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Susan Behrends Valenzuela, Creative Director & Associate Managing Editor

Susan Behrends Valenzuela is a senior studying studio art at Steinhardt and minoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is passionate about the intersection of art and media, and is particularly fond of zines and small magazines. When she's not working or making art, she can be found co-running an art zine with her friend, rollerskating, sewing, baking or scrolling through Instagram.

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A faceless person with gray hair holds a microphone stand. The background is blue with white stripes expanding outward from the center.

Photo: LCD Soundsystem re-returns to Brooklyn Steel for month-long residency

Dec 5, 2022

LCD Soundsystem is currently playing shows at Brooklyn Steel through Dec. 17. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of three people. On the left is a dark-haired female wearing blue sunglasses, a red shirt with patterns, blue pants and a red tote bag. In the center is a red-haired female wearing a light brown suit, a black top and a burgundy bag. On the right is a dark-haired female wearing a black sweater, a white dress with a cherry pattern, fishnet stockings and a pink tote bag.

Photo: Bella Hadid, Matilda Djerf, Devon Lee Carlson and basic fashion cults

Dec 5, 2022

Bella Hadid, Matilda Djerf and Devon Lee Carlson have influenced style trends. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a scale against a purple background with white text next to it. The text reads “Number one Yale; number two Stanford; number three University of Chicago; number four Columbia, Harvard; number six University of Pennsylvania.” Under the list is a larger line of text that reads “number seven N.Y.U.”

Photo: As other top law schools boycott US News rankings, NYU stays put

Dec 2, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a teal crocheted grocery shopping bag on a light orange background. Inside the bag is a bundle of three bananas, a head of broccoli, a triangular block of cheese, a small carton of milk, a baguette, a plastic bag with pasta inside and a jar of red pasta sauce.

Photo: Opinion: NYU’s food security initiatives are inadequate

Dec 1, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a brown-haired woman in a long-sleeve blue shirt holding a bagel with her left hand. Behind her there are floating bagels in vertical lines, against a dark blue background.

Photo: How to order an NYC bagel the right way

Nov 30, 2022

Don’t fumble your bagel order. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An white weekly calendar with colored chunks blocked that read “8 a.m.” and a title that reads “Ideal Schedule.”

Photo: Opinion: You should love 8 a.m. classes

Nov 22, 2022

Your 8 a.m. classes give you a head start on the day. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of two women in front of a teal background. The woman on the left has blonde ombré hair. The woman on the right has brown hair and black sunglasses, and she holds her iPhone up in the air to take a selfie.

Photo: 6 tips to spot celebrities in NYC

Nov 17, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The display window of a store with a red jacket with white collar and sleeves, and a pair of red leather shoes on display.

Photo: 8 Iranian-owned businesses to support in NYC

Nov 16, 2022

(Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

Three people sit on a red-and-white plaid picnic blanket in the middle of a meadow with trees on both sides. On the ground are a bouquet of pink, yellow and blue flowers, a pair of brown boots, a bowl of strawberries, a plate of sushi and a black tote bag. From left to right, a person with golden hair wears a pair of white glasses and a dress with blue and pink gradients. The person in the middle with long black curly hair wears a black dress. The person on the left with long black curly hair wears a pair of orange tinted glasses, an orange shirt and a blue bottom.

Photo: Q&A: David Siev’s American dream lives on in ‘Bad Axe’

Nov 14, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A black blazer jacket and a brown paper box with the text “AMAZON” written on it lay against a light blue background.

Photo: Online shopping diminishes the high-fashion experience

Nov 14, 2022

Luxury e-commerce is rising in popularity, but will it stick among high luxury retailers? (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of Google Classroom’s logo with a crown on top against a light blue background. The logo has three people in white against a green board framed in yellow.

Photo: Opinion: Brightspace is poorly designed

Nov 8, 2022

Google Classroom is a platform dedicated to education and classroom management. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An interior view of the Bluestocking bookstore. In the foreground are shelves of comic books. On the wall is a painting of Julia de Burgos in brown. On the wall is text that reads “Soy La vida, La Fuerza, La Mujer,” which translates in English to “I am Life, Force and Woman.”

Photo: Finding comfort and community at Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore

Nov 7, 2022

Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore is a feminist bookstore located on the Lower East Side. (Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

An illustration of a wooden box in a park. A pair of legs with blue jeans and black Converse sneakers stands on top of the box. The box reads “WSN.”

