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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It’s easy to get distracted when your campus quad was also the site of the season two finale of Glee. A lot has happened around NYU’s vibrant community in the four years that you have spent studying, interning and wandering the sidewalks of Greenwich Village. But what has unfolded along this path to academia is often forgotten amid the stress of graduation. That’s what we’re here for — to remind you about what you might’ve missed and to draw your attention to what should not be forgotten. Commencement is a ceremony that marks the beginning of a new stage, and it’s right around the corner. For many seniors, this symbolizes the anxiety of an unknown future, of entering into the real world, of replacing ragers with reality. But when you put on those very purple gowns, you carry with you four years of memorable experiences. You should be as proud as your gowns are bold. Think about that next time you stress about what tomorrow brings. And in the meantime, look back on yesterday. And the day before. Flip through this issue to remember some of the most significant events of your tenure at this great university. And as you reminisce, don’t just think about what happened. Remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. Maybe you were devouring a falafel at 2 a.m. on MacDougal Street; perhaps you were submerged in textbooks in the lower levels of Bobst. You might’ve even been abroad at one of NYU’s many global sites. Wherever you were, this issue is designed to help you remember what made these past four years uniquely your own. After digging through our archives from the past four years, the WSN staff has compiled just a handful of highlights. Before embarking on your future, take a minute to think about what got you here. And take a deep breath while you do it — those are what helped you through the stressful times to reach the pinnacle you are at now.

AMANDA RANDONE Editor-in-Chief

’ July 18, 2008

Director Christopher Nolan’s second Batman Installation, “The Dark Knight,” immortalized Heath Ledger as the Joker.

August 29, 2008

John McCain names Alaskan governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. She is the first woman to be on the GOP ticket.

August 17, 2008

Team USA swimmer Michael Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

August 24, 2008

Gramercy Green, the luxurious upperclassmen residence hall on 23rd Street, opens for students.

September 15, 2008

Lehman Brothers, the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, files for the largest bankruptcy in history, leading to a severe global recession.

November 4, 2008

Barack Obama is elected the 44th president of the United States, and is the first African-American to hold the office.

November 8, 2008

NYU senior Sarah Pillemer becomes the all-time leader in points and ties in goals in NYU women’s soccer history.

November 23, 2008

NYU Bike Share receives $13,000 founding grant and makes its inaugural bike ride.

January 13, 2009

A U.S. Airways airplane makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River, but all 155 passengers on board survive and are rescued.

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After 3 years of banning Coca-Cola Co. products on campus, the University Senate overturns the policy with a 28-22 vote.

February 18, 2009

Because of the conflict in Israel’s Gaza Strip, NYU delays the opening of its study abroad site in Tel Aviv. The 15 students originally chosen to study for the semester are given the option to return to Washington Square or spend the semester at another study abroad campus.

Take-back NYU holds a three-day protest in the Kimmel Center for University Life. Among the demands of the students are fiscal transparency of the university budget and the institution of scholarships for students from the Gaza Strip. None of the demands were met, and the 18 students who remained in Kimmel Friday morning were suspended.

January 24, 2009

March 29, 2009

January 19, 2009

After a string of robberies in Carlyle Court residence hall, police arrest Juan Molina, 18. The robber, unaffliated with NYU, pilfered four laptops, two iPods, a digital camera, a necklace and credit card before getting caught.

University officials discover the existence of a student-created pot haven named Narnia in an alcove of the student dorm at Hayden residence hall. Narnia, which students entered through a hole carved in a university wardrobe, is eventually shut down.

The outbreak of Swine Flu originates in Mexico and affects more than 15,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.

June 5, 2009

“The Hangover,” starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, is released in theaters and becomes a cultural phenomenon.

June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, dies at the Medical Center of the University of California, Los Angeles. His death is ruled a homicide on August 28.

October 28, 2009

NYU proposes a smoking ban stating that all smokers must not smoke within 15 feet of buildings. The measure is later passed by the Student Senators Council in 2010.

NYU ends free printing for students. Instead, students are given $50 printing budgets each semester.

NYU President John Sexton announces that he will serve as president until 2016.

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September 8, 2009

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September 23, 2009

The ABC comedy “Modern Family” debuts on television, reinvigorating the channel’s comedic presence with its popularity among audiences.

November 4, 2009

The New York Yankees capture their 27th World Series Championship, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.


