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Comics to look forward to this summer

Comics to look forward to this summer

Grant Spathis, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 3, Marvel Comics Amy Reeder (writer), Brandon Monclare (artist), and Natacha Bustos (artist) Moon Girl, also known as Lunella Lafeyette, is a 9-year-old super genius (and the smartest person in the Marvel Universe).  Her best friend is a 30-foot-tall dinosaur...

Furloughs extended to save jobs

Furloughs extended to save jobs

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

NEIU will continue its furlough program after officials in Springfield failed to pass a state budget. This means that administrative, professional and civil service staff will have to take one furlough day each week and student aides will not work on Mondays and Tuesdays. “I wish I were here right now to report the en...

Crafting a fresh take on session beers

Crafting a fresh take on session beers

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

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...

Get out the house: stay active this summer

Get out the house: stay active this summer

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Summer ‘17 is fast approaching, and if last week’s weather was an indicator for what’s to come, then we should be in for a time to remember. Summertime Chicago is known for the numerous music and food festivals around the city, but there are opportunities to keep yourself in shape while enjoyin...

NEIU’s first fundraising campaign goes public

NEIU’s  first fundraising campaign goes public

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 30, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

For the first time in its 150-year anniversary, NEIU launched a fundraising campaign that intends to gather $10 million to support the school and its students. At almost its second year without a state budget, NEIU publicly announced the campaign on April 7. The goal of the “Transforming Lives...

SGA election results

SGA election results

April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

President Ashlei Ross (52.41%) 195 votes Dorrie Hubbard III (34.94%) 130 votes Vice President Mohammed Sibghatullah Khan (42.47%) 158 Nancy Calderon (42.47%) 158 votes Treasurer Alfredo Palafox (44.62%) 166 votes Selma Aburahmeh (42.47 %) 159 votes Secretary Jermaine Cherry (73.92%) 275 vo...

NEIU student makes musical history: Steven Cristi

NEIU student makes musical history: Steven Cristi

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

NEIU senior Steven Cristi loves music. The secondary-education major also sings, writes his own lyrics and has won two NEIU talent shows in both a group and as an individual. He won NEIU’s 2017 Talent Show.   “I think I’ve always been a writer,” Cristi said. “I just didn’t really acce...

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...

NBA end of year awards predictions

NBA end of year awards predictions

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under NBA, Showcase, Sports

This 2016-2017 NBA season has lived up to the hype that none of us NBA fans were expecting. In this single season, we witnessed a new collective record for triple-doubles in a season  (115), second-year guard Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, became the youngest player to score 70 points in a game an...

Board of trustees: looking forward during a time of crisis

Board of trustees: looking forward during a time of crisis

Rut Ortiz and Sarahy Lopez
April 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

NEIU’s Board of Trustees regularly scheduled meeting began with the discussion of newly implemented furlough days from April 11-12 and May 1. Cost and salary-savings plans are part of the furlough program in order to keep the university running during the budget crisis, including a spending and hiri...

Guest speakers give green light to environmental efforts

Guest speakers give green light to environmental efforts

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

American broadcaster, Bill Kurtis and NEIU alumnus, Chicago author and radio personality, John St. Augustine were the keynote speakers at NEIU’s second annual Green Business Conference on April 4. The pair host a radio show called “Earth Matters” on WCPT AM/FM in Chicago. The GBC is co...

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...