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Why We Need Black History Month

Why We Need Black History Month

Mary Kroeck
February 16, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Unlike other month-long celebrations, Black History Month is observed not only in the United States, but in Canada and the United Kingdom as well. The Canadians also celebrate Black History in the month of February, but the United Kingdom observes it in October. According to BlackHistoryMonth.co.uk, thi...

A Woman’s Perspective

A Woman’s Perspective

Courtney Munson
February 16, 2016
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Over the past several weeks, the topic of rape and rape culture has been in the spotlight. The Independent does not support, promote or condone rape or assault in any way, shape, form or to any degree. We wanted to take this opportunity to talk to our readers about why we believe this to be so. We of...

A Man’s Perspective

A Man’s Perspective

Jacob James
February 16, 2016
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Over the past several weeks, the topic of rape and rape culture has been in the spotlight. The Independent does not support, promote or condone rape or assault in any way, shape, form or to any degree. We wanted to take this opportunity to talk to our readers about why we believe this to be so. We off...

Coin Flips and Superdelegates

Coin Flips and Superdelegates

Pablo Medina
February 16, 2016
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A coin flip is usually decides something simple, like choosing between eating chocolate or vanilla ice cream, wearing a red shirt  or a blue shirt. Apparently it can also be used to see who gets the party nomination for the most important job in the United States. On Feb. 2, the Iowa caucuses led to a tie...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

Mary Kroeck
February 16, 2016
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Q: The season of Lent is starting for Christians. I know we’re supposed to give something up, but I don’t know what to give up. I also don’t know why I should do this in the first place other than my parents tell me to. Any suggestions? Sincerely, A Questioning Catholic Dear Questioning Catholi...

Golden Perspectives

William Castro
February 16, 2016
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"What does Black History Month mean to you?"                           I think it’s important to learn from the mistakes from the past. One of the ways we can do that is by honoring those a...

Golden Perspectives

William Castro
February 2, 2016
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"If elections were held today, who would you vote for?" I would vote for Bernie Sanders just for the fact that he knows more about the middle class. He knows what real people go through. All the other people running, they don't know the typical person's point of view and how they struggle every day. &n...

Bird’s-eye View

Bird’s-eye View

Mary Kroeck
February 2, 2016
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Q: I’m a student trying to be thriftier this year so I’ll have more money to pay my student loans when I graduate. Do you have any tips? Thanks! An Almost Graduate Dear Almost Graduate, This is a great question and one that I’ve investigated often for myself. My motto has become “No savings is to...

Reflections on the Fight for Social Justice

Reflections on the Fight for Social Justice

Mary Kroeck
February 2, 2016
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Over the past two weeks I listened to Chicago Teachers Union President, Karen Lewis, and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. talk to students at NEIU about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and fighting for what is right. In doing so, I reflected on the words of Fannie Lou Hamer and asked myself, “When...

Why Debates Should be Hosted on Public Television

Why Debates Should be Hosted on Public Television

Steven Villa
February 2, 2016
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The fourth debate of the Democratic primaries, was, I think, uniquely disappointing. It wasn’t the actual discourse between the candidates that made it so; it was the pessimistic environment established by NBC. I would contend that the reason for this failing was an attempt by NBC to boost rating...

Down With Snyder:

Down With Snyder:

February 2, 2016
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If you dip your hand twice in a river, the water is never the same. Unless you live in Flint, Michigan, and polluted water runs through your rivers and your faucet every day. This whole problem started back in 2014 when Flint’s Emergency Manager, Darnell Earley, completed the plan to switch t...

Stirring Up Sales

Stirring Up Sales

Ishtar Yakoo­­­­­­
February 2, 2016
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In September 2015, the Internet buzzed at the news that Target had applied for two liquor licenses for its Streeterville store. Rumors quickly spread that one of the nation’s largest retailers would allow customers to sip moscato while strolling down the toilet paper aisle. Although the Target s...