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Hot Dance and Fitness at NEIU

Jacklyn Nowotnik, Arts and Life Editor

March 5, 2012

          Many of us have classes, work and other responsibilities to attend to, but it is important to schedule some quality work out time. A regular workout routine may be nice but the monotony of typical cardio or the treadmill may decrease a person's motivation to work out over time. If you find yourself in such a slump, then look no further than NEIU's own Zumba class! Held at the NEIU P.E. complex, Zumba is a great solution to cardio fitness boredom. It's a rhythmic and vivacious mix of cardio dance set to the rhythms of Latin, Reggae Dance hall, and hip-hop music, tempered with the sensuality of belly dancing. There are numerous instructors and each one is different in their approach, and may incorporate other genres of music; however it's a great way to get the heart pumping and work up a sweat. The P.E. complex offers several Zumba class times throughout the week. However, for high-energy exercisers, Juan Ortiz's class seems to be the perfect dance getaway from the stresses of college life. Ortiz is a certified group exercise and Zumba instructor and has been in the business of dance fitness for 5 years. His experience in dance fitness has inspired him to create a spin-off of Zumba called "Feevah," which he incorporates into his Zumba class. According to Ortiz, "Feevah" is dance fitness where "some of the music is sped up 3-12 times faster, making this one of the most powerful workouts ever." He successfully manages to incorporate the dance styles of Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, Mambo, Salsa, Reggaeton, and Juke into a heart-racing dance routine set to the hottest Latin and Club hits, all while keeping the energy of his class at a motivating high. Right before the hour long session with Ortiz is over, he initiates a "cool down" with a slow tempo track which sets a good pace for stretches, relaxation and even breathing. "My class is like Zumba on steroids, and because I'm so passionate about what I do, I believe my energy transfers over into my class." Ortiz's Zumba classes are on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the NEIU P.E. Complex.  ...

The Health Benefits Of Being A Vegetarian

Tamira Harvey, Staff Writer

February 26, 2012

  If you have decided to become a vegetarian, or have been thinking about going "vegan" either for the health benefits or as a stand against the cruelty of animals, then you're making a smart choice.  Most people don't realize that a lot of their health issues stem from what they put inside their bodies.Being a vegetarian results in becoming more conscientious about the foods and products you buy and consume.  Vegetarians are often healthier eaters and their diets are hydrophilic and rich in antioxidants. A vegetarian diet can help to lower your risks for heart disease, cancer (ovarian and breast cancer, among other forms), diabetes and high blood pressure. A vegetarian diet can also improve your skin complexion, and the condition of your hair and nails. Since most vegetarian diets are full of fiber, vegetarians usually have a more efficient digestive system. A high fiber diet has many holistic health benefits, including regular elimination, detoxification, and decreased risk of colon and rectal cancers. Lowering your cholesterol helps reduce weight gain, obesity and helps prevent heart and kidney diseases. On the conscientious side of vegetarianism, consider that the conditions in the slaughterhouses of the animals we eat are horrific. Industrialized cruelty is a very profitable business for meat producing companies. Unfortunately in many various meat production factories and some animal farms, the animals are not properly cared for. The animals are fed animal byproducts along with grain to increase their weight and meat yield. The areas that the animals are kept in are undersized and unsanitary, increasing the risks of disease transference between animals, and increasing the fatality rates of animals before slaughter. If the animals are not properly fed, sick with disease and open sores, housed around other dead animals, and then slaughtered and sold, it raises the question: is this the kind of meat products that we as a society want passed along to the consumer? That's the risk we take when we consume meat; and yes, this is inhumane treatment towards animals and raises very scary concerns about our long-term health. This issue eventually affects the planet's environmental stability. It takes more energy to feed a carnivorous consumer than it takes to feed an herbivorous one. I hope that after reading this article that these benefits will give you better insight into the beginnings of a healthier lifestyle.   Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012 Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 02:02...

