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Victor Porcelli

Victor Porcelli, News Editor

Victor Porcelli is a junior studying Public Policy. He's from Central Jersey, the existence of which he will vehemently defend. Outside of journalism, he likes romcoms and ... he can't think of anything else. He aspires to becoming verified on twitter so follow him @victor_porcelli.

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BDS Resolution Meets Resistance

Some students studying away at NYU Tel Aviv wrote a letter in response to a resolution that would have NYU sever ties with companies tied to Israel.
Dec 3, 2018

A letter written by an unknown number of NYU Tel Aviv students voices dissent against a resolution which would have NYU divest from companies with interests in Israel. Senators...

The NYU Abu Dhabi campus. (Courtesy of Aizaz Ansari/The Gazelle)

Faculty To Discuss Academic Freedom at NYUAD

Professors hope to take action where they feel NYU’s administration has not in regards to the universities relationship with the United Arab Emirates.
Dec 3, 2018

Concerns about maintaining academic freedom at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus will be discussed at a faculty forum on Monday afternoon. Individual faculty members, such as Journalism...

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Student Government Initiatives Gaining Traction, But Not Passed Yet

Nov 30, 2018

Decarbonization, university-wide freedom of information and food insecurity were discussed at the Student Senators Council’s weekly meetings on Thursday. A resolution that...

Protestors assemble outside the steps of the Long Island City Courthouse. (Staff Photo by Victor Porcelli)

Queens Residents Protest Amazon’s Arrival

Protestors gathered on a rainy Monday afternoon in Long Island City to protest the impending arrival of Amazon's new headquarters.
Nov 27, 2018

Around 80 people shielded themselves from the pouring rain, huddling under umbrellas or inside raincoats as they yelled “G-T-F-O, Amazon has got to go,” to the rhythm of the...

An aerial view of Shanghai. (Photo by Tony Wu)

$114M of NYU’s Gifts From Donors in China, UAE

Donations from China and the UAE to NYU totaled $114 million from 2012 to 2018.
Nov 26, 2018

The Foreign Gifts and Contracts Report, released earlier this year by the Department of Education and publicized recently by university activists on social media, revealed that...

Student Government Assembly Chairperson Jakiyah Bradley leads a November 2018 town hall on food insecurity. (Photo by Sam Klein)

Town Hall Highlights Few Resources for Food-Insecure International Students

Students affected by food insecurity came together to talk about the scope of the issue and how it is being dealt with at NYU.
Nov 19, 2018

Food insecurity at NYU was discussed at length at a town hall hosted by Student Government on Monday, about one month out from when dining service providers will be presenting...

A panoramic view of Hollywood, Los Angeles. NYU President Andrew Hamilton has announced that the university will be expanding its presence in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alex Domb)

Steinhardt Sets Sights on LA

With NYU looking to expand in LA, Steinhardt students now hope to take advantage of new opportunities in the City of Angels.
Nov 19, 2018

President Andrew Hamilton announced the university will be expanding its presence in Los Angeles on Nov. 6. Though currently dominated by Tisch students, the less-talked-about...

Graphic by Rachel Buigas-Lopez

NYU Recipients React to Making Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

Nineteen NYU community members made the list this year.
Nov 19, 2018

Forbes released its annual 30 Under 30 list on Tuesday, with NYU tied as the sixth-most represented school at a total of 19 NYU community members who made the list. With lists...

(via flickr.com)

NYU’s Involvement in Amazon Bid Unclear

NYU President Andrew Hamilton has said the university was “part of the bid” to bring Amazon’s new headquarters to New York City.
Nov 16, 2018

Amazon announced Long Island City in Queens will be one of two sites for its new headquarters on Tuesday. President Hamilton has mentioned NYU was involved in the city’s proposal...

(via findmyclub.nyu.edu)

Club Fest Is Now at Your Fingertips

A team led by a former student has created an app that will allow students to easily connect with clubs that match their interests.
Nov 16, 2018

Anyone who has been to Club Fest has experienced the sensory overload of dozens of tables and hundreds of students crammed into a room in the Kimmel Center for University Life....

NYU President Andrew Hamilton answers questions at a town hall in November regarding the Being@NYU survey results. (Photo by Sam Klein)

[email protected] Town Hall Highlights: Faculty Want Money, Students Want Inclusivity

In a presentation to students on the [email protected] survey conducted by the university, President Andrew Hamilton addressed issues ranging from diversity at NYU, sexual misconduct, Aramark’s prison ties and the potential of a university program in Los Angeles.
Nov 14, 2018

Students filled around 80 seats and overflowed out of Kimball Hall on Wednesday to listen to an analysis of NYU’s [email protected] survey released earlier this year to measure the university’s...

