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Devin Oommen

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer

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In the Midst of Mental Health Month, COD Announces Controversial Counseling Changes

In the Midst of Mental Health Month, COD Announces Controversial Counseling Changes

Nick Karmia and Devin Oommen May 15, 2023

COD administrators’ plans to remove all-part time counseling staff have created an air of uncertainty during mental health month, bringing questions from faculty and counselors about whether the college...

Devin Oommen Signing off: A Farewell Note

Devin Oommen Signing off: A Farewell Note

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

  To the readers of The Courier,  After two years working for this paper, this is my goodbye.  Over the past two years I’ve had the incredible experience of reporting on stories that are relevant...

An image that illustrates the College of DuPage board of trustees meeting.

“This Won’t Be Forgotten”: Leadership Vote Divides Board of Trustees

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

Tempers flared at the most recent COD board of trustees meeting during exchanges between board members while voting for new board leadership positions. The board holds an organizational meeting annually...

Luis Medina poses for a picture with newly elected Phi Theta Kappa officers.

Luis Medina Elected PTK International Vice President

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

COD student Luis Medina won an election to be an international vice president, one of the highest officer positions in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After non-stop events and the campaign process...

A graphic that shows a student preparing to enter the cannabis industry in dupage county or beyond.

COD Enters the Growing Field of Cannabis Education

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer April 24, 2023

Starting in Fall ’23, COD students will be able to take a class that will train them to work in the cannabis industry.  “The course is going to explore the fundamentals of cannabis biology and...

Graphic showing a student with empty pockets.

Board Approves $4 Per Credit Hour In-District Tuition Increase

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer April 10, 2023

The COD Board of Trustees voted to approve a $4 per-credit-hour tuition increase for in-district students and a $20 per-credit-hour increase for out-of-state and out-of-district students in a special board...

Breaking News: Fenne and Manno Win COD Board of Trustees Election

Breaking News: Fenne and Manno Win COD Board of Trustees Election

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer April 5, 2023

Christine Fenne and Andrew Manno have won the April 4 election for two seats on the COD Board of Trustees. Fenne, the incumbent, became a board member in 2017 and will keep her board seat serving in...

Souzan Nasser speaks to COD students, staff and faculty. A slide in the background shows the text Who are Arab Americans?

Islamophobia and Its Heavy Impact on Arab American Students

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

There needs to be an institutional effort in higher education and in government to dismantle Islamaphobia and anti-Arab racism, according to Morraine Valley Community College Counselor and Professor Souzan...

A professional photo of Luis Medina

From Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President to International Officer Candidate: Luis Medina

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer March 6, 2023

COD student Luis Medina is a candidate in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s international officer election. If elected, he’ll become the second COD student to hold one of the society’s highest leadership...

Members of CODs eSports standing outside of Scrims esports center

Building a Community Through Gaming: The Story of COD eSports

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 26, 2023

Following a worldwide trend, competitive eSports has made its way to COD. As of Nov. 2022, COD eSports is recognized by the NJCAAE (National Junior College Athletic Association Esports), and since its...

An image illustrating the US Supreme Court and Congress with an image of 3 judges next to an image of a congressional building.

Sean Casten Proposes New Package of Legislation for US Democracy

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 6, 2023

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct descriptions of Casten’s proposals. With decisions on many political issues not reflecting how the majority of Americans would vote on them, Rep....

A photo of an AR-15 laying on the window of a booth at a gun range.

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick Defies New Assault Weapon Ban, Sparks Outrage

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer January 30, 2023

COD Criminal Justice Professor Theodore Darden rebuked Illinois Sheriffs’ response to the new Ilinois assault weapons ban, saying the response is out of line. Sheriffs across Illinois are facing public...

Former President Robert Breuder

COD Hopes to End Its $9 Million Legal Battle With Ex-President Breuder

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer November 13, 2022

Former COD President Robert Breuder will receive a $4 million settlement, bringing a close to a legal battle that has been ongoing between the college and the former college president since October 2015.  The...

Faculty dressed in red at the board meeting.

Admins Reject Faculty Union Contract Extension

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

Contentious negotiations are on the horizon between the COD Faculty Association and the COD administration as an offer from the union to extend its current contract was rejected by COD administration. Members...

Nancy Pelosi and Sean Casten take a photo with the roundtable panelists.

