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Sayer Devlin

Sayer Devlin, Managing Editor

Sayer Devlin is an Economics major in CAS and loves reading Marginal Revolution and Toni Morrison. In his time at WSN, he’s started the official podcast and doggedly reported on everything from the finances of NYU to the school’s racial makeup. He was born in Tokyo and has lived in Paris, London, Massachusetts and New York. When he's not pretending to work, Sayer is spending too much time paying attention to sports, technology and Twitter.

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Last week, the NYU board of trustees announced the addition of three new board members with little notice to students. Despite the major role they play in overseeing the university, the board is not transparent to the student body. (Photo by Sayer Devlin)

Photo: Editorial: The NYU board of trustees must become more transparent 

Oct 25, 2021

Last week, the NYU board of trustees announced the addition of three new board members with little notice to students. Despite the major role they play in overseeing the university, the board is not transparent...

Influential 2018

Influential 2018

Dec 6, 2018

Data from mlive.com; dailyprogress.com; Dartmouth.edu;  dukechronicle.com; brown.edu; columbiaspectator.com; cornellsun.com; mlive.com; thedp.com

NYU’s Endowment Grows 2.5% in 2018, Lagging Behind Other Top Universities

The endowment increased by $100 million during the 2018 fiscal year.
Oct 29, 2018

NYU’s endowment — which contributes around 4 percent to NYU’s annual budget — grew 2.5 percent during the 2018 fiscal year, and the total combined endowment grew by $100...

This Is How Tennis Treats Black Women

This Is How Tennis Treats Black Women

Sep 10, 2018
Serena Williams's loss at the U.S. Open is one example of how a white-dominated sport treats black women.
Professor Avital Ronell (pictured) will return to NYU in the fall after being found responsible for sexual harassment last year. The Student Government Assembly published a letter on Friday condemning her return. (via Wikimedia Commons)

NYU Professor and Feminist Scholar Found Responsible for Inappropriate Physical Contact, Sexual Texting

Aug 13, 2018
Professor of German and Comparitive Literature Avital Ronell has been suspended for the upcoming academic year because of "inappropriate physical contact" and sending sexual texts to a former graduate student.
Portraits of NYUs Board of Trustees on display on the fourth floor of the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.

NYU Board of Trustees Rejects Student and Faculty Representation

Jul 26, 2018

NYU’s Board of Trustees voted down three resolutions written by three different University Senate councils which would have placed students and faculty members on the Board of...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves to the graduates as he makes his way to the stage.

NYU’s Class of 2018 Shines Through the Showers at 186th Commencement

May 16, 2018
The Class of 2018 wouldn't the rain stop them from graduating in Yankee Stadium. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NYU President Andrew Hamilton rounded out the ceremony with remarks of promise for the graduating class.
Downstein Passport Dining, where the Black History Month meal was served.

Lawsuit From Former Downstein Manager Reveals Aramark Misled Public About Insensitive Black History Month Meal

May 3, 2018
NYU and Aramark face a five million dollar lawsuit. The suit alleges wrongful termination of an Aramark employee after February's insensitive Black History Month meal.
President Andy Hamilton delivered a remark before the Being@NYU results presentation on April 24 in Kimmel Rosenthal.

17 Percent of Students Have Experienced Hostility at NYU, [email protected] Survey Reveals

Apr 24, 2018
NYU released preliminary results for its widely promoted [email protected] survey, a campus-wide initiative taken in the Fall 2017 semester.
Prospective students and their guests walk up and down the steps of the Kimmel Center of University in the midst of activists protesting for a town hall meeting with trustees.

Photo: Student Activists Rally at Weekend on the Square

Apr 14, 2018

Prospective students and their guests walk up and down the steps of the Kimmel Center of University in the midst of activists protesting for a town hall meeting with trustees.

Malcolm Lewis

Energetic, Magical and Queer
Mar 8, 2018

A small class of children stares at their last generation MacBook Pros on the eighth floor of the Tandon School of Engineering. Today’s task: repurpose Google’s logo...