A 50-year-old man was taken out of his home on 210 E. Ninth St. after causing a disturbance and throwing things down onto the street below. (Photo by Pamela Jew)

Man Threatens to Jump From Building Near Alumni Hall

Students near Alumni Residence Hall and the Barney Building stopped in their tracks as cops flooded the area and a landing pad appeared on the sidewalk.
Nov 12, 2018

A man threatening to jump from his apartment on East Ninth Street was successfully removed from the building by New York City police officers late Monday afternoon. The apartment,...

The outside of NYU Langone Medical Center.

NYU to Open New Medical School on Long Island

Nov 8, 2018

NYU Langone plans to open a new medical school on Long Island by September 2019 that would exclusively train primary care physicians, NYU President Andrew Hamilton announced at...

“Vote Here” signs in multiple languages outside the polling center in Brittany Hall.  (Photo by Alina Patrick)

Democrats Clinch Control of State Senate for the First Time Since 2010

With Democrats in complete control of the New York state government, citizens may see abortion rights formally passed into law, single-payer healthcare and voting and campaign finance reform.
Nov 8, 2018

Tuesday’s blue wave at the polls may not have lived up to Democrats’ expectations, but a more progressive agenda than ever may still be in store for New York, where Democrats...

NYU President Andrew Hamilton speaks at a Fireside Chat event in Kimmel on Nov. 6, 2018. Hamilton announced at the event that NYU will open a new campus in Los Angeles.

NYU to Open Los Angeles Campus

At a fireside chat with administrators, Hamilton cited a large number of students already in Los Angeles as why Los Angeles makes sense to be NYU's next site.
Nov 6, 2018

NYU President Andrew Hamilton revealed on Tuesday that Los Angeles could be the university’s newest study away site. The announcement was made to a group of around 200 administrators...

A protest regarding transgender rights took place in Union Square Park on Friday. (Photo by Victor Porcelli)

Transgender Activists Protest Trump, Prepare to Vote

With a push to rollback Obama-era policies that had expanded transgender rights, activists are protesting Trump and looking to elect representatives that oppose the possible changes.
Nov 5, 2018

Around 50 protestors chanting “give trans people better lives, now’s the time to organize” joined together on Friday in Union Square in response to a memo issued by the Trump...

Left to right: Senators-at-Large Rose Asaf and Bayan Abubakr, and Alternate Senator-at-Large Leen Dweik, wearing Keffiyehs, or scarfs to show solidarity with Palestine. (Photo by Victor Porcelli)

Student Introduces BDS Resolution, to Vote by Secret Ballot

Divesting from pro-Israel corporations that violate Palestinian rights could harm Tandon students job prospects.
Nov 1, 2018

The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians,” which would have NYU divest from companies associated with the mistreatment of Palestinians, was presented to the Student...

A float from this years NYC Halloween Parade. (Photo by Tony Wu)

New Yorkers Let Loose at Packed Halloween Parade

At the annual New York City Village Halloween Parade, WSN met a queen from Colombia, Bob and Linda Belcher and a cotton candy-costumed foodie.
Oct 31, 2018

Part the crowd of jokers, skeletons and other spooky creatures flocking to the annual New York City Village Halloween Parade and you’ll find Mile Gomez, a young Colombian woman...

President Andy Hamilton delivered a remark before the Being@NYU results presentation on April 24 in Kimmel Rosenthal.

Professors Spar With NYU Over Self-Expression on BDS

Students, professors and administrators react after the university released a statement about the 30-club boycott of NYU Tel Aviv.
Oct 30, 2018

NYU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors came out in support of University of Michigan academics who have declined to write letters of recommendation...

A demonstration of the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality technology in motion capturing. (Photo by Victor Porcelli)

Alter Reality With Tandon’s New VR Hub

RLab, as the virtual and augmented reality hub is called, is backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Oct 24, 2018

In one reality you are Michael Sterling, a black man who encounters racism in life. In another, you can waltz through any city from around the world in an instant. A third reality...

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30 NYU Clubs Pledge ‘Non-Cooperation’ With NYU Tel Aviv

Oct 22, 2018

Thirty NYU clubs pledged not to apply to the NYU Tel Aviv study abroad program as part of a larger Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which protests Israel for its aggression...

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro discusses issues in current US administration and the state of American opportunity with NPR Latino USA Anchor Maria Hinojosa in a Brennan Center public conversation on Tuesday. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Potential 2020 Presidential Candidate Speaks at NYU Law

Oct 17, 2018

Julián Castro, a rumored 2020 presidential contender, spoke at NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice on Tuesday night. Julián Castro was the mayor of San Antonio,...

