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Cut Loose

Cut Loose

Christopher Starnawski, Advertising Manager
March 14, 2017
Filed under NFL, Showcase, Sports

Eight years ago, the Chicago Bears made an uncharacteristic trade sending Kyle Orton, a pair of first round picks and a third rounder for quarterback Jay Cutler. It was shocking and sparked a needed enthusiasm in the fan-base as the NFL was transforming into a pass-heavy league. Fans were eager to watc...

An open letter to Jameis Winston: our girls shouldn’t be silent

An open letter to Jameis Winston: our girls shouldn’t be silent

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under NFL, Sports

A few weeks ago, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston made an appearance at an elementary school in St. Petersburg, Florida in an effort to give back to the community. What started as something with good intentions spiraled into a territory that Winston is sadly familiar with. “All...

Act like a lady, play ball like a man

Act like a lady, play ball like a man

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under WNBA

The women of the WNBA have inspired some of the greatest moments in my life. As a woman who is not-so-typical, sports was my refuge. Players like Lisa Leslie and Cynthia Cooper showed me that giant women like me play good game. At 6’5” and 5’10” respectively these tall, tall ladies rocked heels,...

Soaring Above All – Dee Durfee and Maria Choochkeh

Soaring Above All – Dee Durfee and Maria Choochkeh

Michelle Bright, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Health, Sports

  Dee Durfee graduated from Northern Illinois University and has been teaching yoga and Zumba for the past 14 years. She discovered she wanted to teach during a high impact aerobics class. “I remember the light bulb going on in my head,” Durfee said. “I asked the front desk that sa...

Should athletes be role models?

Should athletes be role models?

Michelle Bright, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Sports

Young adults and children idolize athletes. They’re considered role models because of their media presence and ability to help or change the lives of those less fortunate. For awhile now, there’s been a debate on whether they should be looked at as such. Each of us has our own talent whether it is ...

Step up to the Challenge

Step up to the Challenge

Idoia Solano, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Health, Sports

With the spring semester nearing midterms, there are new exciting events taking place around campus. The Campus Recreation Center is always one of the most active locations at NEIU, and it seems to maintain that status in the current semester. With hard-working, passionate people in charge, the ...

Are athletes getting paid far too much?

Are athletes getting paid far too much?

Megan County, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Sports

Whether or not professional athletes are overpaid has been a long-standing debate. And in a world where some professional athletes are paid almost 100 times the salary of the average U.S. teacher, it comes as no surprise.   Regardless of whether or not you think athletes are overpaid, the issue at ha...

Cubs and White Sox season preview

Cubs and White Sox season preview

Naaim Siddiqi, Copy Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under MLB, Showcase, Sports

While pitchers and catcher reporting to their respective camps official marks the start of spring training, both the Cubs and White Sox remained busy during the winter months. Let’s preview what 2017 might have in store for Chicago’s teams.   White Sox: The White Sox are a rebuild...

NBA All-Star Game: Who missed the mark?

NBA All-Star Game: Who missed the mark?

Naaim Siddiqi, Copy Editor
February 8, 2017
Filed under NBA, Showcase, Sports

The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The starters for the game (as voted on by fans, players, and the media) were announced on Jan. 19, and the reserves (as voted on by NBA head coaches) were announced on Jan. 26. While it’s hard to find a player wh...

Chicago Blackhawks make top 100 list

Chicago Blackhawks make top 100 list

Meghan Couty, Writer
February 8, 2017
Filed under NHL, Sports

The NHL is celebrating its centennial season this year and hockey went to Hollywood for an epic all-star weekend. Festivities started with the unveiling of the NHL 100 Greatest Players list. On Jan. 27, 67 of the league’s legends were honored in a televised ceremony, hosted by Jon Hamm. The firs...

Benefits of the Health and Counseling Services

Benefits of the Health and Counseling Services

Emilie Messavussu, Writer
February 8, 2017
Filed under Health, Sports

Classes will start to get overwhelming as we sink deeper into the spring semester. Be that as it may, the Counseling Services and Health Services wants to make sure the students are prepared by knowing the services they offer. A branch of the Health Services on campus is where Catherine Schacht i...

Former student kicks off soccer club

Former student kicks off soccer club

John Cummings, Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Intramural, Showcase, Sports

Whistle, kickoff, pass. Trap, juke, header. Corner kick, scissor kick, goal. Maybe that wasn’t the rhythm Rob “Biko” Baker had on the soccer field during his days at Northeastern Illinois University  but since then, he has certainly scored goals off the field, earning a Ph.D., starting ...