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University Administration Addresses Problems at the Nest
Dan Maurer and Scott Andrews November 15, 2022

Students that live at NEIU’s on campus residential community are concerned about their living conditions and problems with the third party...

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NEIU Board of Trustees Members Doubt Commitment, Competence of Students
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • November 15, 2022

NEIU Board of Trustees member Jonathan Stein criticized NEIU students saying that we have a “dual responsibility” in the decline of enrollment...

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BREAKING: NEIU Faculty Assembly Delivers Vote of No-Confidence in President Gibson’s Leadership
Dan Maurer, Writer • November 15, 2022

With 253 votes counted, 224 (89%) of the Faculty Assembly indicated that they do not have confidence in President Gloria J. Gibson. Only 29 faculty...

Loan Forgiveness Would Benefit 64 Percent of NEIU Students
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Loan Forgiveness Would Benefit 64 Percent of NEIU Students
Scott Andrews, writer • November 1, 2022

Nearly two-thirds of current students at NEIU qualify for federal loan forgiveness according to data provided by Maureen Amos, Executive Director...

NEIU Faculty Assembly Considers No-Confidence Votes in President and Board of Trustees
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NEIU Faculty Assembly Considers No-Confidence Votes in President and Board of Trustees
Dan Maurer/Leslie Lozada, writer • November 1, 2022

The Faculty Assembly, made up of over 500 professors, adjuncts and instructors at NEIU, is considering a vote of no confidence in President Gloria...

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President Gibson Remains Hopeful as Enrollment Declines and Staff, Faculty Unrest Looms
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • October 28, 2022

A half-empty auditorium, and a silent attendance, made up mostly of people wearing green shirts of the Union of Professionals of Illinois, 4100...

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NEIU Professors Rally for a Fair Contract and in Solidarity with Instructors
Dan Maurer, Writer • October 28, 2022

University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) 4100, the Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) chapter of the union held a rally to garner support...

You Are Not Alone: NEIU’s K(no)w More Program Offers Help to Victims of Domestic Violence
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You Are Not Alone: NEIU’s K(no)w More Program Offers Help to Victims of Domestic Violence
Erwin Lopez Rada and Leslie Lozada October 20, 2022

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another, as defined by the Illinois Coalition Against Violence....

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The NEST – You’ve Never Lived Like This!
Mariana Silva Lindner, Arts & Life Editor • November 15, 2022

Inside the NEST, Friday morning, 10 a.m.. Absorbed in thoughts, I'm just about to get on with my day's work when a blaring alarm jolts me out...

Rock-Climbing Is Like Playing A Platforming Adventure Video Game
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Rock-Climbing Is Like Playing A Platforming Adventure Video Game
Ananth Prabhu , writer • November 1, 2022

NEIU Campus Recreation hosts open climbing sessions on Thursdays from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium of the Physical Education Complex....

Military Conflict Between Russia and Ukraine: partial Mobilization, 1% of a Pack of Marmalade, Talks About the Important, and Whats Wrong With Navalny.
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Military Conflict Between Russia and Ukraine: "partial" Mobilization, 1% of a Pack of Marmalade, "Talks About the Important," and What's Wrong With Navalny.
Olga Shalaeva, writer • November 1, 2022

In all my years as a responsible citizen, I have not watched Russian propaganda TV channels and have spoken out against the regime. Instagram,...

CXLXNXXLXSMX: How American Oversensitivity and a Desire for Inclusivity Trigger a Quasi-Colonization of Language
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CXLXNXXLXSMX: How American Oversensitivity and a Desire for Inclusivity Trigger a Quasi-Colonization of Language
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • October 18, 2022

The United States is definitely a country of contrasts. While some people celebrate the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage month, which marks...

Student Loan Forgiveness: A Good First Step
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Student Loan Forgiveness: A Good First Step
Dan Maurer, writer • October 4, 2022

On Aug. 24, 2022, President Joe Biden announced that he would be canceling thousands of dollars in federal loan debt for individual students....

Reviving the Campus
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Reviving the Campus
Ananth Prabhu , writer • October 4, 2022

NEIU needs further revival due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a public health student, it is important to me to remind the reader...

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CTA is Late on Customer Service: No U-Pass for Part-Time Students 
Scott Andrews, writer • October 4, 2022

CTA is Late on Customer Service: No U-Pass for Part-Time Students  By Scott Andrews Are you one of the 2,809 students at NEIU enrolled...

The New Latina’s Bible: The Modern Latina’s Guide To Love, Spirituality, Family and La Vida
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The New Latina’s Bible: The Modern Latina’s Guide To Love, Spirituality, Family and La Vida
Angie Ybarra , Writer • September 21, 2022

I am Mexican/American, born and raised here in Chicago. When I was very young, I was fluent in Spanish but as time went on, and I was sent to...

Arts & Life
Book Review - Babel
Bella Cardoza, Writer • November 22, 2022

Do you like Dark academia? Are you an avid historian? Do you also love dystopian settings? If you answered yes, then read Babel by R.F. Kuang....

