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

Megan County, Staff Writer

March 29, 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 ...

Are athletes getting paid far too much?

Are athletes getting paid far too much?

Megan County, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Sports

Whether or not professional athletes are overpaid has been a long-standing debate. And in a world where some professional athletes are paid almost 100 times the salary of the average U.S. teacher, it comes as no surprise.   Regardless of whether or not you think athletes are overpaid, the issue at ha...

Cubs and White Sox season preview

Cubs and White Sox season preview

Naaim Siddiqi, Copy Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under MLB

While pitchers and catcher reporting to their respective camps official marks the start of spring training, both the Cubs and White Sox remained busy during the winter months. Let’s preview what 2017 might have in store for Chicago’s teams.   White Sox: The White Sox are a rebuild...

NBA All-Star Game: Who missed the mark?

NBA All-Star Game: Who missed the mark?

Naaim Siddiqi, Copy Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under NBA

The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The starters for the game (as voted on by fans, players, and the media) were announced on Jan. 19, and the reserves (as voted on by NBA head coaches) were announced on Jan. 26. While it’s hard to find a player wh...

Chicago Blackhawks make top 100 list

Chicago Blackhawks make top 100 list

Meghan Couty, Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under NHL, Sports

The NHL is celebrating its centennial season this year and hockey went to Hollywood for an epic all-star weekend. Festivities started with the unveiling of the NHL 100 Greatest Players list. On Jan. 27, 67 of the league’s legends were honored in a televised ceremony, hosted by Jon Hamm. The firs...