Disappointing Bears Continue Downward Spiral

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Preston Smith throws up deuces in the endzone after scoring to put the Packers up 27-3. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune) Tim Folliard - Sports Editor After starting the season with a record of 5-1, the Bears have gone 2020 mode and have lost the last five games. The most recent 16-point loss to the Packers especially … Continue reading Disappointing Bears Continue Downward Spiral

The Other Side of the Coin: BU Professors Discuss Their Struggles with Online Learning

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Photo Credit: almanacnews.com Syeda Saberi - News Editor The switch from in person learning to online learning has taken a toll on students and faculty alike. While several students have voiced their concerns with tuition charges and altered learning experiences, faculty have also had their share of hurdles. Students have been frustrated with the workload … Continue reading The Other Side of the Coin: BU Professors Discuss Their Struggles with Online Learning

Residents and Reservations: The Semester in Review

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Photo Credit: ben.edu Anna Fisher – Staff Writer The second-floor library is a quiet study space now. The practice rooms in Scholl play John Cage’s 4’ 33’ on repeat. The change to virtual space has meant changes in experience, and some students have concerns about what this semester has brought.  “I get very upset about … Continue reading Residents and Reservations: The Semester in Review

Why is Tuition the Same When Classes are Online?

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Anna Fisher – Staff Writer This semester is marked by change: virtual classes, distanced athletics, frequent reminders to wear masks. However, tuition, housing, and course fees have not changed. Students may wonder why these charges are the same as last fall when the traditional college experience has been altered. “I don’t think it’s fair, because … Continue reading Why is Tuition the Same When Classes are Online?

Hurricanes Add More Damage to Central America

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Photo Credit: Delmar Martinez Sara Molina - Staff Writer Two weeks after Hurricane Eta, category 5 Hurricane Iota landed in Central America Nov. 16 causing more damage to those already affected. Over 40 deaths have been confirmed in Nicaragua, where Hurricane Iota made landfall, with more than 400,000 people effected by the storm and in … Continue reading Hurricanes Add More Damage to Central America

New COVID Tests Reveal Better Results

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Photo Credit: AP News Amber Syed - Scene Editor Just about 2 weeks ago, Pfizer announced their vaccine proved to be over 90% effective with 2 doses. Moderna announced last Monday, November 16th, that they created a two-dose vaccine that tested to be almost 95% effective. According to the New York Times, Moderna only released … Continue reading New COVID Tests Reveal Better Results

Holiday Season Restrictions Underway

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Photo Credit: Fox Lake, IL - Official Website Kathy Karagiannis - Staff Writer As the holiday season soon approaches, cases continue to arise throughout all of Illinois as the anticipated resurgence heads nationwide. Due to the newly effective mitigations upon us, typical holiday festivities celebrated need to be done differently this year. Illinois Governor J.B … Continue reading Holiday Season Restrictions Underway

Rivera Hired as Men’s Track & Field Coach

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Gabe Rivera will now coach the men's track & field team. He started his coaching career at College of Dupage and UIC. Photo Credit: benueagles.com Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Gabe Rivera has been hired as the new men’s track & field head coach. Rivera returns to Illinois from sunny southern California, where he was … Continue reading Rivera Hired as Men’s Track & Field Coach

COVID-19 Getting the Best of College Football

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Alabama had their game last Saturday against LSU cancelled due to COVID-19. It was one of the many games to be cancelled so far this season. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Kevin Gallagher - Sports Writer College football programs are struggling to keep the virus from affecting their season.  Many teams have had games … Continue reading COVID-19 Getting the Best of College Football

Eagles Hire Two New Coaches

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Jordan Atkins (left) and Zontavius Johnson (right) are the new head coaches for Benedictine XC and Track and Field. Photo Credit: benueagles.com Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Jordan Atkins and Zontavius Johnson have both recently been named head coaches here at Benedictine. Atkins will be coaching men’s and women’s cross country and Johnson will be … Continue reading Eagles Hire Two New Coaches

Will There Be a Vaccine Soon?

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Photo Credit: washingtonpost.com Amber Syed - Scene Editor Pfizer and BioNtech announced, earlier this week, that they found their vaccine to be over 90% effective in phase 3.  Their study includes 43,538 participants, of which 43% have diverse backgrounds. Ater comparing the participants who received the placebo compared to participants who received the second dose … Continue reading Will There Be a Vaccine Soon?

Political Satire: Where Do We Draw The Line?

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Photo Credit: Roselle D. Quiao Kathy Karagiannis - Staff Writer Film and television commonly illustrate many historical and political content into context. Whether left-wing or right-wing, the variety of news outlets cater to both sides. While nightly news and publications aim for a more-so stern outlook, late-night shows deliver the reality of American politics with … Continue reading Political Satire: Where Do We Draw The Line?

Weekly COVID Tests for Athletes and Residents Begin

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Anna Fisher - Staff Writer Benedictine residents and student athletes are now tested for COVID weekly on Thursday mornings in Rice after a procedural change to the “Protect Our Flock” initiative that began Oct. 26. The University partnered with Loop Medical Center for nasal swab tests. The self-administered surveillance tests are free, covered by students’ … Continue reading Weekly COVID Tests for Athletes and Residents Begin

Post-Election Violence Threat Looms Over the U.S.

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Photo Credit: Pawel Janiak Sajina Jacobs - Staff Writer With the election happening, there are an increasing number of people worrying for their safety. Messages containing threats of murder and rioting have been spreading across all media platforms. Cities are preparing for protests, civil unrest, and other acts of violence regardless of the election’s outcome, … Continue reading Post-Election Violence Threat Looms Over the U.S.

