With over 54,000 students, 10,200 full-time employees, 3,000 full-time faculty, and three degree-granting campuses, NYU is overflowing with stories waiting to be told—more than we at the NYU News team could ever hope to cover. We're so often surprised and humbled by all there is to discover and learn about this place over the course of a semester or two.

Among other things, 2018-19 will be remembered as the year we traveled to Daytona with NASCAR driver and SPS student Joe Graff, pondered cybersecurity threats with Tandon fellows at NYC Cyber Command's Virtual Cyber Range, and asked the director of NYU's Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics to explain why he and his colleagues still prefer old-school chalkboards for their calculations. Again and again, we turned to NYU experts to help make sense of breaking news and world events—whether a measles outbreak in Brooklyn, a government shutdown in Washington D.C., a historic fire in Paris, or an immigration enforcement policy that separated children from parents at our country's borders. 

Before we move on to whatever discoveries the next year may bring, here's a look back at 10 of our most popular stories—five videos and five written pieces—from 2018-19. 

Top 5 Videos

1. Alumna Brittney Johnson Makes History in 'Wicked'


“My advice for anyone pursuing a career in the arts: Don’t compare yourself. Trust your journey.” Brittney Johnson (Tisch '12) is the first black woman to play Glinda in Wicked on Broadway. 

2. #NYUStyle: Fall 2018


NYU students showed off their personalities with their back-to-school looks.

3. NYU Holodeck: The Future of Simulation-Based Education


As part of the NYU Holodeck Project, Meyers College of Nursing professor Winslow Burleson and his SuperComputing Collaboration team are advancing simulation-based education by testing new technologies that can measure how students’ brains and bodies react to stressful scenarios.

4. We Don't Have Football. So What? We Have the Table Tennis Male Athlete of the Year


Olympian Yijun Feng (SPS '20) says that winning the co-ed National Collegiate Table Tennis Team Championships with NYU was "better than winning the Olympic qualification."

5. Is PowerPoint Ruining the Story?


"Seldom—if ever—has a commercial device exercised such dominance on the principal forms of public speech." Steinhardt's Erica Robles Anderson discusses the profound influence of PowerPoint's one billion installations.

Top 5 Articles

When the NYU News team put the call out on our social media channels for alumni couples who'd met during their time studying here, we weren't quite prepared for the flood of enthusiastic responses we'd receive. The overwhelming message? You never know where you might find (violet-tinted) love. Couples met in class or at their residence halls, in clubs and choirs, or through campus jobs. A surprising number of pairs reported having crossed paths during their very first days on campus, while others didn't bump into each other until they were (literally) on their way to graduation.

An 80WSE exhibition explored the wild artistic past of its Washington Square Park home, which, when it was built in the 1800s, became New York City’s first official bachelor pad. The building offered apartments and art studios to relatively well-off single men at a time when bachelors had an awful reputation. As an 1879 New York Times article about the new building’s design explained: “The bachelor is looked upon by some men and all women as a mistake in the scheme of creation, and probably three-fourths of his fellow beings would vote for his immediate elimination by the noose—Hymen’s or the hangman’s.”

For National Siblings Day (April 10), the NYU News team caught up with eight NYU student-sibling pairs (and one soon-to-be trio!) for a glimpse of collegiate life as a family affair. 

After President Donald Trump’s February 15 declaration of a national emergency in order to move forward with securing funds to construct a wall or barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, the NYU News team asked law professor Elizabeth Goitein to describe what the declaration could allow him to do. Goitein spearheaded the creation of a database that outlines presidents’ powers and their uses during national emergencies, and is also the author of The New Era of Secret Law, a report that discusses ways in which government officials have amassed power over the years through non-democratic processes. 

new book by NYU professor emerita Karen Ordahl Kupperman peels back more than 400 years of legend—the “good Indian” stereotypes, the convenient love stories, the tuneful painting with all the colors of the wind—to examine the facts of the real Pocahontas’s short but remarkable life. Intertwined with her story in Kupperman’s telling are those of three English boys—Thomas Savage, Henry Spelman, and Robert Poole—with whom she crossed paths when they were sent to live with Native leaders. Like Pocahontas, they acted as translators and negotiators, their job to “understand the other from the inside and interpret the other’s culture and language for their own people.” Often, living in this state of “forced fluidity” carried risks.