William Berkley To Replace Martin Lipton As Board Of Trustees Chair

William Berkley will succeed Martin Lipton as chair of NYU’s Board of Trustees.

In an email to students this week, Lipton announced Berkley’s election as chair-designate, a 16-month transitionary position ending in October 2015, when Berkley will become chair in full.

Lipton, who has chaired the board for 16 years, will remain on in a lesser capacity, as one of the board’s 65 acting members. “I am getting too old and have served too long,” Lipton said of his retirement in a New York Times this April.

Berkley, the chair and CEO of insurance holding company W. R. Berkley Corporation, has a long history with the university. A graduate from the Stern School in 1966, Berkley joined Stern’s Board of Overseers in 1987, the NYU Board of Trustees in 1995, and the NYU Langone Medical Center. He has been a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2004. Read more…

Local Stops: Horrible Dudes And A Godzilla Attack

Someone is writing the names of Columbia University’s alleged rapists on bathroom walls.

Alec Baldwin was arrested today for disorderly conduct and riding his bike the wrong on 5th Avenue.

“He weathered the storm of irritations with his characteristic fortitude, eyes trained on his dog-eared Noam Chomsky reader.” Everyone needs to read this liberal dude erotica.

Batman does not look happy to be played by Ben Affleck.

“Godzilla would produce 12,921,400 gallons of urine per day.” New York City officials plan for a Godzilla attack.

Photo of the Day by Rishi Bandopadhay.

Surprise! The NYPD Is Still Spying On Muslim New Yorkers

Stop-and-frisk may be on the decrease, but racial profiling still runs strong among New York City’s police force.

The NYPD regularly detains Muslim New Yorkers for low-level crimes, and pressures them into becoming confidential informants within their Muslim communities, the New York Times reports. The Citywide Debriefing Team, an arm of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, locates Muslim detainees in temporary holding in city jails. The Debriefing Team stalls the detainees’ arraignments by interrogating them on topics unrelated to their accused crimes.

Bayjan Abrahimi, a food cart vendor from Afghanistan, found himself in front of the Debriefing Team after he was arrested over a parking ticket in 2009. Instead of a speedy arraignment, he was detained by three members of the team, who questioned him on his religion, the nationalities of other worshippers at his mosque, and whether he was familiar with any members of Al-Qaeda. The detectives had also researched Abrahimi’s hobbies and family, and questioned him on his brother, a taxi-driver in Afghanistan. Then they asked him to turn spy. Read more…

Only YOU Can Prevent Bobst Smokers (If You Apply For This Weird On-Campus Job)

Are you looking for a job? Do you have strong opinions about people smoking outside Bobst? Are you an all-star “interacter”?

NYU might have the just the career opening for you.

Earlier this month, NYU posted a listing on its CareerNet site, advertising for a student worker at Bobst Library. The student would be responsible for approaching the people smoking under Bobst’s recessed entrance, and asking them to move at least 15 feet away from the building.

We’re not volunteering (this job sounds too much like my short-lived career as a fifth-grade hall monitor), but if you’re ready to take on the surly masses of Bobst Smokers, check out the entire listing below: Read more…

NYU Law Students Subpoenaed After Writing Petition Against Trustee

Who said no one pays attention to petitions?

NYU Law students Luke Herrine and Leo Gertner were issued subpoenas for their private emails over spring break, after they wrote and circulated a petition against NYU Law trustee Daniel Straus. The petition, delivered to NYU’s Law Dean, was a protest of alleged labor law violations at Straus’s company Care One Management. But when Herrine and Gertner delivered the petition, they were served subpoenas at their homes, demanding that they turn over all private communications relevant to Care One Management.

“Since being served with the subpoenas, Leo and Luke have been forced to curtail their private communications with friends, family, professors, and colleagues for fear of expressing an opinion or misstating a fact that might draw them further into the litigation process,” a representative for the subpoenaed law students told NYU Local in an email. The demands for the students’ information were issued by Care One Management, pursuant to an ongoing civil lawsuit by the company against its workers union.

