The Independent

Upcoming fiscal year budget still uncertain

Sarahy Lopez, News editor

April 24, 2018


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Last week’s Board of Trustees meeting began with a couple of administrative changes and approvals of both exterior and interior renovations for the university. Gloria J. Gibson, the newly appointed president of NEIU will not start her role until June 1. This left the NEIU community in the quest...

Anti-abortion group protests on NEIU campus

Anti-abortion group protests on NEIU campus

Sarahy Lopez, News editor

April 24, 2018


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The anti-abortion group, Created Equal, based in Columbus, Ohio was seen on campus passing out flyers and placing photo stands with graphic pictures of aborted fetuses on April 12. This ignited a counter-protest by several NEIU students, organized in the Pedroso Center after hearing about the grou...

Police blotter for April 24

Nicole F. Anderson, Writer

April 24, 2018


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UPDATE: April 2 – The Nest: A guest was found in a closet at the Nest. The guest was found to have officially violated Nest visitor policy and was issued a written trespass warning. April 3 – Loading Dock: Officers recovered a possible human femur bone in the loading dock. The medical examiner...

ReptileFest raises awareness for animal endangerment

ReptileFest raises awareness for animal endangerment

Sarahy Lopez, News editor

April 24, 2018


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The Chicago Herpetological Society organized ReptileFest in the PE Complex on April 14 and 15, where hundreds of reptiles were displayed in glass tanks and guests were allowed to handle large pythons to baby alligators. The Herpetological Society raises awareness about reptile care and safety and holds regul...

URO rally: undocumented and unafraid

Nicole F. Anderson

April 10, 2018


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  “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” the crowd chanted while walking into NEIU’s quad. The crowd was led by Undocumented, Resilient and Organized (URO) member, Melanny Buitron on the bullhorn: “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like!” URO...

NEIU’s retention numbers dropping

Robin Bridges, Editor in chief

April 10, 2018


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For every 100 students enrolled at NEIU, on average only between eight and ten counts toward NEIU’s overall retention and graduation rates. Retention and graduation rates are data collected by all universities who receive federal funds and reported publicly in order to let prospective students know ...

Police Blotter April 10

Sarahy Lopez, News editor

April 10, 2018


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March 23 – Lech Walesa Hall: Racial and sexually explicit writing found on a chalkboard. March 28 – The Nest: An unwanted guest was escorted from The Nest and given a warning to not trespass. March 31 – Parking Lot J: An unknown offender damaged a parked car. April 3 – The Nest: An unacc...

Native American and Indigenous Identity in Chicago

Native American and Indigenous Identity in Chicago

Nicole F. Anderson, Writer

April 10, 2018


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American Indian Center of Chicago’s Education Coordinator Fawn E. Pochel spoke to the NEIU community for the Angelina Pedroso Centers “Pandora’s Box” series on March 28. In 2011 Pochel, her sisters and community of friends began putting together the Chi-Nations Youth Council (CNYC). CNYC ...

Muslim community attacked by viral post on social media

Sarahy Lopez, News editor

April 10, 2018


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Several letters stated April 3  would be “Punish a Muslim Day”. They were sent out anonymously to various Muslim communities throughout late March in the United Kingdom. The letter read, “They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer. They have caused you pain and heartache. What ...

Police Blotter March 27

March 27, 2018


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The following occurred on the main campus between March 10 to March 19: March 10 – P.E. Building: One person was arrested on an active warrant from DuPage County and transferred to District 16th for extradition. March 12 – The Nest: An unauthorized guest was removed from the Nest and was warned...

Students set fire to build ecosystems on campus

Students set fire to build ecosystems on campus

Robin Bridges, Editor in chief

March 27, 2018


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Smoke rose high over the Physical Education complex for a majority of the day on March 13. NEIU’s first prescribed burn of the year went through to the afternoon as students, faculty and staff burned the tall prairie grass near Saint Louis and Foster Avenues that Tuesday. Due to weather conditions...

Congressman and Alumnus Luis V. Gutiérrez to speak at commencement

Congressman and Alumnus Luis V. Gutiérrez to speak at commencement

Sarahy Lopez, News editor

March 27, 2018


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Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez will be NEIU’s May 2018 commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony on May 7. Gutiérrez is currently in his 12th term serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 4th district. He assumed office in 1993 and has authored and co-authored...