Provost Announces Merge of COS and COEHS for Next Year

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Photo Credit: Pixabay Anna Fisher - News Editor The College of Science and the College of Education and Health Services will merge June 2021, Provost Ken Newbold announced yesterday in an email to faculty and staff. It is uncertain what this restructuring will mean for current students. The combined colleges will become and be called … Continue reading Provost Announces Merge of COS and COEHS for Next Year

Benedictine Holds its Annual Teach-In Virtually

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Anna Fisher - News Editor Benedictine University held the fifth annual Teach-In on Social Justice with the theme of Antiracism, Public Health, and the Common Good. This was the first Teach-In to be virtual and many sessions had a theme molded around the pandemic. “I was not only haunted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but what … Continue reading Benedictine Holds its Annual Teach-In Virtually

Men’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener

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Men’s Lacrosse won their first contest back after a 345-day hiatus. (Photo credit: Leanne Siewart ) Mason Sobiesk - Sports Writer The men’s lacrosse team started their season off strong with a 15-9 victory over Alma on Friday. The game was played indoors at the Canlan Sportsplex in Barrington as the recent weather conditions has … Continue reading Men’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener

Mesa Invests $2 Million In Benedictine University

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Photo Credit: azcentral.com Kaitlyn Estopare - Staff Writer The city of Mesa Arizona is increasing their investment in Benedictine University’s downtown Mesa campus by $2.15 million. With this investment the City Council of Mesa agreed to allow Benedictine to use a city-owned building for their upcoming expansion.           $1.7 million of the investment will be … Continue reading Mesa Invests $2 Million In Benedictine University

Men’s Basketball Splits with Conference Rival Aurora

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The Benedictine men's basketball team won and lost a game against conference foe Aurora University this weekend. Photo courtesy of benueagles.com Tim Folliard - Sports Editor The men’s basketball team was able to defeat Aurora on Friday, but lost on Saturday in a close game. Benedictine is now 5-2 on the year and are first … Continue reading Men’s Basketball Splits with Conference Rival Aurora

Campus Ministry Offers Free Meal Kits for Lent

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Photo Credit: BenU campus ministry Jesus Cortez - Staff Writer Campus Ministry is offering free dining services to students, staff, and faculty each Friday during Lent. While the kits are free, the spots are limited. So, sign up as soon as possible if interested. “It’s cool because you learn about another country and you get … Continue reading Campus Ministry Offers Free Meal Kits for Lent

Black History Month at BenU

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Photo Credit: nbcnews.com Sanampreet Kaur Bhullar - Staff Writer This month, we celebrate Black History and the powerful figures that have helped implement change into our society. Black History Month is celebrated annually every February. It marks a time where we can celebrate African Americans' accomplishments by recognizing the events and notable figures of the … Continue reading Black History Month at BenU

Coronavirus Vaccine: Is It Safe?

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Sowghandhi Umashankar - Guest Writer Many students are probably concerned about the safety of the COVID vaccine. This vaccine works differently than other vaccines such as the influenza vaccine. Should students get the COVID vaccine or not? The answer depends on how safe the vaccine is. Currently, the coronavirus vaccine is being given to healthcare … Continue reading Coronavirus Vaccine: Is It Safe?

Taylor Swift Re-Records Her Fearless Album

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Photo Credit: Yahoo.com Amber Syed - Scene Editor Taylor Swift announced last week, that she re-recorded and extended her 2008 album, Fearless. She released her first song “Love Story”  (Taylor’s Version) from her new album on Friday at midnight. According to the Atlantic, this new version of “Love Story” is now dedicated as a love … Continue reading Taylor Swift Re-Records Her Fearless Album

Benedictine Welcomes New Interim Police Chief

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Sajina Jacob - Staff Writer Benedictine University is happy to welcome Debra Vanderploeg as our Interim Chief of Police. Chief Vanderploeg began her career in 1994 as a community service officer in Wood Dale. She worked for a time in Glen Ellyn and attended the Police Training Institute in Champaign, and in 2002, she left … Continue reading Benedictine Welcomes New Interim Police Chief

Black Student Union Reflects on the Election

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Photo Credit: Black Student Union (BSU) Sara Molina - Staff Writer Black Student Union hosted their first ‘Hot Topics’ of the year with the topic: “Post-Election Thoughts” on February 4, via Zoom. The event allowed students to come talk and listen to others about the outcome and what it means for them.  Students expressed the … Continue reading Black Student Union Reflects on the Election

Spring Graduation Ceremony Virtual…Again

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Photo Credit: Unslpash Anna Fisher - News Editor The undergraduate and graduate Commencement Ceremonies for the Lisle and Mesa campuses will be held virtually on May 15, President Charles Gregory announced in an email last week. “From the donning of the Cap and Gown to the ceremonial tune of Pomp and Circumstance, we have all grown … Continue reading Spring Graduation Ceremony Virtual…Again

Bucs and Chiefs Square Off in Super Bowl LV

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The Chiefs beat the Buccaneers earlier this season 27-24. The Super Bowl will be Mahomes and Brady's 5th matchup of their careers. Photo Credit: USA Today Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Super Bowl Sunday is finally here. The Buccaneers are facing the Chiefs in one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. On a … Continue reading Bucs and Chiefs Square Off in Super Bowl LV

Strong Offense Leads to First Two Wins of the Year

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The Men’s Basketball Team Put up a combined 156 points in their two wins this weekend. Photo credit: benueagles.com Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Fueled by their offense, the Benedictine Men’s Basketball Team ended this weekend with two victories against Concordia Chicago. It was their first two wins of the season and the first Benedictine … Continue reading Strong Offense Leads to First Two Wins of the Year

Eagle Stop Helps Students Make More Connections

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Photo Credit: Katie Buell Kaitlyn Estopare - Staff Writer Benedictine University hosted a Virtual Eagle Stop, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, to help students connect through clubs and organizations the past two weeks. Each group hosted Zoom meetings with a welcome video for recruits. “I strongly believe that what draws others to joining … Continue reading Eagle Stop Helps Students Make More Connections

Student Loan Forgiveness: How will it Impact us?