This week’s staff recommendations is on what film should win Best Picture for the 2018 Oscars.

Staff Recs: Who Should Win Best Picture

Mar 2, 2018
The WSN Staff makes a case for which "Best Picture" nominees should take home the top prize at the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday.
Downstein Dining Hall, home to 90s and early 2000s throwback songs. (Photo by Echo Chen)

Aramark, Hamilton Address Students in Fallout of Black History Month Meal

Feb 26, 2018
Hamilton and Aramark issued public statements to the NYU community addressing Downstein's Black History Month Meal.
Listen to The NewsFlash: Aramarks Troublesome Past

Listen to ‘The NewsFlash’: Aramark’s Troublesome Past

Feb 26, 2018
Aramark has been in the news for serving an 'insensitive' meal celebrating Black History Month but the company has a long history of controversy.
Downstein Dining Hall, home to 90s and early 2000s throwback songs. (Photo by Echo Chen)

GCOMMS Fights Misinformation in Wake of Downstein Disgrace

Feb 25, 2018
GCOMMS released a statement rebutting false claims that have surfaced since Downstein served watermelon-flavored water and Kool-Aid as part of a Black History Month Meal.
Coral Tower

Coral Tower

Feb 22, 2018

Address: 129 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003 Cost per semester: $6,622-$9,386 Low cost: Available Rooms available: Singles, Doubles Nearby subways: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 NYU...

Downstein Dining Hall, home to 90s and early 2000s throwback songs. (Photo by Echo Chen)

President Hamilton Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Black History Month Meal in Downstein

Feb 21, 2018
President Andrew Hamilton and Aramark apologized for racially insensitive menu items served in a Weinstein dining hall to honor Black History Month.
The Bias Response Line report is now available to the public.

Bias Response Line Delivers First Report, Two Semesters Late

Feb 14, 2018
The Bias Response Line has released its initial report two semesters later than scheduled.
The Money Feature

The Money Feature

Feb 5, 2018

Money rules the world around us. It determines what clothes we wear, what jobs we pursue, what food we eat, what classes we take and so much more. Covering the finances of...

Alex, a Stern student, eating at a Chipotle after a recruitment interview. It was one of the handful of times last month that he ate out, citing the “caloric value” of Chipotle as an important factor in his decision.

The Specter of Student Loans

Stories from Three Individuals Facing Financial Hardship at NYU
Feb 5, 2018

LS sophomore Gabi knew she wanted to escape the sleepy San Diego suburb of San Marcos after she graduated from high school but anticipated the financial strain it would place on...

Ananditha Raghunath

Coding a Better Future
Dec 7, 2017
Ananditha Raghunath works relentlessly to make STEM a more inviting place for women, and for anyone else who is interested in learning to code.
Jonathan Capehart, who sits on the Washington Post editorial board; April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, took to the stage on Monday to discuss race and politics in America.

In Conversation with April Ryan, Michael Steele and Jonathan Capehart

Dec 5, 2017
Jonathan Capehart, April Ryan and Michael Steele sat down with WSN to talk politics, race and the media before their Skirball Talk.
Members of the NYU community spent their Friday night writing holiday letters to incarcerated individuals.

Students Sign Holiday Cards for Incarcerated Individuals

Dec 4, 2017
NYU's Prison Education Program spent Friday night writing letters to the incarcerated.
In the fall of 2015, NYU held a three-hour listening session — facilitated by then-CAS Dean Gabi Starr and Provost Katherine Fleming — that mostly featured students of color discussing the lack of belonging many of them felt within the NYU community.

