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Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Susan Behrends Valenzuela, Creative Director

Susan Behrends Valenzuela is a junior 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. Find her on Instagram at @susan.behrends.

All content by Susan Behrends Valenzuela
Illustration with a pink background and two sheets of paper. On the first sheet of paper, the first section of WSN editor Caitlin Hsus college application essay. On the second sheet of paper, partially hidden by the first, is WSN editor Aleksandra Goldbergs college application essay.

Photo: Our admissions essays, four years later

May 6, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

UTA Publishing Editor Caitlin Hsu in a red and blue striped shirt with her sticker-filled laptop against the WSN red background.

Photo: Submit to WSN

January 28, 2022

Caitlin Hsu, Spring 2022 UTA Publishing Editor at Washington Square News. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a cell phone on a yellow background. Text bubbles are featured on the screen.

Photo: The yasses and flops of Grindr, as told by its NYU users

May 5, 2022

Grindr provides love, lust, validation or a mix of all three for the LGBTQ+ community. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A beret, a top hat, a cowboy hat, a floppy hat and a sun hat against a light green background.

Photo: Through the looking-hat: What we as a society can learn from hats

May 4, 2022

Max Tiefer is a normal human being rather than a sentient hat rack. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A pixelated, pop-art-style illustration with the Marvel logo against comic-book onomatopoeia.

Photo: A guide to the serpentine madness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

May 4, 2022

The Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A middle-aged woman holding the hand of a boy in the middle of a desert.

Photo: Review: In ‘Time is a Mother,’ Ocean Vuong explores grief through the prisms of time and space

May 2, 2022

“Time Is a Mother” is the latest poetry and prose collection by Ocean Vuong, remembering the passing of his mother. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of Johanna Fateman on a red background.

Photo: Q&A: Le Tigre’s Johanna Fateman on riot grrrl culture, past and present

May 2, 2022

Johanna Fateman is one of the founding members of American riot grrrl band Le Tigre. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Icons of (left to right) Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Apple Pages against a light purple background. The small crown and a number one badge are attached to the Google Docs icon.

Photo: Off-Third: We live in a Google Docs world — it’s time to start acting like it

April 27, 2022

Google Docs is the superior text editing software, according to deputy opinion editor Alexandra Cohen. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a woman with makeup, wearing glasses and a graduation cap and gown. She is smiling in front of a pink background surrounded by purple floating hearts.

Photo: Off-Third: Judith Heumann fans hassle NYU seniors for graduation tickets

April 28, 2022

Leading disability rights activist Judith Heumann will jointly address the NYU graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 in an evening commencement ceremony. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of the homepage of Albert, NYU’s online class registration portal. A purple horizontal box with white text reading “NYU” is at the top. Under this it reads “Albert,” and there is a purple shopping cart to the right side of the illustration.

Photo: How to survive course registration season

April 25, 2022

Class registration in Albert can be stressful. Our tips can help make it a little better. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

The user interface of a change.org petition against a pink background: a description of the petition is in the upper half, and signatures of petitioners are in the lower half.

Photo: Petition against NYU’s COVID screener stalls after 3 weeks

April 22, 2022

Despite complaints about the inconvenience of the Daily Screener, a petition to put an end to daily screener has begun to lose traction. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a woman wearing a teal blouse sitting on one of several green chairs below a clock on the wall. Floating text reads internship limbo.

Photo: Off-Third: Student excited at internship rejection: ‘I got a reply!’

April 22, 2022

Many students feel in limbo during the internship process. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of two tickets that are split white and purple, with the text “New York University Commencement class of 2020, 2021, and 2022” and “May 18, 2022” including the names of the speakers, Taylor Swift and Judith Heumann. An illustration of a credit card is next to the tickets.

Photo: Taylor Swift fans hassle NYU seniors for graduation tickets

April 21, 2022

With Taylor Swift slated to speak at NYU’s commencement ceremony, Swifties are trying to buy tickets to the event from graduating NYU students. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of two women sitting next to each other. In front of them is a camera on a tripod. The woman sitting on the right wears a shirt with blue and purple flowers and holds a cup of wine. The woman sitting on the left wears a purple sweatshirt that reads “NYU” and is eating pasta.

Photo: Meet Skyler Bouchard, the NYU alum who took the culinary world by storm

April 21, 2022

On-air host and home cook Skyler Bouchard graduated from NYU in 2015 with a degree in broadcast journalism and communications. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a pink background with pink outlines in the shape of hearts, with a comma inside of a larger heart outline in the middle of the illustration.

