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The importance of curating your own space: mental health and social media

The importance of curating your own space: mental health and social media

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

December 2, 2018


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Editor's Note: Story contains heavy topics such as sexual assault and depression. I was abused by a boyfriend when I was 19 years old and ever since I have battled with post traumatic depression. As someone who battles with mental illness every day, I learned the importance of curating your own space...

Is Instagram reviving poetry or killing the genre faster?

Is Instagram reviving poetry or killing the genre faster?

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

December 2, 2018


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“Don’t ever quit your day job” is the advice I heard from an author who was visiting NEIU’s Creative Writing Intense Summer session a year ago when I took the course. The advice stood with me ever since. As an aspiring writer I am well aware that it is a rocky and uncertain career. Howeve...

Apu is a walking stereotype: ‘The Simpsons’ silence Apu

Apu is a walking stereotype: ‘The Simpsons’ silence Apu

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

November 20, 2018


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I remember being young and watching the 10 p.m reruns of “The Simpsons (1989)” with the volume really low to not disturb my parents. I remember laughing at Homer’s ignorance, Bart’s need to cause trouble and Lisa’s nerdiness. I even laughed at characters like Apu, the Indian-American charac...

Should we know who you are voting for?

Should we know who you are voting for?

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

November 6, 2018


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After the past presidential election, I  noticed a shift in how people address the topic of politics, and they tend to be in two polar opposites. On one end there are those who are very vocal about their political beliefs and then there are those who avoid the topic. I believe endorsing candida...

The importance of student media organization attending conventions

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

November 6, 2018


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Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) has student media organizations, a journalism minor and offers journalism classes under communications, but that’s not enough. Being a budding journalist is difficult when the college you attend isn’t a journalism focused school, which is why it’s so important...

We need More Female Superheroes, leaders

We need More Female Superheroes, leaders

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

October 23, 2018


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Girls are more likely to envision themselves in leadership roles and be more confident when they see female representation in superhero movies and television shows, according to the study released on Oct. 8 by Women’s Media Center and BBC America. The study was conducted last summer and it was administered...

STI Rates On The Rise, NEIU’s Student Health Services Offers Free STI/HIV Testing

STI Rates On The Rise, NEIU’s Student Health Services Offers Free STI/HIV Testing

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

September 25, 2018


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2.3 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, setting a new record that was previously also broken in 2016. While we are on a college campus, sex is not a topic that I hear discussed a lot, especially sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Accordin...

Four Affordable Ways to Cut Down on Plastic

Four Affordable Ways to Cut Down on Plastic

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing 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, Opinions Editor

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 and Co-Managing 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 ...

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