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Police Blotter

April 17, 2012
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  Police Blotter - Other On March 14, at 10:22AM, NEIUPD began an investigation involving a student receiving harassing telephone messages on campus. On March 28, at 2:57PM, a 14-year old male was trespassing at the P.E. Building. This was the second time in two weeks for the 14-year...

The Fourth “R”

Christos Liardakis, Copy Editor
March 5, 2012
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Reduce, reuse and recycle; those three "R"s are the mantra that all ecologists preach to their students as well as to the public to preserve the planet's precious resources. Dr. Nahid Brown, an Environmental and Earth Sciences professor at NEIU, has taken the phrase a step further by adding a fourth R to that mantra: Respond. Not in the sense of responding by chasing someone down for littering but responding by educating fellow human beings as well as oneself about both the benefits of recycling and the reasons why everyone should participate. For Dr. Brown, it is a matter of creating ecological ambassadors of her students and expounding upon the importance of sustainable resource usage on this planet, the only home we have. Dr. Brown's students have taken that fourth "R" one step further. While other classes may listen and participate in the ideals of the class just enough to get a grade, Dr. Brown's ESCI123 class has decided to emulate the role of Dr. Brown herself by starting their own water conservation projects. Her students are actively putting what they've learned into practice so that they can educate others about the benefits of water conservation for both the sustainability of their environment and everyone's pockets. The first group, "The Drips," led by Joseph Auguello, will be examining the use of rainwater for lawn and garden care. Many people enjoy gardening and maintaining a beautiful lawn, but sometimes the watering regiment used is too excessive. Watering a garden when rain is predicted over-hydrates the garden and can cause flooding if the subsequent rainstorm is heavy. Xochti Aleman, 22-year-old NEIU junior and Drips member shared a few interesting facts that he felt everyone should be aware of. "On average, 40% of a household's water goes to garden and lawn maintenance; but one single rainstorm can provide up to 1250 gallons of runoff." That's equal to 17 baths, or 58 long showers. The Drips group is looking at ways to conserve this rainwater for horticultural hydration through the use of rain barrels. Dr. Brown's second group, the "Clean Green Team," lead by David Sullivan, is focusing on pollution prevention, specifically on products that impact the hydrosphere such as dishwashing soap and laundry detergents. The chemical contamination of water is a serious concern, especially if the aquifers used for drinking water are affected and compromised. The third group call themselves "Every Little Drop Counts," and they believe in the team's name. The inefficient use of water, whether it is over-consumption or simply wasting it will eventually cause water supplies to run dangerously low, or even run dry. Human water usage affects every part of the ecosystem and the over-consumption of water can devastate the natural environment as well as damage the quality of life for smaller, aquifer-dependent communities. "Every Little Drop Counts," lead by Christina Alexopoulos is looking at the details of water use and identifying minor changes people can make at home that will have a lasting impact on water conservation. All this will be featured and shared with the NEIU community at the Village Square on March 26 and 28 by Dr. Brown's students. It is thanks to Dr. Brown's excellent guidance and advice that the students can present us with this enlightening information on our environment....

NEIU College of Education Brings Home Top Honor

Lakeesha J. Harris, Senior Staff Writer
March 5, 2012
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At the close of it's 64th annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, February 19th 2011, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) awarded NEIU's College of Education a top honor for Best Practice in Support of Global Diversity. According to conference marketing materials, over 800 higher education institutions hold AACTE Membership and this year they were brought together under the banner of this year's theme, "Imagine the Impact: Providing a Learning Journey for All." The Grow Your Own Teachers program, a course of study designed to prepare students from under-represented communities for careers as educators, was sited by dean Maureen Gillette as being key in the department's ability to attain such status among its peer institutions. In her acceptance speech Dean Maureen Gillette introduced Senior student Michael Vargas and department chair Dr. Brian Shultz and stated, "It is especially nice to be receiving it in our home town… I would first like to thank the faculty and staff in the College of Education at NEIU. Their commitment to diversity is deep and they live out our conceptual framework every day." Gillette was equally grateful for the support that the College of Education receives from its community partners and Chicago Public Schools. "I would like to thank our CPS partner schools. Without them, we could not develop the type of teachers who are committed to each and every child. Finally, I would like to thank our community-based organizations. We do teacher education better when we do it together", Gillette said....

Spacious Facility for El Centro

Amena Ahmed, Staff Writer
March 5, 2012
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Construction plans are underway for a new three-story campus building in the Irving Park neighborhood to move El Centro, a satellite campus of NEIU. The $15 million project is supposed to provide better accommodation for the facility's growing needs. It will be funded through the addition to NEIU's debt,...

Republican GOP: Four Way Tug-O-War

Ryan Tolley, Staff Writer
March 5, 2012
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  The fight for Republican nomination has been one of uncertainty, with each state election a new candidate jumps ahead, only to fall behind again. The Republican field has been narrowed down to four candidates but even with the narrowing of the field, the Republican Party is still having trouble...

President Barack Obama – An Overview Of The Incumbent

Matthew Sardo, News Editor
February 7, 2012
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    President Barrack Obama has been in the White House for three years. With the 2012 election on the horizon, and President Obama up for re-election, his resume could use some review. The biggest issue facing Obama at the start of his first term was the failing economy and the demand for more jobs. In the past three years the national unemployment rate has fallen from its peak of 10% to 8.5% but this is still the highest rate since 1983. According to Bloomberg. com, the U.S. economy grew by 2.8% in 2011. In that time, Obama created jobs and eluded the previous forecast "double-dip recession," despite Republicans like Mitt Romney claiming the growth was not quick enough. Many people also seem unclear as to just how the President stopped the recession and turned it around to create economic growth. First, Obama rescued the U.S. auto industry by extending emergency rescue loans to U.S. automakers General Motors and Chrysler. Part of the loan agreement was for Chrysler and GM to cut labor costs and to overhaul their business model. GM and Chrysler have since repaid their loans and rehired workers. Next, Obama passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which set up a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from unfair financial practices. This act also works to hold Wall Street accountable and prevent a domino effect economic crisis from happening again, such as the housing bubble bursting and causing a chain reaction of defaults and credit line revocations. This means that taxpayers should not have to bail out Wall Street and banks again in the future. In the President's State of the Union address, Obama focused on continued economic and job growth through continued support for small business loans, specifically for those businesses that have higher wages and want to create jobs. The President wants to create tax incentives for businesses to return to the U.S. and prevent job loss as a result of outsourcing. He also wants to create a bill that does not let students drop out of high school, and has laid down an ultimatum to universities and colleges to keep their costs down or federal funding might be cut. Obama also wants to more strictly regulate insider trading in U.S. government to prevent the personal interests of congressional members and lobbyists representing corporate concerns from making laws that only intend to benefit an interested and small minority. President Obama has laid out his plan for the future; in November, we will see who is listening. Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 02:02...

Newt Gingrich – Republican Candidate Perspective

Matthew Sardo, Staff Writer
February 7, 2012
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    Following a major victory by Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary, the state of the Republican Presidential Nomination remains something of a toss-up, What isn't unclear is the long path Gingrich has taken to arrive at his current position. The 68-year old Newton Leroy Gingrich was born in 1943. Gingrich is an author, political consultant and was the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich was born in south central Pennsylvania. He received his masters and Ph.D. from Tulane University. Gingrich taught history and geography at West Georgia College in the 70's. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1999. In 1995, Time Magazine named him "Man of the Year." The House of Representatives had to discipline Gingrich for an ethics violation in January 1997. However, in 1998, Gingrich passed a balanced U.S. budget - the first since 1969. One interesting aspect of Gingrich's website - newt.org is that where all the other candidates and even the President feature "issues" as a menu item, Gingrich has "solutions." Job and economy, national security and an energy plan are the first three solutions on his website. The other aspect that stands out on Gingrich's website is "Callista's Canvas" which is Gingrich's third wife's blog about the campaign trail and the issues she represents. Gingrich has had some ups and downs both inside and outside of politics. He has been married three times and had affairs in two of the marriages. Most recently, his second wife was on ABC's Dateline and talked about Gingrich's feelings towards an open marriage. Herman Cain, who has his own sexual harassment issues, just endorsed Gingrich, which may not be as helpful as he might hope. Gingrich has made a name for himself in a negative light because of recent offensive statements that he has made against minorities, most notably, "I'll tell African-Americans that they should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.' However, even after it was pointed out that this statement was offensive, Gingrich stood by his statement and didn't back down from it, going so far as to say he didn't understand why people found it offensive. Gingrich has 1,429,899 followers on Twitter (@newtgingrich) and 266,159 "likes" on Facebook.   Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 02:02...

