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Tori Morales, Deputy News Editor

Tori Morales is a sophomore majoring in politics and journalism at CAS. When they're not writing, they're roller skating or hanging out with their two cats. They are proudly neurodivergent and have an interest in contributing to the ND community. You can find them on Medium at @ToriMoralesPinales and on Twitter as @Tori_Morales_.

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Sternies talk ‘anti-Stern bias’ at town hall

Stern’s dean of undergraduate studies addressed how the broader NYU community “looks down” upon the prestigious business school and its resources. “We’re better than the rest,” he said.
Nov 30, 2022

The undergraduate dean at the Stern School of Business commiserated with dozens of students about “negative assumptions” others have of the school at a town hall held by its...

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At Washington Square, dissidents support historic protests across China

Hundreds of protesters challenged the Chinese government’s strict COVID-19 lockdown policies during a protest in Washington Square Park, joining a global wave of demonstrations.
Nov 29, 2022

Read this article in Simplified Chinese or in Traditional Chinese. 点击此处阅读简体中文版 | 點擊此處閱讀繁體中文版 Hundreds of NYU students and local...

A person holding a sign that reads “不自由 毋宁死 (Give me freedom or give me death).” In the background is the Washington Square Arch lit up by lights.

抗議者聚集華盛頓廣場,聲援中國國內歷史性抗議浪潮

兩百名抗議者表示達了中國新冠病毒防護措施的不满,加入了全球各地區抗議的行列。
Nov 29, 2022

當地時間11月27日星期日,紐約大學學生及當地居民聚集在華盛頓廣場公園抗議中國政府的新冠防疫政策。此次抗議聲援中國國內的抗議者們。他們在近幾天罕見地走上街頭悼念在烏魯木齊居民樓火災中喪生的10名同胞,並表達對防疫亂象的不滿。許多人質疑當地的封控措施延誤了消防部門的救援,因此導致了原本可以避免的傷亡。 星期日的抗議吸引了約200名參與者,其中有很多人都是中國公民。一名匿名的活動組織者表示此次罕見的抗議行動不僅是關於防疫措施:「這些年來針對人民的不人道管理措施終於到達了爆發點。我從沒想過我們有這樣反抗的能力。」 中國的「動態清零」政策所導致的嚴苛封控措施和負面經濟影響已經招致了國內外的不滿。根據事發時的政策,在發現陽性病例後,當地政府及社區必須進行封控措施,居民居家或集中隔離、商店停業、學校轉為網課。封控措施往往會持續幾週甚至數月,直到新增病例清零。 此次抗議與當地時間下午4:30開始,參與者圍繞LED蠟燭燈站成一圈,悼念在新疆居民樓火災的10名遇難者。隨著活動的進行,抗議人群從開始時的幾個人逐漸增多。他們有些人手持空白的A4紙,還有人用攜帶的音箱播放國歌《義勇軍進行曲》和《Do...

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抗议者聚集华盛顿广场,声援中国国内历史性抗议浪潮

两百名抗议者表达了中国新冠防疫措施的不满,加入了全球各地抗议的行列。
Nov 29, 2022

当地时间11月27日星期日,纽约大学学生及当地居民聚集在华盛顿广场公园抗议中国政府的新冠防疫政策。此次抗议也意在声援中国国内的抗议者们。他们在近几天罕见地走上街头悼念在乌鲁木齐居民楼火灾中丧生的10名同胞,并表达对防疫乱象的不满。许多人质疑当地的封控措施延误了消防部门的救援,因此导致了本可以避免的伤亡。 星期日的抗议吸引了约200名参与者,其中有很多人都是中国公民。一名匿名的活动组织者表示此次罕见的抗议行动不仅仅是关于防疫措施:“这些年来针对人民的非人道管理措施终于到达了爆发点。我从没想过我们有这样反抗的能力”。 中国的“动态清零”政策所导致的严苛封控措施和负面经济影响已经招致了国内外的不满。根据事发时的政策,在发现阳性病例后,当地政府及社区必须进行封控措施,居民居家或集中隔离、商铺停业、学校转为网络教学。封控措施往往会持续几周甚至数月,直到新增病例清零。 此次抗议与当地时间下午4:30开始,参与者围绕LED蜡烛灯站成一圈,悼念在新疆居民楼火灾的10名遇难者。随着活动的进行,抗议人群从开始时的几个人逐渐增多。他们有些人手持空白的A4纸,还有人用携带的音箱播放国歌《义勇军进行曲》和《Do...

