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Usher’s herpes “Confessions”

Usher’s herpes “Confessions”

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Picture this: you’re getting hot and heavy with a partner you really like; you’re both ready to get the ball rolling. But then you ask your partner if they carry any STIs - they say no. There’s no reason not to trust them and you continue. A couple of weeks later, sores, fevers and chills plague...

College is more than a degree

College is more than a degree

Dominique Davis
July 25, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Despite the challenges on the road through college and university, it is worth the experience beyond just getting a degree. Human survival has always depended on the education of future generations. As we evolved as a species, so has our curiosity to better understand our environment and its inner w...

Being Miss USA is privilege, health care isn’t

Being Miss USA is privilege, health care isn’t

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Oh here we go, another article about Miss USA. I promise this article is not about the black, nuclear chemist, HBCU alumna from Washington, D.C. who was crowned Miss USA on May 14 and what she said about health care being a privilege for people with jobs. It is, however, about why we got so upset...

Crafting a fresh take on session beers

Crafting a fresh take on session beers

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under Opinions

The session beer, a beer with an alcohol content of 5 percent or lower, is a style that’s just now generating some sort of buzz in the American drinking scene. But is it out of place? American culture has a “more is better” mentality. In the beer scene, that refers to alcohol by volume. Compared...

Everybody poops: A new Target to boycott

Everybody poops: A new Target to boycott

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
April 29, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

When you have nowhere to do your business, whose fault is it? Retail corporation Target announced on Apr. 19, 2016 the decision to allow transgender workers and shoppers to use bathrooms and fitting rooms that correspond to their gender identity in all of its stores in the United States. In response...

Another billionaire runs for governor

Another billionaire runs for governor

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Billionaire venture capitalist Jay Robert Pritzker would like to replace the billionaire venture capitalist we already have as governor. The difference? He’s a democrat. The 2018 gubernatorial election is shaping up to be a money fight. As heir to the Hilton hotel chain, Pritzker has deep enough ...

India pale ale: another craft beer story

India pale ale: another craft beer story

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

If there’s one beer that non-craft beer drinkers can easily recognize it’s the IPA. It seems that every single one of the 5,005 breweries in the US are chugging out so many IPAs that they seem to dominate the market in the craft beer scene, but that’s a misconception. As of 2016, IPAs now re...

Knowing when to fold

Knowing when to fold

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinions

March is recognized as the month of giving through the March of Dimes, the celebration of St. Patrick and Ireland and as the first month to bring in the lovely spring sun and flora. In recent years, the month has adopted a new awareness of a serious problem: gambling addiction. The month of Problem Gambling Awareness gain...

What does NEIU think of Islam?

Idoia Solano, Staff Writer
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinions

If NEIU had to be described with one word, diverse would be it. Our campus is formed by students, professors and other staff that come from different cultural backgrounds, practice various religions and speak several languages. The Muslim community represents a considerable portion of the students at ...

Lagers are for beer snobs, too

Lagers are for beer snobs, too

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

The craft beer scene in the U.S. has brought us many wonderfully delicious interpretations of different styles of beer. Brewers are aging their stouts in whiskey barrels and dousing them with coffee. Pale ales can be anywhere between from being layered with tropical fruits to being hop forward with a pin...

Remembering an Independent alumna’s passion for art, life

Remembering an Independent alumna’s passion for art, life

Andrea Zelinski, Contributor
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Cecilia Carboni, an artist and a free spirit who lived her life uniquely her way, died after an 18-month battle with colon cancer last month. She was 32. There was something special about Cecilia. Everyone knew it, but few could put their finger on it. For some, it was her intellect. For ...

An unoriginal name for an unoriginal bill

An unoriginal name for an unoriginal bill

Eric Rodriguez, Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

Since its inception, there has not been a piece of legislation in the last 20 years that has received as much violent opposition by Republicans as Obamacare. Partly because of its big government principles and mostly because it stood emphatically as a symbol of a black president who was guiding a nat...