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Inaction speaks louder than words

Inaction speaks louder than words

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under News

Furlough days will be imposed on faculty and staff for the second time in nearly a year without state appropriations or stopgap funding. The difference this time around is that student workers could be affected by either furlough days or termination. The number of days that will need to be taken per employee has n...

Police Blotter – 2/21/17

Police Blotter – 2/21/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus on Feb. 1 and Feb. 14: Feb. 1 - BBH building: Simple Battery. Witnesses reported a man who slapped a Northside Learning student. The incident is under investigation. Feb. 14 - Parking Facility: Fire. A student’s car was reported to be ...

Golden Eagles flock to state capital

Golden Eagles flock to state capital

Brett Starkopf, Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017


Filed under News

SPRINGFIELD — NEIU students, alumni and administrators rallied at the state capitol Feb. 8 to urge Illinois representatives to end the budget impasse and fund higher education. NEIU has operated without a state budget for 19 months and nearly depleted its reserve funds due in large part to fron...

Court’s in session: NEIU professor turned judge

Court’s in session: NEIU professor turned judge

Laura Rojas, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under News

Michael Gerber, an NEIU professor of 37 years, has been appointed judge of the circuit court of Cook County effective Dec. 22, 2016. Gerber teaches business law in the College of Business and Management and has been with the university since 1980. Not only has he been a teacher for nearly three decades, b...

Police Blotter – 2/7/17

Police Blotter – 2/7/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following occurrences happened between the dates of Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 on and off NEIU’s main campus: Jan. 25 - The Nest: An unknown offender visited The Nest and wrote graffiti on a wall. Facilities was notified for clean up of the graffiti. Jan. 26 - Access Road/Field (off campus): Office...

Coffee with conviction

Coffee with conviction

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive

This past weekend coffee shops across the country and internationally joined forces for a cause. A fundraiser put together by a Portland-based coffee magazine Sprudge.com has garnered support from 850 coffee shops to support the American Civil Liberties Union. Sprudge founder Jason Michelman said he was in...

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


Filed under News

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...