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Activists push colleges to make their campuses sanctuary sites for the undocumented

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A movement has begun on college campuses across the nation to shield undocumented students, staff and their family members from deportation. Efforts have emerged at many schools to limit the ability of local law enforcement and campus police to cooperate with federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers.   The idea builds on a policy many large urban areas have adopted that …

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Geocaching in NYU Local

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When I first heard of geocaching, it was described to me as a “treasure hunt for adults.” Being an avid fan of treasure and scavenger hunts as a kid, I downloaded a free geocaching app and went to find my first cache in Central Park.The basic rules of geocaching are pretty simple. Each quest is ranked by difficulty, terrain, and size, …

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Founder of Gallatin Might Not Fit Well in a Gallatin Classroom

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Herbert London, founder of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, held a highly contested discussion on Tuesday during a meeting of The Review and Debate Series, as students weren’t keen on his views on foreign policy.  London founded Gallatin in 1972 as a program within NYU with the idea in mind that students should read 87 key texts from Western …

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Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards

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“Hurry Up!!!” the online posting said. “Spot Admissions” to Western Kentucky University. Scholarships of up to $17,000 were available, it added. “Letter in one day.”  The offer, by a college recruiter based in India, was part of a campaign so enticing that more than 300 students swiftly applied to a college that many had probably never heard of.  More than …

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“The Wayfinding Project” Turns New York Back to Its Pre-Colonial History

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“The Wayfinding Project,” an evolving installation that questions the representation of indigenous cultures in New York City’s pre-colonial history and its future, will be showcased at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute from March 25 through December 21, 2016.“The Wayfinding Project” launches with an inaugural ceremony on Thurs., March 24, 6-8 p.m. 8 Washington Mews (below 8th Street, between University Place and Fifth …

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Gallatin Professor Anastasiya Osipova’s travel piece about the Ukraine

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SUSPENDED IN A RECLINING CHAIR, swaddled in a plaid blanket, dark glasses on my nose — my shell of a body is under an apricot tree in the Ukrainian countryside, my soul still lost somewhere in the purgatory of flight. “The cradle rocks above an abyss,” yes — between two continents and several languages. Only I am not a child, and there is something …

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Feb. 26 screening of Food Chains, documentary about farm workers

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On Friday, Feb. 26 at 4pm in Kimmel Room 804 there will be a screening of Food Chains, the hard-hitting documentary that describes the conditions faced historically by farmworkers in the U.S. and how one group of tomato pickers from Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has successfully partnered with consumers, growers, and 14 multi-billion dollar retailers to transform the East Coast agricultural …

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Gallatin students creates website to help make greener purchases

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Greener Ideal has an interview with Gallatin student Jake Madoff about his new website, Greener Square.  It begins like this: “Shopping for environmentally-friendly products is a lifestyle staple for anyone trying to limit their impact on their planet. But in today’s marketplace, it’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between those businesses that are actually operating with the environment in mind, and those that …

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NJ Congressman “Blasts” NYU Shanghai Over Human Rights Violations

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Chris Smith, a Republican congressman from New Jersey, spent a day last week at NYU’s newest degree-granting campus in Shanghai. Smith, who has been an outspoken critic of NYU’s expansion into the East Asian nation, reportedly used the opportunity as a podium to “blast China for human rights limitations, including “muzzled” students and professors.” These accusations, as reported by the …

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NYU Hires Construction Company It Is Actively Suing : NYU Local

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NYU is hiring a familiar construction company to build 181 Mercer Street, the athletic facility/academic building/residence hall slated to replace Coles Gym. Unfortunately, NYU’s history with this construction firm is not a happy one. According to a project update sent to Greenwich Village residents last week, NYU has hired Turner Construction to manage the construction of the 181 Mercer building. …

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In Chinatown, Gentrification Drives Out Tradition

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New York’s Chinatown is the largest in the United States, home to over 150,000 residents. Since the mid-1850’s, it has attracted many Chinese immigrants, who have successfully built a community in which the traditional Chinese culture and ideals are strongly present.I love Chinatown because of the cheap authentic meals and lively markets stocked with specialty foods that remind me of …

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What your college major says about your job potential

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They actually had a pretty awesome 2015, depending on what they studied.Unemployment for young college grads — ages 22 to 27 — fell to 4.9% by September, just below the current national average of 5%, according to a report published Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.These Millennials are also getting paid more: median incomes for recent graduates …

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‘Triumphalist’ mindset explains criticism of Middle East campus, says NYU president

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Critics of New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus are indulging in US “triumphalism” when they raise concerns about its ability to operate in a climate of limited academic freedom, its president has claimed. In an interview with Times Higher Education, John Sexton rejected accusations that New York had sold out by opening a branch campus backed by the oil-rich Gulf …

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On The Road From Debt to Freedom

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On The Road From Debt to Freedom: Lecture with Ken Ilgunas The goal was as simple and straightforward: to get out of debt as fast as humanly possible. In his travel memoir, Walden on Wheels, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential crisis of graduating with thousands of dollars of debt. Guided by the frugality and philosophy of Thoreau, Ilgunas narrates his …