Photo: The Soapbox: Qatar’s World Cup, Iranian intelligence, Russian wheat

Nov 18, 2022

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

The cover of the book “I’m Glad My Mom Died” is centered in frame. Pink text against a light yellow background reads “I’m Glad My Mom Died.” The author’s name, “Jennette McCurdy,” is pink and outlined in black. At the center of the cover is a portrait of actor Jennette McCurdy, whose hair is tied up into a ponytail. She wears a pink dress and holds a pink urn against a pink background.

Photo: Review: ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ offers a new take on memoirs

Nov 4, 2022

“I'm Glad My Mom Died,” by Jennette McCurdy, is a memoir detailing the author’s life as a child actress and her relationship with her abusive mother. It was published by Simon & Schuster on Aug....

An illustration of the New York Yankees’ logo on a gravestone with the text “R.I.P.” engraved on it and flowers placed in front of the gravestone.

Photo: A eulogy to this year’s New York Yankees

Oct 31, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson posing for a photograph while sitting on a stage. McPherson, on the left, has brown curly hair, and wears yellow-tinted glasses, a yellow short-sleeved shirt, brown shorts, white socks, and brown lace-up shoes. Gavin, in the center, has red straight hair and wears a gray long-sleeved shirt, green pants with gray vertical stripes, and brown shoes with tied bows. Maskin, on the right, is wearing a white T-shirt, an orange long-sleeved shirt with brown stripes under the white shirt, gray-ish brown pants, and dark shoes.

Photo: Review: MUNA reimagines electropop on ‘Live At Electric Lady’

Oct 31, 2022

Musical group MUNA released a live EP. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of an orange suitcase with a purple handbag on top, a United States passport, a boarding pass from New York to London, and a smartphone.

Photo: Studying abroad next semester? Here's what to prepare

Oct 31, 2022

A guide to what to expect after you are accepted to a study abroad program at NYU. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of white wired earphones surrounded by musical notes, against a blue background.

Photo: Opinion: It’s high time we embrace pop music again

Oct 28, 2022

Admit it — we all have a soft spot for pop music regardless of what we say about our music taste. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of the cover of Deborah Levy’s book “An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell” against a light blue background.

Photo: Reading Guide: Fall in love with Deborah Levy

Oct 28, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A man wearing a red hooded zip-up sweatshirt smiles for a photo in Tompkins Square Park, holding a Citi Bike that has a gray basket attached to the front. A black pug with its tongue out sits inside the basket. A gray knit blanket is draped over the dog, and theres a hand holding a phone on the right taking a photo of the dog and the owner.

New York’s snazziest pooches: Halloween edition

From Elvis and Priscilla Presley to “Miss New Yorkie,” here’s how dogs and their owners celebrated Halloween at the 32nd annual Tompkins Square Dog Parade.
Oct 27, 2022

An illustration of a theater with red curtains drawn and a pair of two white actors on stage. Silhouettes of figures seated in the audience are in the foreground.

Photo: Flipping the script: Diversifying American show business

Oct 24, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Two dogs wearing red costumes in Tompkins Square.

Photo: Dog costume contest sees ruff competition

Oct 23, 2022

Two dogs dressed in red costumes at the Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park on Oct. 22. (Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

An illustration of a black laptop on a teal background with a screenshot of N.Y.U. s Full-time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council’s resolution document on the firing of Maitland Jones Jr. on the screen.

Photo: Faculty demand investigation into Maitland Jones Jr. firing

Oct 21, 2022

In a meeting on Oct. 13. The Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council has demanded the university open an investigation. (Courtesy of Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council,...

An illustration of a gravestone with several flowers placed in front of it in orange and blue. The text on the gravestone is “R.I.P. Mets.”

Photo: A eulogy to this season's New York Mets

Oct 14, 2022

The New York Mets ended their playoff run in the first round. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a wooden box in a park. A pair of legs with blue jeans and black Converse sneakers stands on top of the box. The box reads “WSN.”

Photo: The Soapbox: Ethnic conflict, gold sanctions, China’s secret police

Oct 28, 2022

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

The silhouettes of three people standing on a hill with seagulls flying in the background.

Photo: Opinion: NYU’s nutrition curriculum should not promote diet culture

Oct 12, 2022

“Drive the Speed Limit” reckons with a girl’s feeling of obligation and pain when dealing with her stomach problems. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

“Girl of My Dreams,” the debut album from pop singer FLETCHER, reflects on heartbreak and healing.

Photo: FLETCHER’s “Girl of my Dreams” takes listeners on a journey of self-love

Oct 4, 2022

A half-body portrait of singer FLETCHER captures the singer in the middle of taking off her white tank top. The portrait is cased in a teal and purple hue. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Illustration of a torta milanesa on a blue plate, with a geographical outline of Texas and a Mexican flag in the background.

