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Top editors bid farewell

By Angela L. Pagan | May 7, 2018

Thank you Northern Star familyAngela L. Pagan | Editor-in-Chief After four years of living in the Campus Life Building Room 130, today I say goodbye to my family at the Northern Star.I have gone from columnist to perspective editor to editor-in-chief...

Pass/Fail: National protests get local attention; Huskies should go to football games

By Angela Pagan | October 17, 2016

Pass: National protests get local attentionThe Black Student Union held multiple demonstrations on campus this past week in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I applaud its efforts to bring attention to a national issue to NIU.The action of the...

InFocus: Can students rely on MAP grants?

By Northern Star staff | January 21, 2016

Angela PaganPerspective EditorMany state funded-programs are not reliable due to the budget impasse, and MAP grants are included in the mix.Recently, an email sent to MAP grant recipients said NIU will continue to credit students this grant although the...

Perspective Editor

Perspective Section will raise student awareness

By Angela Pagan | January 21, 2016

My plan for the semester is to include columns that relate to students and discuss topics that affect their day to day lives. Re-occurring topics like life in residence halls, academic policies and student involvement are issues I will have columnists...

Pass: DeKalb officer helps motorist with tire, Fail: Confusing weather stresses out students

By Angela Pagan | January 19, 2016

Pass: DeKalb officer helps motorist with tireA DeKalb police officer recently went out of his way to help a stranger with a flat tire and his good deed did not go unnoticed.The officer did not have to change the motorist’s tire or drive them to go get...

InFocus: How do you beat procrastination?

By Northern Star staff | December 3, 2015

Angela PaganProcrastination is one of my biggest struggles when it comes to schoolwork. Once I am in the zone I can accomplish just about anything, but it takes so long for me to get in the zone that I tend to rush through things that need to be worked...

Pass: Library waives late fees for donations, Fail: Rate of homeless NIU students rises

By Angela Pagan | November 30, 2015

Pass:The Founders Memorial Library is running a new and beautiful can drive with a twist. Food for Fines runs now until Dec. 18. Students who have outstanding library fines can lower or even eliminate their balance by donating canned goods. Each canned...

A Syrian refugee child sleeps in his fathers arms while waiting at a resting point to board a bus Oct. 4, after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos.

InFocus: Should Illinois accept Syrian refugees?

By Northern Star staff | November 19, 2015

Angela PaganI do not agree with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to stop accepting refugees into Illinois. Rejecting refugees does not exemplify the principles of this nation. Our country is a product of religious refugees seeking asylum. So at this moment...

Pass: Basketball has promising season ahead, Fail: Man allegedly exposing self not yet caught

By Angela Pagan | November 5, 2015

Pass:A recent Northern Star column discussed the hopeful outlook on this year’s men’s basketball season. The team ended last season strongly, and though they lost in the first round of a tournament, they showed improvement from past years. NIU has...

InFocus: Should NIU adopt an open-source textbook program?

By Northern Star staff | October 19, 2015

The Affordable College Textbook Act, a bill reintroduced by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) on Oct. 8, would encourage universities to support pilot programs that create digital and print open-source textbooks. Universities participating in the programs...

Drug arrest increase shows police are doing better job

By Angela Pagan | October 8, 2015

The rise in drug law violation arrests at NIU is actually good news.The 2015-2016 Annual Safety and Security Report, which was released Oct. 1, shows that the number of reported drug law violations had about doubled since 2013; the report shows 113 violations...

Pass: food truck offers healthy options, Fail: self-defense class listed online with incorrect time

By Angela Pagan | October 1, 2015

PassThe Rolling Harvest Food Truck is a great improvement to the healthy food options available for students. I have said in the past NIU does not have many healthy food options for students, and finding cheap and healthy food is a challenge. Although...