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Yezen Saadah, Editor-in-Chief

Yezen Saadah is a junior studying cinema studies, journalism and Middle Eastern studies. He's a lover of cinema, history, art and literature, and he enjoys writing about pretty much anything. If he isn't in the newsroom or at the movies, he's probably just trying to enjoy his day off. Contact him on Instagram @yezen.saadah or send tips to [email protected]

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Georgina Dopico appointed NYU’s next provost after 2 years as interim

The appointment marks the end of a seven-month international search for a new provost.
Yezen Saadah, Editor-in-Chief June 18, 2024

Georgina Dopico was named NYU’s new provost on Tuesday after holding the position in an interim capacity for nearly two years, ending a seven-month international search for a...

The exterior of the top floor of a building with a purple N.Y.U. Langone Health sign.

NYU Langone CEO Robert Grossman and board chair Kenneth Langone to retire next year

The medical center will conduct a national search for a new CEO, who will succeed Grossman in August 2025.
Dharma Niles and Yezen Saadah June 14, 2024

NYU Langone Health CEO Robert Grossman and the medical center’s namesake Kenneth Langone, who chairs its board of trustees, will retire next year, Grossman announced Wednesday.  A...

The outside entrance of N.Y.U Langone Health’s main campus with a road sign in front of the modern building with a glass facade.

NYU Langone terminates nurse after speech about ‘current genocide in Gaza’

The labor and delivery nurse was fired after saying women in Gaza are “going through unimaginable losses” in an acceptance speech for a compassionate care award.
Yezen Saadah, Editor-in-Chief May 29, 2024

A labor nurse at NYU Langone Health was terminated earlier this month after she spoke about the suffering of women “during the current genocide in Gaza” in a speech when accepting...

A group of faculty hold hands at a pro-Palestinian demonstration.

Faculty group threatens NYU with service strike if demands are not met by fall

A representative for Faculty & Staff for Justice in Palestine said the university has until Aug. 1 to fulfill the group’s demands, which include the removal of police from campus and pardoning students and faculty facing disciplinary action for their involvement in pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
Yezen Saadah, Editor-in-Chief May 24, 2024

Some faculty and staff at NYU are threatening to withhold administrative work for the fall semester if senior leadership does not remove police from campus and pardon those facing...

(Jason Alpert-Wisnia for WSN)

Human rights scholar Martha Minow on civil rights, race and gender at commencement

Martha Minow, the former dean of Harvard Law School, delivered this year’s commencement address, during which she highlighted the importance of fighting social injustice and inequality.
Yezen Saadah, Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2024

Human rights scholar Martha Minow addressed around 30,000 graduates and guests at NYU’s 191st commencement ceremony in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, after receiving an honorary...

(Krish Dev for WSN)

2024 commencement exercises begin at Yankee Stadium

The ceremony comes amid heightened tensions between the university’s administration and pro-Palestinian protesters, and follows cancellations of commencement ceremonies at Columbia University and the University of Southern California.

At NYU’s 191st commencement exercises — President Linda Mills’ first as head of the university — this year’s 22,000 graduates filled the stands of Yankee Stadium as rain...

Dozens of students and faculty were arrested at Gould Plaza on April 22. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

NYU allegedly drops charges against protesters arrested at Gould Plaza

A legal representative for student and faculty protesters also challenged NYU’s report of the number of arrests carried out by police at the encampment.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor May 13, 2024

NYU dropped criminal charges brought against all protesters arrested at the Gaza Solidarity Encampment in Gould Plaza, including students and faculty, a member of the university’s...

(Krish Dev for WSN)

9 students facing suspension after Bobst demonstration, PSC says

The NYU Palestine Solidarity Coalition also said two students were given persona non grata status on campus after pro-Palestinian demonstrators chanted and held up signs in the library’s lobby.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor May 12, 2024

NYU suspended nine students who participated in a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Bobst Library’s atrium Friday afternoon, a recent NYU Palestine Solidarity Coalition press...

(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Hundreds call for cease-fire in Gaza at citywide march

The march preceded the arrests of protesters at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s pro-Palestinian encampment, the last such demonstration on a campus in New York City.
Dharma Niles and Yezen Saadah May 8, 2024

NYU students joined hundreds of protesters at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Union Square Tuesday, before the crowd of demonstrators made its way up Sixth Avenue in a citywide...

