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Trace Miller

Trace Miller, Managing Editor

Trace Miller is a CAS sophomore studying comparative literature and libidinal political economy. He likes Marx, hates writing and loves Hegelian sauce. Find him on Instagram or Twitter @w_tres_mil.

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An illustration of a computer on a bed covered with a blue blanket. The computer’s screen displays a woman holding a rifle behind a red fort and a red background. Next to the computer is a small teacup.

Off the Radar: ‘La Chinoise’ asks ‘revolutionary or revisionist?’

“Off the Radar” is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “La Chinoise” is available to stream on Kanopy.
April 22, 2022

There is fission. There is fusion. And there is the immortal science of Marxism-Leninism. In his satirical film “La Chinoise,” Jean-Luc Godard traces the merger and split of...

A concrete guard tower overlooks rubble and trash lying in the shadow of the tall, concrete Israeli West Bank separation barrier, which is covered in graffiti.

Opinion: NYU, shut down the Tel Aviv study abroad site

Amnesty International released a report last month concluding that Israel is guilty of perpetrating apartheid and other violations of international law against Palestinians. NYU’s Tel Aviv academic center and partnership with Tel Aviv University is nothing short of complacency and, by extension, complicity.
March 1, 2022

NYU should shut down its Tel Aviv study abroad site. Maintaining an academic center in Israel signals complacency toward — and, thereby, complicity in — the apartheid, crimes...

A concrete guard tower overlooks rubble and trash lying in the shadow of the tall, concrete Israeli West Bank separation barrier, which is covered in graffiti.

Photo: Editor’s Note: The semester’s top stories (so far)

March 19, 2022

A guard tower on the Israeli West Bank barrier overlooks the city of Bethlehem, Palestine. The barrier, which divides Israel from the Occupied Palestinian Territory of the West Bank, was declared illegal...

(Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

New York Fashion Week is decadent, depraved and delusional

And somehow Tiffany Brown was boring?
February 15, 2022

Nothing about Tiffany Brown Designs’ Fall/Winter 2022 collection enticed us to wear it — much less purchase it. It was superfluous. It was superficial. It was fake leather...

(Photo by Celia Tewey)

Frederick Anderson’s spring 2022 collection is giving beach vibes

“The Incredible Lightness of Freedom” highlights hand-crocheted and knitted robes, organic cuts with oceanic patterns and colors.
September 10, 2021

Frederick Anderson, a designer, Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and New York fashion industry veteran, is going coastal with his spring 2022 collection, “The Incredible...

The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 is approaching this year. NYU has not done much to protect its Muslim, Arab, and South Asian students from racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, many of whom are international students who may now know how to protect themselves. (Staff Photo by Trace Miller)

Photo: Opinion: NYU needs to protect Arab and Muslim students on the anniversary of 9/11

September 2, 2021

The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 is approaching this year. NYU has not done much to protect its Muslim, Arab, and South Asian students from racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia,...

NYU students call for a tuition strike. Organized by NYU YDSA and Sunrise NYU, the strike also has the support of GSOC. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan, Illustration by Graciela Blandon)

NYU YDSA announces tuition strike starting today

The university’s chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America is asking undergraduate students to stop paying tuition to NYU and to never donate to the university in the future.
April 30, 2021

The NYU chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America announced a tuition strike starting today, April 30. The activist organization encourages students to withhold tuition...

NYUs GSOC gears up to strike April 26 Monday after an unsuccessful full day of bargaining on Thursday. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NYU’s grad student workers will go on strike beginning Monday

NYU and GSOC, the union representing NYU’s graduate student workers, remain at a stalemate over contract negotiations. Members of GSOC will not report to work starting April 26, barring a last-minute agreement between the university and the union.
April 23, 2021

Graduate student workers will go on strike starting Monday, April 26, after NYU and the Graduate Student Organizing Committee failed to resolve differences between the union’s...

New Yorkers reiterate demands to abolish the police after Chauvin verdict

New Yorkers reiterate demands to abolish the police after Chauvin verdict

After a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New York City. For more information about the protests in Times Square and Barclays Center, click on our accompanying photo essays within the article.
April 21, 2021

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and dozens gathered at Times Square in Manhattan to celebrate the guilty verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial and reiterate...

Photo Essay: Hundreds of protesters gather at Barclays Center to call for abolition of police

Photo Essay: Hundreds of protesters gather at Barclays Center to call for abolition of police

After various activists spoke to the crowd about systemic racial and economic injustice, defunding the police and reinvesting in communities, protesters marched down Flatbush Ave to Grand Army Plaza.
April 21, 2021

The Graduate Student Organizing Committee set a deadline to go on strike on April 26 unless the union and the university successfully renegotiate graduate student employees’ collective bargaining agreement. Undergraduate student representatives and activist groups such as NYU’s Student Government Assembly, Sunrise NYU, and NYU YDSA have expressed support for the Graduate Student Organizing Committee. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Graduate student workers prepared to strike next week

As GSOC’s April 26 strike deadline approaches, contract negotiations between the university and the union remain at a standstill.
April 21, 2021

Members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee will go on strike April 26 unless the union and the university successfully renegotiate graduate student employees’ collective...

The members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee have voted to authorize a strike. The strike authorization voting period started March 23 and ended April 9, with more than 96% of participating union members voting to approve the potential action. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

GSOC authorizes potential strike

More than 96% of participating union members voted to authorize a graduate student worker strike.
April 12, 2021

Members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee voted to authorize a strike, with 96.4% of participating union members voting to approve the potential action. The results...

