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NEIU Professor Shines Light On Dull Architecture with Photography

NEIU Professor Shines Light On Dull Architecture with Photography

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

October 17, 2018

        NEIU professor Nathan Mathews is shining a bright light on dull architecture with his photography. Mathews’ collection “Ersatz” focuses on architecture and ways people respond to it, specifically unappealing architecture. It’s being displayed in the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery at ...

‘I was raised on the internet’ reflects on the effects the internet has on today’s society

‘I was raised on the internet’ reflects on the effects the internet has on today’s society

Grace Yu, Campus Life Editor

October 9, 2018

Our world as we know it is dominated by the World Wide Web. The lives of many people in the 21st century were profoundly formed and informed by the Internet and a slew of various web-related technologies and applications.  The exhibit “I Was Raised on the Internet” at the Museum of Contempora...

Chicago music fans get treated a multi-venue music festival

Chicago music fans get treated a multi-venue music festival

Amy Buscemi

October 8, 2018

Most weekends in Chicago present difficult decisions for live music lovers. This past weekend was no exception as it gave debut to “The Big Weekend,” a three-day multi-venue event which hosted over ten musical acts. Some concerts began early in the evening with others on the bill ending early the ne...

‘Tell me how it ends’ reveals daunting effects of parent deportation on children

‘Tell me how it ends’ reveals daunting effects of parent deportation on children

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

September 11, 2018

As someone who primarily reads fiction, I’m trying to get into reading more nonfiction and came to the conclusion that nonfiction that tackles social justice issues has become my cup of tea. In Valeria Luiselli’s book “Tell Me How It Ends,” she discusses her work as a translator for Latinx c...

‘ASTROWORLD’: The Roller Coaster Ride of a Lifetime

‘ASTROWORLD’: The Roller Coaster Ride of a Lifetime

Will Jones

September 11, 2018

Before pressing play, keep your head, hands, arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Be prepared to hang on for dear life because this album will knock you right out of your shoes! The long anticipated release of Travis Scott’s new album titled “ASTROWORLD” has heart stopping drops and excitin...

Chicago music festival is pitchin’

Chicago music festival is pitchin’

Panagiotis Garbis

August 30, 2018

When I was initially asked to go to Pitchfork and cover Sunday’s lineup for the Independent, I was excited because I had never had the chance to experience a music festival of that magnitude before. Having seen the crowds at Lollapalooza, I told myself being around that amount of people would be a head...

Stage Center Theatre spotlights student talent

Stage Center Theatre spotlights student talent

Ariel Notterman

August 30, 2018

Stage Center Theatre pulls back the curtain on how it serves NEIU students. Each season, Stage Center produces four main shows: two Children’s Theatre Workshop productions and one Nuevas Voces ten-minute play festivals where students have the opportunity to showcase their talents. “Stage Cen...

‘The Darkest Minds’ Book vs. Movie Review

‘The Darkest Minds’ Book vs. Movie Review

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

August 30, 2018

“The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken is the first book in her young adult dystopian trilogy and it delivers. This book has everything I love about a dystopian story. The characters are well developed, a gripping and action packed plot and a world that is both scary and eerily similar to the w...

I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: A Review

I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: A Review

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

August 30, 2018

Julia, the main protagonist in Erika L. Sanchez’s New York Times Bestselling Young Adult Novel, is not the perfect Mexican daughter. Neither am I. In her novel, “I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” Sanchez tells the story of Julia, who has always been the black sheep of her family comp...

Life hacks for festival-enthusiasts

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

August 30, 2018

Chicago’s festival season is the best season, and it isn’t over yet. Be prepared for upcoming festivals such as Riot Fest and North Coast with some insider tips from someone who has been going to street festivals and music festivals since 2008. Don’t rely on the festival having stocked toilet paper: bring ...

Four days of music, heat, expensive water at Grant Park

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

August 30, 2018

Lollapalooza: Four days of music, 212 minutes spent in line, $103 dollars on water and ten ibuprofens. Chicago’s weather was not kind; it was gruesomely hot and everyone was sweaty. Every day was different and had its own ups and downs, but overall, Lollapalooza 2018 was a positive experience. H...

Children of Blood and Bone Review

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

May 16, 2018

“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi has been gaining recognition for the way it weaves African folklore and mythology into an epic fantasy. It tells the story of Zelie, who is sent on a journey to bring magic back to the world of Orisha. Magic has been gone from the land for years after t...

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