Activists protest against NYU hosting an event at Stern featuring former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Henry Kissinger Told to ‘Rot in Hell,’ Disrupted Four Times During Talk at Stern

Oct 16, 2018

On the 45 year anniversary of being awarded his Nobel Peace Prize, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was interrupted four times and told to “rot in hell” by protestors...

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement hopes to end support for Israel until the country ends occupation of Palestinian territory. (via bdsmovement.net)

BDS Resolution Alarms Pro-Israel Groups

NYU microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian debate.
Oct 15, 2018

After it was announced that there would be a proposal in student government to divest from Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, pro-Israel groups on...

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be speaking at the Stern School of Business on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. (Collage by Katie Peurrung; photos via flickr.com and Jake Quan)

Students Condemn ‘War Criminal’ Kissinger

Kissinger is slated to speak at the Stern School of Business on Tuesday.
Oct 15, 2018

Fifteen NYU activist groups are writing phrases on their picket signs and replacing the batteries in their megaphones in preparation for a protest encouraging the university to...

The logo of NYUs Student Government. (Courtesy of NYU Student Government)

Student Senators Continue Efforts to Divest From Israel With New Proposal

Oct 12, 2018

As part of the international movement supporting Palestinian rights, student senators will bring forward a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolution to student government on...

Scaffolding is raised along West 4th Street around Bobst Library. (Photo by Tony Wu)

Construction on West 4th to End in November — Before Resuming in Spring

Wake me up when November ends.
Oct 9, 2018

Walking by the Stern School of Business, students snake and squeeze past one another as they try to make it through the bottlenecked slab of sidewalk set aside for pedestrians....

Paul Romer, a professor at NYUs Stern School of Business, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. (Photo by Victor Porcelli)

Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Paul Romer was honored for his work in "integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis."
Oct 8, 2018

NYU Stern Professor of Economics Paul Romer won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Monday, becoming the first NYU professor to win a Nobel Prize in seven years. Romer...

President Hamilton Talks Avital Ronell, Trustees at University Senate Meeting

President Hamilton Talks Avital Ronell, Trustees at University Senate Meeting

Campus leaders convened Thursday for the first University Senate meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Oct 4, 2018
Campus leaders convened Thursday for the first University Senate meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year.
An IEC protestors sign in the Kimmel Center for University Life on Wednesday.

With Its Contract Expiring, Student Activists Advocate for End to Aramark

Sep 26, 2018
On Wednesday, student activists from the Incarceration to Education Coalition were protesting NYU’s involvement with Aramark on the steps of the Kimmel.
An installation made from death certificates of people who died from police brutality.

Pop-up Museum Spotlights NYPD Failings

A new pop-up museum near campus hopes to bring attention to broken-windows policing.
Sep 24, 2018
A new pop-up museum near campus hopes to bring attention to the questionable policing method called Broken Windows policing, and is hosted by the NYCLU.
(From left to right) Ben Zinevich, Rose Asaf, Leen Dweik and Bayan Abubakr.

How Freedom of Information Could Look at NYU

Sep 17, 2018
The Student Senate Council recently proposed a resolution that would make information about NYU's financial records and more accessible to students.
(From left to right) Ben Zinevich, Rose Asaf, Leen Dweik and Bayan Abubakr.

Student Senators Take Another Shot At Board of Trustees Transparency

After resolutions for student and faculty representation on the board were rejected in July, Student Senators are proposing a new way to increase transparency.
Sep 13, 2018
After resolutions for student and faculty representation on the board were rejected in July, Student Senators are proposing a new way to increase transparency.
Words from the Declaration of Independence are now etched on walls of the station.

Photo: 17 Years After 9/11, Cortlandt St. Station Reopens

Sep 10, 2018

Words from the Declaration of Independence are now etched on walls of the station.

The exterior of Rubin Residence Hall, which is NYUs lowest cost first-year residence hall due to its absence of air conditioning.

Rubin Will Cool Down — In Three Years

Sep 10, 2018
The lack of AC in Rubin Hall has caused problems for students, especially with recent heat waves, but soon Rubin may be in for renovations.
Food Insecurity Programs Serve Only ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

Food Insecurity Programs Serve Only ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

Due to fears of overuse, an NYU program meant to address food insecurity has been kept quiet.
Sep 10, 2018
Due to fears of overuse, an NYU program meant to address food insecurity has been kept quiet.
Rubin residents lie on temporary cots during the heat wave.

