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Chicago Teachers Union strike

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) decided to go on strike in pursuit of higher compensation, smaller classroom sizes and increased access to academic and counseling resources. In response, the City of Chicago offered hundreds of additional support staff workers and a 16 percent salary increase, which ...

How is NEIU spending their money?

When perception is reality, how does NEIU measure up? | Photo by Joe Davis

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

October 22, 2019

When it was announced that T-Pain would be the headline attraction of NEIU’s Fall Fest, there were two questions that usually followed the news. The first, why T-Pain? The second, how much did it cost? While the first query is a more philosophical one, the second is more definitive.  It took $...

Renaming Columbus Day just a symbolic gesture

Protesters at Sogorea Te in Vallejo, California where Natives gained jurisdiction of sacred sites and ancestral lands. | Photo by Wikiwand

Ata Younan, Opinions Editor

October 22, 2019

If you need any indication on how the renaming of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day is coming along, take a look at our country’s capital. While the city council in Washington, D.C. has formally renamed Columbus Day, the District of Columbia is still named after Columbus. We’re all over the ...

Letter to the editor: You didn’t die. Get over it.

October 8, 2019

Brian Langenberg is an NEIU Instructor in the Department of Accounting, Business Law and Finance Some thoughts on our Spicer “crisis.”  Dr. Gibson – no congratulations on free speech. Protesting is free speech; disrupting the event and charging the stage is not. The next time the socialis...

‘I was unaware’

‘I was unaware’

Robin Bridges, Editor in Chief

October 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, university President Gloria Gibson finally presented herself to face her students at a town hall meeting. The discussion was enlightening. For example, we learned that Gibson herself chose political pundits Sean Spicer and Donna Brazile to speak at the Daniel L.  Goodwin Disting...

Cancel culture: use responsibly

Spotify allows users to mute artists at their discretion.| Photo by: Spotify

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2019

Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate. In 2019, we are able to share our thoughts and opinions from the intimacy of our own homes while hiding behind the veil of anonymity. At the same time, social media has also become a hub to disseminate information. When a newsworthy event occurs,...

Shooting down gun law misconceptions

Shooting down gun law misconceptions

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

September 24, 2019

“The intensive, three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semiautomatics and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars. In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first-grenade-er. Happy shooting, kids.” You...

Cuccinelli as Trump’s secret weapon is terrifying

Cuccinelli as Trump’s secret weapon is terrifying

Eric Rodriguez, Writer

September 24, 2019

In an era of Trumpian appointments who bear little to no qualifications, such as Rick Perry (Department of Energy), Betsy Devos (Department of Private Education), and Ben Carson (Department of HUD), it is hard to register Ken Cuccinelli’s appointment as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigra...

A good win for civic engagement

One of approximately 200 protesters outside Lech Walesa Hall. | Photo by Ata Younan

Ata Younan, Opinions Editor

September 24, 2019

On Aug. 22, at 1:06 p.m., President Gloria J. Gibson sent an email to students and faculty at NEIU, announcing that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would speak at the sixth installment of the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series. A limited number of free tickets were reserved f...

The Trump administration has adopted the Southern Strategy…And it’s working to perfection

The Trump administration has adopted the Southern Strategy...And it’s working to perfection

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

Once perceived as a political outsider, Donald Trump burst onto the national scene when he insinuated that migrating Mexican nationals entering the U.S. were not part of the upper echelon of Mexican society, but rather the rapists and criminals that had been ostracized from Mexico. Phrased in a manne...

Greta Thunberg is the coolest girl in the world

Greta Thunberg sails into New York. | Photo by: Greta’s Instagram

Grace Yu, Campus Life Editor

September 10, 2019

Greta Thunberg, the coolest girl in the world, arrived on U.S. shores about two weeks ago, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at a Lower Manhattan marina up the Hudson River. Thunberg, a climate activist, arrived on a carbon emissions-free yacht named Malizia II with her father and a small crew provided by Team M...

A letter to the Editor

September 10, 2019

Sean Spicer is the former White House Press Secretary and White House Communications Director. In a time where alternative facts are valid points in the day to day discussions, we can’t ignore that this position of power retains an enormous amount of influence in what we believe now a days. Comin...

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