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Golden Eagle 5K Puts Spring in Students’ Step

Golden Eagle 5K Puts Spring in Students’ Step

Laura Rojas, Writer
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

Ready. Set. Click! Nowadays there seems to be another new reality TV show about competitive running and obstacle course races coming out one after another. Why run when you can watch someone else do it? Now is the time to actually get active and try it out for yourself. NEIU’s Golden Eagle 5K is com...

Remembering the Black Mamba

Remembering the Black Mamba

Marcus Mateo
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

Kobe Bryant played his final game as an NBA player on April 13, 2016. In typical Mamba fashion, he went out the same way he will always be remembered: a champion, a ruthless assassin with tenacity and ferociousness that was unrivaled.   Being a native of Southern California, I grew up watching the La...

Cap Constraints May Cost Blackhawks in Offseason

Cap Constraints May Cost Blackhawks in Offseason

Brett Starkopf
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

The Blackhawks are currently in the middle of their first round match up against the St. Louis Blues but some attention should be turned to the off season. While it remains to be seen if the Hawks will repeat as champions, one thing is for sure is that more wholesale changes will be coming. And all eye...

Crossing Seas: Two Olympic Trainees at Northeastern

Crossing Seas: Two Olympic Trainees at Northeastern

Silvia Burian and Ishtar Yakoo
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

The desire to become an Olympic athlete burns brightly in many young hopefuls like their own personal Olympic flame. It is this drive that is seen in athletes just like nineteen  19-year- old Neil Contractor and sixteen 16-year- old Maana Patel who traveled from across the globe to train for their ch...

Exercise: Why It’ll Work Out for the Better

Exercise: Why It’ll Work Out for the Better

Michelle Bright, Writer
April 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

Three common problems college students face when they’re not active is weight gain, less social bonding and lower grades. There are benefits to working out though. According to fitness instructor Kayla Hedman, “Fitness reduces the risk of illness, fights off stress and depression, helps to curb c...

Lovie’s Back in the Orange and Blue

Lovie’s Back in the Orange and Blue

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor
April 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

Lovie Smith will once again wear blue and orange, only this time he'll be coaching 130 miles away from his old coaching job at Soldier Field. The University of Illinois hired Lovie Smith to a $29 million contract for the next six years. The move to sign Smith was quick and took many Illini fans by...

Bears Bolstering Talent To Team This OffSeason

Bears Bolstering Talent To Team This OffSeason

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
April 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

It was a disappointing season for head coach John Fox and the Chicago Bears in their first season together.  However, the Bears hope that will all change this year and are making moves in the offseason to ramp up their chances of post-season contention. Failing to make the playoffs again has shown h...

Keith suspended as Blackhawks repeat hopes dwindle

Keith suspended as Blackhawks repeat hopes dwindle

Brett Starkopf
April 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

    Now might be the time to panic.     Although the Hawks have barely managed to scrape by these last 10 games, a once top power play can’t score with the man-advantage, goalie Corey Crawford’s upper-body injury has been disclosed as a head injury and is dealing with bouts of verti...

Fans get to Ride Along in new WWE Network series

Fans get to Ride Along in new WWE Network series

Joe McCaffrey
April 5, 2016
Filed under Sports

WWE's new show "Ride Along" takes fans on the journey with Superstars as they head to the next stop on the tour...Just spit balling. The World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) “Ride Along” series shows the superstars at their most approachable and down-to-earth selves. They aren’t being chauffeured...

Do’s and Don’t of the Locker Room

Do’s and Don’t of the Locker Room

Ishtar Yakoo
March 15, 2016
Filed under Sports

The locker room. It’s that large, sometimes smelly room located within gyms and within schools. In addition to a multitude of lockers and bathrooms, a locker room may contain incredibly confident nude senior citizens and sometimes even youngsters. Please avoid being one of those people. Quickly dressi...

Game on with ‘Learn It, Play It’ Initiative

Game on with ‘Learn It, Play It’ Initiative

Jason Merel
March 15, 2016
Filed under Sports

Who needs a football team? The “Learn It, Play It” program is an initiative from Campus Recreation (Campus Rec) to introduce students to a variety of sports. You can learn how to play cricket, ultimate Frisbee or water polo; or if you are more adventurous you might try underwater hockey in...

Pom Pom: Spirit Group or Sport?

Pom Pom: Spirit Group or Sport?

Silvia Burian
March 15, 2016
Filed under Sports

According to the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, in 2007 there were 8,477 dance injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms. The average number of annual football injuries over the past six years, as recorded by the NCAA, is about 6,900. However, the NCAA has no record of recent dance injuries...