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Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School- Opening Reception

September 16, 2017

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DETAILS: 4:30 – 6 p.m. Exhibition opening and reception. “Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School” 6 – 8 p.m. Panel discussion and reception. “Who fights for our schools? Organizing for Racial Equity on the West Side”   Details: The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the U...

NEIU Shuttle

August 22, 2017

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The NEIU Shuttle program returns—a connection to three Northeastern locations. Beginning the week of Aug. 29 and running through Dec. 14, the NEIU Shuttle will offer transportation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between the Main Campus, El Centro and the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, plus the Kimball B...

Problems come to light at El Centro

Problems come to light at El Centro

April 29, 2017

In the midst of budgetary restrictions and furlough programs, there was a major malfunction with the...

Shots fired near El Centro

Shots fired near El Centro

March 29, 2017

Two vehicles were involved in a traffic incident that ended with shots fired on March 14. The shoo...

Day of the Dead at El Centro

Day of the Dead at El Centro

October 26, 2016

El Centro is hosting the 2nd annual Day of the Dead celebration, Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m. in room 110. ...

A Night of Family, Fun and Folklorico

A Night of Family, Fun and Folklorico

October 21, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Ebola Outbreak in U.S. Raises many Questions

Ebola Outbreak in U.S. Raises many Questions

October 7, 2014

The Federal Government of the Unites States has dropped the ball once again. On Sept. 30, the Centers...

El Centro is Completo

El Centro is Completo

September 23, 2014

The long-awaited El Centro building became open for classes the past Saturday on Sept. 20, and will have...

Blue and Yellow Make El Centro Green

Blue and Yellow Make El Centro Green

August 22, 2014

As students eagerly await the inauguration of El Centro, The Independent took a tour of the new campus. For...

El Centro of Attention

El Centro of Attention

April 24, 2014

There’s been quite the buzz about the new El Centro building’s unique design elements and its placement along th...

Colorful Art Exhibit Opens at NEIU – El Centro

Melissa Brand, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

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              Chicago Artist Elsa Anaya brought her Andean art exhibit, “Heritage … Ethnicity” to Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) - El Centro Campus.  Interim Director of NEIU - El Centro Maria Luna-Duarte opened the reception welcoming everyone to the campus. “Inner-city youth and the students that come to El Centro don’t have the opportunity to go to the museums, so this is a good partnership that we have had with several artists throughout the years,” Luna-Duarte said. “We have had this program for about 4 years in which we invite local artists to bring their art to our campus.” Anaya, who goes by the artistic name of “Wari,” was born and raised in Peru. An avid artist since childhood, she tries to create a vivid snapshot of the Andean culture through her works.  “All my inspiration comes from the people from my country and the clothing that they wear. They wear very bright clothing because that’s their heritage,” Anaya said. “We come from the Incas. The Incas used to wear very bright colors and contrasts of colors, and that makes me inspired when I paint.” Anaya got her artistic name from her parents. “Wari is a Quechuan word that means joyful,” Anaya said. “My father used to call my mother that and now I use it in honor of my parents.”  Anaya has been drawing her whole life and does most of her work in oil pastels. “I especially try to tell a story behind it,” Anaya said. “That’s why you will find a description by each painting.” True to her Andean culture, the event also showcased authentic Peruvian food, Peruvian dancers in costumes styled after traditional clothing and exciting Andean music, as well as support and a visit from Nelson Ortiz, the Deputy Consulate General of Peru in Chicago.  The artwork will remain on exhibit in the lobby of NEIU - El Centro through Nov. 23, 2012....

ASPIRA: 42 Years Celebrating Puerto Rican Pride

Janean L. Watkins, Senior Staff Writer

August 25, 2012

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  The 47 Annual Puerto Rican Pride Parade and its accompanying activities was an open event for all Chicagoans to enjoy. Floats, musicians and vans from companies like Goya, ComEd, and Coors joined in the nearly half century-long festivities downtown in mid-June. This year marked ASPIRA’s 42nd year of participation in the annual activities. Luis Zuniga, an Academic Advisor for ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois touts the programs and opportunities for the organization’s longevity. The program aims for the group include the development of leadership and networking skills, developing a positive self-identity, and building lasting relationships among its members. “We’re about leadership through education,” said Zuniga, “…we’ve expanded to serve all minorities.” This is not necessarily a new happening with the group. ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois is an organization that has been inclusive of many Chicagoans who live on the margins of society. ASPRIA may sound familiar to Independent readers. That’s because the ASPIRA Early College High School shares the space on Pulaski Avenue with NEIU’s El Centro satellite campus. Students at that campus have a unique advantage, as they are able to interact with NEIU professors who are regularly at both campuses. Students are able to put into action what they have learned in regards to their self-identities. At this year’s parade – ASPIRA celebrated their rich Puerto Rican tradition with five floats to represent their five centers for education. “Events like these give us the opportunity to see each other during the summer months,” said Roberto Rodriguez. As a former President (2006) of the ASPIRA club at the Lincoln Park High School, Rodriguez has been an active participant in the Puerto Rican pride parade with ASPIRA for a number of years. NEIU Senior, Jacklyn Nowotnik, has been attending the festivities with ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois for a total of eight years. Nowotnik acted as Sergeant-at-Arms, Vice-President, and President of the Lincoln Park ASPIRA. “ASPIRA has been instrumental in my life. It instilled leadership skills and it’s helped me connect to my Latina identity. It allowed me to meet a group of amazing people who I talk to often.” Nowotnik said. Youth participants in the ASPIRA program are excited about upcoming prospects. ASPIRA assists high school seniors with FAFSA applications, and often – students are able to receive funding which is raised by events like their annual talent show. Many of the youth participants bubbled over in excitement about the parade. Nowotnik sums up students’ excitement for the parade and accompanying pride activities best, “We look forward to a sun tan and free stuff. It’s a good time, even though it’s hot – we have fun.”...