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Douglas Hall torn down to make way for Lucinda Avenue extension

By Satta Kendor | January 12, 2015

The ramped-up deconstruction of Douglas Hall during winter break was the first step in extending Lucinda Avenue.The deconstruction is part of NIU President Doug Baker’s Master Plan Thesis, an outline of ideas to improve campus. The extension of Lucinda...

Boredom: Excitingly dull remedy to fighting off college stress

By Annastazia Camarena | August 27, 2013

I’ve come to realize we are no longer just human beings.With apps for everything you could ever think of, to countless social media sites to scroll through and life’s incalculable demands, we have become human doings.College students are some of the...

There are some perks to taking summer classes

By Annastazia Camarena | April 29, 2013

Summer classes are probably the last thing college students want to think about around this time of the semester, but consider how the benefits can outweigh the cons. Summer classes are a great way to get credits in a short amount of time. Some local...

Four things you never want to find in your room

By Annastazia Camarena | April 23, 2013

Life is full of surprises. Chances are that once in a while you will get a very unpleasant one that could really turn your day around. We all had our fair share of awful surprises, but the worst are when you find them in your own humble abode. Let me...

Break free from college stereotypes

By Annastazia Camarena | April 15, 2013

When most people think of college, the first things that might come to mind are very stereotypical: wild parties, sexual experimentation and ramen noodles. This might be a reality for some, but for most of us it is far from how students spend their college...

5 tips to decode food labels

By Annastazia Camarena | April 7, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food labels on most packaged food products and encourages food manufactures to make the labeling easier to understand with standard nutrition facts. While it may be easy for some nutritionists to fully understand...

Social media does not belong in the classrooms

By Annastazia Camarena | March 27, 2013

Technology is taking to the hearts of classrooms; tradition chalkboards and notebooks are a thing of the past, replaced with PowerPoint presentations and laptops. When I heard that some professors allow live Twitter feeds to stream in large lectures,...

It’s never too late to learn more

By Annastazia Camarena | March 25, 2013

You are never too old to learn something new, so why should your age dictate your college experience? College life meant doing it big to Jerry Reid, a 68-year-old man who attends the University of Virginia as an undergraduate. Kudos to him, right? Here’s...

Social media ruins surprises

By Annastazia Camarena | March 19, 2013

Yet again, I find myself damning social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but this time it is for ruining face-to-face conversations. We have all found out breaking news on social networking sites or, like me, became the last to know. I understand...

Cheap sunglasses may do more harm than good

By Annastazia Camarena | March 5, 2013

They hide the dark circles under your eyes and they come in many shapes, designs and sizes--who doesn’t love sunglasses? However, before you buy cheap but fashionable sunglasses, think about your eyes. Cheap sunglasses may seem like the reasonable choice...

College debt can be a pain for parents

By Annastazia Camarena | February 25, 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but if it did students would still need a forest to cover their college tuition. As college tuition steadily increases, many are finding out that student loans and financial aid aren’t covering the cost of their tuition....

InFocus: Valentine’s Day Plans

February 13, 2013

AJ Edwards Columnist I don’t think that Valentine’s Day is different from any other day. I don’t believe in going out of my way to give my wife a gift or take her to some expensive restaurant. To me, I think one should always treat that special...

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