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Guest speakers give green light to environmental efforts

Guest speakers give green light to environmental efforts

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

American broadcaster, Bill Kurtis and NEIU alumnus, Chicago author and radio personality, John St. Augustine were the keynote speakers at NEIU’s second annual Green Business Conference on April 4. The pair host a radio show called “Earth Matters” on WCPT AM/FM in Chicago. The GBC is co...

Behind closed doors: The unique nature of transgender domestic violence

Behind closed doors: The unique nature of transgender domestic violence

Bisma Zafar, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

NEIU hosted a panel on March 29 titled “Transgender Domestic Violence: Developing New Strategies to Assist Survivors.” The panel included Dr. Jessica Punzo, director of the “Anti-Violence Project” at the Center on Halsted, and Dr. Adam Messinger, assistant professor in the NEIU Justice Studies Department and...

Police Blotter – 4/11/17

Police Blotter – 4/11/17

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following incidents occurred between the dates of March 13 to March 28 at NEIU’s main campus: March 13 - LWH: There was a verbal dispute between a Lyft driver and a passenger but the fight was resolved. March 15 - P.E. Building: An unknown offender etched writing on 10 lockers in the me...

NEIU looks to increase Hispanic/Latinx student growth

NEIU looks to increase Hispanic/Latinx student growth

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 10, 2017
Filed under News

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 at...

What, the furlough?!

What, the furlough?!

Jason Merel, Staff Writer
April 4, 2017
Filed under News

The university is rapidly approaching a financial wall. The administration and faculty are working to reduce it to a speed bump. It won’t be an easy journey but by working together both seem convinced that NEIU’s future is bright. For the past two years NEIU instituted furlough programs as a wa...

Illinois Writing Project makes leaders out of teachers

Illinois Writing Project makes leaders out of teachers

Bisma Zafar, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The Illinois Writing Project has made NEIU the home of one of its five university-based writing project sites. IWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project and made the move from its 30-year location at National Louis University to NEIU. Katy Smith, an NEIU associate professor and IWP co-di...

Shots fired near El Centro

Shots fired near El Centro

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under News

Two vehicles were involved in a traffic incident that ended with shots fired on March 14. The shooting occurred at 10:45 a.m. on the Kennedy Expressway where the shots were reported to have been fired on the exit ramp to Kimball Avenue, right around the corner from the NEIU El Centro campus.  ...

Google funds student-proposed computer science grant

Google funds student-proposed computer science grant

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under News

NEIU students Julien de Castelnau and Austin Leatham wrote a grant proposal that was recently funded by Google to help inspire high school students from low-income or first-generation families to pursue a college degree in computer science. Google awarded the grant, a total of $4,450, which will f...

Impasse brings out NEIU’s resilience

Impasse brings out NEIU’s resilience

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under News

Speakers and protesters gathered in front of news cameras while chants of “Bruce better have our money!” and “¡Un pueblo unido no sera vencido!” echoed throughout the northeast entrance of Lech Walesa Hall on Bryn Mawr Avenue. The Spanish chant is loosely translated to “A community united ca...

Police Blotter – 3/28/17

Police Blotter – 3/28/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
March 28, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offense occurred at NEIU’s main campus on March 13. March 13 - LWH: Disturbance. A verbal dispute between a passenger and a Lyft driver outside of Lech Walesa Hall was reported to police.

Imposed furloughs affect faculty

Imposed furloughs affect faculty

Bisma Zafar, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Since fiscal year 2015 NEIU has had a 47 percent reduction in state funding according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The university is now in its second year without a budget and legislators have not been able to come to compromise in order to fund higher education. After the influx...

Students voice concerns over campus furloughs

Students voice concerns over campus furloughs

Grace Yu, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

An email went out on March 3 announcing the shutdown of NEIU over Spring Break, along with the introduction of furloughs for faculty members. Approximately three hundred student jobs will also be lost, meaning students won’t be working over the break. The recent measures taken by the NEIU admini...