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

Washington Square News

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Q&A: David Siev’s American dream lives on in ‘Bad Axe’

Director David Siev spoke to WSN about his newest film, restaurant communities and the American identity. “Bad Axe” will play in select theaters on Nov. 18.
Caitlyn McConnell, Staff Writer November 14, 2022

David Siev’s feature directorial debut, “Bad Axe,” is a heartfelt documentary that follows his family as they struggle to run their restaurant, Rachel’s of Bad Axe, in...

On Aug. 24, 2021, Kathy Hochul was sworn in as New York’s first female governor. Hochul is now planning to cut $250,000 from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture during Black History Month. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Opinion: Hochul’s budget cut to NYPL Black culture center is shameful

Gov. Kathy Hochul is planning to cut $250,000 from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The timing of this horrible decision, the start of Black History Month, only makes it more offensive.
Srishti Bungle, Deputy Opinion Editor February 11, 2022

“Happy Black History Month! Governor Kathy Hochul wants to cut $250,000 in funding from the [Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture] and $75k from the Langston Hughes...

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies held a panel to discuss the worsening Haitian immigration crisis. The panel highlighted President Biden’s failure to implement solutions and America’s history of racism against Haitians. (Photo by Kevin Wu)

Amid worsening border crisis, NYU panel talks mistreatment of Haitian migrants

A panel organized by NYU’s Center for Latin American Caribbean Studies discussed President Biden’s immigration policy failures and the history of American racism against Haitians.
Carmo Moniz, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies discussed an ongoing surge of Haitian migration at the U.S. southern border at a Nov. 22 event. The teach-in session, called...

NYU Langone Health should include Juneteenth on its holiday calendar. Recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday would be an act of recognition that shows Langone acknowledges the historical wrong of slavery. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: NYU Langone failed by not designating Juneteenth as a holiday

Instead of offering employees an optional “Cultural Heritage Day” in place of Juneteenth, NYU Langone should do the right thing by acknowledging the historical significance of June 19.
Kevin Kurian, Opinion Editor November 8, 2021

WSN recently reported that NYU Langone Health, NYU’s academic health center, did not include Juneteenth on its holiday calendar, instead allowing employees to choose one...

Singer-songwriter Angela Daudu performing at Talent Nation in 2019. (Photo by Owen Mertens Photography)

Angela Daudu on her songwriting process: My music as refuge

Singer-songwriter Angela Daudu reflects on her synergistic relationship with music prior to, and in the wake of, the challenging events of these past few years.
Angela Daudu, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

My experience with music has always been an intimate one. I remember the transformative sensation of listening to choir members express pure joy at church in Nigeria. I remember...

Arts activism group Confront Art repainted their statue of George Floyd after it was vandalized on Oct. 3. The statue is part of the SEEINJUSTICE installation, which memorializes key figures from the 2020 racial injustice protests. (Staff Photo by Ryan Kawahara)

Union Square statue of George Floyd vandalized two days after unveiling

After a statue of George Floyd was defaced on Oct. 3, local activists and community members worked to restore and protect it.
Abby Wilson, Contributing Writer October 13, 2021

A bronze bust of George Floyd in Union Square was vandalized in broad daylight on Oct. 3, just two days after it was unveiled to the public. The statue was restored the same day...

Protestors gather outside the Met Gala. While many of the biggest names in pop culture gathered inside the gallery, police and protestors clashed outside the event. (Photo by Sarah Gil)

In America: A Lexicon of Irony

The 2021 Met Gala attendees wore designs meant to celebrate America. The protest outside painted a starkly different image.
Sarah Gil, Contributing Writer September 17, 2021

The theme for this year’s Met Gala was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” for which attendees were encouraged to channel American culture and history into their exorbitant...

This Monday dozens of protestors crowded around the historic Grand Army Plaza for Daunte Wright. People marched through the streets of Brooklyn to bring attention to the tragedy in Minnesota. (Staff Photo by Taylor Knight)

I’m tired of being tired

The death of Daunte Wright happened just 10 miles away from the death of George Floyd. Sometimes, I wonder when enough is enough.
Alexandria Johnson, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

It always happens when I receive bad news. I become numb. This uneasy feeling develops in my chest. I panic and gasp for air. Then, I stop. I hold my breath and wait for the...

It’s time to address anti-Black appropriation in Asian activism

It’s time to address anti-Black appropriation in Asian activism

The activism resulting from the recent rise in hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians must remain consciously against the appropriation of Black activists’ labor.
Srishti Bungle, Contributing Writer March 25, 2021

In response to the tragic shooting at Atlanta on March 16, 2021, media company 88rising posted a neon green-yellow square on Instagram. Captioned, “Enough is enough. Heartbroken...

De Blasios police reform is hollow and insufficient

De Blasio’s police reform is hollow and insufficient

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new police reform plan is full of abstract ideals and does not take the concrete, radical action necessary to transform the current reality of a violent NYPD.
Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor March 16, 2021

After a summer swept by protests for racial justice and demonstrations demanding the New York Police Department be defunded and held accountable for its violent racism, Mayor Bill...

NYU Continues To Fail Black Students

NYU Continues To Fail Black Students

NYU’s silence on Breonna Taylor’s murder suggests that the university still refuses to fully stand in solidarity with Black students despite claiming to support them.
WSN Editorial Board September 28, 2020

This past week, thousands of protestors across the country gathered to protest the indictment of the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the killing of...

Police and Protesters Shut Down Grand Central Station

Police and Protesters Shut Down Grand Central Station

NYPD officers stood by while NYC Shut it Down rallied to protest the murder of Daniel Prude and the involvement of police in mental and public health issues.
Nick Mead, Deputy News Editor September 15, 2020

Activists affiliated with the group NYC Shut It Down gathered at Grand Central Terminal on Monday evening, Sept. 14, to protest the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed by Rochester...