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Content by Vandy Manyeh
Houston Rockets James Harden

James Harden deserves the most prestigious individual award in basketball

April 16, 2019

James Harden, the Houston Rockets’ fiery player, deserves the 2019 NBA MVP Award. In New York, he went into Madison Square Garden and scored 29 points in three quarters. With 1:30 remaining in the...

CODs Diversity and Inclusion Manager David Swope

Column: Five semesters of covering diversity and inclusion initiatives at COD

May 15, 2018

College of DuPage (COD) is a community college that attracts students from diverse backgrounds every year. To improve the cultural environment for all students, COD, through Student Affairs, established...

Michael Rivera during his the presentation of his architectural model

Architecture student creates a model for an ‘open-space’ in Chicago

May 15, 2018

Michael Rivera hopes to keep his family's rich history in architecture intact. His grandfather worked in the construction management industry. His mother creates aesthetically pleasing spaces as an...

News Editor Vandy Manyeh

I’m going to miss to ‘The College of Dreams’

May 15, 2018

For two-and-a-half years, I've had to live thousands of miles away from my parents and friends. After finding a new family here at College of DuPage (COD), I am about to say goodbye to a group of people...

Criminal Justice Professor Stacie Haen-Darden , IYC-Warrenville Superintendent Judith Davis, Storycatcher Theater Founder Meade Palidofsky along with artist who helped students with the performance

Incarcerated offenders perform ‘storycatchers’ at COD

May 8, 2018

There are no words to describe the performance of "More than a number" by 13 young offenders from the Illinois Youth Center-Warrenville. One of the verses in the performance says: "I'm 17 with so many...

CODs early childhood center

Rondeau outlines a plan for Beem Building

May 8, 2018

A six-year decline in enrollment coupled with an increase in operational cost forced trustees to vote in favor of a plan to shut down College of DuPage's Early Childhood Center. Ever wonder what is...

Engineering student Jessica Halder

Q+A: Engineering student Jessica Halder talks about her time at COD

May 1, 2018

Jessica Halder is the president of the BioTech Club at College of DuPage. The engineering major is headed to the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign this fall to continue her studies. She spoke to...

District Judge Tan Ikram spoke to a packed crowd in the Health Science Center about the potential impact a political change like Brexit could have on the United Kingdoms legal system

Deputy senior district judge of England and Wales talks about law, justice and diversity at COD

May 1, 2018

Immigration took center stage in the United Kingdom’s political discourse when citizens voted to the leave the European Union in 2016. At a global education event hosted by College of DuPage on April...

Ted Williams during his lecture on April 19

Ted Williams on the state of education across Illinois: ‘Public policy matters’

April 24, 2018

Education is the greatest tool for social mobility; it is also a way to move America towards equality. On the contrary, Illinois is far below the national average when it comes to what the state contributes...

The McAninch Arts Center at COD is the home to Buffalo Theater Ensemble

Trustees approve more money for BTE

April 24, 2018

When trustees moved to reinstate Buffalo Theater Ensemble (BTE) after a two-year suspension, they issued a caveat: Develop ideas for live performances at College of DuPage (COD) that are "financially sustainable." About...

Former President Robert Breuder

Appellate Court rules in favor of Breuder

April 24, 2018

A ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has provided a temporary reprieve for College of DuPage's former President Robert Breuder. Three U.S. Appellate Court judges unanimously decided firing...

Deanne Mazzochi (7th from left) along with members of the board of trustees, COD President Ann Rondeau and family members of Student Trustee Sonia Paul

Mazzochi re-elected chairwoman of the board of trustees

April 24, 2018

Deanne Mazzochi will serve the board of trustees of College of DuPage (COD) as chairwoman for the third consecutive year. The Elmhurst resident was elected as chairwoman after a unanimous vote by fellow...

Houston Rockets James Harden

Vandy’s NBA awards forecast

April 17, 2018

The 2017/2018 NBA playoffs games are in full swing, and teams are gearing up for the final stretch of the season. After following the league to this point, here are my takes on players who will win major...