(Kevin Wu for WSN)

Pro-Palestinian groups say disciplinary charges brought against student protesters

The NYU Palestine Solidarity Coalition, along with several other pro-Palestinian groups on campus, said the university had begun disciplinary hearings for student protesters.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor May 7, 2024

NYU began disciplinary hearings for student protesters who were involved in recent pro-Palestinian protests on campus, an Instagram post from the NYU Palestine Solidarity Coalition...

A line of police walk on the sidewalk as protesters march on the street.

Over 5,000 alumni demand NYU remove police from campus, meet protesters’ demands

The group of alumni criticized President Linda Mills’ decision to involve police at two pro-Palestinian encampment protests on campus in the last few weeks.
Dharma Niles and Yezen Saadah May 5, 2024

More than 5,000 NYU alumni sent letters to administrators demanding that the university remove police from campus and meet the demands of the NYU Palestine Solidarity Coalition...

The remnants of a poster showing the Israeli hostages who are missing stuck on a pillar in N.Y.U’s Stern School of Business. Behind the pillar is a white and purple N.Y.U. flag hanging on a building.

Postdoc terminated after taking down hostage posters

Dozens of faculty have signed open letters criticizing the university’s decision to fire Darren King, a postdoctoral instructor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Adrianna Nehme and Yezen Saadah April 30, 2024

NYU terminated a postdoctoral instructor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences earlier this month, after he was seen taking down posters of hostages taken by Hamas,...

(Krish Dev for WSN)

Protesters set up Gaza Solidarity Encampment outside Paulson Center

The encampment is the second to be organized on campus, after the first was swept by police Monday evening.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Update, 12:18 a.m., April 27 An unidentified speaker announced to the encampment that remaining protesters — of which...

Protesters hold their hands in front of a building that is labeled “N.Y.U. STERN” as a Palestinian flag waves overhead.

Mills avoids topic of encampment arrests at University Senate

At the University Senate’s most recent meeting, student leaders also suggested an alternative way forward for the student government’s resolution on protecting pro-Palestinian speech, which President Linda Mills appeared to dismiss.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor April 26, 2024

NYU president Linda Mills avoided discussing the recent arrests of students and faculty at Gould Plaza during the last University Senate meeting of the academic year on Thursday...

Three faculty members with face masks hold hands in front of protesters that are praying.

Faculty condemn NYU response to encampment in letters to admins

Dozens of faculty in multiple university departments and at NYU’s School of Law signed letters criticizing the university’s authorization of arrests at Monday’s Gaza Solidarity Encampment.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor April 25, 2024

Over the last three days, dozens of faculty across multiple NYU departments and at the School of Law have sent letters to administrators condemning the university’s decision...

(Krish Dev for WSN)

‘Gaza Solidarity Encampment’ becomes site of mass arrest at NYU

WSN photographers documented protest and police activity from early morning to late in the evening on Monday, the day the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” was set up in Gould Plaza.

(Lianna OGrady for WSN)

Mills breaks silence 15 hours after start of ‘Gaza Solidarity Encampment’

NYU president Linda Mills criticized protesters in her first statement regarding the encampment, issued alongside Campus Safety head Fountain Walker.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor April 23, 2024

Around 15 hours after students set up the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” in Gould Plaza, and only two hours after the New York City Police Department arrested dozens of protesters,...

(Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

Dozens arrested after NYU authorizes NYPD to sweep Gould Plaza

NYU asked the New York City Police Department to remove protesters from Gould Plaza and take action “accordingly up to and including arrest” in a letter on Monday.
Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah April 23, 2024

The New York City Police Department arrested dozens of protesters at the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” in Gould Plaza at around 8:30 p.m. Monday, after the university authorized...

(Lianna OGrady for WSN)

Students and faculty set up pro-Palestinian encampment at Gould Plaza

The demonstration follows similar encampments at Columbia University and Yale University, where student protesters have been arrested.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Update, 3:50 a.m., April 23 Arrested protesters are being released from NYPD headquarters downtown in groups of two to...

NYU womans basketball team celebrated their historic win at the University Senate meeting on March 28. (Manasa Gudavalli for WSN)

‘Symbolic and celebratory’: NYU places No. 1 in D-III winter standings

Following a rather successful winter season, the university is now at the top of the 269 Division III programs across the country.
Jonathan Mak and Yezen Saadah April 18, 2024

NYU Athletics is looking down upon the best NCAA Division III programs in the country, now sitting atop the Learfield Directors’ Cup winter standings. The university, after “a...

