At Lang, we encourage you to participate in undergraduate life through social, cultural, recreational, and leadership activities. Engagement outside the classroom adds an important dimension to your education, and involvement in student clubs and activities can provide you with a sense of community.
Student Development and Activities
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The Office of Student Development and Activities (OSDA) sponsors many organizations and leadership programs in addition to an extensive calendar of events, all of which promote community and collaboration among students. The university has many recognized student clubs, organized around professional, academic, and social interests, including political action and advocacy, creative and performing arts, faith and spirituality, and sports and recreation. A complete list is posted at Student Services.
Lang Student Union
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The Lang Student Union (LSU) gives Lang students a powerful voice on the university campus. Serving as a liaison between faculty, administrators, and students, the mission of LSU is community building, student empowerment, and information dissemination. During the school year, LSU holds weekly meetings to review, approve, and fund proposals generated by students and student clubs. The meetings operate by consensus, meaning every decision must be passed unanimously. Rather than maintaining hierarchy through an executive board, LSU relies on facilitators who rotate leadership of the regular discussions. The annual budget for LSU is drawn from the activities fee paid by students. Because these funds are intended to support undergraduate life at Lang, students are empowered to decide how to spend them. Student representatives to all the faculty committees are appointed through LSU, including the Diversity Committee, Academic Standards Committee, and Student Life and Outreach Committee. For more information, contact the facilitators or visit during their designated office hours.
TNSchangemakers is a collaboration among New School students, faculty, and administrators to create a program incubator for diverse activities that will accelerate, broaden, and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at the university. Visit the TNSchangemakers blog for more info.
The New School Free Press Student Newspaper
65 West 11th Street, room 071
The New School Free Press is published biweekly. Students can receive academic credit for working on the newspaper, depending on particular assignments and responsibilities. You can contribute as a reporter, managing editor, section editor, copy editor, production chief, designer, photographer, publicist, etc. If interested, contact the The New School Free Press or email email@example.com.
Lang in the City
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The Office of Student Development and Activities coordinates Lang in the City, a program that lets you experience the artistic and cultural traditions of New York City by offering discounted tickets to Broadway theater, the Metropolitan Opera, and other performance venues. Tickets usually range from $10 to $22 when purchased at OSDA. You will receive email announcements throughout the semester about ticket offers.
Special Opportunities at NYC Cultural Institutions
Each semester, Lang offers courses designed around exhibitions at prominent New York City cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the New-York Historical Society, and the Public Theater. Students venture "behind the scenes” to meet with staff and guest artists and investigate the artistic process. These courses teach students about the life and art of featured artists and the social and political milieu of their work. Students get to meet with museum curators to learn about both the featured exhibition and the curatorial process. Other similar courses allow students to explore the process of historical representation and interpretation through material culture with field analysis of historical sites and public art in New York. For more information, speak to your academic advisor.
Lang Theater Productions
Each semester, students are invited to audition for a theatrical production at Lang. Past plays produced by the faculty and students of Lang include Our Town, The Judith of Shimoda, From the Fire, Big Love, Measure for Measure, Nightclub Cantata, Operetta, and The Laramie Project. Public performances are scheduled in November and March. As members of the cast or crew, students can receive academic credit. For more information about auditions, contact a member of the theater faculty or the Arts program office.
New School Debate Team
Founded in 2003 by a freshman who wanted to build community at Lang, the New School Debate Team currently ranks 27th in the nation in college competitions, ahead of Dartmouth, USC, and NYU. Debating engages students in the full range of intellectual and policy arguments on select issues of current public interest. It brings New School students as ambassadors to universities and other venues in the city, the country, and the world. Every semester, a workshop course in debate is offered for any New School student interested in joining the team. Students can also volunteer to coach in the citywide Urban Debate League, a consortium of debating teams in New York City public high schools. For more information, contact Judy Mejia, Director of Civic Engagement and Social Justice.
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Students residing in campus housing should expect to enjoy new challenges and experiences and establish new friendships. University Housing supports learning by fostering residential communities that reinforce academic and personal growth. A secure and supportive environment with relevant programming allows residents to share experiences and activities, appreciate differences, and ease into the challenges of college. All residence halls provide exciting social and educational programs created to familiarize residents with both the traditions of The New School and the cultural opportunities of New York. Programs designed to engage intellectual and artistic interests and to promote personal health and wellness are implemented by the resident advisors. Our goal is to provide comfortable and inclusive communities that encourage cultural awareness, academic achievement, and new and diverse experiences. Students who have questions or concerns about life in the residence halls should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WNSR is the New School's Web-based radio station. Students are responsible for managing and producing content for the station's five programming streams (currently a series of podcasts; streaming options are being explored). Course components include station management, marketing and fundraising; audio production, including basic recording and mixing; broadcast journalism, including interviewing and writing for radio; feature production, editing, and critique; music programming; and artistic performance programming, which involves interfacing with Lang's wide array of creative performance and arts programming. To listen, visit WNSR.
Eleven and a Half Literary Journal
Students learn about literary journal publishing by researching contemporary practices in the field and by editing content for the Eugene Lang College literary arts journal, Eleven and a Half. The editorial process includes developing goals for the journal, soliciting submissions, reading and evaluating submissions, and responding to authors. Students learn the basic vocabulary of journal production and publishing. Current trends in literary editing are discussed. There are field trips to presses and organizations that support literary publishing, and classes feature visits by New York City-based literary arts editors, from do-it-yourself practices, letterpress, book arts, web-based journals, university and college-based publications, and journals with a larger mainstream readership. Register for the course or contact Mark Statman for more information.
Skybridge Art and Sound
The Skybridge curatorial course provides an opportunity for multimedia exhibitions and curriculum-based projects in the arts. Showcasing visiting artist work, student work, and broader curatorial projects, the Skybridge space is a vibrant and exciting laboratory for visual, aural, and critical thinking. Students consider several distinct ideas for the management of the gallery space, supported by readings, field trips to art galleries, public radio stations and sound installations, and a toured visit of a museum given by a professional curator. The history and practice of audio art is introduced in the context of conceiving and installing actual exhibitions, including creating acoustical landscapes to complement the visual and textual components of each project. There are usually two to three exhibitions per semester.
This course develops performance skills for advanced dancers through rehearsals and performances of a dance work choreographed by a guest artist. The repertory work is performed at the end of the semester in the semester Dance Performance. By design, this course is taught by a rotating group of artists currently practicing in the field, giving students the opportunity to engage with varied approaches to choreographic research and understandings of the body and of performance, as conceived and employed by some of the fields most adventurous contemporary practitioners. An audition is required.
The Lang Outdoors curriculum combines challenging physical activities with explorations of political, cultural, and environmental issues in the urban environment. Offerings include Urban Cycling Team, Marathon Team, Lang on the Hudson, Community Gardening, Public Art Squad, Urban Forestry, and the Oyster Gardens of NYC. Related courses include Pilates and Yoga: Philosophy Practice.
Recreation and Intramural Sports
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The Office of Recreation and Intramural Sports offers students many ways to become physically active and make new friends while developing life skills such working in groups, meeting new people, and relieving stress through disciplined activity. Throughout the academic year, the office supports intramural team sports as well as weekly recreation programs (group fitness classes and personal training), outdoor education and activities, and other special recreational events. For questions, please contact The Office of Recreation and Intramural Sports.