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Stop and Think: A student’s take on jumping straight into college after high school

Stop and Think: A student’s take on jumping straight into college after high school

Spencer Jones, writer
August 22, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

College isn't for everyone, though there are statistics that show people with a higher education are more likely to generate more revenue over their lifetime. Being someone that's on the tail end of completing their secondary education, I have regretted most of it. Coming out of high school in 2009 as the cla...

Letter to the editor

August 22, 2017
Filed under Letters to the Editor

I am heartbroken to report receiving a layoff notice this morning from Northeastern Illinois University. NEIU has been my workplace and my home away from home for nearly 6 years. I have loved serving the students at this wonderful university, from which I received my own Bachelor of Science degree in 1...

Trump’s disheveled, divided America: A response to the protest in Charlottesville

Sarahy Lopez, Staff writer
August 22, 2017
Filed under Opinions

As someone who was born from Mexican immigrants, I’m shocked and angry at the abhorrent actions of the Neo-Nazi groups that descended upon Charlottesville on Aug. 12. I obsessively followed the news stories that appeared that entire week, and was in utter disbelief, fearing for the safety of the...

White Nationalism in Charlottesville

Richard J. Helldobler
August 22, 2017
Filed under Editorial

On behalf of our University Community, I condemn in the strongest terms the deadly actions that erupted at the University of Virginia this weekend and stand against radical white supremacy and any ideology that espouses bigotry, hatred, intimidation, and violence. These actions are repugnant and do no...

Usher’s herpes “Confessions”

Usher’s herpes “Confessions”

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Picture this: you’re getting hot and heavy with a partner you really like; you’re both ready to get the ball rolling. But then you ask your partner if they carry any STIs - they say no. There’s no reason not to trust them and you continue. A couple of weeks later, sores, fevers and chills plague...

College is more than a degree

College is more than a degree

Dominique Davis
July 25, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Despite the challenges on the road through college and university, it is worth the experience beyond just getting a degree. Human survival has always depended on the education of future generations. As we evolved as a species, so has our curiosity to better understand our environment and its inner w...

Being Miss USA is privilege, health care isn’t

Being Miss USA is privilege, health care isn’t

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Oh here we go, another article about Miss USA. I promise this article is not about the black, nuclear chemist, HBCU alumna from Washington, D.C. who was crowned Miss USA on May 14 and what she said about health care being a privilege for people with jobs. It is, however, about why we got so upset...

Crafting a fresh take on session beers

Crafting a fresh take on session beers

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under Opinions

The session beer, a beer with an alcohol content of 5 percent or lower, is a style that’s just now generating some sort of buzz in the American drinking scene. But is it out of place? American culture has a “more is better” mentality. In the beer scene, that refers to alcohol by volume. Compared...

Everybody poops: A new Target to boycott

Everybody poops: A new Target to boycott

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
April 29, 2017
Filed under Opinions

When you have nowhere to do your business, whose fault is it? Retail corporation Target announced on Apr. 19, 2016 the decision to allow transgender workers and shoppers to use bathrooms and fitting rooms that correspond to their gender identity in all of its stores in the United States. In response...

Another billionaire runs for governor

Another billionaire runs for governor

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Opinions

Billionaire venture capitalist Jay Robert Pritzker would like to replace the billionaire venture capitalist we already have as governor. The difference? He’s a democrat. The 2018 gubernatorial election is shaping up to be a money fight. As heir to the Hilton hotel chain, Pritzker has deep enough ...

India pale ale: another craft beer story

India pale ale: another craft beer story

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Opinions

If there’s one beer that non-craft beer drinkers can easily recognize it’s the IPA. It seems that every single one of the 5,005 breweries in the US are chugging out so many IPAs that they seem to dominate the market in the craft beer scene, but that’s a misconception. As of 2016, IPAs now re...

Knowing when to fold

Knowing when to fold

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinions

March is recognized as the month of giving through the March of Dimes, the celebration of St. Patrick and Ireland and as the first month to bring in the lovely spring sun and flora. In recent years, the month has adopted a new awareness of a serious problem: gambling addiction. The month of Problem Gambling Awareness gain...