NYU’s Newest Diversity Effort, Explained

Nov 14, 2017
NYU to launch climate survey to evaluate attitudes, behaviors and standards of NYU professors, students and employees.
NYU Fraternities FIJI and PIKE Placed on Inactive Status for Hazing

NYU Fraternities FIJI and PIKE Placed on Inactive Status for Hazing

Nov 8, 2017
Two NYU fraternities are under investigation for allegations of hazing. Each was recently recognized as inactive by NYU for failure to act in good standing.
NYU Journalism to Sever Ties with NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Journalism to Sever Ties with NYU Abu Dhabi

Gallatin Faculty Urge Colleagues Not to Teach at NYUAD
Nov 3, 2017
NYU's Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism has decided to end its relationship with NYU's Abu Dhabi campus over concerns of access to the campus.
Crime Log: Oct. 20 to Oct. 26

Crime Log: Oct. 20 to Oct. 26

Oct 30, 2017
A look at crimes on campus between Oct. 22 and Oct. 26.
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.

Photo: NYU Among 800 Colleges to Urge Congressional Protection of Dreamers

Oct 23, 2017

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 College Republicans canceled their guest speaker, James Merse, after releasing a statement on Oct. 17 calling him a “whiny cluck”.

NYUCR Call Canceled Speaker ‘Whiny Cuck’ After Conservative Backlash

Oct 19, 2017
NYU College Republicans disinvited conservative speaker James Merse, who was originally scheduled to speak Thursday, Oct 19.
Image courtesy of NYU Athletics

Women’s Volleyball Coach Abruptly Fired

Oct 17, 2017
The head coach of NYU women's volleyball was fired.
President Hamilton and Gallatin Dean Susanne Wofford attended the first graduation of NYUs Prison Education Program where five students received associates degrees in Liberal Studies.

NYU’s Prison Education Program Graduates Five in Inaugural Class

Oct 12, 2017
Five students were among the first graduates of NYU's Prison Education Program. Each student received an associate's degree in Liberal Studies.
NYU Student Government passed a resolution for greater transparency  surrounding NYU Tel Aviv.

NYU’s Student Government Overhaul, Explained

Oct 2, 2017

Fifth year CAS student and Student Body President Juan Calero will send an email to the student body today, Oct. 3, announcing a restructuring of NYU’s student government, according...

Several members of SLAM met in the lobby of Elmer Holmes Bobst Library demanding to be met by President Hamilton.

SLAM Keeps Pressure on Hamilton in Fight for Student Representation

Sep 26, 2017
NYU's Student Labor Action Movement continued their quest to get a student on NYU's Board of Trustees, this time by delivering a letter to President Andy Hamilton.
Twenty Minutes with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Twenty Minutes with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sep 26, 2017
The Atlantic's National Correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down with WSN for a twenty minute interview.
New CAS Dean Gene Jarrett Returns Home to New York

New CAS Dean Gene Jarrett Returns Home to New York

Sep 25, 2017
WSN interviewed new CAS Dean Gene Jarrett.
NYU has a number of leftists student organizations and clubs.

A Brief Introduction to NYU’s Leftist Clubs

A brief introduction to three of NYU's most politically left organizations.
Sep 11, 2017
At Club Fest on Sept. 6, while many students were browsing through traditional college clubs such as Greek organizations and cultural affinity groups, NYU’s leftist clubs were out in full force hoping to add to their legion of activists.
A security officer looks on over the crowd of protesters in Kimmel.

Kimmel Demonstrators Protest Trump’s Move to End DACA

Sep 5, 2017
Protestors filled Kimmel to show support for DACA recipients and undocumented students in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to end DACA.
The acceptance rate for the NYU Class of 2023 has dropped to 16 percent, the lowest in university history. (WSN File Photo)

How to Get Kicked Out of NYU

Aug 28, 2017
An explainer of what governs the university's response to student conduct at NYU, the disciplinary process and what happens when you don't do as you're told.
Gene Jarrett to Replace Gabi Starr as CAS Dean

Gene Jarrett to Replace Gabi Starr as CAS Dean

Jun 15, 2017
Boston University Professor and Associate Dean Gene Jarrett is set to become the next CAS Dean.
NYUs Prison Education Program seeks to educate incarcerated individuals.

