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Derrick Rose: Chicago’s very own

Derrick Rose: Chicago’s very own

Brian Quevedo, Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under NBA, Sports

By the year 2011, the Chicago Bulls announcer shouting “from Chicago!” had become an utterance that was all too familiar. Chicago’s native born son, Derrick Rose, could do no wrong. The entire city of Chicago loved him because not only was he one of their own, but he was also “the one” who w...

Grad student, SLD brings iceless skating to NEIU

Grad student, SLD brings iceless skating to NEIU

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Student Leadership Development kicked off the semester with its inaugural iceless skating event. The event, which was led by graduate student Albert P. Chanthaboury and SLD's partnership company Record-A-Hit Entertainment, saw roughly 100 students and faculty members enjoy the rink from noon to ...

Belly dancing into the new semester

Belly dancing into the new semester

Michelle Bright, Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Sports

NEIU’s Maria Choochkeh is shaking things up this semester by introducing a beginner’s belly dancing class that takes place at the PE Complex. Choochkeh has been dancing since she was little. Her focus was hip-hop, jazz and latin genres, noting that the moves came natural to her, as if it was ...

Retired professor empowers women through self-defense

Retired professor empowers women through self-defense

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Health, Sports

If you were walking around campus this Spring, you may have noticed flyers for WGS-150-1 Women’s Self Defense – a one-credit hour course designed to teach and empower women in the art of self-defense. Since 2003, Martha Thompson, a now retired part-time professor who taught for over 30 years,...

2016: This year in sports

2016: This year in sports

Christian Gralak, Brett Starkopf, Spencer Jones, Online Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Sports

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Pay to press play

Pay to press play

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under NCAA, Showcase, Sports

  There are roughly 380,000 NCAA student athletes at over 1,000 colleges and universities. While many athletes are there on scholarships, it is believed by many spectators that the only purpose for student athletes is to generate revenue for the schools. New media and convergence culture are the ca...

Fantasy basketball updates

Fantasy basketball updates

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under NBA, Sports

Specialty Players This week for fantasy basketball, we're focusing on players who don't have the ability to stuff the stat sheet, but can help you win your match-up, by being a specialty type player. These players are mostly valuable in head-to-head category leagues, with our focus being on steals, bloc...

Fantasy basketball free agent pick-ups

Fantasy basketball free agent pick-ups

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
November 23, 2016
Filed under NBA, Sports

Guards Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans: After spending time away from the game to be with his ill wife, Holiday returned to action Nov. 18 against Portland, scoring 21 points and dishing out seven assists in 23 minutes. It’s going to take him a few games to get back into proper conditioning, b...

Soccer for a cause

Soccer for a cause

Production Assistant, Danny Montesdeoca
November 23, 2016
Filed under Intramural, Showcase, Sports

Sororities Gamma Phi Omega and Sigma Lambda Gamma collaborated to bring the sixth annual Score-for-a-Cause soccer tournament to NEIU on Nov. 15. Participants paid $25 per team to register and teams were limited to five players. Admission was $2 per person. All of the proceeds went towards the Amer...

Cubs win World Series

Cubs win World Series

Brett Starkopf, Editor-In-Chief
November 9, 2016
Filed under MLB, Showcase, Sports

It happened. It actually happened. The Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year championship drought by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in extra innings in Game 7 of the World Series on Nov 2. To actually express what the win means is a little difficult because it’s more than just a championsh...

Yoga reduces stress, increases focus

Yoga reduces stress, increases focus

Terrie Albano, Writer
November 9, 2016
Filed under Health, Sports

What do Victor Cruz, Elena Delle Donne and LeBron James all have in common? Yoga. "Yoga isn't just about the body, it's also about the mind and it's a technique that has really helped me," James told Brian Windhorst (then of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer) in 2009. "You do have to focus because there...

NBA fantasy column

NBA fantasy column

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
November 9, 2016
Filed under NBA, Sports

The 2016-2017 NBA season is just over two weeks in and we’re already starting to see some great fantasy pickups. If you had one of the top three picks in your fantasy draft and didn't pick Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davis or LeBron James, you might need to reevaluate your future fanta...