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Man on the Street – NEIU Speaks Out On Lech Walesa

Man on the Street – NEIU Speaks Out On Lech Walesa

March 26, 2013

“What are your thoughts on the comments by Lech Walesa, and do you think he still deserves a hall named after him at NEIU?”

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Man on the Street

Man on the Street

March 6, 2013

  The President’s Report to the Board of Trustees recommends  increasing the tuition rate for ...

Man on the Street

September 19, 2012

Filed under Golden Perspectives

“I don’t know. Maybe sound engineering?” – Brian Buck, Senior – Math “I never thought about that before. Really, they have all the classes I need. I guess I could say nursing classes. That would be nice.” – Jacob Carruthers, Senior – Inner City Studies “The ones I think of are already here.” – Zaya Lkhavaa, Junior – Finance “I am a Criminal Justice major, so I’d like to see some Criminal Justice classes, not only Justice Studies classes. I think that Justice Studies doesn’t apply the same way as Criminal Justice, because for the most part they talk about people as a whole and I’d like to learn more about criminal justice.” – Adan Torres, Senior – Criminal Justice “More higher education classes for sure, for everyone. I think it’s important that the way higher education classes are developing, the way universities run and work, I don’t see why we couldn’t have something on that.” – Sherilyn Maddex, English – Senior “I would like to see more feminist classes. There are some, but I’d like to see more.” – Ebony Kennebrew, Senior – Justice Studies “Engineering, I guess.” – George Lopez, Freshman – Undecided “Um, maybe some medical classes.” – Celina Castrejon, Freshman – Undecided “She took mine, I was gonna say medical too!” – Antonio Borda, Freshman – Undecided ...

Eagle Eye Advice

Lakeesha J. Harris, Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

Filed under Golden Perspectives

Here we are folks. Another semester is nearing its end and the warm days and carefree evenings of summer are swirling about in my mind. As we reach the end of the semester, I’ve begun the great effort of taking inventory of my life as a student on the campus of NEIU. The funny thing is, when you’re an advice columnist, you...

Man on the Street

Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

April 27, 2012

Filed under Golden Perspectives

  The recent Mega Millions lottery craze had big dreams and dollar signs on the minds of thousands of people across the nation. The Illinois winners finally came forward to claim their $218 million share of the big jackpot on April 18, but for almost three weeks the winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, kept quiet...

Eagle Eye Advice

Lakeesha J. Harris, Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2012

Filed under Golden Perspectives

It’s so good to be back after a brief hiatus of the Eagle Eye Advice column. I was looking forward to going through all of the incoming emails to our NEIU advice column. As I was preparing for this week’s column, one question caught my eye, mostly because of the level of construction work that I participated in during my...

Eagle Eye Advice

Lakeesha J. Harris, Senior Staff Writer

February 26, 2012

Filed under Golden Perspectives

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 3, 2012 01:03 Keesha, Since the Adult and Women's office is no more, where can adults NEIU students get info on important resources they need to help them succeed, such as low cost childcare? I ask because the Head Start program in Uptown I am working for is opening a new room this Monday. The teacher is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English. We can accept kids between the ages of 3-5. We also have space in our 2-year-old room. Who can I give this info to at NEIU? Who could relay this to low income students who are in need of this service? Thanks for your help. Wynne Turkington – NEIU Alumna Hello Wynne, This is a very good question. As I walk across campus, I've noticed an increase in the amount of students with children in tow, going off to classes.  Some have confided in me that they lost their low cost childcare due to lack of state funding. One friend of mine in particular said that she was denied child care because she was a graduate student and the state thought that she should be able to afford childcare on her own as a graduate student. What this tells me is that our university, especially since the average student age is 27 years old, should be looking into more efficient ways to serve our student population – especially in regards to resources that will assist students to stay in school. I am glad that your organization is offering childcare services to the students of NEIU and I am happy to print it here. Students who are looking for low cost child-care services, please contact the Winthrop Children's Center. It's a full day head start program. Wynne Turkington is the family service worker and can be reached by calling (773) 878-4210. Dear Lakeesha, I've been having problems with a professor in my program. We got off to a bad start last semester due to disagreements over his teaching style and I have him again for a class this semester too. I feel like he's ignoring me during class discussions and is grading me more harshly than everyone else. I am probably going to have him again at some point during my time here and I just want to resolve our differences. What's the best way to approach him? Anonymous, Sophmore Dear Anon Sophmore, I think that most students come across the "Payback" professor. This is the professor who wields his/her power of the grade to subdue the "out of control" student. Towing the line of professor-student relationships can be a tricky balancing act, and students often feel powerless to do anything if they feel wronged. This is nothing new in the world of academia. Here's the good news. As a student, you have the power of petition.  You should start by having a conversation with your professor. Let him/her know your feelings and see if there is a solution that will work for both of you. As students we often forget that professors were also once students, and may have felt slighted along their path toward higher education. Most conflicts with professors can be resolved through this simple step. If, after this conversation, you feel that amicable results were not gained from this interaction, you may need to work the chain of protocol. This will lead you to the department head next. Whatever program or department you are in has either a program coordinator or department chair. Find out who that person is and schedule a meeting with them. More often than not they can act as a mediator between you and professor "Payback". If no resolution can be reached by this method you have two other options. You can go to the Dean of your college or you can do a grade appeal once the grades are turned in for the semester. The grade appeal process can be found in the student handbook and accessed online at http://www.neiu.edu/~deanstu/handbookDirectory.html. I hope all of this helps you to feel empowered. By the way, document everything. You will need it to back up your claim of misconduct....

