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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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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...

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

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,...

The entrance to a building with two signs showing arrows and the text IN and two identical notices of “THIS ENTRANCE IS CLOSED PLEASE USE 19 WEST 4TH STREET ENTRANCE TO ACCESS C-LEVEL CLASSROOMS” sticked on two glass doors.

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....

A stage with a purple backdrop and banners representing NYUs schools and colleges hang in the background. A podium is at the center, and NYU president Andrew Hamilton stands behind it wearing a purple academic robe. He is speaking with one hand raised in the air. Surrounding him are seated commencement guests, also dressed in purple academic robes.

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,...

At the Kimmel Center for University Life, a girl sits at a table with a purple tablecloth and a sign that reads “NYU Student Government”. She holds two thumbs up, and behind her there are cardboard boxes and the Commuter Lounge is visible in the background.

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...