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The Courier

Content by Joash Mencias
Joash Mencias served as editor-in-chief from August 2014 to May 2015.

A shot at reinvention

May 6, 2015

To say I have learned a lot about journalism in the past few years would be an understatement. During my time as news editor and editor-in-chief at The Courier, I discovered what can’t be taught in the...

The Latino Outreach Center is located in the Student Services Center.

As Hispanic student population booms, so does involvement

May 5, 2015

As Saraliz Jimenez listened to students give their farewell speeches to their peers, she began to tear up. One by one, students moving on from College of DuPage spoke to members of the Latino Ethnic...

Joseph Collins, pictured to the left of Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton, will serve as acting interim president of the college.

Board puts Breuder on administrative leave

May 1, 2015

College of DuPage's board of trustees voted 4-3 to place President Robert Breuder on administrative leave Thursday evening. The board also appointed Joseph Collins as acting interim president. As part...

President Robert Breuder at a college event in March.

President Breuder on medical leave

April 28, 2015

College of DuPage President Robert Breuder will start an "approved medical leave" Wednesday, according to an email announcement. The college did not elaborate on who authorized the medical leave or...

COD board meeting cancelled in light of election

April 15, 2015

Correction: This article has been updated with the correct name of the spokesman quoted (April 15, 4:13 p.m.) Clarification: This article has been updated to clarify the role of the spokesman quoted...

From left to right: Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano, and Charles Bernstein

[Photo] What the ‘Clean Slate’ needs to keep in mind

April 15, 2015

From left to right: Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano, and Charles Bernstein

Board candidate Frank Napolitano at a March 24 forum.

[Photo] Candidate Questionnaire: Frank Napolitano

March 27, 2015

Board candidate Frank Napolitano at a March 24 forum.

Board candidate Claire Ball at a March 24 forum.

[Photo] Candidate Questionnaire: Claire Ball

March 27, 2015

Board candidate Claire Ball at a March 24 forum.

Board candidate Roger Kempa at a March 24 forum.

[Photo] Candidate Questionnaire: Roger Kempa

March 27, 2015

Board candidate Roger Kempa at a March 24 forum.

Board candidate Deanne Mazzochi at a March 24 forum. Mazzochi was the top vote-getter during the April 7 election.

[Photo] Our endorsements for the Board of Trustees

March 25, 2015

Board candidate Deanne Mazzochi at a March 24 forum. Mazzochi was the top vote-getter during the April 7 election.

Sally Wiarda, left, is pictured with her award and her nominator, Charlotte Mushow. Wiard was named the Woman of Distinction by CODs Studies Committee.

Founder of ‘100+ Women Who Care’ receives award

March 25, 2015

Over the course of eight years, more than 30 nonprofit organizations in DuPage County have collectively received at least $320,000, due in part to the leadership of Sally Wiarda. Wiarda, who founded...

Board candidate Kim Savage at a March 24 forum.

[Photo] Candidate Questionnaire: Kim Savage

March 25, 2015

Board candidate Kim Savage at a March 24 forum.

Board candidate Dan Bailey at a March 24 forum.

[Photo] Candidate Questionnaire: Dan Bailey

March 25, 2015

Board candidate Dan Bailey at a March 24 forum.

Board candidate Matt Gambs at a March 24 forum.

[Photo] Candidate Questionnaire: Matt Gambs

March 25, 2015

Board candidate Matt Gambs at a March 24 forum.

Photo courtesy of COD News Bureau.

Adjunct president says COD reverses decision to cancel candidate forum

March 4, 2015

College of DuPage has reversed its decision to cancel an on-campus forum for board of trustee candidates, according to the president of COD’s adjunct association. The forum, sponsored by the adjunct...

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Academy Awards: What to expect

February 20, 2015

Judging from recent telecasts, this year’s Academy Awards will sure contribute to the pop culture zeitgeist.  The culminating event of the awards season will take place Feb. 22. Here a couple of...

President Robert Breuder at the board of trustees meeting at the College of DuPage on Jan. 28, 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Breuder Speaks On His Retirement to College Staff

January 30, 2015

Speaking candidly to members of the COD community for the first time since news broke of his buyout, President Robert Breuder laid out several institutional plans during an internal meeting for college...

President Robert Breuder, as pictured above during an August 2014 interview with The Courier, is set to retire in March 2016.

Trustees agree to Breuder buyout of $762,000

January 22, 2015

College of DuPage President Robert Breuder will be seeing the end of his presidency soon. COD’s board of trustees voted 6-1 on Jan. 22 to grant Breuder a severance package to the tune of $762,000. Breuder...