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Intruder removed after entering Lafayette Hall

An intruder entered Lafayette Hall and interacted with students before being removed by police on Sunday evening, in the fourth dorm trespassing incident at NYU in two weeks.
Nov 21, 2022

An intruder bypassed security, jumped a turnstile and entered NYU’s Lafayette Hall dorm at around 5:40 p.m. on Sunday. He was found 20 minutes later by an officer from NYU’s...

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

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 18, 2022

In Qatar, years of World Cup controversy come to a head The World Cup, soccer’s biggest event, begins on Sunday amid continued controversy over the host country’s human rights...

A part-time faculty member on strike. They hold up their fist and carry a sign that reads U.A.W. ON STRIKE. Behind them are other striking faculty members.

Strike upends classes at The New School

Part-time faculty at The New School commenced a strike on Wednesday after their union was unable to reach a new tentative contract with the university.
Nov 16, 2022

Part-time faculty at The New School — who together represent 87% of the university’s teaching staff — went on strike Wednesday morning after weeks of bargaining between their...

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Union leaders from NYU and NYC look to the future of labor

Representatives from unions on and off campus discussed the labor movement’s present struggles and future hopes at an NYU panel on Nov. 15.
Nov 16, 2022

New York City union leaders, including two from NYU, discussed recent labor wins on campus, a nearby Starbucks strike, and the future of union organizing during a panel hosted...

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The Soapbox: Haitian gangs, a prisoner’s hunger strike, Italy’s refusal of migrants

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 11, 2022

In Haiti, a small concession from gangs leaves much to be desired The leader of the Haitian gang federation G9 Family and Allies announced on Nov. 4 that he would end the blockade...

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NYU Law sues Oregon over access to legal representation

The school’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law filed a class action lawsuit with the Oregon Justice Resource Center to hold the state of Oregon to its legal obligation of providing public defenders.
Nov 10, 2022

NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon for failing to provide public defenders to low-income individuals accused of crimes....

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The Soapbox: Ecuadorian gangs, tensions in the Congo, North Korean missile tests

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 4, 2022

In Ecuador, gang attacks prompt state of emergency Ecuador’s president declared a state of emergency in two coastal provinces after a rash of gang violence on Nov. 1. The attacks,...

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Masked driver crashes car into Madman Espresso

The car crashed into the corner of the cafe’s outdoor seating area on University Place near NYU’s Washington Square campus.
Nov 1, 2022

A vehicle crashed into the outdoor dining area operated by Madman Espresso, a cafe frequented by NYU students, on Tuesday evening. The cafe is located on University Place and East...

Protesters walk down University Place holding a large sign that reads “N.Y.U. owes adjuncts.” A police officer on a moped directs traffic in front of the marching protesters.

The NYU adjunct union contract expires tonight. Here’s what may happen next.

The university’s adjunct faculty contract will expire at midnight on Oct. 31. A strike has been authorized, but it is only one of multiple possible outcomes for the labor dispute.
Oct 31, 2022

Adjunct faculty at NYU may go on strike this week. The adjunct union’s contract with the university will expire at the end of the day on Monday, Oct. 31, and the union has the...

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What to do this week: Haunted Halloween parade, the New York City Marathon

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Oct. 31-Nov 6.
Oct 30, 2022

The Village Halloween Parade returns 7 p.m. at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street The Village Halloween Parade is coming back to Sixth Avenue with frightening floats and chilling...

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

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 28, 2022

In Myanmar, airstrikes kill at least 80 ethnic minority members Myanmar’s military government killed at least 80 people in an airstrike on an outdoor concert celebrating a Kachin...

The candidates stand behind podiums on a stage. Governor Kathy Hochul is on the right talking into a microphone and U.S. representative Lee Zeldin on the left talking into a microphone.

Hochul and Zeldin face off in governor’s debate

The two candidates for New York governor sparred over abortion rights and crime during a televised debate ahead of the November general election.
Oct 26, 2022

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rep. Lee Zeldin, the candidates for New York governor, stuck to their campaign talking points in the first and only gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, Oct....

