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Lessons learned from Sauna Sessions

By Josh Alfrey and Kevin Bartelt | April 24, 2013

As a writer, effective communication is vital to connecting to the student body. Kevin Bartelt and I emulated this through our entertaining video blog. “Sauna Sessions” was created six weeks ago to put a comedic spin on the latest news at NIU. This...

Rememeber the innocent lives lost

Rememeber the innocent lives lost

By AJ Edwards | April 17, 2013

In light of the bombings in Boston, I feel it is only appropriate I take the time to write a blog about the men and women who have given their lives in the pursuit of defending our freedom. I also feel the need to remember and honor those innocent victims...

Kim Jong-Un is not capable but should not be ignored

Kim Jong-Un is not capable but should not be ignored

By AJ Edwards | April 3, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, whenever we turn on our television to watch the news there has been some sort of story on about North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Usually the programs focus on how he is consistently bringing up talks about a nuclear strike...

Chicago Cubs to face challenging season

By Rob Willer | March 18, 2013

As spring training hits the halfway point, the Cubs have seen their share of storylines this past off-season. We have seen a complete overhaul of the rotation as the Cubs made a big splash in free agency by adding Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Carlos...

Transitioning from military to civilian life

By AJ Edwards | March 6, 2013

Once you’ve finally dropped your pack and your call of duty has concluded, many vets find themselves wondering, “How to go from the military to the civilian workforce?” If your experience in the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was like mine,...

Goaltending will lead the ‘Hawks to success

By Sam Bauman | March 5, 2013

Goaltending was supposed to be the greatest weakness for the Chicago Blackhawks heading into this season, but it has quickly turning into the team’s biggest strength. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have been brilliant this season, combining for a 19-0-3...

Stay warm and trendy

By Kayla Cameron | March 4, 2013

Winter is a time to bundle up and to stay warm in any way possible. By that I mean wearing so many layers you can’t move. Staying warm also means sometimes sacrificing style for practicality and DeKalb, for instance, is no exception to this winter rule....

End educational stereotypes

By Cody Laplante | February 17, 2013

The numbers do not add up. According to the The Schott Foundation for Public Education, in 2008, the graduation rate for black male students was 47 percent in the U.S., whereas the rate for white male students was 78 percent. In a nation that promotes...

Voting a privilege to all in U.S.

By Katie Finlon | November 6, 2012

Today, I’m gonna go political on your butt. I’m sure Facebook is reminding you well enough that today’s Election Day—the day in which the fate of our country as we know it will be decided by the American people and the Electoral College. No pressure...

Use hugs to handle roommate problems

By Katie Finlon | October 16, 2012

I have a problem: I tend to think of the most awkward ways to alleviate tension in any given situation. Whether it’s saying something completely unwarranted or even a single hiccup, I promised myself that, one day, my social blunders would be hilarious....

Louie to take hiatus bad news for FX

By Kevin Bartelt | October 14, 2012

One of the funniest TV shows right now just announced it’s taking a hiatus for two years. Comedian Louis C.K. said his show, Louie, will not be making new episodes until 2014. According to, C.K. said, “I want the show to keep getting...

Blog: Important lessons learned from summer break

By Taurean Small | August 22, 2011

As I was approaching the end to an intense school year filled with term papers, Powerpoint presentations, and final exams (oh my), I realized summer employment was the last thing on my to do list. Unfortunately, procrastination brought me missed opportunities...