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The Courier

Areej Khalid

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer

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Stephanie Touzalin speaks to COD students in the Health and Science Center. (Photo by Areej Khalid)

Wings and Windows: COD and Willowbrook Wildlife Center Inform Public on Bird Collisions

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer May 6, 2024

Large, tall windows are a popular trend in modern city architecture, creating rooms that feel spacious and calming. But did you know that such windows pose a serious hazard to migrating birds across the...

COD staff and students gather to collaborate during Phase III of the Water Bottle Art Project.

Unite to Upcycle: Finalized Water Bottle Art Project on Display

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer April 29, 2024

An abstract, elegant arrangement of colorful spirals adorned the cylindrical base of the upcycled fixture organized by COD Cares. Hands and plastic ribbons united at Phase III of the Water Bottle Art Project...

Students cut painted plastic water bottles into ribbons.

COD Cares Hosts Phase II of Water Bottle Art Project

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer April 22, 2024

In commemoration of Earth Day, COD Cares is preparing a ribbon-like fixture for display on campus by the COD greenhouse, except the ribbons are not made from fabric— they are made from plastic.  This...

COD students paint water bottle interiors for Phase I of the Repurpose Water Bottle Art Project.

From Unwanted to Upcycled: COD Cares Hosts Water Bottle Art Project

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer April 15, 2024

Approximately 79% of all plastic that has ever been made remains in landfills to this day. Plastic water bottles, a major pollutant, are constantly found strewn in natural habitats and dumped in the ocean,...

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Physical Books, E-Books or Audiobooks: Which is Better?

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer April 8, 2024

Consider purchasing just about any novel in the modern day and you will find it available in a variety of formats: a physical copy, a narrated audio, or a digital copy you can read from a mobile device. Do...

Chris Sancomb demonstrates his marble scuplture entitled Every star eclipsed at the same time, 34 x 26 in

Celestial Sculptures: Chris Sancomb’s Art Intersects with Science

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer March 11, 2024

We often think of art and science as remotely different disciplines. Artist and designer Chris Sancomb fuse the two harmoniously in ways that allow people to learn and interact with abstract scientific...

Demonstrators hold Palestinian flags at a Nov. 12 protest on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Ill.

Selective Sympathy Amounts to Hypocrisy

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Recently, the BBC has published two articles, one of which contains the headline “Ukraine war: Baby killed in Russian strike on Kharkiv hotel” and the other article titled “Hind Rajab, 6, found dead...

“Zelda: Ocarina of Time” Reimagined as a Manga

“Zelda: Ocarina of Time” Reimagined as a Manga

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer February 26, 2024

While looking for ideas regarding new relaxing activities to do before bed via the internet, I came across a manga adaptation of the classic video game “Zelda: Ocarina of Time” written and illustrated...

Strokes of Serenity: Art Therapy Event for Black History Month

Strokes of Serenity: Art Therapy Event for Black History Month

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

The calming piano notes and drums of experimental beat jazz music welcomed and soothed attendees who picked up brushes, gathered paint on paper plates and collectively painted on large canvases against...

Persevering to Preserve African Culture: A Celebration of Black History Month on Campus

Persevering to Preserve African Culture: A Celebration of Black History Month on Campus

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer February 12, 2024

Intricate drumming, energetic dances and messages of resilience took center stage at this year’s Black History Month Opening Celebration at COD’s Atrium in the SSC. Attendees clapped in organized patterns...

College of Dupage president Dr. Brian W. Caputo speaks during the ceremony.

Students and Faculty on Caputo’s Presidency: Perseverance-Driven Leadership

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer February 5, 2024

When COD students or faculty members are asked about President Brian Caputo’s leadership style, their answers share one aspect in common: the recollection of his evident care and compassion for the COD...

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Caputo’s Presidency in Retrospect: Prioritizing Achievement and Student Success

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer January 29, 2024

As his presidency nears its conclusion in the coming months, Brian Caputo reflects on his work as President of COD in the past five and a half years, the experiences that defined his contributions, and...

A Re-Arranged Anomaly of The “Zelda: Ocarina of Time” OST

A Re-Arranged Anomaly of The “Zelda: Ocarina of Time” OST

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer December 11, 2023

​​If you have ever played the video game “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” you likely vividly remember the memorable— and sometimes emotional— songs that accompanied you as you journeyed...

Free Speech on College Campuses and What It Entails

Free Speech on College Campuses and What It Entails

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer December 4, 2023

Students across the nation gather to raise their voices in support of peace and justice amidst the ongoing war in Palestine and Israel. However, they have faced challenges. Jewish students of Brown University...

Oxfam Hunger Banquet Simulates Starvation for COD Students

Oxfam Hunger Banquet Simulates Starvation for COD Students

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer November 20, 2023

Have you ever attended a gathering in which you were purposefully served significantly less food compared to other guests? This is exactly what occurred at College of DuPage’s Oxfam Hunger Banquet...

Entrance to COD Discussion Panel

COD Hosts Discussion Panel Informing Attendees on History of Israel and Palestine


Areej Khalid, Staff Writer November 13, 2023

College of DuPage recently hosted a faculty discussion that, according to some students who attended, fell short of expectations to elaborate on current and relevant information. The panel was entitled...

Local Hate Crimes Rise Amid International Adversity

Local Hate Crimes Rise Amid International Adversity

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer November 6, 2023

Editor's Note: This piece uses an anonymous source under the name Ester Levi. The reason the source is anonymous is for the protection of the source's well-being from personal attacks. The source's identity...

The Prevalence and Potential Dangers of AI on Campus

The Prevalence and Potential Dangers of AI on Campus

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer October 30, 2023

Be honest: have you ever visited ChatGPT, ChatSonic or a similar website to assist with your homework assignment? The capabilities of such sites surely make such consultations tempting. For over a...

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