LIfe-sized cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the Capitol Lawn hours before he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Dissenting opinion: No likes for Zuckerberg’s testimony

April 17, 2018

The privacy invasion scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a London-based data firm, and Facebook showed both companies inappropriately handled the personal information of about 87 million people. Amid...

L-R: News Reporter Vandy Manyeh, E-I-C Carlos Petersen, Courier Advisor Jim Fuller and Opinion Editor Kimberly Wilson after the First Place General Excellence was awarded.

Big win for the Courier at this year’s ICCJA conference

April 10, 2018

The Courier Newspaper is the best "Division 1" community college newspaper in Illinois. The publication won the first place in general excellence award for excellent reporting and the overall quality...

iClickers helps instructors and students dynamically interact through questions and answers in real time.

[Photo] Tom Carter wins outstanding faculty award for excellence in teaching

April 10, 2018

iClickers helps instructors and students dynamically interact through questions and answers in real time.

Scott Friedman, a candidate for the associate vice president/student affairs during his open interview at COD

COD hosts open interviews with candidates for the associate vice president, student affairs position

April 10, 2018

Students are leaving Illinois in droves. A recent College of DuPage revenue projection shows officials expect a 4 percent decline in enrollment at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Scott Friedman...

Aerial view of COD

COD takes a huge step towards hiring a provost

March 20, 2018

The board of trustees voted unanimously to ink a deal with Academic Search, a Washington D.C.-based search firm, to select potential candidates for the Provost position at College of DuPage (COD). The...

A group of STEM students pose for a picture after an interview with the Courier

Bridge survey results didn’t favor STEM students

March 20, 2018

Imagine trying to get multiple 100-pound robots from the Berg Instructional Center (BIC) to the Technical Education Center (TEC) as temperatures plummet during the day. This is what many students enrolled...

SLC Predident-elect  Yasmin-Hajara Isa

COD students elect new officers for the 2018-19 school year

March 20, 2018

The campuswide election for student body president, vice president and the student representative on the college’s board of trustees had one of the lowest voter turnouts in years. Only 287 students...

Trustee Dan Markwell and Student Trustee Anthony Walker at Thursdays BOT meeting

Tuition to increase after a three-year freeze

March 20, 2018

Trustees at the College of DuPage (COD) voted 5-3 to approve a $1 per credit hour increase in tuition for the fall 2018 semester at the March 15 regular board of trustees meeting. The vote raises tuition...

Juan Garcia during his presentation at COD

Immigration activist talks about DACA at COD

March 13, 2018

Juan Garcia, a local immigration activist, is fearlessly debunking myths about undocumented immigrants. "Never be afraid to talk about the issues whether people agree with you or not," said Garcia....

Members of BSA and the Police Department pose for a picture after the March 1 meeting

BSA, police working toward  solutions to noise complaints in the atrium

March 13, 2018

The College of DuPage Police Department and the Black Student Alliance (BSA) are working towards finding a solution to complaints about noise resulting in campus police calls to the atrium. During...

SWE President Nicole Amon

Q+A: A chat with the president of SWE

March 6, 2018

Nicole Amon is the president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter at College of DuPage (COD). What is the club all about? How is the club creating an inclusive environment in engineering disciplines?...

Lenier Gayton lsitens attentively to Police Chief Joseph Mulllin during Thursdays BSA meeting

Lenier Gayton on campus police interaction: ‘They see us as threats and not students’

March 6, 2018

The large, open area of tables and chairs outside Starbucks has a history of noise complaints, according to College of DuPage Police Chief Joseph Mullin. Now COD administration has to figure out the best...

COD Police Chief Joseph Mullin

What COD is doing to guard against a mass shooting tragedy

February 27, 2018

Safety on college and high school campuses is a major discussion among politicians, educators and stakeholders after a mass shooting at a school in Florida. Police Chief Joseph Mullin talks about safety...

Rodney J. Walker delivered his talk titled, “A New Day One.”

From the ‘pocket of violence’ to Ivy League schools: Rodney Walker lectures about entrepreneurship

February 27, 2018

Violence. Robbery. Poverty. These are words that stand out when stories from Englewood, one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods, are told. But for Englewood native Rodney Walker, it has always been...