The exterior of N.Y.U. Langone’s Tisch Hospital and the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion.

Former employee suing NYU Langone for disability discrimination

The employee said she was fired after requesting leave due to a breast cancer diagnosis.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor April 11, 2024

A former NYU Langone Health employee is suing the medical center for disability discrimination, alleging she was “abruptly terminated” after asking for time off due to a breast...

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Photo: NYU Law drops to No. 9 in U.S. News rankings

April 10, 2024

(Yezen Saadah for WSN)

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Photo: Ramadan through the eyes of NYU students

April 1, 2024

(Illustration by Yezen Saadah)

A collage of four movie posters. The upper left is a headshot of a man with his head down and the word MAESTRO above. The upper right is two men and a dog with the words “THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN” above them. The bottom left is a man with a sword next to him under the words “VALHALLA RISING.” The bottom right is two women collaged above a road with palm trees along the sides with the words “MULHOLLAND DRIVE.”

Inside the Boxd: ‘Maestro,’ ‘The Banshees of Inisherin,’ ‘Valhalla Rising’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’

Inside the Boxd is a weekly column documenting WSN staffers’ recent film reviews on Letterboxd. Grab some popcorn and get that watchlist ready!

With roughly 10 million site-wide users in 2023, including the likes of NYU alumni Martin Scorsese and Ayo Edebiri, Letterboxd has become the premier social media platform for...

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Review: Netflix’s ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is rough, buddy

The live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” rarely ever excels as a shot-for-shot remake of the popular cartoon, ultimately frustrating longtime fans of the original.
Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah March 15, 2024

Warning: This review contains spoilers for “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Two of your favorite WSN staffers offer their thoughts on one of the most anticipated shows of the...

A graphic of two purple squares on a gray background with white and yellow text. The post on the left advertises Northwell Imaging, while the post on the right advertises NYU Langone Orthopedics.

NYU Langone lawsuit over use of purple in competing advertisements dismissed

A New York court dismissed NYU Langone Health’s “confusing” lawsuit against Northwell Health, which accused the medical center of deceiving patients by using a similar shade of purple in its advertisements.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor March 5, 2024

A U.S. district judge dismissed an NYU lawsuit claiming that Northwell Health, a competitor of NYU Langone Health, had deceived patients by using a similar shade of purple to the...

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Off the Radar: Feminism, race and gender in ‘The Big City’

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “The Big City” is available to stream on Kanopy and Max.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor February 16, 2024

The conflict between the old and new is a recurring theme in most, if not all, of Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s films. Since the start of his filmography with the 1955 classic...

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The Soapbox: Agriculture in Europe

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor February 9, 2024

In Italy, police arrest mafia suspects over yearslong EU subsidies fraud Italian police arrested 37 suspects in Messina, Sicily — some of whom are alleged members of the mafia...

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Staff Rants: New beginnings or old complaints?

WSN staff shares their thoughts on the beginning of the 2024 spring semester.

On time: Yezen Saadah — Deputy Managing Editor  It has only been a week, and yet I feel like I’m already halfway through the semester.   On course schedules: Molly...

Students often have their own shortcuts while crossing Washington Square Park.

Faculty member robbed near Washington Square Park

A professor was punched and robbed by two individuals near Washington Square Park, after attempting to run away from the suspects.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor January 27, 2024

An NYU faculty member was robbed by two unidentified suspects near Washington Square Park early Saturday morning, according to an email sent to the university community from the...

Two people standing in front of a crowd, hold up a large petition to N.Y.U. president Linda Mills, followed by a long list of names that signed it.

Clerical and technical workers deliver petition for higher wages to Mills

Dozens of NYU’s clerical and technical staff met at Bobst Library yesterday to deliver a petition to President Linda Mills, calling for higher wages and increased benefits in their union’s new contract with the university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor December 14, 2023

Around 30 members of the union representing clerical and technical staff at NYU, UCATS Local 3882, gathered inside Bobst Library on Wednesday afternoon to deliver a petition to...

A protester holds a cardboard sign reading Faculty for Justice in Palestine above a crowd in a park.

FJP claims NYU ‘forced’ pro-Palestinian students to relocate teach-in

In a letter to administrators, NYU’s chapter of Faculty for Justice in Palestine accused the university of “shutting down” a teach-in planned by a group of graduate students.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor December 11, 2023

NYU’s Faculty for Justice in Palestine claimed a pro-Palestinian teach-in was relocated after organizers — a group of graduate students — were “threatened with disciplinary...

