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The evolution of Playboy

The evolution of Playboy

Hailey G. Boyle, Arts and Life Editor

October 17, 2017

For those of us who actually read “Playboy” for the articles, it is a sad day. The founder of the landmark magazine, Hugh Hefner, died on Sept. 27 at 91. Most obituaries either celebrate him as a pioneer who defied free speech and social norms, or they condemn him for his lifestyle choices and ch...

University to night students: Want student services? Quit your day job

University to night students: Want student services? Quit your day job

Liz Varmecky, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017

As a night student, I work during the day and spend my evenings in class.  I arrive on campus around 5:30 p.m., but by that time the campus is closing down for the day. Student services and activities, already limited for night students, became scarce after the university’s staff layoffs. Many academic...

The Cruel World We Tolerate: A Response to “Earthlings”

Nallely Padilla, Staff writer

September 26, 2017

Sitting down in my favorite burger joint, I sip on my coke and I wait for my veggie burger. I keep my mind busy with my Facebook feed, randomly liking pictures and videos of cute dogs doing tricks. As I continue waiting, I see a woman with an expensive-looking fur coat with leather boots. While I adm...

To be or not to be Vegan?

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

September 26, 2017

I open up my Facebook page to another notification from my friend tagging me in a video on why people should go vegan, a common practice for him. On Instagram, another person posts a video showcasing how meat products are made with the caption “Go Vegan!” It seems like, in recent years veganism,...

Here’s ‘The Hook Up’: Being an active bystander, reflecting on slut.

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Writer

September 26, 2017

“Cockblock! Some cocks need to be blocked,” Anthony DiNicola said to a small audience of NEIU students in Alumni Hall. “We have to be willing to call them out.” During “The Hook Up” improv presentation on Sept. 4, DiNicola coaxed us to be an active bystander by introducing four ways to interv...

To Follet’s: New Technology more Hindrance than Benefit

To Follet’s: New Technology more Hindrance than Benefit

Jenn Lee, writer

September 12, 2017

As near as I can tell, Follett’s is categorizing their books entirely by author or editor surname. I prefaced that sentence with “as near as I can tell,” because after entering Follett’s this semester, I spent about fifteen minutes inside (being as confused and as lost as I have ever been in ...

Student Aide: We need more

Student Aide: We need more

Rabea Aslam, writer

September 12, 2017

I still remember my first year at NEIU as an international student back in 2016, frantically looking for a student aide job. Coming to a country where I’m not allowed to work affected me financially. There wasn’t much money leftover to buy food, with every cent counting towards paying my tuiti...

DACA: Why destroy the dream?

DACA: Why destroy the dream?

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

September 12, 2017

More than 800,000 people across the nation held their breaths on Sept. 5. They waited for President Trump’s decision on whether or not he would be terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  As an American citizen and a Hispanic woman, I am not in favor of the decision to “...

Stop and Think: A student’s take on jumping straight into college after high school

Stop and Think: A student’s take on jumping straight into college after high school

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

August 22, 2017

College isn't for everyone, though there are statistics that show people with a higher education are more likely to generate more revenue over their lifetime. Being someone that's on the tail end of completing their secondary education, I have regretted most of it. Coming out of high school in 2009 as the cla...

Letter to the editor

August 22, 2017

I am heartbroken to report receiving a layoff notice this morning from Northeastern Illinois University. NEIU has been my workplace and my home away from home for nearly 6 years. I have loved serving the students at this wonderful university, from which I received my own Bachelor of Science degree in 1...

Trump’s disheveled, divided America: A response to the protest in Charlottesville

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor

August 22, 2017

As someone who was born from Mexican immigrants, I’m shocked and angry at the abhorrent actions of the Neo-Nazi groups that descended upon Charlottesville on Aug. 12. I obsessively followed the news stories that appeared that entire week, and was in utter disbelief, fearing for the safety of the...

White Nationalism in Charlottesville

Richard J. Helldobler

August 22, 2017

On behalf of our University Community, I condemn in the strongest terms the deadly actions that erupted at the University of Virginia this weekend and stand against radical white supremacy and any ideology that espouses bigotry, hatred, intimidation, and violence. These actions are repugnant and do no...

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