

Our staff gives you some of their best hot takes on some of pop culture’s most notorious bad guys.
Apr 23, 2019

It’s one of the most fundamental, elemental tropes in storytelling — the good guy vs. the bad guy, light vs. darkness, good vs. evil. The examples are infinite — Harry Potter...

(Illustration by Sakshi Venkatraman)

Photo: Off-Third: NYU to Open Wyoming Campus

Mar 31, 2019

(Illustration by Sakshi Venkatraman)

Up & Comers 2019

Up & Comers 2019

Mar 13, 2019

Staff Rants: Tech Edition

Staff Rants: Tech Edition

To quote Patrick from “Spongebob Squarepants”: we have technology! As the WSN staff will soon tell you, it’s an everyday part of our lives that ends up being more frustrating than not.
Feb 28, 2019

On Being Made Fun of for Owning AirPods By Sakshi Venkatraman, Editor-in-Chief I’ll just come out and say it. I own AirPods. I find it’s better to be forthright about it...

Preparing to Lead WSN Through Journalism’s Darkest Days

Preparing to Lead WSN Through Journalism’s Darkest Days

Meet WSN’s new editor-in-chief for 2019.
Jan 28, 2019

Dear NYU, This has been a depressing week in the journalism world. Within just a few days, 1,000 reporters were fired from various news organizations, including BuzzFeed and Gannett....

While She’s at School, Her Aunt Battles Kavanaugh

While She’s at School, Her Aunt Battles Kavanaugh

Far from the political maelstrom, Christine Blasey Ford’s niece, a CAS sophomore, still feels its effects.
Oct 1, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford's niece speaks to WSN about how the Kavanaugh hearings and public attention has affected her family.
The logo of NYUs sketch comedy group After School Improv.

Student-Performers Dispel Misconceptions About Improv, Sketch Comedy

Sep 24, 2018
Performing improv comedy is a difficult task, but NYU's After School Improv is up to the challenge.
The exterior of the Stern School of Business.

Stern Admin Outlines Plan of Action to Correct Inclusion, Diversity Issues

May 1, 2018
In a four-page response letter addressed to the Student Senators Council, Stern Undergraduate Dean Raghu Sundaram, Vice Dean Elizabeth Morrison, Chief Diversity Officer Lisa Coleman and Associate Vice President Monroe France detailed concrete steps intended to fix the problems that have become the subject of university-wide conversation.
The Courtyard Cafe at Third North.

Looking at Alternative Food Providers to Aramark

Apr 30, 2018
A look at the dining service providers NYU will consider if it decides to cut ties with Aramark, Inc. next year.
A closed down movie theater in the center of town.

Fairfield, Connecticut

Apr 23, 2018
Sights and sounds of Fairfield, CT will make you feel like a Gilmore Girl.
A Muslim student standing in the lobby of the Henry Kaufman Management Center. Stern has recently gained attention from the larger NYU community due to instances of Islamophobia and discrimination.

Racial Discrimination and Islamophobia Pervasive in Stern

Apr 23, 2018
Muslim and black students have reported experiencing racial discrimination and Islamophobia in the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
A gazebo on a grassy field is a popular spot for locals to picnic.

Talk of the Towns

Apr 22, 2018

City life can be overwhelming. I’ve felt it for a while, but when I left Manhattan for Easter I realized how much of a toll it had been taking on my mind. It’s loud here, everything...

At a public town hall in April, NYU President Andrew Hamilton denounced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as against the principles of academic freedom.

Hamilton Denounces BDS, Acknowledges Racism in Stern at Town Hall

Apr 19, 2018
Tensions ran high at a town hall between President Hamilton and students as a large cohort of student activists criticized the administration.
Artist Frank Ocean

Staff Recs: Best Frank Ocean Songs

Apr 12, 2018
WSN staff compiled a list of the best Frank Ocean songs. So sit back, relax and let this playlist take you to the Pyramids tonight.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to speak at NYUs 186th all-university commencement.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Speak at 2018 Commencement

Apr 2, 2018
NYU announced via Facebook that Justin Trudeau would be the Class of 2018's commencement speaker.
NYU Student Witnesses Kidnapping Near Washington Square Park

NYU Student Witnesses Kidnapping Near Washington Square Park

Apr 2, 2018
A list of crimes reported to Public Safety from March 22 to 29.
NYU Student Government passed a resolution for greater transparency  surrounding NYU Tel Aviv.