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Student sexually assaulted outside Alumni Hall

The student was walking into the residence hall when an unidentified suspect “grabbed their buttocks,” according to a Campus Safety email sent to the NYU community earlier this evening.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor December 10, 2023

An NYU student was sexually assaulted outside Alumni Hall at around 5:14 p.m., according to an email sent to the university community from the Department of Campus Safety. The...

A graphic of a letter titled “GSOC-UAW Local 2110, Making A Better N.Y.U Since 1998” on a purple background.

GSOC accuses NYU of canceling pro-Palestinian events, criticizes disciplinary action

NYU’s graduate student union claimed the university has targeted students and workers for promoting pro-Palestinian speech in a statement in response to the university’s recent student conduct report.
Adrianna Nehme and Yezen Saadah December 5, 2023

NYU’s graduate student union accused the university of canceling “several” pro-Palestinian events in a statement on Monday, also claiming there has been a “deeply concerning...

Four police officers standing in a line in Washington Square Park. One of the officers is leaning on a metal bar fence. Behind them are pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protesters congregated around a fountain.

NYU releases report on student conduct since start of Israel-Hamas war

In a universitywide email sent yesterday, NYU announced that there have been several student conduct cases since the start of the war, with some students being suspended in cases “related to current concerns.”
Bruna Horvath and Yezen Saadah December 1, 2023

NYU has reviewed more than 90 student conduct cases “related to current concerns” since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, according to a Nov. 30 email to students from...

To the right there is a sign on a brick wall that reads, “New York University School of Law.” Behind that wall is the entrance to a brick building.

NYU facing discrimination lawsuit from conservative legal group

An anonymous first-year student at NYU Law filed a lawsuit against the university, accusing the school’s Law Review of discriminating against students on the basis of race and sex, and violating federal law.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor December 1, 2023

A first-year law student recently filed a class-action complaint against NYU, accusing the university and its Law Review of discriminating on the basis of race and sex. The student,...

A purple banner with white letters that read N.Y.U. and a symbol of a torch hangs from the facade of The Silver Center of Arts and Science.

Israeli alumni suspend ‘any cooperation’ with NYU over handling of antisemitism on campus

In a letter sent to President Linda Mills and Board of Trustees chair Evan Chesler on Tuesday, the NYU Alumni Club of Israel announced it will suspend “any cooperation or affiliation” with the university until it takes specific action against antisemitism on campus.
Adrianna Nehme and Yezen Saadah November 23, 2023

The NYU Alumni Club of Israel, a group of around 2,000 Israeli alumni, said it is suspending “any cooperation or affiliation” with the university until it takes action against...

A sign reads “N.Y.U. Langone Health” with a list of entrances in front of a large glass building.

Doctor sues NYU Langone for unlawful termination after Israel-Hamas war-related posts

The lawsuit, filed by the former director of NYU Langone Health’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, also accused the medical center of religious discrimination.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor November 20, 2023

The former director of NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center filed a lawsuit against both the hospital and the university on Thursday, alleging that he was terminated...

A crowd of people stands in front of a building with many windows labeled “STARBUCKS COFFEE.”

Photo: Students and faculty join nationwide strike at Astor Place Starbucks

November 17, 2023

NYU students and faculty joined the nationwide Starbucks strike on Nov. 16 outside the location on Astor Place. (Yezen Saadah for WSN)

An N.Y.U. flag hangs above the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Cars line the road to the right of the building and an entrance to Washington Square Park can be seen in the background.

NYU to establish center for antisemitism studies with million-dollar donation

The university announced it will establish a Center for the Study of Antisemitism, set to open in the fall 2024 semester. The announcement comes amid heightened tensions over the Israel-Hamas war on campus.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor November 16, 2023

NYU will establish a Center for the Study of Antisemitism next fall funded by a seven-figure anonymous donation, according to a Wednesday announcement from university president...

An illustration of students sitting in a large room for a student government meeting. On the left, a purple banner with the N.Y.U. torch logo hangs on the wall and reads “N.Y.U. S.G.A.”

Student gov’t proposals call on NYU to condemn on-campus support for terrorism and protect pro-Palestinian speech

The two resolutions were proposed at a student government meeting, with one demanding that NYU leadership protect pro-Palestinian speech and another condemning on-campus support for terrorism amid the Israel-Hamas war.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor November 10, 2023

Members of the student government proposed two new resolutions — one calling for the university to “reaffirm protection” for pro-Palestinian speech and another condemning...