Nancy Pelosi, Sean Casten Talk To Illinois Experts About New Abortion Obstacles

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer October 24, 2022

Abortion doctors and their patients face mounting obstacles that may be about to get worse, according to healthcare providers at a roundtable hosted by U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S Rep. Sean...

What Does COD’s Student Body Look Like? Heres What The Numbers Say

What Does COD’s Student Body Look Like? Here’s What The Numbers Say

Devin Oommen and Zainab Imam October 3, 2022

COD Student Statistics Infographic by COD Orgs

The White House recently announced a plan to cancel student debt for qualified borrowers

Student Loan Forgiveness, Who Does It Impact?

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer September 12, 2022

As a student who has federal student loan debt, I felt a wave of relief come over me when I saw the announcement from President Joe Biden announcing a plan to erase up to $20,000 in federal student loan...

President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Charles Evans (right),  answers questions from CODs  assistant vice president for economic development, Joseph Cassidy

There’s A “Chance” We’ll Avoid A Recession, Says President Of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer September 11, 2022

The only way to reduce inflation is for more people to lose their jobs, said Charles Evans, president of the Chicago branch of the Federal Reserve, during recent public remarks.  When asked whether the...

Inside the human body from the Immersive Reality Lab

The Next Generation of Learning Technology Arrives At COD

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer September 4, 2022

COD’s newly constructed immersive visualization lab may be moving the college toward the future of educational technology. The lab will allow students to travel inside the human body, across the world,...

Breaking News: COD Will No Longer Require Weekly Testing For In-Person Classes

Breaking News: COD Will No Longer Require Weekly Testing For In-Person Classes

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer July 13, 2022

Proof of vaccination or weekly testing for COVID-19 is no longer required at the College of DuPage. Director of Business Services Magdalena Ogrodny sent the announcement in an email to all college staff...

College of DuPage President Brian Caputo

College Approves Contract Extension for President Caputo

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer July 3, 2022

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees approved a two-year contract renewal for President Brian Caputo. The contract extension comes with a 3% salary increase, bringing the president's annual salary to...

Sean Casten speaks to constituents at Downers Grove Public Library.

Gun Control And Inflation: Hot Topics During Downers Grove Town Hall

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer June 6, 2022

Sean Casten, House Representative for Illinois District 6, said students who want to see gun control solutions should push their senators to end the filibuster.   “If we govern ourselves in the...

A student spends time with Tia Rose

Therapy Dogs Comfort COD Students

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

As students all over campus made efforts to turn in final assignments, papers and projects all while preparing for final exams, College of DuPage hosted an event for students to de-stress. The event,on...

COD To Close Starbucks,  Reopen As We Proudly Serve Starbucks Cafe

COD To Close Starbucks, Reopen As We Proudly Serve Starbucks Cafe

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 12, 2022

Starting on May 31, coffee drinkers at COD will have to get their fix somewhere other than the popular version of Starbucks they’ve become accustomed to at the college. The announcement came in an email...

An opinion that leaked on Monday May 2 revealed a pending SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

DuPage Area Activists React To Pending Roe v. Wade Reversal

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 9, 2022

Talks of broken institutions, government involvement in womens’ ability to choose, and conversations about when a fetus is considered a human life gripped the country after a draft Supreme Court opinion...

Cinco De Mayo decorations at the Salsa, Merengue and Bachata Dance

Bailamos! Students, Faculty And Staff Learn To Salsa

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer May 2, 2022

Colorful decorations and a DJ playing Latin American music greeted students, faculty and staff walking into the SSC Atrium this past Friday night. Participants arrived to find Cinco de Mayo themed decorations...

DJ Vestus at the rap competition.

So You Think You Can Rap? These Students Did, and They Won Scholarships

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer April 25, 2022

As discussions of free speech dominate popular culture, College of DuPage students were provided an opportunity to express themselves freely through hip-hop performances with a $1,000 scholarship prize...

Rep. Bill Foster and Rep. Sean Casten present a check to 360 youth services.

Government Funding Seeks to Help Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer April 18, 2022
Congressmen earmark funding to help local non profit build homeless shelter for vulnerable youth.
Students will have to pay more for tuition starting Fall 22.

