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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 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...

Summertime games heat up the competition at your next BBQ

Summertime games heat up the competition at your next BBQ

Megan Couty, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Sports

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, summer barbecue season is about to be in full swing. While the burgers are grilling and the drinks are being poured it’s tradition to play some games. Here are a few fun games to try at your next party to get a little friendly competition going. Bags: Whether you ca...

Windy City Rollers league on a winning streak

Windy City Rollers league on a winning streak

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Sports

As of Feb. 28, Chicago’s own Windy City Rollers women’s roller derby league has been ranked No. 35 out of 399 member leagues belonging under the umbrella of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Off to a strong start this year, the Windy City Rollers’ A and B travel teams, the All-Stars an...

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...

Gary Bettman doesn’t speak for us fans

Gary Bettman doesn’t speak for us fans

Megan County, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under NHL, Sports

On April 3, the NHL announced that it would not be disrupting their 2017-2018 season to participate in the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. This will be the first time in 5 Olympics that NHL Players will not be competing. There were discussed between the NHL, International Olympic Committee, ...

NEIU’s best kept secret goes martial

NEIU’s best kept secret goes martial

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Sports

Northeastern Illinois University is chock-full of surprises, even when it comes to classes offered in the way of athletics. I recently sat down for an informative and inspiring interview with NEIU adjunct professor of computer ethics and public policy, Thomas Secco. Our purpose however wasn’t t...

Hitting the snooze button on NBA

Hitting the snooze button on NBA

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
April 11, 2017
Filed under NBA, Sports

We all need to rest, there's no way around it. Getting the proper amount of rest results in  having a better mental and physical lifestyle. It improves all aspects of your well-being and for the most part, no one will contest that getting more rest is always a good thing. Unless you're a professional...

Making room for trans athletes

Making room for trans athletes

Megan Couty, Social Media Editor
April 11, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Back in late March of this year, Mack Beggs, a high school student from Texas, was set to compete in the girl’s division of the state wrestling championship. The big problem some people had with that – Mack is a boy. Beggs is a transgender athlete currently undergoing hormone therapy as he transitions...

What makes for a good workout list?

What makes for a good workout list?

Emilie Messavussu, Staff Writer
April 11, 2017
Filed under Health

When it comes to exercising, some students on campus like fast-paced music that gets their blood pumping. For some, having an upbeat playlist helps their body max out its capabilities, while a slower tempo helps others maximize their workout. Not only does a workout playlist offer a distraction from...

Nike reveals pro hijab

Nike reveals pro hijab

Covadonga Solares, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

After running a controversial commercial directed at Arab women, Nike unveiled its new “Pro Hijab,” a high performance Hijab for Muslim women athletes. In the advertisement, five female athletes were featured under the tagline: “What will they say about you?” This was meant to encourage Mu...

She’s a girl: An underestimation of women in sports

Megan County, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Sports

It’s the start of a new track season at Illinois Wesleyan University, and 17-time All-American athlete, Lauren Alpert-Zeunik, physical therapist, doctor of physical therapy, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, walks into the field house of her alma mater to train her athletes. She hear...

MLB’s rule changes are necessary or ridiculous and there’s no middle ground

MLB’s rule changes are necessary or ridiculous and there’s no middle ground

Naaim Siddiqi, Staff Writer
March 28, 2017
Filed under MLB, Sports

Baseball season is finally here. After a five month break, the Cubs enter the 2017 season as the World Champions looking to defend their title and the White Sox enter as a rebuilding young team hoping to echo the success of their north side counterparts. The 2017 season will also see some rule changes...