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The Courier

College of DuPage's Student Newspaper

The Courier

Mariyam Syed

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor

Content by Mariyam Syed
Student Masuda Moutushi and Days for Girls leaders stand by boxes of ninety-seven donation packages.

Donation Drive Against Period Poverty

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor February 26, 2024

On a busy Friday afternoon, students gathered to assemble care packages of sanitary products to donate to local pantries and shelters. The event was led by student Masuda Moutushi, who is a cybersecurity...

Phi Theta Kappa members in a  meeting, president Ty Giardano and alum Nick Karmia at front. (Photo provided by Phi Theta Kappa)

Phi Theta Kappa Success Beyond The Scholarships

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor February 19, 2024

Traveling across the country for conferences, designing campaign strategies, creating research projects, and receiving thousands of dollars in scholarships are just some of the defining experiences enjoyed...

(from left to right) COD president Brian Caputo, scholarship recipient Alexis DeAnna Collins-Harris, Elizabeth Gómez de la Casa and David Swope pose for a picture.

Scholarship Recipients Honor MLK’s Legacy

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor February 12, 2024

Soon after honoring The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during the January virtual commemoration, COD hosted the annual MLK Service and Scholarship Award event in the MAC. The event honored three...

Photo from College of DuPage Youtube channel

Trustees Contemplate Five-Dollar Tuition Increase for Fall 2024

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor January 29, 2024

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees has begun to consider an increase for the fall 2024 semester. Faculty and the trustees will be considering the best tuition raise plan over the next two months,...

Reviewing Three 2023 Bestsellers

Reviewing Three 2023 Bestsellers

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor December 11, 2023

As the year reaches its epilogue, the literary world has produced many popular new tales in the fiction genre. These three award-winning novels center Black characters and are set in captivating historic...

Protesters hold up flags and signs on Nov. 12 protests in favor of Palestine on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL.

[Photo] Free Speech on College Campuses and What It Entails

December 4, 2023

Protesters hold up flags and signs on Nov. 12 protests in favor of Palestine on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL.

Native American Heritage Month display in International Hall at COD.

Indigenous U.S. Diplomats Share Their Stories

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor December 4, 2023

Often overlooked in the sphere of U.S. politics and public service, Native American diplomats and representatives have played a central role in serving the public in the nation and abroad. To highlight...

Paralegal Portfolio Expo features ten graduating paralegal students.

Paralegal Graduates Cap Their Internships at the Semester Expo

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor November 20, 2023

An internship is an integral part of the Paralegal Studies program at the College of DuPage. Whether newly graduated high schoolers or older adults shifting to a new career path, all of the graduating...

Protestors at the March on Washington: Free Palestine carry a paper bearing names of more than 4,000 Palestinian children killed in Gaza.

National Rally in D.C. Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor November 6, 2023

Facing the White House, thousands of demonstrators urge their federal officials to endorse a ceasefire in Gaza. On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, protestors of the March on Washington: Free Palestine demonstration...

The Amityville Horror 1979 film (Photo from Wikipedia)

A Look at the Family Haunting Genre of Scary Movies

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor October 30, 2023

Gone are the days when movies about monsters and murderers have people flinching in their seats. Psychological thrillers are where it’s at these days. You can keep your lights on at night to get rid...

New Movie Screening Room Opens for Film Studies

New Movie Screening Room Opens for Film Studies

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor October 30, 2023

Students can now watch some classics at COD’s new campus theater, with 55 auditorium-style seats and a projector screen. The room is located on the BIC’s first floor and is used for film and literature...

Photo by Tina Yan

Transfer Credit Concerns Central to Discussion with Illinois Governor

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor October 23, 2023

Transfer credits and community college stigma are two challenges student spoke about during a roundtable discussion with Governor J.B. Pritzker earlier this month. The event highlighted Illinois state...

Students Fundraise for Victims of Natural Disasters

Students Fundraise for Victims of Natural Disasters

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor October 16, 2023

The atrium bustled with students as they browsed tables of fancy artwork and Arabic calligraphy, tried on colorful abayas and robes, and enjoyed boba tea and Mediterranean meals from vendors. They...

Training attendees spar with Lindsey. (Photo provided by Lindsey Daehnke)

Trauma Informed Self-Defense Training

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor October 9, 2023

A group of students assume a basic strike stance in unison, with their feet planted apart and their hands raised. They are learning how to defend themselves in a violent encounter, by aiming for target...

India Johnsons Artist Talk to photography and art students.

The Power of Community Artists

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor October 2, 2023

The starving artist is a pervasive image in a field where professionals struggle to make livable wages. This issue captures the interest of Minnesota-based artist India Johnson, who has an MFA in Book...

