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Sam Tu

Sam Tu, Photo Editor

Sam Shing-Chen Tu is a sophomore in Liberal Studies aiming to major in politics and Media, Culture, and Communication. His nationality is Taiwanese, but whether Taiwan is a country is up for debate. He is more than willing to have this debate. Reach him at @tushingchen on Instagram.

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An aerial view of Yankee Stadium shows the crowd of graduates, family and friends who attended NYUs commencement ceremony for the class of 2022.

Photo: NYU ’20, ’21, ’22 grads honored at double-header commencement 

May 20, 2022

NYU graduates and guests fill the stands at Yankee Stadium during the university’s commencement ceremony for the class of 2022 on May 18. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Two NYU graduates, Michael Richards and Michael Manuel Jr., are wearing purple graduation robes and are standing in the food court at Yankee Stadium.

Photo: NYU ’20, ’21, ’22 grads honored at double-header commencement 

May 20, 2022

Stern graduate Michael Richards attended the ceremony with his friend Michael Manuel Jr., who he went to high school with in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Protesters walk down University Place holding a large sign that reads “NYU owes adjuncts.” A police officer on a moped directs traffic in front of the marching protesters.

Photo: A letter to President Hamilton: Adjunct faculty are essential to NYU

May 17, 2022

NYU faculty and students marched from Washington Square Park to Union Square on April 14 in support of ACT-UAW Local 7902, NYU’s adjunct faculty union. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

People hold signs at an abortion rights protest at Barclays Center. Signs read Codify Roe v. Wade, Fuck this, and Its not just abortion: Right to privacy equals gay marriage, gay sex, contraception and interracial marriage.

Photo: Opinion: Community abortion funds need your help right now, not Planned Parenthood

May 6, 2022

The initial leaked draft from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade has reignited the debate over abortion. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

The Bobst atrium at night: formally dressed ball attendee dancing in the foreground; a DJ stand blasting purple light beams in the background.

Photo: Ranked: Quintessential NYU experiences

May 2, 2022

The V100 ball in the Bobst Library. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Nine protesters holding signs and megaphones in Times Square.

Photo: FIT students rally for sustainable fabric in Times Square

May 2, 2022

The protest called for an end for the use of petroleum fibers like polyester in the textiles industry. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Students dressed in formal attire in the foreground and a study lounge filled with students in the background.

Photo: Violet Gala and Ball bring back high school prom nostalgia

April 25, 2022

The lower levels of Bobst Library were open to regular students as the upper floors closed for the ball. Students used the space to study despite the noise. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

The ceiling of Bobst Library atrium overlaid with a picture of the Empire State Building.

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Millions flock to New York every year to witness one of the greatest cities in the world — and perhaps be a part of it. Idealism for New York might have gotten you here, but you need to abandon it to move on.
April 23, 2022

Protesters gathered around the fountain at Washington Square Park holding signs and loudspeakers.

Photo: Adjunct faculty begin negotiations for new union contract

April 19, 2022

NYU faculty and students marched from Washington Square Park to Union Square on April 14 in support of ACT-UAW Local 7902, NYU’s adjunct faculty union. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

From left to right, top to bottom: Gabby Lozano, Roshni Raj, Vivian Stockley, Alex Tran, Mayee Yeh

Photo: The Identity & Equity Issue

April 8, 2022

(Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Workers on the picket line walking in an oval formation in front of the AFA theater hold signs saying “UAW on Strike” and “Reel Work is Real Work.”

Photo: Anthology Film Archives staff goes on strike

April 4, 2022

Anthology Film Archives workers went on strike after months of stalled negotiations with the theater’s management. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

A reproductive rights protest at Washington Square Park. Protesters hold signs saying “Jews for Productive Rights,” “Men of Quality don’t fear Equality,” “NYU stand up for Reproductive Rights,” “Sex is beautiful; Reproduction is optional,” “Abortion is Healthcare” and “Abortion = Healthcare = Human Right.” NYU sophomore JJ Briscoe holds a megaphone and speaks to the crowd.