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Photo Credit: AP Evan Vucci Jesus Cortez - Staff Writer President Joe Biden signed an executive order pushing back student loan payments to Sept.30, according to Nerdwallet. Biden has also proposed loan relief that would cancel $10,000 of student loan debt for all federal borrowers. “A $10,000 loan forgiveness would be beneficial to many students,” … Continue reading Student Loan Forgiveness: How will it Impact us?

“Instead of Goodbye, How About so Long”

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Photo Credit: Ora Media Sara Molina - Staff Writer Television host Larry King died Saturday, January 23, in Los Angeles, California, according to Ora Media. He was 87. King, born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, was the child of immigrant parents.  When he was 10, King’s father died.  This forced King’s mother to go on welfare to … Continue reading “Instead of Goodbye, How About so Long”

COVID and Snow Responsible for Cancellations

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Men's Basketball had their two most recent games canceled due to snow and COVID. The start of the women's season has been pushed back to February 5th. Tim Folliard - Sports Editor This year’s athletic seasons were expected to be full of cancelations and postponements. Both basketball teams at Benedictine have experienced these setbacks right … Continue reading COVID and Snow Responsible for Cancellations

Bears Begin Crucial Offseason

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General Manager Ryan Pace (left) and Matt Nagy (right) begin the offseason with a lot on their plates. Photo Credit: Chicago Sun Times Logan Shepard - Sports Writer Chicago, IL-This offseason is pivotal for the Chicago Bears organization. Number one on the list is looking for their next quarterback. Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears current quarterback, … Continue reading Bears Begin Crucial Offseason

Stars talk about COVID-19 Vaccine

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Photo Credit: pharmaceuticaltechnologies.com Amber Syed - Scene Editor With the COVID-19 vaccine being available since last month, many stars that we see on television have already received the vaccine. Here's a few of the people who received it and had something to say about it. President-elect Joe Biden, received his first dose of the vaccine … Continue reading Stars talk about COVID-19 Vaccine

BenU Campus Expands Testing

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Photo Credit: Benedictine University Website Kaitlyn Estopare - Staff Writer To “Protect Our Flock”, the Benedictine University expanded mandatory COVID testing, according to an email from the BenU COVID Response Team on Sunday. “Testing will include all Benedictine residents and student-athletes (commuters included) as well as select faculty and staff,” said the COVID-19 Response Team. … Continue reading BenU Campus Expands Testing

Reflection on Modern Anti-Racism

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Photo Credit: Pixabay Anna Fisher - News Editor The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Monday. The keynote speaker was community organizer LaTosha Brown whose talk focused on three evils Dr. King fought: racism, poverty, and militarism. “I appreciate Ms. Brown's honesty, in saying that we … Continue reading Reflection on Modern Anti-Racism

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Stress in Students Worsen During Pandemic

Photo Credit: Yellow Picture Studio/Getty Images Sara Molina - Staff Writer The mental health of college students has continuously been a concern.  With the introductions of COVID-19 pandemic, stress in U.S. students has increased profoundly. A survey study created and conducted in Texas A&M University researched how the pandemic has affected student’s well-being.  Among the … Continue reading Stress in Students Worsen During Pandemic

Supply Shortages at COVID Testing Sites

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Photo Credit: Jakayla Toney, Uplash Sajina Jacob - Staff Writer “I just wonder how much longer they can continue to do it.” Dr. Kathleen Beavis, a professor of pathology and the medical director for quality at the University of Chicago’s laboratories is overwhelmed by the number of individuals at COVID testing centers during this surge … Continue reading Supply Shortages at COVID Testing Sites

Fun Things to do this Winter Break

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Photo Credit: themarylhurstschoo.org Sanampreet Kaur Bhullar - Staff Writer With the Fall semester nearing the end, and finals coming up soon, many of us have already started planning out our Winter breaks. Whether your break is filled with studying, working, or simply relaxing, there’s always a need to take time off school and to focus … Continue reading Fun Things to do this Winter Break

Unwillingness to Concede, but Still Proceed

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Photo Credit: CNN Politics Kathy Karagiannis - Staff Writer While President Donald Trump’s final days are numbered in the White House, the construction process for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration is soon underway. Despite Trump’s unwillingness to concede, the transition remains in progress. “The 46th President of the United States will be sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. … Continue reading Unwillingness to Concede, but Still Proceed

NACC Uncertain About 2021 Season

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Photo Credit: naccsports.org Tim Folliard - Sports Editor Across the country, very few Division III schools have been playing basketball. Adrian College in Michigan and Trine University in Indiana are the only nearby Division III schools that have played more than one game this season. Benedictine’s conference, the NACC, has not announced anything about the … Continue reading NACC Uncertain About 2021 Season

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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