The Independent

Letter to the editor in response to the “150 Strong” Commercial

Alex Brown, Writer

April 10, 2018

I believe the marketing at NEIU to prospective students and the general public is misleading. NEIU is promoted tirelessly as the "Most Diverse Institution in the Midwest," based on a report from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking but once you arrive on campus, there is no...

Makeup brands are failing in diversity

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

April 10, 2018

Makeup brands have been scrambling to produce more inclusive products after the launch of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty collection. Brands that have seemingly only catered to lighter-skinned women, such as Marc Jacobs and Estee Lauder, seemed to have changed their social media marketing patterns in a matter...

NEIU struggles to help homeless students

NEIU struggles to help homeless students

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

April 10, 2018

In the last year, about 10 percent of NEIU students experienced some form of homelessness. 44 percent had housing insecure and 41 percent had low or very low food security. There is a running joke about college students eating 50 cents ramen because they are dirt poor, but some are poor and homeless....

Domestic Terrorist: a title for people of color

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 10, 2018

Earlier this month, Mark Anthony Conditt set off a series of bombs in Austin, Texas killing two people and wounding three. Once again, a mass killing of people has occurred in our country and this seems to have become our new normal. As these crimes become more frequent, a debate has sparked as to...

Pay the Players: NCAA makes millions off of broke college athletes

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

March 27, 2018

With millions of people across the U.S tuning in for March Madness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will pull in a big profit and keep most of the revenue from their student-athletes who put in the most work. NCAA covers a lot of student-athlete expenses but should also pay their players...

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

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 14, 2018

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

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

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, Writer

March 1, 2018

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 E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

February 13, 2018

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...

Latina and Female Representation Gets ‘Dolled Up’

Latina and Female Representation Gets ‘Dolled Up’

Amaris Rodriguez, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018

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

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...

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