Heat Wave Displaces Rubin Hall Residents

Rubin Hall residents were temporarily moved to cots during the heat wave.
Aug 29, 2018
New York City is in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures in the mid-90s. Rubin Residence Hall, infamous for its lack of air conditioning, is asking residents to sleep in other residence halls or the air-conditioned study lounge for the hot night ahead.
Courtyard of the Brennan Center at NYU Law

Brennan Center Sues U.S. Department of Justice

Aug 26, 2018
The Brennan center sues the Justice Department for information regarding voter registration.
On Transferring to NYU

On Transferring to NYU

Apr 29, 2018
I had a unique first year experience, having transferred midyear and being inserted into an upperclassman dorm.
Elitist Policies Surrounding Stern

Elitist Policies Surrounding Stern

Apr 23, 2018
Elitism in the Stern School of Business should not be ignored. This attitude allows for toxic superiority culture.
Cynthia Nixon Embodies Worrying Trend

Cynthia Nixon Embodies Worrying Trend

Apr 19, 2018
With more and more celebrities considering running for political office, it is time to reexamine our standards for elected officials.
First-Years: Internships Don’t Matter

First-Years: Internships Don’t Matter

Apr 12, 2018
Many first year students believe they should get an internship as soon as possible, but in reality it's better to wait.
Slack Chat: How can student activists better leverage NYU?

Slack Chat: How can student activists better leverage NYU?

Apr 12, 2018
Three WSN Editors debate NYU's response to the recent NYU SLAM and NYU Divest Kimmel Occupation.
Big Data, Big Problems

Big Data, Big Problems

Apr 8, 2018
Big Data is proving to be a threat to our democracy, but it also has the power to be a force for good.
Autonomy or Loneliness? Dealing with the Independent Culture of NYU

Autonomy or Loneliness? Dealing with the Independent Culture of NYU

Being an NYU student can be lonely at times, but living in the city can also be an opportunity to become more independent.
Apr 5, 2018
With NYU's large population and lack of campus and school spirit, students often encounter independence that teeters between autonomy and loneliness.
Society Favors Extroverts

Society Favors Extroverts

Apr 2, 2018
Introverts are more likely to mold themselves into extroverts to compete for jobs.
Which Lives March for Our Lives Is Missing

Which Lives March for Our Lives Is Missing

Mar 26, 2018
Mental heath advocates are a missing but necessary voice in the fight against gun violence.
General Education As a Juice Cleanse

General Education As a Juice Cleanse

Mar 21, 2018
The potential benefits of NYU adopting a three-year bachelor's program outweigh the costs.
Don’t Censor Lil Yachty

Don’t Censor Lil Yachty

Mar 19, 2018
While in the Palladium gym, I noticed peculiar censorship of Lil' Yachty lyrics in D.R.A.M.'s "Broccoli," and pondered the implications of such a practice.
Companies Have Values, Just like People

Companies Have Values, Just like People

Mar 6, 2018
Should companies have a voice in politics? Despite current objections, the answer is yes. Companies have values and the right to free speech, just as citizens do.
Georgia’s Unjust Spiritual Shield

Georgia’s Unjust Spiritual Shield

Mar 4, 2018
The Georgia SB-375 bill utilizes religion as an excuse to discriminate, reducing same-sex couples to second-class citizens.
School Spirit, Only $5

School Spirit, Only $5

Feb 26, 2018
NYU students lack school spirit. Placing a price tag on Spirit Week Events does not help.
Don’t Discredit This Opinion

Don’t Discredit This Opinion

Feb 20, 2018
We as humans rely on our ability to interpret, perceive and infer in our everyday lives. So why are opinions –– an extension of this interpretation –– seen as unnecessary?
The Wealth Gap and Canada’s Golden Goose

The Wealth Gap and Canada’s Golden Goose

Feb 16, 2018
The wealth gap is steadily increasing in the United States, as is interest in luxury fashion.
Let Woody Allens A Rainy Day in New York See the Light of Day

Let Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ See the Light of Day

Feb 2, 2018
Despite resurfacing sexual assault allegations, Amazon Studios should uphold it's contract to release Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York."
Adulthood Begins at 24

Adulthood Begins at 24

Jan 31, 2018
The age of adulthood should be increased to 24 years old.
Ansari Heard ‘Yes’ When She Didn’t Say ‘No’

Ansari Heard ‘Yes’ When She Didn’t Say ‘No’

Jan 29, 2018
The situation surrounding Aziz Ansari provides the perfect opportunity for us to clearly define sexual assault and consent. When someone does not say no, it doesn't mean yes.