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In the ashes: We need to preserve our cultural landmarks

National Museum in Rio De Janeiro burned down on September 2, 2018.

April 23, 2019

The world has lost another important treasure. On April 15, a fire tore down a big part of Notre Dame Cathedral, located in Paris, one of the oldest and most famous constructions in the world. It took some hours till its substantial destruction, almost one day till the fire was completely extinguished ...

How I learned about sex: Sex Ed Matters

Condoms are the most popular form of birth control used

Victoria Hong, Writer

April 23, 2019

One day, in my 9th grade health class, my teacher had us do a condom lab. She split us into groups of four and gave each group a wooden dildo and an unlimited supply of condoms. We spent the hour learning about the different types of condoms available. I learned that some condoms are lubricated and ...

Latinas in the Media: Reclaiming Sexual Agency

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

April 23, 2019

Latinas: we are strong, intellectual, powerful…and trying to reclaim our sexuality in the media. The concept of an over sexualized Latina is very common in the media, despite many women trying to combat the stereotype. We don’t have to do much digging in Hollywood to think of big household names o...

Girl, Take Control Of Your Birth Control

There are various forms of birth control. Pictures here: oral birth control pills

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

April 23, 2019

Women are still experiencing the negative social stigma associated with taking charge of their sexual health regarding birth control. The thought might be outdated but I had an experience at the NEIU Student Health Office that reinforced that the stigma is still there, as much as they try to hide...

Disney Gives LGBTQ Kids Hope

Disney will be creating a show based off of the young adult romantic comedy Love, Simon.

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 23, 2019

It was reported that Disney has a television adaptation of “Love, Simon” in the works, a popular young adult movie following the perspective of a gay teenager. This is the second show created by Disney that would feature a gay character. This is a major step by the company to show LGBTQ+ kids aro...

Ride-Share Safety: Why Your Parents Don’t Like Uber

Ride-share application regulations questioned after student's death.

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

April 16, 2019

This past week a 21-year-old college student Samantha Josephson, from the University of South Carolina, got into the wrong Uber after leaving a bar. She was found dead the next afternoon. Her murder has sparked conversation regarding the safety of the popular ride-sharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft. ...

Betsy DeVos’ actions are insulting to special needs students

A participant and a volunteer running in a Special Olympics race.

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

April 16, 2019

Last week, it was reported by many news outlets that the Department of Education, led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, proposed a budget that would eliminate millions of dollars in funding for programs that benefit students with special needs. The biggest program being affected is Special Olympics. Accordi...

Representation of bigger bodies in Hollywood is here but is it too late for us?

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

April 16, 2019

Growing up in the 2000s as a thick girl was tough. Low cut jeans, midriffs and tiny two-piece swimsuits were in. Being thick was not. I grew up watching tall, thin, fair skinned white women on TV. There wasn’t any other representation other than the aforementioned. If there was, it wasn’t for teen...

Take Me Out to the Ball… Wait He’s Making How Much?

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

March 26, 2019

Philadelphia is my home town. It’s a place where pizza is cut in triangles, we call subs hoagies, and cheesesteaks are better than any hotdog or Italian beef. It’s also the place were Bryce Harper, a professional baseball player, is getting paid $330 million dollars over 13 years to hit a ball with...

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Another White Hero!

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

March 26, 2019

You may not have heard, but you were supposed to boycott Marvel’s latest film “Captain Marvel,” because of its lead actress Brie Larson. Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t know. Considering “Captain Marvel” racked in 153 million during its opening weekend, it would seem most of us di...

How the Rich Get Into College

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 26, 2019

  There are two absolute truths when it comes to college: it is expensive and it can be competitive. The expensive aspect of it can be really scary. Most students have to save up money, putting off their education, or accept that they will be swamped in student loans when they graduate. T...

Please Vaccinate Your Children

Victoria Hong, Writer

March 21, 2019

  There’s a cell phone game called Plague Inc. that both fascinated and horrified me. In this game, you are a disease of your design and your goal is to kill all 8 billion people on Earth. On easy mode, (no one washes their hands, research doctors don’t work, and sick people are given hugs)...

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