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BREAKING: San Francisco mayor orders 24-hour curfew

BREAKING: San Francisco mayor orders 24-hour curfew

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2020

San Francisco issued a public health order Monday instructing all residents to stay home.  The most drastic response in the United States to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to date, the order prohibits recreational activity outside of "essential needs," which include trips to the grocery store, visits...

CDC recommends no gatherings of over 50 people for eight weeks

The Coronavirus COVID-19 illustrated, rotating. | By Maximilian Schönherr

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Amid growing concern surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the cancellation or postponement of all non-essential gatherings upward of 50 people. Released on Sunday evening, the CDC's new guidelines do not extend to "operations of...

All bars, restaurants closed to dine-in customers in Illinois amid coronavirus

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Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday that all restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in consumers starting Tuesday morning. The measure will run through the end of March. "As your governor, I can't allow the gravity of these decisions from taking the measures that experts say will keep...

NEIU extends Spring Break amid coronavirus pandemic

NEIU extends Spring Break amid coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

The Office of the President emailed students Thursday announcing Northeastern Illinois University's decision to extend Spring Break through March 29. Dr. Gloria Gibson's targeted announcement also informed students that all events and travel plans are canceled until further notice. While there are...

BREAKING: Trump suspends travel to and from Europe

The U.S. faces a massively uncertain future after the election of arguably the most controversial presidential candidate in it’s history.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2020

8:25 p.m.: President Donald Trump announced Wednesday evening his plan to suspend all travel to and from Europe in an effort to impede the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. The restriction does not apply to the United Kingdom. Trump stated that he is coordinating "the most aggressive and comprehensive...

BREAKING: Trump cancels all U.S. travel to and from Europe, WHO declares pandemic

BREAKING: Trump cancels all U.S. travel to and from Europe, WHO declares pandemic

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2020

Update: President Donald Trump announced Wednesday evening his plan to cancel all travel to and from Europe in an effort to impede the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. The restriction does not apply to the United Kingdom. Trump stated that he is coordinating "the most aggressive and comprehensive effort...

Northeastern Illinois University cancels spring break trips amid coronavirus scare

Northeastern Illinois University cancels spring break trips amid coronavirus scare

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Update 12:19 p.m: Northeastern Illinois University announced the cancelation of all Alternative Spring Break plans in an effort to protect participants from exposure to coronavirus COVID-19. After four additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus throughout Illinois, Gov  J.B Pritzker declared a...

NEIU wins Tree Campus USA for the fifth consecutive time

Amina Murati, Writer

March 10, 2020

For the fifth consecutive year, Northeastern Illinois University won the Tree Campus USA award. Sponsored through the Arbor Day Foundation, the program recognizes both two and four-year colleges and universities across the country that keep on-campus trees healthy with the help of students and faculty. The...

Miriam Varela wins Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award

Varela is majoring in Physical Education for
K-12 children and expected to graduate in May.

Amina Murati, Writer

March 10, 2020

It was a quote from Abraham Lincoln -- “I am not concerned that you have fallen, I am concerned that you arise” -- that helped Miriam Valera “ignore the white noise and follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln” straight to the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award this year, an aw...

Students voice their concerns and experiences at town hall

Gloria Gibson at the Spring Town Hall. | Photo by Francisco Sebastian

Ankush Vyas, Online Editor

March 10, 2020

On March 5, the NEIU Student Government Association partnered with the Black Caucus and ChiMexLa to host the Spring Town Hall. The town hall, which took place at the Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) cafeteria, provided students with an outlet to voice their NEIU-related concerns. Student Trustee Fatima Sid...

How Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday success reshaped Democratic primaries

How Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday success reshaped Democratic primaries

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Joe Biden’s campaign received a much-needed shot of adrenaline on Super Tuesday. The former Vice President emerged as the Democratic frontrunner after securing victories in 10 states, bringing his delegate count to 627. Senator Bernie Sanders won four states including his home state of Vermont and...

Opinion | The dangers of celebrating obesity

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Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor

March 10, 2020

Radical ideologists hijacked the body positivity movement, promoting obesity as not only acceptable but worth celebration. According to the CDC, the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States has skyrocketed, increasing to 42.4% of the population. Furthermore, 18.5% of American children and adolesc...

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