Two police vans and a white car are parked on the street besides a red STOP sign and a red DO NOT ENTER sign. A group of police standing around the vehicles are talking near police tape.

Lockdown lifted after shots fired near Tandon

The university reported that shots were fired near its Brooklyn campus Monday afternoon before issuing an all-clear in an emergency alert to the NYU community. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah November 6, 2023

NYU issued an all-clear following reports of shots fired near 1 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, near the Tandon School of Engineering. The New York City Police Department has lifted...

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Dorm intruder caught at Third North, escorted to nearby hospital

A trespasser unaffiliated with NYU bypassed security and entered an unlocked dorm at Third Avenue North residence hall Sunday night before being removed from the scene by police and Campus Safety officers.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 30, 2023

An intruder entered an unlocked dorm at NYU’s Third Avenue North residence hall at around midnight Monday after running through the lobby and jumping the turnstile, according...

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Staff Rants: Spooky season

Our staff shares their thoughts on Halloween.

On still having class Molly Koch — Opinion Editor It’s simple, wear your halloween costume to class.    On trick-or-treating — or the lack thereof Krish Dev —...

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NYU announces uptick in Campus Safety and NYPD presence, addresses safety concerns

In an email to students yesterday morning, NYU president Linda Mills announced an increase in Campus Safety and police presence on campus to combat students’ safety concerns amid growing tensions over the Israel-Hamas war.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 26, 2023

NYU has increased the number of Campus Safety officers at its Washington Square and Brooklyn campuses and had added 4,000 weekly patrol hours as of yesterday, according to an Oct....

Three banners, each reading “Free Palestine,” “Shut Down N.Y.U. Tel Aviv” and “Cease-fire and De-cccupy,” hang from the staircases in the Bobst Library.

Students and faculty hold sudden pro-Palestine demonstration in Bobst

The protesters, who are members of Students for Justice in Palestine and the recently-formed Faculty for Justice in Palestine, also called for NYU’s study abroad site in Tel Aviv to be shut down.
Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah October 20, 2023

On-campus tensions over the Israel-Hamas war came to a head this afternoon, when members of Students for Justice in Palestine and Faculty for Justice in Palestine hung signs...

Black sneakers standing on top of a box under the Washington Square Arch.

The Soapbox: Journalism crisis in the Middle East

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 20, 2023

As of Oct. 19, at least 21 journalists have been killed in the conflict between the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Israeli military. Among the journalists killed, 17...

Screenshots of two responses from the N.Y.U. S.J.P. to President Mills’ statement on Israel.

Students call on Mills to publicly address Palestinian deaths in Israel-Hamas conflict

On-campus student groups wrote a letter in response to NYU president Linda Mills’ recent universitywide statement on the Israel-Hamas conflict, saying it neglected Palestinian students.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 16, 2023

Members of NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine and over 30 other on-campus student groups criticized university president Linda Mills’ recent statement on the Israel-Hamas...

A woman in a pink, ruffled dress is sitting down and staring ahead, while a man with gray hair and mustache is hugging her from the side and leaning towards her face.

NYFF 61 Review: ‘Poor Things’ comedically and hauntingly explores self-liberation

Yorgos Lanthimos’ newest film is a dark comedy featuring breathtaking production design and stellar ensemble. “Poor Things” is screening at the 61st New York Film Festival on Oct. 12 and Oct. 15.
Mick Gaw and Yezen Saadah October 12, 2023

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos channels all his psychotic energy and deadpan humor into his newest oddball caper, "Poor Things." The film, which recently premiered at the 61st...

A view out of a window of a N.Y.U Tel Aviv residence hall showing smoke rising from the ground, among two buildings in construction and several cranes.

Mills responds to recent Hamas and Israeli attacks

Students at NYU’s Tel Aviv program sheltered amid recent airstrike and rocket attacks from the Israeli military and a militant group in the Gaza Strip, before embarking on a trip to Abu Dhabi.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 8, 2023

Students studying away at NYU Tel Aviv were told to remain in their dorms following a Hamas-led rocket attack in occupied Palestine yesterday, which was met with Israeli...

Mohamed Kheir-Halouani, Bassan Lofti Abou-Ghazala and Saleh Kholoki in the film ‘The Dupes’.