SGA Passes Measure for Transparency at NYU Tel Aviv

Mar 29, 2018
On Thursday afternoon, the Student Government Assembly passed a resolution calling for NYU to be more transparent in its protection of students traveling to the Tel Aviv campus.
Downstein Dining Hall, home to 90s and early 2000s throwback songs. (Photo by Echo Chen)

NYU Presents Timeline for Evaluating Potential Aramark Replacements

Mar 27, 2018
NYU Dining Services held a conversation with NYU community members following controversy over a racist meal served in Weinstein last month.
March for Our Lives in Central Park on Saturday, Mar. 24.

Students Mourn Friends, Demand Government Action on Gun Violence

Mar 26, 2018
WSN staff members attended the New York and Washington, D.C. marches to speak with demonstrators and document the events' highlights.
Broome Hall Investigates Shoebox of Feces Thrown in Garbage Chute

Broome Hall Investigates Shoebox of Feces Thrown in Garbage Chute

Mar 20, 2018
The incident has prompted pushback from building leadership, and has prompted unsavory and unnecessary work for cleaning staffers.
On Mar. 8, the Graduate Student Organization Committee held a rally at NYU Bobst Library. Lynne P. Brown, Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs talks to protesters on the 10th floor.

GSOC Protests for Paid Family Leave in Bobst

Mar 9, 2018
The NYU Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC) protested in Bobst on Thursday, calling for paid family leave for university employees.

KP Mendoza

The Nurse Next Door
Mar 8, 2018

KP Mendoza starts his Thursdays at 6 a.m. with a shower and a quick breakfast. By 6:30 a.m., the Rory Meyers senior is out of his apartment in Gramercy Green Residence Hall, where...

Othmer Residence Hall, where students reported flooding and water damage.

Tandon Students Feel Neglected in Wake of Othmer Hall Flooding

Feb 26, 2018
A perceived lack of adequate resources and poor housing conditions has Tandon students feeling neglected by NYU.
The second floor lounge in Lipton Residence Hall.

Photo: More Hate Symbols Found in Lipton Lounge, Security Cameras to Be Installed

Feb 22, 2018

The second floor lounge in Lipton Residence Hall.

Weinstein Hall

Weinstein Hall

Feb 22, 2018

Address: 5 University Place, New York, NY Cost per semester: $6,332-$8,471 Low cost: Available Rooms available: Singles, Doubles, Triples Nearby subways: N, R,...

The second floor lounge in Lipton Residence Hall

Photo: ‘Offensive’ Symbols Discovered in Lipton Residence Hall

Feb 21, 2018

The second floor lounge in Lipton Residence Hall

NYU professor Bradley Garner (left) has been fired due to sexual misconduct allegations.

Steinhardt Adjunct Professor Fired After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Feb 9, 2018
Bradley Garner, a Steinhardt adjunct professor, was fired on Wednesday after sexual misconduct allegations were brought to light by his former students from the University of Cincinnati.
The homepage for Coinbase, one of the most popular platforms for buying and selling bitcoin.

Students Pay Tuition through Cryptocurrency Investments

Feb 5, 2018
NYU senior's investment into bitcoin returns enough capital to cover the whole of NYU's tuition.
A sample mask, featuring Leslie Bernstein, administrator for the Hansjӧrg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery and Face Transplant Program at NYU Langone Health.

Langone Pioneers ‘Death Masks’ for Deceased Facial Donors

Jan 23, 2018
NYU Langone scientists pioneer 3-D printed "death masks" to encourage families to donate faces of lost loved ones and help those in need.
George Ciccariello-Maher appearing on MSNBC in 2015. Ciccariello is controversial for his opinions on white genocide and has recently been named a visiting scholar at NYU.

‘White Genocide’ Drexel Professor Taken on as Visiting Scholar

Jan 22, 2018
George Ciccariello-Maher, former Drexel University Professor, is now a visiting scholar at NYU Tisch's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
RJ Khalaf, president of the NYU Muslim Student Association, spoke at the Emergency Rally Against the Muslim Ban today in Kimmel Center.

Muslim Students and Allies Rally After Trump Travel Ban Upheld

Dec 5, 2017
Sixteen NYU groups jointly held an emergency rally against the Supreme Court's upholding of Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban."
According to one NYU Dining employee, Lipton had maintained an A grade by the DOH until their Nov. 14 inspection, for which they received a low C for failure to meet minimal health standards

UPDATE: Aramark Fires Lipton Hall Manager Over Poor Inspection Results

Dec 5, 2017
WSN investigated why Lipton Dining Hall received 39 points from a Nov. 14 New York City Department of Health inspection and what has changed since the initial conditions were exposed.
Crime Log: Nov. 24 to Nov. 30

Crime Log: Nov. 24 to Nov. 30

Dec 4, 2017
A recap of crimes reported to Public Safety from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30.
Graduate and Ph.D. students gathered in Union Square on Nov. 29 to protest the proposed GOP tax reform bill.

