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NIU campus catches Pokemon Go craze

Jay Ibarra

July 18, 2016

Forget the days of seeing civilians swiping left or right on their off time to find a Tinder match, because a new app from '90s sensation Nintendo has made a striking comeback with a swift swipe up to catch ‘em all — Pokemon GO.The app has netted more downloads than the dating app Tinder since it...

Attendance policy should be lenient for emergencies

Angela Pagan

March 22, 2015

Professors should be more lenient with their individual attendance policies so students’ grades won’t suffer if they have to miss class for an emergency.Since NIU does not have a set attendance policy, professors should be more understanding toward reasons given by students for missing class. Prof...

Top 3: Examples of poor judgment

Top 3: Examples of poor judgment

Holly New

September 22, 2013

No. 3: Michelle Obama’s “Drink Up” campaign is pointlessFirst lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier children released an initiative in connection with Partnership for a Healthier America to get Americans to drink more water.There are three things wrong with this campaign. First, no one seems...

Viral blog gains columnist’s respect

Brenda Krause

May 6, 2013

Teachers used to be seen as important members of society. Today their profession is one of the most devalued in the nation. Randy Turner, a Missouri public school teacher, would certainly agree. Last month he wrote a blog titled “A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher.” Turner discusse...

Point Counterpoint: Boy Scouts on homosexuality

May 1, 2013

Holly New Columnist The debate about Boy Scouts of America (BSA) allowing gay members is not really about homosexual people at all. In reality, it’s just another long-winded debate about privacy. BSA is an independent group with Christian foundations. According to the BSA website, 70.3 percent of all units ...

The U.S. is falling behind on same-sex marraige

Brenda Krause

May 1, 2013

Twelve years ago the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, several countries have followed in the same progressive footsteps. It has been a triumphant decade for LGBT communities all over the world. More recently, Uruguay officially became the twelfth country t...

Weird, wacky and strange laws in Illinois

Holly New

April 30, 2013

Sometimes, I’m not very proud to live in Illinois. From our crooked politicians to our increasing debt, Illinois has a lot of room for improvement. I decided I wanted to seek out something that makes Illinois unique and interesting, something I could be proud of (obviously aside from being surrounded b...

Keep an active mind during the summer

AJ Edwards

April 30, 2013

With the summer fast approaching and finals week within reaching distance, students are ready to put all textbooks away and take a long, well-deserved break from anything that requires thinking. I should warn you, my fellow Huskies, that completely flushing your brain of any sort of a mental challen...

There are some perks to taking summer classes

Annastazia Camarena

April 29, 2013

Summer classes are probably the last thing college students want to think about around this time of the semester, but consider how the benefits can outweigh the cons. Summer classes are a great way to get credits in a short amount of time. Some local community colleges offer prerequisites you may nee...

A true world-wide web service seems possible

Danny Cozzi

April 29, 2013

Earlier this month, Google chairman Eric Schmidt posted on his Google+ account claiming the entire world will be online by the year 2020. Schmidt wrote, “For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected.” Currently, 39 percent of t...

Women shouldn’t have to conform to modesty standards

Hayley Devitt

April 28, 2013

With summer on the horizon, clothes are shrinking and judgment abounds. While men are told only to keep a neat appearance, women and girls are urged to stay “modest,” as if their bodies are a source of shame and moral deterioration. Some girls really are more comfortable covering up and others prefer ...

Don’t let your past ruin your future

Kim Randall

April 28, 2013

College is a time when many things take place: Finding yourself, meeting new people, making friendships, stepping outside of your comfort zone, doing things you never thought you’d do and perhaps even meeting the love of your life. All of this takes place on top of balancing school work and/or a j...