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Comics to look forward to this summer

Comics to look forward to this summer

Grant Spathis, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 3, Marvel Comics Amy Reeder (writer), Brandon Monclare (artist), and Natacha Bustos (artist) Moon Girl, also known as Lunella Lafeyette, is a 9-year-old super genius (and the smartest person in the Marvel Universe).  Her best friend is a 30-foot-tall dinosaur...

Frog splash: diving in with the frogmen

Frog splash: diving in with the frogmen

Marcin Machnik, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Time was the biggest enemy but Doug Carbol, a 34-year-veteran for the Chicago Fire Department, knew that finding the victim in the dark freezing water of Lake Michigan in a matter of seconds would be a matter of life and death. The Chicago Fire Department Helicopter Dive Team received a call for a...

DJ Stack’s spin on things: Ajoyi Stackhouse

DJ Stack’s spin on things: Ajoyi Stackhouse

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU student, DJ Stack, was born unable to breathe. Her full name is Ajoyi Stackhouse is a representation of the joy of overcoming such a traumatic beginning of life. Now in her early thirties, and residing in Waukegan, Stack is finally enjoying the fruits of her labor, running her own DJ service in C...

Festivals to look forward to

Festivals to look forward to

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

In Chicago, sunny days and warm weather equal festivals. Whether you’re a music fan, foodie, art lover or enjoy a little bit of everything, the Chicago area has something for you. This past weekend marked the unofficial opening of the festival season. It was barely higher than 60 degrees ou...

Korean food gets playful in comic books

Korean food gets playful in comic books

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

While there are seemingly countless cookbooks out on the market, each written with a certain niche and aiming to set themselves apart from the rest on the shelf (or screen), “Cook Korean!”:  A Comic Book with Recipes actually delivers. Author and illustrator Robin Ha has given the English-speaking world a...

NEIU student makes musical history: Steven Cristi

NEIU student makes musical history: Steven Cristi

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

NEIU senior Steven Cristi loves music. The secondary-education major also sings, writes his own lyrics and has won two NEIU talent shows in both a group and as an individual. He won NEIU’s 2017 Talent Show.   “I think I’ve always been a writer,” Cristi said. “I just didn’t really acce...

Two sides of the same coin with ‘Jekyll & Hyde’

Two sides of the same coin with ‘Jekyll & Hyde’

Grant Spathis, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Theatre Reviews

Stories of good and evil battling for control are as old as time. Humanity is deeply invested in stories reinforcing our perceptions of our moral standing. From its outset, “Jekyll & Hyde”, adapted by director Sasha Gerritson and conductor Christopher Owen for NEIU, plays as if it will follow that...

‘13 reasons why’: a review

‘13 reasons why’: a review

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews

Did you ever wonder what would happen if all the teens in that classic 80s movie had cellphones? Or what would happen if “Sixteen Candles” or “Pretty in Pink” was more true-to-life? Wonder no more. Based on the 2007 young adult novel, “13 Reasons Why” is the tragic, beautiful and horrifyin...

For those ruff times, pet a puppy

For those ruff times, pet a puppy

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Love dogs and hate the stress of finals piling on top of you? Omega Delta Phi is answering the call for pooch loving students on Apr. 24 during finals week. With help from the Pet Partners of Chicago, Omega Delta Phi will host a puppy therapy event on the Quad outside of Student Union. Students c...

‘In to America’

‘In to America’

Grace Yu, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Online Exclusive

In our alarming present moment, the current Griffin Theatre Company performance of “In to America” depicts the story of American immigration, our country’s multicultural composition and “the American dream.” Written by Artistic Director William Massolia and directed by Dorothy Milne, the pla...

Remember the removal: bike ride, ASB program

Remember the removal: bike ride, ASB program

Cecilia Hernandez, Arts & Life Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program at NEIU offered 10 students the opportunity to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity while learning a bit of the Cherokee lifestyle from educator Travis Wolfe in Tahlequah, Okla. All ten of us, along with our Student Leader Steven Cristi and Advisor RaeJoyce...

Speaking of vaginas: ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Speaking of vaginas: ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Idoia Solano, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU hosted “The Vagina Monologues,” a humorous show with a direct goal to create a space for women to talk freely about something that’s very intimate: their vaginas. The show consisted of testimonies from women around the world, Alumni Hall was the home to these women’s stories. These testim...