College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

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Opinion – That’s Wright: People say a lot about college, but not this.

June 13, 2019

People tell you a lot of wonderful things about college and hopefully you’ll look back on your memories and feel the same. But, it takes time to adjust and it’s more than normal to feel alone or confused...

Dreamers

House Passes American Dream and Promise Act

June 7, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, or HR 6, on Tuesday, which would provide pathways to citizenship for more than 2 million people, including Deferred Action for...

The Konmari Tidying Method

The Konmari Tidying Method

March 26, 2019

I’ve always struggled with my living space being so cluttered. Is it dirty or is stuff just everywhere? Am I a hoarder? Why am I stressed out? On one of my most recent Netflix binges, I stumbled across...

The Carters’

The Carters’ “On the Run II Tour” is an honest, moving tribute to true love

September 25, 2018

“On the Run II” is a spectacle with fireballs blazing and fireworks bursting, but Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s tour is foremost an ode to love. Since their “On the Run Tour” in 2014, the Carter family...

“Purge” series brings nothing new to tired franchise

September 20, 2018

USA’s new series “The Purge” asks the question of what would happen if all crime were legal for one night of each year. The idea seemed thought provoking in 2013, and creator James DeMonaco’s original...

Study indicates 20 percent of college students consider suicide

Study indicates 20 percent of college students consider suicide

September 12, 2018

One in five college students have experienced thoughts of suicide in the past year and nine percent have made a suicide attempt, according to a study published Thursday out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Over...

Column: Spare yourself from unnecessary drama and politics - Don't watch the NFL

Column: Spare yourself from unnecessary drama and politics – Don’t watch the NFL

August 27, 2018
All we get is Donald Trump complaining about how players kneel and then the media preying on it.
Crazy, Rich Asians

Culture and charm collide in “Crazy Rich Asians”

August 20, 2018
The film ties its commentary on culture and powerful women into a humorous, love-filled, magical two hours. The romance between Nick and Rachel feels straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and the interactions between Nick’s sweet grandmother, Ah Ma (Lisa Lu), and Rachel effectively portray palpable love and respect between family members.
Study: Buying course materials is the top financial stressor for students

Study: Buying course materials is the top financial stressor for students

July 30, 2018
Students routinely sacrifice basic needs, such as food and spending time with their family, to afford their course materials.
Study: Mixed race equals mixed stereotypes

Study: Mixed race equals mixed stereotypes

July 12, 2018
With categorization comes the potential for the application of stereotypes and prejudices. “I wondered what happens when you don’t immediately know someone’s race as is often the case for multiracial people,” Chen said.
Jay-Z, Beyonce album

Jay-Z, Beyonce album “Everything is Love” creates pure chemistry

June 21, 2018
“Everything is Love” is possibly the best display of the chemistry between Beyoncé and Jay-Z thus far. It oozes through your speakers. The personalities of both artists shine through while still complimenting each other.
2018 Montclair Film Festival - Blaze

“First Reformed” is a masterpiece of biblical proportions

June 13, 2018
“First Reformed” follows Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke), a former military officer who took the cloth after the death of his son in Iraq. He takes up his position at the titular First Reformed, a rinky-dink chapel with a claim to fame in is its alleged status as a stop on the Underground Railroad. When Toller is called upon by a young member of his congregation (Amanda Seyfried) to talk to her husband, Michael (Philip Ettinger), an environmental activist who recently got out of prison for nonviolent protest, the two have a discussion that leaves Toller in a state of existential crisis.

“Roseanne” deserved to be cancelled, and it’s not a double-standard

June 8, 2018

Much of the talk around the election seemed to argue that the reason Trump was elected was because poor white individuals felt unseen and threatened. And while there were many reasons Trump was elected,...

Give

Give “Solo” a chance: Why the Star Wars prequels are actually the best

May 31, 2018
A lot of people seem to be confused by why Disney is making prequels now; the assumptions that the movies are just a money-making scheme are cynical, if not entirely incorrect. However, I’ve found both “Rogue One” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” to be as compelling, if not more compelling than the original trio of films, and here’s why (spoiler-free, of course):
A pro-Palestine protest sparked by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continued in the lawn in front of the Cullen Performance Hall for 20 minutes after participants were escorted from the address.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley visits University of Houston campus, sparks pro-Palestine protest

May 25, 2018
Nikki Haley address at University of Houston fuels pro-Palestine student protest.
John Krasinski’s ’01 ‘A Quiet Place’ makes little noise

John Krasinski’s ’01 ‘A Quiet Place’ makes little noise

April 11, 2018
“A Quiet Place” is decent, scary fun.
‘Annihilation’ features actresses of color, but struggles with whitewashing

‘Annihilation’ features actresses of color, but struggles with whitewashing

February 20, 2018

My heart dropped when I saw the words “whitewashing” and “controversy” appear in a headline about the upcoming film “Annihilation.” I’ve been excited for the film ever since its trailer...

