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Open ears, open eyes, closed mouths: The duties of white America after police brutality protests

Open ears, open eyes, closed mouths: The duties of white America after police brutality protests

James Krause, Contributor

June 1, 2020

Every time I visit my family in Georgia, we take the long and often tedious trip from Athens to Atlanta for a day to see the city. Every time, without fail, I’ll want to go to two places on Marietta Street: the CNN Center and the College Football Hall of Fame. Marietta Street gets thousands of pe...

Donating blood provides much-needed resource for community

Donating blood provides much-needed resource for community

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

April 1, 2020

A global pandemic could lead to a second local health crisis if residents don’t consider continuing or beginning to donate blood, as the world battles COVID-19. While residents are self-quarantining and adapting to social distancing as a result of coronavirus, Versiti Blood Center’s DeKalb locat...

Be informed about the Democratic candidates before the Illinois primary

Democratic presidential candidates (left to right) Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer meet Feb. 25 before a televised Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CBS News at the Gaillard Center, Charleston, S.C.

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

The Illinois presidential primary election will be held March 17. All Illinois citizens should be prepared to vote by becoming familiar with the different Democratic candidates and their policies. Primary elections results in other states have begun to narrow down candidates, with Michael Bennet, Deval...

Lack of support for lower bar age is disappointing

DeKalb city council members (left to right) Bill Finucane, Tracy Smith, Greg Perkins, mayor Jerry Smith, Scott McAdams, Mike Verbic and Tony Faivre meet Jan. 27 at a city council meeting after a lower bar age limit ordinance was proposed at a Jan 13. meeting.

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

March 1, 2020

It’s Saturday night, and the air is vibrating with excitement as elbows rub and college sweethearts meet, bartenders tell jokes and students experience the city. A lively weekend nightlife is the staple of any college town, and DeKalb was on the cusp of inviting that atmosphere until City Council members...

Rod Blagojevich is not a victim nor a political prisoner

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich smiles Feb. 19 outside of his Chicago home after his 14-year prison sentence was commuted by President Trump.

Jack Baudoin, Contributor

March 1, 2020

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was recently released from prison after President Donald Trump commuted his 14-year sentence. Now that Blagojevich is out of prison after having served eight years of his sentence, people may be wondering what his next move will be. One thing he has done so...

Career and job fairs benefit students and employers

Jack Baudoin

February 23, 2020

Finding a job after college can be a daunting task for many students. Thankfully, NIU offers many career fairs throughout the year that students should attend in order to make connections and find a career best suited for them.Career fairs are a popular way for students to find employment, with 91.7...

Hookah bar business could be increased by marijuana

Jack Baudoin

February 16, 2020

The legal smoking age of tobacco was raised from 18 to 21 in December. Because of this, many hookah bars have found themselves struggling after a large portion of their customers became unable to partake in business. Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln Highway, will benefit from a new business opportunity.T...

Weed usage should be protected from business drug testing

Jack Baudoin

February 13, 2020

Now that marijuana is legal in Illinois, there is a concern regarding employment. How will business’ drug-testing policies affect employees who use marijuana? Because marijuana is now legal, using it should be the same as going home and drinking a beer. There is a large number of businesses in Illi...

That time I transferred schools to change my major

Jack Baudoin

February 12, 2020

Many people change their major while in college, but fewer people move to a new school for that change. This is exactly what I did.After spending four years at Illinois State University, I realized late in the game I wanted to study journalism instead of geology, and ISU was not the place for me to do...

Enrollment can increase by encouraging students to start at NIU

Jack Baudoin

February 9, 2020

Going away to college is something a lot of people dream of. Every year, students around the world apply to and enroll at different universities. Despite this, NIU’s enrollment is dropping every year. If the university hopes to break this trend, it needs to improve the way that it shows prospective students...

Trump’s State of the Union address doesn’t unify

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right), tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Jack Baudoin

February 5, 2020

President Donald Trump gave his third State of the Union address Tuesday. Meant to show the country that it is in a good state, the address showed that there is a huge divide between the political parties. While the address is given every year, this year’s address was given under special circumstan...

Monarch butterfly activists are being murdered in Mexico. Could it happen here?

Monarch butterflies cling to branches in their winter nesting grounds in El Rosario Sanctuary, near Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. 

Noah Thornburgh

February 4, 2020

Many midwesterners will remember spotting monarch butterflies floating over the region’s prairies in the dog days of August, hunting for milkweed after their long flight from the south. Eastern Monarch sightings have been rare after a long period of population decline, but a count from January 2019 show...