New School News

Weekly Flashback, April 1 to 5

This week’s colorful Instagram photo of the new University Center broke previous records for most “liked” Facebook post.

There’s a whirlwind of information out there. In case you missed all the happenings, here’s a taste of what New Schoolers were up to last week:

Everybody’s Going Surfin’

The university community started off the week with a tantalizing tease from President David Van Zandt via Twitter.  The New School is scouting campuses in Hawaii! For one hot second, the eyes of students across the city glazed over in hopes of a semester of class not only outside, but also on the beach. April Fools! Almost too cruel. Here’s the tweet: “Excited to be scouting locations for new campuses . . . #TNSHawaii (#AprilFools!)

Battle of the Saxes

Most of us have experienced performances from subway break-dancers, mariachi bands, and soulful blues singers during our morning commutes, but instrumental improvisation jams? New School for Jazz student Sapphire Adizes was prepared when the occasion arose. A video of his impromptu saxophone battle with a fellow commuter went viral this week—it’s nearing 3 million viewers on YouTube. Check it out.

Oh, This Old Thing?

Design magazine Core 77 reviewed the third collaboration between Parsons undergraduates and Poltrona Frau, an Italian furniture maker. After three years, this partnership now boasts an added twist: students used scraps of discarded and scrap leather from the company’s factory in Tolentino, Italy to design intriguing new home and office products.

It’s the Final Countdown

With only 49 days to go until graduation, alumni from The New School want to say congrats and good luck. Check out the Storify feed of videos from New Schoolers of yore, and don’t forget to upload your own message using the hashtag #NewSchoolGrad.


The popularity of the university’s Instagram account reached new levels this week with the posting of a colorful—and almost complete—University Center. The Facebook announcement of a LEED Gold sustainability nod for the building was received with quite a bit of enthusiasm from our students, faculty, and alumni.  Check out the photo stream here.

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