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Don’t lose track of your ideal lifestyle

By Aaron Brooks | May 1, 2012

Too often, as we grow older we accept the so-called realities of life. We accept that our life will most likely be a stereotypical one, void of adventure, and that the most we can hope for is a steady job that puts food on the table in the present and...

Four years of NIU in review

By Aaron Brooks | April 24, 2012

My decision to attend NIU was influenced by three factors: location, cost and reputation. After four years at NIU I have found other aspects more important. Reflecting on what has been important to me as a student, four factors come to mind: atmosphere,...

The dos and don’ts of fundraising

By Aaron Brooks | April 8, 2012

I love fundraisers. Not only is it a chance to contribute to a cause larger than NIU, it is also an opportunity to let loose the salesman inside. It is a firm belief of mine is that sales are 90 percent performance and 10 percent product. Think about...

People should decide their own well-being

By Aaron Brooks | April 3, 2012

ne of the first columns I wrote was that health care is a human right. As we await the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), let me familiarize you with the proceedings so far and reiterate my support of our right to health care....

‘Goldman Sachs’ must own up to harm caused

By Aaron Brooks | March 26, 2012

The most important piece of news since Bin Laden’s scuba adventure was passed over in two days. On March 14, Greg Smith’s op-ed, “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” was published in the New York Times. Because you may have been basking on the beach...

In Focus: Proposed bill to bring strip club tax in Ill.

A recent Associated Press article revealed that Illinois lawmakers are proposing a $5 strip club tax. The tax would apply to clubs that have both nude dancers and serve, or allow patrons to bring, alcohol. Clubs can avoid the fine by ceasing to serve...

GOP Presidential Candidates review, in Haiku

By Aaron Brooks | March 19, 2012

Mitt Romney   On cold snowy nights, your dad sat hungry sobbing. Romney got a raise.   Winter was pushed aside. The trees are just the right height, around Michigan.   A hot sweaty kiss. For everyone except the Mormon, no one wants Romney   On Halloween...

Career Services gives helping hand in moving on up

By Aaron Brooks | March 6, 2012

Good news everyone, our college education will pay off after all. With the recession and listening to the GOP debates I thought the best job my degree would earn me would be hamburger flipper. However, after reading the 41st edition of Recruiting Trends,...

What’s on your NIU bucket list

By Aaron Brooks | February 26, 2012

Come May 11, I am gone. Goodbye NIU. But before I graduate, there are a few more things I have to do: see a play, give out free hugs in the MLK Commons and howl from the roof of the Holmes Student Center. Three items left on my bucket list. What is on...

How to keep your paint one color, NIU parking tips

By Aaron Brooks | February 19, 2012

The primal pavements of the parking lots are NIU's ghetto. Commuter students are pinned against one and other to compete for a limited resource: a parking spot. "The man" tells us that there are plenty of parking spots to go around. We must work with...

Point, Counterpoint: College Republicans vs College Democrats

By Parker Happ and Aaron Brooks | February 1, 2012

Parker Happ: College Republicans are open minded. You may have raised an eyebrow at that statement, but believe it. College Republican Chairman Marc Belbis said, "If you have libertarian values, conservative values, neoconservative values, social conservative...

MyNIU helps keep students plugged in

By Aaron Brooks | January 24, 2012

Let us face it, MyNIU was only relevant to students once a semester when registering for classes. Now, with its new face lift, MyNIU looks to serve students daily needs with quick access to BlackBoard, Webmail and a myriad of other links to help students...