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That time I … lived in four different time zones

That time I ... lived in four different time zones

Anthony Parlogean

October 27, 2019

Nevada; Michigan; Texas; Arizona; Maryland; Illinois. These are all the states I have lived in throughout my 26 years of existence. Each state had its pros and cons, but the overall experience of living around the country has shaped who I am as a person: cynical.Consider this an unsolicited travelerâ...

Student-athletes bill needs to pass in Illinois

The Huskies run onto the field Oct. 5 at Huskie Stadium before a game against Ball State University.

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 24, 2019

The way student-athletes are compensated for their play is starting to change. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act Sept. 30, which will allow student-athletes competing at state and private universities to sign endorsement deals. Student-athletes will be eligible to receive comp...

Tails of the week: Scooby

Tails of the week: Scooby

Courtesy Tails

October 23, 2019

Big Dog Lovers take notice! I'm only 6 months old and already weigh 55#s!! My name is Scooby. I'm a great pup, have fantastic ears, and am loving, playful and kind. Before coming to Tails I lived with older children and 2 little dogs and was good with them all. However, I grew bigger than they expecte...

Letter to the editor: criminal justice for minors

Matt Karstens

October 23, 2019

Letters to the editor are the the author's opinion alone Illinois Takes a Positive Step Forward in Criminal Justice for Minors HB 351, signed into law by Gov. Pritzker and became effective June 1, is a step in the right direction for Illinois by providing a much-needed benefit to juvenile offenders sentenced to lengthy pris...

Caffeine, alcohol affect students

Tea, coffee and energy drinks contain varying levels of caffeine, a stimulant that triggers mental alertness.

Anthony Parlogean

October 20, 2019

College students love two specific drugs: caffeine and alcohol. Many students will inevitably find themselves indulging in one or both. Students should determine for themselves the individual costs and benefits associated with consistent consumption of caffeine or alcohol.CaffeineCaffeine was consum...

Music isn’t just for music majors

Jordan Radloff

October 20, 2019

Music is something that can remain a part of students’ lives even after choosing not to participate in college. While it may seem like having a music degree is required in order to continue in music, there are still chances for non-music majors to perform in a musical ensemble.It is important for c...

Pet of the week: Stormy

Pet of the week: Stormy

Courtesy Steve and Cathy Sawallisch

October 17, 2019

Owner: Steve and Cathy SawallischName: StormyBreed: Border CollieFavorite treat: Antything, especially my parents’ leftoversFavorite activities: Escaping and terrorizing all the other dogs in my neighborhood; playing ball and frisbee; playing with my cousin Teeka who was a previous pet of the week.Tr...

LinkedIn Learning will not access student info

NIU switched to LinkedIn Learning this semester. Students will be able to access all the LinkedIn Learning features without giving up any privacy.

Anthony Parlogean

October 16, 2019

NIU recently switched from using Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning, according to the Division of Information Technology website.“LinkedIn Learning has the same great content, but provides an even more personalized experience,” according to the website.Students will not have to give up their personal informa...

Democratic debate left a lot to be desired

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (from left), former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren participate Tuesday in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Ohio.

Haley Galvin

October 16, 2019

I have never been one to closely follow politics; it’s always seemed filled with too many policies that would go over my head. It was intimidating to say the least. However, as a student journalist, I feel that I need to be more politically educated to truly be a good reporter in this climate. Whil...

Tails of the week: Boston

Tails of the week: Boston

Courtesy TAILS

October 16, 2019

If you are looking for a more mature cat who is playful, a complete love bug, has an abundance of personality, and is darn handsome to boot, you've found him in me, Boston! I'm a 7 yr. old who is pretty unforgettable. I'd make an ideal companion for someone who wants a cat who isn't going to hide in a corner, bu...

Hong Kong strife hits close to home

Anthony Parlogean

October 15, 2019

Students on campus should be empathetic toward the plight of Hong Kong protesters because government interference in individual liberties is a growing concern for Americans as well.The demonstrations among Hong Kong citizens that started back in April have turned into “clashes between protesters and...

Studying abroad can grant life skills

Studying abroad can grant life skills

Payton Higgins

October 14, 2019

Attending a university or college can offer a wide range of opportunities for academic and personal growth. One resource that allows for substantial development is study abroad programs. Studying abroad allows students the opportunity to earn class credit while spending time in a foreign country, and is som...