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Influential 2014

Influential 2014

By Emily Bell and Dana Reszutek

December 11, 2014


Filed under Special Editions

NYU is not a bubble. Students are confronted with issues larger than an individual or a university, and discussions about these topics are not only growing, but also are being driven by students themselves. Through clubs, movements and student outreach, this year’s 10 most influential students take th...

Sophie Lasoff

Sophie Lasoff

By Marita Vlachou, Deputy News Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

In February 2013, NYU Divest hosted its first event — a lecture that featured environmentalist Bill McKibben as the main speaker. The event brought 500 people to Cooper Union. On that day, Sophie Lasoff, founder of NYU Divest, knew her hard work had paid off. “That momentum was what really got...

Richard Hsu

Richard Hsu

By Ife Olujobi, Entertainment Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

A group of students joke and chatter on their way to the fourth floor of the Silver Center on a Tuesday night as though they are about to go to a party. They are actually heading to a meeting of NYU’s chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association. Despite the jovial atmosphere,...

Pilar Mendez

Pilar Mendez

By David Bologna, Beauty & Style Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

Steinhardt senior Pilar Mendez didn’t always know she would venture to five different countries, conduct critical research and spend her college career as a public health major. “I was actually a theater kid,” Mendez said. Now, theater is only a hobby for Mendez, and she feels no need to...

Kevin Chung

Kevin Chung

By Jonathan Keshishoglou, Under the Arch Blog Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

Speaking quickly but concisely and occasionally cracking a witty one-liner, Poly senior Kevin Chung gives a presentation on Physical Security to the Cyber Security Club. He explains that to improve security, one needs to understand its flaws as well as its strengths. “Knowing how to pick a lock...

Jules O’Connor

Jules O’Connor

By Clio McConnell, Editor-at-large

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

Even after a long day of student government work, Jules O’Connor is all smiles on Dec. 4 as she leads the monthly University Committee on Student Life meeting, introducing speakers from her seat, front and center. Serving as chair of both UCSL and the Student Senators Council, her leadership style...

John Catsimatidis Jr.

John Catsimatidis Jr.

By Larson Binzer, Deputy News Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

At the front of a crowded room, Stern senior John Catsimatidis Jr. stands in a navy suit and red tie, the picture of a future political leader. Welcoming students into the room in the Kimmel Center for University Life before the evening’s speaker takes the podium, he chats with students as they walk...

Jamiee Foster

Jamiee Foster

By Bailey Evans, Deputy Features Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

Jamiee Foster knows what it’s like to be the new kid. The CAS senior had moved from Las Vegas to small-town Arkansas to Baltimore by the time she was in second grade. “The experience of being the new kid twice so early on in my childhood really made me more empathetic because I knew what it...

Corey Harper

Corey Harper

By Valentina Duque Bojanini, News Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

With a warm hug and a smile, Poly senior Corey Harper greets two members of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group. He and his co-presidents would be meeting with those in charge of diversity initiatives at NYU to discuss how the university can attract and support indigenous students. For...

Colin Waddell

Colin Waddell

By John Ambrosio, News Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

It is 9:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning at the Jay Street Metrotech Building in Brooklyn, and Colin Waddell is helping teenagers boil eggs. “All right, does everyone have it running now?” Waddell asks the 17 rowdy high school students he is working with as a teaching assistant. Each group in his...

Abhinay Ashutosh

Abhinay Ashutosh

By Hannah Treasure, Features Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Features

They are the little plastic blocks you step on in the dark that make you curse under your breath — the pieces of castles before they fit together. They satisfactorily click into place to prove to you that what you build will last. Lego blocks were what started it all for Abhinay Ashutosh, a CAS junior...

Influential Teaser

December 7, 2014


Filed under Multimedia

Here is an official teaser for WSN's Influential Issue, presenting the most influential students at NYU. Look out for the issue on stands Dec. 11.