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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

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Opinion: Spring break couldn’t have come at a worse time

The university’s spring break comes amid a heavy study period, making what is meant to be a relaxing time a stressful one.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor March 13, 2024

Breaks at NYU are usually welcomed by students, who are craving a pause in the never ending cycle of assignments, exams, work and classes they go through for weeks on end. But...

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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...

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Professors demand jury trial in multimillion-dollar retirement plan case

The university is engaged in a yearslong legal battle with a group of professors who claim it mismanaged their retirement plans. The professors are once again calling for a jury trial.
Bruna Horvath, News Editor January 25, 2024

A group of professors who accused NYU of mismanaging their retirement plans in a 2016 lawsuit are pushing for the case — which alleged that the university cost the group $358...

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Opinion: Midterm progress reports are the change we needed

The university’s new reports for undergraduate courses might just be the solution to its low midterm grade submission problem.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor January 25, 2024

Rather than waiting weeks, or worse longer, for a midterm grade that might never come, students will now receive midterm progress reports for each of their courses. The new system...

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Opinion: NYU’s approach to unionization is getting old

The university’s contract faculty union recently reached an agreement with NYU that will allow it to vote to be formally recognized, but the university’s interactions with other on-campus labor groups still leave something to be desired.
Molly Koch, Opinion Editor January 24, 2024

NYU has had a somewhat rocky relationship with labor organizations on campus over the past few years. When its graduate student union demanded higher wages in 2021, the university...

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22 NYU professors named among world’s most cited researchers

The researchers included in Clarivate’s 2023 Highly Cited Researchers list came from fields such as economics, medicine and engineering.
Mikaylah Du, Staff Writer November 21, 2023

Twenty-two NYU professors were in the first percentile for the number of citations received in their fields over the past decade, according to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers...

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NYU’s ‘Here Lies Love’ syllabus dives deep into the controversial musical

Two NYC-based professors, one from NYU, collaborated to compile a selection of resources that contextualize David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical.
Ella Sabrina Malabanan, Contributing Writer September 28, 2023

An NYU professor contributed to a public syllabus analyzing David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s “Here Lies Love,” a controversial disco-pop musical about former First Lady of the...

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Ranked: Five professors that’ll make or break your semester

We know professors have strong opinions about us. We have strong opinions about them, too.
Anya Paiz, Staff Writer September 25, 2023

Until you walk into class for the very first time, your professors will always be an enigma. You can read thousands of Rate My Professor reviews, stalk them on Facebook and read...

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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‘We’ll be back’: Contract faculty continue fight for unionization 

Supporters of the contract faculty union gathered in front of Bobst Library for the third time since February to demand that NYU support their unionization effort.
Bruna Horvath, Deputy News Editor March 24, 2023

Dozens of students, faculty and other supporters of the contract faculty unionization effort at NYU picketed in front of Bobst Library on Thursday to demand university recognition....

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Opinion: Stop making classes longer than they need to be

Most NYU classes are 75 minutes long. The ones that are longer shouldn’t be.
Naisha Roy, Deputy Opinion Editor March 24, 2023

There’s only one thing worse than sitting in a murky auditorium, listening to a professor lecture for 75 minutes: sitting there for double that time. That’s what I had to do...

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Opinion: A longer spring break is the simple solution to burnout

With travel, assignments and exams to study for, NYU’s one-week recess is hardly a break at all.
Molly Koch, Deputy Opinion Editor March 10, 2023

Next Monday, NYU students begin their highly-anticipated one-week spring break. The time off is too brief, leaving students feeling like they only have a few days to recover from...