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

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

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

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

Presidential Debate: Worse Than We Thought

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Photo Credit: CNN.com Sara Molina - News Writer The first presidential debate of 2020 took place on Tuesday September 29.  The debate was held in Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  Candidates included Republican Donald Trump, Democratic Joe Biden, with moderator Chris Wallace. The presidential debate can only be described as painful and chaotic according … Continue reading Presidential Debate: Worse Than We Thought

WHO to Host Mental Health Advocacy Event

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Photo Credit: Dan Meyers/Unsplash Anna Fisher - News Writer The World Health Organization (WHO) will host their first online global advocacy event for World Mental Health Day October 10. Anyone can tune in through WHO’s Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, TikTok, or LinkedIn channels starting at 9 am CST. The three-hour event will bring in mental health … Continue reading WHO to Host Mental Health Advocacy Event

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

Blind Justice: Breonna Taylor Shooting Indictment

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Photo Credit: Derek Kouyoumjian - digboston.com Kathy Karagiannis - News Writer Louisville, KY- Moments after the Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against two of the Louisville police for the death of Breonna Taylor, protestors then took the streets Wednesday night. Many activists expressed their continued anger over the killings of several Black lives taken … Continue reading Blind Justice: Breonna Taylor Shooting Indictment

Student-Athletes and Mental Health

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Athletes are raising awareness for mental health. Photo Credit: ToledoLibrary.org Tim Folliard - Sports Editor There is a wave of athletes speaking out about mental health. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made headlines for talking about his mental health struggles that he has recently faced. His struggles stemmed from his mother’s fight with cancer and … Continue reading Student-Athletes and Mental Health

#BoycottMulan Sparks an Uprising

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Photo Credit: John MacDougall - Getty Images Sajina Jacobs - News Writer "Boycott Mulan," has been trending on several social media platforms according to Instagram and Twitter, but many users are unaware of its origins. The hashtag arose from the Pro-Hong Kong Police beliefs of the movie's lead, Liu Yifei, to controversial decisions Disney made; … Continue reading #BoycottMulan Sparks an Uprising

Internet Outages Throughout the U.S.

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Photo Credit: abc.net.au Sanampreet Kaur Bhullar - Perspectives Writer Internet outages by leading internet service providers, such as Xfinity and AT&T, have been reported these past few weeks. With a majority of individuals at home, the means to stay connected and informed has turned digital, but as a result, outages have become increasingly common.  In … Continue reading Internet Outages Throughout the U.S.

Notorious RBG – A Fight of a Life

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Photo Credit: Steve Petteway Sara Molina - Perspectives Writer Crowds gathered around the Supreme Court this weekend in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her passing from pancreatic cancer on Friday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Notorious RBG, has served on the Supreme court for 27 years and during that time has fought for gender … Continue reading Notorious RBG – A Fight of a Life

Hispanic Heritage Week

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Photo Credit: springfielddowntown.com Anna Fisher - News Writer The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) hosted 4 virtual events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage last week. To adapt to current structures, the events were “pure Zoom,” as stated by ALAS President Jennifer Castañeda.   On Sept. 16, ALAS and the Black Student Union hosted Dr. Vanessa … Continue reading Hispanic Heritage Week

Rising Covid-19 Cases on Illinois College Campuses

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Photo Credit: Daily Nonpareil - Getty Images Syeda Saberi - News Editor Illinois health officials reported nearly 1,360 new Covid cases bringing the total statewide Covid count to 277,266. University campuses in Illinois are seeing a similar trend as more students are testing positive for Covid-19 since returning to campus. The University of Illinois in … Continue reading Rising Covid-19 Cases on Illinois College Campuses

Candor Clips – What’s Going on out West?

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Syeda Saberi - News Editor Photo Credit: Eric Risberg - Associated Press West Coast Wildfires West coast wildfire season has started and states like Oregon, Idaho, California and Washington are covered in thick smoke and orange skies. Health officials at NOAA’s National Weather Service have labeled this as a critical and elevated risk and warn … Continue reading Candor Clips – What’s Going on out West?

