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13 posts from May 2013


Gaining Speed: Bicycling Gains Traction on NYU’s Campus

May 7, 2013

At first there was the large, gated-off bicycle rack behind Stern, accessible with an NYU ID card. For those-in-the-know, there was the luxury of the small indoor rack in Meyer Hall. And, for those who didn’t care too much whether the bike they retrieved at the end of the day resembled the bike they dropped off in the morning, there was the rack on Waverly Place next to Tisch.

But as climate change has become a pressing global issue and sustainability a major initiative at NYU, bicycle commuting has become a University priority.

Truth is, given the excellence and the pervasiveness of NYC’s transit system, unlike many major universities, NYU has few automobile commuters.  A transportation survey conducted by the University in 2009 found that on the average weekday only about 2.3 percent of NYU’s students and employees commute to work by motor vehicle (car, motorcycle, or scooter).

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Shedding a Little Light on Votes of No Confidence

May 6, 2013

In March, the Faculty of Arts and Science registered a vote of no confidence in John Sexton’s leadership; less than three weeks later, the School of Law overwhelmingly voted on a resolution in support of Sexton. Since then, several other NYU schools have decided to proceed with or consider votes of their own.

In an effort to shed some light on the situation, the Washington Square News hosted a discussion moderated by Olivia Gonzalez that featured a student and an FAS faculty member from each side of the debate.

It may take longer to watch than your average YouTube video, but it was an enlightening and lively airing of some of the issues. If you care about NYU, it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

—John Beckman


An Introduction

May 3, 2013

Welcome to the first entry of the NYU Public Affairs blog, a new endeavor from us here in the Office of Public Affairs.

While the NYU News site will continue to be the home for official University bulletins showcasing the work and achievements of NYU faculty and students, this blog will include a more in-depth look at University goings-on. It will celebrate those people shaping NYU and offer the University's perspective on matters pertaining to our campus, and beyond.

When I first arrived at NYU 17 years ago, I could feel that I was part of an institution on the ascendancy, bolstered by New York City's improving quality of life. But some were still wary of the Village's gritty reputation, and we weren't yet the "dream school" we've become. It all felt a little fragile - as if the gains that had been made could evaporate with one bad turn of luck.

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