Former NYU VP Catches Heat In Benghazi Hearing

The big event in D.C. yesterday was the Republicans’ investigation into the attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans last September. The underlying goal of the investigation, as BuzzFeed reports, is to call into question the response from Hilary Clinton, whose State Department was mostly responsible to respond to the attack in Libya. This investigation looks forward of the 2016 Presidential Election in which Clinton is an ostensible Democratic front-runner. And while Clinton received most of the media coverage, interestingly enough a former member of the NYU community is drawing heat as well.

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Project OutReach’s Future Still Up In The Air, No Decision Yet From NYU

The future of Project OutReach is looking uncertain. OutReach, a service program aimed at first-year and transfer students, brings new students to the city for four days of volunteer work before Welcome Week begins. The program is aided largely by its extensive network of alumni leaders, who are undergraduate students who completed the program and return to lead its new members.

But NYU’s recently proposed reorganization of Project OutReach seeks to trim down the number of alumni leaders while inviting more new member, a change some OutReach alumni are protesting as damaging to the program.

“They are looking to justify the program’s budget by growing the number of participants involved in the program while decreasing the number of returning leaders. [...] With these proposed changes, the program could potentially go dormant this coming year– for the first time in its 20 year history,” alumni Mike Han wrote on the Facebook page NYU Project OutReach Alumni. Read more…

Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan Named New President of NYU-Poly

NYU announced yesterday that Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan has been appointed the new president of NYU-Poly. Sreenivasan, an experimental physicist whose research focuses on the behavior of fluids and turbulence, will oversee the school’s transition into the NYU School of Engineering, which will be completed in 2014.

“Sreeni came to NYU already possessing the respect of his colleagues in the scientific community for his scholarship, scientific accomplishments, and scientific leadership,” said John Sexton. “His reputation and world view will help ensure that NYU-Poly achieves new heights in research, education, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship.”

As president, Sreenivasan will focus on the development of faculty, research, and educational programs, as well as leading the school’s engineering projects. When NYU-Poly becomes NYU’s Schools of Engineering in 2014, he will become the Dean of Engineering. Read more…

Professors Criticize Sexton’s Leadership

Tired of us talking about the no-confidence vote against John Sexton yet?

Well you shouldn’t be! Just this week, the Faculty of Arts and Science cast their ballots for the vote of no confidence against Sexton. But nonetheless, you probably are. So why not let professors take the reins to describe why the vote of no confidence is taking place and how they feel the action will affect the university. While all votes will remain secret, some professors willingly express their opinions.

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The Hidden Mysteries of NYU’s IRS Returns

Ever wonder where your tuition payments are going? Well the solution is (kind of) here! Check out the NYU IRS returns, readily available on this beautiful Internet of ours. Being a non-profit organization, the University receives tax exemptions but must also disclose these documents. But beware: the files might create more questions than answers.

Specifically, what the hell is the New York University Real Estate Corporation? Not to mention, how did the corporation’s net assets jump from $483,595 to $25,193,870 in just seven years?

Well turns out that the history of the corporation is not one of great scandal, laced with sex, drugs and real estate. Rather, it’s the story of how NYU came to own the properties just above Washington Square Park.

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Student Alleges NYU Is Forcing Her To Live With Her Roommate’s Four Year Old Son

Part of learning to love NYU is adjusting to the unique set of challenges that living in New York throws at you, all while dealing with the regular complexities that happen to normal college students. But everyone has their personal limits. Last year, a student had problems with completing an assignment that forced her to go down to Occupy Wall Street. She raised email hell with administrators over it.

And one year later, we now have Shasten Snellgroves, a junior at NYU who says that NYU is forcing her to share her living space with her roommate’s four year old son. Snellgroves says that with NYU’s sign-in policy, the child could spend every day in her room and sleep over six nights a month. She is not comfortable with this situation at all. When she approached a residence hall director about her concerns, Snellgroves says that the NYU employee “compared the situation to one roommate being uncomfortable with another having a homosexual partner stay the night.”

Read her full email to NYU Local after the jump.

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NYU Student Weaves Elaborate Email-Drama, Beefs With Administration Over OWS And Student Ethics

Mass emails sent out to departmental listservs are mostly servicey and rarely very interesting. But at 3 AM Wednesday morning, NYU senior Sara Ackerman mailed out a group of emails very worth opening.

Ackerman sent seven lengthy emails, which NYU Local has obtained, to students in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis that elaborately chronicled a situation in which she fought with NYU professors, mental health experts, and university deans.

Sara Ackerman’s beef with NYU started over an assignment that involved going down to Zuccotti Park and writing an ethnography on the Occupy Wall Street protestors. Sara says she refused to go down because of ethical disagreements and concerns about “the criminals, drug addicts, mentally ill people” that were there. She requested an alternative assignment, but wasn’t granted one by CAS Dean Kalb until, she had already gone down to OWS “with two other young girls, who are quite attractive and thin, and don’t look particularly physically fit enough to take on a potential predator, rapist, paranoid schizophrenic, etc” and felt like she “escaped an extremely dangerous — and even, life threatening — situation.” Sara still hasn’t completed her alternative OWS assignment.

The full emails and NYU’s response after the jump. Read more…