‘It Started in Prison’

Apr 24, 2017

CAS junior Jose Diaz was hoping to be transferred to Attica Correctional Facility, a prison with TVs. Instead he was transferred to Auburn Correctional Facility. Though Auburn...

NYU Athletics Received $338,379 from Charity Linked to College Admissions Scandal. (Photo byAlex Muhawi-Ho)

NYU Tax Return Breakdown

Apr 18, 2017
WSN broke down and extrapolated the highlights of NYU's September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015 tax return to celebrate Tax Day.
Because NYU receives federal funding, the university’s office of human resources is required to guess the racial and ethnic identities of employees who do not self-report that information.

NYU Guesses Racial, Ethnic Identity of Some Employees

Apr 17, 2017
NYU's Human Resources department is federally mandated to guess the race and ethnicity of employees who don't self-report that information.
The election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States has sparked an increase in activity among many liberal student groups at NYU. Such organizations as SLAM, NYU’s College Democrats and NYU Divest are reorganizing their aims and seeing a great influx in membership.

How the Left Came Together by Splintering Apart

Apr 10, 2017
In response to the actions of President Trump, many left leaning single-issue activist groups have become reenergized at NYU.
The fight to make NYU a sanctuary campus continued today at a rally at the Kimmel Center for University Life. NYU Sanctuary members read the policy demands and updated the students on their meeting with President Andrew Hamilton.

Sanctuary Campus Working Group Meets With Hamilton

Apr 4, 2017
NYU Sanctuary met with President Andrew Hamilton to discuss its list of demands and suggest how the university can best implement them.

What Led Chetan Hebbur to Run for City Council?

Apr 3, 2017
WSN sat down with Chetan Hebbur, who is running for City Council, and Community Outreach Manager Alicia Findley.
News Analysis: Journalism for the People

News Analysis: Journalism for the People

Mar 30, 2017
Deputy News Editor Sayer Devlin discusses an event recently held by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and how it reflects the current state of journalism.
University Senate meetings are held on a monthly basis in the colloquium room. Attendees include members from the Student Senators Council, the Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Senators Council and the Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council, among others. (WSN File Photo)

University Senate Rundown March 30, 2017

Mar 30, 2017
Follow our new monthly updates on University Senate meetings.
As Major League Baseball comes into season, there remain mixed expectations for both the Yankees and the Mets.

New York Baseball: A Tale of Two Teams

Mar 27, 2017
As the MLB season approaches, here's a look at what New York baseball fans are in for.
Charles Murray has been criticized for his book The Bell Curve, which links intelligence. Faculty and students have expressed their disapproval of the event.

Author Charles Murray’s Speech Met With Protests

Mar 24, 2017
"The Bell Curve" author Charles Murray spoke at NYU's Torch Club today after the administration was criticized for approving the speaker. Protesters gathered outside of the event.
Ologee Breaks Down Barriers and Asylum Applications

Ologee Breaks Down Barriers and Asylum Applications

Mar 22, 2017

A group of NYU Tandon students has decided that nothing should deter refugees from seeking asylum in the United States — they’ve developed a website that combats bureaucratic...

Fired by the Trump administration, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, will be joining NYU Law School on April 1. Both Bharara and the members of the school are excited for his position as a distinguished scholar in residence.

U.S. Attorney Fired by Trump to Join Law School

Mar 22, 2017
Preet Bharara, former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, will join NYU Law School faculty as a distinguished scholar in residence on April 1.
Two NYU professors, Joseph Chow and Constantine Kontokosta, won National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards. The awards are prompted by their research in sustainable energy in urban transportation.

Two Tandon Professors Win CAREER Awards

Mar 21, 2017
Two Tandon professors have recently received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation for researching the future of urban energy and transportation.
Running for the City Council in New York Citys Second District, CAS senior Chetan Hebbur aims to take action with the current political tensions. He hopes to win with the support of the NYU community.