SLC President Safia Khan

Q+A: A chat with the president of the SLC

February 20, 2018

College of DuPage (COD) students will vote for a new student body president, student body vice president and student trustee on Wednesday & Thursday, March 14 and 15. How ready is the Student Leadership...

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Lisa Stock

Lisa Stock joins College of DuPage as associate vice president for academic affairs

February 13, 2018

As a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) peer reviewer, Lisa Stock, College of DuPage's new vice president for academic affairs, sees meeting the current and future accreditation needs of the college as a...

Linda and Robert Jenkins

Paralegal professor establishes endowed scholarship for students

February 13, 2018

Teaching is a noble profession to many. For College of DuPage (COD) Adjunct Professor Linda Jenkins, it means giving students the tools they need to succeed. The tools to succeed aren’t restricted...

Black History Month opening ceremony

February 6, 2018

Black History Month is a time to recognize the great achievements of black Americans. College of DuPage (COD) is celebrating this month under the national theme: African-Americans in times of war. African-Americans...

Student Trustee Anthony Walker

Q+A: A chat with our student trustee

February 6, 2018

Student Trustee Anthony Walker is our representative on the college’s board of trustees. Walker sat down with the Courier's news editor to talk about his time as a trustee and a recent vote to close...

BSA President Veronica Williams

“Stop complaining and get involved,” warns BSA president

February 6, 2018

The president of the Black Student Association (BSA) believes black students can defy stereotypes by “getting involved.” "Getting involved" means curbing the big dip in the number of blacks who...

COD President, Ann Rondeau

President Rondeau plans to reorganize her cabinet

January 30, 2018

A major cabinet reorganization will occur over the next few months at College of DuPage (COD). Notably, the college will see the appointment of its first provost. This senior management position is...

Michelle Simms, a co-manager at Jazzmans café

Jazzman’s café opens on the west end of campus

January 30, 2018

Having long lines at coffee shops on campus during the morning hours is a certainty at College of DuPage (COD). Unfortunately, for years, students with early morning classes in the Technical Education...

Daniel Biss, a candidate for governor in the Democratic Partys primary

Daniel Biss storms campus with his progressive campaign

January 30, 2018

He wants free education at in-state public universities, community colleges and trade schools. In the race to represent the Democratic Party in Illinois' upcoming governor election, he's a candidate...

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, David Swope

Q+A: David Swope, COD’s diversity chief talks about Black History Month

January 30, 2018

College of DuPage will celebrate Black History Month beginning Feb. 1. David Swope, the college's diversity and inclusion manager, is leading the organization of upcoming events and activities celebrating...

MSA Officers at a recent bake sale on campus

MSA raise awareness about the Rohingya refugee crisis

December 12, 2017

In what appears to be one of the world's worst refugee crisis, more than 600,000 Rohingya have fled their native Myanmar since August of this year. The crisis stems from the decision by Myanmar's government...

Statistics on sexual assault in America

Accountability starts with the men who lead America

December 5, 2017

The fight is far from over with recent allegations of sexual misconduct carried out by members of the political class.   These are the same men who trumpet the cry for accountability. Although many...

Josie Suter, president of the Engineering and Technology Club

Josie Suter talks to the Courier about the Engineering & Technology Club and her love for STEM

December 5, 2017

Last week, in between getting ready for finals, classes and tutoring, Josie Suter, the president of the Engineering & Technology Club had a one-on-one conversation with the Courier about issues pertinent...

CODs Innovation DuPage gets a new home

COD’s Innovation DuPage gets a new home

November 22, 2017

Despite a proposal from Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 to use the old Glen Ellyn police station for additional services, village trustees moved to agree on a license agreement with the College of DuPage. The...

Victoria Zhuravleva during her presentation

“It’s not Putin’s fault.”

November 14, 2017

Despite reiterating claims of Russians’ support for then-candidate Donald Trump, a Russian professor, Victoria Zhuravleva, believes the Kremlin did not meddle in America's 2017 presidential election....