Photo: The balancing act between familiar spaces and homesickness

Sep 27, 2022

Eating familiar food, participating in cultural affinity groups and carving out time for family can alleviate your homesickness. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Love-love: Saying goodbye to Serena Williams and Roger Federer

Sep 26, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a podium with the Columbia University logo sitting on the first place with a green check mark next to it. The N.Y.U. logo, with a red cross next to it, sits on the second place. “Silly purple school” is written next to the N.Y.U. logo in purple.

Photo: Off-Third: Columbia is better than NYU

Sep 26, 2022

Violet pride? No, Columbia supremacy forever. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a CD cover with Rina Sawayama in a white top and black dress against a magenta background.

Photo: Review: ‘Hold The Girl’ conveys vulnerability through an exhilarating electropop soundscape

Sep 26, 2022

“Hold The Girl” is the latest album by Japanese British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration depicts a blue shirt coming out of a canvas tote bag. The background is a purple and blue gradient.

Photo: NYC Versus American Suburbia: The Limitations of Self Expression

Sep 25, 2022

(Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

Three people are drawn in this illustration. On the bottom left, there is a close-up of a person wearing a red beanie with pink and orange stripes. On the top is a pair of black and white converse platforms outlined in pink. On the right is a person with split tone green and pink hair wearing a black tank top and black skirt. The background of the illustration is pink with patterned accents.

Photo: Personal Style is Trending

Sep 25, 2022

(Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

Illustrations of a brown long-sleeved turtleneck shirt, a long floral pink-and-black dress, a long-sleeved maroon-colored top with a mosaic-like pattern, as well as a needle with a brown spool of thread.

Photo: From old to new: Upcycling changed my relationship with fashion

Sep 20, 2022

Upcycling is the process of modifying old clothes into new styles.(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of the Handshake app logo as seen on a phone screen. The satirized logo includes two figures pointing their thumbs down.

Photo: Opinion: Handshake is not letting NYU students shake any hands

Sep 20, 2022

Marketed as a platform that makes finding on-campus jobs easy, Handshake seems to yield more rejections than offers. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a crossed-out text bubble which says, Hi! I’m in Lberal Studies,” against a purple background.

Photo: Off-Third: Liberal Studies is the best major

Sep 20, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a black car with an NYU Safe Ride logo on the hood and side.

Photo: Safe Ride wait times shortened by 30% over the last year

Sep 19, 2022

Safe Ride is available for free to students. NYU has partnered with Via to provide the service, and students must enter a discount code on the Via app to enable the feature. (Staff Illustration by Susan...

An illustration of clothing items against a gray background. Items include a pink and maroon dress, a green shirt, black heels, a black-wrap top, a jean skirt and purple heeled boots.

Photo: Opinion: Why Gen Z actually consumes fast fashion

Sep 16, 2022

Fast fashion has become popular in recent years, but it comes with a heavy burden on the environment. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Four guitars with varying shapes and colors stand on grassland.

Photo: Review: ‘Music for Four Guitars’ experiments with hypnotic simplicity

Sep 14, 2022

The latest solo project from Chris Corsano-Bill Orcutt is one with four guitars, all played by him. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A Victorian couch sits on top of a pile of trash in the 49th Street subway station.

Photo: Off-Third: The city streets are New York’s hottest department store

Sep 13, 2022

Stooping is the remedy to overpriced apartments and furniture. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela; Samson Tu for WSN)

Against a purple background is the purple emoji with an ominous face and a pair of devil-like horns

Photo: Off-Third: How to make enemies at NYU

Sep 12, 2022

Friends are good, but enemies are necessary

Against a light purple background lie pink headphones, a yellow backpack, a pair of black boots, two books and a picture.

Photo: Staff Recs: Back to school

Sep 12, 2022

If the first month of classes is stressing you out, here are some books and shows to lighten things up. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A portrait of Vivien Goldman wearing gold sunglasses and a black jacket.

Photo: How Vivien Goldman became NYU’s Punk Professor

Sep 6, 2022

Vivien Goldman is a British journalist and post-punk musician. Goldman teaches at Tisch as an adjunct professor. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A person laying in bed on their phone.

Photo: How to make friends as an introvert

Sep 6, 2022

Trying to balance FOMO and social anxiety? Here are some ways to help make meeting new friends be less daunting. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a red cross and bold text saying “Canceled” on top of text saying “imposter syndrome” in white.

Photo: Off -Third: It’s time we bid adieu to imposter syndrome

Sep 1, 2022

(Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

(Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

Photo: I tried every dollar pizza store around campus 

Oct 28, 2021

(Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)