The Independent

Amaris E. Rodriguez is the Independent’s co-managing editor and opinions editor. She is a senior at NEIU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism.

Rodriguez first developed a passion for journalism in her “Into to Journalism” class, which led to becoming a staff writer for online music blog, Musiqtone, in 2012. During her time at Musiqtone, she has interviewed bands such as The Ataris, David Cook, Mayday Parade and many more.

Aside from writing for the newspaper, Rodriguez enjoys creative writing, songwriting, movies, reading a good young adult novel and random road trips with no actual destination.

Rodriguez has played her original songs at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee, and other open mic locations throughout the Chicago area.

She hopes to pursue a career as a journalist, win the coveted Pulitzer Prize and have her own work on the New York Times’ “Bestseller List.”

She is currently working on her creative writing. To read her poetry, visit her Instagram page: @alittle­_biggerpoetry.

Amaris E. Rodriguez, Opinions Editor

Apr 23, 2019
Latinas in the Media: Reclaiming Sexual Agency (Story)
Apr 23, 2019
Girl, Take Control Of Your Birth Control (Story)
Apr 18, 2019
New Stage Center Play: The Pillowman Opens Thursday April 11 (Story)
Apr 16, 2019
Ride-Share Safety: Why Your Parents Don’t Like Uber (Story)
Mar 26, 2019
How the Rich Get Into College (Story)
Mar 20, 2019
Nike and Serena Williams call for “crazy women” (Story)
Mar 12, 2019
Meet the women of NEIU (Story)
Feb 26, 2019
NEIU’s Kiosks Want to Hear From Students (Story/Media)
Feb 26, 2019
Dave Cullen Talks Parkland and How Response Mass Shootings Has Changed Since Columbine (Story/Media)
Feb 12, 2019
‘Roswell, New Mexico’ a Modern take on Immigration (Story)
Feb 12, 2019
President Gibson’s Plan for Tackling Decreasing Enrollment (Story)
Feb 12, 2019
Netflix’s ‘You’ Normalizes Abusive Relationships and We Fell For It (Story)
Jan 22, 2019
Band Director Injured at NEIU Sues Over Injuries (Story)
Dec 02, 2018
Is Instagram reviving poetry or killing the genre faster? (Story)
Nov 20, 2018
NEIU receives grant for DACA podcast (Story)
Nov 20, 2018
‘The Hate U Give:’ Racial Conflict on the Big Screen (Story)
Nov 06, 2018
Should we know who you are voting for? (Story)
Oct 23, 2018
We need More Female Superheroes, leaders (Story)
Sep 25, 2018
STI Rates On The Rise, NEIU’s Student Health Services Offers Free STI/HIV Testing (Story)
Sep 25, 2018
Groovin’ with Gibson: Zumba with the President (Story)
Sep 11, 2018
Nike Just Did It: A response to Nike’s ‘Believe in Something’ Commercial (Story)
Sep 11, 2018
Free Tuition Coming to Illinois’ U of I – Urbana (Story)
Aug 30, 2018
I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: A Review (Story)
May 16, 2018
Taking the Boy out of Boy Scouts (Story)
Apr 24, 2018
A venti with a shot of racial discrimination (Story)
Apr 10, 2018
NEIU struggles to help homeless students (Story)
Mar 14, 2018
A Cry for Gun Control: U.S. Students are warned against protesting (Story)
Mar 01, 2018
Gun Safety: School Shooting Raises Questions Once Again (Story)
Feb 27, 2018
FIST: Raising awareness for formerly incarcerated students (Story)
Feb 14, 2018
Nicole F. Anderson (Media)
Feb 13, 2018
Woodward and Bernstein’s take on current events (Story)
Feb 13, 2018
Concealed Protection: Allowing People to Carry Guns (Story)
Jan 30, 2018
Sex, Privacy and Culture: ‘ The Selfie Generation’ (Story/Media)
Nov 28, 2017
Male birth control: glove it or snip it (Story)
Oct 17, 2017
Celebrities remaining silent is cowardly (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
The Hookup (Story)
Sep 26, 2017
To be or not to be Vegan? (Story)
Sep 12, 2017
DACA: Why destroy the dream? (Story)
Sep 12, 2017
From child soldier to human rights activist (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights (Story)
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