The Independent

Upcoming state budget decision

Marco Mendoza, Production Editor

May 28, 2019


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The NEIU Board of Trustees met in regular session to discuss the 2019 - 2020 budget on May 23. Questions were asked at this gathering, but some of them were left unanswered, one of  which was the budget on advertising. There was talk about the success of the school’s advertisements, both online and ...

05/28 Police Blotter

05/28 Police Blotter

Rebecca Denham, News Editor

May 28, 2019


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The following events happened on NEIU’s campuses from April 15 - May 22, 2019: 4/15 - El Centro Student reports verbal threats made to him by classmate during a verbal altercation while discussing a group project. Dean of students notified. 4/17 - Testing Center During a routine patrol,...

Chicago’s New Mayor

Edwin Gramajo, Opinions Editor

May 28, 2019


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In April 2019, Lori Elaine Lightfoot (Democrat) was elected mayor of Chicago after a runoff election. Lightfoot was sworn in as mayor on May 20, 2019 at the Wintrust Arena. According to Mayor Lightfoot’s official website, “as mayor, she will work to create opportunity for every Chicagoan—regardles...

Spring commencement speaker inspires self-advocacy

Spring commencement speaker inspires self-advocacy

Rebecca Denham, News Editor

May 28, 2019


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Maria Woltjen gave the commencement speech at NEIU’s 2019 graduation ceremony on May 6. The founder and executive director of The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School, Woltjen spoke about the primary purpose of the organization and the individua...

NEIU’s pantry helping year round

NEIU’s pantry helping year round

Rebecca Denham, News Editor

May 28, 2019


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Located in the basement of building E, next to the cafeteria, NEIU’s Student Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food items to students year round at no cost. Ranging from fresh produce and canned goods to essential toiletries, an array of products is collected by volunteers throughout the...

Queering sex education in school

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

April 27, 2019


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You can tell people to not have sex but if both parties are consenting, sex is going to happen. But what do LGBTQ+ students do when they want to have safe sex and were only taught about heterosexual sex?    In the United States, only 24 states and the District of Columbia require sex education. Of ...

Journalist on antisemitism comes to NEIU

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

April 27, 2019


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At the end of 2018, there was a swastika drawn on a door in the Ronald Williams Library, just a few weeks after the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh that left 11 dead. NEIU facilities were notified to clean the swastika up, the event was printed in the Independent’s blotter and administration sent...

Computer science panel succeeds without a glitch

Joanna Vaklin, Comic Artist

April 27, 2019


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In the 28th annual alumni panel, former computer science (CS) students came back to share their experiences after NEIU. The event was on Thursday April 11 and went glitch-free.   The five panelist were Jean Boris Konan, Millie Hernandez, Joseph Rodriguez, Deena Rubin and Shane Taylor. Each...

HIV/AIDS: the epidemic is far from over

HIV/AIDS: the epidemic is far from over

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

April 27, 2019


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  The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) claims lives by the hundreds of thousands and wrecked entire communities. Though the most devastating number of casualties happened in the 1980s and 1990s and the epidemic is not what it once, the problem is fa...

Earth matters: journalist and author come to NEIU

Edwin Gramajo, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2019


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A crowd of roughly 75 people gathered to listen to world-famous journalist Bill Kurtis and best- selling author John St. Augustine speak about what responsibility each human has in regards to keeping our environment habitable on April 15 in NEIU’s auditorium.   Their presentation, “Earth Matters: Ethics...

4/23 Police Blotter

April 23, 2019


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4/2/19: Access Road Cemetery staff was notified of a hazard posed by large tree branches overhanging onto NEIU property (main road). Cemetery staff will trim the branches down in coming weeks.   4/8/19: El Centro A contractor accidentally ruptured a gas line next to El Centro. Per the Chicago f...

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