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Police Blotter – 4/25/17

Police Blotter – 4/25/17

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 29, 2017
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Police Blotter 04/25/2017 Issue - Spring 2017 The following incidents occurred between the dates of April 1 to April 17 at NEIU’s main campus: April 1 - The Nest: A couple was arguing over a family issue outside of The Nest, but the male left when police arrived. April 1 - Library: A male ...

SGA election results

SGA election results

April 29, 2017
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President Ashlei Ross (52.41%) 195 votes Dorrie Hubbard III (34.94%) 130 votes Vice President Mohammed Sibghatullah Khan (42.47%) 158 Nancy Calderon (42.47%) 158 votes Treasurer Alfredo Palafox (44.62%) 166 votes Selma Aburahmeh (42.47 %) 159 votes Secretary Jermaine Cherry (73.92%) 275 vo...

Board of trustees: looking forward during a time of crisis

Board of trustees: looking forward during a time of crisis

Rut Ortiz and Sarahy Lopez
April 12, 2017
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NEIU’s Board of Trustees regularly scheduled meeting began with the discussion of newly implemented furlough days from April 11-12 and May 1. Cost and salary-savings plans are part of the furlough program in order to keep the university running during the budget crisis, including a spending and hiri...

NEIU looks to increase hispanic/latinx student growth

NEIU looks to increase hispanic/latinx student growth

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
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NEIU faculty and students filled B-158 on March 30 to hear a presentation on Hispanic/Latino retention rates given by Dr. Blase Masini, executive director for the NEIU Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The presentation and Q&A session was titled “Hispanic/Latino Student Retention a...

Guest speakers give green light to environmental efforts

Guest speakers give green light to environmental efforts

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
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American broadcaster, Bill Kurtis and NEIU alumnus, Chicago author and radio personality, John St. Augustine were the keynote speakers at NEIU’s second annual Green Business Conference on April 4. The pair host a radio show called “Earth Matters” on WCPT AM/FM in Chicago. The GBC is co...

Behind closed doors: The unique nature of transgender domestic violence

Behind closed doors: The unique nature of transgender domestic violence

Bisma Zafar, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
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NEIU hosted a panel on March 29 titled “Transgender Domestic Violence: Developing New Strategies to Assist Survivors.” The panel included Dr. Jessica Punzo, director of the “Anti-Violence Project” at the Center on Halsted, and Dr. Adam Messinger, assistant professor in the NEIU Justice Studies Department and...

Police Blotter – 4/11/17

Police Blotter – 4/11/17

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following incidents occurred between the dates of March 13 to March 28 at NEIU’s main campus: March 13 - LWH: There was a verbal dispute between a Lyft driver and a passenger but the fight was resolved. March 15 - P.E. Building: An unknown offender etched writing on 10 lockers in the me...

NEIU looks to increase Hispanic/Latinx student growth

NEIU looks to increase Hispanic/Latinx student growth

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 10, 2017
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NEIU faculty and students filled B-158 on March 30 to hear a presentation on Hispanic/Latino retention rates given by Dr. Blase Masini, executive director for the NEIU Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The presentation and Q&A session was titled “Hispanic/Latino Student Retention at...

What, the furlough?!

What, the furlough?!

Jason Merel, Staff Writer
April 4, 2017
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The university is rapidly approaching a financial wall. The administration and faculty are working to reduce it to a speed bump. It won’t be an easy journey but by working together both seem convinced that NEIU’s future is bright. For the past two years NEIU instituted furlough programs as a wa...

Illinois Writing Project makes leaders out of teachers

Illinois Writing Project makes leaders out of teachers

Bisma Zafar, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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The Illinois Writing Project has made NEIU the home of one of its five university-based writing project sites. IWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project and made the move from its 30-year location at National Louis University to NEIU. Katy Smith, an NEIU associate professor and IWP co-di...

Shots fired near El Centro

Shots fired near El Centro

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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Two vehicles were involved in a traffic incident that ended with shots fired on March 14. The shooting occurred at 10:45 a.m. on the Kennedy Expressway where the shots were reported to have been fired on the exit ramp to Kimball Avenue, right around the corner from the NEIU El Centro campus.  ...

Google funds student-proposed computer science grant

Google funds student-proposed computer science grant

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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NEIU students Julien de Castelnau and Austin Leatham wrote a grant proposal that was recently funded by Google to help inspire high school students from low-income or first-generation families to pursue a college degree in computer science. Google awarded the grant, a total of $4,450, which will f...