Chaparral Express makes first run around campus (VIDEO)

January 20, 2015

It’s not exactly a roadrunner, but it’s transporting commuters around campus roads quickly. Dubbed the “Chaparral Express,” College of DuPage launched a shuttle service on its main campus to...

An out of order Emergency Call Box off of Park and Tallgrass at the College of DuPage on Dec. 8th, 2014.

Campus call boxes used sparingly

December 10, 2014

The emergency call boxes dotting College of DuPage’s campus can serve as a lifeline or a tool for reporting crime. However, more often than not, the boxes are used to get help finding or jump starting...

Trustees reject external audit of imprest account

December 2, 2014

College of DuPage’s board of trustees unanimously rejected an external independent audit of the school’s imprest account during their monthly meeting in November. The independent audit, which would...

Slush blankets the sidewalks at College of DuPages main campus on Nov. 24, 2014.

Uncertainty in store for winter

November 25, 2014

This article has been updated to reflect the print version of this story. Winter made an early return as unseasonable cold and snow have gripped the Chicago area over the past few weeks. However, it...

Trustee Dianne McGuire

McGuire calls out critics, mentions “assault” on Birt

November 21, 2014

In a sweeping rebuke of recent criticism from outside groups, College of DuPage Trustee Dianne McGuire called for the end of "vicious, unwarranted attacks" on the administration. During the Nov....

Counseling responds to low student satisfaction

November 19, 2014

College of DuPage’s counseling and advising office is working to boost its effectiveness in advising students, including hiring more qualified advisers. The new plan comes after a recent student satisfaction...

State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, discusses the midterm elections and LGBT politics with students during a visit on Nov. 7, 2014 at College of DuPage. Harris was the chief sponsor of Illinois’ gay marriage law.

State Rep. Harris talks LGBT politics after Republican wave

November 12, 2014

State Rep. Greg Harris said he remains unsure about Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and expressed disappointment over the recent Republican wave across the nation during a visit to College of DuPage on Nov. 7. Harris...

Students congregate in a study area at College of DuPage.

Survey says students generally like COD

November 4, 2014

Overall satisfaction among College of DuPage students is at an all-time high, according to a recent survey. Officially known as the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory Survey, the study revealed...

The entrance to the board of trustees meeting room in the Student Services Center.

[Photo] Board Wars: The Administration Strikes Back

October 21, 2014

The entrance to the board of trustees meeting room in the Student Services Center.

Staff Spotlight: Joash Mencias

Staff Spotlight: Joash Mencias

October 6, 2014

Joash Mencias, Editor-in-Chief [email protected] | @joashmencias   Quick bio:  Joash is the editor of The Courier. Joash served as news editor for the paper last year. He describes himself...

The Chaparrals exit the PE Center to head for the football field.

[Photo] Homecoming 2014 in Photos

October 2, 2014

The Chaparrals exit the PE Center to head for the football field.

Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes were offered to College of DuPage students on Sept. 16, 2014. The cupcakes were from Courageous Bakery, a cupcake shop founded by a COD alumna.

[Photo] Cupcakes for courage

September 17, 2014

Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes were offered to College of DuPage students on Sept. 16, 2014. The cupcakes were from Courageous Bakery, a cupcake shop founded by a COD alumna.

COD faculty vote no confidence in Breuder

September 18, 2014

The College of DuPage faculty association officially expressed no confidence in President Robert Breuder’s leadership. In a 189-53 vote, full-time faculty members agreed with the statement, the faculty...

Bikes line up the racks near the Student Services Center of College of DuPage.

[Photo] Pedal your way to school

September 12, 2014

Bikes line up the racks near the Student Services Center of College of DuPage.

[Video] West College Road now open

September 9, 2014

The west extension of College Road is now open for vehicles, according to facilities director Bruce Schmiedl. Officially named West College Road, the extension links parking lots adjacent to the Early...

President Robert Breuder, as pictured above during an August 2014 interview with The Courier, is set to retire in March 2016.

[Photo] Breuder responds to Hamilton, critics

September 3, 2014

President Robert Breuder, as pictured above during an August 2014 interview with The Courier, is set to retire in March 2016.

Board Chair Erin Birt, left, and Vice Chair Kathy Hamilton await the start of the College of DuPage board of trustees meeting on Aug. 21, 2014. Birt and the majority of the board voted to censure Hamilton.

[Photo] Board moves to censure Vice Chairman Hamilton

August 21, 2014

Board Chair Erin Birt, left, and Vice Chair Kathy Hamilton await the start of the College of DuPage board of trustees meeting on Aug. 21, 2014. Birt and the majority of the board voted to censure Hamilton.

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