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TikTok working with Chinese government to monitor user data causes privacy concern

By Jack Baudoin | January 21, 2020

With billions of people using social media, concerns regarding user security should be higher now than ever before. Social media is more popular than it has ever been, with 3.8 billion people using it in 2019, according to a Nov. 6 article by TheNextWeb.TikTok...

Chinas video game law is too strict

China’s video game law is too strict

By Jacob Roushia | December 2, 2019

On Nov. 5, China announced regulations for minors playing video games. This is part of a series of regulations released by the National Press and Publication Administration, according to the Guardian. These stipulations include only being able to play...

Veterans deserve incredible honor

By Haley Galvin | November 10, 2019

Growing up, I had a few veterans in my immediate family, as well as a several others spread throughout my family tree. Having veterans in my family means that I take a great deal of pride in their service and in observance of Veterans Day on Monday.This...

Fill in the blank: If I could study abroad anywhere, I would go to…

By Northern Star Opinion Staff | October 11, 2019

NorwayHunter Weston | Contributor I’ve been to Norway before. The summer after my senior year of high school, I was taken to Norway as a graduation present and we stayed in Oslo for two weeks. My family has a strong Norwegian heritage that we are very...

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

FAFSA applications will open Oct. 1. Students and their parents will have to fill out the application for the student to receive financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year. 

FAFSA process needs reform

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 25, 2019

FAFSA applications for the 2020-21 school year open Oct. 1, and students will soon be tasked with the complicated process of proving they are worthy of financial assistance for college expenses. In determining FAFSA eligibility, a student is reduced to...

America needs to think about its identity, not Colin Kapernick or shoes

By James Krause | July 18, 2019

It is fitting to me that the President’s Salute to America wasn’t sun kissed and bright like the ideal day for attendees would have been, but cloudy with occasional downpours.For the past few years on Independence Day, there has been a cloud over...

Day 1 - Flight mishaps and delayed landings: A first-hand account of studying broad

Day 1 – Flight mishaps and delayed landings: A first-hand account of studying broad

By Catherine Carter | July 2, 2019

Four flight delays, three flight cancellations, two days and one mini airport breakdown later, I’M FINALLY HERE IN OXFORD!  After moving smoothly through baggage check-in on Saturday – thanks to my man Andrew at American Airlines! – and quickly...

Heading across the pond: A first-hand account of studying abroad

Heading ‘across the pond:’ A first-hand account of studying abroad

By Catherine Carter | July 1, 2019

 All of my last minute Amazon deliveries are here, my bags are packed, and I’m ready to leave America behind! Well, temporarily at least. My name is Catherine Carter. I am an English major and just finished my freshman year here at NIU. I am also...

DREAM Action NIU hosts sixth annual Coming out of the Shadows

By Kierra Frazier | April 10, 2019

DeKALB — Undocumented students came out of the shadows to tell personal stories to students and faculty while reflecting on the hardships they face in America.DREAM Action NIU hosted its 6th annual Coming Out of the Shadows event in the Carl Sandburg...

People need to care about gun violence

People need to care about gun violence

By Ashley Hines | March 18, 2019

There needs to be a change of attitude when dealing with the prioritization of drastic and progressive efforts and gun violence needs to top that list before it touches more lives.Six people were killed and six people were injured during the mass shooting...