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NEIU’s Black Student Success Committee creates Black Student Membership Fee Initiative

NEIU’s Black Student Success Committee creates Black Student Membership Fee Initiative

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor

May 1, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s Black Student Success Committee started the Black Student Membership Fee Initiative to help Black students at NEIU navigate the realm of career development. Interested students who identify as Black or African-American must apply for a one-time annual fee at a...

NEIU transitions to remote instruction, pass/no pass grading for all three summer semesters

NEIU transitions to remote instruction, pass/no pass grading for all three summer semesters

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University announced Thursday that all three summer semesters--first-half summer (May 15-June 15), second-half summer (June 26-Aug.6) and full summer (May 15-Aug. 8)--will be delivered remotely amid concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Earlier this mon...

Chicago Fire Department commander’s home site of viral Chicago house party

Chicago Fire Department commander's home site of viral Chicago house party

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

The townhouse that hosted a heavily-attended party in Chicago's Galewood neighborhood belongs to a Chicago Fire Department commander, according to Alderman Gilbert Villegas Last weekend, a video showing dozens of partygoers packed inside a small basement went viral on social media. The house in question...

Student Leadership Development to host virtual trivia game night for NEIU community

Student Leadership Development to host virtual trivia game night for NEIU community

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor

April 30, 2020

After a long week of cramming for finals, Northeastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff prepare to participate in virtual diversion activities such as Student Leadership Development’s (SLD) virtual trivia event. The virtual event will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday and will be h...

NEIU Student Counseling Services working remotely with students

NEIU Student Counseling Services working remotely with students

Amina Murati, Writer

April 25, 2020

The limitations imposed by social distancing mandates can cause anxiety. In order to assist students during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, NEIU’s Student Counseling Services continues providing counseling to the NEIU student body.  While conducting therapy over the phone remains an option, Direc...

REPORT: Kim Jong Un rumored dead, satellite images suggest possible location

REPORT: Kim Jong Un rumored dead, satellite images suggest possible location

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2020

Update: Satellite imaging shows North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's train outside his Wonsan compound. The train has reportedly been stationed there since "at least" April 21. The imaging, taken by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korean studies, suggests that the train arrived on April 21...

Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, Hometown Rising all cancelled

Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, Hometown Rising all cancelled

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2020

Update: Spring Awakening representatives released a statement confirming the cancellation of its 2020 event. Entering its ninth year, the EDM concert was scheduled for June 12-14 at Chicago's Union Park.  Representatives at Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) released a statement Friday announcing the canc...

NEIU to reimburse students for unused services

Empty hallway in NEIU's Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center

Matthew Rago and Rachel Willard

April 23, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of the President announced that NEIU will partially reimburse students for unused services.  The announcement, distributed via email, acknowledged that “some student services became unavailable” following the university’s transition to remote instr...

Chicago Pride Parade postponed for first time ever

Chicago Pride Parade postponed for first time ever

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

Organizers for the 2020 Chicago Pride Parade announced Wednesday the postponement of the annual amid growing concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement marks the first-ever postponement of the Chicago Pride Parade. Originally scheduled for June 28, festivals organizers...

Trump administration prohibits DACA recipients from coronavirus relief aid

Trump administration prohibits DACA recipients from coronavirus relief aid

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2020

U.S. Education Department officials barred undocumented students from accessing emergency federal aid distributed for critical expenses such as food, housing and child care. In March, Congress authorized a $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package, which included a pledge of $6 billion to U.S....

BREAKING: Trump to suspend immigration to the United States of America

 Trump now is tasked with leading a country that elected him on the basis of his hateful rhetoric.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 20, 2020

President Donald Trump announced Monday his intention to sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States of America. Trump's states his measure aims to stunt the transmission of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Trump attributed his decision to "an attack from...

NEIU Student Pantry offers food donations amid coronavirus pandemic

NEIU Student Pantry offers food donations amid coronavirus pandemic

Amina Murati, Writer

April 18, 2020

Food shortages in grocery stores across Chicago are leaving members of the NEIU community without provisions. Northeastern Illinois University aims to assist students in need during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic through the university’s grab and go food pantry, where students can pick up...

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