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Daniela Barajas

Daniela Barajas, Cartoonist

Daniela Barajas is a third-year student majoring in drawing. She joined the Star in the fall of 2024 as a cartoonist for the opinion section. Daniela will graduate in 2025, following a path that will allow her to be a character designer. Growing up at the same time as superheroes took over the spotlight, she gained an interest in them, and they were the reason she started to pursue this career path today.

All content by Daniela Barajas
A laptop open to a movie script rests on a table near a NIU Theatre Arts Bachelors Degree. NIU’s Fine Arts program should be expanded for the benefit of arts students. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Fine Arts program must be flexible

By James Bennett, Opinion Columnist
April 24, 2024
A snail approaches a black and white checkered finish line. The Spring 2024 semester will soon come to a close! (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

Cartoon: Near the finish line

By Daniela Barajas, Cartoonist
March 27, 2024
Eight fists raise toward a purple sky. Students should practice advocacy for political and social issues they care about. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Participate in student activism

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist
March 19, 2024
An NIU safety alert pops up on a phone with an orange and yellow gradient lockscreen. NIU should continue releasing safety alerts for every reported crime. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Send safety notifications again

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor
March 17, 2024
A Black woman accepts an Academy Award in front of a microphone.  Underrepresentation has long been a major issue at the Academy Awards. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Academy Awards lack diversity

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter
January 31, 2024
A student sits in their room, watching Netflix and eating ramen. As students, always so worn out with school work, sometimes it’s helpful to take a pause in life and just escape reality. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

Cartoon: Avoiding Reality

By Daniela Barajas, Cartoonist
January 28, 2024
Three people listen to rock music as the person in the middle holds up hand-horns, the rock ‘n’ roll gesture. Rock music has a politically powerful history. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Rock is a powerful genre

By Jescenia Calderon, Opinion Columnist
January 17, 2024
A student sits irritably in class as an instructor points at a chalkboard with a cold face. It’s important to maintain a friendly environment in the classroom as faculty and students return for the spring semester. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Professional doesn’t mean cold

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
January 15, 2024
A goose stands on top of a huskie. The NIU Huskies should become the NIU Geese. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] No more Huskies, we’re Geese

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 15, 2023
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 student sits in front of a computer with a poor Wi-Fi connection. NIU must provide both students and staff with working Wi-Fi. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] NIU needs to fix its internet

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor
October 23, 2023
A student experiences an educational epiphany while receiving math tutoring. NIU students shouldn’t be anxious to get tutoring. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Don’t shy away from tutoring

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter
October 12, 2023

Cartoon: Music memory

By Daniela Barajas, Cartoonist
October 5, 2023
Two children stand at the doors of a closed childcare center. It is important to invest in childcare programs. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

[Photo] Childcare programs deserve more support

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor
September 27, 2023

Cartoon: Attack on geese

By Daniela Barajas, Cartoonist
August 31, 2023
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