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NEIU set to introduce the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship for fall semester
Amina Murati, Writer • July 23, 2020

The death of George Floyd this past May resulted in nationwide protests, forcing U.S. leadership to take action to address police brutality and...

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NEIU student, boxing instructor dead in suspected homicide
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • July 9, 2020

Police discovered a Northeastern Illinois University student unresponsive in an Albany Park residence early Tuesday morning. According to police,...

Examining Chicago
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Examining Chicago's history of police brutality: the LaQuan McDonald cover-up
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • June 3, 2020

As Chicago and its neighboring suburbs devolve into chaos amid unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd, the initial cause behind international...

Wisconsin reports single-day record in new COVID-19 cases, 8% positivity rate
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Wisconsin reports single-day record in new COVID-19 cases, 8% positivity rate
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2020

Wisconsin state officials announced Wednesday 528 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, setting a second state record within...

Pritzker family owns stake in company providing COVID-19 tests
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Pritzker family owns stake in company providing COVID-19 tests
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 18, 2020

A private capital group owned by the Pritzker family possesses a stake in a company providing COVID-19 testing, according to the Pritzker Group...

Florida experiences 4.7% uptick in COVID-19 cases, 14% increase in deaths since entering phase one of reopening plan
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Florida experiences 4.7% uptick in COVID-19 cases, 14% increase in deaths since entering phase one of reopening plan
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 17, 2020

Since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida would tentatively enter "phase one" of the state's reopening process, Florida state officials...

Wisconsin
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Wisconsin's COVID-19 cases jump 65%, Milwaukee's positivity rate increases by 100%
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 17, 2020

Update 5/18 3:29 p.m.: Wisconsin state officials reported Monday the state's lowest single-day case total, announcing just 144 new cases of...

"It
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"It's coming down"; Pritzker announces every region is meeting standard to move to stage three of Restore Illinois
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 15, 2020

Based on rolling 14-day reporting, each of Illinois' four regions currently satisfies the positivity rate threshold required to advance to stage...

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Georgia, Peach, or Pit? Depends On What Side Of The Aisle You Are On
Angela Ybarra January 8, 2021

Georgia is among one of the largest U.S. states east of the Mississippi River and one of the original 13 colonies. The Senate run-off races of...

Opinion: Pandemics and Infodemics, A 2020 Dilemma
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Opinion: Pandemics and Infodemics, A 2020 Dilemma
Omar Delgado, Writer • December 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world, people are searching for answers now more than ever. Everyday people scour the internet...

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Opinion: “Are you Ready for Civil War?” Donald Trump, supporters keep fighting defeat as nation moves pass Dec. 14 Electoral College vote.
Erwin Lopez Rada, Writer • December 22, 2020

Q[Anon] followers frequenting far-right forums depict themselves as a crusade comparable to George Washington’s Continental Army. Means adopted...

Letter to the Editor by Shirley Garcia
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Letter to the Editor by Shirley Garcia
December 2, 2020

To the Editor: I am a student currently attending Northeastern Illinois University and I want to bring to your attention the crucial issue...

Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed?
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Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed?
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 16, 2020

Shelby County, Ill., voted Thursday to include a question on the November ballot examining whether the Land of Lincoln should eject Chicago from...

Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?
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Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 4, 2020

In a harrowing rehash of the 2016 general election, Americans are once again presented with a false choice, forced to select between two uninspiring...

Joe Biden | Democratic presidential candidate
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Chronicling Joe Biden’s vendetta against recreational drug use
Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor • April 17, 2020

Joe Biden’s stance on cannabis and recreational drug use is not only prehistoric but also needlessly hinders the United States’ ability to...

Northeastern Illinois University
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Instructors are grading students on their ability to teach themselves. Just end the semester.
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • April 8, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s decision to move forward with the remainder of its spring semester is a clear acknowledgment that the grade...

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Manga Review: “Goodnight Punpun”
Jack Poskus, Writer • January 12, 2021

In the world of Japanese comic books, also known as manga, it’s become evident that, because of its followers and their everlasting support,...

Metropolis
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Cup of Sugar: What Does Fair-trade Look Like in the Coffee Industry
Ryland Pietras, Writer • December 22, 2020

In the inaugural edition of Cup of Sugar, Chris Petrovich, the green coffee buyer and roasting manager at Metropolis Coffee, shed some light...

