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Top 5: Take road trips, go camping during summer

By Anthony Szudarski | April 30, 2014

The semester is just about over, and I’m extremely grateful for that fact.Here are my top five suggestions on what to do with your summer vacation.No. 5: Just relaxTake the time to catch your breath and do nothing for a while.While some of us will be...

Top 5: Relieve finals stress with food, frequent breaks

By Anthony Szudarski | April 23, 2014

With finals week just around the corner, some of us might be starting to stress out a bit.Whether doing well on the exam determines if you pass the class or you don’t even have to show up to pass, here are my top five stress-relief methods to consider.No....

InFocus: What’s stressing you out about this semester’s last few weeks?

By Perspective Staff | April 21, 2014

Jeremiah CaterinaManaging my time effectively becomes more stressful with finals looming.My wife tells me I am a masochist. After all, she says, who else would think working two jobs and commuting an hour to school five times a week while taking 17 credit...

Top 5: Spend tax return wisely, but indulge a bit

By Anthony Szudarski | April 15, 2014

With the deadline for filing your taxes having passed, it’s time to look to the future. With that comes return checks. Here are my top five things to spend your tax return money on.No. 5: RentAs much as we all love having new toys and a good time, you...

5 ways to replace Douglas

By Anthony Szudarski | March 31, 2014

What does NIU need now that a beloved residence hall is slated for demolition?As a former resident of Douglas Hall, I’ve thought of a few ideas that might be more beneficial to the campus than the plan of extending Lucinda Avenue.No. 1: A Giant Huskie...

Sunday fire hurts one, causes $9,000 in damage

By Anthony Szudarski | November 18, 2013

One person was harmed in a Sunday night fire on Regent Drive.At about 9 p.m. Sunday, a kitchen fire broke out in an apartment at 765 Regent Drive. The fire was put out by responders. One occupant received first-degree burns to his or her face, and no...

Government studown could hurt finances, job market for students

Government studown could hurt finances, job market for students

By Kelly Bauer & Anthony Szudarski | October 2, 2013

A government shutdown may not have an immediate impact on students, but it could affect them as it continues.The government’s failure to meet a budget deadline Monday night meant some departments would not be funded and hundreds of thousands of federal...

New iPhone due out, cell obsession lives on

New iPhone due out, cell obsession lives on

By Anthony Szudarski | September 18, 2013

I’m worried we focus too much on convenience with our phones today.The Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available to the public Friday. With so many news agencies reporting on the new models, I wonder why the phones are such a big deal.Alexander...

Pass/Fail: Eminem freezes on live TV, man confesses to murder on YouTube

By Anthony Szudarski | September 9, 2013

Which events pass? Which ones fail? Find out what columnist Anthony Szudarski had to say about it.Pass: Cordle confesses on YouTubeMatthew Cordle of Columbus, Ohio, confessed in a YouTube video to driving drunk, which resulted in a car accident that killed...

Life as Sims at NIU would be too easy, boring

By Anthony Szudarski | September 5, 2013

Sometimes I wish going to college was more like playing The Sims.According to The Sims website, “The Sims 3” is a game in which you can “fulfill [your Sims’] wishes to earn points toward their ultimate lifetime happiness, or ignore them and watch...

Success, experience valuable from sources outside the classroom

By Anthony Szudarski | August 26, 2013

What are you going to do now?Classes are starting and while that’s the most important thing to keep in mind, many of us are going to be left with free time to fill between classes, studying and work.Now, you could spend that time playing video games,...

Congress can’t agree so students have to pay

By Anthony Szudarski | July 8, 2013

I go into every semester of school much the same way: constantly worried about how I’m going to pay for my education.As of this month, the interest rates on Subsidized Stafford Loans have doubled for college students from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent....