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Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter, Thursday Night Live

Police Blotter 1/24/17 Issue – Spring 2017 The following occurrences happened between the dates of Dec. 8 to Jan. 6 at and near NEIU’s main campus: Dec. 8 – RWL: A victim claimed her boyfriend slapped her during a verbal dispute but later on recanted her story. De. 11 – RWL: A victim...

President-elect Trump has NEIU students fearful of future

President-elect Trump has NEIU students fearful of future

Laura Rojas, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The Electoral College victory of President-elect Donald Trump has students concerned about their future but there is no evidence that minority student enrollment has dropped because of it. Maria Genao-Homs, executive director of the Department of Diversity and Cultural Affairs and director of...

Mounting gun violence takes toll on NEIU students

Mounting gun violence takes toll on NEIU students

Terrie Albano, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under News

Chicago’s gun violence epidemic affects a surprising number of students at NEIU in traumatic ways that are often hidden and unspoken. In an informal written survey of 50 people (45 NEIU students, 5 NEIU staff or frequent NEIU visitor) conducted at the cafeteria Nov. 15, 40 respondents (80 percen...

The historical impacts of 2016

The historical impacts of 2016

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under News, Top Stories

The following events are occurrences from 2016 that will have a major impact on the countries affected. From the excitements of the Summer Olympics in Rio to the forceful seizing of 50 percent of Aleppo, Syria; these specific incidents have crossed national borders and the residual consequences are s...

Police Blotter – 12/06/16

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus between Nov. 10 and Nov. 28: Nov. 10 - 3600 W. Foster: A citation and I-Bond were issued to a driver for failure to signal. A court date is pending. Nov. 15 - BBH: An unknown offender wrote graffiti on washroom door. Nov. 16 - BBH: An unknown o...

Senator Sanders speaks out at southwest suburban school

Senator Sanders speaks out at southwest suburban school

Alec Thorsen, Contributor
November 23, 2016
Filed under News

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at North Central College, Nov 18, continuing his message about the need of political revolution in this country. Speaking to a crowd of 3,300, he said, “What democracy is about is having a serious discussion made on serious issues.” Sanders also spoke about medi...

Tuition increases approved

Tuition increases approved

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
November 23, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The Board of Trustees of NEIU decided  to increase tuition and fees effective for fiscal year 2018. They also decided to open a request for proposal process to executive search firms, changes towards overtime regulations and approve a recommended expenditure of more than $100,000. The vote on tuiti...

NEIU Bio department gives students freedom to grow

NEIU Bio department gives students freedom to grow

Laura Rojas, Writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The semi-annual greenhouse plant sale held by NEIU’s Biology Department took place on Nov. 15. Kip Conwell, a biology lab manager who has been with NEIU for nine years, said this function has been going on for more than 35 years at the university. “It’s a very long standing tradition,” Conwell said. Accor...

NEIU to remain a ‘welcoming place for all’

NEIU to remain a ‘welcoming place for all’

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
November 23, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Four bathroom stalls with racially charged graffiti written on them were discovered in a men’s bathroom on the first floor of BBH. NEIU Police Chief John Escalante said that police were notified in the early afternoon on Nov. 15. He said that the doors had racially insensitive rhetoric that prom...

Police Blotter 11.8.2016

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
November 9, 2016
Filed under Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus between Oct. 25 and Nov. 4: Oct. 25 – The Nest:  A victim was verbally threatened over moved furniture. The student who made the threats was referred to student-due-process. Oct. 26 – The Nest:  A Ventra card and television were st...

The pursuit of a doctorate

The pursuit of a doctorate

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
November 9, 2016
Filed under News

A proposed doctoral program in Linguistics may be making its way to NEIU. The Board of Trustees convened with Dr. Shahrzad Mahootian and Dr. Judith Kaplan-Weinger of the NEIU Linguistics department on Oct. 31 to discuss the approval and implementation of NEIU’s newest academic program. This would be ...

For Duckworth this nation’s security depends on education funding

For Duckworth this nation’s security depends on education funding

Terrie Albano, Writer
November 9, 2016
Filed under News, Top Stories

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq war said to a group of students and faculty from NEIU and other state universities on Oct. 18, that education is vital to the nation’s security, and we need to invest in it like we do with military equipment. University Professionals of Illinois, a facu...