COD is finally off the hook

COD is finally off the hook

November 14, 2017

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in a decision reached on Nov. 2, 2017, has decided to lift its probation on the College of DuPage. "HLC took this action based on the college’s ability to demonstrate...

Big jump in COD students seeking mental health help fuels wait list

Big jump in COD students seeking mental health help fuels wait list

November 7, 2017

The questions bombarding Lisa Porep's mind just kept getting bigger and scarier. "I started to think about the point of my life,” Porep said. “What am I going to do after college? What am I going...

Colleen Zavodny during her presentation on Monday

Former COD student Colleen Zavodny on taking a stand against sexual assault and violence

October 31, 2017

On Oct. 30, Colleen Zavodny, a former College of DuPage student was on campus to talk about issues surrounding sexual assault awareness and prevention. After her presentation in the Jack H. Turner Conference...

Eddie Moore: Kumbaya approach wont solve diversity problems

Eddie Moore: Kumbaya approach won’t solve diversity problems

October 31, 2017

The 21st Century calls for its own definition of diversity. Diversity is like the Apple IIc computer. It is good to have around to know where modern Apple computers came from. But it serves no good...

Board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi

Board approves Mia Igyarto temporary contract

October 24, 2017

The College of DuPage’s Board of Trustees had no queries about President Ann Rondeau's latest request to tweak her cabinet, paving the way for a second major initiative aimed at the local business community....

Flags hanging in the lower corridor of the SRC building

New International Hall showcases COD’s diversity

October 17, 2017

From Turkey, Rabia Nefise Sertlek believes College of DuPage is a home away from home. In the hallway of the Student Resources Center, her flag is among many others representing the countries of students...

Christian Pulisic cries after USMNT 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago

USMNT 2018 World Cup woes is a direct representation of MLS’ joke

October 17, 2017

This happened in 2010. The sounds of the vuvuzelas through my television speakers still ring a bell in my ears. Landon Donovan's posture as he took a penalty to square things up won't be forgotten....

NBA Western Conference Season Predictions

NBA Western Conference Season Predictions

October 17, 2017

Off-season moves and team rosters heading into the 2017-18 NBA season reveal a clear top 8 to make the playoffs in the western conference. Here's my picks: Golden State Warriors They are bound to dominate...

Campus Police during a recent Coffee with the Police event on campus

Is COD a safe campus?

October 10, 2017

College of DuPage’s latest annual security report shows its main campus and area campuses are pretty safe, though incidents occurred that show students should still take safety measures. The college...

Angel Price

What is it like being a STEM “trendsetter”? A Q&A with Disney’s Angel Price

October 10, 2017

Walt Disney World's attraction engineering services manager was a guest at a STEM Career Day on Oct. 7 hosted by the College of DuPage. Angel Price was on campus to talk to young high school students,...

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin

Durbin reintroduces a bill to cut costs on books for college students

October 3, 2017

Special editions. Frequent revisions. Restrictive access codes. You probably got one of those answers when you tried to use a textbook this semester for the same class that ended last semester. Illinois...

L-R (Nicole Everett; Kina McAfee; and Aneesa Muthana

Women “Breaking Boundaries” lead panel discussion at COD

October 3, 2017

Aneesa Muthana is no stranger to the "school of hard knocks." "I make things," she says of herself. But working with her family-owned company at the age of 23 came with many surprises. At one...

College Of DuPage Steps Up To Help Houston

College Of DuPage Steps Up To Help Houston

September 27, 2017

In response to the Houston Independent School District's need for school supplies, College of DuPage was able to fill up a semitrailer with assorted school items. "The objective here has been to let...

Glenn Hansen (Right) at a recent scholarship reception

Glenn Hansen to retire next May

September 26, 2017

After more than 26 years of service to the College of DuPage, Glenn Hansen will retire on May 31, 2018. As a professor, Hansen teaches digital photography, the foundation of film photography, color...

Board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi

No answer from the BOT over faculty employment rejection

September 26, 2017

“What went wrong?” seems to be a question that confounds members of the faculty and students-at-large at the College of DuPage Faculty members present at the Sept. 21 board of trustees meeting...

