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Reflections of a First Time Voter

Reflections of a First Time Voter

Cecelia Hernandez
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

While opening the field house door of Ken-Well Park, I took a deep breath and stepped inside the voting station. Desks with tall cardboard privacy partitions were all being occupied by my Hispanic neighbors. As I read the instructions, my heart was beating as fast as a hummingbird’s wings. On Ma...

Does Voting Really Matter?

Does Voting Really Matter?

Rut Ortiz, Editor-In-Chief
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinions

  There was a moment during history when a person like me would not be allowed to exercise my right to vote. Specifically for two reasons: because I’m a woman and a minority. This is a topic very close to my heart because I like to think for myself. I am adamant that in a democracy where...

Golden Perspectives

Pablo Medina and Cecilia Hernandez
March 15, 2016
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What Would You Do if NEIU Shuts Down?                     Oh, God, don’t tell me that! I would be devastated and very frustrated. This is my last year, I would like to graduate… .I’m not trying to be in a limb...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

Mary Kroeck
March 15, 2016
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Q: I seem to be having a hard time remembering things lately. Even though I know I should write things down before I forget them, it seems like I get interrupted before I find a pen and paper. Then I lose the thought. Do you have any advice? Sincerely, A Forgetful Friend Dear Forgetful Friend, Wh...

Queen B’s World Tour Gets Stung by Police Boycott

Queen B’s World Tour Gets Stung by Police Boycott

Rut Ortiz, Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Dillon Taylor, Laquan McDonald and Tamir Rice are only a handful of lives taken by law enforcement officials. Yet, support for a national boycott of Beyoncé’s concerts because of her perceived “anti-police” message is growing - starting with Miami’s Fraternal Order ...

Driving into Disaster

Driving into Disaster

Pablo Medina
March 15, 2016
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Some people want to burn rubber on the streets and to be the boss of the road, feeling the wind in their face and the adrenaline through their veins.Yet some just want to  ride through the streets worry-free.   Imagine riding in a self-navigating car built to safely maneuver the streets of Chic...

State of Emergency

State of Emergency

Mary Kroeck
March 15, 2016
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While governors in most states are preparing budgets for 2017, Illinois has yet to pass its budget for 2016. In fact, the state hasn’t had a budget in eight months. Due to Springfield’s failure to pass a budget, Chicago State University sent layoff notices to all 900 of its employees and Norther...

The Luck O’ the Chirish

The Luck O’ the Chirish

Courtney Munson
March 15, 2016
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It’s that extremely green time of year again, when our beer, river and clothes are decked out in the symbolic color of Ireland. The raucous drinking spectacular we see on the streets of Chicago today is very different than the first real celebrations of this religious holiday. Some people argue t...

Kesha’s Fight To See The Sunlight

Kesha’s Fight To See The Sunlight

Hailey G Boyle
March 1, 2016
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I feel absolutely horrible for Kesha. No one should be forced to work with someone who attacked and raped them. That’s tantamount to asking a murder victim’s family member to work side by side with the murderer. Yet, the reason I can’t fully support her is because this is all speculation. I...

When is Enough, Enough?

When is Enough, Enough?

Pablo Medina
March 1, 2016
Filed under Opinions

We live in sad time when some police officers refuse to accept responsibility for their mistakes, especially when those mistakes leave people dead. Chicago police officer, Robert Rialmo, who took the life of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones, filed a lawsuit against LeGrier’s estate o...

Golden Perspectives

William Castro
March 1, 2016
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Who is Your Favorite Woman in History?                             My favorite woman from history is Rosa Parks because she fought for what she believed in. She didn’t care what anybody said ...

A Tribute to Women

A Tribute to Women

Mary Kroeck
March 1, 2016
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It makes sense to me that Women’s History Month takes place in March. Women have marched throughout history to make a difference in their societies. From the Women’s March on Versailles during the French Revolution, to women’s suffrage movements around the world, to women’s involvement in the...