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Scapegoating the Mentally Ill

Scapegoating the Mentally Ill

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

September 10, 2019

The upcoming film ‘Joker’ recently released its second trailer, receiving much fanfare and acclaim. The movie will follow Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) and his descent into madness. Arthur will change from a failed comedian into the Clown Prince of Crime that fans of Batman know and love. While ...

Let Me Tell My Own Story

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Ata Younan, Opinions Editor

August 27, 2019

We are living in an age where more stories about marginalized people are being told and popular culture art forms are starting to more fully represent ethnic and religious minorities and people from the LGBTQ+ community. However, the statistics remain daunting.  The 2019 Hollywood Diversity Report records ...

Self-Care is How We Take Care of Each Other

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Ata Younan, Opinions Editor

August 27, 2019

Americans are obsessed with being happy.  In our never-ending quest for happiness, we have become obsessed with the self-care movement. We retreat to revive and we relax to recharge. We treat ourselves because we deserve it. But what if I told you we deserve better? In our individual and self-proclai...

Why every undergraduate student should seek a teaching certificate for a living wage employment

August 27, 2019

From: Stewart E Brekke, PhD Former NEIU MAT in Physics Teaching student about 1969-73 [email protected]  Large numbers of higher education graduates with at least BAs in such fields as business, psychology, criminal justice, physical education and even computer science are working as baristas and cashie...

Alps Experience

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Zaria Mac, Writer

July 23, 2019

We may not be able to reverse climate change, but we have to try our best to no longer contribute. For our mountain’s sake. Earlier this month, I had the privilege to attend a summer abroad program in France with the University of Grenoble-Alpes. The name of this program was Mountains on the Move,...

Restorative Justice Through Education

Edwin Gramajo, Opinions Editor

July 23, 2019

Currently, about 2.3 million people are being held in the U.S criminal justice system. Many of these people will eventually be released therefore it would be better for society to educate them academically as much as possible. NEIU has been doing its part. In May, seven students incarcerated in Stateville...

In the shoes of Theresa Wirtz

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Ankush Vyas, Online Editor

July 23, 2019

Don’t be so quick to judge others.  Theresa Wirtz is a Minneapolis based artist born in New Orleans, but raised in the United Kingdom by American parents. She designs jewelry from various naturally occurring elements such as gemstones, crystals and metals. She also invents authentic spa products. She operates her craft under the pseudonym Dovim...

On the birth of our nation: A Letter to the Editor

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July 23, 2019

Unknown to many, the first patriot casualty of the Revolutionary War was a mulatto person, Crispus Attucks, part American Indian and part Negro, killed by a British Redcoat at the Boston Massacre. In Boston, after our Independence, a statue of Crispus Attucks and three other Boston Massacre patriot protestors...

My farewell letter to The Independent

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Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

June 6, 2019

When I first entered the room E049 during the fall 2018 semester, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I was looking to gain editing experience for my future career. What I received was a whole lot more. I got to know the staff and together we formed a bond that I had never experienced....

Invasion of illicit drugs in our education system

Ankush Vyas, Online Editor

May 28, 2019

Ultimately, students taking illicit drugs is a genuine issue in light because it not only impacts the individuals in all aspects of life, the effects swell out destroying families due to emotional and financial burden caused by healthcare expenses. Communities and the public in general are also impacted...

Can we work, pause and thrive for parenthood?

Edwin Gramajo, Opinions Editor

May 28, 2019

Many aspects of American parenthood have changed in only a few decades. However, many, if not most of our systems have not changed. Rather they have become more expensive to access. Rent is rising, college tuition is rising and cost of life is rising. Whereas, pay is not. Many companies are built...

A call to action: Support higher education

A call to action: Support higher education

Edwin Gramajo, Opinions Editor

May 28, 2019

  As many of you know NEIU has struggled economically in recent years. Many students, including me, pick NEIU because it is local, affordable and diverse. In order to keep NEIU open we need to have monetary funding and a budget. According the NEIU website “During the FY16-FY18 Illinois budget c...

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