Who will win the UEFA Champions League?

Who will win the UEFA Champions League?

September 20, 2017

POINT/COUNTERPOINT Vandy: No team is ready to spray champagne in the locker room other than Manchester United. They are the favorite to win the 2018 UEFA Champions League. In Europe’s elite soccer...

CODs Director of Communications Wendy Parks

A question and answer with COD’s new spokesperson

September 19, 2017

Wendy Parks is College of DuPage's new director of communications and public relations. Parks will serve as the college's spokesperson and lead the news bureau and community relations department here at...

State Rep. Patricia Bellock with other members of the panel

COD hosts Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force hearing

September 19, 2017

Washington’s immigration crackdown is a thorn in the flesh for another group of people—survivors of human trafficking. Harriet is a human trafficking survivor receiving assistance from Heartland...

BSA President Veronica Williams

A question and answer with the president of the Black Student Alliance

September 13, 2017

The African American Student-Alliance, one of College of DuPage’s cultural and ethnic clubs, has resurfaced this semester as the Black Student Alliance (BSA). What necessitated this change? How is the...

Education Secretary Betsy Devos

COLUMN:Why make the issue of sexual assault a political debate?

September 12, 2017

Sexual assault and its many forms--rape, stalking, the usage of technology to hurt others and much more--must be treated as what it is: a nuisance to society. It cannot be tolerated at schools intending...

COLUMN: Tropical storm Harvey ignites the climate change debate

COLUMN: Tropical storm Harvey ignites the climate change debate

September 12, 2017

Polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight estimates that “Hurricane Harvey dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana.” This is by far one of the worst natural disasters...

Question and answer with the new dean of biology and health sciences

Question and answer with the new dean of biology and health sciences

September 5, 2017

Ahmad Chaudhry is the new dean for biology and health sciences at College of DuPage. Chaudhry took some time from his schedule last week to talk about his new role and what the college should expect. Here...

Win money by proposing a slogan to curb cheating

Win money by proposing a slogan to curb cheating

August 29, 2017

By simply coming up with a creative idea stating the best way to communicate the importance of academic honesty here at College of DuPage, you could win money for tuition. Courtesy of a contest themed...

Board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi

Bringing you up to speed

August 29, 2017

Summer break meant a break from reading news about College of DuPage every Wednesday from the Courier. Here are few events and happenings you probably missed: Once referred to as the “land of lawsuits,”...

President Ann Rondeau

Ann Rondeau talks about her first academic year as president, and what she has in store for the college

August 29, 2017

To mark the beginning of Ann Rondeau’s second year as College of DuPage president, the Courier sat down to discuss the progress the college has made: from academic affairs, adherence to the Higher Learning...

Emmanuel Macron won because he said things that made sense

Emmanuel Macron won because he said things that made sense

May 10, 2017

  Nov. 13, 2015, was the day that changed politics in France, a European nation with one of the most stringent foreign policies in the world. French President Francois Hollande was inside the packed...

Whats next for the Bulls?

What’s next for the Bulls?

May 10, 2017

Season three of a distasteful movie titled “Fred and the boys are bound to fail” starring John Paxson, executive vice president basketball operations, and Gar Forman, general manager. Coach Fred...

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs pays homage to Vietnam veterans

May 3, 2017

It is about 50 years since the fall of Saigon, but the celebration of the gallant men and women who fought to defend the values of the United States of America is still being heralded. Organized by the...

Judy Burgholzer, CODs horticulture program coordinator

A question and answer with Judy Burgholzer, the woman who heads COD’s horticulture program

May 3, 2017

College of DuPage horticulture students placed fifth in the nation at a recent landscaping professional competition in Utah. The horticulture program is expanding and has more degree and certificate programs....

Injerd (first from right), listening to a member of the panel

Daniel Injerd talks about Northeastern Illinois’ water problems at COD

April 26, 2017

Water supply planning in the State of Illinois is at the brink of dormancy with the current budget logjam in Springfield. If water usage data cannot be collected, the Office of Water Resources, the state’s...