Klaudia Biskup: Artist Of The Week
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Klaudia Biskup: Artist Of The Week
Savannah Owens, Production Manager • November 1, 2022

What’s your background and how do you think it has affected your work?   I was born and raised in Poland. At 18, I moved to Chicago...

Dia De Los Muertos: A Time To Remember
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Dia De Los Muertos: A Time To Remember
Angie Ybarra , Writer • November 1, 2022

The last few years have been a challenge for many families, especially the ones that celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. Yes, the day is dedicated...

Hocus Pocus 2
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Hocus Pocus 2
Bella Cardoza, writer • November 1, 2022

The Sanderson sisters are back in this new sequel everybody! Hocus Pocus 2 is about two girls that accidentally summon the three sisters back...

NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery: Where She Comes From
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NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery: Where She Comes From
Dan Maurer, writer • October 18, 2022

Located in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, Where She Comes From, is a new exhibit that will be available to view until Oct. 28. Curated by Pia...

he movie was so emotional, with all the heated argument scenes, and so real: the rain in a family camp scene and landscapes in driving car scenes. Viewers are given too many visual special effects in modern films and series, but movies like “Vengeance Is Mine give us scenes with genuine emotions and settings: drawings with black eyes, playing piano in the middle of a heated argument: you feel and endless energy and effort of the actors to give their character and everything that is placed in the scene liveliness. Watching this film in the middle of the midterm exams surprisingly relaxes your mind. The movie allows you to escape reality for a couple of hours. You are crying; you are laughing together with the characters. With total immersion in their roles, actors unintentionally expose the audience’s traumas. It seems like actors were chosen not just for their outstanding acting skills but also for their natural facial expressions of sadness and disillusionment with the world. The natural downward smile of Brooke Adams makes everything in the film look even more dramatic. A sad face is the one people usually try to hide. We make everyone think we are happy and careless. Maybe thats why it is so hard to cope with the modern world. All these contemporary works have nothing in common with old films, which make the past closer to the modern generations and vivid for those whose reckless past was a part of their lives. The Chicago Film Society screened the film, as directed by Michael Roemer, in the Auditorium at NEIU. “Vengeance Is Mine was not getting [a] proper release until now, and you are among the first who watch the film in the theatrical format,” – mentioned Becca Hall in the middle of her speech before the movie screening. Even the way Hall used small square stickers, which guided her speech, made the atmosphere different from what you typically expect from the presenters. This movie is focused on two women with their demons, whose lives are curiously intertwined. Characters learn life lessons by carefully watching and engaging in each other’s personal lives. Jo found her child in a different family, and Donna feels like she is losing her value as a mother. One tries to get away from her abusive husband, and another tries to get closer to her daughter. Jo is destroyed mentally by her unhappy marriage, and her sister lives in peace and harmony with her husband and a newborn. Jo’s mother is cold to her and is much closer to her sister. A scene when Jo begs her husband to drive slower and constantly asks him where he rushes, and a scene when Jo peacefully drives with Tom – Donna’s husband – and Jackie - Donnas daughter - all the film is about contrasts. The film makes us question what we look for in a marriage. Do we search for love? Or do we try to find a soulmate, and marriage is the only way we can possess it for life? Or is marriage about getting a certain status? The film shows marriages grayest and most real side: “I don’t love you. I just need you.” But why do we need marriage? Maybe we want to dominate; it is about obsession: “I cannot get you out of my mind,” – said Steve, Jo’s husband with whom Jo desperately tries to get a divorce. In that scene, when Steve cuts Jo’s hair, both scream at each other, and then, all of a sudden, Jo rushes out of the car, and Steve leaves her alone with the suitcase. The same situation is with dealing with children in a family. “She is my child,” – said Donna. “But it doesn’t mean to possess!” – argues Jo. Sometimes we all like to blame someone else for our faults. We may blame a full moon for crying all day and feeling a bit more depressed than on other days, having a headache because you argue with your son or daughter, or blaming the rain that starts to pour when you are in the middle of your way back home. But the thing is that in all these situations, we are involved personally, and maybe first we should search for a cause of a problem within ourselves “it wasn’t God, it was you” – this phrase from the movie opens eyes to most of our insecurities in life. How many things may happen within a short time, and not all the trips result in how you planned – Jo couldn’t expect to get acquainted with the new people at all. At the movies beginning, she was drinking and periodically chuckling, but a genuine smile appeared at the end. The characters body language tells us a lot and just by looking at their faces, you see the story behind the character. “Vengeance Is Mine” is about something in between the past and the present. It is not only about happiness or sadness. What do we think action films usually look like? Car races, extreme situations characters deal with, chases, something always explodes and so on. The film doesn’t have the genre “action,” but it’s something beyond “drama.” Just by looking at the driving cars scenes, the one when Jo’s husband was driving as he competed in a Formula 1 when he was younger, that was fantastically shot and performed.
Arts & Life
Vengeance Is Mine – just the reality as it is— movie review
Olga Shalaeva,, writer • October 18, 2022

The movie was so emotional, with all the heated argument scenes, and so real: the rain in a family camp scene and landscapes in driving car scenes....

