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

Washington Square News

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Samson Tu, Magazine Managing Editor

Samson Tu is finishing his B.A. degree in politics with a thesis on the state of civil society development in the People's Republic of China. Synthesizing his experience in journalism and training in politics, Samson is going to attend the NYU School of Law after his undergraduate to study intellectual property law. Samson attempts to make sense of Heidegger and Sartre or edits photographs on his 15-hour flight between New York and Taipei. He always prefers the flights to New York. Send an email to [email protected] for ideas about WSN's monthly magazine issues!

All content by Samson Tu
Brown shoes standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: The politics of energy

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Samson Tu, Magazine Managing Editor April 12, 2024

In Ghana, president suspends electricity export amid power shortage crisis Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, ordered the country to cease exports of its electricity supplies...

The Toronto skyline at night.

Spring break snapshots: Grassy getaways to snow-stuck trucks

WSN staff share photos from their first week of free time this year.

A red poster reading “Vote N.Y.C.” sticks out of a box.

Photo: Opinion: NYU Votes needs to take more initiative this election season

March 11, 2024

A polling site in New York City. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Brown shoes standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: 2 years into the Russia-Ukraine war

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Samson Tu, Creative Director March 8, 2024

Last month marked the two-year anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war. Since February 2022, more than six-and-a-half million Ukrainians fled while Russian casualties amounted to...

Two people walk past an entrance of a building used by N.Y.U.’s Tandon School of Engineering.

Photo: Tandon collaborates with New York state to enhance power grid reliability

March 1, 2024

File photo: NYU Tandon's campus at Brooklyn Commons in 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

An illustration of a volumetric flask with orange liquid in it and a conical flask with pink liquid and a green plant growing inside of it. Various tiny people drawn in a simplistic, blocky style congregate around the flasks with empty speech bubbles floating around their heads.

The politics of the sciences: In pursuit of truth, we have lost it

A fake academic paper shows intellectual rifts in academia can have real-world consequences.
Samson Tu, Creative Director February 11, 2024

Brown shoes standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: Immigration policy across Europe

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Samson Tu, Creative & Multimedia Director December 8, 2023

In the United Kingdom, official resigns after deportation bill proposal British immigration minister Robert Jenrick resigned Wednesday after the government introduced an emergency...

Brown shoes standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: Humanitarian crisis in Gaza, health care in the UK, former premier dies in China

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Samson Tu, Creative Director November 3, 2023

In the Gaza Strip, Israel’s ongoing siege creates a humanitarian crisis A convoy of at least 33 U.N. trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered through the Rafah Crossing into...

Brown shoes standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: Real estate in China, carbon credit in the UAE, raising debts in Italy

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Samson Tu, Creative Director October 13, 2023

In China, largest real estate developer misses debt payments  Chinese real estate developer Country Garden announced that it will miss payment for overseas debt to the Hong...

Brown shoes standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: Missing officials in China, armament in the Czech Republic, economic recession in Germany

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Samson Tu, Creative Director September 29, 2023

In China, Defense Minister disappears China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu has been missing for a month following investigations of alleged corruption surrounding purchases of...

A collection of three images. From left to right: a model wearing a sienna silk tulle dress; a model wearing a camellia-pattern top and a pair of green silk pants; a model wearing a purple sheer robe and a pair of silver tulle pants.

Son Jung Wan’s latest collection is a tour through floral paradise

Korean designer Son Jung Wan blossomed at New York Fashion Week with her floral Spring/Summer 2024 collection.
Samson Tu, Creative Director September 12, 2023

On Sept. 9, Son Jung Wan turned the sixth floor of Spring Studios into a three-dimensional Henri Rousseau piece, painting the venue with her lush colors, floral designs and arboreal...

An aerial view of the Washington Square Arch with a crowd of NYU students wearing purple outfits in the background and holding up giant NYU letters.

A Photographic Welcome to Washington Square Park

WSN photographers walk you through moments in the park from over the past year.
Samson Tu, Creative Director August 4, 2023

Your Love-Hate Relationship with Bobst

Your Love-Hate Relationship with Bobst

The good, the bad and the ugly of your new home away from your dorm.
Samson Tu, Creative Director August 4, 2023

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin delivers the Response on Behalf of the Honorary Degree Recipients. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Photo: Finland’s prime minister talks war in Ukraine and gender equality at commencement

Carmo Moniz, Managing Editor May 17, 2023

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin delivers the Response on Behalf of the Honorary Degree Recipients. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A wide-angle view of Yankee Stadium whose stands are packed with N.Y.U. graduates dressed in purple gowns. Purple and white confetti flies in the air.

Photo: 2023 Commencement: Hamilton’s goodbye, a speech from Finland’s prime minister and more

May 17, 2023

NYU’s 190th commencement ceremony in the Yankee Stadium on May 17. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Representative Majorie Taylor Greene addressed the protestors briefly. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Photo: Trump pleads not guilty as protesters, media crowd Manhattan courthouse

Carmo Moniz, News Editor April 4, 2023

Representative Majorie Taylor Greene addressed the protestors briefly. (Samson Tu for WSN)

File photo: NYU Class of 2022 commencement. Tandon graduates will have their pictures displayed on a screen during graduation. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Photo: World’s ‘coolest prime minister’ to speak at NYU commencement

Abby Wilson, Managing Editor March 22, 2023

File photo: NYU Class of 2022 commencement. Tandon graduates will have their pictures displayed on a screen during graduation. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A speaker holding a white megaphone delivers a speech in front of rally attendees. Behind the speaker is a white banner with blue text that reads “Contract Faculty United.”

