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DOMA, pride parade bring hope for future of LGBT communities

By Brenda Krause | July 1, 2013

Sunday was Chicago’s 44th Annual Pride Parade. According to an ABC 7 News report, a whopping one million people attended the celebratory event.I also had the privilege to proudly stand alongside fellow supporters. The crowd was packed tighter than a...

Summer classes beat sleeping in every day

By Brenda Krause | June 25, 2013

Summer has officially arrived, and many students have already taken advantage of the warmer temperature and longer daylight. Indeed, it is time for lounging by the pool, cooking on the grill and breaking out the aloe vera for those inevitable sun burns....

Viral blog gains columnist’s respect

By Brenda Krause | May 6, 2013

Teachers used to be seen as important members of society. Today their profession is one of the most devalued in the nation. Randy Turner, a Missouri public school teacher, would certainly agree. Last month he wrote a blog titled “A Warning to Young...

The U.S. is falling behind on same-sex marraige

By Brenda Krause | May 1, 2013

Twelve years ago the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, several countries have followed in the same progressive footsteps. It has been a triumphant decade for LGBT communities all over the world. More recently,...

NIU from a transfer student’s perspective

By Brenda Krause | April 24, 2013

The transition from high school to college is an exciting, unnerving experience. Incoming freshmen can relate to the cliche analogy, “Small fish in a big pond.” As a post-transfer student, I can also relate. I previously attended Western Illinois...