Eagle Eye Advice: Timely Advice for Real Problems

Lakeesha J. Harris, Senior Staff Writter

February 7, 2012

Filed under Golden Perspectives

  Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 03:02 Eagle Eye advice is committed to providing real answers to everyday problems. As it is Black History month I wanted to dedicate this space to the integral issue of mental health and suicides among African Americans. One question came across my desk right after the passing of Don Cornelius, long time host of Soul Train, due to an apparent suicide. Q. Dear Lakeesha, For years mental health has been taboo topic in my family. I am African American and we just don't talk about stuff like that. I am finding that many of my family members are dealing with it through drug use or not at all. I am concerned that this is a generational thing, as I find myself depressed and can't explain way. As an African American, how can we start the conversation about mental health issues in our community? No one wants to talk about it. What can students like me do to get mental health services on our campus? - Anonymous Junior A. Dear Anon – Junior, I am so glad that you are reaching out. Tackling mental health issues can be a great undertaking as many mental health resources are drying up due to the economy, and quite frankly, mental health is treated like a dangerous topic within our community. Quite often we underestimate the limits of what we can take on men- tally on a day-to-day basis, because we've been socially trained to suck it up and shut up. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), while depression is most likely caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors, it can happen to anyone. Another study done by NIMH showed that less than half of African Americans with a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are likely to seek treatment, and African Americans are likely to experience MDD chronically and more severely than their age counterparts of other ethnicities. In short, you are not alone, and it's great to recognize that you need help tackling this issue. Reaching out is the first step toward a mentally healthier you and contacting a mental health professional could be the best thing that you do for the rest of your life. Your story struck a personal cord with me as mental health issues run in my family too, and I felt as you did, unable to talk about them be- cause they were taboo. Everything seemed to go wrong in my younger years, I was very depressed and a danger to myself. I was lucky that someone found me before I took my life. Every day I realize how my absence from this world would have affected those I love and who love me. Others aren't so lucky and feel they have to navigate this very tough terrain alone. So please remember that you aren't alone and there are resources available to you right here at NEIU. Northeastern Illinois University has free counseling services on our campus that can be reached by calling (773) 446-4650. You can visit their offices in room D-024, right below the Enrollment Services Office. Would you like to submit a question? Email us at: [email protected]

Man On The Street

January 25, 2011

Filed under Golden Perspectives

  NEIU Independent Taiwan NEIU Independent Tiffany NEIU Independent Amber "I couldn't get into certain classes…they should have handled that more quickly being that they are a university not a junior college. It was real time-consuming." -Taiwan, Junior   "It dropped me from classes I was registered for…when the system came back up, I lost those classes. I'm actually still having problems with that. Now there's the departmental approval, so now I have to go through more obstacles." -Tiffany, Freshman   "It was really a big pain, because you couldn't trade your classes. They shut down one of our classes and we couldn't sign up for the next one." -Amber, Senior...