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About Kelly Weill

Kelly Weill is Editor-In-Chief at NYU Local. She writes about politics for POLITICO New York. She's also done words for MSNBC, the New York Observer, Gothamist, and amNew York. Her Twitter used to be funny until she lost control of her brand.

Tech@NYU’s Lady Leadership Is Breaking Industry Barriers

September 10, 2015 3:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Two minutes into an interview with the Tech@NYU leadership team, I have technical difficulties. My laptop microphone is broken, and Tech@NYU Vice President Freia Lobo can’t hear anything I’m shouting into the Google video chat screen. “Come on, step it up, Google,” Lobo messages me. She’s joking. Lobo, a junior in the College of Arts of Sciences, is messaging me... View Article

Inside Trump’s Campaign Headquarters With NYU Republican Megan Powers

September 3, 2015 9:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Four floors above a Gucci store, a public garden, and the gilded lobby of Trump Tower is a room that looks like a basement. Concrete floors, bare bulbs, fold-out plastic tables. These are the campaign headquarters for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and this is where I meet his campaign coordinator Megan Powers late one August evening. Powers gestures around... View Article

NYU Removes Cosby Name From High School Film Workshop

September 1, 2015 9:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

NYU has removed actor Bill Cosby’s name from the title of a film program for high school students, NYU Local has learned. Until at least August 17, an NYU webpage advertised the “William H. Cosby Future Filmmakers Workshop,” a free 12-week film program for high school students. The program was named after Bill Cosby, the actor and comedian accused of... View Article

Future Pres. Andrew Hamilton Discusses Abu Dhabi Labor And His Vision For NYU

March 18, 2015 1:56 pm Published by 1 Comment

NYU has selected its next university president, officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Andrew Hamilton, Oxford University’s vice-chancellor, will replace current president John Sexton in January 2016. NYU Local spoke with Hamilton on the phone shortly after his appointment was announced. NYU Local: As president, what is your vision for NYU? Andrew Hamilton: “The reason I’m coming to NYU is that I am... View Article

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Oxford University Administrator Named Next NYU President

March 18, 2015 11:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

NYU has named its next president. Andrew Hamilton, Oxford University’s vice-chancellor, has been selected to succeed NYU President John Sexton, officials announced Wednesday. Hamilton, who previously held positions at Yale and Princeton universities, will assume his duties at NYU in January 2016. “I am delighted to be selected as NYU’s 16th president,” Hamilton said in a statement. “I have been a keen observer... View Article

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Strike Averted As Grad Students Come To Tentative Agreement With NYU

March 10, 2015 3:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

NYU and its graduate student union reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday morning, averting a graduate student workers strike scheduled for this week. Officials from NYU and graduate student union GSOC met Monday night in a last-chance negotiation session that extended into early Tuesday morning. Graduate student workers had threatened to go on strike from Tuesday until Friday, if an... View Article

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In Anticipation Of Strike, Undergrads Rally To Support Graduate Student Workers

March 9, 2015 11:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On Friday afternoon, just hours after NYU Provost David McLaughlin sent a university-wide email condemning a potential graduate student strike, a group of approximately 25 undergraduates had congregated in the Bobst lobby. The group, organized by the Student & Labor Action Movement, had gathered to protest McLaughlin’s email and to deliver to him a letter of their own. The letter, quickly written, listed... View Article

NYU Prepares For Potential Grad Student Strike

March 6, 2015 11:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Four days before a potential graduate student workers strike, NYU has issued a statement outlining the details of its negotiations with graduate student union GSOC-UAW. In an email to students Friday afternoon, NYU provost David McLaughlin acknowledged the possibility of a graduate student strike next week, should NYU and GSOC fail to come to an agreement during a bargaining session... View Article

Salman Rushdie To Join NYU Journalism Faculty

March 4, 2015 2:49 pm Published by 3 Comments

Celebrated author Salman Rushdie will join the faculty at NYU’s Journalism Institute next semester. Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for his 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children” will teach courses and advise graduate students in his new post as the journalism school’s Distinguished Writer In Residence. NYU Local has obtained the following email draft to journalism department faculty, which announces Rushdie’s appointment: “I... View Article

Playing With Fire — When NYU Reports Campus Crime

February 2, 2015 1:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On January 19, former NYU student Jamie Castano was arrested for setting a sleeping classmate on fire in his Lafayette Hall dorm room. According to police reports, the 20-year-old Castano recorded the attack on Snapchat, singing as his victim’s clothing burned. Castano’s alleged attack did not occur in January; it occurred on August 23, five months before his arrest. NYU chose to expel Castano... View Article

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Sony CEO Considering NYU Presidency, Leaked Emails Show

December 17, 2014 10:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has his eye on John Sexton’s job, a series of leaked correspondences suggests. Following a November hack on Sony by yet-unidentified persons, executives at the entertainment company have seen their emails and documents made public on the internet. In an email discovered by Buzzfeed’s Matthew Zeitlin, Lyton explained why he would be a suitable candidate to replace... View Article

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Protestors Rally In Washington Square Park For Millions March NYC [PHOTOS]

December 15, 2014 9:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Tens of thousands rallied around Washington Square Park this Saturday for the Millions March NYC, the city’s largest police brutality protest since the non-indictment ruling in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The march, which traveled to midtown before looping back to Police Plaza, drew over 50,000 participants, organizers say. Marchers set out from Washington Square Park shortly after 2 p.m., leading chants... View Article

Image: A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York

Non-Indictment In Garner Case Sparks Pain, Protests

December 4, 2014 10:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A Staten Island grand jury has ruled against indicting Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold this July. The grand jury decision, released last night, sparked widespread condemnation from New Yorkers as the second recent non-indictment of a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man. Eric Garner was unarmed when police confronted... View Article


NYU Looks Outside The University For Its Next President

November 17, 2014 4:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The nominations are in, but the search for NYU’s next president is far from over. In a meeting with student reporters this morning, Chair-Designate of the NYU Board of Trustees William Berkley disclosed that NYU’s presidential search committee had assembled a list of over 200 candidates, most of whom are unaffiliated with NYU. “The vast majority of these names are... View Article

Alleged NYU Florence Heirs Might Be Owed 50% Of Estate, Ruling Says

November 10, 2014 4:22 pm Published by 1 Comment

An update to European inheritance laws could spell a major loss for NYU’s Florence campus. The Florence campus, located on the 57-acre Villa La Pietra estate, was gifted to NYU in 1994 after the death of its previous owner, Sir Harold Acton. With no children to inherit the estate, Acton’s Villa La Pietra became a functioning NYU campus within the next year. But... View Article

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