The NYU Graduate Student Union held a strike vote rally at Gould Plaza on Tuesday. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

GSOC and supporters rally for strike authorization vote

Members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee assembled at Gould Plaza on Tuesday in support of their ongoing vote to authorize a strike.
March 24, 2021

Members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee gathered at Gould Plaza yesterday to mark the start of their vote on a strike authorization. They were joined by supporters...

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity is a collaboration among NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and other NYU schools and departments. Maxwell Aliapoulios, a PhD student and researcher at the center, received advance access to GabLeaks and briefly reviewed the data. (Photo by Nina Schifano, Alana Beyer and Jake Capriotti. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

Transparency collective publishes 70 gigabytes of data hacked from right-wing social media network

NYU researchers believe that GabLeaks data will reveal insights into right-wing, fascist and white supremacist politics and organizing but are concerned about the ethics of using hacked private information.
March 8, 2021

The nonprofit transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS) released 70 gigabytes of hacked user accounts, passwords, direct messages and public and private posts...

Times Square is a popular New York tourist hotspot with flashing ads and billboards on every building. It was the site of multiple arrests of protesters, including NYU students, during an anti-ICE protest last weekend. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NYU Students Arrested at Protest, Claim Police Misconduct

Hundreds gathered at Times Square to protest against ICE and forced hysterectomies. At least three NYU students who attended were arrested.
September 22, 2020

Several NYU first-years gathered with about 200 other protesters in Times Square to protest United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and demand its abolishment on Saturday,...

Rubin Residence Hall is located at 35 5th Ave. Most students in this facility ended their quarantine period on Sept. 16 after the detection of four asymptomatic COVID cases on Sept. 14. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Rubin Residents Free To Leave Quarantine

Two students shared their experiences quarantining in Rubin Residence Hall. Meanwhile, NYU has changed the format of its COVID-19 dashboard.
September 18, 2020

Most students living in NYU’s Rubin Residence Hall were cleared to end quarantine on Wednesday night, Sept. 16, at around 8 p.m. The freshman dorm’s residents — all of whom...

New Yorkers and NYU students take the subway for their commutes every day. The MTA released a new policy to fine patrons $50 if they do not wear a mask. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Going Maskless on MTA Transit Now Costs $50

Despite potential concerns about the rule disproportionately affecting low-income, Black and indigenous riders of color, NYU commuter students are on board.
September 17, 2020

Riders refusing to wear a mask on Metropolitan Transportation Authority public transit now face $50 fines. The new rule went into effect on Monday, Sept. 14. Critics have alleged...

The Rubin Hall NYU student dormitory is on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street. University spokesperson John Beckman released a statement confirming four COVID-19 cases at Rubin and indicated the hall will be on lockdown for the next few days. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NYU’s Rubin Hall placed under mandatory quarantine

After four Rubin residents tested positive for COVID-19, the rest of the residents have been confined to their rooms until at least Tuesday.
September 14, 2020

NYU’s Rubin Residence Hall has been placed under temporary quarantine after NYU’s testing program detected four asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. At around 5 p.m. residents of...

Washington Square Park, the day after the second consecutive midnight rave. The continual partying, attended by an unknown mix of students and outside community members, raises questions about the long term chances of NYU staying open. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Hundreds Gather at Washington Square Park — Again

Washington Square Park saw yet another weekend of people flouting safety guidelines, as fears of spreading COVID-19 surge.
September 14, 2020

Washington Square Park was the sight of gatherings again, on both Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 11 and 12. Shaman, an organizer with America’s Peaceful Resolution and Refuse...

19 years after the national tragedy of September 11 2001, Americans are facing another national crisis — the COVID-19 pandemic. The 9/11 memorial still saw many visitors, albeit masked and somewhat socially distanced. (Staff Photo by Trace Miller)

Americans Mourn September Eleventh Amid and Despite the Pandemic

Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial shared how the COVID-19 pandemic has — or has not — changed the way they remember, mourn and grieve.
September 11, 2020

During a national tragedy — a pandemic that at press time has killed at least 192,000 Americans — hundreds gathered around a twin-fountain memorial to remember, grieve and...

For years, Washington Square Park has acted as a hub for social gatherings. In light of social distancing precautions, the midnight rave earlier last weekend raised multiple concerns on students ignoring guidelines. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Rave at Washington Square Park Sparks Outrage and Confusion at NYU

Students, New York City residents, and university officials are angered by a rave that was held in the park Saturday night largely consisting of young people.
September 8, 2020

Hundreds gathered together at Washington Square Park partying to electronic dance music on Saturday night, Sept. 5. Some wore masks, others did not; a few appeared to be smoking...

A joint movement of professors across the United States will be absent from their posts for a 2-day strike. Their efforts echo the NBA’s actions in protesting police violence. (Image by Martin Lopez, Staff Edit by Leo Sheingate)

Scholar Strike for Anti-Racism Begins Today

The nationwide event, comprising walk-outs and teach-ins, has gained little traction at NYU other than at Steinhardt and Silver.
September 8, 2020

The nationwide Scholar Strike begins today at 10 a.m. and runs through tomorrow. For two full days, participating professors at campuses across the United States will walk out...

NYU students go through mandatory COVID-19 testing at the testing site on Gould Plaza prior to the start of classes. New York Governor Cuomo unveils new policy that would mandate two weeks remote learning for any university reporting 100 COVID-19  cases or a number of COVID-19  cases exceeding 5% of the student population. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

NY State Says One-Hundred COVID-19 Cases Means Remote Learning for NYU

Here’s what NYU is doing to prevent that.
August 31, 2020

If 100 or more members of the NYU campus community test positive for COVID-19, the entire university will have to transition to remote learning for at least two weeks; Gov. Andrew...