NYFF 61 Review: The intersection of masculinity and dispossession in ‘The Dupes’

A restoration of “The Dupes” by Egyptian filmmaker Tewfik Saleh will hold its North American premiere at the 61st New York Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 6.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 6, 2023

A new digital restoration of the 1972 film “The Dupes,” directed by Tewfik Saleh, a leading social realist Egyptian filmmaker, will premiere today at Film at Lincoln Center...

N.Y.U. Grossman School of Medicine building. It is a red brick building. People are walking outside the building and a large sign with “NYU Grossman School of Medicine is in the front.

NYU facing gender discrimination lawsuit, upcoming trial

A gender discrimination case brought by a former physician against NYU is slated to go to trial in the next few months.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 5, 2023

A former employee at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine filed a lawsuit against the school on the basis of gender discrimination and retaliation, alleging the university paid...

A woman with blonde hair is smiling. She is wearing pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.

Chief investment officer steps down after 8 years

NYU’s chief investment officer of eight years officially resigned on Saturday to pursue “another opportunity” outside the university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 2, 2023

NYU’s chief investment officer, Kathleen Jacobs, stepped down after eight years in the position on Saturday, to pursue “another opportunity.” The university did not comment...

This is a still from an animated film. It features a boy and a man, with a nose resembling a beak, looking at each other. They are sitting by a green table with tea cups in front of them.

NYFF 61 Review: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ and the relationship between loss and discovery

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film recently premiered at the 61st New York Film Festival in Film at Lincoln Center.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor October 2, 2023

After an attempt at retirement in 2013, 82-year-old Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has returned with Studio Ghibli’s most recent project and his 12th feature film, “The...

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Staff Rants: School-life balance

As the semester starts to kick in, the WSN staff shares their experiences with balancing — or at least trying to balance — their academic and social lives.

On self-care Molly Koch — Opinion Editor Between going to class and working 20 hours a week, I never have time for myself. I have to pick and choose my battles between doing...

A protester wearing a green sweater and a pearl necklace is holding a sign that says ‘Undergrads for GSOC.

Course assistants to receive $1.7 million in missing back pay

NYU recently finalized a yearslong grievance with its graduate student union, which demanded over $1 million in backdated hourly pay for hundreds of course assistants.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor September 21, 2023

NYU’s graduate student union announced that it resolved an outstanding grievance with the university last week, granting over 600 course assistants more than $1 million in missing...

(Max Van Hosen for WSN)

Off the Radar: ‘Bicycle Thieves’ blurs the lines between fiction and reality

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Bicycle Thieves” is available to stream on Max and Kanopy.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor September 15, 2023

Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica was one of the pioneers of neorealism — a style of cinema defined by on-location shooting, non-professional actors and unpolished cinematography,...

An exterior shot of N.Y.U. Grossman School of Medicine, located on 550 1st Ave, East 33rd Street.

Photo: NYU Grossman buys luxury apartment building for $210 million

September 11, 2023

The NYU Grossman School of Medicine, intended to be used as faculty and staff housing. (Yezen Saadah for WSN)

An exterior shot of the N.Y.U. Langone Health Tisch Hospital building, located on 550 1st Ave.

NYU Langone facing disability discrimination lawsuit

A former NYU Langone patient accused the hospital and another medical center of unlawfully failing to provide her a sign language interpreter while she was in labor.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor September 8, 2023

A former patient sued NYU Langone Health after it allegedly failed to accommodate her with an American Sign Language interpreter before and during the delivery of her child, which...

Two men lean forward and stare at each other in a spaceship. There is a round window in the center and orange, blue and red buttons behind them.

Review: Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ terrifyingly depicts human ingenuity

The science fiction masterpiece recently screened at the Paris Theater as a part of its “Big & Loud” series.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor September 7, 2023

The Paris Theater showcased Stanley Kubrick's “2001: A Space Odyssey” this past Sunday, along with many other contemporary and classic films screened in immersive formats....

The facade of The New Schools Fifth Avenue building at night. Letters behind large windows spell out the universitys name and the lights of passing cars are blurred.

New School student workers fighting for union recognition

Hundreds of non-unionized student workers at the university are calling for recognition under its student worker union.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor September 6, 2023

A group of hundreds of student workers at The New School are calling for the university to consider them union employees after being excluded from the school’s existing student...

The entrance to The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City with a bus on the street in front of it.

