1. NYU and Sallie Mae

    Longtime readers will know I've been frequently frustrated and puzzled by NYU's infrastructural choices. When I first arrived I learned they used my SSN as my student identification. I protested, wrote a formal letter, and was eventually issued a new SSN-like number. But, of course, this didn't easily propagate through …

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  2. NYU's Information Services Suck

    An example of how frustrating reliance on bad technology can be consider the following. NYU publishes a course catalog for the subsequent semester. However, NYU often does not publish enough such that I get a copy. The standard rejoinder is to use the web site. While I would object in …

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  3. Please Don't Use My SSN

    I needed to actually write and print out a letter...

    New York University

    Office of the University Registrar

    To Whom It May Concern,

    Please assign me a student ID number other than my social security number. US Social Security Numbers were created for a specific and narrow purpose in the …

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  4. Interdisciplinary Practice

    As I’ve been introducing myself to folks at NYU, I’ve noticed that I rely upon two motifs: interdisciplinary study and the importance of being a practitioner.

    As I mentioned in January, “I liken interdisciplinary studies to open source code development: finding objects of analysis and theory and applying …

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