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Black Wednesday

Frannie Mendoza, Marketing and Advertising Director

December 3, 2019

The earliest record of the term “Blackout Wednesday” surfaced on the internet back in 2014 and most millennials that have been of legal drinking age for the past decade or so, would probably know what that is. Of course, the term itself gives some idea of the kind of night that Wednesday would entail....

America’s desensitization to mass shootings

America’s desensitization to mass shootings

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Editor's Note: Since we published this article three days ago, America has endured two more high-profile mass shootings. On Dec. 4, a shooting spree at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard left three dead, three days ahead of the annual Pearl Harbor commemoration. Two days later, a shooter indiscriminately sho...

Lifeline for the lazy

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

As students, we have all taken part in a collective sigh of exasperation when the teacher announces an upcoming group project. More often than not, an explanation centering around the need to foster team building skills accompanies the announcement as though most college students, particularly those at...

No Angels here: Victoria’s Secret is out

No Angels here: Victoria’s Secret is out

Karina Bran

December 3, 2019

You might have heard of the famous Victoria’s Secret that is televised annually, with past performances by artists such as Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy and Halsey. This year has taken a different turn. The Victoria’s Secret brand, known for its glamorous fashion shows, style...

The era of vanity, insecurity and narcissism

The era of vanity, insecurity and narcissism

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

Social media has infected our view of social interaction.  On one hand, we are indefinitely connected to one another, essentially living online without pause. On the other, we have become so disconnected from reality that we believe ordinary, everyday occurrences are worthy of indiscriminate sharing. ...

Language learning

Diane Bou Khalil

November 19, 2019

Whether I am at work, bumping into neighbors, getting to know my classmates or even just watching TV, I have noticed that Spanish seems to be a common language everywhere I go, particularly here in Chicago. I grew up speaking Arabic and English while also studying French as a third language throughout ...

Followers, follow

Emily Clemecki, Writer

November 19, 2019

The next time you are in a crowded public setting, try this experiment: Stop walking and stand still with your gaze studiously fixed on one point in the sky. Sooner or later, you will be joined by others, strangers who will stop what they are doing and look at the same point you are staring at in ho...

Intolerance runs rampant in the White House

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller pushed white nationalist literature, mourned the loss of Confederate symbology following Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage and shared racist narratives that depict immigrants as criminal and subhuman, according to leaked emails between Miller and far-r...

A revolutionary end of year for many

Diane Bou Khalil

November 19, 2019

It has been a revolutionary end to 2019 as the world has witnessed large protests emerge in Oct. across the nations of Iraq, Lebanon and Chile, and watch as protests in Hong Kong continue since March 2019.  Why are people protesting? And why should the rest of the world pay attention or care? Iraq ...

My personal practice in pronouns

My personal practice in pronouns

Grace Yu, Campus Life Editor

November 5, 2019

I don’t want people to make assumptions about who I am. I may look like a middle-class Asian American woman who is good at math, bad at driving (“bad” at driving), studious, quiet and, for the most part, will not bother other people just so that I don’t make too much noise and ruffle anyone’...

Chicago Teachers Union strike

Chicago Teachers Union strike

Matthew Rago, Sports Editor

November 5, 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) decided to go on strike in pursuit of higher compensation, smaller classroom sizes and increased access to academic and counseling resources. In response, the City of Chicago offered hundreds of additional support staff workers and a 16 percent salary increase, which ...

How is NEIU spending their money?

How is NEIU spending their money?

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

When it was announced that T-Pain would be the headline attraction of NEIU’s Fall Fest, there were two questions that usually followed the news. The first, why T-Pain? The second, how much did it cost? While the first query is a more philosophical one, the second is more definitive.  It took $...

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