Why hooking up has ruined Valentine's Day for college students

Why hooking up has ruined Valentine’s Day for college students

February 15, 2018
Why casual hookups have changed the impact of Valentine's Day.
An inside look at conservative feminism

An inside look at conservative feminism

February 13, 2018

What comes to mind when you think of feminism? One might think of the Women’s March or the #MeToo movement. Another might think of fighting against the gender wage gap or for paid parental leave. What...

Why the U.S. should decriminalize drugs

Why the U.S. should decriminalize drugs

February 8, 2018
An Air Force veteran weighs-in on drug use and abuse.
White nationalists clash with Antifa at Colorado State University

White nationalists clash with Antifa at Colorado State University

February 3, 2018

White nationalists clashed with Antifa Friday night as free speech came to its head following the Charlie Kirk event at Colorado State University. The white nationalist group was, in essence, chased...

January 30, 2018

The idea of the “sophomore slump” has significance outside of the college context: An artist’s second album might not be as good as their first, star rookies lose their luster and sequels are often...

Anh-Vy Pham/Daily Bruin contributor (UWire)

Tired of bias against black beauty and fashion

January 25, 2018

I am a black girl who loves her giant box braids. Recently, I was invited to a conference for one of the largest accounting firms in the world. When I told my mom with all the excitement a second-year...

Sex education in America is lacking

Sex education in America is lacking

January 24, 2018

Teen pregnancy, abortion and HIV transmission are significantly higher in the U.S. than in any other developed country, according to Advocates for Youth. Many learn about Sexually Transmitted Infections...

Into the depths of ‘The Shape of Water’ with Guillermo del Toro

Into the depths of ‘The Shape of Water’ with Guillermo del Toro

December 14, 2017

It’s really unconventional to have two of your main characters in the film not be able to communicate with each other in a conventional way. What was the decision or the influence behind having that...

Five Years Since Sandy Hook Marks Five Years of Congressional Inaction

Five Years Since Sandy Hook Marks Five Years of Congressional Inaction

December 14, 2017

Tomorrow marks five years of mourning the loss of 27 lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It was one of the deadliest, and by far the most disturbing, school shootings in American history,...

Division and Activisim: An interview with Van Jones

Division and Activisim: An interview with Van Jones

December 13, 2017

Harvard Political Review: What inspired you to write your new novel, The Messy Truth, and what message are you hoping to get across to readers? Van Jones: The book is really tough love for both parties....

Migos

Bad and boujee: A history from Marx to Migos

December 12, 2017

When the Atlanta rap trio Migos released “Bad and Boujee,” the rambunctious lead single off of their second album, it quickly became a viral sensation. Actor Donald Glover called it the “best song,...

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes and Danai Gurira as Michonne. (Photo courtesy of Gene Page/AMC)

Walking Dead mid-season finale review

December 11, 2017

Death is constant. Death is painful. Death is cathartic. Death is and always has been a necessary aspect of “The Walking Dead.” In the latest episode, the series establishes what will go down as the...

College students say they would get flu shots if incentivized

College students say they would get flu shots if incentivized

December 8, 2017

Bethesda, Md. (December 6, 2017) – Although most college students in the U.S. (70%) believe it is important to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccine, less than half (46%) say they typically get vaccinated....

Keeping in touch with family across seas

Keeping in touch with family across seas

December 4, 2017

When I first moved back to America to attend college, I would call my family every week. Between Skype, Facebook and Snapchat, it often didn’t feel like I was missing that much, despite the thousands...

Patience: Drop this semester like a bad habit

Patience: Drop this semester like a bad habit

December 4, 2017

Another semester has come and gone, bringing us that much closer to graduating. But in the spirit of the new year, we can all stand to let go of some habits that made the semester just a little bit harder,...