Photo: Off-Third: Give the Oxford comma a break

April 21, 2022

The Oxford comma is versatile, powerful, and ultimately necessary. Omitting it causes pain, misery, and death. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration shows a figure of a person with a blue shirt and blue pants crossing their arms as they stand among a group of four silhouetted people talking. Illegible speech bubbles representing their thoughts float in the air above them.

Photo: Off-Third: Why everyone at NYU is more talented than you are

April 19, 2022

You are the imposter. Yes, you. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a black-and-light-purple direction pole against a dark purple background. The pole has five different signs that individually read: “What is L.S?,” “G.L.S.?,” “Transfer?,” ‘Major?” and “r/nyu.”

Photo: The case for Liberal Studies

April 18, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A collage of icons symbolizing college social life (from top to bottom, left to right): a simple “what’s up” text message, a symbol for joining Greek organizations reading “I pledge ZTA”, a room plaque and notes.

Photo: How to win friends and influence people (at NYU)

April 18, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A pink-colored subject standing naked in the middle of a hill filled with golden weeds against the teal sky.

Photo: Review: On ‘Further Joy,’ the Regrettes reimagine themselves as indie pop stars

April 18, 2022

The Regrettes’ latest album, “Further Joy,” was released on April 8. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a person wearing a black dress and black shoes, standing on what appears to be a piece of lined paper, looking out into a black abyss in which a pair of white eyes stares out.

Photo: Review: 'In the Margins' imagines writing without writers

April 18, 2022

Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous novelist best known for her Neapolitan Novels series. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a person, seen from the knees down, walking while wearing black heeled boots and blue jeans against a gray background.

Photo: Opinion: In praise of the Hot Girl Walk

April 13, 2022

The Hot Girl Walk is more than exercise — it’s a ritual for the modern Manhattanite. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of Yung Lean and FKA Twigs under teal fluorescent light.

Photo: Review: ‘Stardust’ sees Yung Lean strip rap back to its most guttural

April 13, 2022

Yung Lean released his latest mixtape on April 8. The first track,“Bliss,” features FKA twigs. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of an NYU transcript with a W grade for one course.

Photo: Opinion: For students’ health, a W grade on a transcript should be expungeable

April 13, 2022

NYU’s stringent policy on course withdrawal incentivizes students to prioritize grades over health. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of the cover of “Love by Maayan Eitan. A kiss mark is on a beige background.

Photo: Review: Maayan Eitan’s ‘Love’ is an exploration of life under the male gaze

April 12, 2022

“Love,” Maayan Eitan’s debut novel, is an incendiary tale of sex work from a young literary provocateur. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a woman at Washington Square Park wearing a purple cardigan and looking towards the left-hand side. Behind her, the Washington Square Arch is visible, as well as a man playing a piano.

Photo: Off-Third: The case against AirPods

April 7, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

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Photo: Off-Third: Stop gerrymandering, Insomnia Cookies

April 5, 2022

Gerrymandering is commonly understood as the unfair manipulation of boundaries of an electoral constituency, but one could argue that it also applies to Insomnia Cookies’ arbitrary delivery maps. (Staff...

A chocolate chip cookie with blue fondant and a pink heart as decoration. In the heart are the words “Fuck Me.”

Photo: Kinky’s Dessert Bar sells the dirtiest desserts in the Lower East Side

April 4, 2022

The pink fondant chocolate-chip “Fuck Me” cookie costs $4. (Staff Photo by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of the nine Northern California counties that make up the Bay Area, each in a different color. To the left, the word “California” is above the words “Bay Area,” which are crossed out in red.

Photo: Off-Third: Bay Area students are wasting our time

April 1, 2022

Students from the Bay Area take too much time to explain where they're from. How hard is it to just say “California?” (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a purple computer and a green background. On the top left of the computer screen, in purple text, are the words “NYU Albert.” At center, the words “New and Improved Course Search,” and under this, “but this time it’s only core classes.” Under this centered title, there is a green button with white text reading “Search.”

Photo: Off-Third: Keep the core classes, get rid of majors

March 31, 2022

Majors inhibit a well-rounded academic experience that is essential to all human beings. NYU should do away with concentrating in a field of study. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a woman hunched over on a motorbike. She is wearing an all red outfit and a black helmet. Behind her, on either side of the bike, stand four other female figures.

