Good Riddance, NYU: 50 Things We Will Not Miss About Our Time Here

Fellow seniors: have you been feeling ultra nostalgic lately? Have you been belligerently screaming to your friends “I can’t believe it’s oveeeeeeeeeeeer!” every night you go out for the past five months? Are you currently scrolling through old Facebook photos of Hayden parties to arouse some sort of internal reconciliation that yes, college is over and it’s time for you to put your real-world pants on? Well, stop. Please.

Over the past four years, we, NYU Local co-EIC Myles Tanzer and Editors Leah Clancy and John Surico, have been collecting our grievances with the “community” here on Washington Square Park. Yes, of course, it’s sad that you can’t throw up on the bar at Coyote Ugly and use college as an excuse anymore. And it’s sad you won’t feel a part of the campus that you’ve called home since September of 2009. But replace despair with relief. Because there’s a lot of things we’re very, very happy to see come to an end.

Dinosaurs Are Now Extinct From The NYU Login Page

Students logging in to check their NYU mail this morning got a surprise. It seems the powers that be have installed a new login form on NYUHome. It’s minimalistic! We dig it! But there is one terrible causality that has come out of this switch — the NYUHome random dinosaur is now dead. Like all of the other dinosaurs, the quirky little thing has finally bit the dust. Our fitting tribute to our beloved friend after the jump. Read more…

Stop Whining About The Commencement Speaker, You Entitled Homophobes

Yesterday, NYU Local broke the news that David Boies, one of America’s most prominent legal minds, would be NYU’s commencement speaker for 2013. Commenters flooded our site to say how disappointed they were with NYU’s decision. Seniors on Facebook put up statuses like “New York University , who the f#!k is David Boies and that is the best the global university can do? So disappointing.”  Since then, Jerry Pallath, an NYU senior, has created an online petition calling for Boies to be replaced by NYU alumn and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari.

Besides just being idiotic, the basis for the petition, and much of the outrage about NYU’s decision, is based in homophobia and entitlement. Seniors, it’s time to shut up and get out of here. Read more…

BREAKING: Prop 8 Case Attorney, David Boies, To Speak At NYU’s 2013 Commencement

For the past two years, NYU has brought out political elites to speak at its University commencement ceremony. The class of 2011 was given former President Bill Clinton, 2012′s ceremony featured Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, according to a statement by NYU’s director of public affairs Phil Lentz, 2013 brings us NYU School of Law alumnus David Boies. He’s one of the attorneys fighting for same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court in Perry v. Brown, the case challenging the legality of Prop 8.

Boies was the lawyer who represented Al Gore in the landmark 2000 case Bush v. Gore. Ted Olson, Bush’s lawyer, is now his partner in the SSM case.

Edith Windsor, the NYU alumna who has bravely waged the fight against the Defense of Marriage Act (the other same-sex marriage case currently being considered by the US Supreme Court), will receive the NYU Presidential Medal.

More honorees including Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone after the jump. Read more…

Does Living In Hayden Make You Cool? And 39 Other Questions We Still Have About NYU

We seniors at NYU Local still think that NYU is shrouded in a deep cloud of mystery, even if graduation is just about a month away. It’s like the island from Lost, except there are way more shaggy haired dudes that play guitar than just Charlie. (Is there a time portal under the fountain?!)

As innocent freshmen, we stood under the arch clutching our lanyards like rosaries asking Housie in the sky for answers. We have 40 questions that have not been answered by four years of experience at this fine University.

You have just over a month to answer them NYU — get started. Read more…

Sexton Talks Baseball And No Confidence On Morning Joe, Wears Repeat Outfit

Today is MLB’s opening day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe marked the occasion by talking to NYU President John Sexton about his new book “Baseball As A Road To God.”

They discuss the class’ origins, as well as Sexton’s son’s allegiance to the Yankees. JSex even tells Joe Scarborough about how he was bullied during his early years for loving the Brooklyn Dodgers. It’s a pretty charming segment. Apologies for being the fashion police, but we couldn’t help but notice Sexton rocking the same exact outfit that he wore on the Colbert Report last month (comparison shot above). Read more…

Sen. Chuck Grassley Demands Sexton Answer Questions About Shady Loans And Jack Lew

Newly confirmed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew faced weak opposition to his appointment this February, even though questions were raised about a $1.4 million home loan he received from NYU while he served as the University’s Executive Vice President of Operations from 2001-2006. Two weeks ago, NYU Local released an email sent to faculty from Martin Dorph, NYU’s executive vice president for finance and information, that revealed NYU and its law school currently have outstanding loans to 168 people, for a total of $72 million in loans.

We previously reported that seven of these 168 loans were given to top administrators. These seven loans average over $1 million dollars each and make up 10% of the total funds.

This fact has now been highlighted by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley in a letter to John Sexton (embedded below) that questions the validity of NYU’s tax-exempt status and the University’s methods of providing loans to members of its faculty. But at the heart of the matter is Lew, of course. Read more…

John Sexton Responds To Vote Of No Confidence, Trustees Pass Resolution Of Support

NYU President John Sexton and board chair Martin Lipton have both just released a statement in the wake of tonight’s result of the no confidence vote. In Lipton’s statement, he announced that the board of trustees have passed a resolution to show their unwavering support of President Sexton.

Sexton emphasized that NYU has already taken steps to hear more faculty concerns and that he looks forward “to working with the faculty to maintain NYU’s academic trajectory and prepare for the challenges ahead.”

Read both statements and the boards resolution after the jump. Read more…

The New York Times Sits Down With A Confused John Sexton

John Sexton is normally an incredibly confident orator. As The New York Times put it this weekend, “A former debating champion, he has mastered the gentler rhetorical skill of conveying his thoughts through personal anecdotes. Like the hugs with which he greets even strangers, these stories can disarm opponents, either by setting a jovial tone for a conversation by deftly guiding it away from any minefields or simply by running out the clock.”

But in today’s sit-down video interview with The Grey Lady, Sexton seems uncharacteristically nervous and completely off-putting. Read more…

The Official NYU 2013 Senior Bucket List

Seniors, the time is now. Do you want to leave college with regrets? Have you ignored every major New York landmark over these past four years in order to seem like a more “authentic New Yorker?” Do you want to tell your grandkids, “no, no, unfortunately your grammy never did sleep with that T.A.?” Are you hungry for exploration? Do you really need to spend another weekend inside binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix? This is the time to strike. This is the time to be bold and chug that last Brad’s finney. School spirit, something, something.

The seniors of NYU Local have put together the ultimate bucket list for NYU’s class of 2013. Most of us have spent the last four years under our covers blogging in front of the soft glow of our warm laptops — it’s time we got out out the house. We’re going to try to do all of these items by graduation on May 22nd, but we’re not making any promises to finish. Excuse our millennial doubt, but does anyone actually ever accomplish what they want to do in their lives before they die? Whatever, meet us at the Staten Island ferry and don’t be late. Read more…