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Student perspective: Australia native Courtney Woods’ family affected by bushfires

Alma Garcia

January 22, 2020

Courtney Woods, redshirt senior forward for the women’s basketball team and Brisbane, Australia native, finds herself far from home during a national disaster. Burning since September, the Australian bushfires have destroyed approximately 27 million acres of land, killed millions of animals and 29 ...

That time I was my grandfather’s guardian for a veteran’s honors flight

Northern Star contributor Jack Baudoin (back) stands in front of the Washington Monument with his grandfather, James Hill, April 20 in Washington D.C.

Jack Baudoin

January 22, 2020

My grandfather, James Hill, is one of the greatest men that I know. Above all else, he loves his family, friends and country. His love for his country was evident when he served in the Korean War.He never talked about it much, but when I was chosen to be his guardian during a veteran’s honors fligh...

TikTok working with Chinese government to monitor user data causes privacy concern

Jack Baudoin

January 21, 2020

With billions of people using social media, concerns regarding user security should be higher now than ever before. Social media is more popular than it has ever been, with 3.8 billion people using it in 2019, according to a Nov. 6 article by TheNextWeb.TikTok reported over 500 million users last year, accor...

Forming a union can improve graduate students’ work conditions

Alma Garcia

January 20, 2020

The enactment of a recent law, allowing graduate students to unionize, is a huge victory for NIU Huskie graduate assistants and for undergraduates who are considering pursuing a graduate degree in the state of Illinois.One of the 250 laws enacted in the state of Illinois this month, HB 253, amends the Illinois Educati...

That time I volunteered to build a school in Malawi, Africa

Northern Star contributor Alma Garcia (fifth from left) stands in 2008 with native Malawian teenagers 2008 in Chitunda, Malawi.

Alma Garcia

January 15, 2020

I was 16 when I first felt one with nature. I was standing alone in the middle of the beautiful Malawi countryside under the brilliant glow of the moon and her stars. It was a stunning experience that I’d never thought possible.Being a kid from Chicago, I’d grown up under the cloudy orange glow of...

First hand account of maintaining a ketogenic diet

Jordan Radloff

January 15, 2020

Going into the new decade I wanted to make a major change to my personal health. I looked up many methods on how to lose weight and decided on a diet that would be easy for me to keep. My experience following a ketogenic diet has been successful so far.Keto might not be for everyone. Anyone looking ...

Fill in the blank: My new year’s resolution is…

Fill in the blank: My new year's resolution is...

Northern Star Staff

January 12, 2020

To find joy in every dayEmily Fried | ContributorMy resolution for 2020 is to find joy in each day. As I am going into the second half of my sophomore year, I find myself getting lost in work and obligations.I have always strived to be an overachiever, and while that is a strong goal to have, I often pu...

That time I performed at the House of Blues

Jack Baudoin

January 12, 2020

Getting up in front of a class for a speech can be a nerve-racking experience. Turn that 30-person class into a crowd of a couple hundred people at one of the most famous concert venues in Chicago, and those nerves get doubled, even tripled. However, that is exactly what I did my junior year of high sch...

Editors graduate and say farewell

Video Editor Brandon Giesey, (from left), Editor in Chief Sam Malone and Sports Editor Marcel Carrasco laugh together Oct. 12 at the Northern Star office. Giesey and Carrasco will graduate Sunday.

Northern Star Editors

December 8, 2019

Despite obstacles, make the most out of collegeBrandon Giesey | Video EditorMy college career is one that has experienced many ups and downs. I started my time in community college, transferred to a school in the Southeastern Conference and then ended up back in my home state of Illinois. College has...

Top Ten Nostalgic Movies on Disney +

Chris Plumery

December 4, 2019

*summaries need to be paraphrased*What happened to all the great movies you used to watch as a kid?  They came on after school on Disney Channel, Cartoon Network or maybe Nickelodeon. Those days talking to your friends as you’re all grown up reminiscing about your childhood and how all the shows toda...

NIU weed policy benefits campus

Hunter Weston

December 4, 2019

It may be too soon for students to celebrate marijuana legalization because NIU’s marijuana policy will still stand. This is a blessing in disguise.Beginning Jan. 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois. Residents of Illinois will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams.The bill was signed...

Echo chambers can create biases

Anthony Parlogean

December 4, 2019

The news is constantly battling for our attention through our luminescent screens, as well as radio and print media. In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, this constant stream of information may be contributing to the creation and prolongation of echo chambers, which are harmful for everybody involv...