Photo: Review: Rosalía’s ‘MOTOMAMI’ is a feminist manifesto

March 30, 2022

“MOTOMAMI” is the third and latest studio album by Spanish singer-songwriter ​​Rosalía. The album is acclaimed for its avant-garde and experimental expression of femininity. (Staff Illustration...

An illustrated portrait of Robert Patison’s Batman. The illustration is close up on his face and he is wearing heavy black under eye makeup.

Photo: The inescapable campiness of ‘The Batman’

March 30, 2022

As a revamp of classic superhero movies or as a gritty crime drama, “The Batman” has failed to live up to critics’ standards, instead devolving into the realm of campiness. (Staff Illustration by...

An illustration of three Oscar awards, with one placed further in front of the other two to create a triangle.

Photo: This year’s Oscars hit different

March 29, 2022

The 94th Academy Awards aired live on Sunday, March 27, marking a historic rebound in viewership with a 30% increase from the previous year. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a man leaning against a cherry-red car. A woman sits in the driver’s seat. On the top left of the illustration are the words “Drive My Car” in a red cursive font.

Photo: Review: ‘Drive My Car’ is a winding and delicate rumination on loss and love

March 28, 2022

The Oscar-nominated “Drive My Car,” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, was adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami. The film is available to stream on HBO Max. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of seven clocks against a pale yellow background. Each clock is set to a different time.

Photo: Editorial: Make daylight saving time permanent

March 28, 2022

The Sunshine Protection Act would make daylight savings time permanent. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration with a coral background of a calendar opened to a page of the month of March. Under the months name, it reads “Women’s History Month” in blue letters.

Photo: Opinion: NYU’s Women’s History Month isn’t enough

March 29, 2022

March has been designated as Women’s History Month since 1981. However, it undermines the importance of gender equality throughout the rest of the year. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration with a purple background, featuring three Instagram posts with two women in swimsuits, and another one wearing a strapless dress and pink sunglasses.

Photo: Editor’s Note: What purpose do letters to the editor serve?

March 26, 2022

Beauty standards are heavily dependent on cultural context. People’s insecurities may extend far beyond themselves as they question how they are representing their culture. (Staff Illustration by Susan...

An illustration of a man standing in a dimly lit, well-furnished living room. On the left is a coffee table with three beer bottles resting on it. On the right, a pink floral couch faces the table.

Photo: Review: ‘All My Friends Hate Me’ is cringe comedy and psychological horror at its most uncomfortable

March 23, 2022

“All My Friends Hate Me” is a British horror and comedy film directed by Andrew Gaynord. The film adopts an unconventional approach to explore themes of social anxiety. (Staff Illustration by Susan...

An illustration of a woman shielding her face with her hand to hide her acne. She has long brown hair and is wearing a teal t-shirt.

Photo: Off-Third: The cosmetic case for mask mandates

March 9, 2022

Although Columbia will be lifting its mask mandate on March 14, NYU needs to maintain the mask policy to keep its students’ judgmental facial expressions and stress-induced acne out of the public eye....

An illustration of a silver and black laptop showcasing a white screen with logos of three focus-based applications appears in front of a baby blue background next to a smartphone. A drawing of a notification pop up is underneath the laptop.

Photo: Editor’s Note: Spring break reads

March 12, 2022

Productivity applications and notifications help students remain focused and make progress when they use electronic devices. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of students sitting in a colloquium room for a student government meeting. On the left, a purple banner with the NYU torch logo hangs on the wall and reads “‘NYU SGA.”

Photo: CAS junior Ron Hall selected as next NYU student gov’t chair

April 11, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a hand holding a martini glass filled with an orange liquid. The arm is wrapped in a pink sleeve with a pearl detail around the wrist. Next to the arm in a red rose and an empty vase.

Photo: Review: ‘Happy Hour’ by Marlowe Granados is a triumph for the literary party girl

March 7, 2022

Marlowe Granados’s “Happy Hour” follows friends Isa and Gala as the young women pursue a hedonistic lifestyle in New York City. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

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

Photo: Opinion: NYU’s Safe Ride service needs reform

March 3, 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 the TikTok icon and a 10-minute timer.

Photo: Opinion: A 10-minute video is a damn TEDTok — and an ideal venue for misinformation

March 2, 2022

TikTok has recently announced plans to extend the maximum video duration to 10 minutes. The platform captures the short attention span of the modern audience, but can also become a venue for misinformation....