EJP director Rebecca Ginsburg

State prisons in Illinois and education

April 26, 2017

No woman in any correctional center in Illinois has access to postsecondary education. The state’s budget impasse forced four community colleges in Illinois to suspend their postsecondary education...

Unequal pay for equal work

Unequal pay for equal work

April 18, 2017

For more than 100 years women weren’t allowed to play in the Olympics. Women made a breakthrough in 1990 when they were allowed to play lawn tennis and golf at the Paris Games. Since then, there have...

A woman marching for womens rights during a recent march in D.C.

Planned Parenthood and the AHCA’s sprint

April 11, 2017

More than 20 years ago, Miranda Shelton’s parents left New York City’s booming film industry for a suburban town near Los Angeles to start a family. This move resulted into Miranda’s birth. Faced...

NYC midfielder Andre Pirlo

Stop turning MLS into a retirement league

April 11, 2017

Like a bunch of cars with nice bodies and worn out engines parked in a scrap yard, Major League Soccer (MLS) has become a league with nice stadiums and a plethora of old players hustling for retirement...

New BOT member Dan Markwell

Board of Trustee elections spotlight

April 11, 2017

A total of 44,037 voters from across Cook and DuPage Counties voted for Dan Markwell, a 23-year-old student here at the College of DuPage in the April 4 trustees election. A total of 125,851 persons voted,...

COD students elect new officers for the 2017-18 school year

March 22, 2017

A record 706 students participated in the just ended March 14 and 15 Student Leadership Council (SLC) elections. This number far exceeds the 525 students who voted last year. This was a result...

Board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi

College of DuPage board of trustees places a freeze on tuition for the third straight year

March 22, 2017

The board of trustees of the College of DuPage voted unanimously to place a freeze on tuition and fees for the Fall 2017 semester at its March 16 regular meeting.   Currently, residents of District...

Patrick O’Dea, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Chicago Field Division intelligence manager making a presentation

“High” schools?

March 14, 2017

Bill Clayton (not his real name), grew up in a middle-class family, had a good relationship with his parents and younger siblings, scored good grades in high school and also played football. At the age...

Candidates for president/SLC

March 7, 2017

  Sam Tempestini (Major: Computer Information Systems)   Why are you running for president of the SLC? Holding this office would be a great honor and responsibility. I want to...

Candidates for student trustee/SLC

March 7, 2017

Anthony Terrell Walker JR. (MAJOR: Business Management) Why are you interested in running for the trustee position? I want to get more involved and be able to learn and grow from my experiences,...

Candidates for vice president/SLC

March 7, 2017

George Beck (Renewable Energy Technology) How capable are you to assist with the coordination of committees within the SLC? I am very capable of working with committees and appointing people...

Tiffany Montgomery

On her way to Georgia Tech, an aspiring computer engineer talks about COD and her career path

February 28, 2017

Tiffany Montgomery is the vice president of the engineering and technology club at the College of DuPage. Montgomery is a computer engineering major and was one of the panelists at the college’s women...

COD inaugurates women in STEM career day

COD inaugurates women in STEM career day

February 28, 2017

Amanda Petford-Long believes the rise in the number of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has seen a drastic increase over the years. But as Argonne National Laboratory's...

Vandys NBA forecast

Vandy’s NBA forecast

February 22, 2017

The 2017 NBA All-star game is over, and teams are gearing up for the final stretch of the season. Players and teams are about to book a spot in the top eight to have a 1/16 probability of winning the 2017...

A tour of the Waterleaf

A tour of the Waterleaf

February 22, 2017

The college on Friday hosted a Sage Series: Inside the COD’s Culinary and Hospitality Center that brought together restaurant owners, former chefs, and community members to the college’s 60,000 square...

Dante Little (second from right) after he committed to play for COD

Chaparral football attract new players

February 15, 2017

Berkley High School senior Dante Little drove for over four hours from Michigan to Illinois to visit the College of DuPage. That drive was worth it, as he will get a chance to play for COD next Fall. The...

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