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Student pantry update

Robin Bridges, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under News

There’s a room in the basement that has been feeding students over the course of the last year. E050-A is the home of the NEIU Student Pantry. It started as a mobile pantry in the spring semester of 2015, the pantry has found a permanent home just outside of the WZRD radio station in the basemen...

Police Blotter 10/17/2017 Issue

Sarahy Lopez, Sta

October 17, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following incidents occurred between the dates of September 21st to October 12th at NEIU’s main campus Sept. 21 - Mailroom: An unknown crystal-like substance was found in an envelope with Chinese script used for the return address. Sept. 21 - Follet’s Bookstore: A subject was arrested for stealing an...

No more sleepovers/Nest firearm update

Cecilia Hernandez and Sarahy Lopez

October 17, 2017


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A personal dispute led an individual to bring a gun into the Nest on the night of Sept. 20. According to campus police Chief John Escalante and University Public Relations Director Michael Hines, the suspect has been identified and progress is being made in the investigation. Officials do not expect there will be a cont...

Guest brings firearm into student housing

Robin Bridges, Editor in Chief

September 26, 2017


Filed under News

No students were injured on Sept. 20 when a visitor carrying a firearm was reported to campus police. Reports on the incident are still being filed as of Sept. 23 leaving many details unavailable for now. At approximately 11 p.m. students at the Nest were told to go into their rooms and lock their d...

Women in science: A commemoration to Maria Sklodowska Curie

Women in science: A commemoration to Maria Sklodowska Curie

Daniela Arteaga, writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

NEIU was the host of the first-ever Women in Science Conference on Sept. 18 and 19, celebrating the career and accomplishments of female-scientist, Maria Sklodowska Curie, commonly known as Marie Curie. Julie Des Jardins and Dr. Sophie Shrand were two of the keynote speakers at the two-day conferen...

Police Blotter 09/26/2017

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Police Blotter

Police Blotter 09/26/2017 Issue The following incidents occurred between the dates of September 14 to September 20 at NEIU’s main campus: Sept. 14 - P.E. Building: An unknown offender stole a wallet, cell phone and other personal items from a locker. Sept. 19 - The Nest: A well-being...

Board of Trustees Overview

Sarahy Lopez, writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under News

The financial situation at NEIU was relieved during the month of July when a state budget was finally passed. For two years, NEIU had no budget and struggled to keep afloat, implementing furlough days and laying off employees. During the Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 14, members analyzed the budget...

Police Blotter for Sept. 12 2017 Issue

September 12, 2017


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Police blotter 09/12/2017 Issue   The following incidents occurred between the dates of August 16 to September 7 at NEIU’s main campus: August 16 - 3701 W Bryn-Mawr: Victim had his vehicle stolen from this location while visiting friends. Chicago police took a report of the crime. ...

Drunkorexia: A disturbing trend among college campuses

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under News

“Drunkorexia” is a pop culture term for a long running harmful trend on college campuses that is between an eating disorder and alcoholism. It is the act of starving the body before going to binge drink for the purpose of getting drunk faster or to avoid gaining alcohol-related weight. Eating disorders hav...

From child soldier to human rights activist

From child soldier to human rights activist

Amaris Rodriguez, Writer

September 12, 2017


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NEIU Alumnus Berhane Hailemichael uses his past as a child soldier during the Eritrean War to fuel his desire to be a human rights activist. Hailemichael was sixteen years old when he volunteered as a “Freedom Fighter” for the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front during the war for independen...

DACA program removal causes outrage

Angel Rodas, writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under News

Former President Barack Obama announced the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012. The DACA program allows about 800,000 young immigrant students to study and work the United States of America. Now President Trump is in the process of removing DACA; he gave Congress six months ...

NEIU Shuttle

August 22, 2017


Filed under NEIU Shuttle, News

The NEIU Shuttle program returns—a connection to three Northeastern locations. Beginning the week of Aug. 29 and running through Dec. 14, the NEIU Shuttle will offer transportation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between the Main Campus, El Centro and the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies...