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Alicia Keys: Leading the charge for women to uncover their faces

Idoia Solano, Writer
September 28, 2016
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The following excerpt is from the letter written by Alicia Keys published by the feminist website “Lenny” and represents a historic change. It is by means of this letter that the artist takes a crucial step towards getting engaged with a new movement, a new era which stands up for the powerful moveme...

Big pharma and The epipen

Eric Rodriguez, Writer
September 28, 2016
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I remember when I was five years old and had my first severe asthma attack. I remember the intense gasping for air as my mother tried to calm me down while they helped me to the car because we didn’t have an inhaler. During the past few weeks, a judge, jury and executioner compiled of media c...

What’s left of the left?

Silvia Burian, Writer
September 28, 2016
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The 2016 election has not for one moment been a dull one. But, in this whirlwind of slander and polarized stances it can certainly get confusing. So let me break it down for you: left wing, right wing, liberal or conservative? What the heck does it all mean? Well, first things first. Just in case you...

Politicians and the scandals that define them

Melissa Johnson, Writer
September 28, 2016
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Former congressman Anthony Weiner was caught in a public scandal after he sent a sexually suggestive picture of himself and Anthony Jr. (as well as his toddler son) sprawled across a bed to a seemingly random woman on Aug. 28. Again. This is actually the politician’s third sex scandal since 2011, all of w...

‘Fish are Friends Not Food’ – Nor Toys

Cecilia Hernandez, Production Staff
September 28, 2016
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‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…’ If you grew up watching Disney’s animated films like I did, “Finding Nemo” could have been on your top five best-Disney-film list, along with “The Lion King”, “Toy Story”, and many of the Disney’s Princess films.  Little eight year-old...

#Bernout

#Bernout

Jeffrey Brown, Writer
June 21, 2016
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  It is the end of the road for Bernie Sanders. There are no more primaries to win, and no more delegates to collect. All that remains is the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which convenes on July 25 in Philadelphia. Sanders hopes to use the support he’s garnered so far to pressur...

Golden Perspectives: Voices of NEIU

Courtney Munson, Opinions Editor
May 24, 2016
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"What is it campus like during the Summer semester?" Angelica Hernandez Student Worker Last summer I was in a different space (department), so I didn’t see a lot of students. I’m new to the Pedroso Center, so I don’t really know how it’s going to be. I got to see a lot of new students last summer for o...

Insults Stronger than Bullets

Insults Stronger than Bullets

Pablo Medina, Production Editor
May 24, 2016
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It’s one thing to kill a person, but it’s another to sell the weapon used to murder that person in the public domain. According to the Associated Press, the auction for George Zimmerman’s weapon had been moved to the website United Gun Group after GunBroker.com took the original auc...

Targeting Unmarried Mothers: Cavaletto and House Bill 6064

Targeting Unmarried Mothers: Cavaletto and House Bill 6064

Robin Bridges, Office Manager/Social Media Editor
May 24, 2016
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Illinois Representative, John Cavaletto, surely has plans to financially support all the unmarried mothers in the state. That’s the only reason I can think of for why he would submit a bill making it near impossible to obtain a birth certificate for new children. What a standup guy!        ...

Oregon to Nestle: Stop Sucking the US Dry

Oregon to Nestle: Stop Sucking the US Dry

Courtney Munson, Opinions Editor
May 24, 2016
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When most people think of the negative impacts of the water bottling industry, they associate it with an image of billions of plastic bottles filling up landfills. But, that is only the half of it. What about the water that used to occupy those empty bottles? Ground-water pumping is a largely unspoken...

Golden Perspectives

April 19, 2016
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  The moment that stood out to me the most this semester occurred Jan. 19, the day of NEIU’s Student Involvement Fair. The semester was only just beginning and our Tuesday open meeting also took place that day, which means we were all working together for the common cause of announcing...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

April 19, 2016
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Q: Everyone keeps asking me what I’m going to do after graduation. The truth is I don’t know. I want to be able to say something smart since I’m getting my degree. I don’t know what to say though since I’m still looking for a job I’d feel really happy in and have a lot of worry about paying ...