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Police Blotter 11/14/2017 Issue

November 14, 2017


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The following incidents occurred between the dates of October 16th to November 9th at NEIU’s main campus. Oct. 16 - The Nest: A student pushed someone into an elevator and slammed the door in their face. The student was asked to speak to a counselor. Oct. 16 - Library: A victim was uncomfortable with ...

Crime reports

Liz Varmecky, Writer

November 14, 2017


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The 2017 Annual Safety and Security Information Report is the first such report that includes statistics covering the first year since NEIU became a residential campus. Five robberies were reported at non-campus properties NEIU owns on West Bryn Mawr Avenue. Drug and alcohol abuse and Violence Aga...

Zika virus, students win research award

Zika virus, students win research award

Theresa Cherone, Writer

November 14, 2017


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Three NEIU seniors began research on the Zika Virus in May and turned it into an interactive program to show how the virus spreads through a population. Biology students Uzma Ain and Estefania Figueroa, along with Computer Science student Jerry Santos, were selected to go to the Society for Advanceme...

McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program

Rut Ortiz, Staff writers

October 31, 2017


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NEIU has earned its fifth McNair Scholars grant in 2017, equipping 14 students of minority and underserved demographics to attain their higher-education goals for the next five years. “The universities compete to get the program,” said Angela Vidal-Rodriguez, the director of the program. “It is a r...

Alternative Spring Break to kickoff next year

Alternative Spring Break to kickoff next year

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writers

October 31, 2017


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Applications have gone up for the 2018 Alternative Spring Break program, a series of trips that students can take during their Spring Break vacation to help improve the lives of others. Meals and lodging will be provided to those accepted into the program. Students would need to pay a non-refundable...

Terry Savage on today’s economics

Terry Savage on today’s economics

Chris Laurent, Staff writers

October 31, 2017


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Are we hurtling toward an economic downturn? This is just one of the questions Terry Savage presented during her discussion titled “The Savage Truth on Money” at the main campus auditorium as part of the Daniel L. Goodwin Lecture Series on Oct. 24. Savage is a registered investment advisor for bo...

Immigration rally brings schools together

Immigration rally brings schools together

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writers

October 31, 2017


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NEIU’s Undocumented, Resilient and Organized (URO) and North Park University’s Rising Dreamers United held an immigration rally to protest the removal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Oct. 18, joined by high schools Roosevelt and Von Steuben. “Undocumented, u...

Indie Briefs

Liz Varmecky, Writer

October 26, 2017


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On Campus At the State of the University address on Sept. 26, NEIU Interim President Helldobler said that the university is now 70 percent tuition driven. In Fiscal Year 2018, the income portion of the general operations budget is about 63 percent and the State portion is about 37 percent.  Last fi...

Computer systems infrastructure outdated

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writers

October 25, 2017


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The computer system in the infrastructure is outdated, unstable, and out of warranty, according to Chief Information Officer Sam Kann. “And it would take weeks for recovery in the event of a failure, and would affect students and faculty life,” he said. While the computer infrastructure changes ar...

Cheaper textbooks

Robin Bridges, Staff writers

October 25, 2017


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Textbooks are expensive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2006 and 2016 the cost of college tuition and fees increased 63 percent. In the same period of time, the cost of textbooks has risen 88 percent.   On Sept. 26, four congressional Democrats introduced a bill that seeks to mak...

Student pantry update

Robin Bridges, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


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There’s a room in the basement that has been feeding students over the course of the last year. E050-A is the home of the NEIU Student Pantry. It started as a mobile pantry in the spring semester of 2015, the pantry has found a permanent home just outside of the WZRD radio station in the basemen...

Police Blotter 10/17/2017 Issue

Sarahy Lopez, Sta

October 17, 2017


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The following incidents occurred between the dates of September 21st to October 12th at NEIU’s main campus Sept. 21 - Mailroom: An unknown crystal-like substance was found in an envelope with Chinese script used for the return address. Sept. 21 - Follet’s Bookstore: A subject was arrested for stealing an...