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Appreciate Your Free Speech Rights on Social Media

Appreciate Your Free Speech Rights on Social Media

By Mert Erenel, Staff Writer

January 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Yes, the tweet may as well be insulting and disrespectful. But should it really warrant legal penalty, and even if so, is a bad tweet really proportional to punishment in jail?

University Professors Must Refrain From Violent Remarks

University Professors Must Refrain From Violent Remarks

By WSN Editorial Staff

October 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Although it should be encouraged the professors do share their inputs on political issues, that privilege should in no way be taken as permission to express violent and threatening remarks on campus.

Israel Anti-Boycott Act Inhibits Free Speech

Israel Anti-Boycott Act Inhibits Free Speech

By Benjamin Zinevich-Rodríguez, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The defensive use of “free speech” on campus has carried just as much nuance as it does when invoked by your racist uncle on Thanksgiving.

Free Speech On Campus Is Pertinent to Faculty, Too

Free Speech On Campus Is Pertinent to Faculty, Too

By WSN Editorial Board

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Universities should not silence professors—or encourage their silence. To continue being symbols of academic encouragement, they must welcome discussions, instead of reprehending them—and this expands to the professors.

Politics Professor Speaks out Against IYSSE Club Rejection

Politics Professor Speaks out Against IYSSE Club Rejection

By Herman Lee, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017


Filed under News

The Student Activities Board has denied club status to the International Youth and Students for Social Equality for the second consecutive time. But NYU professor Bertell Ollman is defending the group's freedom of speech.

NYU Should Offer Alternative Platform for Controversial Speakers

NYU Should Offer Alternative Platform for Controversial Speakers

By WSN Editorial Board

February 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Rather than completely disregarding controversial speakers, it is possible to offer them an alternative platform that would allow for conversation and the sharing of ideas.

John Sexton Should Not Be Speaking at NYU

John Sexton Should Not Be Speaking at NYU

By WSN Editorial Board

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

While Sexton has been recognized for his skillful debating, free speech has never been a center of his platform, making the choice to have Sexton headline this particular event confusing. Furthermore, Sexton’s tenure at NYU was filled with inexcusable mistakes, and he should never be an honoree at this university.

Liberal Students Must End Their Hypocrisy

Liberal Students Must End Their Hypocrisy

By Calvin Tran, Guest Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

To deem an entire class of speech as illegitimate, and not only illegitimate, but should be expectant of punishment, violence, and even the threat of ‘shutdown,’ as urged in multiple opinion articles published by WSN, is entirely antithetical to who we are as members of a university.

Censorship of @antipcnyuprof is Problematic

Censorship of @antipcnyuprof is Problematic

By WSN Editorial Board

October 31, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Rectenwald’s conduct was inappropriate, but the school’s rash decision to put him on ice has potentially far-reaching consequences.

Yiannopoulos Visit Has Every Right to Happen

Yiannopoulos Visit Has Every Right to Happen

By WSN Editorial Board

October 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In the interest of free speech on campus, the College Republicans should be free to host Yiannopoulous. Whether someone wants to take him seriously as a political voice or dismiss him as a clownish caricature should be up to that individual.

NYU Was Right To Cancel Watson Talk

NYU Was Right To Cancel Watson Talk

By Connor Borden, Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion

It is time to end our glorification of famous and important people in science and other fields in light of their derogatory and backwards ideas.

NYU Needs to Address Its Hostility Towards Trump Supporters

NYU Needs to Address Its Hostility Towards Trump Supporters

By Aaron Reuben, Contributing Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Regardless of whether or not these feelings of hostility have been embellished or exaggerated, strict labeling and rejection of Trump supporters and the swirl of media that has ensued is detrimental to NYU, an institution renowned for its free speech, social movements and debate.

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