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Suhail Gharaibeh

Suhail Gharaibeh, Deputy News Editor

Suhail Gharaibeh is a CAS senior studying History, French, and Creative Writing. Their research focuses on race, gender, capital and biopolitics in world history. They like reporting on abuses of power at NYU. They can usually be found watching the news in the park with a bagel, on Twitter @suhailgharaibeh, or Instagram @s.uhail.

All content by Suhail Gharaibeh
Students are seen walking down a street by the NYU Paris site in the evening against the backdrop of Parisian architecture.

Photo: Students note a lack of support and resources at global sites

Apr 13, 2022

NYU Paris is one of NYU's 14 global academic centers. Some students studying abroad feel that NYU has not done enough to support students at global sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Staff Photo by Suhail...

The skyline of the 5th arrondissement and Île de la Cité in Paris, France. On the right, the Notre Dame cathedral towers above the other buildings.

Photo: NYU Paris’ suburban dorms show students the real Paris

Mar 22, 2022

Two new residence halls at the NYU Paris site, La Defense and Bagnolet, are a 40-minute train ride to the city center. Although the distance initially bothered some students, others are enjoying a departure...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Journalism under attack

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Dec 10, 2021

Around the world, a record number of journalists jailed A record 293 journalists are currently behind bars around the world, according to a Dec. 9 report by the Committee to...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: the omicron variant, Barbados, Ukraine

​​The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Dec 3, 2021

Around the globe, the omicron variant is set to prolong the pandemic As the new omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads around the world, some of the poorest countries — particularly...

NYU’s LGBTQ+ Center and Global Spiritual Life hosted Black trans activist and award-winning writer Raquel Willis for a panel discussing excellence in the Black trans community. During the panel, Willis spoke about her recent projects that aimed to humanize trans victims of violence and discrimination. (Image via nyu.edu)

Black trans activist Raquel Willis talks resistance and remembrance

NYU’s LGBTQ+ Center began Trans Awareness Week with a panel featuring Raquel Willis, an award-winning writer and activist.
Nov 16, 2021

Activist and writer Raquel Willis joined NYU’s LGBTQ+ and Global Spiritual Life centers Monday evening for a panel discussion about her views on activism and spirituality as...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Poland, Ethiopia, COP26 climate summit

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Nov 12, 2021

In Poland, nationalist Independence Day marchers salute the border Right-wing nationalists took to the streets of cities across Poland on Thursday, celebrating the country’s...

BREAKING NEWS: ​​NYU received bomb threats targeting the Stern School of Business and the Center for Neural Science. Students have been instructed to evacuate to Bobst Library and the Kimmel Center. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Bomb threats at NYU force evacuations

NYU received bomb threats targeting the Stern School of Business and the Center for Neural Science. Buildings across campus were evacuated, but are now clear to reenter. Classes will proceed as normal on Nov. 12.
Nov 11, 2021

NYU received bomb threats at the Stern School of Business and Center for Neural Science. The Hebrew Union College, an independent institution not affiliated with NYU, also received...

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Brown University, Columbia University and Cornell University received bomb threats. Both Cornell and Brown received bomb threats by phone and Columbia’s evacuations appeared to be in response to two threats posted by a Twitter account. (Images via Wikimedia Commons)

Bomb threats force evacuations at Brown, Columbia, Cornell

Brown, Columbia and Cornell Universities are the latest in a slew of bomb threats targeting universities across the United States this past week.
Nov 7, 2021

Brown University, Columbia University and Cornell University received bomb threats on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 7. Brown evacuated all buildings on the Main Green, Columbia...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: COP26 climate summit edition

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Nov 5, 2021

In Glasgow, negotiators are left to figure out the nitty-gritty of the climate crisis The “high-level segment” of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) has...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Myanmar, Sudan, Palestine

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Oct 29, 2021

In Myanmar, civil war, torture and show trials Myanmar has spiraled into a civil war following a Feb. 1 military coup that deposed the elected civilian government, according to...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Bannon and Jan. 6, Haiti, global COVID spikes

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Oct 22, 2021

In the United States, team Trump defies democracy yet again The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold far-right political strategist and Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Philippines, European migrant pushbacks, Beirut

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Oct 15, 2021

In the Philippines, an alarming twist in the presidential race  Although observers of the 2022 Philippine presidential elections expected Sara Duterte, the daughter of incumbent...

