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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

Students protesting in Washington Square Park holding signs that say “YOUTH VS. FOSSIL FUELS BIDEN PICK A SIDE,” “THIS IS CODE RED,” “END FOSSIL FUELS,” “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW” and more.

Students urge NYU to ‘implement stronger initiatives’ against fossil fuel industry

A day before Earth Day, members of Sunrise NYU gathered at Washington Square Park to push for stronger environmental initiatives on campus.
Maisie Zipfel, Deputy News Editor April 22, 2024

Around 20 members from the student environmental group Sunrise NYU gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday, calling on the university to implement stronger environmental initiatives...

N.Y.U. spokesperson John Beckman stands opposite student protestors who are reading from pieces of paper.

Administrators stop pro-Palestinian demonstration at Bobst

Around 20 NYU students and faculty gathered in the lobby of Bobst Library to read pro-Palestinian poetry before two university administrators and a group of Campus Safety officers confronted them.
Adrianna Nehme, News Editor January 26, 2024

Two NYU administrators interrupted a group of around 20 students and faculty reading poetry in support of Palestinian resistance yesterday at Bobst Library, leading the group to...

A person wearing a brown jacket holds a sign that reads “Shut Down N.Y.U. Tel Aviv.” A group of protestors stand on a stage and protest signs lean against the steps.

Pro-Palestinian protesters continue weekslong call for Tel Aviv site shutdown

Members of various student groups took part in a rally at Washington Square Park in solidarity with Palestinians during the ongoing bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
Jennifer Wu and John Kim December 6, 2023

Around 50 students gathered by the Garibaldi statue in Washington Square Park for a pro-Palestinian rally on Tuesday, reiterating demands for NYU to protect pro-Palestinian speech...

An illustration of a scanned letter document and a screenshot of an email against a background of purple gradient.

NYU reaffirms commitment to fossil fuel divestment

The university will avoid direct investments in fossil fuel companies — of which it currently has none — after a push from student activists, building on a previous announcement made in February 2022.
Bruna Horvath, Deputy News Editor September 18, 2023

NYU reiterated that it would avoid direct investments in fossil fuels and look to reduce indirect investments in a recent letter to student environmental group Sunrise NYU, after...

A group of people standing around a table with a sign propped up against it. The sign reads “National Review Institute” and “College Republicans at N.Y.U.”

College Republicans talk ‘woke capitalism’ with National Review editor

An editor of National Review, a conservative magazine, spoke about economic and social issues at an event hosted by NYU’s College Republicans.
Hope Pisoni and Connor Patton March 10, 2023

The NYU College Republicans denounced “woke capitalism,” or investing with the goal of making environmental and social improvements, at a speaking event on Wednesday. The guest...

181 Mercer St., located between Bleecker and West Houston Streets, will be NYUs new multi-use building. NYU brands the building as sustainable, but the university’s board still includes members who have ties to oil and gas companies. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: NYU is using 181 Mercer for corporate greenwashing

181 Mercer Street should not distract from NYU’s failed record on climate. 
Maggie Stutz, Contributing Writer October 20, 2021

Green is the new millennial pink. It’s popular to care about the environment. People are considered trendy when they carry cute sustainably-made water bottles and shop at resale...

NYU trustee and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has called on wealthy nations to reduce carbon emissions. As an investor in the fossil fuel industry himself, his actions contradict his rhetoric. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Editorial: Larry Fink is a climate hypocrite

By calling on nations to reduce carbon emissions, but holding investments in fossil fuel corporations through BlackRock, NYU trustee Larry Fink fails to put his money where his mouth is.
WSN Editorial Board October 18, 2021

NYU trustee and BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink wrote an op-ed in The New York Times last Wednesday arguing that wealthy countries must continue to invest more money in green infrastructure....

BlackRock’s corporate office located at 52nd and Madison Ave. NYU’s goal of sustainability continues to fall short due to its ties with the company. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Faculty say NYU enables BlackRock’s greenwashing

NYU’s sustainability goals are under scrutiny due to the university’s association with BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, a member of the NYU board of trustees whose company is accused of virtue signaling while profiting from billions in fossil fuel investments.
Ruqaiyah Zarook, Staff Writer September 1, 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s August 2021 report warns that climate change is the main cause of the extreme weather events — such as droughts, superstorms,...

NYU students and faculty members call for the removal of NYU trustee and Blackrock CEO, Laurence Fink, in lieu of his asset management firm’s investments in index funds associated with firms that operate ICE detention centers and the Trump border walls. (Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

‘Larry Fink should not be on the Board of Trustees’: Long-time NYU trustee is linked to ICE and private prison operators

Laurence Fink — the CEO of BlackRock, a vice chair of the NYU Board of Trustees and the co-chair of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees — has investments in the U.S-Mexico border wall and immigrant detention facilities.
Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

Campus access for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents has been a point of contention during contract renewal negotiations between...

Police departments across the United States have joined the 30x30 Initiative, a research coalition affiliated with the Policing Project at the NYU School of Law, that aims to address women’s inadequate representation in police forces in an effort to curb police brutality. However, with cases like the killing of Daunte Wright by former female police officer Kimberly Potter some scholars and students argue that hiring more women will not address the structural flaws in policing. (Photo by Shaina Ahmed)

NYU Law Policing Project wants to curb police brutality by hiring more women

Scholars and students, however, argue that hiring more women will not address broader structural issues in policing.
Ruqaiyah Zarook, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

Former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter shot and killed Duante Wright on April 11 after allegedly mistaking her gun for her taser. Former Dallas police...

The Ethical Dilemma of NYU’s Board of Trustees

The Ethical Dilemma of NYU’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees sets the rules for NYU and its community. But are the trustees following their own rules?
WSN Editorial Board October 21, 2019

NYU’s Board of Trustees has the final say on all university decisions. Despite being a mysterious body, largely detached from the day-to-day of university life, the Board’s...

NYU’s Collusion with Amazon Deforesters

NYU’s Collusion with Amazon Deforesters

The Amazon rainforest has been burning for months and a member of NYU’s Board of Trustees is partially to blame.
Asha Ramachandran, Contributing Writer October 3, 2019

The Amazon rainforest is still on fire. Last week, demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters took place in New York City to mark the annual U.N. Climate Action Summit,...