Looking back: NYU Fall 2012

As the new year begins, the WSN staff thought you might want to reflect on the absurdities, comedies, tragedies, ups and downs of Fall 2012. These past few months have embodied a semester like all semesters here, one where students bonded, divided, stumbled, but most importantly, prospered. Here is a timeline of the stories you might have missed and are worth reading again:

Aug. 6: NYU Sydney welcomed its first class of students.

Sept. 12: NYU law trustee Daniel Straus was hit with a barrage of criticism for his alleged maltreatment of workers at the HealthBridge Management corporation.

Sept. 14: The New York City health board passed one of the first sugary drink bans in the country as a result of Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to combat obesity.

Oct. 17: NYU’s treasured Timekeeper passed away at 70, leaving behind a legacy.

Oct. 31: Hurricane Sandy left many communities ravaged and forced the evacuation of NYU students to Kimmel. Alec Baldwin made an appearance. Read all the stories here.

Nov. 6: President Obama was reelected. WSN’s nationally recognized Election Issue provided one of many guides to the issues most important to our local community and the country at large.

Nov. 29: A slip-up blew up. Replyallcalypse drew the attention of national media outlets, and student Max Wiseltier enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame.

Dec. 13: We highlighted some of NYU’s best and brightest in our annual Influential Issue. Read the profiles of NYU’s 15 Most Influential students here.

Dec. 13: As the NYU expansion war wages on, faculty members voted in favor of holding a March vote of no-confidence vote against President Sexton.

Dec. 17: Students at Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music cover Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and are launched to fame. Currently, their video on YouTube has over 120,000 views.

Dec. 18: The Newtown shooting prompted a gathering of over 100 students to pray for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Make sure to check out a retrospective piece by our opinion columnist Shamir Tanna here. For the WSN Arts staff’s picks for the best films, television shows and albums of the year, head over to our Arts blog, The Highlighter.

Additional reporting by Julie Devito. Amy Zhang is managing editor. Email her at azhang@nyunews.com.

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