NEIU Mourns Dr. Michael T. Kelly, Dean of Students

Janean L. Watkins, Editor in Chief
February 7, 2012
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      Dr. Michael T. Kelly touched the hearts of many students; faculty and staff at NEIU. His presence will be missed. Dr. Kelly, known as Dean Kelly to many of his students, went above and beyond his call of a professional in higher education, to the level of friend for many. Students and staff were saddened on Friday when the news of his passing swept through the corridors of our campus. He is survived by his wife, sons, and a host of family members, friends, colleagues, and mentees. Dean Kelly's family, friends, former students and colleagues from Arizona to Rhode Island, flooded a site which is maintained by Tribune with condolences, kind words, and testimonials in response to the news. Known for his insight, passion, and dedication to students – Kelly lead the Office of Dean of Students and its programs with true compassion for the population it served. Members of the university community expressed anger at the way the news of his passing was handled by university administrators. The university answered the buzz with the scheduling of transportation to take a limited number of people to the funeral services this Wednesday. Also, the Counseling Office staff is available for anyone who might need their services. University community members can visit them in D-024 or call (773) 442-4650. Students interested in taking advantage of the transportation offered by the university would need to fill out a form on Org Sync. The address to those forms is: orgsync.com/6502/forms/show/44895. For those students who would like to go to the services on their own – Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 7, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cumberland Chapels. They're located at 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL. The funeral is due to take place this Wednesday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. with Mass immediately following at 10 a.m. at Mary Queen of Heaven Church at 426 N. West Street, Elmhurst, IL. To leave a message in his honor, visit the Chicago Tribune Guestbook.   Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 23:02...

Learning Support Center – Tutoring, Teaching, and More…

Lluvia Carrisoza, Visual Media Editor
February 7, 2012
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  During the Fall 2011 semester, the Math lab, the Writing lab and the Learning Center came together and formed the new NEIU Learning Center. Through this consolidation, the Learning Center offers students the ability to find all the learning support they might need in one place. Located in the...

Dr. Martha Biondi: Women and the Civil Rights Movement

Joe Daddario, Staff Writer /Photographer
January 24, 2012
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                    Dr. Martha Biondi came to Northeastern on Thursday the 19th do give a talk on "Women of the Civil Rights Movement," focusing on female student involvement. She lauded women such as Irene Morgan, Eva Jefferson Paterson, Ella Baker and more. Dr. Biondi focused on activism that women participated and led that was on the ground, grass root orientated and usually unrecognized. Morgan, eleven years earlier than Rosa Parks, refused to give up her bus seat on a bus that was traveling cross state lines. She went to court and eventually Supreme Court, where she won and her case was implemented as the standard. Dr. Biondi also related both Paterson and Baker to the current occupy movement. Baker's philosophy and movement was centered on the pursuit of participatory democracy. She urged for schools to be more democratic and enroll more African American students with more control on African studies curriculums. Paterson was known as "the peaceful warrior." She debated vice president Spiro Agnew at the age of 20 and was not only fighting for black studies courses, more African American teachers and was against the anti-war movement. Dr. Biondi's talk not only showed to real power behind the civil rights movement but also related to current times. Like the occupy movement the instances she talked about were sparked seemingly randomly due to the national mood. Also like the occupy movement Dr. Biondi stressed the importance of students during the black power movement. Dr. Biondi has written two books "To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City" and "The Rise of the Reparations Movements" focusing on 20th century African American history and a forthcoming book titled "Student Protest, ‘Law and Order' and the Origins of African American Studies in California." Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 20:01...

The Island of Misfit Electronics

Jennifer Galuhn
January 24, 2012
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    As of January 1st, 2012, all Illinois residents are required by law recycle their old electronics. When a persons cell phone can no longer recover from being dropped on the floor too many times or their PC has finally been taken down by a virus, most people would erase the memory...

Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Government Transparency

Igor Studenkov, Senior Staff Writer
January 24, 2012
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When he campaigned for mayor, Rahm Emanuel promised that his government would be transparent and accountable. Every mayoral candidate since the Jane Byrne has promised something similar – only a few actually followed through. The real test would come once he assumed power. Seven months into his term,...