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Furloughs extended to save jobs

Furloughs extended to save jobs

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

NEIU will continue its furlough program after officials in Springfield failed to pass a state budget. This means that administrative, professional and civil service staff will have to take one furlough day each week and student aides will not work on Mondays and Tuesdays. “I wish I were here right now to report the en...

Credit score lowered for NEIU

Credit score lowered for NEIU

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
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The financial woes continue for NEIU as a major credit agency announced in an April 17 press release that the school’s credit rating has been lowered two levels. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded NEIU from a Ba2 to a B1 rating, placing them in a high credit risk category. The press release...

News brief

News brief

Sarahy Lopez and Robin Bridges
May 22, 2017
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Mayor Emanuel to borrow $389 million to finish school year Mayor Rahm Emanuel brings a $389 million plan to the Chicago Board of Education in order to finish the school year and pay out pensions. The board will vote to pass the proposed loan next Wednesday. State payments have been held back due t...

Police Blotter – 5/23/17

Police Blotter – 5/23/17

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
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The following incidents occurred between the dates of April 20 to May 8 at NEIU’s main campus: April 20 - The Nest: A group of non-students inside of a vehicle were verbally harassing Nest residents. Police arrived and told them to leave and they complied. April 21 - Controller’s Office: An inv...

NEIU’s first fundraising campaign goes public

NEIU’s  first fundraising campaign goes public

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 30, 2017
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For the first time in its 150-year anniversary, NEIU launched a fundraising campaign that intends to gather $10 million to support the school and its students. At almost its second year without a state budget, NEIU publicly announced the campaign on April 7. The goal of the “Transforming Lives...

Recruitment suffers from lack of staff, budget

Recruitment suffers from lack of staff, budget

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 29, 2017
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This past week’s Forward 150 discussion was “Recruitment 101,” in which the retention rates of students to the university were examined in a presentation by Dr. Janice Herring-Hendon, associate vice president for enrollment services. Strategies to bring in freshman, students from other universitie...

Former Obama adviser gives free keynote address

Former Obama adviser gives free keynote address

Rut Ortiz, Staff Writer/Copy Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under News

Valerie Jarrett will not be accepting payment for her keynote speech at Spring Commencement this May. The NEIU Board of Trustees faced disagreements stemming from $30,000 honorarium that was set to pay Jarrett amid the continuous financial gridlock imposed by the Illinois State government. “T...

Problems come to light at El Centro

Problems come to light at El Centro

Jason Merel, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
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In the midst of budgetary restrictions and furlough programs, there was a major malfunction with the lights at El Centro. The lights were left stuck on day and night for about two weeks. The malfunction was discovered at the end of March. Facilities Management sent electricians to assess the problem...

Police Blotter – 4/25/17

Police Blotter – 4/25/17

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Police Blotter

Police Blotter 04/25/2017 Issue - Spring 2017 The following incidents occurred between the dates of April 1 to April 17 at NEIU’s main campus: April 1 - The Nest: A couple was arguing over a family issue outside of The Nest, but the male left when police arrived. April 1 - Library: A male ...

SGA election results

SGA election results

April 29, 2017
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President Ashlei Ross (52.41%) 195 votes Dorrie Hubbard III (34.94%) 130 votes Vice President Mohammed Sibghatullah Khan (42.47%) 158 Nancy Calderon (42.47%) 158 votes Treasurer Alfredo Palafox (44.62%) 166 votes Selma Aburahmeh (42.47 %) 159 votes Secretary Jermaine Cherry (73.92%) 275 vo...

Board of trustees: looking forward during a time of crisis

Board of trustees: looking forward during a time of crisis

Rut Ortiz and Sarahy Lopez
April 12, 2017
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NEIU’s Board of Trustees regularly scheduled meeting began with the discussion of newly implemented furlough days from April 11-12 and May 1. Cost and salary-savings plans are part of the furlough program in order to keep the university running during the budget crisis, including a spending and hiri...

NEIU looks to increase hispanic/latinx student growth

NEIU looks to increase hispanic/latinx student growth

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
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NEIU faculty and students filled B-158 on March 30 to hear a presentation on Hispanic/Latino retention rates given by Dr. Blase Masini, executive director for the NEIU Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The presentation and Q&A session was titled “Hispanic/Latino Student Retention a...