The WZRD
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The WZRD
Joseph Harris December 22, 2020

THE WZRD by Joseph Harris

COVID-19 By Gerd Altmann
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WHAT “THEY” FORGOT TO TELL US ABOUT PREVIOUS CORONAVIRUSES
Nozanin Farrukhzoda, Writer • December 22, 2020

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus- 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first identified in patients who either traveled to Wuhan, or the Wuhan...

Arts & Life
Top 10 Songs That Best Describe 2020 NEIU
Jae Kim, Writer • December 22, 2020

1. "Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker NEIU Administration  https://youtu.be/h0JvF9vpqx8   2. "Thank...

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The Top Five Positive Things in 2020.
Jae Kim, Writer • December 22, 2020

Most of the readers will agree that the year 2020 has been a double deuce of a year. As the readers of the Independent reflect on all the painful...

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What Direct to HBO Max Really Means
Yesenia Esteban December 22, 2020

On Dec. 3, Warner Bros. Pictures announced its 2021 “consumer-focused distribution model”, which includes a month subscription to both HBO...

5 Albums that Got Us Through 2020
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5 Albums that Got Us Through 2020
Joseph Harris December 22, 2020

"Players won
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"Players won't be strong-armed"; Workplace safety, unfair compensation emerge as concerns among MLB players
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 12, 2020

MLB owners approved a plan Monday to restart the suspended MLB season by early July. However, concerns surrounding hazardous workplace conditions...

MLB owners approve plan to start season by July
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MLB owners approve plan to start season by July
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 11, 2020

Major League Baseball owners accepted a plan Monday endorsing an abbreviated 82-game regular season beginning around Fourth of July weekend. ...

WWE: Six takeaways from Money In The Bank
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WWE: Six takeaways from Money In The Bank
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 11, 2020

With Money In The Banks officially in the books, it's time to take a look at some of the implications and of last night's performance. The NEIU...

Breaking down MLB
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Breaking down MLB's 80-game season proposal
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 9, 2020

Major League Baseball is reportedly considering an abbreviated 80-game season beginning in July, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago. ...

Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad
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Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 6, 2020

Despite all five Chicago teams failing to qualify for postseason play for the first time since 2004, Chicago remains a proud fan base. While...

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BREAKING: Bears decline Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 2, 2020

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday that the team will decline quarterback Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option, as first reported by Tom Pelissaro...

Believe it or not: Bears might have actually won the Trubisky trade
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Believe it or not: Bears might have actually won the Trubisky trade
May 1, 2020

Don’t look now, but the Chicago Bears may have actually won the Mitch Trubisky trade. Of course, that’s not meant to operate as a testament...

BREAKING: Chicago Bears sign Tashaun Gipson to one-year deal
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BREAKING: Chicago Bears sign Tashaun Gipson to one-year deal
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • April 30, 2020

Days after being cut by the Houston Texans, Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to Pro...

Not Your Average Student
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Not Your Average Student
Theadora Green January 12, 2021

It was cut and dry for many Generation X’er’s, very simple even. A blueprint for success: finish high school, go to college, meet your husband/wife,...

NEIU Holds Virtual Graduation Ceremony
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NEIU Holds Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Ryland Pietras, Writer • December 22, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University held its 2020 graduation ceremony on Sunday, Dec 13. NEIU decided to wait until it was safe to hold an in-person...

Remote Learning at NEIU and Task Force Update
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Remote Learning at NEIU and Task Force Update
Jim Jones, Comic Illustrator • December 2, 2020

The pandemic came to Chicago toward the middle of Spring 2020. NEIU responded in several ways. One way was to offer online instruction. Many...

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NEIU to reimburse students for unused services
Matthew Rago and Rachel Willard April 23, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of the President announced that NEIU will partially reimburse students for unused services.  The...

NEIU provides update regarding Spring 2020 Commencement
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NEIU provides update regarding Spring 2020 Commencement
Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor • March 31, 2020

On March 20, Northeastern Illinois University notified students via email that the commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 4 were canceled...

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Creating respect for natural hair
DeShawn Clay, Writer • December 3, 2019

On Nov. 14, Timothy Mays collaborated with NEIU sociology students to plan an event titled “Her Hair Is Her Crown,” a discussion event which...

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Congrats, grads!
Karina Bran, Writer • December 3, 2019

We have come to the finish line, graduates. After the stress of deadlines, assignments, staying up late and toiling in the library for endless...

Volunteers during Hunger & Homelessness Awarenesss Week.
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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Amina Murati, Writer • December 3, 2019

NEIU participated in its annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Nov. 18 through Nov. 23. While the annual tradition was held,...

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