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The Courier

College of DuPage's Student Newspaper

The Courier

Mariyam Syed

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor

Content by Mariyam Syed
Cicada Photos by the Morton Arboretum. HSC Greenhouse Photo by Mariyam Syed.

Summer of the Cicadas

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor June 3, 2024

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to correct the brood's periodic emergence years, locations, and the name of the Hemiptera true bug order. Open your window on a dry summer day, and you’ll...

Students lead educational event about divestment and cease-fire resolutions.

Students Begin Israel Divestment Initiative at COD

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor May 13, 2024

Following the growth of Israel divestment initiatives in universities across the world, COD students have begun grassroots actions to confront COD’s investments. Omer Mohsin, who is a political science...

Veronica Williams Halls presentation titled Love Beyond Bias at COD.

Veronica Speaks: From Forensics Member to Public Speaker

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor May 6, 2024

Through changing majors and competing in national Forensics Tournaments, COD alum and current Financial Aid staff member, Veronica Williams Hall, has gained unique experiences she hopes will inspire current...

Students at Graffit Workshop for 2024 Hip-Hop Summit

Cultivating Creativity Through Graffiti

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor April 29, 2024

With the low rhythm of 1990s rap in the background, students colored unique works of art with ink markers on small canvases as part of COD’s fourth annual hip-hop summit. Devin Chambers, a COD counselor...

Book cover of Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder In My Country by Patricia Evangelista

“Some People Need Killing” Review: A Filipino Journalist’s Call For Justice

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor April 15, 2024

Between the 339 pages of bloody shootings and drug-addicted families in “Some People Need Killing,” there is also a light of hope in the narration presented by the traumatized but brave author, Patricia...

From COD YouTube channel.

Eight Dollar Tuition Increase Set For Fall 2024 Semester

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor April 8, 2024

Students registering for their fall courses at College of DuPage will have to reach deeper into their pockets following a decision to raise tuition for a third straight academic year. College administrators...

COD Votes officers Shahid Khatib and Emily Kesler table with League of Women Voters

Young Voter Advocacy Rises Ahead of Primaries

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor March 18, 2024

As the last days for primary elections draw close on Tuesday, March 19, the students of COD Votes are busy at work increasing voter engagement efforts. This year’s presidential election will be the first...

How Do Your SLC Candidates Plan to Solve Campus Issues?

How Do Your SLC Candidates Plan to Solve Campus Issues?

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor March 11, 2024

Student Leadership Council (SLC) elections are coming up soon. On March 13 and 14, voting will be open for COD students to pick their new SLC officers and the next student trustee. Brokering a sustainable...

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

[Photo] Selective Sympathy Amounts to Hypocrisy

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

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

Early voting site in DuPage County in February 2024.

Ranked Choice Voting: A Fix For the Two-Party Voting Trap

Mariyam Syed, Managing Editor March 4, 2024
As early voting for the presidential primary elections in DuPage County happens from March 4 to March 18, voter advocacy groups like FairVote Illinois are also working for voting system reform they feel will increase voter engagement and make the voting system more fair. FairVote Illinois is a non-partisan organization whose objective is to implement rank-choice voting on Illinois ballots for all state and federal elections as well as presidential primaries. They often host informative tables at civic engagement events and college campuses, including COD. Ranked choice voting is a system used in elections with multiple candidates, in which voters can rank their most to least preferred candidates on the ballot.
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

Areej Khalid, Staff Writer 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...

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