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Tupac and Aaliyah Remembered

Aaron Schiffman, Staff Writer
September 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

20 years ago on Sept 7, 1996, something happened that would change music forever. Tupac Amaru Shakur was on top of the world at 25 years old. He was fresh out of jail, with a multi-platinum double CD (including two Billboard Hot 100 number one hits) and an aspiring movie career. Tupac and his manag...

Even ‘Stranger Things’ to come in season 2

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
September 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Hopefully you’ve already heard about the blockbuster Netflix series that took away everyone’s summer. The sci-fi hit “Stranger Things" came out of left field. It’s no surprise that this vintage, 1980s styled series has been picked up for a second season. Viewers will have to wait until next ye...

Don’t get your ‘Sex Signals’ mixed up

Danny Montesdeoca, Staff Writer
September 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

People tend to avoid mixing comedy and rape culture in the same pot, – especially when trying to combat it – but that is exactly what Catharsis Productions aims to do with their improv show, “Sex Signals.” Catharsis Productions was founded in 2000 by Dr. Gail Stern and Christian Murphy, who seek "...

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...