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NEIU shuttle takes off

NEIU shuttle takes off

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under News

NEIU’s new shuttle program takes students directly to campus, the Kimball Brown Line station and other NEIU locations. This service is free of charge. For now, the shuttle is a pilot program, funded through student fees, that has already been running for two weeks. It is currently being assessed...

Good vs. bad borrowing: students invest in themselves

Good vs. bad borrowing: students invest in themselves

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under News

The NEIU Economic Inequality Initiative set out to teach students the value of financial literacy. Dr. Scott Hegerty, associate professor in the department of economics, led an open discussion with students on March 7 about good borrowing versus bad borrowing, investment of borrowed monies, h...

Dark Matter and the PICO collaboration

Dark Matter and the PICO collaboration

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under News

An NEIU physics professor is making his mission to research dark matter within our universe. Matter in general is a substance that has mass and takes up space. Dark matter is a type that is invisible to the naked eye because it doesn’t interact with electromagnetic radiation. Scientists know dar...

The future in the face of furloughs

The future in the face of furloughs

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Students who will be fired from their campus jobs during the furloughs imposed during spring break can expect to get back to work soon after. “We’re going to try to do that immediately after the five furlough days in spring break is to hire as many back as we can,” said Interim President R...

Police Blotter – 3/14/17

Police Blotter – 3/14/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus between Feb. 20 and March 7.   Feb. 20 - The Nest: Assault. A victim reported that she received a threat of physical harm from her ex-roommate. The incident is currently under investigation.     Feb. 21 - FA Building: Fire A...

Inaction speaks louder than words

Inaction speaks louder than words

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Furlough days will be imposed on faculty and staff for the second time in nearly a year without state appropriations or stopgap funding. The difference this time around is that student workers could be affected by either furlough days or termination. The number of days that will need to be taken per employee has n...

Police Blotter – 2/21/17

Police Blotter – 2/21/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus on Feb. 1 and Feb. 14: Feb. 1 - BBH building: Simple Battery. Witnesses reported a man who slapped a Northside Learning student. The incident is under investigation. Feb. 14 - Parking Facility: Fire. A student’s car was reported to be ...

Golden Eagles flock to state capital

Golden Eagles flock to state capital

Brett Starkopf, Editor-in-Chief
February 21, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

SPRINGFIELD — NEIU students, alumni and administrators rallied at the state capitol Feb. 8 to urge Illinois representatives to end the budget impasse and fund higher education. NEIU has operated without a state budget for 19 months and nearly depleted its reserve funds due in large part to fron...

Court’s in session: NEIU professor turned judge

Court’s in session: NEIU professor turned judge

Laura Rojas, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under News

Michael Gerber, an NEIU professor of 37 years, has been appointed judge of the circuit court of Cook County effective Dec. 22, 2016. Gerber teaches business law in the College of Business and Management and has been with the university since 1980. Not only has he been a teacher for nearly three decades, b...

Police Blotter – 2/7/17

Police Blotter – 2/7/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
February 8, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following occurrences happened between the dates of Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 on and off NEIU’s main campus: Jan. 25 - The Nest: An unknown offender visited The Nest and wrote graffiti on a wall. Facilities was notified for clean up of the graffiti. Jan. 26 - Access Road/Field (off campus): Office...

Coffee with conviction

Coffee with conviction

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
February 8, 2017
Filed under News, Online Exclusive

This past weekend coffee shops across the country and internationally joined forces for a cause. A fundraiser put together by a Portland-based coffee magazine Sprudge.com has garnered support from 850 coffee shops to support the American Civil Liberties Union. Sprudge founder Jason Michelman said he was in...

Campus safety is a community concern

Laura Rojas, Writer
February 8, 2017
Filed under News

The issue of campus safety affects the entire NEIU community. An example of an incident that occurred at a college campus was Ohio State University in November 2016. WBNS 10, a news television station from Columbus, Ohio, reported that Abdul Razak Ali Artan was the suspect identified in the incident ...