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NEIU Music department gets fine tuning

NEIU Music department gets fine tuning

Daniela Arteaga, Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under News

The National Association of Schools of Music has granted Northeastern’s Department of Music reaccreditation through 2024.   In a span of five years, Northeastern has undergone a process of reviews from teams, interviews with faculty and staff and students by the NASM. Course and thesis paper ev...

NEIU College of Education welcomes new dean

NEIU College of Education welcomes new dean

Laura Rojas, Writer

January 25, 2017


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Dr. Sandra Beyda-Lorie, formerly interim dean of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education at NEIU, has been officially appointed dean of students as of Jan. 1. Beyda has been with NEIU for 19 years, previously as a professor primarily dealing with special education teachers. She served as depar...

Council discusses budget cuts and accreditation

Council discusses budget cuts and accreditation

Pablo Medina, Production Manager

January 25, 2017


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As the Illinois Senate continues to discuss a budget, the University Advisory Council discussed preparations for potential budget cuts and the upcoming accreditation process for the fiscal year. Interim Provost Vicki Román-Lagunas said Jan. 20 that the UAC will be asking for a second round of cuts ...

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under News, Police Blotter, Thursday Night Live

Police Blotter 1/24/17 Issue – Spring 2017 The following occurrences happened between the dates of Dec. 8 to Jan. 6 at and near NEIU’s main campus: Dec. 8 – RWL: A victim claimed her boyfriend slapped her during a verbal dispute but later on recanted her story. De. 11 – RWL: A victim...

President-elect Trump has NEIU students fearful of future

President-elect Trump has NEIU students fearful of future

Laura Rojas, Writer

December 6, 2016


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The Electoral College victory of President-elect Donald Trump has students concerned about their future but there is no evidence that minority student enrollment has dropped because of it. Maria Genao-Homs, executive director of the Department of Diversity and Cultural Affairs and director of...

Mounting gun violence takes toll on NEIU students

Mounting gun violence takes toll on NEIU students

Terrie Albano, Writer

December 6, 2016


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Chicago’s gun violence epidemic affects a surprising number of students at NEIU in traumatic ways that are often hidden and unspoken. In an informal written survey of 50 people (45 NEIU students, 5 NEIU staff or frequent NEIU visitor) conducted at the cafeteria Nov. 15, 40 respondents (80 percen...

The historical impacts of 2016

The historical impacts of 2016

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under News, Top Stories

The following events are occurrences from 2016 that will have a major impact on the countries affected. From the excitements of the Summer Olympics in Rio to the forceful seizing of 50 percent of Aleppo, Syria; these specific incidents have crossed national borders and the residual consequences are s...

Police Blotter – 12/06/16

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under News, Police Blotter

The following offenses occurred at NEIU’s main campus between Nov. 10 and Nov. 28: Nov. 10 - 3600 W. Foster: A citation and I-Bond were issued to a driver for failure to signal. A court date is pending. Nov. 15 - BBH: An unknown offender wrote graffiti on washroom door. Nov. 16 - BBH: An unknown o...

Senator Sanders speaks out at southwest suburban school

Senator Sanders speaks out at southwest suburban school

Alec Thorsen, Contributor

November 23, 2016


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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at North Central College, Nov 18, continuing his message about the need of political revolution in this country. Speaking to a crowd of 3,300, he said, “What democracy is about is having a serious discussion made on serious issues.” Sanders also spoke about medi...

Tuition increases approved

Tuition increases approved

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

November 23, 2016


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The Board of Trustees of NEIU decided  to increase tuition and fees effective for fiscal year 2018. They also decided to open a request for proposal process to executive search firms, changes towards overtime regulations and approve a recommended expenditure of more than $100,000. The vote on tuiti...

NEIU Bio department gives students freedom to grow

NEIU Bio department gives students freedom to grow

Laura Rojas, Writer

November 23, 2016


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The semi-annual greenhouse plant sale held by NEIU’s Biology Department took place on Nov. 15. Kip Conwell, a biology lab manager who has been with NEIU for nine years, said this function has been going on for more than 35 years at the university. “It’s a very long standing tradition,” Conwell said. Accor...

NEIU to remain a ‘welcoming place for all’

NEIU to remain a ‘welcoming place for all’

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

November 23, 2016


Filed under News

Four bathroom stalls with racially charged graffiti written on them were discovered in a men’s bathroom on the first floor of BBH. NEIU Police Chief John Escalante said that police were notified in the early afternoon on Nov. 15. He said that the doors had racially insensitive rhetoric that prom...