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Staff Rants: Midterms and midterms

It’s the middle of the term! The WSN staff offers our thoughts on our exam-packed weeks and the ongoing congressional election season.
Oct 24, 2022

On unoriginality: It’s really unoriginal of NYU to hold midterm exams during the midterm elections. As an academic institution that discourages plagiarism, it shouldn’t steal...

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Dog costume contest sees ruff competition

The 32nd annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Festival featured costumes of Jesus, a uterus and dragons.
Oct 23, 2022

At 17 years old, Gizzard, a tiny cream-colored chihuahua, drew a crowd with his flowing brown wig and stigmata at the annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Festival on Saturday,...

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The Soapbox: A hijab ban in India, Liz Truss’s resignation, and protests in Chad

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 21, 2022

In India, a court fails to rule on state school’s hijab ban India’s Supreme Court could not decide if a state-run college’s ban on hijabs violated the rights of religion...

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How Distance Brought Us Closer

How moving away brought an NYU sophomore closer to their family.
Oct 20, 2022

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The Soapbox: Ebola, Ethiopian civil war, Belarus inches toward Russia

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 14, 2022

In Uganda, an outbreak of Ebola threatens to spread The Sudan strain of the Ebola virus has killed at least 29 people in Uganda since the country declared an outbreak on Sept....

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The Soapbox: Brazil’s nose-to-nose election, coup in Burkina Faso, OPEC oil politics

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 7, 2022

In Brazil, a run-off leads to a left-right showdown A close vote for Brazil’s president on Oct. 2 has set the stage for a tense run-off later this month. Leftist candidate Luiz...

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Explained: Why NYU told you to ‘fight’ with an active shooter

Gunshots in Brooklyn led to an NYU community-wide alert advising those in the area to “run, hide or fight.” The advice, which originated from the federal government, has garnered confusion and criticism from students and safety advocates.
Oct 5, 2022

Students at NYU’s downtown Brooklyn campus on Tuesday were advised to “run, hide, or fight” in response to a shooter, after reports of multiple gunshots near campus buildings....

Dr. Jonathan Haidt speaking in front of an audience with a presentation labeled “The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider” behind him.

Stern professor resigns from professional org. after refusing to write diversity statement

Jonathan Haidt, a professor of ethical leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business, resigned from a psychology research conference after refusing to write a required equity, inclusion and anti-racism statement.
Oct 4, 2022

Jonathan Haidt, a professor of ethical leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business, refused to follow a new rule which presenters at an annual research conference to submit...

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The Soapbox: Italian neo-fascism, pipeline sabotage, and the European energy crisis

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 30, 2022

In Europe, an imminent energy crisis lingers Winter is coming, and for Europeans, an energy crisis may lead to exorbitant heating bills. Worsened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,...

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CAS renovations shut down basement entrance to 19 W. 4th St.

The renovations at 25 W. Fourth St., the future home of the College of Arts & Science, have restricted student access to basement classrooms in 19 W. Fourth St., a neighboring building.
Sep 28, 2022

Renovations to the future offices of NYU’s College of Arts & Science at 25 W. Fourth St. have disrupted student access to the adjacent 19 W. Fourth St. building. A university...

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What to do this week: Off-Broadway Week and the New York Film Festival

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Sept. 26 to Oct. 2.
Sep 25, 2022

New York City’s Off-Broadway Week Times and locations vary Purchase buy one, get one free tickets to “Kinky Boots,” “The Play That Goes Wrong,” “Friends! The...

Tori Morales looks into a mirror. They are wearing ear, nose and lip piercings and a necklace with a cross on it.

Living Galleries: Finding Autonomy in Becoming Art

Beyond its aesthetic value, body modification allows us to assert autonomy over our bodies in a permanent, beautiful way.
Sep 25, 2022

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

The Soapbox: Russian escalation, protests in Iran and Fiona’s fallout

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN’s news desk analyzing 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 23, 2022

In Russia, mobilization and referendums change the game Russian officials in four occupied Ukrainian regions announced plans on Sept. 20 to hold referendums on annexation to Russia....

Seven students wear masks while sitting at their desks in an NYU classroom. A professor sitting on a table listens to a student.

Where NYU stands as New York City lifts its subway mask mandate

COVID-19 restrictions on the New York City Subway were eased on Wednesday. At NYU, where masks are still required in certain settings, students and faculty are conflicted over how they think the administration should proceed.
Sep 8, 2022

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that masks are no longer required on public transportation in New York. NYU administrators said that the university has been preparing to...

