New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

Trump’s WeChat Ban Is Xenophobic

Trump’s WeChat Ban Is Xenophobic

The ban of the Chinese messaging app WeChat could have disastrous effects on the Chinese immigrant community.
Ashley Wu, Editor-at-Large September 11, 2020

After the news broke that President Donald Trump was set on banning TikTok in America, the app’s myriad of devoted followers spoke out against the injunction with semi-religious...

Since March 1, Grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s began charging a small fee for each bag used. The plastic bag ban is the latest policy in the city’s efforts to reduce single-use waste. (Photo by Mia Karle)

New York Is Banning Plastic Bags, NYU Students and Alumni React

The Bag Waste Reduction Act going into effect March 1 will ban plastic bags and charge for paper bags in hopes of reducing single-use waste.
Mia Karle, Contributing Writer March 2, 2020

Out of an estimated 100 billion plastic bags used by Americans each year, 23 billion are from New York State alone. Beginning March 1, 2020, the Bag Waste Reduction Act will go...

A plastic bag litters the streets of Manhattan. A statewide plastic bag ban will go into effect in New York City on March 1. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Wagner Professor Calls for Stricter Waste Reduction Legislation

As New York State prepares for the enactment of the Bag Waste Reduction Law, NYU Wagner Professor Tatiana Homonoff explains why this may not be enough.
Aarushi Sharma, Staff Writer February 27, 2020

#BYOBagNY is trending on Twitter as New York State gears up for the plastic bag ban, effective on March 1, 2020. But one NYU professor says the ban is not enough. NYU Wagner...

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The Olympics’ Ban of Protests Is Hypocritical and Unfair

The International Olympics Committee is asking to remain a politically neutral stage. Aside from infringing upon the free speech rights of its competing athletes, the move also ignores the political history of the competition.
Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large January 27, 2020

Earlier this month, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced it would institute a ban on protesting ahead of this summer’s competition in Tokyo. The IOC said it would...

The office of Fraternity and Sorority Life located at the Center for Student Life at NYU. (Staff Photo via Darcey Pittman).

NYU’s Interfraternity Frats to Stop Recruiting After This Semester

After hazing issues led to NYU suspending or banning most IFC frats from campus, those that are left will pause the recruitment of new members in Spring and potentially Fall 2020.
Sakshi Venkatraman, Editor-in-Chief November 14, 2019

NYU’s Interfraternity Council fraternities will suspend recruiting altogether come Spring 2020, according to a Monday morning press release by the IFC. This comes after several...

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Will Twitter’s Ad Ban Change Political Discourse? NYU Professor Says It’s Hard to Tell

The social media company announced it will ban political ads starting at the end of November, in sharp contrast to Facebook’s statement that it would continue to allow such ads on their site.
Julia Santiago, Staff Writer November 8, 2019

A professor in NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation Laboratory said Twitter’s recent announcement that it would ban political advertisements may reduce misinformation,...

NYU announced that it will no longer spend money on plastic water bottles. WSN File Photo.

NYU to Ban Spending on Plastic Water Bottles

NYU announced at a University Senate meeting that it would no longer buy plastic water bottles starting in 2020, although vending machines on campus will continue to offer them.
Mansee Khurana, Deputy News Editor February 14, 2019

In NYU’s movement toward sustainability, student activists often ask for more. On Thursday, the university announced that it would no longer purchase single-use plastic water...

RJ Khalaf, president of the NYU Muslim Student Association, spoke at the Emergency Rally Against the Muslim Ban today in Kimmel Center.

Muslim Students and Allies Rally After Trump Travel Ban Upheld

Sakshi Venkatraman, Deputy News Editor December 5, 2017
Sixteen NYU groups jointly held an emergency rally against the Supreme Court's upholding of Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban."
President Andrew Hamilton sent an email on March 15 declaring the school’s opposition to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

Hamilton Affirms Opposition to Immigration Ban

Natasha Roy and Jemima McEvoy, News Editors March 20, 2017
On Macrh 15, President Andrew Hamilton sent an email detailing the NYU's efforts to counter Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. However, some NYU activism groups are still unsatisfied with the administration's actions.
NYU President Andrew Hamilton speaks at a town hall held today, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. The Sanctuary Campus movement marched on the event to demand Hamilton declare NYU a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Hamilton Town Hall Turns Testy

Arushi Sahay and Sayer Devlin March 2, 2017
Andrew Hamilton hosted a town hall to take questions from students about affordability, but the discussion quickly turned the sanctuary campus debate.
Last week, President Donald Trump barred the New York Times alongside other major news outlets (including CNN and Politico) from attending White House briefings. Journalism students worry about what this means for the future.

NYU Journalists Face Uncertainty Following Press Briefing Bans

Mack Degeurin, Contributing Writer March 2, 2017
Now that several media outlets have been banned from the White House, NYU journalism students and professors discuss the future of their field.
A sanctuary campus protest occurred in Washington Square Park, Jan. 25 2017. Since the election of Donald Trump in November, the NYU community has pressured  administration to declare NYU a sanctuary campus.

NYU Organizations Offer Safe Spaces for Students Affected by Travel Ban

Natasha Roy, News Editor February 23, 2017
To compensate for the fact that NYU is not a sanctuary campus, several NYU organizations have been taking steps to protect students affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban.