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Four Affordable Ways to Cut Down on Plastic

Nicole F. Anderson, News Editor

September 11, 2018


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It all started with watching documentaries about our polluted planet and that was it for me: I became slightly fixated on lessening my plastic footprint. It’s important to me because humans aren’t the only ones living and thriving on this planet. We share the planet with other living creatures, so...

Nike Just Did It: A response to Nike’s ‘Believe in Something’ Commercial

Nike Just Did It: A response to Nike’s ‘Believe in Something’ Commercial

Amaris E. Rodriguez

September 11, 2018


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Nike announced on Sept. 3 that Colin Kaepernick, the free agent quarterback who caused major controversy due to protesting during the national anthem at football games, will be one of the faces in their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. Kaepernick is seen in a black and white face-shot with the ...

Affordable and Diverse: A student’s perspective on why she chose NEIU

Affordable and Diverse: A student’s perspective on why she chose NEIU

Nicole F. Anderson, News Editor

August 27, 2018


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Choosing which college or university to attend is never an easy decision and is always stressful. It took me three tries before I found a university that worked for me. In the end, NEIU ended up being the right choice as it met all the requirements I was looking for in a school. It took some trial an...

Mental Health 101: Why self-care is important for students to practice

Mental Health 101: Why self-care is important for students to practice

August 27, 2018


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Student life is hectic. Between homework, tests, and the navigation of social circles, this whirlwind lifestyle can impact our health. Although our body tends to remind us of our physical needs through mechanisms such as thirst or hunger, often times we find ourselves neglecting an equally crucial p...

Taking the Boy out of Boy Scouts

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

May 16, 2018


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When The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced earlier this month that it would be changing its Boy Scouts program name to Scouts BSA starting February 2019 as girls are now able to join the programs, controversy arose throughout the nation as many people believed it was unnecessary.  The news ...

A venti with a shot of racial discrimination

Amaris E. Rodriguez

April 24, 2018


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Recently, the coffee mega-giant Starbucks has come under scrutiny over the viral incident that occurred at one of their Philadelphia locations. Earlier this month two black males were arrested after the manager called the police stating that they were refusing to leave the establishment. Welcome ...

Social media gains access to personal information

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 24, 2018


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Prepare yourself to have your mind blown: Did you know that when logging into Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat or other social media apps, that your personal information can be sold to private researchers at any time without your knowledge? I didn’t until I started reading about the Facebook scandal and ...

Fighting Against Censorship: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Nicole F. Anderson, News Editor

April 24, 2018


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Not all student media organizations are protected by the First Amendment. At the Independent, we are protected by the College Campus Press Act, which allows us to publish content without being censored. We do not need approval nor have to share our content with the administration before we publis...

Letter to the editor in response to the “150 Strong” Commercial

Alex Brown, Writer

April 10, 2018


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I believe the marketing at NEIU to prospective students and the general public is misleading. NEIU is promoted tirelessly as the "Most Diverse Institution in the Midwest," based on a report from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking but once you arrive on campus, there is no...

Makeup brands are failing in diversity

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

April 10, 2018


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Makeup brands have been scrambling to produce more inclusive products after the launch of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty collection. Brands that have seemingly only catered to lighter-skinned women, such as Marc Jacobs and Estee Lauder, seemed to have changed their social media marketing patterns in a matter...

NEIU struggles to help homeless students

NEIU struggles to help homeless students

Amaris E. Rodriguez

April 10, 2018


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In the last year, about 10 percent of NEIU students experienced some form of homelessness. 44 percent had housing insecure and 41 percent had low or very low food security. There is a running joke about college students eating 50 cents ramen because they are dirt poor, but some are poor and homeless....

Domestic Terrorist: a title for people of color

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 10, 2018


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Earlier this month, Mark Anthony Conditt set off a series of bombs in Austin, Texas killing two people and wounding three. Once again, a mass killing of people has occurred in our country and this seems to have become our new normal. As these crimes become more frequent, a debate has sparked as to...

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