The Independent

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The incredibly inept Betsy DeVos

The incredibly inept Betsy DeVos

Eric Rodriguez, Writer

February 7, 2017


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Once in a blue moon there will come a candidate for a cabinet position who shows such a disturbing lack of knowledge in the field that it becomes befuddling as to how that person was selected. That’s where Betsy Devos stands. Long-time Michigan school reform lobbyist and billionaire, Devos joins the ever gr...

Lech Walesa Hall: His name, here to stay

Lech Walesa Hall: His name, here to stay

Sara Nesis, Writer

February 7, 2017


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Lech Walesa, workers' rights activist, leader of the Solidarity Party in Poland and former president of the Republic of Poland is the very name engraved on one of our most well known buildings here at NEIU. He changed the lives for workers throughout Poland and established democracy; winning the Nobel Pe...

The music industry says no to Trump

The music industry says no to Trump

Covadonga Solares, Writer

January 25, 2017


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After the emotional farewell speech former President Obama delivered in Chicago, the city that marked his political career and where he met the love of his life, the time comes for our new president-elect to take office. Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration took place on Jan. 20 in Washingto...

Anti-bullying’s latest proponent: Meryl Streep

Anti-bullying’s latest proponent: Meryl Streep

Regina Torres, Writer

January 25, 2017


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Political and social climates that are heading for an ugly direction occasionally need someone to take a stand in order to help spur positive action. Enter Meryl Streep and the speech delivered at this past Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. This speech comes on the heels of the recent attacks in ...

Trump’s tone changes, rhetoric amended?

Trump’s tone changes, rhetoric amended?

Eric Rodriguez, Writer

December 6, 2016


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The Trump balloon is deflating. Can you hear it? Its hateful hiss now grows faint. The once bold and brash Trump is now appearing more timid than ever as he continues to walk back his preposterous policy promises made during the campaign season. In an interview conducted with the New York Times on Nov. 23, T...

Love is our resistance

Love is our resistance

Covadonga Solares, Writer

December 6, 2016


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On Nov. 15, four bathroom stalls in BBH were spray painted with racially charged graffiti promoting the segregation of students by their ethnicity. This left many of the witnesses in disbelief. The result of the presidential election on Nov. 8 left groups of minorities with an uneasy feeling.  Presiden...

Facebook has ruined political discourse

Facebook has ruined political discourse

Christopher Pattyn, Writer

December 6, 2016


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The 2016 Presidential Election exposed in excruciating detail how terrible social media, specifically the ease with which Facebook users can share fake news stories appearing in their newsfeeds, is for having a constructive political discourse in America. This is not to say that political discourse ...

Is our freedom of press in peril

Is our freedom of press in peril

Danny Montesdeoca, Production Staff

December 6, 2016


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The U.S. has a luxury that some countries in the world can’t enjoy: freedom of the press. The press is sometimes called the fourth estate or fourth branch of government. They provide checks and balances for the other three branches of government by reporting on issues and events fairly and without bia...

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the US

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the US

Dovid Bulgatz, Writer

November 23, 2016


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Donald Trump has been elected to be the next president of the United States. I can't say I voted for him, but it doesn't matter, since Illinois voted Democrat. Actually, if you look at the election map, practically all of Illinois was red except for Chicago, making the whole state blue. I'm not sa...

The alt-right across the Atlantic

The alt-right across the Atlantic

Pablo Medina, Editor

November 23, 2016


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Just as Britain wanted out of the European Union, the followers of Donald Trump wanted out of the Democratic leadership of the United States. According to a report from the National Police Chief’s Council, since the June 23 British referendum to vote in favor of leaving the European Union, race driven...

The origins of the term “Race”

The origins of the term “Race”

Brian Quevedo, Writer

November 23, 2016


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I am going to let you in on a little secret that many seem to not be aware of: Everything you and I have learned about race is a false. It’s no one’s fault. Your family and peers have formed these ideologies based on what they have learned and witnessed throughout their lives. So when someone sa...

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