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Valentine’s Day is a Capitalistic Scam: Love In Another Way

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 10, 2019

Valentine’s Day is a scam designed for people to spend money; it is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Yes, really, for every Valentine’s Day card you buy, capitalism is winning and as history tells us, capitalism only serves those on the very top. I’m all for love and showing it in many ways, bu...

Why Do Celebrities Get Away With Sexual Assault?

Why Do Celebrities Get Away With Sexual Assault?

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

January 22, 2019

After Lifetime aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a docuseries focusing on years of abuse, sexual assault and assault on minors performed by the famous singer, national outrage sparked. That anger has many people chanting and preaching “Mute R. Kelly.” But why was nothing done when allegations surfaced ...

One CCICS Student’s Experience

One CCICS Student’s Experience

Kenisha Hoskins, Writer

January 22, 2019

I was starting a serious journey in my life; yet, it didn't feel like it. During high school, I was labeled “at-risk.” I was the student considered less likely to transition into adulthood, have academic success, be job ready or be financially independent. In a way, I began to believe these things...

Gibson’s Silence on LWH Tells Us All We Need To Know

Charles Sipps

January 22, 2019

"His actions have made a major component of the NEIU student body feel unsafe and marginalized. It is the president’s duty to ensure the safety and well-being of all students at NEIU. She is failing in that charge."

The importance of curating your own space: mental health and social media

The importance of curating your own space: mental health and social media

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

December 2, 2018

Editor's Note: Story contains heavy topics such as sexual assault and depression. I was abused by a boyfriend when I was 19 years old and ever since I have battled with post traumatic depression. As someone who battles with mental illness every day, I learned the importance of curating your own space...

Is Instagram reviving poetry or killing the genre faster?

Is Instagram reviving poetry or killing the genre faster?

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

December 2, 2018

“Don’t ever quit your day job” is the advice I heard from an author who was visiting NEIU’s Creative Writing Intense Summer session a year ago when I took the course. The advice stood with me ever since. As an aspiring writer I am well aware that it is a rocky and uncertain career. Howeve...

Apu is a walking stereotype: ‘The Simpsons’ silence Apu

Apu is a walking stereotype: ‘The Simpsons’ silence Apu

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

November 20, 2018

I remember being young and watching the 10 p.m reruns of “The Simpsons (1989)” with the volume really low to not disturb my parents. I remember laughing at Homer’s ignorance, Bart’s need to cause trouble and Lisa’s nerdiness. I even laughed at characters like Apu, the Indian-American charac...

Should we know who you are voting for?

Should we know who you are voting for?

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

November 6, 2018

After the past presidential election, I  noticed a shift in how people address the topic of politics, and they tend to be in two polar opposites. On one end there are those who are very vocal about their political beliefs and then there are those who avoid the topic. I believe endorsing candida...

The importance of student media organization attending conventions

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

November 6, 2018

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) has student media organizations, a journalism minor and offers journalism classes under communications, but that’s not enough. Being a budding journalist is difficult when the college you attend isn’t a journalism focused school, which is why it’s so important...

We need More Female Superheroes, leaders

We need More Female Superheroes, leaders

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

October 23, 2018

Girls are more likely to envision themselves in leadership roles and be more confident when they see female representation in superhero movies and television shows, according to the study released on Oct. 8 by Women’s Media Center and BBC America. The study was conducted last summer and it was administered...

STI Rates On The Rise, NEIU’s Student Health Services Offers Free STI/HIV Testing

STI Rates On The Rise, NEIU’s Student Health Services Offers Free STI/HIV Testing

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

September 25, 2018

2.3 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, setting a new record that was previously also broken in 2016. While we are on a college campus, sex is not a topic that I hear discussed a lot, especially sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Accordin...

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