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Hitting the snooze button on NBA

Hitting the snooze button on NBA

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under NBA, Sports

We all need to rest, there's no way around it. Getting the proper amount of rest results in  having a better mental and physical lifestyle. It improves all aspects of your well-being and for the most part, no one will contest that getting more rest is always a good thing. Unless you're a professional...

Making room for trans athletes

Making room for trans athletes

Megan Couty, Social Media Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under Sports

Back in late March of this year, Mack Beggs, a high school student from Texas, was set to compete in the girl’s division of the state wrestling championship. The big problem some people had with that – Mack is a boy. Beggs is a transgender athlete currently undergoing hormone therapy as he transitions...

What makes for a good workout list?

What makes for a good workout list?

Emilie Messavussu, Staff Writer

April 11, 2017


Filed under Health

When it comes to exercising, some students on campus like fast-paced music that gets their blood pumping. For some, having an upbeat playlist helps their body max out its capabilities, while a slower tempo helps others maximize their workout. Not only does a workout playlist offer a distraction from...

Nike reveals pro hijab

Nike reveals pro hijab

Covadonga Solares, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports

After running a controversial commercial directed at Arab women, Nike unveiled its new “Pro Hijab,” a high performance Hijab for Muslim women athletes. In the advertisement, five female athletes were featured under the tagline: “What will they say about you?” This was meant to encourage Mu...

She’s a girl: An underestimation of women in sports

Megan County, Staff Writer

March 28, 2017


Filed under Sports

It’s the start of a new track season at Illinois Wesleyan University, and 17-time All-American athlete, Lauren Alpert-Zeunik, physical therapist, doctor of physical therapy, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, walks into the field house of her alma mater to train her athletes. She hear...

MLB’s rule changes are necessary or ridiculous and there’s no middle ground

MLB’s rule changes are necessary or ridiculous and there’s no middle ground

Naaim Siddiqi, Staff Writer

March 28, 2017


Filed under MLB, Sports

Baseball season is finally here. After a five month break, the Cubs enter the 2017 season as the World Champions looking to defend their title and the White Sox enter as a rebuilding young team hoping to echo the success of their north side counterparts. The 2017 season will also see some rule changes...

Cut Loose

Cut Loose

Christopher Starnawski, Advertising Manager

March 14, 2017


Filed under NFL

Eight years ago, the Chicago Bears made an uncharacteristic trade sending Kyle Orton, a pair of first round picks and a third rounder for quarterback Jay Cutler. It was shocking and sparked a needed enthusiasm in the fan-base as the NFL was transforming into a pass-heavy league. Fans were eager to watc...

An open letter to Jameis Winston: our girls shouldn’t be silent

An open letter to Jameis Winston: our girls shouldn’t be silent

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under NFL, Sports

A few weeks ago, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston made an appearance at an elementary school in St. Petersburg, Florida in an effort to give back to the community. What started as something with good intentions spiraled into a territory that Winston is sadly familiar with. “All...

Act like a lady, play ball like a man

Act like a lady, play ball like a man

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under WNBA

The women of the WNBA have inspired some of the greatest moments in my life. As a woman who is not-so-typical, sports was my refuge. Players like Lisa Leslie and Cynthia Cooper showed me that giant women like me play good game. At 6’5” and 5’10” respectively these tall, tall ladies rocked heels,...

Soaring Above All – Dee Durfee and Maria Choochkeh

Soaring Above All – Dee Durfee and Maria Choochkeh

Michelle Bright, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Health, Sports

  Dee Durfee graduated from Northern Illinois University and has been teaching yoga and Zumba for the past 14 years. She discovered she wanted to teach during a high impact aerobics class. “I remember the light bulb going on in my head,” Durfee said. “I asked the front desk that sa...

Should athletes be role models?

Should athletes be role models?

Michelle Bright, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Sports

Young adults and children idolize athletes. They’re considered role models because of their media presence and ability to help or change the lives of those less fortunate. For awhile now, there’s been a debate on whether they should be looked at as such. Each of us has our own talent whether it is ...

Step up to the Challenge

Step up to the Challenge

Idoia Solano, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Health, Sports

With the spring semester nearing midterms, there are new exciting events taking place around campus. The Campus Recreation Center is always one of the most active locations at NEIU, and it seems to maintain that status in the current semester. With hard-working, passionate people in charge, the ...