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December 11, 2009

Tabloids run amuck after legendary golfer Tiger Woods crashes his SUV in Florida and information about his numerous extramarital affairs becomes public.

January 3, 2010 The Transportation Security Administration announces new regulation that requires full-body pat-downs for airline passengers from 14 countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, when they are flying to the United States.

January 21, 2010

NBC announces Conan O’ Brien will leave “The Tonight Show” and secure his own show in September 2010.

January 27, 2010

Steve Jobs presents the iPad, the first generation of the Apple tablet device.

After approval by the House of Representatives, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often termed as Obama Care, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

April 11, 2010

NYU announces its 2031 expansion plan, which immediately becomes controversial.

April 20, 2010

BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes and causes an oil spill that would become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

January 14, 2010

In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, NYU confirms the location of the two missing graduate students in Haiti and announces that they are en route back to the United States.

March 23, 2010

February 26, 2010

New York Governor David Paterson resigns after his administration is scrutinized for its involvement with a domestic violence case.

May 13, 2010

Police find three Pakistani men allegedly responsible for a car bomb in Times Square.

June 2, 2010

NYU Bookstore — previously located on Greene Street and Washington Place — opens its newly renovated location at 726 Broadway, combining the main and professional bookstores.

July 27, 2010

Steve Carell, the star of NBC’s most popular primetime comedy, announces his character, Michael Scott, will not be returning to “The Office” for the following season.

August 16, 2010

New Meadowlands Stadium, the home of the Jets and Giants, opens with a preseason game between the two teams.

August 31, 2010

President Barack Obama announces the end of the withdrawal of troops and end of the combat mission in Iraq.

September 7, 2010

NYU Abu Dhabi site opens for its first classes to 150 students.

October 11, 2010

NYU ranks second to UCLA in a PETA competition for the most vegan-friendly campuses.

November 6, 2010

NYU men’s soccer wins its first-ever UAA Championship after defeating Brandeis University 1-0.

November 23, 2010

Wikileaks releases 250,000 confidential State Department cables for the public to view.

December 22, 2010

President Barack Obama officially repeals the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy,” a military rule that forbade homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.

January 11, 2011

NYU men’s basketball defeats Case Western Reserve University to give head coach Joe Nesci his 400th career win.

January 25, 2011

Egyptians take to the streets to protest against poverty, unemployment and the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

’ June 24, 2011

New York becomes the largest state to legalize gay marriage and propels the national gay rights movement forward.

August 5, 2011

Standard & Poor’s says they lowered America’s long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+ because of U.S. policymakers’ inability to take on the economic and financial challenges.

August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene is downgraded to a tropical storm just before it reaches New York City, delaying Freshman Move-In Day for the first time in more than 30 years.

September 11, 2011

New York City and the rest of the country commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.

September 17, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement begins as demonstrators gather in the financial district.

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A blizzard closes many public institutions, including NYU. The 19 inches of overnight snowfall broke an 86-year-old record.

March 27, 2011

NYU president John Sexton and Chinese officials in Pudong, Shanghai celebrate plans for the university’s second international degree-granting campus, which will open in September 2013.


April 29, 2011

Prince William of Wales weds Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

May 1, 2011

U.S. Navy Seals and CIA operatives kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was responsible for planning the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

October 3, 2011

An Italian court overturns the conviction for Amanda Knox, deciding to acquit her of charges that she killed her 21-year-old roommate in 2007.

October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, dies after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

October 20, 2011

January 23, 2012

NYU partially opens its Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life next to the Kimmel Center for University Life.

February 5, 2012

The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots to win Superbowl XLVI.

February 20, 2012

The Associated Press discovers that the President Muammar Qaddafi is capNYPD has been monitoring Muslim tured and killed by rebel forces outside student organizations on college camof his hometown, Surt, Libya. puses such as NYU and other schools.

November 10, 2011

Penn State fires Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier for ignoring sexual assault accusations against assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Paterno dies on Jan. 22, 2012.

February 26, 2012

Travyon Martin, a black 17-year-old, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman.

March 1, 2012

December 8, 2011

NYU announces its plan to open study abroad sites in Brazil and India.

Students protest to ban Chick-fil-A, which reportedly donated $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009.

December 18, 2011

April 26, 2012

North Korea leader Kim Jong-il dies at 69 from a heart attack. He is succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-un.

As part of President Barack Obama’s campaign, Vice President Joe Biden speaks to students at NYU.

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