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Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Amaris Rodriguez, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Movie Reviews, Opinions

“A Dog’s Purpose,” is a movie that tells the story of a dog who gets reincarnated as different dogs, each serving a purpose in their human’s life. I’m a sucker for movies that involve animals, so I knew I was going to be in the theatre with a box of tissue in hand when it was released! E...

Trump’s executive order jeopardizes women’s health

Trump’s executive order jeopardizes women’s health

Idoia Solano, Writer
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

President Donald J. Trump reinstated what is popularly known as the “Mexico City Policy” on Jan. 23. By signing this executive order,  the U.S. will no longer be aiding  any nongovernmental organizations that provide or promote abortion as a family planning option. Also called the “Global G...

Decisions made too soon: Repealing the ACA

Decisions made too soon: Repealing the ACA

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

A population remains healthy with a service as essential as water and heat: affordable healthcare. However, from the looks of President Donald Trump’s first executive order, that service will be harder to come by, especially with the order’s support from the majority of Republican Congress me...

The incredibly inept Betsy DeVos

The incredibly inept Betsy DeVos

Eric Rodriguez, Writer
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Once in a blue moon there will come a candidate for a cabinet position who shows such a disturbing lack of knowledge in the field that it becomes befuddling as to how that person was selected. That’s where Betsy Devos stands. Long-time Michigan school reform lobbyist and billionaire, Devos joins the ever gr...

Lech Walesa Hall: His name, here to stay

Lech Walesa Hall: His name, here to stay

Sara Nesis, Writer
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Lech Walesa, workers' rights activist, leader of the Solidarity Party in Poland and former president of the Republic of Poland is the very name engraved on one of our most well known buildings here at NEIU. He changed the lives for workers throughout Poland and established democracy; winning the Nobel Pe...

The music industry says no to Trump

The music industry says no to Trump

Covadonga Solares, Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

After the emotional farewell speech former President Obama delivered in Chicago, the city that marked his political career and where he met the love of his life, the time comes for our new president-elect to take office. Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration took place on Jan. 20 in Washingto...

Anti-bullying’s latest proponent: Meryl Streep

Anti-bullying’s latest proponent: Meryl Streep

Regina Torres, Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Political and social climates that are heading for an ugly direction occasionally need someone to take a stand in order to help spur positive action. Enter Meryl Streep and the speech delivered at this past Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. This speech comes on the heels of the recent attacks in ...

Trump’s tone changes, rhetoric amended?

Trump’s tone changes, rhetoric amended?

Eric Rodriguez, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The Trump balloon is deflating. Can you hear it? Its hateful hiss now grows faint. The once bold and brash Trump is now appearing more timid than ever as he continues to walk back his preposterous policy promises made during the campaign season. In an interview conducted with the New York Times on Nov. 23, T...

Love is our resistance

Love is our resistance

Covadonga Solares, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions

On Nov. 15, four bathroom stalls in BBH were spray painted with racially charged graffiti promoting the segregation of students by their ethnicity. This left many of the witnesses in disbelief. The result of the presidential election on Nov. 8 left groups of minorities with an uneasy feeling.  Presiden...

Facebook has ruined political discourse

Facebook has ruined political discourse

Christopher Pattyn, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

The 2016 Presidential Election exposed in excruciating detail how terrible social media, specifically the ease with which Facebook users can share fake news stories appearing in their newsfeeds, is for having a constructive political discourse in America. This is not to say that political discourse ...

Is our freedom of press in peril

Is our freedom of press in peril

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

The U.S. has a luxury that some countries in the world can’t enjoy: freedom of the press. The press is sometimes called the fourth estate or fourth branch of government. They provide checks and balances for the other three branches of government by reporting on issues and events fairly and without bia...