Adapting to the Changes Around Us

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Sanampreet Kaur Bhullar - News Writer Photo Credit: chicago.comcast.com We have all lived under the global pandemic for most of this year and continue to face the harsh realities and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. At this moment, we cannot control or predict the spread of the virus. Each event cancelled or rescheduled is a loss of … Continue reading Adapting to the Changes Around Us

Bears Claw Back to Beat the Lions

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Logan Shepard - Sports Writer The Chicago Bears started the season off with a 27-23 win against the Detroit Lions. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky led the comeback as he threw three touchdown passes in the final quarter. After a disappointing 8-8 season, the Bears acquired Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars. This move gave Trubisky … Continue reading Bears Claw Back to Beat the Lions

Ties to Slavery Leads to Statue Removal

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Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Photo Credit: Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald DUBUQUE, IA - Loras College has removed a statue of its founder, Bishop Mathias Loras, after new research confirmed that he was a slave owner. Bishop Loras owned a slave from 1836 to 1852. The slave, Marie Louise, was purchased in Mobile, Alabama. Bishop … Continue reading Ties to Slavery Leads to Statue Removal

Kardashians Canceled After 20 Seasons

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Amber Syed - Scene Editor Photo Credit: U.S.sun.com Keeping Up with the Kardashians announced their last season will air in 2021. Their 20th season will air 14 years after their first episode. Kim Kardasian posted a throwback photo on her Instagram captioning it “Our last season will air early next year in 2021." She also … Continue reading Kardashians Canceled After 20 Seasons

COVID-19 case on campus, resident

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The follow is an email sent Wednesday, Sept. 9 from the university: -------------- All, The welfare and safety of our community during this time is Benedictine University’s primary concern. We are writing to inform you of a recent development related to COVID-19. The University has consulted with local public health officials, reviewed recommendations from the CDC … Continue reading COVID-19 case on campus, resident

New Dining Experience on Campus

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BenUeats photo wall. Left to Right: Jen Manola, Director of Dining Services and Blake Masterson, Sous Chef. Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Estopare Kaitlyn Estopare - News Writer The Benedictine University dining services have been modified over the summer to provide a fun, vibrant and safe way to dine. In order to create a safer dining experience, … Continue reading New Dining Experience on Campus

Gigi Hadid’s Pregnancy Update

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Gigi Hadid's pregnancy photoshoot. Photo Credit: cosmopolitan.com Amber Syed - Scene Perspective One of the biggest announcements in the world of modeling and fashion during quarantine had to be Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announcing their first pregnancy. They both have been keeping the pregnancy on the quiet side, but since their announcement everyone has … Continue reading Gigi Hadid’s Pregnancy Update

Everything You Need to Know About the new BenU Model

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Photo Credit: ben.edu Syeda Saberi - News Editor Benedictine University welcomed Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr., Ph.D. as the new provost as of May 2020 and has been communicating with students and faculty over the past few months  to introduce the new teaching models, which provides guidelines on how the Fall 2020 semester will work amidst … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the new BenU Model

Kenosha Shootings Spark More Debates on Racism by Authorities

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Photo Credit: adn.com Syeda Saberi - News Editor The shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin this past Sunday sparked an outburst of BLM protests in the area. Blake who remains paralyzed but is out of critical condition was shot 7 times in the back by officers as he was reaching into his vehicle. State … Continue reading Kenosha Shootings Spark More Debates on Racism by Authorities

Sports Pushed Back to 2021

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Photo Credit: benueagles.com Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Benedictine Athletics announced that all events scheduled until December 31 would be postponed until 2021. The announcement comes after the NACC and many other Division III conferences making the same decision. The sports that have had competitions postponed include: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track & … Continue reading Sports Pushed Back to 2021