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A hand pulls a sword out of a monitor. The claim that violent video games lead to aggressive behavior is a myth. (Robin Gamboa | Northern Star)

Violent video games aren’t dangerous

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | November 1, 2023

Video games should be enjoyed as a fun hobby instead of being linked to creating violence among individuals. Individuals choose to be violent, and video games depicting violence have no influence as to whether individuals are aggressive or not. Just because...

Six illustrations display leg, arm, armpit and pubic hair against floral backdrops. No person should feel ashamed of their body hair. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Shave for you, not the patriarchy

By Lucy Atkinson, Assistant Opinion Editor | October 31, 2023

No-Shave November is here, and it’s time we all participate – this month’s tradition isn’t just for cisgender men. Body hair activism is on the rise.  The human body has around five million hair follicles from head to toe, according to Better...

Narcan distribution is lifesaving

By Kahlil Kambui, Opinion Columnist | October 31, 2023

In an initiative to end the opioid epidemic and stop overdoses, Northwestern Medicine distributed Narcan nasal spray, a drug used to prevent opioid overdoses, for Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. It's a great thing to see medical institutions playing an...

Four highlight the last 4 months of the year, September, October, November and December. What’s your favorite “ber” month? (Angelina Padilla - Tompkins | Northern Star)

Poll: What’s your favorite ‘ber’ month?

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Editor | October 31, 2023

The final four months of the year, September, October, November and December, all come with their own special moments to look forward to. Seemingly rolling into each other, it is important to remember their individuality.  SEPTEMBER  September marks...

Six ghosts float in front of a white background. Senior Opinion Columnist Emily Beebe and Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf debate whether ghost are real. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Look both ways: Are ghosts real?

By Emily Beebe and Olivia Zapf | October 30, 2023

Ghosts are probably real By: Olivia Zapf Ghosts are real ... probably. The age old question of the existence of ghosts has mystified individuals worldwide.  With classics like “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and Slimer from “Ghostbusters,” it’s...

A woman dressed as a green witch holds a jack-o’-lantern. A person is never too old to celebrate Halloween. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Never too old for Halloween

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Editor | October 30, 2023

After weeks of planning, the costume is on, make-up is complete and trick-or-treating has begun. There is no age when a person should stop trick-or-treating or enjoying the festive season of the undead.  Chloe Steffel, a sophomore human development...

Aaron from accounting, a black cat, looks around the cat play area with a curious face at Tails Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road. At this time, Aaron from accounting has been adopted into his forever home. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Black cats are not bad luck

By Lexi Nebel, Opinion Columnist | October 28, 2023

As Halloween quickly approaches, one of the first creatures that may come to mind alongside ghosts and witches are black cats, the beloved pet the world has come to love for their association with the holiday. Black cats are common symbols of Halloween...

Victor E. is dressed as a ghost hold a pumpkin basket. The Northern Star Editorial board wishes everyone a Happy Howl-oween! (Eleanor Gentry | Northern Star)

Editorial: History behind the ghostly holiday

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 28, 2023

How did we go from carving turnips and frightening evil spirits to carving pumpkins and creating Jack-o'-Lanterns?  Halloween traditions, such as going around our neighborhoods asking for candy, dressing up in creative costumes and carving pumpkins...

Street Interview: What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve seen?

By Lexi Nebel, Opinion Columnist | October 27, 2023

Here's the link to our video of this week's street interviews to watch alongside our story on TikTok. As the end of October creeps up, one of the most highly anticipated holidays on NIU’s campus approaches. Halloween is an exciting time of the year...

A woman holds up her black cat dressed as Kermit the Frog. Happy early Halloween! (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

Cartoon: Spooky cat

By Daniela Barajas, Cartoonist | October 26, 2023

A man shows off his mullet from the side. Opinion Columnist Lexi Nebel believes a mullet can be a charming haircut on the right person. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Few people can sport a mullet

By Lexi Nebel, Opinion Columnist | October 25, 2023

The mullet can be seen sported by men and women alike, and when paired with the right face can actually be incredibly stylish. However, if not worn by the right person, this short in the front and long in the back cut is a fashion fail.  The mullet...

Seven smiling people put their hands together. SGA recently approved six new campus organizations, and Senior Opinion Columnist Emily Beebe encourages students to join. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Join student organizations

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | October 25, 2023

Students should join organizations on campus in order to enhance their college experience. Joining organizations in college can have numerous benefits for students, both personally and professionally. The Student Government Association recently approved...