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Food quality kept up by Test Kitchen

By Mary Herdliska | January 14, 1987

NIU's Test Kitchen, where University Food Service recipes are tested twice weekly, is 25 years old this month. NIU is one of the few schools that has a test kitchen. The kitchen is located in the lower level of Douglas Hall. Every Tuesday and Thursday...

Star gets top-notch rating for the 28th time

By Tammy Sholer | January 13, 1987

The Northern Star received a Five-Star-All-American rating Monday by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) for the 28th of the past 29 semesters. Star Editorial Adviser Jerry Thompson said, "The ACP is a national organization which critiques and rates...

Off-campus classes allow students to attain degree

By Suzanne Tomse | January 13, 1987

Students interested in off-campus classes in Liberal Arts and Sciences can attend one of three open advisory nights at the College of DuPage, Harper College or Rockford Regional Academic Center on Jan. 13, 14 and 15. NIU advisors from the College of Liberal...

City discusses budget issues

By Nancy Broten | January 13, 1987

With President Reagan's proposed 1987-88 budget calling for further cuts to city funding, the DeKalb City Council will have to continue looking for new ways to raise revenues and cut expenses. In a special meeting of the city council Monday, aldermen...

NIU tries to solve fluency problem

By Mike Solley | January 13, 1987

In response to an apparent lack of effective English communication in the classroom, a university committee has been formed to examine and help correct the fluency problem. Acting Provost Daniel Wit, committee chairman, said the Committee to Promote Effective...

Fee hikes need committee OK

By Pam Schmidt | January 13, 1987

Beginning next semester, students might have to pay an additional $8.40 in fees if a recommendation, passed by the Revenue Bond Review Committee Dec. 18, is approved. The increased fees will help pay off a $300,000 bond used to purchase, repair and maintain...

NIU worker dies in office

January 13, 1987

Co-workers', paramedics' efforts to save fail Janis Priede, an employee of the NIU Budget and Planning Department, died Monday morning of an apparent heart attack in his Lowden Hall office. Although co-workers and DeKalb Fire Department paramedics attempted...

New form won’t help NIU system

By Paul Wagner | January 13, 1987

A new one-page financial aid form intended to cut the red tape in aid applications could cause confusion for students at NIU. The new form called the Application for Federal and State Student Aid (AFSSA) is available from the Illinois State Scholarship...

Students might face tution hike

By Tammy Sholer | January 12, 1987

NIU's tuition and fees might increase next fall to about $800 per semester if a 4 percent tuition increase for all Illinois public colleges is passed by the Board of Regents and the Illinois General Assembly. The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)...

BHE recommends funds for NIU

By Mike Solley | January 12, 1987

Funds totaling $21.3 million for NIU building and remodeling were recommended by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to be included as part of the fiscal 1988 state budget. The IBHE is submitting recommendations for the funding of higher education...

College students suffer from unique diseases

By Mike Solley | January 12, 1987

NIU students beware. With all the recent media attention given to dreaded ailments such as AIDS, anorexia and bulimia, college students have several unique afflictions of their own to worry about.

Though not limited to anyone in particular, these horrible maladies are most common amount freshman and new transfer students. Most upperclassmen have had a chance to build up their immunity system to defend against these afflictions, but there have been some instances of lost causes who have succumbed fully.

The following is a list of descriptions of the symptoms and effects of these ailments that all students should watch out for.

WORRY MANIA also known as freshmantitis. This terrible affliction is found most often in freshman and first year transfer students. It involves chronic worrying and dreadful anticipation of eveything from the first day of classes to the weather during finals week. Symptons include uneasiness about taking certain classes, automatically assuming the worst after finishing an exam and a complete lack of confidence in one's own ability. Victims often lament that they will never get the job they want after graduation because they may have failed a psychology quiz freshman year.

A sympton of worry mania is the dreaded GPA fever. Persons suffering from this disease are recognized by their unique talent, mostly due to stress to calculate their grade point average at any possible moment and taking into consideration any possible scenario. More advanced cases involve victims who plan their grades out for ther entire college career deciding what grades they will get in each subject.

Another classs of collegiate ailments is included in the dreaded SHOW-OFF SYNDROME. Victims afflicted by show-off syndrome are gripped by the relentless desire to impress everyone from professors to floormates to old friends back home.

Common symptons of this disease are telling a classmate that you found a difficult exam very easy, or going to great lengths to tell him hat you were your high scholl's valedictorian and had an SAT composite of about 1,599. Persons afflicted with this disease are also gripped by the desire to compete with and out-do their follow classmates. Symptons include feelings of envy and resentment when a fellow student does well.

Someone with a more advanced cas of show-off syndrome mau be in a frenzy of "impressive" activity . A common indication is drawing a line on a huge lastic drinking mug and informing anyone that this is where you filled the glass with vodka or some other hard liquor before filling the rest with grape Kool-Aid. There is usually a one-half to one inch exaggeration.

Perhaps the most damaging of all collegiate ailments is the fearful PUT-OFF PHOBIA. Victims of this affliction are recognized by their tired appearance and fried brains just before and during finals week. Other symptons are irritablity, reddening of the eyes and melted typewriter ribbons.

A common early warning signal of put-off phobia is a student who uses the phrase "plenty of time" an average of four or five minutes an hour.

This disease is the most contagious of all because it spreads a general bad feeling from one student to another at an alrming rate.

One final ailment, the most physically damaging is IN STYLEITIS. This disease compels its hapless victims to sacrifice life and limb and general health for the sake of being fashionable. An example would be some girls who would rather let their feet freeze than not wear those plastic slip-on whose during an arctic blitz. Another would be a guy who, during that same cold spell, would rather die of pneumonia than mess up his $50 haircut with a knit hat.

The main thing to remember is that these afflictions can strike anyone anywhere at any time. All of them basically cause social unrest and general confusion, not to mention hurt feelings, endless disputes and a huge amont of unnecessary worry. The only way to beat these illnesses is to give yourself a personal inspection every day and be able to recognize the symptoms early. Always be on guard.

Williams ineligible for rest of year

By Jim Wozniak | January 12, 1987

NIU guard Jerry Williams is academically ineligible to play for the men's basketball team this semester after failing to meet the university's grade point average requirement. Coach Jim Rosborough confirmed the news Saturday about his senior co-captain....