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To Follet’s: New Technology more Hindrance than Benefit

To Follet’s: New Technology more Hindrance than Benefit

Jenn Lee, writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions

As near as I can tell, Follett’s is categorizing their books entirely by author or editor surname. I prefaced that sentence with “as near as I can tell,” because after entering Follett’s this semester, I spent about fifteen minutes inside (being as confused and as lost as I have ever been in ...

Student Aide: We need more

Student Aide: We need more

Rabea Aslam, writer

September 12, 2017


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I still remember my first year at NEIU as an international student back in 2016, frantically looking for a student aide job. Coming to a country where I’m not allowed to work affected me financially. There wasn’t much money leftover to buy food, with every cent counting towards paying my tuiti...

DACA: Why destroy the dream?

DACA: Why destroy the dream?

Amaris Rodriguez, writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions

More than 800,000 people across the nation held their breaths on Sept. 5. They waited for President Trump’s decision on whether or not he would be terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  As an American citizen and a Hispanic woman, I am not in favor of the decision to “...

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


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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


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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


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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


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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...