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Washington Square News

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

Washington Square News

A bird’s eye view of Washington Square Park, with the trees barren and parts of the grass covered in snow. Dozens of people are walking in the square.

Winter recap: The news you missed at NYU over break

A recent donation to president Linda Mills’ new financial aid initiative, the end of an anti-racism workshop and all the other news on campus since you’ve been gone.

As you get ready for spring semester classes to begin, here is some news from around campus that you may have missed over the break. Read more for updates on financial aid, a canceled...

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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...

Last week, the NYU board of trustees announced the addition of three new board members with little notice to students. Despite the major role they play in overseeing the university, the board is not transparent to the student body. (Photo by Sayer Devlin)

Editorial: The NYU board of trustees must become more transparent 

In light of the recent appointment of three new trustees on Oct. 18, NYU’s board of trustees should improve its transparency. 
WSN Editorial Board October 25, 2021

On Oct. 18, NYU announced that Terri Burns, David Ko and Traci Lerner have joined the board of trustees. This announcement was made with little fanfare — the three newest trustees...

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...

The Most Powerful Student on Campus Needs No Introduction

The Most Powerful Student on Campus Needs No Introduction

But you’ll remember her name anyway.
Sakshi Venkatraman, Editor in Chief December 5, 2019

Jakiyah Bradley is not the sentimental type. When you’re the most powerful student on campus, you can’t let your emotions get in the way. In her office in Kimmel, she spends...

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...

Portraits of NYUs Board of Trustees on display on the fourth floor of the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.

NYU Board of Trustees Rejects Student and Faculty Representation

Jemima McEvoy and Sayer Devlin July 26, 2018

NYU’s Board of Trustees voted down three resolutions written by three different University Senate councils which would have placed students and faculty members on the Board of...

NYUs Board of Trustees Revokes Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

NYU’s Board of Trustees Revokes Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

Sarah Jackson, News Editor June 21, 2018
NYU's Board of Trustees announced on Thursday that they would revoke actor Bill Cosby's honorary degree, which he earned in 1997.
NYU Divest and NYU SLAM attempted conversations with some members of the Board of Trustees with limited success.

Divest and SLAM Confront High-Profile Trustees in Kimmel

Alex Domb, Deputy News Editor December 11, 2017

Members of NYU Divest and the Student Labor Action Movement occupied exits of the Kimmel Center for University Life to track down trustees following Tuesday’s Board of Trustees...

Sterns W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab is kicking off its advertised $300k Entrepreneurs challenge, despite the cash prize being less than promised.

$300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

Alex Domb, Contributing Writer October 2, 2017
NYU is kicking off its annual Entrepreneurs Challenge, which will pay out $275,000 in cash prizes.
WSN outlines the timeline of NYU Divest, an activist group advocating for divesting from fossil-fuel investments to lower carbon footprints, from September 2016 to April 2017.

NYU Divest in 2016-2017

Natasha Roy, News Editor April 17, 2017
A timeline of the actions that NYU Divest since its conception.
NYU Divest visited the corporate office of Board of Trustees chair William Berkley on March 31 to  deliver a letter discussing a revote on the rejection of divesting from fossil fuels industry in June 2016.

NYU Divest Brings Demands to the Board of Trustees

Htoo Min, Deputy News Editor April 3, 2017
Four members of NYU Divest went to the office of board of trustees chair William Berkley's office to deliver a list of demands regarding the university's divestment from fossil fuels.