White Sox and Cubs Hope to Find Success in 2011 with Revamped Rosters

Jeff Dutton, staff writer

February 7, 2011

Baseball's spring training kicks off in a couple of weeks with pitchers and catchers set to report to camp in the middle of February. Both the White Sox and Cubs have pinned their hopes of bringing home a championship on revamped rosters. 2011 will see new faces both on the mound, and in the field for...

Make the Most of Your Semester

Matthew Von Moss, Staff Writer

February 7, 2011

The month of January has come and gone, taking with it many of our new year's resolutions. No matter if we swore to lose weight, get out of debt, or learn something about boxing, our good intentions could not overcome the unpleasant demands of commitment. After all, when the sweat starts to flow on your...

NEIU Intramural Sports Season

Roberto Rivera, Staff Writer

February 7, 2011

The hard work that the student body endures every semester also comes with stresses that are sometimes overwhelming. However, these stresses can easily be subdued with some physical activity that is available at the Physical Education Complex. The Spring Intramural Season provides various activities...

Derrick Rose: MVP?

Brian Rogers, Contributor

January 25, 2011

Lebron James. Kobe Bryant. Dirk Nowitzki. Steve Nash. Derrick Rose? The list of former MVP winners is a Who's Who of future Hall of Famers. Does Derrick Rose truly belong on that list? Over the years, Chicago has watched Derrick Rose mature from a budding high school star, to a freshmen phenom in Memphis, almost winning a national championship, to a number one pick in the NBA draft, to becoming the go-to guy on a nightly basis for the storied Chicago Bulls. He was the Rookie-of-the-Year, an All-Star in his second year and recorded his first career triple-double on Dr. Martin Luther King Day against the Memphis Grizzlies. At the age of 22, he has displayed seemingly inexhaustible energy, drive, heart, leadership, and an uncanny knack for knocking down clutch shots down the stretch. His game has improved drastically since his rookie campaign, and his experience winning the gold medal at the World Championship with Team USA has boosted his game up another level. His ball distribution has improved, as has his maturity and ability to run the floor. He is a more consistent scorer and has carried the team on his back during stretches, especially with the injuries to Boozer and Noah. There have been knocks against him. His defense has been questioned and it is said that he doesn't get to the free-throw line enough. These are areas that he has worked on, and his improvement has been evident this season. One thing that has never been questioned, though, is his athleticism. He has tremendous speed and an incredible leaping ability that few in the league can match. His vertical exploits are regularly featured on nationwide sports replays. So where does Rose stack up with the elite this season, and does he have a legitimate chance at being the MVP? He currently ranks 7th in points per game (24.5) 9th in assists per game (8.1) and among guards in the league he ranks 1st in points + rebounds + assists per game with an astounding 37.3 per game. He is undoubtedly one of the league's best players. There's no question that Rose is a special talent. He was the number one pick for a reason. He fills the seats at the United Center and he fills the city with pride through his outstanding play, his determination, by the way he carries himself, and through his will to win. He is quiet and reserved and doesn't display the enormous ego that has become so common with today's players. More importantly, the Bulls are winning. They have been on a roll and are tough to beat at home. Rose is the main reason why, keeping the team together through adversity. Will he win the MVP this season? He's close to being the number one player in the NBA. He is the Bulls franchise and the team's most valuable player, but we have yet to see his best game. He is a young player, and he is on the threshold of super-stardom. With the right development and talent surrounding him, he will be the league MVP before long. Since Jordan's retirement, the city of Chicago has waited for another superstar caliber player to come along, someone to root for, and someone to spark our hopes for another championship run. That player has arrived in Derrick Rose....

The Icemen Cometh: NEIU’s Mens Hockey Team!