An illustration of David Copperfield.

Photo: An interview with David Copperfield

March 7, 2022

David Seth Kotkin, known popularly by his stage name David Copperfield, has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years with his magic performances and illusions. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends...

An illustration of Jennifer Lopez holding a $100 bill. Wearing a light blue shirt and small gold hoop earrings, she stands in front of a rose-colored background.

Photo: ‘Marry Me’ is a Where’s Waldo of soulless product placement

February 28, 2022

Jennifer Lopez and Owen WIlson star in the new rom-com “Marry Me.” The movie premiered on Feb. 11 and is currently in theaters. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of Daft Punk wearing sparkling black suits in front of a blue ombre background. The figure on the left wears a golden helmet covering his entire head and the figure on the right wears a silver helmet.

Photo: Daft Punk: Robot rock for the world

February 28, 2022

French DJ duo Daft Punk, who announced their retirement last year, recently remastered and re-released their debut studio album, “Homework,” on the 25th anniversary of its release. This new edition...

An illustration of a wooden box. A pair of legs with gray pants and white sneakers stands on top of the box. The box reads “WSN.” On the bottom left there is a Ukrainian flag and on the top right, a Russian flag.

Photo: The Soapbox: Civilians evacuate Ukraine, protests erupt in Russia

February 25, 2022

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

An illustration of characters from famous romantic comedies. On the right, the couple from “Crazy Rich Asians” shares a kiss. In the middle, Lara Jean Covey from “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” On the right, Jenna from “13 Going on 30” hangs off a street light pole.

Photo: Romantic comedies deserve to make a much-awaited comeback

February 24, 2022

It’s time for romantic comedies to make a proper comeback. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of two identical women wearing purple dresses and black boots with flowing black hair coiled around their bodies. They stand in front of a solid yellow background.

Photo: We should be excited that spoken word is reinventing literature

February 23, 2022

Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s work and spoken-word poetry and performance techniques in general make literature more accessible. (Staff illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: I used to be an RA. Here’s why I quit.

February 18, 2022

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(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Here's why I chose to live in...

February 18, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Locket, which debuted on Dec. 30 of last year, is an app exclusively for iOS users that has since been well received. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Turning your home screen into your feed with the Locket app

February 17, 2022

Locket, which debuted on Dec. 30 of last year, is an app exclusively for iOS users that has since been well received. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

A cultural shift towards niche and alternative fashion styles has popularized thrifting among NYU students. Over-thrifting has caused the once eco-friendly industry to become more profit-driven and environmentally harmful. (Staff illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Off-Third: Is the NYU student’s quest for individuality the next pandemic?

February 17, 2022

A cultural shift towards niche and alternative fashion styles has popularized thrifting among NYU students. Over-thrifting has caused the once eco-friendly industry to become more profit-driven and environmentally...

Don’t let the cold weather ruin your skin — read our recommendations for primers, cleansers, toners and more. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Skincare products to help you beat winter chills

February 14, 2022

Don’t let the cold weather ruin your skin — read our recommendations for primers, cleansers, toners and more. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

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Photo: The case for the <3 emoticon

February 14, 2022

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WoodSpoon is a food delivery app offering home-cooked meals. It has slowly gained popularity since its founding in 2019. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: WoodSpoon: The delivery app connecting customers and chefs

February 11, 2022

WoodSpoon is a food delivery app offering home-cooked meals. It has slowly gained popularity since its founding in 2019. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Opinion: The country needs a pro-democracy movement. It can start with you.

February 8, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski released her latest album, “Laurel Hell,” on Friday. (Photo by Ebru Yildiz, Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Review: On ‘Laurel Hell,' Mitski blooms

February 4, 2022

Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski released her latest album, “Laurel Hell,” on Friday. (Photo by Ebru Yildiz, Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

NYU students celebrate Lunar New Year despite the pandemic and classes. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Just another day: Lunar New Year at NYU

February 1, 2022

NYU students celebrate Lunar New Year despite the pandemic and classes. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

To reduce the schools carbon footprint, NYU should go paperless by default. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Opinion: NYU should go paperless

January 31, 2022

To reduce the school's carbon footprint, NYU should go paperless by default. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of a wooden box in a park. A pair of legs with gray pants and white sneakers stands on top of the box. The box reads “WSN.”

