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Lucy Atkinson

Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor

Lucy Atkinson first joined the star in the fall of 2022 as an opinion columnist. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, she is a sophomore at NIU majoring in journalism with hopes to minor in geology. In her free time, Lucy enjoys reading, going for runs, playing piano and collecting notes on Illinois’s beautiful flora and fauna!

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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)

[Photo] EMTs deserve more pay

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist
February 14, 2024
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
The black and white keys of a Kimball acoustic piano wait to be tickled in a practice room in the NIU Music Building. Piano accompaniment included or otherwise, what’s the best genre of music? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

[Photo] Poll: What’s the best genre of music?

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist
January 16, 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)

Professional doesn’t mean cold

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
January 15, 2024
A goose perches atop an NIU building on a partly cloudy day. Geese and students compete for space on NIU’s campus, but geese are often found with the higher ground. (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

[Photo] No more Huskies, we’re Geese

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 15, 2023
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, Opinion Editor
October 31, 2023
A computer on the first floor of the Founders Memorial Library displays a red sign-in screen for the Math Assistance Center. Students shouldn’t be anxious to receive tutoring. (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

[Photo] Don’t shy away from tutoring

By Kahlil Kambui, Opinion Columnist
October 12, 2023
The first page of the U.S. Constitution on display. The constitution has experienced many amendments and should always be allowed to evolve through the generations. (Courtesy of Wikicommons)

Constitutional amendments are necessary

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
September 11, 2023
An IUD laying on a persons hand. An IUD is a form of reversible birth control that is proven to be extremely painful, but some medical personal might downplay the pain. (Courtesy of Wikimedia)

Doctors, please take female pain seriously

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
September 6, 2023
File - The American and FOX flags fly outside the News Corp. and Fox News headquarters on  April 19, in New York. Fox Corp.s hefty $787.5 million settlement with Dominion over defamation charges is unlikely to make a dent in Foxs operations, analysts say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Fox deserved more retribution

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
May 4, 2023
 FILE - Tucker Carlson attends the final round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., July 31, 2022. Carlson was abruptly bounced from his popular prime-time show earlier in the day without explanation from Fox.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Good riddance, Tucker Carlson

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
May 3, 2023
Two vegan chickpea burgers sitting on a platter. Columnist Lucy Atkinson suggests taking a chance on vegan options when eating at fast-food chains.

Go meatless at the next drive-thru

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
April 5, 2023
Walmart is open seven days a week and carries a wide selection of items. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Poll: What is your go-to grocery store?

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
February 28, 2023
Columnist Lucy Atkinson suggests looking into birding as a possible hobby to help relieve stress and other mental health situations.

Inclusive Birding Club can provide comfort

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
February 20, 2023
Since COVID-19 started in March 2020, air travel has decreased and has struggled to adjust to the new normal.

COVID-19 has changed outlook on travel

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
January 29, 2023
Space exploration hit new highs in 2022 and Columnist Lucy Atkinson believes its good were going up into the sky again.

A new space race is looming

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
January 23, 2023
Opinion Columnist Lucy Atkinson shares a story about an unfortunate high school ski race.

That Time I… snail-paced a ski race

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
November 4, 2022
A Planned Parenthood health center is shown in Waukegan, Ill., June 28, 2022.

Thank you, Planned Parenthood Mobile

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
October 23, 2022
According to a study by PEN America, 1,648 separate book titles were banned in schools across the United States.

Why banning books is so dangerous

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
October 5, 2022
Mosquitos search for nectar and serve as the storks of the floral world, carrying pollen from plant to plant.

Unpopular opinion: Spare the mosquitos

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor
September 25, 2022
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