CAS Senior is Running for New York City Council

Mar 20, 2017
CAS senior Chetan Hebbur is running for City Council in New York City's Second District.
NYU Robotics Designs Towards Mars

NYU Robotics Designs Towards Mars

Mar 20, 2017

NYU’s Robotic Design Team chose one of the four girls on its 30-person team to lead it during NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition in May. Tandon junior and mechanical engineering...

The Dean of the NYU Liberal Studies Program, Fred Schwarzbach, who announced his his resignation in September 2016. The Liberal Studies Dean Search Committee had narrowed its search down to three prospective candidates at this point.

LS Continues Search for New Dean – With a Twist

Mar 8, 2017
The search for the new LS Dean after current Dean Fred Schwarzbach stepped down in September 2016 has been whittled down to three candidates. The search process has increasingly sought student input for a more inclusive approach.
After the protests at Bobst last week, SLAM members held a private meeting with Andrew Hamilton.  They discussed the implications of having a student voice on the NYU Board of Trustees.

Administrators and SLAM Talk Representation Post-Protest

Mar 7, 2017
Members of NYU SLAM met with President Andrew Hamilton to discuss student involvement on the board of trustees.
Basketball in New York, both professional and in college, continues to see a decrease in quality playing.

The Sorry State of New York Basketball

Mar 6, 2017
These are trying times for fans of basketball in New York.
NYU President Andrew Hamilton speaks at a town hall held today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. The Sanctuary Campus movement marched on the event to demand Hamilton declare NYU a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Hamilton Town Hall Turns Testy

Mar 2, 2017
Andrew Hamilton hosted a town hall to take questions from students about affordability, but the discussion quickly turned the sanctuary campus debate.
From left to right, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NYU Law professor Bryan Stevenson, Sherrilyn Ifill and Tony Thompson at the Center on Race, Inequality and the Laws Inaugural Conversation.  This event took place in the Greenberg Lounge of the NYU Law school on February 27 to discuss the effects of racial bias and economic inequality.

Civil Rights Lawyers Examine Race, Inequality and Law

Feb 28, 2017
Tony Thompson moderated a discussion between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, President of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherillyn Iffil and NYU Law Professor Bryan Stevenson.
NYU consists of three governing bodies: the Board of Trustees, the University Senate and the Student Senator’s Council. All contribute to the policies of NYU.

Explainer: How Student Governing Works

Feb 27, 2017
In light of the resolution to include student representatives in the Board of Trustees, WSN explains how the Board of Trustees, the University Senate and the Student Senators Council work.
Over the past few months, NYU College Republicans have invited three controversial guests to speak at NYU: Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes and Lucian Wintrich.  The cancellations and controversy of these speakers brings people to question what constitutes free speech.

Timeline of Controversial Figures at NYU

Feb 21, 2017
Recently, several controversial figures have been invited to speak at NYU. This timeline presents the circumstances and the reactions to these speakers.
SCC voted on whether or not to propose allowing students on the Board of Trustees to the University Senate.

Student Representation on Board of Trustees Wins in SSC Vote

Feb 16, 2017
In a 17-8 victory among the Student Senators Council, SLAM succeeded in its first step to have a student representative on the Board of Trustees.
The Black Student Union gathered for the Black Solidarity Conference in February, 2016. The Black Student Union is working with African History Month this year to organise a range of events that celebrate African heritage.

Students See Black History Month as More Important Now Than Ever

Feb 16, 2017
The African Heritage Month planning committee has lined up a series of events to celebrate Black History Month. Students believe that the celebration to unify the NYU community.
Facade of Gallatins NYU building, home many distinct majors (Renee Yang)

Gallatin Turns to Students to Further Diversity Efforts

Feb 8, 2017
The Gallatin School of Individualized Study recently sent its students a diversity survey in order to track the school experience for students of color.
Crime Log: Jan. 30 to Feb. 4

Crime Log: Jan. 30 to Feb. 4

Feb 6, 2017
A look at crimes from Jan. 30 to Feb 4.
NYU Laws Immigrant Defense Initiative is working to help those who are at risk with President Trumps immigration policies.