Arts & Life
Review: John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982) At the Logan Theater
Dan Maurer and Leslie Lozada October 18, 2022

Located at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave, the Logan Theater is an historic icon that has been open since 1915. Even as Logan Square and the local community...

Anastasia: The Musical
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Anastasia: The Musical
Bella Cardoza , writer • October 4, 2022

Words cannot describe how honored I felt to see the broadway musical “Anastasia” on “Friday,” Sept. 23, 2022. For those who are not familiar...

Klaudia Biskup: Artist Of The Week
Klaudia Biskup: Artist Of The Week
Savannah Owens, Production Manager • November 1, 2022

What’s your background and how do you think it has affected your work?   I was born and raised in Poland. At 18, I moved to Chicago...

Update: Campus Pool
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Update: Campus Pool
Michael Hale, writer • November 1, 2022

        The reopening of the NEIU’s campus  pool will not be anytime in the near future. Through talking to Dr. Terry Mena, Vice President...

NEIU Boxing Club is a Great Place to Learn the Noble Art of Punching
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NEIU Boxing Club is a Great Place to Learn the Noble Art of Punching
Ananth Prabhu , writer • October 18, 2022

Are you interested in a tool-based self-defense activity? If so, Boxing Club may align with your swagger. Boxing Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays...

Sports Performance Is Not Just for Athletes
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Sports Performance Is Not Just for Athletes
Ananth Prabhu , writer • October 18, 2022

The Sports Performance Group Fitness Class takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. in the...

Upcoming and Ongoing Recreation Center Activities
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Upcoming and Ongoing Recreation Center Activities
Ananth Prabhu, writer • October 5, 2022

The NEIU Recreation Center, also known as the Physical Education Complex (PEC), is a place to hang out and have fun before, after and in between...

Sports Snacks
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Sports Snacks
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • April 29, 2022

Bulls Suffer Crushing Defeats Against Milwaukee In Playoffs Weekend    The Chicago Bulls disappointed the fans that packed the United...

This is par of the community members that showed up for the tournament.
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Sports Snacks
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • April 28, 2022

NEIU Community Felt Basketball 3 v 3 Pick Up Tournament Like Homecoming For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sport...

Chicago Fire Tops MLS Defense Rankings, In a Dreamed Start of Season
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Chicago Fire Tops MLS Defense Rankings, In a Dreamed Start of Season
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • April 14, 2022

Ezra Hendrickson’s team had only allowed two goals in six games this season. Chicago Fire FC and FC Dallas played a scoreless game last...

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Draw Results in Less Competitive Groups
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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Draw Results in Less Competitive Groups
Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor • April 14, 2022

This year’s competition is marked by the absences of Italy, Nigeria and Chile national teams. Beginning at the 1970 Mexico FIFA World...

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Campus Life
Diwali Celebration with Indian Student Association
Leslie Lozada and Dan Maurer November 22, 2022

One of the first events from the NEIU’s Indian Student Association, the Diwali event was something of a marvel. Organized with Dharmik, the...

Campus Life
Campus Events: 11/15 - 12/3
Leslie Lozada, Campus Life Editor • November 15, 2022

School isn’t just for classes. Here at NEIU, we have a lot of events from different departments that are around different campuses. From clubs,...

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Campus Life
First Poetry Flex a Relaxing Success
Dan Maurer, Writer • November 15, 2022

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, the Student Media Board’s own Events Director, Anthony Gunderson hosted the first Poetry Flex in the Pedroso Center....

Update: Campus Pool
Campus Life
Update: Campus Pool
Michael Hale, writer • November 1, 2022

        The reopening of the NEIU’s campus  pool will not be anytime in the near future. Through talking to Dr. Terry Mena, Vice President...

Dia De Los Muertos: A Time To Remember
Campus Life
Dia De Los Muertos: A Time To Remember
Angie Ybarra , Writer • November 1, 2022

The last few years have been a challenge for many families, especially the ones that celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. Yes, the day is dedicated...

Campus Life
Clubs Going-ons:
Leslie Lozada, Campus Life Editor • November 1, 2022

The International Club Every Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., LWH 1001 Expect to learn a lot from different cultures, travel around Chicago...

How Undocumented Students Can Pay In-State Tuition
Campus Life
How Undocumented Students Can Pay In-State Tuition
Edgar Martinez, writer • November 1, 2022

It is not a myth that students have financial struggles in the US. However, being an undocumented student gives them extra weight to carry. Some...

Rock-Climbing Is Like Playing A Platforming Adventure Video Game
Campus Life
Rock-Climbing Is Like Playing A Platforming Adventure Video Game
Ananth Prabhu , writer • November 1, 2022

NEIU Campus Recreation hosts open climbing sessions on Thursdays from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium of the Physical Education Complex....

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