Board of Trustees Approves $2 Tuition Increase

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer April 11, 2022
The board of trustees unanimously approved a tuition increase of $2 starting Fall ‘22.
Wayne Lela hands a flyer to a student

Why COD Allows LGBTQ+ Hate Group On Campus

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer March 21, 2022
Why is COD platforming a known hate group? Manager of Student Life Chuck Steele comments.
Meditate by RelaxingMusic is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Benefits of Meditation and How You Can Start

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer March 14, 2022
Are you stressed about midterms? Learn to meditate!
SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

COD Professor Comments On SCOTUS Nominee

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer March 7, 2022
Professor of criminal and constitutional law Richard Forst comments on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
Concerned facutly

Speculated Personnel Cuts Leave COD Faculty Concerned

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 28, 2022
While COD looks for ways to decrease losses due to declining enrollment, a budget committee discussion speculating whether to cut faculty leaves many upset.
Charlie Kirk addresses his audience at the Arcada Theatre.

Charlie Kirk and Local High School Students Host Anti-Mask Rally in St. Charles

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 21, 2022
Charlie Kirk and local high school students spoke to a packed Aracadia Theatre in opposition of masks in schools.
Student volunteers

Photo Gallery: Students Help Feed Local Residents

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 14, 2022

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, six COD students volunteered at Mercy Housing in Marian Park. Mercy Housing includes families and residents who are income eligible and residents who are sixty two years and older....

Declining Enrollment Fuels Push For Tuition Increase

Declining Enrollment Fuels Push For Tuition Increase

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 13, 2022
The COD budget committee proposed a tuition increase as part of a strategy to ease losses from declining enrollment.
An Amazon driver preparing to make deliveries

Opinion: Full-Time Student, Part-Time Amazon Delivery Driver: Is It Worth It?

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer February 7, 2022
Experiences of a COD student and amazon delivery driver.
Clint Smith holds up his book How the Word Is Passed

Author Clint Smith Talks Critical Race Theory and His Book “How The Word Is Passed”

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer January 31, 2022
Author Clint Smith speaks about his experiences writing his book “How The Word Is Passed” in a virtual MLK day event.
Students need to make sure they are clear to attend in person classes

How to Check Cleared or Not Cleared Status in myAccess

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

As students prepare to return to in person classes on Feb. 7, they are only allowed to be on campus if COD’s records show they are cleared, meaning fully vaccinated, or up to date on weekly testing requirements....

Chaparral football team gathers for a group picture after winning DIII National Championship

Chaparral Football Wins NJCAA Division III Championship

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer December 6, 2021
The Chaparral football team wins first national championship; final score 29-34.
Chaparral offense lines up against the Liberty Prep Sports Academy Defense

Chaparral Football Holds Team Scoreless for Third Time this Season

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer November 8, 2021
The Chaparral football team wins vs Liberty Prep with a final score of 44-0.
Participants in the zoom event

Politicians Tell Students To Keep The Pressure On Their Elected Officials

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer October 25, 2021
Illinois and Michigan politicians encourage students to advocate for issues they care about.
Slide from Cant Stop Our Blackness presenation

Activist: Hispanic Heritage Month is Not Inclusive

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer October 18, 2021
In a Hispanic History Month event, scholar and activist Rosa Clemente speaks to anti-blackness, colorism, as well as political and cultural mis-identification.
Chaparral defense lines up against Erie

COD Football Blows Out Erie College 41-0

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer October 4, 2021
The COD Chaparral football team keeps Erie College scoreless; final score 41-0.
This photo was captured by Professor Heffern Ponicki during her time in Argentina

Professor Maureen Heffern Ponicki Emphasizes Importance of Social Connections During Hispanic Heritage Month

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer September 26, 2021
Assistant Professor of Political Science Maureen Heffern Ponicki shares findings from her time in Córdoba, Argentina emphasizing social connectivity as having a ripple effect across political, economic, and individual contexts.
Anti-Mask Protests at a Glen Ellyn Elementary School Spark Conversation at a Recent Online Event

Anti-Mask Protests at a Glen Ellyn Elementary School Spark Conversation at a Recent Online Event

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer September 20, 2021

At an event focused on police partnerships, community members bring up protests at a Glen Ellyn elementary school. Deep opposition to mask and vaccine mandates sparked conversation in an online...

Bulls Offseason Moves Have Fans Excited for the Future

Bulls Offseason Moves Have Fans Excited for the Future

Devin Oommen, Staff Writer September 6, 2021
The Chicago Bulls add five players and lose seven; noteworthy additions include Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan.
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