Author Archives: Neil Parthun

National African American Parent Involvement Day Event in Rantoul

Announcement Blurb National African American Parent Involvement Day is a nation-wide celebration that typically occurs on the second Monday in February. This year, Eater Junior High will be hosting an event for all parents and families to celebrate NAAPID. Monday, … Continue reading

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Rio 2016: Beautiful Games at Huge Cost

From August 5 to August 21, Rio will be the home of some of the most beautifully intense displays of athletics during the 2016 Summer Olympics. While fans will rightfully be enjoying the amazing displays, we should also pay attention … Continue reading

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Rantoul Jr. High Hosts 1st NAAPID Event

National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a national event that started in 1995 as the brainchild of long time Michigan principal Joseph Dulin. He was inspired to take action after attending the Million Man March and a speaker … Continue reading

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UIUC Sport Scandals

The University of Illinois has been the focus of myriad scandals in the past months. While much attention has been given to the academic and ethical transgressions, there has been relatively little paid to the outrageous behavior alleged to be … Continue reading

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Anniversary of 1968 Olympics Protest

October 16 is the 47th anniversary of the courageous protest by US athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Australian Peter Norman at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Smith and Carlos took direct action with their fists in the sky, … Continue reading

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Northwestern Football Player Union

“This will give a totally different meaning to wildcat strikes.” – anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, in a letter to me Months after the Bowl Championship Series National Champion was crowned in college football, and as we prepared for the end … Continue reading

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Peter Norman and the 45th Anniversary of the ’68 Olympics

This October is the 45th anniversary of the 1968 Summer Olympics and one of the most iconic events in American history, the raised fists of U.S. track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the medal stand. Much has rightfully … Continue reading

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Jason Collins

“I’m a 34 year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” With these simple words, Jason Collins made history as the first actively playing out athlete in the NBA, NHL, MLB or NFL. The overwhelming reaction to Collins’ important … Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez and Yewri Guillen

Hugo Chavez and Yewri Guillen are two dead Latin Americans who, although they never knew each other and came from different countries, are deeply connected. Yewri Guillen was an 18-year-old Dominican who died in April 2011, just as he was … Continue reading

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The NHL Lockout

On September 15, the National Hockey League (NHL) locked out its players. This wass the fourth sports lockout within the last two years. It was the third lockout and fourth labor stoppage for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.The then expired collective … Continue reading

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