Graduate Students Protest Tax Reform

Nov 30, 2017
About 100 graduate and PhD students occupied Union Square Park on Monday to protest the proposed GOP tax reform bill.
NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing ranked number ten on Nursing School Hub’s “Top 30 Cutting Edge Nursing Schools.”

Nursing Students Feel Neglected

Nov 27, 2017
Many nursing students feel like the strenuous nature of their academic and work life goes unrecognized by fellow students.
Controversial conservative Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely spoke to an invitation-only audience at GCASL on Nov. 7.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Visits

Nov 20, 2017
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely stopped at NYU on Nov. 7 and spoke to a small group of students at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.
Crime Log: Nov. 3 to Nov. 9

Crime Log: Nov. 3 to Nov. 9

Nov 13, 2017
A recap of crimes reported to Public Safety between Nov. 3 and Nov. 9.
LaMar P. Miller, founder of The Metro Center, passed away at the age of 92.

NYU Metro Center Founder LaMar P. Miller Dies at 92

Nov 8, 2017
The founder of the NYU Metro Center, LaMar Miller, has died at 92. The Metro Center was established in 1978 to track the progress of the 1953 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.
Crime Log: Oct. 27 to Nov. 2

Crime Log: Oct. 27 to Nov. 2

Nov 6, 2017
A recap of crimes reported to Public Safety between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2.
Student Activities Board is an organization which composes three committees that are allocations, development and governance. Allocations Committee is in charge of funding all-university clubs on campus and among all these clubs, the most funded clubs tend to be the cultural clubs and the debate clubs.

NYU Clubs May Face Funding Changes, Says Student Activities Board

Oct 23, 2017
Change is underway for the process of funding clubs at NYU.
On Oct. 19, 800 colleges and universities around the U.S., including NYU, signed a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to protect immigrants while DACA is in the process of a repeal.

NYU Among 800 Colleges to Urge Congressional Protection of Dreamers

Oct 23, 2017
NYU was one of 800 colleges and universities listed on an ACE letter urging Congress to protect Dreamers.
Crime Log: Oct. 13 to Oct. 19

Crime Log: Oct. 13 to Oct. 19

Oct 23, 2017
The NYU Department of Public Safety received 12 reports of larceny, two reports of harassment and one report of criminal mischief from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19.

The Article L. Carter Journalism institute launched its First Amendment Watch website earlier this week.The site will analyze and contextualize key news events relating to freedom of speech and press.

Journalism Institute Launches First Amendment Watchdog Site

Oct 16, 2017
The Article L. Carter Journalism institute debuted its First Amendment Watch website earlier this week.
Crime Log: Oct. 5 to Oct. 12

Crime Log: Oct. 5 to Oct. 12

Oct 16, 2017
A recap of the past week of crimes at NYU.
Crime Log Sept. 29 to Oct. 4

Crime Log Sept. 29 to Oct. 4

Oct 10, 2017
A recap of the crimes reported to Public Safety between Sept. 29 and Oct. 4.
NYU Primatology’s quest to to check up on a monkey sanctuary hit by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico sparked a relief campaign.

NYU Primatology Aids in Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Oct 3, 2017
NYU Primatology has been integral in relief efforts on an island off Puerto Rico's southeastern coast that is home to 2,000 monkeys.
On Aug. 14 NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn opened a new center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn Opens New Epilepsy Center

Sep 26, 2017
Seeking to expand its reach of care, NYU Langone has opened a epilepsy unit at its Brooklyn location. The center specializes in diagnoses and treatment of the disorder.
NYU Divest Vigil for those who lost their lives to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

NYU Divest Vigil Highlights Impacts of Climate Change

Sep 20, 2017
NYU Divest held a vigil outside Gallatin for those who perished in the recent hurricanes to urge NYU to divest from fossil fuel companies on Monday, Sept. 19.

NYUCD is the College Democratic Chapter for NYU. They serve as a liberal voice pushing for change and a voice for the left.

College Democrats Form Task Forces

Sep 18, 2017
The NYU College Democrats are abandoning their executive board system and are replacing it with several task forces.
18 Below is a new dining hall underneath Torch Club with fancy features such as a flavored water station.

18 Below Falls Short in Authenticity

Sep 11, 2017
On Tuesday, NYU Dining debuted its newest space located on the lower level of the Torch Club.