Bomb Threats Target Chicagoland Libraries

Bomb Threats Target Chicagoland Libraries

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor September 25, 2023

On a busy morning at the Eola Road Branch Library, library guests were browsing books and staff were conducting programs. At the second-floor reference desk was Flannery Crump, a librarian at the Eola...

Bookshelf in the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Director’s Message to Students

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor September 18, 2023

Have you ever been in a group where you felt like the odd one out? Did people ask you uncomfortable questions? When this happens in classrooms and workplaces, it can lead to real challenges, and this is...

Counseling and Advising Services office, with mental health matters sign

Faculty Burnout and Student Stress: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor September 11, 2023

Taking four classes is stressful for students, and teaching at four colleges is stressful for adjunct professors. This recurring message guided the conversation between professors, counselors and students...

Students explore Manufacturing Technology Lab at College of DuPage.

How Tradework Apprentices Thrive at the College of DuPage

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor September 4, 2023

From taking classes in the Technical Education Center’s labs to programming machinery at a local manufacturing company, many skilled trade workers thrive in the workforce through apprenticeships. Such...

Festival of the Monarch Butterfly

Festival of the Monarch Butterfly

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor August 21, 2023

Booming drums resounded through the park as dancers clad in colorful garbs performed traditional Aztec dances in front of an enthusiastic crowd. A series of performances at the event included ancient Conchero...

COD Fuel Pantry main shelf

Fuel Pantry: A Lifeline Against Food Insecurity

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor July 31, 2023

Editor’s Note: This article uses an anonymous source. The pseudonym of “Anna Morgan” is used in place of the source’s name. This has been done at the request of the individual. The reason for anonymity...

Cropped photo from the College of DuPage Instagram page.

Juneteenth and the Struggles Beyond Slavery

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor July 17, 2023

A melodic chorus of singers lit up the student atrium at the College of DuPage to celebrate Juneteenth this summer. Juneteenth commemorates the day that news of emancipation was brought to slaves in Texas...

A Guide to Starved Rock State Parks Scenic Trails

A Guide to Starved Rock State Park’s Scenic Trails

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor June 19, 2023

For many Illinoisans, Starved Rock State Park is a premier destination for a summer trip into the canyons. The large forest preserve area is known for its waterfalls, hiking trails, riverside walks and...

Gyalavantin’ by Gio Swaby at Art Institute of Chicago.

Gio Swaby’s Love Letters to Black Women at Chicago Art Institute

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor June 5, 2023

Bahamian artist Gio Swaby describes her art as woven love letters to the women in her life. These life-size tapestries feature Black women dressed in colorful clothes and striking captivating poses. Each...

Pedro Gramaxo in the prairie with students of Sculpture class. Photo by Janine Orihuela Solis

Artist Pedro Gramaxo Installs Wooden Sculpture in COD Prairie

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

An expanse of dry tallgrass sways in the prairie, interrupted by a dark, wooden structure. This art piece was temporarily installed for public viewing during the last week of April by artist and photographer,...

Autismericas 12th anniversary party in December 2022. Bobby Henry, Michael Duggan, Sheryl Ebersold, and PD Gamez stand at center. Photo provided by Autismerica

The College Experience of Students with Autism

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

Editor's Note: This story had been updated to correct information about the accommodations provided at COD and the process students may use to attain accommodations. Beginning college can be particularly...

Students at the screening event for Remember Our Names (Photo by Stacie Haen-Darden)

Youth in Detention Empowered by Theater Group

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer May 8, 2023

“Remember our names,” three voices demand in unison, before naming themselves. “Anthony, Bobby, Jamell.” Their lives are portrayed in “Remember Our Names,” the docudrama series based on...

Photos from Naperville Environment and Sustainability Taskforce YouTube channel

Teen Activists Urge Eco-Friendly Changes in Naperville and Aurora Schools

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

In many communities, teenagers lead the struggle for environmental changes. This holds true for five high schoolers from Naperville and Aurora who took to the podium to address the Indian Prairie School...

Deceased pine warbler (Photo by David Ouellette)

Saving The Lives of Local Birds

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer April 24, 2023

Taking a scenic walk in the paths behind the MAC building, students may be distressed to find injured birds lying on the ground. With its wings splayed or its head bent sideways, these delicate airborne...

Graphic by Mariyam Syed

Burdens and Bounties in the “Beautiful Country”: Book Review

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer April 17, 2023

Beautiful Country, which translates to Mei Guo in Chinese, is the name given to America for its expectations of freedom, safety and bounty for many immigrants. This is the promise that enticed the parents...

Learning Spanish with Connection and Culture

Learning Spanish with Connection and Culture

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer April 10, 2023

Navigating the subway, interviewing for a job and moving into a new home are all challenging but necessary parts of life. Imagine trying to do these tasks in a country abroad where you do not speak the...

