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Samson Tu, Multimedia Editor

Samson Tu is a junior studying politics and Media, Culture, and Communication. He is that distant friend who daydreams about being a photographer, but lacks the talent and finesse to make it as one, hence his position as the one who edits others' photos. Sam writes and edits photo essays — that is his current purpose in life. Help him avoid an existential crisis and send your essay ideas to [email protected] or @tushingchen on Instagram.

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The exterior of NYU Lafayette Hall from the diagonal corner of the street.

Photo: Intruder removed after entering Lafayette Hall

Nov 21, 2022

An intruder evaded security at Lafayette Hall Sunday evening. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A rectangular rooftop garden filled with greeneries is set against the backdrop of the midtown skyline views of Manhattan.

Photo: NYU disputes Reuters claim that its power plant ‘dirtiest’ among colleges

Nov 18, 2022

Rooftop Garden atop 238 Thompson Street is one of NYU’s sustainability landscaping projects. (Samson Tu for WSN)

An exterior view of Columbia University’s Butler Library at night. The library has marble ionic columns and engravings of the names of various Greek thinkers on the beams.

Photo: Columbia alum files gender discrimination lawsuit against renowned professor

Nov 17, 2022

Columbia University’s Butler Library located on 535 W. 114th St. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A pink poster posted in Lafayette residence hall that reads Get the shot | not the flu. Free flu shots for NYU Students.

Photo: Few at NYU get flu shots despite high hospitalization rates

Nov 9, 2022

NYU is offering free flu shots for students. (Samson Tu for WSN)

The interior of a New York City polling site. A red Vote N.Y.C. is blue and red text is placed in the foreground, and there is a polling booth in the background.

Photo: Nearly half of eligible NYU students won’t vote in midterms, WSN poll finds

Nov 8, 2022

File photo: A polling site located at 2 Washington Square Village. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Anexteriorviewof the Coral Tower residence hall. The building has a modern white facade. On each side of the building are rows of rectangular windows and balconies. At the bottom is a black sign for a nearby pharmacy, “Duane Reade.”

Photo: Intruder evades NYU dorm security at Alumni Hall, Coral Tower

Nov 4, 2022

File photo: Coral Tower is located at the north-east corner of the intersection between East 14th Street and Third Avenue.

Members of NYUs adjunct faculty union hold a sign that reads N.Y.U. OWES ADJUNCTS in front of the Washington Square Park Arch.

Photo: Adjunct union reaches tentative contract with NYU

Nov 1, 2022

File photo: The adjunct union at a rally in April 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

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

Photo: The NYU adjunct union contract expires tonight. Here’s what may happen next.

Oct 31, 2022

File photo: ACT-UAW Local 7902 at a rally in April 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

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

Photo: Guest Essay: The United Auto Workers needs reform. Here’s how we do it.

Oct 28, 2022

File photo: ACT-UAW Local 7902 at a rally in April 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Inside a New York City polling site. A red Vote N.Y.C. sign in the foreground, and a polling booth in the background.

Photo: Editorial: New York needs you to vote tomorrow

Nov 7, 2022

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

Members of NYU’s adjunct faculty union hold two large painted signs on the corner of Union Square East. One is bright pink and reads “Union Power” in pink lettering and the other is light blue with dark blue and yellow text that reads “NYU Owes Adjuncts.”

Photo: Adjuncts authorize strike

Oct 25, 2022

File photo: The adjunct union at a rally in April 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Andrew Hamilton speaks from behind a podium on a black stage wearing a black suit and purple tie in front of alumni and parents.

Photo: Opinion: NYU should have more than one parents weekend

Oct 25, 2022

NYU president Andrew Hamilton speaks in front of parents and alums at Bobst Library on Oct. 22 during Alumni and Parents Weekend. (Samson Tu for WSN)

An osprey flies in the sky with both of its wings fully extended.

Photo: Environmental science profs launch Wild Animal Welfare Program

Oct 17, 2022

File photo: Two NYU professors of the Wild Animal Welfare Program embark on a research mission. (Samson Tu for WSN)

The storefront of the H Mart on 39 third Avenue in Manhattan with a poster of fruits and vegetables and text “WE NOW DELIVER!” under the H Mart logo.

Photo: Culture’s cult choices: H Mart

Oct 18, 2022

Look no further for your new favorite H Mart finds! (Samson Tu for WSN)

A collage of two photos: the one on the right is a banner that translates to “Republic of China Double Ten.” On the left is a banner that translates to “Celebration.”

A National Day celebration amid political tension

Two Taiwanese photographers capture how Chinatown united on the 111th National Day of the Republic of China.
Oct 13, 2022

An exterior shot of the Bronfman Center. On the left is the entrance of the building with a New York University sign that reads “STILL REQUIRED FACE MASK.” On the right is a plaque that reads “New York University 7 The EDGAR M. BRONFMAN CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDENT LIFE”

Photo: NYU disputes failing grade on antisemitism report

Oct 4, 2022

File photo: The entrance of NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life located on 7 E. 10th St. (Samson Tu for WSN)

A speaker with a red megaphone carrying a blue banner that reads “N.Y.U Adjunct Union A.C.T-U.A.W Local 7902” shouts into a crowd of union workers under the Washington Square Arch. There are people behind the speaker holding other signs.

Photo: Guest Essay: Why you should pay attention to the United Auto Workers presidential election

Sep 30, 2022

File photo: Strikers affiliated with the United Auto Workers hold a protest at Washington Square Park in early 2022. (Samson Tu for WSN)

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

Photo: Explained: The contract dispute between NYU and its adjunct faculty union

Sep 28, 2022

The NYU adjunct union, ACT-UAW Local 7902, began a strike authorization vote on Monday, Sept. 26, as contract negotiations with the university near their deadline. (Samson Tu for WSN)

An image of an elevator button panel with a red X drawn over it.

Photo: Off-Third: NYU removes elevator buttons in bid to boost student fitness

Sep 23, 2022

Looking to boost your fitness? Don’t fear, NYU’s removal of lower-floor elevators will certainly get you those abs you’ve been wanting for years. (Illustration by Samson Tu)

A plaque says “Israel Henry Beren Campus, and under the text a logo of a torch next to the words Yeshiva University.” The plaque is plastered next to a glass balcony of Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. A person stands behind the balcony.

Photo: Banned LGBTQ+ group strikes compromise with Yeshiva University

Sep 23, 2022

Yeshiva University and an on-campus LGBTQ+ student organization reached a compromise after all university club activities were put on hold. (Sam Tu for WSN)

A female model dressed in black against a white background wears a nude Telfar bag.

Photo: Telfar pop up at Brooklyn’s Rainbow takes New Yorkers by storm

Sep 23, 2022

Telfar’s tote bags, specifically the “Shopping Bag,” have been recently rising in popularity. (Samson Tu for WSN)

Ella Zona, dressed in a white blouse, sits in her studio with white walls. To the camera right of Zona, her desk is filled with her tools and with two unfinished paintings on top.

Photo: The Application of Self: Accounts From Steinhardt’s Studio Art Department

Sep 25, 2022

Ella Zona, an undergraduate art major in Steinhardt, sits in her studio at the lower level of Third North. (Samson Tu for WSN)

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: Opinion: Adjuncts need better pay now, but NYU is dragging its feet

Sep 19, 2022

NYU and the Adjunct Union ACT-UAW Local 7902 are in contract negotiations right now as the current contract will expire on Sept. 30. (Samson Tu for WSN)