Photo: Students protest Bobst Library anti-abortion demonstrators

April 4, 2022

After an anti-abortion demonstration on NYU’s campus, NYU students organized a protest at Washington Square Park on March 31. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

A masked student sits in an NYU common room area. She is surrounded by tables, chairs and a foosball table.

Photo: Editor’s Note: A memorial fund to support WSN staff

April 2, 2022

NYU has lifted mask wearing restrictions in certain university spaces. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

A birds-eye-view of the Lower East Side and Financial District skyline at night. In the middle, a street converges with the horizon. Parked cars line the sides of the street.

Photo: Students struggle to afford off-campus housing as rents surge

March 30, 2022

Rent prices in the city have soared to a historic high, leaving students struggling to find apartments for the summer and the 2022-23 academic year. The increased prices are due to a shortage of available...

A crowd of mainly young protestors hold up a red banner saying People Not Profit and other protest signs on a march across the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path on a cloudy day as an American flag waves in the wind on top of the bridges arches.

Photo: Hundreds take over Brooklyn Bridge for climate justice

March 29, 2022

On Friday, March 25, hundreds marched from Brooklyn Borough Hall to Manhattan’s Foley Square in a strike condemning government inaction against climate change. The crowd crossed the pedestrian path on...

A group of protesters hold up signs on the sidewalk of Foley Square as pedestrians and drivers pass by on the nearby street.

Photo: Hundreds take over Brooklyn Bridge for climate justice

March 29, 2022

Signs saying "There Is No Planet B" and "Act Now!" were held up high as protesters chanted in Foley Square. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

The picture shows a typical small NYU classroom with 20 tablet-arm chairs in green and orange. A large-screen TV is mounted in the room.

Photo: Pregnant NYU Silver student denied remote learning accommodations

March 25, 2022

The NYU Silver School of Social Work is located at 1 Washington Square N. One student was denied desk accommodations in a Silver classroom. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

The exterior of the Manhattan Detention Complex. A skyway bridge connects both sides of the brown building. On the ground below, cars are parked in parking spots marked with yellow lines on the right side, and a van with the New York Police Department logo and the text “NYCD Correction” on the back is parked on the left side.

Photo: Opinion: Anti-Asian hate crimes are not a reason to bolster policing

March 10, 2022

The Manhattan Detention Complex is located at 125 White St. in the heart of Chinatown. With the frequency of hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise in New York, some are calling for solutions...

The green scaffolding next to Stern. Two women walk in opposite directions underneath.

Photo: Editor’s Note: Spring break reads

March 12, 2022

Following the recent string of campus assaults, the Department of Campus Safety has added lights under the scaffolding near the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The department is also in the midst...

A masked student sits in an NYU common room area. She is surrounded by tables, chairs and a foosball table.

Photo: Opinion: NYU, do not lift the mask mandate

March 9, 2022

Following new COVID-19 guidance, NYU has stated that it will re-evaluate its mask mandate policy after Spring Break. However, the removal of the policy would put immunocompromised and disabled students...

The storefront of Newsbar at 107 University Place. The door is open and people are seated outside. Others walk past the cafe.

Photo: People-telling

March 7, 2022

Newsbar is a coffee shop located at 107 University Place. “People-telling” is more than just procrastination — it is a pastime, a guilty pleasure and an avenue for imagination. (Staff Photo by Sam...

The temporary outdoor dining space for Tacovison. The enclosed patio is adorned with red and yellow roses and cacti.

Photo: The best places for bottomless brunch around NYU

March 4, 2022

TacoVision is a Mexican restaurant located at 244 E 53rd St. (Staff Photo By Sam Tu)

V Spot Express is located at 12 St. Marks Place. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Photo: From chicharrón to cashew-based mac ‘n’ cheese: The ultimate list of vegan restaurants around NYU

January 24, 2022

V Spot Express is located at 12 St. Marks Place. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

The downtown location of Peacefood Café is located at 41 E. 11th St. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)

Photo: A guide to NYU’s spring 2022 reopening policies

January 24, 2022

The downtown location of Peacefood Café is located at 41 E. 11th St. (Staff Photo by Sam Tu)