Photo: NYU leading initiative for migrants seeking asylum

September 6, 2023

New York City has housed migrants in several locations including The Roosevelt Hotel located on East 45th St between Vanderbilt Avenue and Madison Avenue. (Yezen Saadah for WSN)

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Summer recap: What you missed at NYU over the last few months

Linda Mills’ appointment as university president, the U.S. Supreme Court’s strike down of race-sensitive college admissions and more news you missed from over summer break.

As the new academic year begins, here is some news from around campus you may have missed over the summer break. Linda Mills becomes NYU president Longtime NYU administrator...

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‘A step backwards’: NYU leadership on Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

The university said it remains committed to promoting diversity on campus following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against the use of affirmative action in college admissions.
Bruna Horvath and Yezen Saadah July 3, 2023

NYU leadership expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down race-sensitive college admissions practices in a letter to the university community...

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‘Life is a marathon, not a sprint’: Goldman Sachs CEO at Stern graduation

Thousands gathered at Madison Square Garden on Friday to celebrate this year’s graduating class of NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor May 19, 2023

Over 5,000 people gathered at Madison Square Garden to honor the Stern School of Business’ undergraduate class of 2023 on May 19. The ceremony featured David Solomon, the CEO...

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2023 Commencement: Hamilton’s goodbye, a speech from Finland’s prime minister and more

Outgoing NYU president Andrew Hamilton gave his final send-off to the class of 2023 in his last commencement ceremony as the university’s leader.
Bruna Horvath and Yezen Saadah May 17, 2023

More than 20,000 students, along with their friends and family, packed the stands of Yankee Stadium in celebration of NYU’s class of 2023 on May 17, the final commencement ceremony...

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‘I see unity’: Hamilton at Gallatin graduation

In one of many school-specific graduation ceremonies at NYU this week, friends, family, faculty and administrators came together to honor the Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s class of 2023.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor May 16, 2023

Thousands of friends and family gathered at the Beacon Theatre to celebrate the Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s class of 2023 on May 16, marking the end of Gallatin...

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Stern community holds vigil for students killed in Puerto Rico

Students and faculty at NYU’s Stern School of Business attended a vigil and memorial service for two students who were killed in Puerto Rico last week.
Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah May 12, 2023

More than 100 students and faculty at the Stern School of Business gathered in Gould Plaza Thursday night to mourn the deaths of Franco Medina Angulo and Sergio Palomino Ruiz,...

Professors stand in the lobby of a Tisch School of the Arts building, smiling and holding up their fists. From left to right: Jack Eppler, Melanie Vaughan, Michelle Rosen, Jill Edwards, Robert Frost, Carolyn Paulus, Elizabeth Olesker and Gerasimos Karavitis.

‘They’re filthy’: Tisch adjuncts raise concerns over tiny teaching spaces

Adjunct professors at Tisch delivered a petition to the school’s dean on Tuesday, after months of calling on NYU to provide them with new practice rooms due to health and safety concerns.
Adrianna Nehme, Abby Wilson and Yezen Saadah May 5, 2023

In a 6-by-8-foot room occupied by himself, a pianist and his voice instructor, Tisch senior Sean Manucha began rehearsing for an upcoming musical theater production. As he practiced,...

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Adjuncts at odds with current union leaders in run-up to internal election

A number of adjunct professors unsatisfied with union leadership will run for executive positions within NYU’s adjunct union, citing lackluster communication from current leadership.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor May 4, 2023

A group of adjunct professors have joined together to mount a challenge against the current leadership of the union that represents them, who they say have, at times, communicated...

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NYU course assistants demand $1.3 million in missing back pay

The university’s graduate student union is calling on NYU to compensate course assistants for back pay included in a summer 2022 settlement.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 27, 2023

Andrea Ho, a second-year in the Graduate School of Arts & Science, spent the 2021-22 academic year as a course assistant at the school, working 10 to 20 hours per week grading...

NYU Law assistant dean Michelle Cherande confronts students protesting in a room.

NYU Law dean confronts protesters for heckling Israeli politician

Dozens of pro-Palestine students protested an event hosted at NYU Law last Thursday that featured an Israeli politician.
Ania Keenan and Yezen Saadah April 24, 2023

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The Soapbox: French pension reform, drought in Spain, migration in Italy

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 21, 2023

In France, protests rise after government approves pension law French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial plan to raise the retirement age in the country from 62 to 64...

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Off the Radar: ‘PlayTime’ and the baffling nature of industrialization

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “PlayTime” is available to stream on Kanopy and will screen at Film at Lincoln Center on April 16.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 14, 2023

Renowned French filmmaker Jacques Tati, most famous for Monsieur Hulot, his clumsy persona, crafted one of the most technically ambitious and conceptually timeless films with 1967’s...

