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Trumpet Fantasies:

Trumpet Fantasies:

March 15, 2016

The quirky styles of original brass arrangements highlighted the latest edition of the Jewel Box Series...

NEST Student Housing Ahead of Schedule

NEST Student Housing Ahead of Schedule

March 15, 2016

NEIU’s first student residence hall, the Nest, which is planned to open in August 2016, is ahead of...

Was Lech Walesa a Paid Communist Informant?

Was Lech Walesa a Paid Communist Informant?

March 15, 2016

WARSAW, Poland—Protests sparked by broken trust occurred outside the Polish Consulate on Feb. 28 after...

The Poll Booths are Coming

The Poll Booths are Coming

October 21, 2014

If you don’t know who the judicial candidates are for the upcoming election in November, now is the...

State of the University Address

State of the University Address

October 7, 2014

Each year, NEIU President Sharon Hahs addresses students, faculty, and administration with the state...

NEIU May Get its first Doctoral Program

NEIU May Get its first Doctoral Program

October 7, 2014

While still in a developmental stage, there are early plans to start a doctoral curriculum at NEIU. The College of Education has sent plans to the Board of...

NEIU’s Highs and Lows

NEIU’s Highs and Lows

September 23, 2014

NEIU has been for a long time recognized as a diverse school through informal dialogue amongst its students and faculty, though it is now officially claimed as one of the most ethnically diverse sch...

Man on the Street

Man on the Street

September 23, 2014

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NEIU Boxing Gets Slugged

George H. Borawski, Visual Media Editor

December 6, 2012

Fans expected better performance and behavior from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) athletes. On Friday November 16, NEIU hosted a men's and women's boxing event. NEIU only won two bouts, and most fights were unspectacular. There were no knock outs, and six fights went to decision.  After one fight was called early,...

Zombies Overrun NEIU For Charity

Lauren Gugwar

November 14, 2012

Photo by Lauren Gugwar A Dia de los Muertos altar full of ofrendas( offerings) to the deceased Photo by Esmeralda Guerrero NEIU students with face paint depicting traditional sugar skulls given out on the Day of the Dead Photo by Lauren Gugwar In celebration of Halloween and El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) the Student Alliance for Leadership and Education (SALE), a Latino-based organization from El Centro hosted their 1st Annual Zombie Trail. The zombie event combined elements from modern zombie-horror films, live music, Halloween treats and decorationsfrom El Día de los Muertos. Among the festive decorations, there were also many zombie-themed aspects. Fake severed limbs and blood were scattered and splattered around the library and Student Union. Fake propane tanks and barrels with the words “BIOHAZARD” written on them were placed around the campus as well. Students who played as zombies were given fake eyeballs to make their faces look more scary and gruesome.  The zombies hid in the shadows and chased a living team as they [the team] ran and collected supplies at several checkpoints. The real purpose behind the SALE’s Zombie Trail was to raise funds or toys for the children of the Hermosa Community for the upcoming holidays. “We wanted to start earlier than Decemberso we decided to start in October,” said Esmeralda Guerrero, event organizer, leader and SALE Advisor. “With the event taking place within a week of the Day of the Dead and Halloween, we decided to use that opportunity to educate people about El Día de los Muertos traditions, while still enjoying their own Halloween customs,” said Guerreo. El Día de los Muertos is a celebration that originated from Mexico and it is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families from Oct. 31 until Nov. 2. Despite its Mexican origin, this holiday is celebrated in various parts of Central America and around the world, each region with its own twist. El Día de los Muertos is a day that celebrates, remembers and prepares special foods in honor of those who have passed. These foods vary from sweet bread baked in the shape of skulls (pan de muertas), and colorful candy skulls/sugar skulls (calaveras de dulce). If the person that passed was a relative or was well known by the individual, then the family members and friends bring that loved one’s favorite fruit or prepare their favorite desert instead. Families celebrate by placing offerings on altars (ofrendas) dedicated to their loved ones. These offerings include treats, marigold flowers, skeletons and skulls (calavers and pardes), tissue paper that was cut into festive designs (papel picado), and most importantly, a photo of the long departed loved one. The Zombie Trail was SALE’s first  time hosting the zombie  themed event and considering how popular the bands, the food and how many people signed up, it’s safe to say that next year’s will be much grander. This year the Student Alliance for Leadership and Education fundraised $343.35 and collected three toys....

President Steinberg’s final address to the university

Duncan Macnab, Writer

September 26, 2006

"We learn from you as you will learn from us," opened University President Salme Steinberg in her final address to Northeastern's community. In her speech, she summarized what she has accomplished in her 12-year stay as president. Her speech focused on the accomplishments of the Jewel Box series and the Presidential Lecture...

First look at who might replace President Steinberg

Tom Robb, Editor in Cheif

September 26, 2006

Dr. Sharon Hahs, the first of two candidates being considered to replace outgoing President Salme Steinberg, visited all of Northeastern's campuses to meet with groups of faculty, administrators and union officials. A public meeting was held last Thursday in the auditorium. Hahs is currently director of special projects and...

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