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Targeting Unmarried Mothers: Cavaletto and House Bill 6064

Targeting Unmarried Mothers: Cavaletto and House Bill 6064

Robin Bridges, Office Manager/Social Media Editor
May 24, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Illinois Representative, John Cavaletto, surely has plans to financially support all the unmarried mothers in the state. That’s the only reason I can think of for why he would submit a bill making it near impossible to obtain a birth certificate for new children. What a standup guy!        ...

Oregon to Nestle: Stop Sucking the US Dry

Oregon to Nestle: Stop Sucking the US Dry

Courtney Munson, Opinions Editor
May 24, 2016
Filed under Opinions

When most people think of the negative impacts of the water bottling industry, they associate it with an image of billions of plastic bottles filling up landfills. But, that is only the half of it. What about the water that used to occupy those empty bottles? Ground-water pumping is a largely unspoken...

Golden Perspectives

April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

  The moment that stood out to me the most this semester occurred Jan. 19, the day of NEIU’s Student Involvement Fair. The semester was only just beginning and our Tuesday open meeting also took place that day, which means we were all working together for the common cause of announcing...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Q: Everyone keeps asking me what I’m going to do after graduation. The truth is I don’t know. I want to be able to say something smart since I’m getting my degree. I don’t know what to say though since I’m still looking for a job I’d feel really happy in and have a lot of worry about paying ...

Four Keys to Success

Four Keys to Success

Cecelia Hernandez
April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The job market is tough, but it doesn’t have to be a total drag. I was recently checking out Craigslist for any job openings a sophomore could actually get. I constantly asked myself, “What do I want in a job? What do I need from a job?” Money obviously came to mind, but after some thought, I came ...

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

I remember a time in Pilsen when there were several Catholic schools and churches, each with their own large congregations and traditions. It seems today like those traditions aren’t a concern of the Archdiocese of Chicago who is looking at the financial bottom line. Growing up, I was a parishioner of St. ...

Public Education vs. Prisons

Public Education vs. Prisons

Pablo Medina
April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Which would you rather see people in: a maximum security prison or a well-furnished educational institution? While the nine public universities of Illinois are suffering from the lack of funding from the state and are in serious danger of closing, the state’s prisons are still receiving funding, ...

All Work, No Pay

All Work, No Pay

Silvia Burian
April 19, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Recently, an email was sent out informing the student body about the newly appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the NEIU Foundation, Liesl V. Downey. This email from our President noted “this may seem like an inopportune time to make an appointment” but, ...

Golden Perspectives

Ceclia Hernandez
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

What effect do NEIU furlough days have on you?                         Honestly, it seems surreal. Nothing’s really changed. My teachers are still teaching, I’m still coming to class. In the long term...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

Mary Kroeck
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Q: I’m looking for a job, but can’t seem to find one in my field of interest. At this point should I just accept anything even if it’s not what I really want to do or what I went to school for? Sincerely, A Discouraged Student   Dear Discouraged Student, This is a really ha...

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Public education is dangerous, especially for the working classes. It gives people ideas, like that equality is a practical goal. It teaches them how the system works and makes them think they can participate in its governance. It shows them the beauty of knowledge and gives them the skills to enjoy ...

Taxes are for Squares

Taxes are for Squares

Pablo Medina
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Fewer teens may smoke with the new tobacco laws introduced by Chicago lawmakers. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s aldermen voted to raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. Chicago is following in the steps of Evanston and 100 other cities to improve the lives of citizens and t...