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Why Are We Blaming Jordyn Woods?

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

March 21, 2019

  Another celebrity scandal going viral on the internet, this time it’s cheating allegations involving Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend. It was reported that the Kardashians had severed ties with Woods as a result of her alleged affair. They, along with th...

Nike and Serena Williams call for “crazy women”

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

March 20, 2019

  Nike is still riding the train of controversial ads, first with Colin Kaepernick and now with Serena Williams’ whose new commercial calls out the biases placed on strong women. In the “Dream Crazier” commercial, which aired during the Oscars on Feb. 24, Williams narrates a script s...

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: GETTING TO KNOW THE UNKNOWN

Luísa Soares, Writer

March 20, 2019

  As an exchange student and a person who has lived outside the United States almost my whole life, I believe it's really important to pay attention to what's going on in the news around the world. In Brazil, we usually compare ourselves to the "American way of life" because it's a pattern...

Who Shall We Buy Today Mr. Kraft?

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

March 20, 2019

  It’s always struck me as odd that a person can decide to sleep with ten people in a single evening and it’s legal. However, if two consensual adults agree to a transaction of sex for money, suddenly, it’s illegal. What two people decide to do in private is their business, so long as i...

The Independent is the student voice, why not use yours?

The Independent is the student voice, why not use yours?

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 26, 2019

There’s a gold mine of interesting stories to tell at NEIU. Every person here, whether they believe it or not, has an interesting story waiting to be told. It’s not the facilities, the classes or campuses that make NEIU special, it’s the students and faculty. But here’s the thing: we need you to talk ...

The Birds at the Nest: An Exchange Student’s Experience

The Birds at the Nest: An Exchange Student’s Experience

Luísa Soares, Writer

February 12, 2019

Living at the Nest is quite comfortable. You can wake up half an hour before your class and you still won't be late because you are less than five minutes away. If you are an exchange student as I am, it can be the best option because living on campus is easier and closer — but not cheaper. When I ...

Netflix’s ‘You’ Normalizes Abusive Relationships and We Fell For It

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

February 12, 2019

As a typical college student, I usually pick a show to binge watch on Netflix between classes and homework. My last victim was “You” starring the-ever-so-misunderstood Penn Badgley, better known as Dan Humphrey from the CW’s hit show “Gossip Girl.” The show centers around Joe Goldberg, a book...

Gillette Combats Toxic Masculinity With New Ad

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

February 12, 2019

Gillette’s new ad campaign is urging men to stand up against toxic masculinity. The ad depicts several anxious men looking at themselves in the mirror and listening to news about bullying, the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment while a voiceover asks: “Is this the best a man can get?” The ad g...

Valentine’s Day is a Capitalistic Scam: Love In Another Way

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

February 10, 2019

Valentine’s Day is a scam designed for people to spend money; it is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Yes, really, for every Valentine’s Day card you buy, capitalism is winning and as history tells us, capitalism only serves those on the very top. I’m all for love and showing it in many ways, bu...

Why Do Celebrities Get Away With Sexual Assault?

Singer R.Kelly at a Pre-Grammy party.

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

January 22, 2019

After Lifetime aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a docuseries focusing on years of abuse, sexual assault and assault on minors performed by the famous singer, national outrage sparked. That anger has many people chanting and preaching “Mute R. Kelly.” But why was nothing done when allegations surfaced ...

One CCICS Student’s Experience

Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Kenisha Hoskins, Writer

January 22, 2019

I was starting a serious journey in my life; yet, it didn't feel like it. During high school, I was labeled “at-risk.” I was the student considered less likely to transition into adulthood, have academic success, be job ready or be financially independent. In a way, I began to believe these things...

Gibson’s Silence on LWH Tells Us All We Need To Know

Chuck Sipps, Arts and Life Editor

January 22, 2019

"His actions have made a major component of the NEIU student body feel unsafe and marginalized. It is the president’s duty to ensure the safety and well-being of all students at NEIU. She is failing in that charge."

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