Photo: 'Andy, Andy, you can’t hide,’ NYU contract faculty say to president

March 2, 2023

Contract faculty rallied after university president Andrew Hamilton offered no response to their demand for recognition last week. (Samson Tu for WSN)

The entrance of the Coral Tower residence hall. A pink bulletin board with announcements about the dorm is on the left, a gray gate used to enter the dorm is in the middle and a brown desk, where security officers usually sit, is to the right.

Photo: NYU drops rule preventing dorm RAs from speaking to media

February 28, 2023

File photo: Coral Tower, an NYU residence hall, is located at the northeast corner of the intersection between East 14th Street and Third Avenue. (Samson Tu for WSN)

The nighttime skyline view of Downtown Manhattan.

Photo: How channeling my inner ‘Sex and the City’ changed my life

Alexa Donovan, Staff Writer February 24, 2023

(Samson Tu for WSN)

A group of models stand in a semi-circle formation wearing black and red outfits. One model walks from the circle into the middle of the room. Above him is a large, round light fixture hanging from the ceiling.

Photo: NYMD: New and old brands alike reimagine the future of menswear

February 13, 2023

A. Potts, Fall/Winter 2023 Collection, New York Men's Day. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A speaker delivers a speech from behind a podium. Observers stand in a semicircle in front of the speaker. Vertical floor-to-ceiling windows are behind the speaker.

Photo: Students and faculty mourn Palestinian deaths at vigil

February 10, 2023

The Student Government Assembly and NYU Students for Justice in Palestine hosted a vigil on Feb. 9 for the lives lost in the Israel-Palestine conflict. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A cargo loading dock with maintenance equipment and trash cans inside.

Photo: Acquired, stored, forgotten: NYU Dentistry’s collection of Indigenous remains

February 6, 2023

The loading dock of the NYU College of Dentistry located to the east of 338 E 25th Street. (Samson Tu for WSN)

An office space with no windows and white walls. People sit at desks and walk around.

Inside WSN: How we make an online publication

WSN’s multimedia editor takes you behind the scenes and into the newsroom in this photo essay, featuring all the people that help make sure that the newspaper goes out to thousands of readers each morning.
Samson Tu, Multimedia Editor December 15, 2022

Students eating in the Palladium dining hall.

Photo: Opinion: NYU should extend dining hall hours

December 13, 2022

File photo: The NYU Eats market at Palladium Hall taken in spring of 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A blue, plastic recycling bin with a white U+2672 Universal Recycling Symbol printed on it. A red Santa hat illustration is overlaid on the recycling bin.

Photo: This holiday season, take your trash out the right way

December 13, 2022

Throwing out your trash the right way is important, especially during the holiday season. (Illustration by Samson Tu; Samson Tu for WSN)

A red and white rocket launching off the ground in a wheat field.

Rocket science isn’t rocket science

Tandon students at Rogue Aerospace showcase the start to finish of a rocket launch.
Samson Tu, Multimedia Editor December 12, 2022

A physical installment of a cup of light milk boba tea with orange bobas.

Photo: The art of milk tea literacy

December 7, 2022

(Samson Tu for WSN)

A red double-decker bus, with the text “London Transport” painted on its side, drives around a bend.

Photo: What NYU doesn't tell you: London

December 6, 2022

File photo: A bus stop in London, near Trafalgar Square, in the summer of 2019. (Samson Tu for WSN)

NYU’s Lafayette residence hall in Chinatown. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Photo: Woman killed in Chinatown car crash outside NYU’s Lafayette Hall

Lauren Ashe, Deputy News Editor December 5, 2022

NYU’s Lafayette residence hall in Chinatown. (Samson Tu for WSN)

The exterior facade of a modern glass building.

Photo: NYU commits to Tandon expansion with new billion-dollar investment

December 2, 2022

The NYU Jacobs Academic Building is located at 6 MetroTech Center. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A group of protesters, mostly masked — raise their phones with the flashlights on — surrounding an arrangement of candles and flowers.

Photo: Hundreds protest China's zero-COVID policy, gov’t at consulate

December 1, 2022

Protesters gather around Pier 84 in Hell’s Kitchen. Across 12th Avenue is the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.

The entrance of the Coral Tower residence hall. To the left is a pink bulletin board with announcements about the dorm. In the middle is a gray gate to enter the residence hall, with two elevators in the background. To the left is a brown desk where security officers typically sit.

Photo: NYU RAs demand better response to dorm security failures

February 15, 2023

File photo: Coral Tower, an NYU residence hall, is located at the northeast corner of the intersection between East 14th Street and Third Avenue. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A tall, wide building with grids of blue-green windows.

Photo: NYU to make dorms more accessible after Justice Dept. complaint

November 30, 2022

Gramercy Green is located at 310 Third Ave. (Samson Tu for WSN)

The exterior of N.Y.U. Lafayette Hall during the day from the diagonal corner of the street.

Photo: Readers Respond: NYU residence hall intrusions

November 29, 2022

File photo: Some responses to the recent dorm intruders. (Samson Tu for WSN)

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