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Politics Professor Speaks out Against IYSSE Club Rejection

Politics Professor Speaks out Against IYSSE Club Rejection

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.

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NYU Should Offer Alternative Platform for Controversial Speakers

NYU Should Offer Alternative Platform for Controversial Speakers

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.

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John Sexton Should Not Be Speaking at NYU

John Sexton Should Not Be Speaking at NYU

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.

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Liberal Students Must End Their Hypocrisy

Liberal Students Must End Their Hypocrisy

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.

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Censorship of @antipcnyuprof is Problematic

Censorship of @antipcnyuprof is Problematic

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.

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Yiannopoulos Visit Has Every Right to Happen

Yiannopoulos Visit Has Every Right to Happen

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.

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NYU Was Right To Cancel Watson Talk

NYU Was Right To Cancel Watson Talk

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.

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NYU Needs to Address Its Hostility Towards Trump Supporters

NYU Needs to Address Its Hostility Towards Trump Supporters

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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Removal of Anti-Vaccine Film Triumph for Science

Removal of Anti-Vaccine Film Triumph for Science

Emily Fong, Deputy Opinion Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under OPINION

There is no defensible reason to prop up the ravings of a discredited hack as a pillar of free speech.

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Tribeca is Not the Steward of Scientific Truth

Tribeca is Not the Steward of Scientific Truth

Abraham Gross, Deputy Opinion Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under OPINION

While the anti-vaccination movement is without merit, the removal of the controversial film "Vaxxed" undermines the integrity of the Tribeca Film Festival, and does little to prevent the spread of the anti-vaccination movement.

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Trump Attacks First Amendment Rights

Trump Attacks First Amendment Rights

Paris Martineau, Contributing Writer

March 7, 2016


Filed under OPINION

If Trump can attack the basis by which we define ourselves as a nation without even the slightest drop in polls, it is terrifying to imagine where the American people will draw the line, if they ever do.

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Free Speech Under Siege by University Admins in Mount St. Mary’s

Free Speech Under Siege by University Admins in Mount St. Mary’s

WSN Editorial Board

February 11, 2016


Filed under OPINION

By publishing the retention story and the drowning bunnies quote, the Mountain Echo has done its part in bringing justice to the university. With any luck, the administration will now hold itself accountable to the university community like it was always supposed to.

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