On Thursday, Oct. 7, law students rallied outside the Park Avenue headquarters of LexisNexis. NYU School of Law students joined students from more than 20 law schools across the country to demand that universities end their contracts with legal databases Westlaw and LexisNexis to pressure their owners to cut ties with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Law students push for NYU to cut ties with legal databases over ICE links

Students from more than 20 law schools across the country, including NYU Law, have launched a week of protest calling for their administrations to cut ties with two legal databases that provide immigrants’ personal data to ICE.
Oct 8, 2021

Students at the NYU School of Law have joined a national campaign calling for universities to stop purchasing access to two legal databases linked to U.S. Immigration and Customs...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Ethiopia, Ecuador, Germany

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Oct 1, 2021

In Ethiopia, humanitarian officials are expelled for “meddling” with armed conflict Seven United Nations officials have been declared persona non grata by the Ethiopian...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Haitian migrant crisis, West Bank, Sudan

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Sep 27, 2021

At the southern border, a human rights scandal The Associated Press reported that U.S. authorities have expelled or paroled 15,000 migrants — most of whom are Haitians —...

Police and guards surround the Tandon campus in Brooklyn. An individual was shot near 6 Metrotech on Tuesday afternoon. (Staff Photo by Arnav Binaykia)

NYU student shot on Brooklyn campus

A Tandon sophomore was wounded in a shooting on the Tandon School of Engineering campus.
Sep 21, 2021

An NYU student was shot at approximately 3:15 p.m. outside 5 MetroTech Center on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering campus. The victim, a Tandon sophomore, was wounded in the...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Russia, Philippines, Tunisia

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Sep 20, 2021

In Russia, an illusion of democracy, courtesy of Vladimir Putin Russia’s parliamentary elections closed yesterday afternoon, Sept. 19, ending a three-day process that is set...

An email sent by the NYU Department of Campus Safety contained the subject line “Simple Assault - Hate Crime,” but did not define the legal term “simple assault” in the alert. Many members of the university community are now confused about what the term simple assault means. (Staff Photo and Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Explained: ‘Simple assault’ and the confusion surrounding NYU’s alert emails

The term "simple assault" is not so simple. Recent communications from the university left students wondering what the term means and why it is being used to refer to serious attacks.
Sep 20, 2021

Two NYU students were victims of a homophobic hate crime at 14th Street and Third Avenue on Sept. 15, according to an email alert sent by the Department of Campus Safety. The two...

An unknown motorist has been linked to multiple groping incidents on campus. This week, the NYPD arrested a suspect. (Image courtesy of NYPD, Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Alleged serial groper arrested

The suspected assailant in a string of downtown Manhattan gropings has been taken into custody on sex crime charges.
Sep 15, 2021

Police have arrested a suspect accused of sexually assaulting 10 people — including four NYU students — in downtown Manhattan between Aug. 21 and Sept. 10, according to...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: India, Congo, Afghanistan, vaccine inequity in Africa

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Sep 13, 2021

In India, a string of attacks on press freedom The Indian government’s tax collection agency raided the offices of independent online news websites Newslaundry and NewsClick...

Security camera footage shows the perpetrator wearing a black face mask and riding a red and black moped. The reports all described the attacker wearing dark clothing and a motorcycle helmet covering the majority of their face. (Image courtesy of NYPD)

Another student groped on campus as string of sexual assaults continues

The fourth incident in a string of sexual assaults raises questions about security at NYU — particularly for women, who make up 58% of the undergraduate student population.
Sep 11, 2021

An NYU student reported that they were sexually assaulted on campus at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 10. This was the fourth such incident in less than two weeks, all of which...

A firefighter uses a thermal imaging camera on 9/12/01. (Photo by Yoni Brook)

‘A city grieves’: How the Sept. 11 attacks upended life at NYU

A review of WSN’s archives from the days after 9/11 reveals an aftermath of collective sorrow, despair and disbelief and shows how the NYU community scrambled to respond.
Sep 11, 2021

This story is the second of a two-part series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City. Read the first story here. “In a brutal act...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Belarus, Tigray, Guinea, Brazil

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Sep 8, 2021

In Belarus, icons of the opposition are jailed A court in Minsk sentenced activist Maria Kolesnikova and lawyer Maksim Znak on Monday, Sept. 6, to 11 and 10 years in jail, respectively,...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Kabul, Hurricane Ida, Nabisco strike

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Aug 30, 2021

In Kabul, a deadly suicide attack heightens the chaos of the U.S.-led airlift Amid the urgent airlift of foreign citizens and refugees from Afghanistan, warnings circulated...

