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The Great Mouse Detective

Chuck Sipps, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

May 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Life, Movie Reviews

Detective Pikachu (DP) is an enjoyable step into a world of Pokémon that begs for further exploration.  In the film, we meet Tim, a young man who has turned his back from the world of Pokémon, and the case of his dead detective father. We soon learn that Tim’s father may not be dead and in fa...

Marvel Movie Universe now that it’s over

Chuck Sipps, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

May 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Life, Movie Reviews

Marvel’s Endgame has brought to a close over twenty movies worth of stories. No piece of cinema ever before has rivaled it in terms of scope and importance. We may never truly see something like it again. While Marvel has announced a slew of upcoming movies, it's time to take a look back at the Marv...

Spring has awoken!

Ankush Vyas, Online Editor

May 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU music enthusiasts! Get ready to bloom this season with rich sounds organized by React Presents Spring Awakening Music Festival 2019. This festival will be from June 7 to June 9 at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. React Presents is featuring more than 90+ artists this year, featuring...

Fans worldwide are done watching the Throne

Chuck Sipps, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

May 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Life, Television Review

After eight seasons of must-see television, HBO’s Game of Thrones (GoT) has finished its run. Like all good things, the ups and downs, highs and lows, and twists and turns have to  end. Despite its divisive final season, GoT will go down as a show for the ages and perhaps the best of all time....

NEIU’s very own aficionado: Becky Sarwate

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

May 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Life

Becky Sarwate is a NEIU alumna and currently teaches a class called Making Your Liberal Arts Degree Work For You, a class that I had the privilege to take during my final year as an undergraduate. Sarwate is not only a professor, but she also works full time for TransUnion, writes for differen...

A spooky, beautiful nightmare: ‘The Pillowman’

A spooky, beautiful nightmare: ‘The Pillowman’

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

May 7, 2019


Filed under Theatre Reviews

Bright lights. Eardrum shattering loud bangs. Haunting screams and murder. All of that and a bag of purchased Cheez-Its from the vending machine. Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” at NEIU’s Stage Center Theatre follows the dark, twisted story of a man being accused of a string murders that resemb...

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: a feminist anthem for young readers

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under Book Reviews

Moxie tells the story of Vivian, a high school sophomore, who is tired of the sexist behavior from her high school’s  football team and the school officials turning a blind eye. Inspired by her mother’s punk rock days, Vivian decides to take a stand and begins distributing zines anonymously as a call to ...

New Stage Center Play: The Pillowman Opens Thursday April 11

New Stage Center Play: The Pillowman Opens Thursday April 11

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under Theatre Reviews

NEIU’s Stage Center is currently working on a new play, “The Pillowman,” which will have its opening day on Thursday, April 11 at the Stage Center Theatre on campus. The play centers on a writer, played by Nathan Baltudis, in a totalitarian state. The writer is being interrogated about the co...

They say elephants don’t forget but this is not worth remembering

They say elephants don’t forget but this is not worth remembering

Alejandro Marroquin, Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under Movie Reviews

Admittedly, Disney’s live action renditions of their animated classics have not left a foul taste in my mouth; however, none of them have left a lasting impact. When Tim Burton was announced to direct ‘Dumbo,” I was skeptical, since his aesthetic did not seem the right choice for the flying ele...

Jazz Musician Chloe Feoranzo Gives Beautiful Performance

Derisha Rouse, Photographer

March 26, 2019


Filed under Campus Event, Showcase

Chloe Feoranzo, a popular jazz musician, has returned to grace the NEIU’s Jewel Box stage with her beautiful clarinet. This is her second time performing on campus, but this time she was accompanied by three other musicians, Molly Teeves on vocals and acoustic Guitar, Nahum Zdybel on electric gu...

Google Enters the Gaming Fray with Stadia

Chuck Sipps, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

March 26, 2019


Filed under Arts & Life, Game & App Reviews

Rumors have circulated for years that Google was planning to join the competitive video game market and after much speculation, they have announced Stadia, coming late 2019. Stadia is not a piece of hardware, it is a streaming platform meant to connect their audience to games using any device that can...

NEIU Math Department Holds Pi Day Celebration

Victoria Hong, Writer

March 26, 2019


Filed under Campus Event, Showcase

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is about 3.14159 regardless of the size of the circle. Dr. Nabil Kahouadji explained that not only is pi a constant for all circles, but it...

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