NYU Student Wedged Between Dorm and Parking Garage Saved by Worried Friends

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NYU sophomore Asher Vongtau was trapped between a 17-story NYU dorm at 80 Lafayette Street and an adjacent parking garage for 35 hours until the FDNY broke through the wall at roughly 7 p.m. yesterday to extract him. According to reports, it was the dogged hunt by his friends that led to his rescue.

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NYU President John Sexton Will Not Continue in His Position After 2016

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New York University President John Sexton will not continue has the head of the university past 2016, according to a university-wide e-mail circulated by NYU's Board of Trustees yesterday. In the same e-mail, the board acknowledged the bad press surrounding its lending program for professors, which allowed Sexton, among others, to put money down on vacation homes and beach houses.

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Are NYU Dorm Developers Cheating Their Workers?

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Yesterday morning a giant inflatable rat appeared in front of 1-19 East 2nd Street, an apartment complex for NYU students. The rat is a mainstay in union protests, set up outside any business accused of hiring non-union workers or unfairly treating its employees.

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Kenneth G. Langone, Controversial NYU Trustee and Citizens United Provocateur, Is Major Lhota Backer

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Kenneth Langone's latest political investment.
On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court decided that corporations were people, too. The Citizens United ruling unleashed a new wave of influence in American elections; one that still has modern democracy reeling, as the last presidential election witnessed billions of dollars coming in from all over the country. Mega-millionaire Kenneth G. Langone, 78, was (and still is) at this frontline of legal corporatism, and his ties are everywhere, including NYU's much-talked-about loan compensation program and the wallet of the Republican frontrunner for City Hall, Joe Lhota.

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NYU is Handing Out Loans for Professors' Beach Houses. Do Other Colleges Do That Too?

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High-cost, low-interest loans from NYU are the hottest commodities on the market these days. On a city level, they've been used (and eventually forgiven by the school) across Manhattan to pay for profiled professors' lofts or condos. On a national level, they've made their way into the Senate, with Senator Chuck Grassley grilling Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for accepting one when he was an NYU professor. And, on a world level, they're the subject of serious backlash in relation to the school's expansion here and abroad. Now, it looks like the loans have gone coastal.

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Expansion Questions Arise Over NYU's Dismissal of Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng

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Was Guangcheng's dismissal a result of pressure for NYU Shanghai?
Last year, Chen Guangcheng arrived in New York to take a teaching position at New York University. He'd just escaped house arrest in his native country of China after being prosecuted for representing thousands of women in a class-action lawsuit against the Communist government. Now, more than a year later, the university has let the renowned dissident and self-made lawyer go, leading many to point fingers of blame at the school's PR coup de grace: worldwide expansion.

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NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Joins Anti-Administration Drumbeat With No-Confidence Vote

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The wave of faculty dissatisfaction at New York University continues to roll on. After the School of Arts and Sciences voted in favor of a statement of no confidence in President John Sexton and his administration back in March, similar resolutions were passed by NYU's Gallatin School, its Steinhardt School, and its Tisch Asia program.

Today, add another big NYU division to the list: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts just finished tallying the votes on their own no-confidence resolution, and the results, while hardly overwhelming, are clear: Of the 169 professors who voted, 93, or 55 percent, voted in favor of the statement of no confidence; 76 cast votes disagreeing; 16 abstained.

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3 NYU Researchers Charged With Giving Away Secrets to China

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Forget self-deportation: It appears the feds have stumbled across a case of secret self-outsourcing at New York University. On Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara and the FBI announced charges against three NYU researchers who had been funded by the National Institutes of Health to work on super-specialized MRI technology--then gave away that research to an institute supported by the Chinese government and another competitor, according to the complaint.

"As alleged, this is a case of inviting and paying for foxes in the henhouse," Bharara said in a statement. While the researchers were toiling away with the multimillion-dollar grant, the charges allege that the defendants communicated with United Imaging, a Chinese medical imaging company, and the Shenzen Institute of Advanced Technology, a project established by the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Shenzhen municipal government.

A university investigation into researchers' NYU e-mail accounts found that the researchers had been sending NIH-funded project updates to United Imaging, while the feds discovered that an executive there paid one of the researcher's grad school tuition fees and another's rent. Guess SeekingArrangement.com just wasn't good enough this time around.

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More No-Confidence Votes Against NYU's Administration

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NYU's insurrection isn't dying down -- it's accelerating.
Ever since the faculty of New York University's core division, the School of Arts and Sciences, voted no confidence in the administration of President John Sexton in March, Sexton has been on a charm offensive, promising angry professors that he will solicit their input and try to be a better listener going forward. So far, at least, that effort is falling flat, as more and more school constituencies continue to line up against him.

The faculty of NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development held its own no-confidence vote last week, and finished tallying the results yesterday. The result was overwhelming, with 117 faculty voting in favor of a statement of no confidence, 45 voting against, and 22 abstentions. The Gallatin School of Individual Study also narrowly voted no confidence in the administration, 23 to 21, with 6 abstaining. Meanwhile, NYU's troubled Tisch Asia program just held its own vote today. 19 faculty voted in favor of a no-confidence statement, one against, and two abstained.

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NYU Student Busted For Selling Airsoft Rifles Out Of Dorm

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As we learned from A Christmas Story, you can and will shoot your eye out with a BB gun. The same applies to airsoft guns -- those plastic knockoff rifles that fire out small, plastic BBs. The pseudo-weapons are favored by a younger, gun-savvy crowd and, boy, they can hurt like hell.

That brings us to the story of NYU junior Andrew Goal. On Sunday, he was arrested at 80 Lafayette, the location of NYU's Lafayette dormitory space, for building and selling airsoft guns out of his room. Both of those activities are illegal in New York.

Apparently, maintenance workers tipped off the campus police that they saw a few pistols on Goal's bed during a service visit. The NYPD soon busted his room and found five rifles stashed away in the 20-year-old Texan's room; one of which resembled an AK47. It was later discovered that Goal was selling his products online for upwards of $500.

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