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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, Writer

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, Writer

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, Writer

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...

Pay the Players: NCAA makes millions off of broke college athletes

Nicole F. Anderson, Writer

March 27, 2018


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With millions of people across the U.S tuning in for March Madness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will pull in a big profit and keep most of the revenue from their student-athletes who put in the most work. NCAA covers a lot of student-athlete expenses but should also pay their players...

A Cry for Gun Control: U.S. Students are warned against protesting

Amaris E. Rodriguez, OPS editor

March 14, 2018


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Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and students across the country are demanding action from our government through protests after nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire and killed seventeen people. A national debate was re-sparked about implementing gun regulations and this...

Gun Safety: School Shooting Raises Questions Once Again

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 1, 2018


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I wrote previously in our last issue about people’s right to conceal and carry a gun. Within a week, another mass school shooting occurred. Within a week, another 17 people died. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida., his former high sc...

Arming teachers won’t end school shootings

Arming teachers won’t end school shootings

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

March 1, 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...