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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

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Susan Behrends Valenzuela, Editor-at-Large

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.

All content 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.

Photo: New York’s snazziest pooches: Halloween edition

Oct 27, 2022

(Susan Behrends Valenzuela for WSN)

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...

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...

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...

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)

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

Jan 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

Apr 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

Apr 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...

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

Apr 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 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

Apr 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!’

Apr 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

Apr 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...

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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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 at NYU

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 7, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Off-Third: Stop gerrymandering, Insomnia Cookies

Apr 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...

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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Mar 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...

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

Mar 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....

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