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Mutual aid org. fights police presence in Washington Square Park

During an aid distribution event at Washington Square Park last month, police officers displaced unhoused people living in the park, discarded their belongings and made several arrests. Now, the organization behind the event is pushing back.
Sep 5, 2022

A mutual aid group for low-income people living in and around Washington Square Park is calling for more protections for unhoused people after police forcefully removed a family...

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Staff Rants: First day of classes

Welcome, or welcome back! WSN staff shares our thoughts and feelings about the start of the semester.
Sep 1, 2022

On Thursday: NYU feels very comfortable disrupting the traditional week by starting classes on a Thursday — and not only a regular Thursday, but a Thursday before a long weekend....

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NYU Commencement Guide: How to watch Taylor Swift’s speech online and more

On May 18, NYU is honoring the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 after two years of virtual graduation ceremonies. Here is what you need to know about the day.
May 17, 2022

As May 18 comes closer and purple-robed seniors stroll through Washington Square Park, NYU is preparing for its first in-person commencement ceremonies at Yankee Stadium since...

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NYC nail salon advocates frustrated by state gov’t safety delays

For a second time, Gov. Kathy Hochul postponed a rule requiring nail salons across New York City to install a ventilation system for the next six months, leaving nail technicians and advocates fearful for their safety.
May 3, 2022

While working as a manicurist for a decade, Blanca Vidal was exposed to chemicals known to cause side effects such as skin irritation, headaches, cancer, and liver and kidney damage....

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Gallatin first-years mobilize students to donate meal swipes to mutual aid

XR University NYC, revived in March, is challenging students to address issues ranging from climate change to food insecurity.
May 2, 2022

It’s no secret that NYU has a food insecurity problem. The university’s Swipe it Forward program, which allows students to donate meal swipes that would otherwise go to waste,...

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Student gov’t distributes 80 meals in 30 mins at V100 food drive

Student Government Assembly members hope the food drive, held as part of NYU’s V100 spirit week in partnership with the Minetta Creek Collective and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, will push NYU to offer more resources for students facing food insecurity.
Apr 21, 2022

Student Government Assembly members handed out prepackaged bags of nonperishable food to students during a food and basic needs drive on Tuesday, April 19. The event, which took...

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Drastic increase in fentanyl-laced pill confiscations, NYU study finds

An NYU Grossman School of Medicine study found that the number of fentanyl-laced pills seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration increased by 834% between January 2018 and December 2021.
Apr 20, 2022

Law enforcement seizures of fentanyl-laced pills increased by 834% in the United States between January 2018 and December 2021, according to an NYU Grossman School of Medicine...

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NYU Furman Center lays foundations for affordable housing

The Furman Center’s Housing Solutions Lab announced its second Peer Cities cohort, which aims to improve the affordability and equality of housing in small to mid-sized cities.
Apr 20, 2022

The Housing Solutions Lab at NYU's Furman Center, an institute for public policy research, announced its second Peer Cities Network cohort on March 24. The cohort, which officially...

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Right-wing organization brands several NYU profs as radical leftists

A website run by Turning Point USA accuses professors of spreading leftist views and discriminating against conservative students.
Apr 6, 2022

Six NYU faculty members have been accused of spreading left-wing propaganda and discriminating against conservative students by Professor Watchlist, a project launched in 2016...

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7 NYU profs lecture on Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia hosted a panel of faculty who offered their personal and academic perspectives on the war in Ukraine.
Mar 7, 2022

Around 400 students and faculty members listened to seven NYU professors speak at a teach-in addressing the political context and current state of the Russian invasion of Ukraine....

The White House will display Steinhardt graduate student Maegan Jenkins’ digital fashion exhibit, which highlights historically underrepresented women to explore labor and identity through fashion. (Image courtesy of Maegan Jenkins)

White House will feature NYU student’s mixed-media collection

This spring, Steinhardt graduate student Maegan Jenkins will display a digital fashion exhibit highlighting historically underrepresented women at a White House virtual exhibition.
Feb 2, 2022

The work of Maegan Jenkins, a first-year graduate student in the Steinhardt costume studies master's program, will be showcased in a digital collaboration between the White House...