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Courtney Pincuspy, a first-year biology major, responds to a street interview prompt. What do students look for in a political candidate, and do students feel their votes matter? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Voting in elections

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor | February 29, 2024

The March 19 Illinois primary is quickly approaching, and voting is imperative to ensure your voice is heard and your values are represented. Knowing which issues you value makes you a more informed voter, which is integral in our misinformed society. Heading...

Five “Just Dandy” panels depict the adventures of Dandy, the black cat, as he goes on an aerial delivery trip. In this comic, Dandy is placed in a position of unexpected — and unwanted — leadership! (Christa Kim | Northern Star)

Just Dandy: Following the Leader

By Christa Kim, Cartoonist | February 29, 2024

A lilac ribbon with a white heart in its center represents eating disorder awareness. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week will end on March 3. (Camilla Dziadosz | Northern Star)

Expand eating disorder awareness

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | February 29, 2024

Feb. 26 to March 3 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders should be openly discussed without shame or judgment all of the time, not only during the week of awareness.  This annual campaign aims to educate the public about eating...

A figure dressed in black, white, yellow and red regalia spreads their arms beneath a yellow wolf head inspired by the First Nations Native Alliance’s artwork. NIU should implement an Indigenous Resource Center as petitioned by the First Nations Native Alliance. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)

NIU should approve Indigenous Resource Center

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | February 28, 2024

To embrace diversity, NIU must understand the needs of student groups and provide for them. An Indigenous Resource Center is necessary to foster community and give representation to Indigenous people. Indigenous students are faced with a wide range...

Music notes, a leapfrog, a birthday cake and an engagement ring surround the words: Leap Year. Do you enjoy Leap Day? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Poll: Do you enjoy Leap Day?

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | February 28, 2024

February brings a plethora of events such as Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, President’s Day and Groundhog Day. However, every four years is a Leap Year, which adds a day to February, so instead of 28 days, there are 29. The origin of Leap Years...

Former president Donald Trump raises a fist on Feb. 24 at a primary election night party in Columbia, South Carolina. Opinion Columnist Will Thiel believes Trump’s recent controversial statements about NATO were justified. (AP Photo | Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s NATO remarks benefit America

By Will Thiel, Opinion Columnist | February 27, 2024

Donald Trump is the only viable presidential candidate who can say what he wants on TV because he is not afraid to challenge the status quo and expose the political left's hypocrisy.  Holding a minority lead in the polls, Trump manages to capture...

A person stares in horror and humiliation at something on their screen, whispering: No, that cant be me. Deepfake pornography must be outlawed at a federal level to protect citizens from emotional trauma. (Mary Ngo | Northern Star)

Outlaw deepfake pornography

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | February 27, 2024

The world of AI has taken a dangerous turn and needs to be taken seriously. People are being taken advantage of through deepfake pornography. Deepfake porn is when people edit and use AI programs to alter photos of others to make nonconsensual porn....

A red embryo is linked to the adoption symbol. Biological connection is not necessary to establish a loving bond between parent and child. (Camilla Dziadosz | Northern Star)

Consider adoption over procreation

By Camilla Dziadosz, Opinion Columnist | February 26, 2024

Too often humans are engulfed in the narcissistic and primal desires to procreate. The natural inclination for procreation distracts people from having a considerate purpose for having children, which is evident when we observe the foster care crisis.  The...

A mouse peers outward beneath the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Animal testing. Is animal testing justified? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Animal Testing

By James Bennett and Santiago Montañez Bertoletti | February 26, 2024

ANIMAL TESTING IS UNJUSTIFIED By: James Bennett, Opinion Columnist Animal testing is among the most prevalent forms of experimentation worldwide, all justified under the guise of making the world safer for humans. Not only is this morally wrong,...

A newspaper lays open on a table to a page that reads “Letters to the Editor.” The Northern Star does not receive many letters to the editor, but the Northern Star Editorial Board would love to see readers sending in more! (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

Editorial: Letters to the editor benefit journalism

By The Northern Star Editorial Board | February 25, 2024

The last letter to the editor the Northern Star published was in February 2023. Don’t be shy, readers, send in more! WHAT ARE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR? A letter to the editor is written by a reader and delivered to a publication, often to share a...

Beauty products are broken and scattered against a light blue background. Customers need to respect free samples laid on display for their advantage at stores. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

Customers should respect cosmetic samples

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | February 25, 2024

Lately, there have been instances in beauty stores where customers are disrespectful toward sample products and employees. Consumers need to respect cosmetic samples and refrain from destroying or mishandling them. In beauty stores like Sephora and...

Genesis Dun, a sophomore art education major, responds to a street interview prompt. What experiences have students had with artificial intelligence? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Artificial Intelligence

By Camilla Dziadosz, Opinion Columnist | February 22, 2024

The potential of artificial intelligence may not be at the level we see in sci-fi movies, but it is reaching a threshold where its applications in our world may be concerning. About 56% of students said they have used AI to complete projects and...