Some university students fight against GOP tax plan

Some university students fight against GOP tax plan

November 25, 2017

Considering graduate school? You might need to think twice. University of Oregon graduate students may soon see their taxes doubled — and some grad students fear they won’t be able to afford finishing...

Harvard explores hookup culture

Harvard explores hookup culture

November 20, 2017

The term “hookup culture” has been used and overused in the news. It is discussed everywhere from blogs to The New York Times. Some champion the sexually liberating nature of hooking up, while others...

A look at the best new titles in video gaming's hottest month

A look at the best new titles in video gaming’s hottest month

November 16, 2017

Kicking off November like every year is “Call of Duty,” who has ditched the jet-pack filled gameplay in favor of the typical boots on the ground style from earlier entries. While the World War II time-period...

Opinion: What it now means to be Latinx in the U.S.

Opinion: What it now means to be Latinx in the U.S.

November 15, 2017

Across the United States, the Latinx community — now the largest ethnic or racial minority in the country — has grown more prominent in cultural, social and political spheres. Part of this rapid growth...

Legal case means no end in sight for NFL protests

Legal case means no end in sight for NFL protests

November 13, 2017

The saga of the NFL player protests extends further into the abyss. In the most recent development surrounding former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the resulting police brutality protests, several...

Review: Taylor Swift's

Review: Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tells unexpected story

November 12, 2017

In what may be her most deliberate album yet, Swift interweaves two stories: her fall from grace in the public eye and a complex, difficult love story. Each individual track serves as a piece of the puzzle,...

Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

November 9, 2017

Uncommonly pithy words that native English speakers struggle to pronounce, like “iktsuarpok,” are often presented to the general public as reasons for saving endangered languages. If we lose these...

Opinion: Late night TV in Trump's America

Opinion: Late night TV in Trump’s America

November 7, 2017

Every week-day since around the time Donald Trump took office, my morning routine has included watching Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers’s monologues from the night before. I load both clips on YouTube...

Why hooking up is actually pretty great

Why hooking up is actually pretty great

November 3, 2017

Hookup culture is sometimes decried for supposedly degrading those involved, especially women. Condoning casual sex might seem to reinforce the idea that a guy can sleep with whomever they want with zero...

Tired of hashtag activism on Twitter? #MeToo

Tired of hashtag activism on Twitter? #MeToo

October 26, 2017

In recent years, social media has become a haven for introverts, celebrities and internet trolls to voice their thoughts in the hope that at least one of their followers will care about what they have...

New research: Social media influences college drinking habits

New research: Social media influences college drinking habits

October 19, 2017

University of Houston psychologist Mai-Ly Steers’ goal for this research is twofold: measure how often students post about alcohol on social media and understand what the average college student thinks...

Stop ostracizing LGBT Youth

Stop ostracizing LGBT Youth

October 18, 2017

The American Library Association recently published 2016’s list of the top 10 most challenged books. Of these 10 books, the top five novels were LGBTQ-related. The explanation given for the attempted...

Catcalling is dehumanizing

Catcalling is dehumanizing

October 17, 2017

While walking to class last Thursday, I heard an unfortunately recognizable whistle familiar to so many women. Nevertheless, I kept walking — face forward, body language unflinching, gait unchanged....

Affirmative Action Could Define 2020

Affirmative Action Could Define 2020

October 16, 2017

Although the Supreme Court ruled against Fisher in 2016, the fight against affirmative action is far from over. This August, the New York Times revealed that Trump’s Justice Department plans to investigate...

Gaming Roundup: October 2017

Gaming Roundup: October 2017

October 12, 2017

“Middle-earth: Shadow of War” – Oct. 10 for PS4, Xbox One and PC Kicking off the month is a sequel to the critically-acclaimed “Shadow of Mordor,” an open-world action game set in the universe...

Was the Las Vegas shooting a terrorist attack?

Was the Las Vegas shooting a terrorist attack?

October 7, 2017

It is time to politicize the terror attack by a white man at the music festival in Las Vegas. Whiteness protects people who organize terrorist attacks from being called a terrorist and instead are called...

Testing the hypothesis of Black Lives Matter

Testing the hypothesis of Black Lives Matter

October 6, 2017

If legal equality has been met, then only social issues remain as a possible source of injustice. In contrast to law, whereby the injustice is almost literally written in stone, social issues require other...

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