The Independent

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 7, 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 7, 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...

Benefits of the Health and Counseling Services

Benefits of the Health and Counseling Services

Emilie Messavussu, Writer

February 7, 2017


Filed under Health, Sports

Classes will start to get overwhelming as we sink deeper into the spring semester. Be that as it may, the Counseling Services and Health Services wants to make sure the students are prepared by knowing the services they offer. A branch of the Health Services on campus is where Catherine Schacht i...

Former student kicks off soccer club

Former student kicks off soccer club

John Cummings, Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under Intramural

Whistle, kickoff, pass. Trap, juke, header. Corner kick, scissor kick, goal. Maybe that wasn’t the rhythm Rob “Biko” Baker had on the soccer field during his days at Northeastern Illinois University  but since then, he has certainly scored goals off the field, earning a Ph.D., starting ...

Derrick Rose: Chicago’s very own

Derrick Rose: Chicago’s very own

Brian Quevedo, Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under NBA, Sports

By the year 2011, the Chicago Bulls announcer shouting “from Chicago!” had become an utterance that was all too familiar. Chicago’s native born son, Derrick Rose, could do no wrong. The entire city of Chicago loved him because not only was he one of their own, but he was also “the one” who w...

Grad student, SLD brings iceless skating to NEIU

Grad student, SLD brings iceless skating to NEIU

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Sports

Student Leadership Development kicked off the semester with its inaugural iceless skating event. The event, which was led by graduate student Albert P. Chanthaboury and SLD's partnership company Record-A-Hit Entertainment, saw roughly 100 students and faculty members enjoy the rink from noon to ...

Belly dancing into the new semester

Belly dancing into the new semester

Michelle Bright, Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under Sports

NEIU’s Maria Choochkeh is shaking things up this semester by introducing a beginner’s belly dancing class that takes place at the PE Complex. Choochkeh has been dancing since she was little. Her focus was hip-hop, jazz and latin genres, noting that the moves came natural to her, as if it was ...

Retired professor empowers women through self-defense

Retired professor empowers women through self-defense

Christian Gralak, Online Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Health, Sports

If you were walking around campus this Spring, you may have noticed flyers for WGS-150-1 Women’s Self Defense – a one-credit hour course designed to teach and empower women in the art of self-defense. Since 2003, Martha Thompson, a now retired part-time professor who taught for over 30 years,...

2016: This year in sports

2016: This year in sports

Christian Gralak, Brett Starkopf, Spencer Jones, Online Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under Sports

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Pay to press play

Pay to press play

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under NCAA

  There are roughly 380,000 NCAA student athletes at over 1,000 colleges and universities. While many athletes are there on scholarships, it is believed by many spectators that the only purpose for student athletes is to generate revenue for the schools. New media and convergence culture are the ca...