Maria Bartiromo is the host of Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News and a member of NYU’s Board of Trustees. She has recently voiced empty right-wing claims about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. capitol. (Image via Wikimedia Commons, Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

‘A propagandist’: NYU trustee Maria Bartiromo peddles pro-Trump lies on Fox shows

Once a journalism student at NYU, Maria Bartiromo has recently turned to amplifying baseless right-wing claims about the 2020 election and Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — all while serving as a voting member of NYU’s Board of Trustees.
Aug 25, 2021

“This is disgusting! And we cannot allow America’s election to be corrupted. We cannot.”  These were the words of Maria Bartiromo — a Fox News personality and voting...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Pussy Riot, Haiti, US-Mexico border, climate crisis

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Aug 16, 2021

In Moscow, “the police keep re-arresting Pussy Riot members” The feminist performance art and protest group Pussy Riot — which gained international attention in 2012 after...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Ghana, the Mediterranean, Hungary

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Aug 10, 2021

In Ghana, social media-fuelled protests seek to #FixTheCountry Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Accra, Ghana, Aug. 4 to air their grievances against the government...

Frantz Arestyl has been identified as the NYU Public Safety officer accused of stabbing his supervisor at the Broome Street dormitory on July 24. According to the Manhattan District Attorney spokesperson, Arestyl repeatedly stabbed his supervisor after refusing to comply with NYU’s COVID-19 screening protocol. (Staff Photo by Roshni Raj, Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

‘Large knife resembling a machete’: NYU dorm stabbing followed argument about COVID-19 protocol

Frantz Arestyl, the NYU employee accused of stabbing his supervisor at the Broome Street dormitory on July 24, has been charged with attempted murder. He was previously named a recipient of NYU’s Service Award for his 15 years as a Public Safety employee.
Aug 9, 2021

Police and prosecutors have identified Frantz Arestyl, 38, as the NYU Public Safety officer who stabbed his supervisor six times at NYU’s Broome Street dormitory last month,...

The Soapbox is a weekly news column rounding up stories worth reading for a global university. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The Soapbox: Delta Variant, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Olympics

The Soapbox is a new weekly column by WSN’s news desk, examining the major developments in world news and rounding up the stories we think are worth the read this week. Global consciousness for a global university.
Aug 4, 2021

In the U.S., worrying developments in the fight against COVID-19 New guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that even fully vaccinated people...

The Broome Street residence hall at 400 Broome in SoHo. A Public Safety officer stabbed another Public Safety officer in the hall early Saturday morning. (Staff Photos by Roshni Raj)

NYU safety officer in custody after stabbing supervisor at Broome Street dorm

Administration called the brutal attack on a Public Safety officer by another Public Safety officer “unprecedented.”
Jul 25, 2021

An NYU Public Safety officer is in custody after stabbing his supervisor multiple times in the Broome Street residence hall early Saturday morning, according to NYU and the New...

More than 400 members of the NYU community signed an open letter, titled “Statement of Solidarity with Palestine from NYU Community,” pledging non-cooperation with NYU’s study away campus in Tel Aviv. This letter has been signed by individuals and groups from across NYU’s schools and campuses. (Photo by Julia McNeill and Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

NYU faculty, administration spar over non-cooperation with Tel Aviv campus

More than 400 members of the NYU community signed an open letter pledging non-cooperation with NYU Tel Aviv, drawing reproach from the university administration.
Jul 1, 2021

More than 400 alumni, campus groups, faculty, staff and students signed an open letter denouncing Israeli policies, calling for free campus debate on Israel and Palestine and pledging...

