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Independent takes home three awards from ICPA

Independent takes home three awards from ICPA

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 26, 2019

NEIU’s student-run newspaper, the Independent, took home three awards at the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) convention in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, Feb. 15. Opinions Editor, Amaris E. Rodriguez, received honorable mention for headline writing; former Editor-in-Chief, Cecilia Hernande...

John Fountain pours out his wisdom to NEIU students: ‘Our stories Matter’

John Fountain pours out his wisdom to NEIU students: ‘Our stories Matter’

Kenisha Hoskins, Writer

February 26, 2019

John W. Fountain is a man of many hats: a Chicago Sun-Times journalist, professor, author and publisher. On Feb. 20, Fountain held a talk titled, “Our Stories Matter,” at NEIU’s Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in Bronzeville in honor of Black History Month.   This date was no c...

Police Blotter: 02/08 – 02/20

Police Blotter: 02/08 – 02/20

February 26, 2019

The following events happened on NEIU's campuses from Feb. 8 to 20, 2019: Feb. 8 - El Centro: A power outage in the area caused the fire alarm to go off. The fire department and NEIU police responded. There was no smoke nor fire found.   Feb. 10 - The Nest: A resident snuck in an unauthorized ...

Dave Cullen Talks Parkland and How Response Mass Shootings Has Changed Since Columbine

Dave Cullen Talks Parkland and How Response Mass Shootings Has Changed Since Columbine

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

February 26, 2019

New York Times bestselling author, David Cullen, sat down with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens on Thursday, Feb. 21, to discuss his new book, “Parkland: Birth of a Movement,” at the Swedish American Museum. Cullen, who is a New York Times Best Selling author for his previous work on the first mass school shooting to rock the nation “Col...

Police Blotter: 01/15 – 01/28

February 12, 2019

Jan. 28: Parking Garage: Smoke detector tampering prompted response from officers and engineers. The Chicago Fire Department reset the alarm.   Jan. 28: P.E. Building: NEIU officer guided woman to the police station because she was upset at her child’s father, whom had not yet ret...

Police confirm campus tagging are isolated incidents, not gang related

Police confirm campus tagging are isolated incidents, not gang related

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 12, 2019

Over the last three months there have been several incidents of tagging and graffitiing on the three NEIU campuses: main, El Centro and CCICS. However, NEIU’s Police Superintendent, John Escalante, said these are all isolated incidents and not an increase in neighborhood crime. Escalante said the ta...

Chicago’s Feb. 26 Municipal Election: What to Know

Chicago’s Feb. 26 Municipal Election: What to Know

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 12, 2019

The 2019 municipal elections are coming up on Feb. 26. The city of Chicago will vote on the positions for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and 50 city council (aldermen) positions. If you’re a registered voter, there are many ways to vote including in person at your neighborhood’s designated pol...

President Gibson’s Plan for Tackling Decreasing Enrollment

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

February 12, 2019

Enrollment at NEIU has been steadily decreasing over the years causing concern. President Gloria J. Gibson addressed the NEIU community on Nov. 27, 2018 stating that finding a solution to enrollment rates is a top concern. “I have to be very clear in saying that our enrollment numbers are not good...

Student Sues NEIU on ADA Violations, Illegal Search, Racial and Harassment Discrimination Allegations

Student Sues NEIU on ADA Violations, Illegal Search, Racial and Harassment Discrimination Allegations

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

January 22, 2019

Editors note: This article has been updated to reflect the most current information available. 2-26-2019 NEIU student alleges employees and campus police officers harassed and discriminated against him based on his race, physical and mental abilities based on a lawsuit filed in July of 2018. O...

Freshman Cohort Program Coming to CCICS This Fall

Freshman Cohort Program Coming to CCICS This Fall

Kenisha Hoskins, Writer

January 22, 2019

College can be intimidating; almost every student experiences some level of anxiety during their first school year. Whether it’s an overwhelming course load, frustration with financial aid or fear of social interaction; anxiety is ever present. As a result, these factors can affect how a student performs the...

Standstill on Lech Walesa Hall

Standstill on Lech Walesa Hall

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

January 22, 2019

Lech Walesa Hall (LWH), located on NEIU’s main campus, was named in honor of Polish politician and Noble Prize winner Lech Walesa in 2009 for his part in the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland and dedication to the rights of workers. Walesa made homophobic comments at a political rally in 2000. He...

NEIU Police Blotter: Dec. 17 to Jan. 14

NEIU Police Blotter: Dec. 17 to Jan. 14

January 22, 2019

Jan. 14 – 5555 N. Bernard: NEIU police officers responded to a “disabled vehicle” in the middle of the road.The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license and no insurance. The driver was cited for the suspended driver’s license and their vehicle was towed. Jan. 10 – B-Buildi...

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