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Another billionaire runs for governor

Another billionaire runs for governor

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor

April 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Billionaire venture capitalist Jay Robert Pritzker would like to replace the billionaire venture capitalist we already have as governor. The difference? He’s a democrat. The 2018 gubernatorial election is shaping up to be a money fight. As heir to the Hilton hotel chain, Pritzker has deep enough ...

India pale ale: another craft beer story

India pale ale: another craft beer story

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor

April 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions

If there’s one beer that non-craft beer drinkers can easily recognize it’s the IPA. It seems that every single one of the 5,005 breweries in the US are chugging out so many IPAs that they seem to dominate the market in the craft beer scene, but that’s a misconception. As of 2016, IPAs now re...

Knowing when to fold

Knowing when to fold

Pablo Medina, Production Manager

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions

March is recognized as the month of giving through the March of Dimes, the celebration of St. Patrick and Ireland and as the first month to bring in the lovely spring sun and flora. In recent years, the month has adopted a new awareness of a serious problem: gambling addiction. The month of Problem Gambling Awareness gain...

What does NEIU think of Islam?

Idoia Solano, Staff Writer

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions

If NEIU had to be described with one word, diverse would be it. Our campus is formed by students, professors and other staff that come from different cultural backgrounds, practice various religions and speak several languages. The Muslim community represents a considerable portion of the students at ...

Lagers are for beer snobs, too

Lagers are for beer snobs, too

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor

March 28, 2017


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The craft beer scene in the U.S. has brought us many wonderfully delicious interpretations of different styles of beer. Brewers are aging their stouts in whiskey barrels and dousing them with coffee. Pale ales can be anywhere between from being layered with tropical fruits to being hop forward with a pin...

Remembering an Independent alumna’s passion for art, life

Remembering an Independent alumna’s passion for art, life

Andrea Zelinski, Contributor

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Cecilia Carboni, an artist and a free spirit who lived her life uniquely her way, died after an 18-month battle with colon cancer last month. She was 32. There was something special about Cecilia. Everyone knew it, but few could put their finger on it. For some, it was her intellect. For ...

An unoriginal name for an unoriginal bill

An unoriginal name for an unoriginal bill

Eric Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

Since its inception, there has not been a piece of legislation in the last 20 years that has received as much violent opposition by Republicans as Obamacare. Partly because of its big government principles and mostly because it stood emphatically as a symbol of a black president who was guiding a nat...

It’s time for legislators to do their job

It’s time for legislators to do their job

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Chance the Rapper is not a hero. He’s a man who saw a need and did what he could. Earlier this month Chance the Rapper, after a “vague” and “unsuccessful” meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner, donated one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation.   The next day, Chance again announced he woul...

Terrorism and media: A fair coverage?

Idoia Solano, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions

In recent years we have witnessed what it seems to be a dramatic rise in the frequency and seriousness of terrorist attacks. We are blasted by an enormous amount of news segments every time a terrorist attack is carried out. It is too common to see sensational headlines and shocking images on the ...

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Amaris Rodriguez, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Movie Reviews, Opinions

“A Dog’s Purpose,” is a movie that tells the story of a dog who gets reincarnated as different dogs, each serving a purpose in their human’s life. I’m a sucker for movies that involve animals, so I knew I was going to be in the theatre with a box of tissue in hand when it was released! E...

Trump’s executive order jeopardizes women’s health

Trump’s executive order jeopardizes women’s health

Idoia Solano, Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinions

President Donald J. Trump reinstated what is popularly known as the “Mexico City Policy” on Jan. 23. By signing this executive order,  the U.S. will no longer be aiding  any nongovernmental organizations that provide or promote abortion as a family planning option. Also called the “Global G...

Decisions made too soon: Repealing the ACA

Decisions made too soon: Repealing the ACA

Pablo Medina, Production Manager

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinions

A population remains healthy with a service as essential as water and heat: affordable healthcare. However, from the looks of President Donald Trump’s first executive order, that service will be harder to come by, especially with the order’s support from the majority of Republican Congress me...