Roberto Rivera, Staff Writer

January 25, 2011

    Northeastern Illinois University’s Golden Eagle center Ryan Kutak faces off against a rival center. Bringing in the spring semester with Chicago's usual cold January weather seems befitting to have a winter sport to accommodate the season. Therefore, hockey lovers within the NEIU student body have come together to represent NEIU with a hockey club born from the pure love of the sport. Officially, NEIU does not have a certified competing hockey team in any collegiate athletic organization, but with the organizing of the NEIU Men's Hockey Club, the team has taken the first steps to becoming a fully supported NEIU sports team. The NEIU Eagles Hockey Club formed in November of last year and has slowly progressed into what appears to be a well-organized club. Jack Spethmann and Steve Yost, Head Coach and Assistant Captain respectively, are partially responsible for being the first organizers of the club, and have addressed the amount of dedication and hard work that is required in keeping a hockey club in working order. When it comes to eventually becoming a fully organized school team, Spethmenn said, "Everything has been a difficulty. It's been hard to find players from within the school to join." The club's ultimate goal is to eventually become a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Along with the problem of finding players, the team also has an extensive set of requirements they must first meet in order to be allowed into the ACHA and thereby officially be recognized as a school team. The team currently plays under the Men's Hockey League at the Northbrook Sports Center where they compete against other teams in the community. Although the team holds its origin from within NEIU, playing through Northbrook's Hockey League has allowed players from Northbrook's community to join, some of which have even expressed an interest in attending NEIU in order to support the organizing of a NEIU Hockey club. With the recent Stanley Cup Championship won by the Chicago Blackhawks back in June of last year, it would seem as though hockey would have a higher spectator rate, or team memberships within Chicago. However, the truth is that despite hockey's popularity, the sport still has a problem filling up a team roster. Hockey is popular, but unlike other sports it's more difficult to put together a team. Yost explained, "Sports like basketball, baseball, and football, which only require a field or court and ball don't take long to organize. However, hockey requires extensive skill in more areas, and a list of expensive equipment, all of which is hard to come by." Even finding other hockey players is a difficult endeavor Spethmann explained,  "When you meet another hockey player it's almost like you build an immediate bond with them because it's not so often you meet them." For now, the team practices Wednesday nights from 10:40pm – 12:10am at the Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge. Although the team is managed from within themselves, the coach Jack Spethmann is dedicated to training and building the team to be well-organized and productive. Their practices run just as professionally and proficient as any other veteran collegiate hockey organization. The club's practice time has proven to be intensive, as both Spethmenn and Yost explained while showing signs of fatigue do to the practice of the night before. The current players are fully dedicated to the club, but it's reasonable to assume that just like any other student at NEIU, one's schedule is usually limited when trying to manage time between school and work. This is why the club continues to ask for more players willing to join in order to keep a full roster come practice time and game day. The team is built from students of all academic years, from freshman to graduate students; with no limitations as to who can join the team. All that is asked from the club is an individual's dedication. "Anyone is welcome to join the club; we need as much support as possible," Said Spethmenn. Spectators are also fully encouraged to attend games. The process of building the team is already well underway, now all the team needs is to garner interest throughout the university. It will be a continuous process in building a fully functioning team, but with the short season the club plans to play throughout the year by joining spring and summer leagues in order to keep up the development of the team. The club is scheduled for five games this season, with the last game on Tuesday February 22 against The University of Chicago. Hoping to raise interest and support for the games, players will be wearing their team jerseys on Tuesday game days and Friday's weekend games. Any kind of support is welcome and appreciated.   For any Further Information visit: or email them at: [email protected] Remaining Team Schedule (All games at Northbrook Sports Center) Tuesday 2/1/2011 10:10pm  Rink B vs. Scorpions Tuesday 2/22/2011 10:40pm  Rink A  vs. University of Chicago...

Da Bears dis year

Barb Greasy, Staff Writer

September 26, 2006

In week two of the National Football League season, Detroit Lions receiver Roy Williams guaranteed his team a win over the Chicago Bears. Thirty-four points and four touchdown passes later, his promises ran empty. The Bears continued their success by defeating the Detroit Lions at Soldier field on Sunday,...

Chicago Fire Soccer

Barb Greasy, Staff Writer

September 26, 2006

On Oct. 8, 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago kicked off its inaugural season of the disaster's namesake, the Chicago Fire, which had just been founded as Chicago's Major League Soccer (MLS) team. Navy Pier's Gateway Park held the ceremony in which the team's logo, colors...

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