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‘In to America’

‘In to America’

Grace Yu, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Online Exclusive

In our alarming present moment, the current Griffin Theatre Company performance of “In to America” depicts the story of American immigration, our country’s multicultural composition and “the American dream.” Written by Artistic Director William Massolia and directed by Dorothy Milne, the pla...

Remember the removal: bike ride, ASB program

Remember the removal: bike ride, ASB program

Cecilia Hernandez, Arts & Life Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program at NEIU offered 10 students the opportunity to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity while learning a bit of the Cherokee lifestyle from educator Travis Wolfe in Tahlequah, Okla. All ten of us, along with our Student Leader Steven Cristi and Advisor RaeJoyce...

Speaking of vaginas: ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Speaking of vaginas: ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Idoia Solano, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU hosted “The Vagina Monologues,” a humorous show with a direct goal to create a space for women to talk freely about something that’s very intimate: their vaginas. The show consisted of testimonies from women around the world, Alumni Hall was the home to these women’s stories. These testim...

Tales from an undocumented youth: Yosimar Reyes

Tales from an undocumented youth: Yosimar Reyes

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

The word ‘undocumented’ does not indicate identity or lifestyle, but is instead a social condition that separates one’s home life from a native-born citizen. On Apr. 7, Yosimar Reyes, a nationally acclaimed poet born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in east San Jose, Calif, was invited by Gamma ...

The Cherokee nation and habitat for humanity: Tahlequah, OK

The Cherokee nation and habitat for humanity: Tahlequah, OK

Cecilia Hernandez, Arts & Life Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Under the Alternative Spring Break program at NEIU, 10 NEIU students traveled to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and learn about the Cherokee Nation. I was among the ten students. In the rural country, we were taught how to properly handle tools and follow procedures to bui...

‘The Vagina Monologues’

‘The Vagina Monologues’

Covadonga Solares, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Undoubtedly one of the most stigmatized and tabooed words around the world in the 21st century. That’s exactly why “The Vagina Monologues” was born, to break all the stereotypes and create a space for equality and open conversation focused on women. The group of 20 women will reenact Eve Ensle...

Vegan-friendly spots in the Chicagoland area

Vegan-friendly spots in the Chicagoland area

Regina Torres, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Neighborhood

Perhaps you’re considering expanding your palate to include trying new food and drinks? Maybe you’re seeking to experiment with healthier eating while leaving a smaller carbon footprint, or already living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle and are wishing to try Chicagoland restaurants offering...

WZRD 88.3FM celebrating 43 year anniversary

WZRD 88.3FM celebrating 43 year anniversary

Tara Shedor and Sean Carey
March 28, 2017
Filed under Online Exclusive, WZRD

Dear NEIU Community, Beginning in the early ‘70s WRNE (Radio Northeastern) was chartered as a station broadcasting within the walls of Northeastern only.  In 1974, the then called WZRD, or the Wizard, adopted the freeform philosophy that includes not only creative unfiltered programming, but also an an...

Review: Mexican brass in the jewel box

Review: Mexican brass in the jewel box

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
March 15, 2017
Filed under Jewel Box

For every jewel in a box, there’s some brass to complement it. In The Jewel Box series, the M5 Mexican Brass performed on Mar. 10 for the NEIU community with its varied and colorful set list. Led by the charismatic trumpeter Alexander Freund, fellow trumpeter Oscar Villegas Miranda, French ...

The release of ‘A People’s History of Chicago’

The release of ‘A People’s History of Chicago’

Grace Yu, Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

As the artistic director for Young Chicago Authors (a nonprofit organization devoted to youth arts and literary education) and the founder of Louder Than a Bomb, Kevin Coval mentored and worked with many young artists in the city of Chicago since they were teenagers. Coval’s newest poetry book “A People...

Following the wrong dream in ‘Death of a Salesman’

Following the wrong dream in ‘Death of a Salesman’

Grant Spathis, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

For a play as well known as “Death of a Salesman,”  written by Arthur Miller and directed by Steve Scott, to break new ground is a difficult task. Fortunately, at the Redtwist Theatre in Edgewater, this was no problem. Driven by the strikingly powerful performance of Brian Parry as Willy ...

‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Goodman Theatre

‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Goodman Theatre

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
March 14, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Theatre Reviews

There’s a reason that classics are classics. Even if manner of dress and other cultural symbols are of a bygone era, the stories and characters of masterpieces prove to remain relatable throughout time. Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” fits this bill as Chicago’s own Goodman Theatre has de...