Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:03 am est

Living in Astor Place cube isn’t for squares

Posted on April 1, 2014 | by Junior the Elephant

Graphic by Tinkerbell

NYU Residential Life and Housing Services announced today that the university would be opening up yet another residence hall for the 2014-2015 school year. In light of the news that Hayden Residence Hall will be closed and renovated in the coming year, NYU has decided to create a new, unconventional freshman residence hall to accommodate housing demands.

Amidst rumors swirling of people living inside the famous Astor Place cube, NYU Residential Life and Housing Director Jimmy McMillan, along with Ron Swanson, the head of the NYU Mental Health Committee, came up with a transformative housing experience for incoming freshmen.

The Cube, as the hall will be known, will provide housing for 50-75 students in one common area. The dorm will not have bedrooms, or even beds, but rather will encourage students to pile on top of one another for optimal comfort and warmth. It will also be NYU’s most environmentally friendly dorm, as the Cube will not have electricity, running water or heating.

McMillan and Swanson said the Cube will provide a housing experience unlike any other, giving students an opportunity to build character.

“The Cube will be part of NYU’s First-Year Residential Experience, with one survival-themed living space,” Swanson said. “Research has shown that there are many positive psychological effects that come from a deprivation of personal space, darkness and, at times, extreme heat.”

Swanson, a man passionate about simplicity, insisted that the Cube be free of any kind of storage space, forcing students to live without any personal belongings.

The Cube will undergo minor renovations to make the housing experience more comfortable for the students who choose to live there. It will be outfitted with padded walls and a small turnstile that will be monitored by a member of NYU Public Safety.

A short walk from campus and the Astor Place subway stop, McMillan said the Cube will be perfect for students on a budget.

“Many people have complained in the past that the cost of NYU housing is too damn high, but the Cube will provide affordable housing for students who want to be close to campus and value convenience,” McMillan said.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 1 print edition. Junior the Elephant is the baby of Colonel Hathi, the leader of a herd of Indian elephants. Email the herd at news@nyunews.com.

Comments

CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
profile portrait
Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

AS
Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.

 

DY
Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

CLOSE [x]
  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    NEWS FEATURES MULTIMEDIA SPORTS ARTS OPINION
    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.

    Next