Congratulations Corona of 2020: Calamities Target Seniority, First

In the wake of a storm that bombards a global network university, a lot has been said about seniors having to face challenges and take chances hastily. Though seemingly similar to a collective student body experience, walking in our shoes amidst this outbreak has come close to a catch-22. Since day one, spring continues to shape out bizarrely for some international members of NYUSH’s (hopefully) graduating class. Does this hazy tunnel lead us anywhere?

This Isn’t a Normal Semester, We Shouldn’t Have Normal Grading

A universal ‘Pass/Fail’ policy for all Spring 2020 courses across the NYU global network levels the now uneven academic playing field and would benefit the greatest number of students. Serious consideration should be taken by the NYU administration of taking after schools like MIT and Smith College and making all courses for the remainder of the semester graded on a ‘Pass/Fail’ basis across the global network. If this is not possible, a policy that resembles New York’s ‘Pass/Fail’ policy for this semester should be taken on by Shanghai.


The novel coronavirus outbreak in China has caught the attention of billions of people worldwide. Hospitals in Hubei are overwhelmed with the flood of patients, and labs across China are working around the clock to test patients for the virus. In these difficult times, how can we utilize the power of science to estimate the potential scale of this outbreak? To find our answer, we must look beyond China.

Goldenrod Exhibit Review

After all, it wouldn’t do to have a gallery space in the first place if it isn’t going to be used. The formal exhibition, and its intended themes, are all an outward representation of the school itself: our avid patronage of the arts and the environmentalist values we endorse.

Letter from the Editor

Dear NYU Shanghai community and readers, First, let me introduce myself; my name is Ben Haller and I’m the new editor-in-chief of On Century Avenue (OCA). I admittedly have big shoes to fill taking over from Allie, last year’s editor-in-chief, but I’m very grateful for this opportunity. While I’m an economics major, journalism has always […]

If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself

Anyone who chooses to run for Student Government and plans on dedicating hours of their time each week to serving our community deserves every other student’s respect. Lashing out at those who are committing to serve you and dedicate their time to fight on your behalf, whether or not you agree with them or had a bad experience with them in the past, is ignoring the problem at hand.

Don’t You Dare Take the Elevator For One Floor

“You good-for-not-much, one-floor-riding, blisslessly ignorant, time-wasting, annoying little ding-dongs. Please stop it. Please just stop. You don’t need to do this. No one needs you to do this. You are wasting time, you are wasting electricity, you are wasting my remaining nerve endings. Your foolish, witless buffoonery has not benefited anyone,” writes OCA Contributing Writer Mohos Mate.

FoS Is Life

“FoS mandates more courses than other majors, but the challenges facilitate rigor. The wonderful opportunities – excellent faculty, chance for direct interactions with the professors, and research scopes – that are present actively rewards our efforts,” writes freshman FoS student Raiyan Reza.

The Sex & Cash Theory

“The pursuit of stability feels a bit like a pay-off. Jonathan wants an income so that he can pay for rent and food and transport and Netflix, but he can’t deny the allure of a project that gets his heart racing and blood pumping. This isn’t new. This is “The Sex & Cash Theory.” OCA’s Managing Editor Stephanie Bailey tackles the dilemma NYU Shanghai students face after graduating.

I Am Happy

At a time when several Americans around the world are disfraught about election results, Allison Chesky explains why she is happy to be at NYU Florence despite being away from home.

The Discomfort Zone

Universities, especially small and liberal ones like NYU Shanghai, are supposed to be a place where ideas are spread freely and students engage in open debate to tackle the world’s biggest issues. But increasingly these debates are limited by safe spaces—we don’t want to offend or hurt anybody.

If Kanye West Was a Woman

In an alternate universe, our very own bratty, self-obsessed genius, Kanye West, is a woman. She’s a musical genius, and she knows it – but some days even the strongest of women need to vent their troubles away. This is West, the woman, in an honest rant about the industry she’s made her career in.

Privilege at NYU Shanghai

I feel privileged when people complain, because it means that I live with people who have it so good that they expect things, demand things, instead of asking, calling for, working with the administration, requesting, proposing solutions themselves.

Beyoncé is Black

When black people are not able to freely practice the most basic elements of cultural identity without persecution, meanwhile, other people are being praised as innovative or exotic and possibly making big bucks off these elements, the culture is not being shared. It is being stolen.

In Conversation with Congressman Smith

On Feb. 16, United States Congressman Chris Smith visited NYU Shanghai at the invitation of Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman. After a brief reception and introduction, the Congressman addressed a large group of students, professors, and university staff. As a student of this unique university, I wish to express my reaction to Rep. Smith, not as […]