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A Cry for Gun Control: U.S. Students are warned against protesting

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 13, 2018


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Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and students across the country are demanding action from our government through protests after nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire and killed seventeen people. A national debate was re-sparked about implementing gun regulations and this...

Gun Safety: School Shooting Raises Questions Once Again

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 1, 2018


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I wrote previously in our last issue about people’s right to conceal and carry a gun. Within a week, another mass school shooting occurred. Within a week, another 17 people died. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida., his former high sc...

Arming teachers won’t end school shootings

Arming teachers won’t end school shootings

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

March 1, 2018


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What’s worse than the rampant violence and death going on in our country today? Requiring teachers to carry firearms and trained to be sharpshooters against someone with a semi-automatic weapon designed to kill multiple people at once. Why do people even buy semi-automatic weapons? I can’t...

NEIU Stage Center Theatre lacks diversity

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2018


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Show after show, I keep seeing the same faces at Stage Center Theatre productions: white, predominately male-leading actors and directors. While their performances are good, Stage Center does not showcase NEIU’s diverse community enough. Stage Center’s production of Josefina Lopez’s “Real...

Concealed Protection: Allowing People to Carry Guns

Amaris Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

February 13, 2018


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My hands were sweating the entire time I was at my first shooting range. My mind raced through different imaginary scenarios where someone in the neighboring gun lanes would go crazy and decided to shoot everyone. Trying to calm my nerves, my boyfriend said everyone else at the range had guns too, so t...

Golden Perspectives: ‘What inspired you to participate in the Women’s March?’

Golden Perspectives: ‘What inspired you to participate in the Women’s March?’

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2018


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Women’s March Chicago: 300,000 strong, NEIU shows solidarity “A village united shall never be divided!” chanted women and allies in the second Women’s March on Jan. 20 at Millenium Park. After President Trump’s inauguration last year, millions of people protested and crowded the streets all ...

Latina and Female Representation Gets ‘Dolled Up’

Latina and Female Representation Gets ‘Dolled Up’

Amaris Rodriguez, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


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Earlier this January, American Girl announced its 2018 “Girl of the Year” Doll and to much surprise, they tackled two important issues with one doll release, lack of minorities being represented as role models and female empowerment in the science field. The release of this doll made me think back ...

Are We Addicted? Big Time Investors Say Yes

Are We Addicted? Big Time Investors Say Yes

Jennifer Soboroff-Long, Writer

January 30, 2018


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It’s no surprise as I enter one of my classes early that instead of walking into a room of people engaging with one another, I see them staring blankly at their phones. Within in the past twenty years, the use of cell phones has skyrocketed. With the advancements in technology, people are now a...

When Protection Ends: Salvadorians Find Themselves Trump’s Immigration Targets

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

January 30, 2018


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Imagine experiencing a 7.7 magnitude earthquake and losing everything that you’ve ever known: family, friends and personal possessions. Fast forward 17 years— you have lived in the United States since 2001 and have rebuilt your life. You have family, friends and a job. Then under a new admini...

Male birth control: glove it or snip it

Amaris Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

November 28, 2017


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I remember listening to my doctor as she listed off all the possible birth control methods I could use, and I wondered if my boyfriend ever had these conversations with his doctor. As women, we have many different options for birth control (which is a positive thing), but rarely do we think about or d...

DNAinfo Shuts Down, neighborhoods go dark

Theresa Cherone, Writer

November 28, 2017


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Founder and CEO of DNAinfo Joe Ricketts decided to shut down DNAinfo on Nov. 2, leaving many people jobless. Ricketts claimed DNAinfo wasn’t a profitable business, but the shutdown came suspiciously after DNAinfo and Gothamist formed a union.   This cannot be a coincidence. Ricketts didn...

Two students’ take on objectification

Nihrien Prgma & Nicoleta Girloanta, Writer

November 14, 2017


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American professional poker player and Instagram famous Dan Bilzerian posted a picture to Instagram on National Women’s Day on Mar. 8, which displayed Bilzerian in a hot tub with naked women bending over to represent a table. Bilzerian tweeted, “It’s National Women’s Day, be thankful, they are good...

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