Make or Break: Third-Party Voters

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Photo Credit: Roman Voytko Barr Kathy Karagiannis - News Writer With the 2020 Presidential Election soon underway, the stakes are high and tensions are rising. The Washington Post exclaimed early-voting numbers have hit a record high with more than 60 percent of voters either sending in mail ballot or attending in-person polls. While some voters … Continue reading Make or Break: Third-Party Voters

Professional Sports Encourage America to Vote

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The NFL and NBA have been raising awareness for Americans to get out and vote in this year's election. Photo Pool Credit:Pool Photo/USA Today, Tommy Ljugbald/KC Star, Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images, Garrett Ellwood/NBAE, NFL.com/votes Tim Folliard - Sports Editor This Presidential Election has grabbed almost every part of American life and sports are included in … Continue reading Professional Sports Encourage America to Vote

Graduated Income Tax and Fair Tax: What Does it Mean?

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Photo Credit: Olga DeLawrence Sajina Jacobs - News Writer Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed changes to Illinois’ tax code, promoting a constitutional amendment to allow a graduated-rate income tax and proposing a new rate and bracket structure, according to Taxfoundation.org. Graduated income tax is a flat tax rate regardless of how much money you … Continue reading Graduated Income Tax and Fair Tax: What Does it Mean?

Election Day: What’s on the Ballot?

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Photo Credit: yesmagazine.org Sara Molina - News Writer The Presidential Election is this Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.  Voters will need to know how to fill out the ballot for their respective county and vote for who they believe best fits each individual position. The DuPage ballot includes 9 categories with 14 sub-categories: -Federal, for President and … Continue reading Election Day: What’s on the Ballot?

Why Vote? 4 Common Excuses and Rebuttals

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Photo Credit: Josh Fisher Esq. Anna Fisher - News/Perspectives Writer Don’t let the mire of politics or shoddy excuses keep you from voting. Below are some of the most common reasons students won’t vote and some reasons to reach beyond excuses. Confusion Perhaps you’re confused: you don’t know how and where to vote. You don’t … Continue reading Why Vote? 4 Common Excuses and Rebuttals

BenU Athletics Handle Growing COVID-19 Cases

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Photo Credit: ben.edu Anna Fisher - News Writer At least twelve Benedictine Athletes have tested positive for coronavirus since the start of the semester. But the University is working to prevent and hinder the spread of the virus, while enabling athletes to practice. Three baseball students tested positive for the virus, quarantining Ondrak residents earlier … Continue reading BenU Athletics Handle Growing COVID-19 Cases

Time to Bring Awareness to Domestic Abuse

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Photo Credit: Courtesy Graphic Sara Molina - News Writer In 2019’s Annual Security Report, Benedictine reported multiple sexual assaults, including rape and forcible fondling over the last few years and another series of reports against the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA. Domestic Abuse Awareness Month is in October.  This is a month dedicated to the … Continue reading Time to Bring Awareness to Domestic Abuse

Women’s Basketball and Soccer Acquire New Head Coaches

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Katie Berkopec (left) and Abby Hengesback (right) are entering their first season as head coach. Photo Credit: benueagles.com Tim Folliard - Sports Editor When the 2021 athletic season begins, there will be new head coaches on the sidelines. Abby Hengesbach is taking over the women’s basketball team and Katie Berkopec is the new head coach … Continue reading Women’s Basketball and Soccer Acquire New Head Coaches

How has COVID-19 Affected Students and Faculty?

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Photo Credit: ben.edu Kaitlyn Estopare - News Writer COVID-19 has affected many people and communities across the world. Issues such as the economy falling, unemployment due to closures, or shortages of cleaning supplies, one of the more strenuous issues is within schools. Although Benedictine University is taking big strides to provide a safe school year, … Continue reading How has COVID-19 Affected Students and Faculty?

Benedictine Alumna Speaks on New District 202 Hybrid Learning Model

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Photo Credit: Nicole Jeffrey Kathy Karagiannis - News Writer Plainfield School District 202 announced students will return to in-person learning starting late October 2020-January 2021. Teachers are working efficiently to ensure the safety of all their students’ return back to the classroom. Benedictine University alumna, and Plainfield Central High School physics teacher, Nicole Jeffrey expresses … Continue reading Benedictine Alumna Speaks on New District 202 Hybrid Learning Model

ACE Center – BenU’s Hidden Gem

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Photo Credit: Unsplash Sajina Jacobs - News Writer The Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) is an invaluable tool for Benedictine students. They are dedicated to helping provide necessary accommodations to students with disabilities and the student body as a whole by providing career workshops, tutoring, and other study skills courses. Even now with most … Continue reading ACE Center – BenU’s Hidden Gem

Bears Set to Square Off Against the Panthers

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Nick Foles led the Bears to a 20-19 win agaisnt the Buccaneers. Photo Credit: USA Today Logan Shepard - Sports Writer After a huge win against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, the 4-1 Bears head to Charlotte to play the 3-2 Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are coming off a seven-point win against the Atlanta Falcons. … Continue reading Bears Set to Square Off Against the Panthers

Drive Thru Haunted Houses – New Way to Scare

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Photo Credit: timeout.com Amber Syed - Scene Editor Most people have all thought haunted houses would be impossible to have this year but fortunately haunted houses and drive thru haunted houses will be open this year. Some of the haunted houses from last year will still be open this year with proper safety precautions. 13th … Continue reading Drive Thru Haunted Houses – New Way to Scare