University Senate Committee Recommends Against Divestment From Fossil Fuels

climate change fossil fuelsA Senate Financial Affairs Subcommittee unanimously recommended against divestment in their report presented yesterday at a University Senate meeting. The eight-member Fossil Fuel Divestment Working Group said it was not prudent for the school to withdraw its assets from what are called “commingled accounts.”Commingled accounts are investment funds containing assets from different customer and brokerage accounts. Since the portfolio is not managed individually with NYU, according to the group, …

Hamilton To Inherit NYU’s Drama and Controversy

Hamilton_Andrew-225_tcm18-126745Professor Andrew Hamilton has been announced as NYU’s 16th president, and the Oxford head will take over our university in a tumultuous time, to say the least. Outgoing President John Sexton is the subject of much controversy, and the trajectory he has put the school on has received a great deal of scrutiny, not just on campus, but around the globe.Aggressive expansion policies, labor abuses, and high executive compensation have given NYU’s leadership a …

A Step By Step Guide To Getting Access To Your NYU Admissions Records

Vote ACCEPTEDWhen CAS Sophomore Hannah Weverka read an article on Buzzfeed by Stanford Students titled “Here’s How to See What College Admissions Officers Wrote About You” she decided there was no reason not to try it at NYU. She wrote about her experience and decided to write a guide for NYU which she originally published on her website. The method is simple but effective. By requesting access under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, …

East Village Building Collapses, Causing NYU Evacuations [PHOTOS]

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 10.15.30 PMAn explosion on Second Avenue and 7th Street resulted in the collapse of two buildings and a fire in two others Thursday afternoon, leaving at least twelve people injured, three in critical condition.The blast occurred around 3:15 p.m. In a press conference Thursday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that early evidence pointed to a “gas-related explosion.” The original explosion occurred at 121 Second Avenue, resulting in the fire that destroyed the building. …

Subscription Boxes Are Cooler Than The Care Packages Your Mom Sends You

A-partial-group-of-subscription-boxes-weve-runYou can’t fit a square into a circle (fine wisdom via Hilary Duff) but you can fit it into a box. Read on.When you’re sent off to college it can be easy to disassociate from home. For some of us that can be a breath of fresh air, while for others, it’s terrifying. Truth be told, even the most independent feel the desire to indulge in a taste of home.If that taste is close …

Warm Waters Wash Sea Lion Pups Ashore

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAimrsUnfortunately for the ecosystem, sea lion population, and anyone with a heart, lion pups have hit a crisis point.Thousands of sea sion pups have been washing up on the shores of California from San Diego to San Francisco. Pups have been washing up in record numbers since 2013, but this years’ number is already five times greater than 2013’s final total.The pups …

NYU Faculty Demands Divestment From Fossil Fuels

shutterstock_226073734Yesterday morning, faculty members demanded NYU divest its fossil fuel holdings in a letter delivered to President Sexton. The letter, with 138 signatures, comes as the Fossil Fuel Divestment Working Group is set to present its findings at tomorrow’s University Senate meeting. The university has approximately four percent (or $139 million) of its $3.4 billion endowment invested in fossil fuels.The letter warns that the continued use of fossil fuels endangers the commitment made by …

The High Cost of NYU Sperm

nurse-gail1Nurse Gail Ingram is a graduate student and has been a practicing RN since 2005. She is NYU Local’s health columnist.Cash starts to run low near the end of the semester, but for some of us there’s an opportunity to make an extra buck. And by some of us, I mean those with sperm.NYU guys are heavily targeted by sperm banks to provide donations in exchange for cash.  In fact, NYU sperm …

The Madness Has Officially Begun

iIt boggles my mind how every year March Madness takes the country by storm. The tournament starts in the middle of March, often consists of 70 percent crappy borderline-unwatchable teams, and unfailingly grabs the attention of millions of Americans. I would attribute that fact to a couple key parts: gambling, interest in alma maters, and chaos.Isn’t it kind of cool that you can point the third weekend in March every year and think …

Killer Mike Talks Oklahoma Fraternity, Systemic Racism

 443e8126On Monday, rapper and social activist, Michael Render, professionally known as Killer Mike, gave a lecture on Police Brutality, For-Profit Jailing Systems, and Racism in America at NYU to a packed auditorium.While Killer Mike is best known for his music, he is also a very outspoken activist fighting for social equality, especially in regard to the African-American community. He was recently interviewed on CNN where he talked about his reaction to the grand …

[UPDATED] NYU’s Nonresponse to Andrew Ross’s Concerns On Academic Freedom

andrew-ross-speakingProfessor Andrew Ross, an outspoken critic of NYU’s labor practices abroad, was barred from traveling to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, March 14. He had planned to spend his spring break there to conduct research on low-wage workers in the UAE. NYU professors and students are supposed to be guaranteed safe passage to the country.Ross wrote to President Sexton and Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi Al Bloom seeking an explanation. He received …

Andrew Ross Barred From Entering UAE

hqdefaultICYMI over break, NYU professor Andrew Ross, a labor expert and critic of the exploitation of migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates, was denied entry into the UAE on March 14 as he attempted to board a flight to Abu Dhabi.Ross learned the news at JFK when UAE officials cited security concerns for his travel ban. He had intended to spend his spring break there to conduct research on low-wage workers in the …

No One Actually Knows When (Or If) Coles Will Be Demolished

d4ac0e62709dd5a8c127dee516f50e83We all know that the Coles Sports Center’s destruction is imminent. We’ve written about it as far back as 2012, and yet the date keeps getting pushed back. Coles is only guaranteed to stay open until the end of academic year 2014-2015, but new evidence shows that its life may have been extended yet again. Maybe Coles will stick around forever, after all.An anonymous source said Provost David McLaughlin had a meeting with …

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

hamilton hatNYU 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 very excited about being part of, what I view — and I’ve been …

Oxford University Administrator Named Next NYU President

andrew hamiltonNYU 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 of NYU, its accomplishments, its trajectory, and its renowned president, John Sexton, for some …