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Columnist Abhishek Poddar writes about his love of movie theaters.

Fill in the blank: Movie theaters are…

By Abhishek Poddar, Opinion Columnist | September 23, 2022

... nostalgic. Sitting in a theater, popping popcorn, sipping up sodas, waiting for the lights to dim, being presented with trailers of future releases, getting past previews, and finally, the 35 mm art — are those memories of the past?  Well,...

Columnist Lloyd joined after-school reading programs when he was was in seventh grade.

That Time I…. was suspected of cheating on a reading quiz

By Mason Lloyd, Opinion Columnist | September 22, 2022

As a former 90s kid, current 20-year-olds might think I came out of an archaeological dig. Why were we so obsessed with slap bracelets (and why were they banned from school, for that matter)? Why spend so much of our meager allowances on cardboard circles...

Cheating during an over-the-board game of chess is difficult and rare.

Checkmate: Did a rook beat a king?

By Derek Bos, Opinion Columnist | September 22, 2022

There’s been an obscene amount of drama mushrooming within the chess community since Sept. 4 due to the tantrum of the sport’s all-time highest rated player and current world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen.  19-year-old Grandmaster Hans Niemann,...

Columnist Arduini believes monetary bail only furthers the gap between the rich and poor as low-income individuals are less likely to be able to afford bail.

Unpopular Opinion: Ending cash bail will benefit Illinoisans

By Philip Arduini, Opinion Columnist | September 21, 2022

Illinois’s elimination of cash bail will benefit many of its residents. On Jan. 22, 2021, the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to make changes regarding the state’s...

Mission II sitting before NIUs game against Maine last September.

NIU… It’s time for a new mascot name

By Derek Bos, Opinion Columnist | September 21, 2022

Mission II, “Mission” for short. Mini Mish. These are all the same dog. In the name of sports fans, dog fans and long-suffering media editors, please NIU: No Mission III!  Lisa Boland, trainer of Mission I and II, has confirmed that NIU has elected...

Social media has become a defining feature of our culture and developed beyond simply sharing photos and memories.

Poll: How large of a role does social media play in your life?

By Yusra Jaleel, Opinion Columnist | September 20, 2022

In consideration of National Suicide Prevention Week ending Sept. 10, it is important to examine the effects that our routine and daily habits have on our mental well-being. Impulsive social media usage is a large part of many people’s routines, but...

In the age where everything is digital, making students pay for online access to their assignments while they’re already paying for textbooks, tuition and other fees just is too far.

Opinion: Access codes are absurd

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Columnist | September 20, 2022

Many digital learning sites force students to purchase access codes in order to do their homework, and it is ridiculous.  In the age where everything is digital, it is no surprise that professors are assigning homework, tests and quizzes online. However,...

Being rejected can be a difficult life event to experience.

That Time I… got rejected

By Quade Evans, Opinion Columnist | September 19, 2022

Rejection is something that most people dread. The fear of rejection has moved some people to great lengths to avoid this unfortunate experience. This was the case for me too. However, as weird as it sounds, getting rejected was probably one of the best...

For asthmatics, having a generic version inhaler can costs families over $1,000 each year.

Prescription drugs necessary for survival should be cheaper

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Columnist | September 19, 2022

There are many Americans who depend on life-saving drugs to survive, but are unable to afford them.  Those who rely on prescription drugs like insulin, Epipens and inhalers, cannot afford skipping doses or just not opting to use them.  Manufacturers...

 Angelina Padilla - Tompkins of Washington, IL has been celebrating her Hispanic heritage since a young age.

Fill in the blank: You should celebrate Hispanic Heritage month because…

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Columnist | September 18, 2022

What began as a week’s worth of celebrations was declared to be a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, according to the Government Publishing Office.  Hispanic Heritage month takes place from Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. It is a month...

The Liberty Bell in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

That Time I… visited the Eastern Midwest

By Philip Arduini, Opinion Columnist | September 16, 2022

Traveling is an activity that many enjoy but do not have the funds to do very often. For those that do not have the budget to visit any exotic places, I recommend taking a road trip through the Eastern Midwest. When the price of gas was extremely low...

Columnist Derek Bos captured what it looked like at the top of Angels Landing at Zion National Park.

That Time I… took a road trip to Utah

By Derek Bos, Opinion Columnist | September 15, 2022

Our story out west begins as every good road trip story does — in a tightly packed SUV unable to see out the back window. My three public school besties and I, with our freshly shaven faces, set off west from DeKalb to Utah: The Beehive State.  21...

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