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A girl in a pink coat, hat and scarf stands on green grass between patches of snow. She is witnessing the snow melting as the weather starts to become warmer. (Mary Ngo | Northern Star)

Cartoon: At the End of Winter

By Mary Ngo, Cartoonist | February 15, 2024

A phone with a pink heart is surrounded by floating white hearts beneath the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Dating Apps. Are dating apps worth it? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Dating Apps

By Emily Beebe and Alberto Briones | February 15, 2024

DATING APPS AREN'T WORTH IT By: Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist Love is in the air, but it’s certainly not in dating apps. Dating apps are redundant and can lead to problems, not true love. Dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Hinge...

An ambulance waits at a red light in front of the NIU Visitor’s Center. EMTs should be compensated well for their life-saving work. (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

EMTs deserve more pay

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | February 14, 2024

EMTs are best known for working in high-stress environments and saving people’s lives. EMTs should be paid more for the lifesaving work they do. EMTs play a pivotal role in the medical field by providing immediate life-saving medical care, according...

A copy of William Shakespeare’s 1597 “Romeo and Juliet” shows the title page of the playwright, as printed for Malone Society Reprints in 2000, and is located in the Founder’s Memorial Library. Is Romeo and Juliet a love story? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Poll: Is ‘Romeo and Juliet’ a love story?

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | February 13, 2024

“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo,” Act 5, Scene 3. The classic Shakespeare play was published in 1597, but whether there was never a story of more love requires debate. Let’s pick it apart, can we call “Romeo...

Seven ‘Just Dandy’ panels depict the adventure of Dandy, the black cat. In this comic, Dandy learns the meaning of Valentine’s Day…probably. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)

Just Dandy: Valentine (?)

By Christa Kim, Cartoonist | February 13, 2024

A masculine hand reaches to take a rose held in the palm of another hand. Men should receive flowers as gifts just as women typically do. (Gabriel Fiorini | Northern Star)

Give men flowers

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | February 12, 2024

Considering the changing ways of showing affection, giving flowers to women remains. Women have traditionally valued flowers as tokens of appreciation. However, these sexist notions need to be abandoned; men should get to enjoy flowers too. Larry Aiyelabola,...

Two figures discuss transracial adoption at a desk, clarifying the needs of children will differ by race. Parents adopting children of different races must educate themselves on the unique challenges their child will face. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)

Transracial adoption requires education

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | February 12, 2024

Adopting children is a process that takes time and careful consideration, especially if you are adopting a child of another race. Pursuing accurate information and educating yourself is important when adopting. Transracial adoption applies when parents...

Andrea Ignacio, senior communications major, responds to a street interviews prompt. What are the best and worst dates students have been on? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Best and worst dates

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | February 11, 2024

No tea spills quite as deliciously as a bad date story, and on a college campus filled with students primarily of the peak dating age, romantic drama runs afoot.  Oftentimes what makes a date bad is spiking levels of awkwardness, the doomed feeling...

A locker room is divided down the middle with aging and broken lockers on one side and sparkling, new lockers on the other. The Rec Center’s new locker room renovations are a good start, but much more could be done. (Debbie Allen | Northern Star)

Editorial: Rec Center renovations good, but not enough

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 11, 2024

The NIU Recreation Center renovations have finally addressed the locker rooms’ glaring issues, but there is still a lot more work to be done. From the dark stains on the carpet to ugly blue lockers that began rusting what looked like years ago, the...

A huskie prances down a wooded, cobble-stone path surrounded by floating hearts. Valentines Day is just around the corner, NIU; its time to spread the Huskie love! (Robin Gamboa | Northern Star)

Cartoon: Puppy Love

By Robin Gamboa, Cartoonist | February 8, 2024

Four “Just Dandy” panels depict the adventures of Dandy, the black cat. After getting injured, he visits Dr. Kerfluffle, the cream, striped cat, only to receive a grim prognosis. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)

Just Dandy: Bedside Manner

By Christa Kim, Cartoonist | February 8, 2024