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, is invited to the NYU John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress. This has led to a protest as Uribe is linked to right-wing paramilitary groups, and was recently accused of inciting violence against Colombian protesters. 
(Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Protesters decry NYU event with former Colombian president

NYU’s Brademas Center invited Álvaro Uribe Vélez, a former president of Colombia, to speak at an NYU event about sustainability and climate politics. During the event, which met significant backlash online, more than 100 people attended a protest outside Bobst Library.
May 6, 2021

“NYU, NYU, genocide is on you!” Outside of Bobst Library, the chants of more than 100 protesters rang out against the virtual visit of former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe...

A community leader speaks out against Asian hate crimes during a protest. The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that attempts to address the rising tide of these hate crimes. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

Photo: Opinion: The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act aids and abets a racist policing system

May 3, 2021

A community leader speaks out against Asian hate crimes during a protest. The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that attempts to address the rising tide of these hate crimes. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

NYU students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are sharing their experiences with racism in New York City during the pandemic. The past year’s pandemic-related hate has targeted some students under the AAPI umbrella while sparing others, causing some who have not faced heightened racism to question whether they count as AAPI. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

Photo: API students wrestle with whether they are Asian enough

May 3, 2021

NYU students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are sharing their experiences with racism in New York City during the pandemic. The past year’s pandemic-related hate has targeted some students under...

NYU Politics Professor says “I do not believe there is widespread anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S.,” then asks for a retraction.

NYU Politics professor denies anti-Asian sentiment then asks for retraction

For the second time in a year, a professor at NYU’s Politics Department expressed unsubstantiated beliefs about race in America. Now he’s requesting a retraction.
Apr 26, 2021

NYU politics and economics professor David Denoon was quoted in the weekly business publication Nikkei Asia earlier this month. After saying that he does not believe “widespread...

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang’s vow to crackdown on unlicensed food vendors in NYC was widely met with pushback across the board. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

Photo: Editorial: Protect New York’s street vendors

Apr 26, 2021

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang’s vow to crackdown on unlicensed food vendors in NYC was widely met with pushback across the board. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

Professor Susan Murray, director of Graduate Studies at Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication received a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship earlier this month. Professor Murray intends to focus her research on the history of CCTV technology. (Images via NYU Steinhardt, Wikimedia Commons)

Steinhardt professor awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Susan Murray, a professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, will focus her research on the history of CCTV technology.
Apr 16, 2021

Susan Murray, a professor and the director of Graduate Studies at Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, was awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship earlier...

An NYU Asian student group offered self-defense training to Asian students through Northwestern’s Karate Club. Meanwhile, an international student group is spreading awareness of anti-Asian hate crime victims and ways to financially support them. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

Photo: NYU student groups organize against anti-Asian hate

Apr 15, 2021

An NYU Asian student group offered self-defense training to Asian students through Northwestern’s Karate Club. Meanwhile, an international student group is spreading awareness of anti-Asian hate crime...

This is an image of NYU students Incarceration to Education Coalition protest during 2017 Weekend on the Square. Since then, the university still has not shown coordinated effort dedicated to documenting its ties to chattel slavery, including the history of enslaved and more recently wrongly incarcerated people on campus grounds. (Photo by Natasha Roy)

SCA students argue for reparations at NYU

Six students in the Justice Lab course wrote an open letter to NYU leadership demanding they take concrete actions to address the lasting effects of slavery.
Apr 8, 2021

An open letter drafted and signed by six Justice Lab students demands that NYU implement reparations for Black students and communities affected by the legacy of chattel slavery...

People gather at rallies in New York City this weekend to bring awareness to anti-Asian violence. (Photo by Suhail Gharaibeh)

Rallies in New York City call attention to anti-Asian violence

In recent rallies, New Yorkers have called for action and solidarity in response to anti-Asian hate crimes.
Mar 22, 2021

Multiple rallies in New York City this weekend brought awareness to anti-Asian violence, which spiked in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic last spring and has surged again...

NYU Langone Medical Center is located at 550 1st Ave. The hospital has offered COVID-19 vaccinations to at least 7,000 members of the NYU community. (Photo by Leo Sheingate)

NYU Plans Return to Classroom Instruction for Fall 2021

With widespread vaccination on the horizon, the NYU administration is cautiously preparing for on-campus and in-person teaching next semester.
Mar 8, 2021

Students and faculty should expect a return to fully in-person classroom instruction for the Fall 2021 semester, according to the NYU administration. Provost Katherine Fleming...