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NYU Law students protest LexisNexis contract with ICE

Law students from NYU and Columbia University demonstrated outside the Park Avenue headquarters of the data brokering company to demand that it end its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 11, 2023

Almost two dozen students from NYU's School of Law and Columbia Law School gathered outside the headquarters of LexisNexis on Friday to protest the data firm’s contract with...

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Hundreds protest Israeli mosque raid at Times Square

Members of NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine joined a crowd that gathered on Saturday to protest the Israeli military’s recent raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 11, 2023

More than 1,000 people gathered in Times Square on Saturday afternoon to protest the Israeli military’s raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem last week, which were...

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The Soapbox: Tension in Palestine, Indigenous representation in Australia, migrant housing in the UK 

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 7, 2023

In occupied Palestine, an Israeli military raid condemned by Arab states Dozens of armed Israeli officers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem on Tuesday and Wednesday during...

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NYU drops antisemitism charge against grad student

A graduate student worker who lost her on-campus job and was charged with counts of vandalism and antisemitism after writing on a discarded mailbag will be rehired by the university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 7, 2023

NYU dropped charges of vandalism and antisemitism that it had filed against a graduate student employee earlier this year after the graduate student union, GSOC-UAW Local 2110,...

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NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing appoints new dean

NYU announced that Angela Amar, an accomplished nursing educator, will take over as dean of the university’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing this summer.
Bruna Horvath, Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah April 7, 2023

NYU named Angela Amar, the current dean of the Las Vegas School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, as the next dean of the university’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing on...

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NYU Langone opens new medical center in Brooklyn

The new center, which adds a second Langone emergency department in Brooklyn, is expected to provide care for over 200,000 patients each year.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor April 3, 2023

A new NYU Langone Health ambulatory care center, featuring a 24-hour emergency department, radiology services, cancer care and other amenities, opened in the Cobble Hill neighborhood...

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The Soapbox: Argentina’s economy, Italy to ban lab-grown foods, UAE royalty

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 31, 2023

At the White House, Argentinian president renegotiates country’s debt Argentinian president Alberto Fernández visited the White House on Wednesday in an attempt to increase...

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The Soapbox: No-confidence motion in Spain, judicial changes in Israel, potential ban in EU

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 24, 2023

In Spain, government votes against no-confidence motion On Wednesday, the Spanish parliament, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, dismissed a no-confidence motion tabled against...

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Off the Radar: ‘Where Is My Friend’s House?’ and the importance of empathy

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Where Is My Friend’s House?” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 24, 2023

Abbas Kiarostami is considered by many to be one of the most innovative filmmakers of all time. While the late Iranian director is most famous for his experimental auteur films...

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NYU Latinx Project to create research center with $1.3 million donation

The university’s Latinx Project will use a recent $1.3 million grant to establish a new research center for Latinx studies with support from the Office of the Provost.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 21, 2023

A recent $1.3 million donation will establish an official research institute for Latinx studies at NYU called the Latinx Project: Interdisciplinary Center for Arts and Culture....

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The Soapbox: Ghana’s economic crisis, Czech president leaves office, French protests

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 10, 2023

In Ghana, government addresses economic crisis Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, spoke at an annual state-of-the-nation address about the country’s “worst economic...

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The Soapbox: Shipwreck in Italy, outcry after Australian murder, Germany’s feminist foreign policy

The Soapbox is a weekly column by WSN covering major news developments at NYU’s campuses and study away sites abroad. Global consciousness for a global university.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 3, 2023

In Italy, a shipwreck kills dozens of migrants A wooden boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Europe crashed near the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, killing at least 67 including...

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What the NYU community is doing to help Turkey and Syria

In the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, NYU students and faculty have taken the initiative to organize relief efforts. The student-led Turkish Culture Association alone has raised more than $80,000.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 2, 2023

Nearly a month later, Turkey and Syria are only starting to recover from the effects of earthquakes that devastated the countries on Feb. 6. Since the disaster, NYU students and...

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NYU Langone sued for disability discrimination

A former physician’s assistant filed a complaint against NYU Langone, accusing the institution of disability discrimination after the hospital terminated her employment last year.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor March 1, 2023

A former physician’s assistant at NYU Langone Health is suing the school for disability discrimination after the hospital allegedly fired her for requesting accommodations. Sophiana...