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Welcome to the neighborhood

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
August 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The opening of the Nest will bring a group of students who permanently reside in the neighborhood. There are also students who spend many, many hours on campus writing papers, reading books and being generally studious. To these students, I welcome you to the neighborhood. There are times in all of our d...

Java & Mug: Cafe for the studious

Cecilia Hernandez, Staff Writer
August 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

After I transferred to NEIU last fall semester, I was looking for a place with good vibes and light chatter to host me while I worked on my papers. There are many places at NEIU that would have sufficed, like the library, computer labs, study rooms or on the comfy couches in the Jerome Sachs Administrat...

‘Portable’ exhibit moves to NEIU

Brian Quevedo, Staff Writer
August 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU is hosting its first art exhibition of the Fall semester on Aug. 22 in the Fine Arts Gallery, beginning with “Portable Museums and Other Kinds: Works by Jeffrey Abt.” The artist talk will take place on Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and there will be a reception the following day from 6-9 p.m. Jeffrey A...

Have we hit peak TV?

Grace Yu, Staff Writer
August 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Clear your calendars! Fall is coming and along with it, new television programs. Some of the best shows currently running aren’t airing on traditional TV networks, but are being released in new and innovative ways by streaming giants Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. With this in mind, here are some premiere...

Bucktown brew masters break boundaries

Rachel Hall, Staff Writer
August 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Enjoying a cold brew on a hot day or after a hard day of work is a pastime that many of us enjoy.  I myself could stand a Michelob or two on occasion, but it wasn’t until I moved to this great city of Chicago that I realized how many local breweries existed. One in particular, The Blue Nose Brewe...

Comic’s Corner

Comic’s Corner

GN, Cartoonist
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The Black United Fund: Connecting with the Community at Carruther’s Center

Rachel Hall, Staff Writer
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The Black United Fund, founded by legendary activist and leader, Mr. Henry English - who died unexpectedly in March - held its budget meeting at the Carruthers’ Center for Inner City Studies. The Black United Fund of Illinois is a multi-faceted organization that raises funds to support critical...

NEIU Hosts Reel 35mm Films

NEIU Hosts Reel 35mm Films

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Original 35mm film movies are being screened this summer for your enjoyment—dug up from film archives and even the library of Congress—by the Northwest Chicago Film Society (NCFS). NEIU’s Communications, Media & Theater (CMT) department is sponsoring the NCFS to host the film series. It...

Sweet Sips: There’s a Drink for You at The Northman

Sweet Sips: There’s a Drink for You at The Northman

Joe McCaffrey, Staff Writer
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Cider pubs in Chicago are very rare (The Northman is the only one, in fact). People that possess a lot of knowledge yet lack pretension are almost as rare. When you go to The Northman, you will find both. My first impression of The Northman was that it was cozy and very welcoming. I walked in with...

Beats Above Par, Lyrics Leave Audible Scar

Beats Above Par, Lyrics Leave Audible Scar

William Castro, Assistant Section Editor
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The topics covered in the recent release "iiidrops"  are about sipping the lean, having a lot of money, and making women have relations with one another.  It’s also about escaping poverty, losing friends, and making amends. This is Joey Purp’s sophomore mixtape and he hits all the right notes...

‘Me Before You’: When Love is Actually Being Selfish

‘Me Before You’: When Love is Actually Being Selfish

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Production Staff/Staff Writer
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

As Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) scurries away from William Traynor—played by the yummy Sam Claflin—while accusing him of being selfish as he chooses to die rather than live happily with her, caused me to wonder if she was the one being selfish. Her beautiful, tear-stained face looked hopelessly upon...

‘Lounging’: Not Just for Teachers

‘Lounging’: Not Just for Teachers

Jason Merel, Assistant Section Editor
June 21, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

If you’ve ever wondered how your teacher REALLY feels, don’t miss “Lounging.” It is written and directed by Jim Blair, retired professor of Communication, Media and Theater at NEIU and produced by Sasha Gerritson, professor in the Department of Music. “Lounging” is an irreverently humorous...