Q&A With Alina Das: A Lawyer Defending Refugees at JFK

Feb 3, 2017
Through its Immigrant Defense Initiative, the NYU School of Law is working diligently to defend all student who have been or will be affected by President Trump's executive orders regarding immigration.
Protests and Attacks Cut Gavin McInness Speech Short

Protests and Attacks Cut Gavin McInnes’s Speech Short

Feb 2, 2017
Violence broke out at the Kimmel Center for University Life as Gavin McInnes spoke to the NYU College Republicans.
Members of the MSA rally kneel in prayer by the Washington Square Arch to peacefully demonstrate their religious devotion despite the hateful rhetoric surrounding Muslims.

Walls Don’t Hold Back MSA During Rally

Feb 1, 2017
The Muslim Student Association hosts a rally at Kimmel responding to President Trump's executive orders restricting immigration and suspending refugee admission.
Over 13,000 people responded to the rally at Battery Park today, and over 10,000 people attended it in response to the people detained at the John F. Kennedy Airpot this morning.

Photo: Protestors in Battery Park Respond to JFK Detainees

Jan 29, 2017

Over 13,000 people responded to the rally at Battery Park today, and over 10,000 people attended it in response to the people detained at the John F. Kennedy Airpot this morning.

At the emergency rally on Jan. 25, New Yorkers came together to show solidarity with the Muslim American and immigrant communities.

Emergency Rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights Held in Washington Square Park

Jan 25, 2017
After President Donald Trump signed executive orders concerning immigration, thousands of protestors congregated at Washington Square Park for an emergency rally.

Fire Erupts at NYU Langone Medical Center, No Injuries Reported

Dec 14, 2016
A fire broke out at a construction site located at NYU Langone Medical Center on Wednesday.
Crime Log: Nov. 26-Dec. 4

Crime Log: Nov. 26-Dec. 4

Dec 5, 2016
A look at the week's crimes.
Though there were numerous protests in the weeks following the election, demonstrations have since have abated.

Protests Begin to Slow Down Post-Thanksgiving

Dec 2, 2016
A spate of protests followed the election of Donald Trump, but demonstrations have died down recently.
NYU is under constant pressure from its students and administration to analyze the discrimination and diversity problems on campus.

Andrew Hamilton Affirms Support for Undocumented Students

Dec 1, 2016
Andrew Hamilton sent around a letter to students about NYU being a sanctuary campus all students, regardless of documentation.
Crime Log: Nov. 13-17

Crime Log: Nov. 13-17

Nov 21, 2016
A look at the past week's crimes.
The post-it notes covering Anastasiya Muravyevas  door on Nov. 17 displayed rhetoric commonly employed by white nationalists, like white pride and make America white again.

Post-Its With Swastika, ‘White Pride’ Found on Gramercy Door

Nov 17, 2016
A student living in the Gramercy Green residence hall found her door covered in post-it notes displaying pro-Trump rhetoric on Thursday morning.
Muslim students at NYUs school of engineering woke up Wednesday to find the door to their prayer room vandalized in the name of Donald Trump.

Tandon Prayer Room Vandalized With ‘Trump!’

Nov 10, 2016
Muslim students at the Tandon School of Engineering found the outside of their prayer room vandalized on Wednesday, with one word scrawled in erasable marker across the door: “Trump!”

Madonna Affirms That #ShesWithHer at WSP Rally

Nov 8, 2016
Madonna performed at an impromptu rally in the fountain of Washington Square Park on the eve of election day.
Michelle Alexander speaking at the Miller Center Forum on Dec. 3, 2011. Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow, gave the 21st Annual Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society at NYU Law on Thursday.

Michelle Alexander Headlines 21st Annual Derrick Bell Lecture

Nov 3, 2016
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, spoke at 21st Annual Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society.