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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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 Silver School of Social Work Advances No Confidence Vote on NYU Prez John Sexton

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It's been a rough semester for the NYU chieftain.

The tensions between the school's faculty and president John Sexton over the NYU 2031 expansion plans and decision-making procedures has reached a boiling point. The story was depicted in full with our profile by Nick Pinto two months ago on the Washington Square drama. Soon enough, and in true parliamentarian fashion, the faculty of College Arts and Science voted no confidence in John Sexton, leaving the rest of NYU's individual schools to make up their minds on the ongoing controversy. Aside from that, the school's clerical workers have also advanced a no confidence vote.

But, on Monday night, the first academic move since has been made, this time by the NYU Silver School of Social Work. In a 16-12 split with 9 abstaining, the Silver faculty, made of 52 full-time professors, decided to hold a no confidence vote on Sexton in coming weeks.

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Following City Hall's Vote to Approve NYU 2031 Expansion, Greenwich Village Residents Plan their Next Move

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It felt like it was over yesterday even before the Greenwich Village residents in the balcony started booing and chanting, "Chin and Quinn did us in," before Council Speaker Christine Quinn called on NYPD to remove the hecklers from the chamber, before one last old, diminutive woman wailed, "Shame on you! This is horrible!" and before the city council chuckled and congratulated each other through a 44-1 vote to approve the NYU 2031 expansion, known as the Sexton Plan.

The decision was no surprise to anyone, likely not even those who showed up and got kicked out. It was surprising, however, to file out of City Hall a half hour later to see some Greenwich Village residents and NYU faculty huddle just off the steps, still spiritedly chanting and taking questions from media. (Full disclosure: I am a graduate of NYU's graduate magazine program.)

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City Council Approves NYU 2031 Expansion

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In face of jeers from Greenwich Village residents, the City Council approved New York University's 2031 expansion plan by a 44-1 vote this afternoon.

The nearly 20-year construction project, which will not begin until 2014, will expand the university's campus to include additional academic facilities, housing for incoming freshman and faculty, create additional retail locations and has dedicated space for a public school.

The most contentious part of the expansion plan focused on the area known as the "superblock", which will be comprised of four new buildings bounded by West 3rd, Mercer, W Houston, and LaGuardia Place. Residents fear that it will not fit in with the rest of the neighborhood, take away community space, and attract too many restaurants and bars.


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City Council Gives Preliminary Greenlight to New York University Expansion Plan

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After a tense five years between Greenwich Village residents and NYU, it seems the battle over the university's 2031 expansion plan might be coming to an end.

Today, the City Council gave a preliminary thumbs up to the university's expansion plan, leading up to the decisive Council vote on the issue July 25.

It was a late start for one of the city's most hotly contested development issues -- the hearing began over two hours after its scheduled time.

"We're just dotting all of our 'i's' and crossing our 't's'," Mark Weprin, chair of subcommittee on zoning and franchises, said to the anxious crowd.

Council members have had an intense two weeks of discussion about the university's plan.

"It has been a lot of very late nights and early mornings," said Councilmember Margaret Chin, who represents the area of the proposed expansion.

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NYU Faculty Calls Out President Sexton's 2031 Expansion Plan In Open Letter

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NYU Faculty member protests 2031 expansion plan outside City Hall
The saga over NYU's 2031 expansion plan continues.

We recently took a trip to City Hall to hear about the university's expansion plan and
while most of the dissenting voices in attendance were from residents of
the Greenwich Village, it was mentioned that nearly 35 of NYU's
departments had also opposed the plan.

Yesterday those faculty, and a few students, released an 'open letter' airing out their grievances to President Sexton, which calls into question some of his testimony from the hearing.


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NYU, Greenwich Village Residents Face Off at 2031 Expansion Hearing

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Tensions ran high at City Hall today as residents of Greenwich Village squared off with New York University administrators and city construction workers over NYU's 2031 expansion project.

The project calls for the construction of four new buildings, three of which would be constructed on land already owned by the institution, as well as additional academic facilities and housing for incoming freshmen and faculty.

The four new sites will comprise an area called "the superblock", which will take six currently existing city blocks and turn them into two "superblocks." New buildings will replace single-story structures and the total area will equal 1.8 million square feet.

The "superblock" is the most contentious part of the plan due to residents fear that it will not fit in with the rest of the neighborhood, take away community space, and attract too many restaurants and bars. 

The hearing began with NYU President John Sexton and members of his administration testifying before the city council on their expansion plans for the university. When pressed for hard numbers about the cost of total expansion, Sexton estimated the 20 year project will range from $3-$4 billion dollars.

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