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International student: The US election process is bizarre

2020 Election Electoral College map.
November 30, 2020

As someone who was born and raised in a different country and spent just over half her life in the U.S., once in a while, I can’t help but compare my home country to the country where I live. Looking...

Editorial: Students should get tested before returning to campus

A surveillance testing sign hangs on the entrance of the NIU Health Services building.
November 24, 2020

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the university released its plans and recommendations for Huskies traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday in a Nov. 5 email sent by NIU President Lisa Freeman. Freeman...

Editorial: DeKalb Police Department must condemn excessive use of force

DeKalb Police Department warns against unemployment scams
November 19, 2020

During an arrest in the Lincoln Towers parking lot in August 2019, DeKalb Sgt. Jeffery Weese was caught on video choking Aurora resident Elonte McDowell, 26. On Nov. 11 it was announced that Weese would...

Haley’s story: Balancing school and work while fighting cancer

Haley's story: Balancing school and work while fighting cancer
November 12, 2020

Being a college student and working at a newspaper was really hard last semester in the midst of the pandemic. Now, this semester, I am helping manage that newspaper, and I am battling cancer, while still...

Haley’s story: Dating while being diagnosed with cancer

Haley Galvin with her boyfriend Matt.
November 5, 2020

This is dedicated to my amazing and wonderful boyfriend Matt who I would be lost without.  Let’s start this off light. Trying to date while going through chemotherapy is honestly super hard. I can’t...

First hand account: Owning a German bakery

Monika's Organic Bakery's display of German Christmas baked goods.
November 1, 2020

When I moved to the United States in 1999, I had no idea what life would bring. Young and full of love of the new and unexpected, I took a leap of faith when I left Germany after marrying an American....

Haley’s story: Going through chemotherapy treatments

Haley Galvin receives an IV infusion during her fourth round of chemotherapy Oct. 30.
October 29, 2020

Chemotherapy: the singular word that I have come to dread the most out of this whole experience. While I did have tumors removed, I decided I was going to go through with the six rounds of chemo that my...

Editorial: Vote yes for the ‘fair tax’ amendment

Editorial: Vote yes for the 'fair tax' amendment
October 29, 2020

Election day is less than a week away, so it is important to understand what's on the ballot. Everyone knows about the presidential candidates, but what Illinois voters may not know is there is a new proposed...

Letter to the editor: NIU needs political diversity

October 28, 2020

According to a mandatory diversity training “Conversations on Diversity and Equity” seminar at NIU that is required for all student organization leaders, the phrase “All Lives Matter” is considered...

Haley’s story: Being diagnosed with cancer at 21

Haley Galvin before and after beginning chemotherapy treatments to fight ovarian cancer.
October 22, 2020

About four months ago, I sat talking to my best friend about how my worst nightmare would be if I wasn’t able to have kids one day. Little did I know, two days after that conversation my doctor would...

That time I socially distanced myself from technology and the pandemic

Wisconsin welcome sign.
October 9, 2020

It seems no matter where you look today, you will constantly be reminded about the global pandemic. It is on the news, people are posting about it on social media.With the amount of technology that people...

Editorial: Anyone can, should file FOIA requests to keep university accountable

The NIU Foundation has denied at least three FOIA requests since 2016.
October 7, 2020

The Illinois Attorney General’s office ruled Aug. 7 that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016. In the...

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