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NEIU Hosts First Independent TED Talk

NEIU Hosts First Independent TED Talk

March 18, 2014

  TEDx came. TEDx saw. TEDx got people talking. “It’s not just great speeches from great people,” said Joanna Zuño, a...

3rd Annual Asian American Heritage Awards Gala

3rd Annual Asian American Heritage Awards Gala

April 23, 2013

The 1st Asian Awards Gala began back in 2011. This year the event was held on April 12th from 5-8p.m, in Alumn...

Going to the “Source”

Going to the “Source”

April 23, 2013

  Some family snapshots are simply kept in boxes or albums, memories that are seldom viewed or revisited. In Source, the Senior art show for Lisa Beiwel...

The Baby is 87. The Mommy is 28

The Baby is 87. The Mommy is 28

April 23, 2013

The sign says to enter and shut the door behind you. A shredded length of pantyhose with several irregularly-shaped hollow clay balls dangle beside the qu...

UGC Struts Their Stuff at Step’n’Stroll

UGC Struts Their Stuff at Step’n’Stroll

April 23, 2013

  Alumni Hall was sizzlin' with swag the evening when the United Greek Council (UGC) of ...

NEIU Students had an Eye-Opening Experience in Guatemala

Kristen Conradi, Business Manager

April 12, 2013

Filed under Neighborhood

The Student Leadership and Development (SLD) office offered four Alternative Spring Break service trips to students this semester. Trip options included driving to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, flying to Arizona near the Mexico border, a local trip to the Bronzeville Community of Chicago, and an unforgettable international...

Batey Urbano Celebrates 11th Anniversary

Batey Urbano Celebrates 11th Anniversary

April 12, 2013

Most celebrate anniversaries with cake, but that’s not how they do it at Cafe Teatro Batey Urbano in Humboldt Park. Instead they celebrate with spoken word, comedy s...

Vagina Power at NEIU

Vagina Power at NEIU

April 12, 2013

Rounding out Women’s History Month, the NEIU Feminist Collective hosted Eve Ensler's empowering play “The Vagina Monologues” on T...

Le Fleur de Lis Restaurant

Janean L. Watkins, Editor in Chief

April 17, 2012

Filed under Neighborhood

                                  La Fleur de Lis, located at 301 E. 43rd street is a quaint and unassuming Creole style restaurant in the heart of Bronzeville. Since its inception in October of 2010, New Orleans native Allen J. Rochelle Jr., has given Chicagoans leisurely southern style cooking from NOLA to satisfy the fast-paced northern appetite. Upon entering the restaurant for their signature Sunday brunch, patrons are virtually teleported south into a Creole style restaurant - complete with Mardi Gras masks, original paintings, and a live band. The all-you-can-eat brunch lasts from 11 AM to 5 PM and costs $15. On arrival, you’re seated and graced with a free mimosa – a tasty orange juice and champagne blend. The first of these bubbly drinks are free, and every mimosa thereafter is $2. Because brunch is buffet style, patrons are entertained by a live band, the Andley Reid Trio, while selecting from such southern delicacies as creamy grits, Louisiana crab cakes, turkey sliders, and jambalaya. Though this restaurant has a very southern feel and serves southern dishes, I would be remiss not to suggest that the wait staff prepare drinks within the kitchen. Not every patron is fond of orange “drink” in place of orange juice. But recovery was made with the food, the desserts, and a glance at their regular menu. They offer such sig- nature cocktails as, Hurricane - a tropical fruit punch infused with rum and one shot of 151. They also provide bottle service, starting with a $45 Pink Sparkling Moscato. The head chef, Sydney Johnson, serves up fresh omelets – made to order. At an egg white omelet request, the chef didn’t bat an eye. He promised to deliver at the next Sunday brunch. Depending on its popularity, this could become an- other staple of Le Fleur de Lis. “I try to give the public what they want,” said Chef Sydney. Overall, this Le Fleur de Lis earns three and a half stars out of five. The restaurant’s quaint ambiance, tasty food, and live music made this a spot worth visiting at least once for a down-home southern treat. I stand by my suggestion to keep some preparation behind closed doors – or better yet, serve actual orange juice. I would also like to see the service move a little quicker, even when delivering my cucumber water. Big props to the bartender and manager, Richard Johnson for his friendly demeanor, and love for creating new drinks that rival the favorites that he’s perfected.  ...

Out on a School Night:

Zac Schon, Opinions Editor

February 21, 2011

Filed under Neighborhood

When someone says the phrase "epic fail" in real life, I roll my eyes. It's trendy, not really that funny, and often, over-exaggerated. But as I sat in Dark Cloud: Urban Coffee Lab, located at 2122 N Halsted St. on a Friday afternoon, the phrase did come to mind. Before I bash, let's first focus on what is positive. Ideally,...

Asado Coffee Co: the best cup of Jose in Lakeview

Zac Schon, Opinions Editor

February 7, 2011

Filed under Neighborhood

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 coffee mugs Lakeview is a Mecca for coffee shops, since both Clark and Lincoln have a Starbucks every half a mile (along with an independent coffee shop at the same ratio). When often we think of an independent coffee house, we think of the image of exposed brick, worn books on a shelf on the wall for...

Living it up in Logan Square

Jo Cook, Staff writer

September 26, 2006

Filed under Arts & Life, Neighborhood

Still looking for an affordable apartment for the new school year? Has the convenience of your current neighborhood been affected by the Brown Line renovation? While many Northeastern students prefer to stay in the area that surrounds the main campus, bargain seekers dependent upon public transportation should consider neighborhoods...