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Meet the 2021-2022 candidates for NEIU’s Student Government Association elections
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Meet the 2021-2022 candidates for NEIU’s Student Government Association elections
Ankush Vyas, Online Editor • April 9, 2021

April represents election time for students at Northeastern Illinois University. To vote for the new candidates visit neiu.collegiatelink.net and...

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President Biden’s First 100 Days: “And He’s Off & Running”
Angela Ybarra, Writer • February 23, 2021

On Jan. 20, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris took the oath of office as his Vice President....

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Michael Madigan Resigns
Angela Ybarra, Writer • February 23, 2021

On Feb. 18, Michael Madigan resigned from the Illinois State government. The end of February will mark his last day in the office and unofficially...

This video was taken of the February 17, 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Oakley Union Elementary School District, located in Oakley, California.
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Oakley Union Elementary School District Board Caught Mocking and Trashing Parents on Zoom.
Nozanin Farrukhzoda, Writer • February 23, 2021

On Feb. 17, The Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) located east of San Francisco came under fire Wednesday following a leaked Zoom...

The Ten Notable ‘Firsts’ in the Biden Administration
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The Ten Notable ‘Firsts’ in the Biden Administration
Jae Kim, Writer • February 12, 2021

In December 2020, then President Elect Joe Biden promised to build “a cabinet that looks like America.” As the President, he seems to be...

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The Rapid Emergence Of COVID-19 Vaccines
Nozanin Farrukhzoda, Writer • January 26, 2021

As we enter the year 2021, there is still hope for an end to the infamous COVID-19 pandemic. As of Jan. 23, 2021, there were 25,383,300 total...

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...

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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...

Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
Opinions
Amanda Gorman Poet Laureate: Words Have Meaning
Angela Ybarra, Writer • March 9, 2021

Ask yourself, are you brave enough?  Amanda Gorman’s words echo what is in our hearts, on our minds, and pushing our characters into action....

Opinions
Christopher J. Schneider: Body Cameras Alone Will Not Lead to Police Reform Across Illinois
Christopher J. Schneider March 9, 2021

Governor Pritzker recently signed House Bill 3653 (HB 3653), a sweeping police reform bill into law. Also called the Police and Criminal Justice...

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Opinion: Proportionality, Not Popularity, is the Path to Reform
Monty Stites, Opinions Editor • February 26, 2021

When, in 2020, President Joseph Biden Jr. won Georgia by under 12,000 votes, he gained all of Georgia's 16 electors. In the 2016 election former...

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Opinion: Finding Solace in Sensory Deprivation
Ryland Pietras, Writer • February 23, 2021

Recently, I again had the pleasure of being totally deprived of my senses. An absence of color illuminated my vision. My body was weightless...

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Opinion | What the Trump Era Taught Us About Personal Accountability in America
Joseph Harris, Writer • January 26, 2021

As America transitions from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden, personal accountability is a rare commodity missing from the...

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Georgia, Peach, or Pit? Depends On What Side Of The Aisle You Are On
Angela Ybarra, Writer • 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...

Flags associated with right-wing groups wave during  "9-12 March in DC-19" by Andrew Aliferis.
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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...

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Arts & Life
The Need for More Than Just One Earth Day
Ryland Pietras, Writer • April 7, 2021

Earth Day is April 22. It has been 51 years since its inception and with climate change having already apparent effects, the initial idea of...

Breathing Better in a Respiratory Crisis
Arts & Life
Breathing Better in a Respiratory Crisis
Monty Stites, Opinions Editor • April 6, 2021

In the midst of a respiratory pandemic there is urgency in learning how to breathe better. At a modest 214 pages, science journalist James Nestor’s...

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Battle in Paradise
Nozanin Farrukhzoda, Writer • March 23, 2021

Dear Universe, The past three days felt like I was in the boxing ring getting punched repeatedly from different directions. I simply could...

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Little A and I: Patterns That are Hurting Your Inner Child
Anusha Manahil, Writer • March 15, 2021

If I were to ask the 7-year-old Anusha of what she thinks of the 20-year-old Anusha, she would most certainly look me crazy in the eye and say,...

 The vaccination process started phase 1b in Chicago on January 25. Phase 1c for people between 16-65 with underlying medical conditions is set to start on March 22. (Erwin Lopez Rada/The Independent)
Arts & Life
Arts & Life: Dread and Hope at Daley College: A chronicle on belonging to the 2% of humanity that got the COVID19 vaccine
Erwin Lopez Rada, Writer • March 9, 2021

A Chicago Police Department squad car welcomed me as I pulled into the 75 S Pulaski Road gate of the venerable Richard J. Daley College. The...

Black Paradigm
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Black Paradigm
Joseph Harris, Writer • February 9, 2021

Paradigm shifts are the central part of cultural progression. There is a deeper significance in Black American culture that hasn’t been tapped...

Rental Insecurity Strikes Fear In Chicagoans
Arts & Life
Rental Insecurity Strikes Fear In Chicagoans
Angela Ybarra, Writer • January 26, 2021

Washing your hands while singing happy birthday, wearing a face mask, and practicing social distancing is the new norm. Covid-19 has changed...

Arts & Life
Mental Health Check In Time
Angela Ybarra, Writer • January 26, 2021

We made it a whole six days into the new year before the proverbial you know what hit the fan. The reality is that we can try and make light...

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The Importance of Tiger Woods to the Sport of Golf
Jack Poskus, Writer • March 9, 2021

For a sport that has always been associated with a smaller following, golf has undeniably never been at the center of attention, foregrounding...

The project for a new crest is part of Joe Maunseto’s quest to improve Chicago’s soccer team brand. (Graphics and photo by Erwin Lopez Rada/ The Independent)
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Chicago Fire FC asks for fan submissions, opinions for new team crest to be used in 2022 MLS Season.
Erwin Lopez Rada, Writer • February 23, 2021

After debuted a design in 2020 that received a cold reception from the public, Chicago Fire FC owner Joel Mansueto proposed a new team crest...

Fans support Chicago Fire FC at SeatGeek Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, during a 2016 MLS Season match. The Fire was expected to move in 2020 to Soldier Field, in downtown Chicago, but the plan was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(The Independent/ Erwin Lopez Rada).
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Chicago FIRE FC looking to improve on 2020 highlights for the upcoming 2021 MLS season
Erwin Lopez Rada, Writer • January 26, 2021

Though the Chicago Fire FC (CFFC)prepares to face 2021 MLS season with a defined identity and established style of play, they must address their...

"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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Campus Life
NEIU Faculty Survey on Zoom Etiquette
Jae Kim, Writer • March 9, 2021

It has been almost a year since Northeastern Illinois University transitioned to remote learning experience after the spring break of 2020 due...

Early morning escapades in front of miniature Minar-e-Pakistan, Mianwali. From left to right Fatima, Rafay,Eiman,Amail and Anusha (me).
Campus Life
Experiencing NEIU through the screen!
Anusha Manahil, Writer • February 23, 2021

Working across time zones is a hazard to health—sleep deprivation, a detrimental intake of coffee and, of course, accumulation of bags under...

Not Your Average Student
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Not Your Average Student
Theadora Green, Writer • 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
Campus Life
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...

The audience share the experiences they have had with hairstyle discrimination and texturism. | Photo by Tim Le Cour
Campus Life
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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