Now, instead of studying for finals, the first and second-year law students are preparing for a court battle. Fortunately, Herrine and Gertner are not alone. NYU Law alum John Cuti signed on as the students’ attorney, while administrators at NYU Law agreed to cover the students’ legal fees. Other students and faculty members have also thrown their support behind Herrine and Gertner, drafting a new petition demanding that the subpoenas be withdrawn. Read more…

Martin Lipton To Step Down As Chairman Of Board Of Trustees [UPDATED]

Martin Lipton will step down as chairman of NYU’s board of trustees next year, the New York Times reports.

“I am getting too old and have served too long,” Lipton told the Times this Friday.

Lipton, who has been head of the board of trustees for 16 years, will remain on the board, but in a lesser capacity, as one of the board’s 65 acting members. His exit from the leadership position comes at a critical moment of change for the University: Lipton and President John Sexton are two of NYU’s most powerful directors. But with Lipton stepping down next year, and Sexton following in 2016, the University will soon undergo a significant change in leadership.

Lipton’s resignation will also affect the decision of NYU’s next president. According to the Times, Sexton was Lipton’s “handpicked choice” for president in 2002. With Lipton absent from the next selection process, the board might take a different direction in selecting the next university president. Read more…

Washington Square Park Reveals Renovations (Bathrooms, A Playground, And More Puppies)

Attention park-goers: Washington Square Park now has bathrooms.

Fences were removed from the construction site on the park’s southwest corner this Monday, concluding a massive restoration project that began in 2007. So just what can we expect from WSP’s latest facelift? Read more…

The Charter School Crunchdown And Why De Blasio Might Be Right After All

What would you do if Columbia University opened a new campus in the middle of Bobst? New computers, new bathrooms, multi-ply toilet paper; but you couldn’t use any of it. You don’t go to Columbia, silly.

Take this scenario, double the overcrowding, and imagine all the students are four to eleven years old. This is the predicament of many NYC students whose public schools have been co-located with charter schools.

But let’s take a step back. What is co-location, what are charter schools, and why are so many people talking about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s involvement?

Co-location is the act of operating a charter school within an existing public school building. Charter schools are publicly funded, independently run institutions. Like public schools, charters are free for students, except these charters are not bound by the same state educational policies that govern public schools. On February 27, de Blasio approved 14 charter schools for rent-free co-locations in public schools. But three other charter schools failed to meet de Blasio’s four-point criteria for co-location in already-crowded buildings, so he halted their moves into existing schools. And that’s when every political voice started shouting at once. Read more…

This Is What We Search For When We Search For Porn

We don’t ask what you do in your free time. You don’t ask what we do in ours.

But if you were wondering what people are jerkin’ to after class, porn site PornMD recently released a live feed of visitors’ search queries. This is a sample of America’s weirdly specific kinks:

-”Cat Porn”

-”Naruto cosplay”

-”2012 olympics” (Those steeplechasers, amirite?)

-”Granny neighbor”

-”mardi gras compilation”

-”altos” (Steinhardt, is that you?) Read more…

Global Liberal Studies Freshman Found Dead In Midtown Hotel

The NYU community suffered another tragic loss yesterday. Rowen Altenburger, a freshman in Global Liberal Studies, was found dead shortly after noon in a midtown hotel, in what police sources are saying was an apparent suicide. She was 18 years old.

Altenburger’s body was found after her mother tracked her phone to the Bryant Park Hotel room where Altenburger had been staying.

“It breaks my heart to hear about this,” Ryan Feng, an NYU student and friend of Altenburger, said. Following news of Altenburger’s death, Feng was among hundreds who expressed their grief online.

Friends remembered Altenburger as a talent young woman. “Rowen was a very talented artist,” Feng said. Pursuing a degree in Creative Management and Art Direction, Altenburger was gifted at watercolor illustrations and graphic design, and posted a number of series of her artwork on her website. Read more…