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Four Keys to Success

Four Keys to Success

Cecelia Hernandez
April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The job market is tough, but it doesn’t have to be a total drag. I was recently checking out Craigslist for any job openings a sophomore could actually get. I constantly asked myself, “What do I want in a job? What do I need from a job?” Money obviously came to mind, but after some thought, I came ...

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

April 19, 2016
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I remember a time in Pilsen when there were several Catholic schools and churches, each with their own large congregations and traditions. It seems today like those traditions aren’t a concern of the Archdiocese of Chicago who is looking at the financial bottom line. Growing up, I was a parishioner of St. ...

Public Education vs. Prisons

Public Education vs. Prisons

Pablo Medina
April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Which would you rather see people in: a maximum security prison or a well-furnished educational institution? While the nine public universities of Illinois are suffering from the lack of funding from the state and are in serious danger of closing, the state’s prisons are still receiving funding, ...

All Work, No Pay

All Work, No Pay

Silvia Burian
April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Recently, an email was sent out informing the student body about the newly appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the NEIU Foundation, Liesl V. Downey. This email from our President noted “this may seem like an inopportune time to make an appointment” but, ...

Golden Perspectives

Ceclia Hernandez
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

What effect do NEIU furlough days have on you?                         Honestly, it seems surreal. Nothing’s really changed. My teachers are still teaching, I’m still coming to class. In the long term...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

Mary Kroeck
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Q: I’m looking for a job, but can’t seem to find one in my field of interest. At this point should I just accept anything even if it’s not what I really want to do or what I went to school for? Sincerely, A Discouraged Student   Dear Discouraged Student, This is a really ha...

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Public education is dangerous, especially for the working classes. It gives people ideas, like that equality is a practical goal. It teaches them how the system works and makes them think they can participate in its governance. It shows them the beauty of knowledge and gives them the skills to enjoy ...

Taxes are for Squares

Taxes are for Squares

Pablo Medina
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Fewer teens may smoke with the new tobacco laws introduced by Chicago lawmakers. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s aldermen voted to raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. Chicago is following in the steps of Evanston and 100 other cities to improve the lives of citizens and t...

Reflections of a First Time Voter

Reflections of a First Time Voter

Cecelia Hernandez
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

While opening the field house door of Ken-Well Park, I took a deep breath and stepped inside the voting station. Desks with tall cardboard privacy partitions were all being occupied by my Hispanic neighbors. As I read the instructions, my heart was beating as fast as a hummingbird’s wings. On Ma...

Does Voting Really Matter?

Does Voting Really Matter?

Rut Ortiz, Editor-In-Chief
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

  There was a moment during history when a person like me would not be allowed to exercise my right to vote. Specifically for two reasons: because I’m a woman and a minority. This is a topic very close to my heart because I like to think for myself. I am adamant that in a democracy where...

Golden Perspectives

Pablo Medina and Cecilia Hernandez
March 15, 2016
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What Would You Do if NEIU Shuts Down?                     Oh, God, don’t tell me that! I would be devastated and very frustrated. This is my last year, I would like to graduate… .I’m not trying to be in a limb...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

Mary Kroeck
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Q: I seem to be having a hard time remembering things lately. Even though I know I should write things down before I forget them, it seems like I get interrupted before I find a pen and paper. Then I lose the thought. Do you have any advice? Sincerely, A Forgetful Friend Dear Forgetful Friend, Wh...