Intro to Theme IX: Untraveled

At a global university like NYU, it may feel that adventures can only happen from traveling abroad. But so often, the next adventure is just around the corner. All you need is a malleable mind open to the new experiences that can reshape your path.

This week we’re exploring new places and new perspectives. We’ve sent our writers to barely traveled roads and secret rooms around campus, hopefully encouraging you to find your own adventure. Enter that closed door, ride that random elevator. NYU is a big place, you never know where you’ll suddenly find yourself.

As always, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Amy Aixi Zhang
Blog Editor

Table of Contents (updated throughout the week)
- West 10th by Alyssa Matesic
- Music to my Eyes by Emma Scoble

Intro to Theme VIII: The Invisible

With a dozen or so college students working in the student newspaper office every night , I find it miraculous that trash and debris haven’t overtaken the building. Nightly, one student will spill his midnight coffee, or abandon a Chinese food tin, or catapult Swedish Fish at a friend. The old papers that pile up by 1 a.m. could blanket the walls.

But then, every morning at around 6 a.m. our building custodian walks in wheeling a trashcan and broom. He smiles at some of us sleeping in our chairs and tiptoes to a corner as he starts to sweep. He wipes away the coffee stain, tosses out the trash, pushes in the chairs. In the end, our AP style books are straightened and newspapers folded neatly next to computers he has dusted. As he gathers his things, he winks like some fantastical helper, says goodbye and wheels back out.

Many days, I try to apologize for the destruction of his daily labor. Maddening, I would think. But Eddie always puts on a smile.

“Don’t worry about it,” he says. “It’s job security.”

There are so many of these invisible hands and unseen faces that privately buff and shine the cogs of the university every day. Some are fanciful, some not. So many aren’t willing to speak to the press because of contractual obligations. But when you get a chance, get to know their story. Make the invisible visible.

Happy reading,
Amy Aixi Zhang
Blogs Editor

Table of Contents
- Ghostly Presence by Josephine Jablons
- Taking the Street by Blair Cannon
- Danishes at Daybreak by Dan Hinton