Photo: The Soapbox: Burkina Faso, Storm Ana, Tonga

January 28, 2022

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

An illustration of hand turning a page of a print edition of WSN. The image on the front page is a smaller version of that illustration, suggesting infinite recursion.

Photo: Letter from the editor: On transition

January 24, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

An illustration of the Washington Square Arch. Behind the arch sits gray and brown alternating high-rises. On the top right are the words “The Daybook” in an arched shape.

Photo: What to do this week: A bake sale for Ukraine and more

May 2, 2022

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and around New York City. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Photo: After the quiet melancholy

January 24, 2022

Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

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

Photo: The Soapbox: Journalism under attack

December 10, 2021

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

Hovey Burgess is a former circus performer and recently retired NYU circus arts professor. Although he has retired, his life has been anything but boring. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: A former NYU circus professor’s lifelong juggling act

November 8, 2021

Hovey Burgess is a former circus performer and recently retired NYU circus arts professor. Although he has retired, his life has been anything but boring. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

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

Photo: The Soapbox: COP26 climate summit edition

November 5, 2021

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

The D’Amelio Show offers a look into the everyday life of the internet-famous DAmelio family. Following the lives of teenage influencers Charli and Dixie, it explores the challenges their fame brings. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Review: ‘The D’Amelio Show’ is a surprisingly humble look at TikTok’s most famous family

September 27, 2021

The D’Amelio Show offers a look into the everyday life of the internet-famous D'Amelio family. Following the lives of teenage influencers Charli and Dixie, it explores the challenges their fame brings....

A year after releasing her album “Chromatica,” Lady Gaga has impressed fans with 14 new remixes of songs. “Dawn of Chromatica” succeeds in breathing new life into each song. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Review: ‘Dawn of Chromatica’ will invigorate you

September 20, 2021

A year after releasing her album “Chromatica,” Lady Gaga has impressed fans with 14 new remixes of songs. “Dawn of Chromatica” succeeds in breathing new life into each song. (Staff Illustration...

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

Photo: The Soapbox: the omicron variant, Barbados, Ukraine

December 3, 2021

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

Singer-songwriter Lorde released her latest album Solar Power on June 10. The album, her first in four years, reflects her progression into a new phase of her artistic journey. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Review: Forget Lorde, 'Solar Power' is Ella’s album

August 30, 2021

Singer-songwriter Lorde released her latest album Solar Power on June 10. The album, her first in four years, reflects her progression into a new phase of her artistic journey. (Staff Illustration by Susan...

A graduating NYU senior muses on her experience with personal growth. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Milestones

May 7, 2021

A graduating NYU senior muses on her experience with personal growth. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

“Six Moral Tales,” a series of films directed by Eric Rohmer, aim to dismantle the male ego and morality in order to reveal basic behavioral patterns. Eric Rohmers films are currently available to stream via Kanopy and Criterion Channel. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Itch on the Edge of Respectability: Deconstructing the Ambiguity of Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales’

May 6, 2021

“Six Moral Tales,” a series of films directed by Eric Rohmer, aim to dismantle the male ego and morality in order to reveal basic behavioral patterns. Eric Rohmer's films are currently available to...

Referred to as the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla made Tejano music, a genre from Texas which combined Mexican vocal traditions with Czech and German instrumentals, a popular genre worldwide. April 16 is now marked as National Selena Day in the United States, where her contributions to music and the Latin American community are officially recognized. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Honoring Selena Quintanilla on her 50th Birthday

May 4, 2021

Referred to as the "Queen of Tejano music," Selena Quintanilla made Tejano music, a genre from Texas which combined Mexican vocal traditions with Czech and German instrumentals, a popular genre worldwide....

Raya and the Last Dragon features Disneys newest princess and dragon sidekick based on vaguely Asian cultures. Disneys latest film presents another take on the empowered princess. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’: Disney’s Latest Attempt at the Empowered Princess

April 30, 2021

"Raya and the Last Dragon" features Disney's newest princess and dragon sidekick based on vaguely Asian cultures. Disney's latest film presents another take on the empowered princess. (Staff Illustration...

Since the beginning of the pandemic it’s been impossible to watch our favorite artists perform in-person. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts have stepped in to help fill the void until things return to normal. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Must-see Tiny Desk concerts to cure your live music withdrawals

April 28, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic it’s been impossible to watch our favorite artists perform in-person. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts have stepped in to help fill the void until things return to normal....