Board of Trustee Meeting Highlights Faculty Concerns

Board of Trustee Meeting Highlights Faculty Concerns

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

Dressed in red to represent the Friends for Education 502 committee, various professors and faculty members took to the public comments podium to voice their grievances at the March 16 College of DuPage...

SAFE-T Act in Illinois Supreme Court

SAFE-T Act in Illinois Supreme Court

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

Law enforcement and legislative officials throughout Illinois will have their attention on the Illinois Supreme Court this week as more insight into the state's key piece of justice reform, the SAFE-T...

Artists of the Exhibit: Grace Cliff, Tess McBride, Alex Morgan, Angelo Mendez, Evan Benson (left to right)

“This Is A Censored Exhibition”: Art Gallery About Ohio Train Derailment

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer March 6, 2023

News footage of a fiery train wreck and paragraphs about chemical pollution covered the walls of the Wings Gallery at College of DuPage this week. A group of five artists collaborated on this exhibition...

MPTV Students Break-In to the Industry with Short Film

MPTV Students “Break-In” to the Industry with Short Film

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

Amateur filmmakers and students of MPTV 2140 are producing a short film called “Break-In” this spring. It is a sci-fi feature about a man who fears an intruder is going to break into his home and the...

Free Hugs on the Front Lines

Free Hugs on the Front Lines

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer February 20, 2023

California-based activist Ken Nwadike Jr., “The Free Hugs Guy,” uses activism to overcome trauma and bridge divides between the Black community and police officers at the front lines of protests. He...

Is AI Art Innovation or Imitation?

Is AI Art Innovation or Imitation?

Mariyam Syed and Antonio Llanos February 13, 2023

Artificial intelligence apps are now widely accessible to people. Whether it’s essays about literature or pages of coding, AI output is complex and is used in many professional fields. Haroon Atcha,...

Work-Arounds for College Textbook Expenses

Work-Arounds for College Textbook Expenses

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer January 30, 2023
A can of Red Bull, self-care kits, and coupons for food - these were all free items that showed up with my package when I ordered a textbook. It was surprisingly like a swag box and really fits the needs of the college student clientele.
Graphic by Mariyam Syed

Advice from STEM Major Alumni

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

At the STEM Club event on Dec. 1, a panel of COD alumni shared their valuable insight on what it’s really like working in STEM jobs and how their experiences in COD’s STEM clubs helped propel them...

Engineering Students Touched the Stars at NASA Competition

Engineering Students Touched the Stars at NASA Competition

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

In the NASA Kennedy Space Center, 10 students from COD’s Engineering and Technology Club tested out a lunar rover that can mine into the moon’s surface. They built it themselves from scratch and won...

Students Lead Social Change in Africa

Students Lead Social Change in Africa

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer November 21, 2022

Balancing the duties of being a college student and the leader of a social movement has been a challenge for African activists. Over the course of two virtual meetings, South African and Zimbabwean students...

“Gift of Giving” Volunteer Season Starts at COD

“Gift of Giving” Volunteer Season Starts at COD

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer November 14, 2022
Continuing through the month, COD Cares has partnered with 16 social service and donation agencies from across DuPage County for the 2022 Gift of Giving program. To participate, students need to form volunteer teams with classmates, friends and family members. Then they view the donation gift wishlists of their chosen agency. These items can be put in designated locations called Drop Gnomes around campus or delivered directly to the agencies by Dec. 9. 
Our Clothes - From Closets to Landfills

Our Clothes – From Closets to Landfills

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer November 7, 2022

On display is a delicate white dress patterned with blocks of red text, “No Thank You” written over and over. A similar dress has colorful organza flowers down one side. This dress is made of plastic...

Policies on the Midterm Ballot

Policies on the Midterm Ballot

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

Lynn LaPlante, DuPage County Board District 4 member, reminds voters to pay attention to pending legislation, because it can have a county-wide effect. This is also related to the work the County Board...

Eric Willoughby talks to Saba Haider, a candidate for DuPage County Board.
(Photo by Mariyam Syed)

Youth at the Front Lines of The Elections

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

As the finale of the midterm election draws closer, DuPage County youths have been just as involved as the candidates. They are working hard to educate voters, participate civically, and make sure their...

Candidate and citizens at DuPage Voter Expo.

DuPage Leads the Nation with New Voting Systems

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer October 24, 2022

The November 2022 election in DuPage County will be more accessible and efficient than ever before, thanks to two new major changes to how people cast their ballots. Candidates and community members at...

Provost Plans for Students Academic Success

Provost Plans for Students’ Academic Success

Mariyam Syed, Staff Writer October 17, 2022

A member of the provost’s Completion Committee, Dr. Mark Curtis-Chavez, presented the provost’s data report on COD student’s academic completion rates, during the Oct. 13 meeting on-campus. 53% of...

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