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Shots fired near El Centro

Shots fired near El Centro

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under News

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


Filed under News

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...

Impasse brings out NEIU’s resilience

Impasse brings out NEIU’s resilience

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under News

Speakers and protesters gathered in front of news cameras while chants of “Bruce better have our money!” and “¡Un pueblo unido no sera vencido!” echoed throughout the northeast entrance of Lech Walesa Hall on Bryn Mawr Avenue. The Spanish chant is loosely translated to “A community united ca...

Police Blotter – 3/28/17

Police Blotter – 3/28/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

March 28, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offense occurred at NEIU’s main campus on March 13. March 13 - LWH: Disturbance. A verbal dispute between a passenger and a Lyft driver outside of Lech Walesa Hall was reported to police.

Imposed furloughs affect faculty

Imposed furloughs affect faculty

Bisma Zafar, Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive

Since fiscal year 2015 NEIU has had a 47 percent reduction in state funding according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The university is now in its second year without a budget and legislators have not been able to come to compromise in order to fund higher education. After the influx...

Students voice concerns over campus furloughs

Students voice concerns over campus furloughs

Grace Yu, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under News

An email went out on March 3 announcing the shutdown of NEIU over Spring Break, along with the introduction of furloughs for faculty members. Approximately three hundred student jobs will also be lost, meaning students won’t be working over the break. The recent measures taken by the NEIU admini...

NEIU shuttle takes off

NEIU shuttle takes off

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under News

NEIU’s new shuttle program takes students directly to campus, the Kimball Brown Line station and other NEIU locations. This service is free of charge. For now, the shuttle is a pilot program, funded through student fees, that has already been running for two weeks. It is currently being assessed...

Good vs. bad borrowing: students invest in themselves

Good vs. bad borrowing: students invest in themselves

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under News

The NEIU Economic Inequality Initiative set out to teach students the value of financial literacy. Dr. Scott Hegerty, associate professor in the department of economics, led an open discussion with students on March 7 about good borrowing versus bad borrowing, investment of borrowed monies, h...

Dark Matter and the PICO collaboration

Dark Matter and the PICO collaboration

Laura Rojas, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under News

An NEIU physics professor is making his mission to research dark matter within our universe. Matter in general is a substance that has mass and takes up space. Dark matter is a type that is invisible to the naked eye because it doesn’t interact with electromagnetic radiation. Scientists know dar...

The future in the face of furloughs

The future in the face of furloughs

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under News

Students who will be fired from their campus jobs during the furloughs imposed during spring break can expect to get back to work soon after. “We’re going to try to do that immediately after the five furlough days in spring break is to hire as many back as we can,” said Interim President R...

Police Blotter – 3/14/17

Police Blotter – 3/14/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus between Feb. 20 and March 7.   Feb. 20 - The Nest: Assault. A victim reported that she received a threat of physical harm from her ex-roommate. The incident is currently under investigation.     Feb. 21 - FA Building: Fire A...

Furloughs to begin Spring Break

Furloughs to begin Spring Break

Press Release

March 3, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive

NEIU will shut down its operations during Spring Break as it begins a furlough program for employees beginning March 20, Interim President Richard J. Helldobler announced. A university-wide shutdown means that all university services, including instructional services such as computer labs, the writing ce...