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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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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...

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Insider tips for the best spring break trips

Before you plan your next getaway, take some unexpected travel advice from YouTuber and author Damon Dominique, television host Samantha Brown and blogger Alysse Dalessandro.
Roshni Raj, Culture Editor February 1, 2023

As a travel enthusiast who longs for the memories I made when studying away, I love going to travel shows in the United States to connect with people from countries that I’ve...

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Staff Recs: Crunchin’ the munchies

The Arts Desk recommends the best movies and music for dozing off into high heaven as you celebrate 4/20.

It’s twenty past four and you need something to do after toking and coughing on a spliff or devouring a brownie whose chemical makeup is a broken ratio of three parts cannabis,...

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Chestita Baba Marta: The monthlong welcoming of Grandmother March

The Bulgarian holiday signifies the coming of springtime.
Jules Roscoe, Deputy Opinion Editor March 31, 2022

March brings a lot of things. We watch the snow give way to budding tree branches, get buffeted by the cold wind tunnels between tall buildings, and, this year, even got somewhat...

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Ranked: NYU students who will break your heart by senior year

Heartbreak is a rite of passage and the Violet variety sure is… something.
Ary Russell, Contributing Writer March 23, 2022

Spring break is over and Hot Girl Summer is approaching fast. This can only mean one thing: Relationships once filled with proclamations of happily-ever-after will break down as...

Seven students are wearing masks while sitting at their desks lining the walls of an NYU classroom. A professor sitting atop a table is listening to a student discussing a class topic.

Students await NYU mask mandate decision

In anticipation of NYU’s decision regarding indoor mask wearing, community members debate the effectiveness of COVID-19 restrictions.
Nicole Lu, Contributing Writer March 22, 2022

NYU has yet to decide whether it will keep or remove its mask mandate weeks after other institutions, including Columbia University and the City University of New York, lifted...

Ashokan Reservoir. There is a long road; to the right there is green pasture and to the left there is a lake that extends until multiple trees together form a small forest at the end.

Spring break staycations that won’t break the bank

Looking forward to finally getting a real spring break after two years, but don’t want to be coming back broke? Here’s some ideas for affordable and memorable trips (mostly) outside the city.
Tristán Queriot Rodríguez Vélez, Contributing Writer March 10, 2022

After two years, we’ve finally caught an actual spring break from NYU. For many, this means it’s almost time for that long-awaited trip to Cancún or Miami with your friends....

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Opinion: NYU, do not lift the mask mandate

Making masks optional is irresponsible and would put students at risk.
Caitlin Hsu, UTA Publishing Editor March 9, 2022

With NYU to consider lifting its mask mandate after spring break, they must take into account that lifting the mandate would endanger immunocompromised and disabled students and...

Palm trees swaying in front of a beach with clouds and mountains in the background in Maui, Hawaii.

Reasons to rethink tropical travel — from the people who live there

While tropical locations might sound appealing for spring break, some students who live there have different takes on tourism, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Derek Kamakanaaloha Soong, Staff Writer March 2, 2022

Spring break is supposed to be a time for students to relax, a reprieve from the chaos of day-to-day school life. But for NYU students from tropical locations, this time of year...

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Staff rants: spring break

Here are our thoughts on the "spring break" this weekend. We hope you enjoy reading them!

On Asking the Real Questions What’s spring break? Is that a thing we’re supposed to have? -Jake Capriotti, Photo Editor On Gratitude I don’t know about the rest of you,...

Another spring break weekend is heralded by University administration. NYU students share their thoughts and feelings about how break is handled this semester. (Staff Photo by George Papazov, Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

Burnt-out students argue they deserve a normal spring break

NYU deans encouraged students to use Monday as a single-day spring break, but many students argue this is a poor remedy for their deteriorating mental health.
Rachel Fadem and Kayla Hardersen April 16, 2021

Students continue to feel burnt out and unsupported by the university, as WSN previously reported. To ameliorate the issue, college deans from multiple schools sent emails last...