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Campus safety is a community concern

Laura Rojas, Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

The issue of campus safety affects the entire NEIU community. An example of an incident that occurred at a college campus was Ohio State University in November 2016. WBNS 10, a news television station from Columbus, Ohio, reported that Abdul Razak Ali Artan was the suspect identified in the incident ...

NEIU hosts political strategists in first-ever Distinguished Lecture Series

NEIU hosts political strategists in first-ever Distinguished Lecture Series

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

Political consultants and best-selling authors James Carville and Mary Matalin visited NEIU to discuss policy and power in the realm of U.S. politics. Carville worked for the Clinton campaign in 1992 while Matalin worked as campaign director for George H.W. Bush. Additionally, NEIU welcomed back alumnus Thomas Corf...

NEIU prepares for ‘salary-savings program’

NEIU prepares for ‘salary-savings program’

Brett Starkopf, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2017


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For the second year in a row NEIU will begin preparing for a “salary-savings program” starting this spring semester announced Interim President Richard Helldobler in a Feb. 3 email to the NEIU community. Helldobler said the “salary-savings plan” or “furlough program” is the “most fair and lea...

NEIU student seeks to give young inmates hope

NEIU student seeks to give young inmates hope

Covadonga Solares, Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

An NEIU student is making it his mission to help detained juveniles find hope in their situations.   Brian Paul Thalhammer is a Chicagoan and an undergraduate majoring in English. He is the developer of YellowCity, an inmate-produced literary journal designed for the U.S. juvenile inmate detention syste...

Women’s march: standing up to Trump

Women’s march: standing up to Trump

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Web Exclusive

The day after the inauguration of President Trump, millions of women matched in the streets around the world. In Chicago, organizers of the local march expected around 40,000 participants to gather and walk a few blocks downtown. The path for the march was scheduled to go from Grant Park to the D...

Finalists chosen for Distinguished Professor Award

Finalists chosen for Distinguished Professor Award

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under News

Three NEIU professors are finalists for the 12th Annual Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Professor Award. This award recognizes each professor for their accomplished works in their respective fields of research. The recognized finalists are Dr. Anthony Adams, NEIU CMT department associate profess...

NEIU Music department gets fine tuning

NEIU Music department gets fine tuning

Daniela Arteaga, Writer

January 25, 2017


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The National Association of Schools of Music has granted Northeastern’s Department of Music reaccreditation through 2024.   In a span of five years, Northeastern has undergone a process of reviews from teams, interviews with faculty and staff and students by the NASM. Course and thesis paper ev...

NEIU College of Education welcomes new dean

NEIU College of Education welcomes new dean

Laura Rojas, Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under News

Dr. Sandra Beyda-Lorie, formerly interim dean of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education at NEIU, has been officially appointed dean of students as of Jan. 1. Beyda has been with NEIU for 19 years, previously as a professor primarily dealing with special education teachers. She served as depar...

Council discusses budget cuts and accreditation

Council discusses budget cuts and accreditation

Pablo Medina, Production Manager

January 25, 2017


Filed under News

As the Illinois Senate continues to discuss a budget, the University Advisory Council discussed preparations for potential budget cuts and the upcoming accreditation process for the fiscal year. Interim Provost Vicki Román-Lagunas said Jan. 20 that the UAC will be asking for a second round of cuts ...

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter, Thursday Night Live

Police Blotter 1/24/17 Issue – Spring 2017 The following occurrences happened between the dates of Dec. 8 to Jan. 6 at and near NEIU’s main campus: Dec. 8 – RWL: A victim claimed her boyfriend slapped her during a verbal dispute but later on recanted her story. De. 11 – RWL: A victim...

President-elect Trump has NEIU students fearful of future

President-elect Trump has NEIU students fearful of future

Laura Rojas, Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under News

The Electoral College victory of President-elect Donald Trump has students concerned about their future but there is no evidence that minority student enrollment has dropped because of it. Maria Genao-Homs, executive director of the Department of Diversity and Cultural Affairs and director of...

Mounting gun violence takes toll on NEIU students

Mounting gun violence takes toll on NEIU students

Terrie Albano, Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under News

Chicago’s gun violence epidemic affects a surprising number of students at NEIU in traumatic ways that are often hidden and unspoken. In an informal written survey of 50 people (45 NEIU students, 5 NEIU staff or frequent NEIU visitor) conducted at the cafeteria Nov. 15, 40 respondents (80 percen...