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Richard Helldobler resigns, named president at William Paterson University

Richard Helldobler resigns, named president at William Paterson University

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

March 13, 2018


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NEIU Interim President Richard Helldobler has been appointed as the eighth president of William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, starting July 1. The Board of Trustees is currently in the final stages of its search for the next president which will be announced at a later date. Dr. Helldobler...

Armed Teachers in Our Classrooms

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

March 13, 2018


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What’s worse than the rampant violence and death going on in our country today? Requiring teachers to carry firearms and trained to be sharpshooters against someone with a semi-automatic weapon designed to kill multiple people at once. Why do people even buy semi-automatic weapons? I can’t...

National conference motivates NEIU students to strive for leadership roles

National conference motivates NEIU students to strive for leadership roles

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2018


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Thirty-one NEIU students and volunteers attended the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute conference, a four-day national conference focused on empowering the Latinx community through workshops and keynote speakers, on Feb. 15 through the 18. Over 6,500 present and future leaders, who represent...

Students eat ‘100 grand’ for U.S. national debt awareness

Students eat ‘100 grand’ for U.S. national debt awareness

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

February 27, 2018


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A 300-level economics class organized a chocolate eating contest in the cafeteria on Feb. 22 to bring awareness to the $20 trillion national debt of the U.S. The class is part of a movement called “My100Grand” that started at NEIU. “It’s not just national debt, it’s your debt,” reads their...

Students unaware of major university changes

Nicole F. Anderson, News Editor

February 27, 2018


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The audience of the Forward 150 Program Prioritization meeting was slim as Shelley Bannister, Dr. Wamucii Njogu, Maria Genao-Homs, and Henry Owen III discussed changes that would affect the NEIU community on Feb. 15. Student attendance was minimal, at best. The discussion kicked off with Special Assistant...

Concerns and fears of teachers: ‘What role does fear play in our classrooms?’

Concerns and fears of teachers: ‘What role does fear play in our classrooms?’

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

February 27, 2018


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Students, faculty, and staff attended the “Whole Educator, Whole Child: The Impact of Educator Wellness on Successful Learning Environments” discussion on Feb. 20, hosted by Vanessa Ahmed, founder of Yawpster. The event relates to the current mental health crisis, the lack of support from the gov...

Police Blotter Feb. 27

February 27, 2018


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The following occurred on the main campus between Feb. 7 and Feb. 22: Feb. 7 - Facilities Management: An unknown offender stole an unattended office chair. Feb. 8 - Fine Arts Building: Officers were called to a classroom where a subject not registered to the class was found sitting. The subject...

What is Academic Writing Anyway?

What is Academic Writing Anyway?

Yolanda Amon, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


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Every year an estimated 2,000 NEIU students enroll in one of the university’s writing intensive courses (WIP) to meet their academic writing requirement. Dr. Kate Hahn, Director of the CAW, says that 1000 students per semester take a WIP course. Academic writing pertains to the language, style and format of w...

Students and faculty demand a new president and changes to NEIU

Students and faculty demand a new president and changes to NEIU

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

February 13, 2018


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During the Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8, about 15 students, faculty and staff came to stand in front of the podium to address the Board and Interim President Richard Helldobler about issues surrounding the school. As the search for a new president continues, students and faculty voiced thei...

Woodward and Bernstein’s take on current events

Woodward and Bernstein’s take on current events

Amaris Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

February 13, 2018


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NEIU had the honor of hosting Pulitzer Prize winners Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on Feb. 8 as part of the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series. Woodward and Bernstein achieved recognition for their investigative journalism work that broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post...

NEIU Chicago Student Action fight for free education

NEIU Chicago Student Action fight for free education

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 13, 2018


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Ten students attended the first NEIU chapter Chicago Student Action (CSA) of this semester to discuss the group’s visions, free higher education for all, publicly funded elections and Illinois policies on Feb. 7. The CSA moderators, Cece Ballenger, Brianna Tong and Liam Flesher explained that their org...

Police Blotter

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

February 13, 2018


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The following incidents occurred between the dates of Jan. 23 to Feb. 5 on NEIU’s main campus. Jan. 23 - Fine Arts Building: An unknown offender wrote graffiti on interior wall of handicap stall. Facilities Management was notified for a cleanup. Jan. 24 - 4000 W. Bryn Mawr Ave: Three state cit...

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