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Health Myths: what’s right and what’s wrong?

Health Myths: what’s right and what’s wrong?

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
November 9, 2016
Filed under Health, Sports

Sometimes when you want to stay healthy and in shape,you’re quick to take advice from anyone. However, not every health tip given by students, exercise enthusiasts or even some health professionals are grounded in reality, and some people confuse real health facts with health myths. Some of the po...

NBA early season predictions

NBA early season predictions

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under NBA, Sports

Today, basketball fans are in for the start of arguably one of the most interesting NBA seasons to date. Kevin Durant parted ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder to form a juggernaut of a team in Golden State, hometown hero Derrick Rose was traded to the Mecca of basketball in New York to play for the...

NEIU intramural sports are heating up

NEIU intramural sports are heating up

Hashim Tillawi & Carlo Varquez, Writers
October 26, 2016
Filed under Intramural, Sports

It is intramural season here at NEIU. The flag football season has already started and basketball started on Oct. 18.  Flag football takes places on the field behind the P.E. complex Tuesdays and Thursdays during activity hour. For basketball, games take place at the P.E. Complex on Sundays from 1:...

Rose-less Bulls seek identity in 16-17’ season

Rose-less Bulls seek identity in 16-17’ season

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under NBA, Showcase, Sports

This off-season has been bittersweet for Chicago Bulls fans. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are settling in with the New York Knicks and the key additions of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are proving that their age isn’t a factor. Jimmy Butler is the face of the team now, something that multiple sources...

Chicago Blackhawks 2016-2017 season preview

Chicago Blackhawks 2016-2017 season preview

Brett Starkopf, Editor-In-Chief
October 11, 2016
Filed under NHL, Showcase

This offseason wasn’t much different than previous years for the Blackhawks. Again, they were forced to trade away fan favorites — this year was Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen, last year was Patrick Sharp — to clear up space. Again, they were unable to resign much needed depth players. And again...

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Idoia Solano, Writer
October 11, 2016
Filed under Health

Clara Mora-Granados is a promoter of the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge and explained it as “a project focused on promoting a healthier lifestyle among NEIU students and also promoting Campus Recreation Center, which is actually the institution developing this project. In it, we approach different ma...

Campus Rec Kicks off the Holiday season with 8 Week Bootcamp

Campus Rec Kicks off the Holiday season with 8 Week Bootcamp

Sylvia Burian, Staff writer
October 11, 2016
Filed under Health

Campus Rec is offering an eight week boot camp, just in time to get ahead on those post Halloween/Thanksgiving workouts. The camp takes place at the P.E. Complex and has already begun. Maria Choochkeh and Bryan Ayala co-host the bootcamp, but they don’t want the term “boot camp” to scare you ...

Revenge of the Benchwarmer

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
September 29, 2016
Filed under Sports

I've been around sports my entire life, though I wasn't necessarily good at them. In grammar school I only made the boys softball team because they couldn't reject me. It was kind of like the No Child Left Behind act of extracurricular activities. No matter how much I dropped a pop fly, or ran the wrong...

Taking the scenic route

Taking the scenic route

Brian Quevedo, Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Sports

In 2001,  an ambitious 27-year-old man named  Tim Wambach, an NEIU alumnus, met a 12-year-old boy who would end up changing his entire perspective on life. The boy’s name was Mike Berkson, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a congenital disease that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. ...

History repeats itself with athlete protests, social injustice

History repeats itself with athlete protests, social injustice

Danny Montesdeoca, Production Assistant
September 28, 2016
Filed under Sports

The relationship that sports and social issues have is natural. The two will always be intertwined because athletes have a moral obligation to use their platform to speak out on political and social issues. Oscar Ramirez a senior at NEIU, said in a recent interview: “The players are human. The pla...

Fantasy Football Predictions: Week 4

Fantasy Football Predictions: Week 4

Alex Pacete, Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under NFL, Sports

NFL Week four Marquee Matchups   Thursday Night’s Game: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins In week four, marquee matchups for the Thursday night game anticipates high scoring action in  Andy Dalton and A.J. Green for the Bengals. Dalton is leading the league in passing yards, and A...

AFC Preseason Predictions: North & South

AFC Preseason Predictions: North & South

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
September 6, 2016
Filed under Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers: 12–4 The Steelers had some trouble with injuries to their key players last season (quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell) as well as a defense that showed signs of wear and tear. Don’t turn a blind eye, though. When healthy, Pittsburgh’s big three of Roe...