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COVID-19: The impact on the lives of NEIU students

COVID-19: The impact on the lives of NEIU students

Jack Poskus, Writer

March 30, 2020

The new decade saw the deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke before a fatal pandemic claimed the lives of over 20,000 and counting, subsequently reshaping social and economic standards. However, while the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to warrant international isolation,...

NEIU opens emergency fund for students amid coronavirus concerns

NEIU opens emergency fund for students amid coronavirus concerns

Monty Blair, News Editor

March 29, 2020

Due to the unprecedented campus closure as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, NEIU activated its Student Emergency Fund (SEF) for those affected by lost wages and the added costs of remote learning.  NEIU established its SEF in 2018 to financially aid students incapable of meeting NEIU ...

NEIU Alumni Association, Parker Dewey team to offer micro-internships

Photo by Matthew Rago

March 28, 2020

For the third consecutive year, the Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association is partnering with internship agency Parker Dewey to provide students with micro-internships, according to an NEIU targeted announcement. Aiming to assist the transition from higher education to career, micro-intern...

Comparing America’s coronavirus response to Spanish Flu, Black Death and smallpox

Comparing America's coronavirus response to Spanish Flu, Black Death and smallpox

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2020

Competing narratives surrounding the severity of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have led to ideological warfare. However, while pandemics are nothing new, the manner in which American leadership underestimates the potential costs of COVID-19 are jarringly familiar. As Americans transition into an indefinite ...

Illinois state officials confirm 673 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 2,538

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Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2020

Over the last 24 hours, 673 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 have been confirmed in Illinois, raising the total to 2,583 confirmed cases with 26 deaths, according to state health officials. State officials also confirmed seven additional deaths from the previously reported 19, an increase of 27%...

Examining NEIU’s pass/fail policy

Examining NEIU's pass/fail policy

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2020

Following Northeastern Illinois University's decision to suspend face-to-face instruction for the remainder of its Spring semester, NEIU students began circulating a petition demanding that the school offer pass/fail options. In response, the university extended its existing pass/fail option to April...

Public packs Chicago lakefront, Mayor Lightfoot shuts down access

Public packs Chicago lakefront, Mayor Lightfoot shuts down access

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2020

Following a Wednesday afternoon press conference where Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned Chicagoans ignoring Illinois’ “stay-at-home” order, Lightfoot ordered the closing of Chicago’s lakefront, the Chicago Riverwalk and The 606 trail. The decision comes after video surfaced of Chicagoans co...

A breakdown of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package

A breakdown of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 25, 2020

Americans in need of financial reprieve anxiously await an agreement as Congress finalizes the long-anticipated, multi-trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus package. Airlines impacted by travel restrictions and businesses on Main Street are also set to benefit from the $2 trillion package. The NEIU Independent...

To grade or not to grade: how NEIU, others struggle over pass/fail grading

To grade or not to grade: how NEIU, others struggle over pass/fail grading

Daniel J. Lane, Writer

March 25, 2020

Citing such reasons as imminent job loss, the inability to access essential laboratory time and a generally high level of stress, students at Northeastern Illinois University this week joined a global student movement demanding that schools worldwide go to pass/fail grading for the rest of the academic ye...

Gov. Pritzker issues ‘stay-at-home’ order effective Saturday

Gov. Pritzker issues 'stay-at-home' order effective Saturday

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2020

Amid growing concern surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order effective Saturday at 5 p.m. Illinois becomes the third state to implement a stay-at-home measure, joining New York and California. "My bedrock has been to rely upon sci...

BREAKING: Joe Biden projected to win Illinois Democratic primary

BREAKING: Joe Biden projected to win Illinois Democratic primary

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

Update 10:07 p.m.: Joe Biden is the projected winner of Arizona, according to NBC. Biden cruised to a relatively easy sweep of the March 17 primaries, claiming Florida, Illinois and Arizona. Gov. Mike DeWine postponed the Ohio primaries amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19. Biden handily defeated...

Northeastern Illinois University suspends face-to-face instruction through Spring

NEIU President Gloria J. Gibson during her open office hours on Oct. 17. Photos by Maleydi Roman.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2020

The Office of President Gloria J. Gibson issued a targeted announcement declaring that all face-to-face instruction at Northeastern Illinois University is suspended for the Spring semester. According to the email, while the measure is still in its planning stages, alternative instruction begins on...

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