The Independent

The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Latest Articles

Opinion: The student Christmas exit plan is another half-baked government idea

I woke up to the news that unless I travel home between 3 and 9 December, I could face Christmas in a student flat away from my family. As a final year student at Manchester University, stress has been building over the past few weeks. Students who live on campus have been fenced into accommodation and denied adequate access to university resources, including on campus study space and subject specific libraries. This latest government announcement is another example of the mismanagement of stud
By Isabella Jewell
The Independent

The Chicago Wildfire set the sporting world ablaze

Since its inception in 2012, the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) has expanded from eight teams to its current 21-team format in an effort to penetrate the U.S.’s four-sport monopoly. The league, comprised of 18 U.S. franchises and three Canadian franchises, commences its season in the spring and concludes in the summer with a three-round playoff system which ends in a final four-style showdown known as the AUDL Championship Weekend. The AUDL’s Chicago Wildfire were afforded the opportunity
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

’s top 10 NFL logos

Securing the 10th spot for best NFL logo are the Houston Texans. Since the Texans’ NFL debut in 2002, they have kept their trademark patriotic red, white and blue bullhead as their logo. This bull sports a single white star for an eye, capturing the essence of the lone star state. The NFC North contending Minnesota Vikings feature a menacing, mustached viking as their logo. Minnesota’s logo stands out thanks to the viking’s rugged facial expression coupled with a bold helmet decorated with horn
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Ranking the NBA logos

10. New Orleans Pelicans: The New Orleans Pelicans secured the final slot for best NBA logo. Their logo shows a confident pelican with its wings spread, seemingly guarding a basketball. It also has the fleur-de-lis, a symbol that means a great deal to the city of New Orleans at the top above the arched print. 9. The Golden State Warriors: The Golden State Warriors have been a force to be reckoned with in recent years. Their logo shows the Bay Bridge in a bold golden yellow hue with a deep blue
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Impact of COVID-19 on cannabis industry: Even CDC recommends stocking up on marijuana

It was only just a few months ago that Illinoisans lined up by the hundreds, battling the cold weather to purchase cannabis legally for the first time in the state’s history. Four months later, Illinoisians are keeping each other at arms’ length as the world is engulfed by the greatest public health crisis since the Spanish Flu. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the American economy, with many companies–particularly those in the retail, food, transportation, travel and nightlife ind
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Royal Coda strikes a chord with “Compassion”

“Because we have compassion, happiness is no longer hard to find.” Piggybacking off a common theme promoted by vocalist Kurt Travis and lead guitarist Will Swan during their time in Dance Gavin Dance, post-hardcore rockers Royal Coda released their brand new album “Compassion” on Nov. 7. “Compassion” brings Royal Coda’s hard-hitting, post-hardcore style and couples it with a series of smooth, dreamy moments capable of captivating listeners. The band’s second studio album evokes the type of cat
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Mac Miller lives on through Circles

Malcolm James McCormick, commonly known as rapper Mac Miller, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, from an accidental drug overdose. Miller’s sudden passing paralyzed the music industry and devastated fans worldwide. Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa., Miller achieved musical success in his early years. Miller always had an ear for music, teaching himself to play several instruments by the age of 6. At the age of 15, he released his first mixtape under the name EZ Mac. Five years later, he was signed to
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Community Get Down: A showcase of Chicago’s house music culture

Recognized as the birthplace of house music, Chicago has a rich heritage of thumping bass and strobing lights. Once confined to a single club on the South Side of Chicago, house music has experienced a remarkable surge in popularity, becoming the central point of populous festivals and clubs worldwide, as well as nurturing a vibrant community. The Community Get Down maintains the Windy City’s house music pulse, offering an event defined by a sense of camaraderie and celebration. Music, food, ga...
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Katie Sowers inspires on the field, makes Super Bowl history

San Francisco 49er assistant coach Katie Sowers, the second woman and the first openly gay individual to be a full-time assistant coach in the National Football League, will be breaking down multiple barriers in the professional sporting world when Super Bowl LIV kicks off in Miami on Feb. 2. But perhaps ironically for Sowers, the game pits San Francisco against rivals the Kansas City Chiefs – Sowers was born in the small town of Hesston, Kan., where she embraced her passion for sports beginning
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Professional sports, unprofessional conduct

America has a history of valuing social status, physical appearance and talent over morality. High-profile athletes are shielded from the ramifications of their actions, a courtesy that is seldom provided to the general public. For example, Michael Vick was forgiven for being involved with a dog fighting ring once he proved he could still capably throw a spiral. Michael Jackson’s legacy still stands strong, despite repeated allegations of child molestation. Chris Brown is still popular and relev
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Ranking the NBA logos

10. New Orleans Pelicans: The New Orleans Pelicans secured the final slot for best NBA logo. Their logo shows a confident pelican with its wings spread, seemingly guarding a basketball. It also has the fleur-de-lis, a symbol that means a great deal to the city of New Orleans at the top above the arched print. 9. The Golden State Warriors: The Golden State Warriors have been a force to be reckoned with in recent years. Their logo shows the Bay Bridge in a bold golden yellow hue with a deep blue
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

The Demi-God Tour brings the bass to Bottom Lounge

Boise, Idaho native DJ Kai Wachi obliterated Bottom Lounge in Chicago Friday, Nov. 22. With support from local artists Bass-iLL, Smokahauntas and Montreal native Sam Lamar, this show was destined to be filled with heavy, filthy bass and it did not disappoint. Bass-iLL and Smokahautas got the party going Friday night with a surplus of oscillating, wonky basslines to go around. Sam Lamar took the stage sporting a Kurt Cobain t-shirt before proceeding to blow the crowd’s minds with earth-shatterin
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

NEIU’s boxing club packs a punch

Sophomore Phillip Noffz helped reinvigorate NEIU’s previously dormant boxing club this past spring, offering students a safe outlet to release pent up aggression and stress. Noffz, a physics major at NEIU, harbors a passion for athletics and boxing, inspiring him to start up a boxing club that invites students of all skill levels to get active and sample combat sports. According to Noffz, he was looking to join an on-campus athletic club and learned that NEIU previously had a boxing club. “The
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Healthy body, healthy mind, better grades

College students lead hectic and frenzied lives. Often forced to balance school, jobs, family, friends and other activities, it leaves limited time for students to prioritize health. It is quicker and more convenient to grab a bag of chips and a slice of pizza than to pack a healthy, homemade lunch. The stress of cramming for exams, meeting deadlines at work and taking care of personal matters can drive students to seek comfort in deliciously unhealthy foods. These unhealthy patterns tend to fol
By Rachel Willard
The Independent

Ten albums to amplify your high

Music and marijuana are a match made in stoner heaven and with the era of cannabis culture fully upon us, now is a great time to embark on a musical journey chaperoned by Mary Jane. Multitudes of people are no strangers to the world of cannabis, but now the residents of Illinois can finally light up without fear of legal ramifications. Whether you’re a regular toker or a newbie, there is nothing quite like kicking back and immersing yourself in a great album while smoking. With respect to the gr
By Rachel Willard
The Independent