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OPINION | As a minority voter, I can’t vote Republican. Here’s why.

OPINION | As a minority voter, I can’t vote Republican. Here’s why.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2020

As a biracial man, I cannot bring myself to vote Republican in the 2020 election. Perhaps I turned my back on the Republican Party when the leader of modern conservatism pardoned and endorsed Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who referred to his tent cities as “Mexican concentration camps.” Perhaps it was when...

OPINION | Is mainstream rap harming minority youth?

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Jack Poskus, Writer

February 25, 2020

In today’s age of mainstream music, it’s apparent that one genre has an upper-hand on the rest, essentially monopolizing the airwaves in the process. Of course, said genre goes by a number of different names, though it’s most commonly referred to as rap or hip-hop. Over time, the rap/hip-hop genr...

OPINION | We should have open borders in the south

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Ankush Vyas, Online Editor

February 25, 2020

A number of immigration issues have surfaced during President Donald Trump’s presidency. Many of these issues--such as border security, the construction of a wall on the southern border, detainment, deportation of undocumented immigrants and family separation at the U.S. border--are issues relatin...

Opinion: The Democrats are going to lose the 2020 election. Here’s why.

Opinion: The Democrats are going to lose the 2020 election. Here's why.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

On the surface, the Democratic Party had a strong case when it initiated an investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine. A whistleblower reported ethical violations within the Trump administration. Key witnesses, including Purple Heart recipient Alexander Vindman and...

Opinion | It’s time we punish false accusations

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

With so many high-profile cases of false accusations surfacing, the public’s trust in victim narratives is at an all-time low. Society has been conditioned to view victims with an increasingly critical eye, almost demanding that the accuser prove their victimhood before society entertains their suffer...

Opinion: We are hosting them, why aren’t we attracting them?

Joseph Palomares, Writer

February 11, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University hosted the annual Regional Chicago Public High School Science Fair on Jan. 17 at Alumni Hall.  As a transfer student in my second semester at NEIU, I believe the purpose of the collaboration between NEIU and CPS should be to increase brand awareness and provide an enjoya...

Opinion | Social media must monitor harmful content

Earnest Beeson, Writer

January 28, 2020

On March 15, 2019, Brenton Harrison Tarrant committed the worst mass shooting in New Zealand in the last 20 years. On that fateful day, he opened fire on two mosques, killing 51 people and injuring another 49. He was subsequently charged with 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and co...

Opinion | Trump impeachment at a standstill.

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Montgomery Blair, Writer

January 28, 2020

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began with a debate and vote on the rules of impeachment on Jan. 21. As with every vote on amendments to the rules proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the vote was along party lines with 53 senators for the rules as proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

Different Angles of the Same View: WWIII

DeShawn Clay, Writer

January 26, 2020

As the world celebrated the new decade, President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, major general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to Trump, his actions were aimed at  preventing Soleimani’s “imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and milit...

Opinion | Rejecting discrimination against LGBTQ+ community

The idea that gay teenagers are openly promoting who they are without fear of social consequence is a beautiful development.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

January 14, 2020

As a straight male, I do not understand the social standards and norms of the LGBTQ+ community. I do not understand the concept of same-sex attraction or dressing in drag. I don’t pretend to understand why biological men or women prefer to adopt the mannerisms and styles associated with the opposite...

Opinion: Real Reason Behind A Smile

Jamiyha Williams, Writer

January 14, 2020

In the social, professional and political realms, women are perceived as friendly and easy to approach. We always have smiles on our faces regardless of circumstances, but the problem is that we are socialized to behave this way. We are told to smile even when smiling is inconsistent with our emotions....

Opinion | Trump’s economy is an extension of Obama’s

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

January 14, 2020

When under scrutiny, President Donald Trump often champions his flourishing economy. In fact, falling back on his economic achievements, which Trump claims have led to the “greatest” economy in American history, has essentially served as Trump’s insulation from the allegations and controversies...

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