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College is time to find limits

By Carl Nadig | December 7, 2014

For some students, college is the beginning of personal discovery, career building or living an independent life away from “home.”College acts as the time when limitations — inside and outside the classroom — are stretched or discovered for the...

In Focus: What are your plans, goals and advice for winter break?

In Focus: What are your plans, goals and advice for winter break?

By Perspective Staff | December 7, 2014

Blake GlossonOver break, I will do job shadowing, prepare to lead a young adult’s ministry at my church and I might even do some laundry once or twice.But, let’s be honest, what would I actually accomplish by describing my winter plans to you? Unless...

NIU football players celebrate in the locker room after beating the Western Michigan Broncos Friday at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. NIU won, 31-21.

Pass/Fail: NIU offers low-priced tickets for game, Christmas music has started to spread

By Carl Nadig | December 4, 2014

Pass: NIU offers low-priced tickets for gameNIU is offering a financially reasonable deal for those who want to travel to the upcoming MAC Championship football game.NIU is providing students a chance to go to Ford Field in Detroit for $20. The fan package...

Pass/Fail: Country concert scheduled for February; Tickets for shows at Convo too expensive

By Carl Nadig | November 20, 2014

Pass: Country concert scheduled for FebruaryIt’s beneficial for students and efforts to boost university engagement when there’s a concert booked at the Convocation Center.Earlier this week, singer-songwriter Brad Paisley announced a performance to...

In Focus: How can the SA improve parking for students?

By Perspective Staff | November 18, 2014

Blake GlossonOne potential solution to this problem is to convert at least some of the blue parking spaces into yellow.Aside from the lack of parking, metered parking is a flawed system — at least from the student’s standpoint. For one thing, the...

Pass/Fail: Novel writing month kicks off Saturday; Cafes host open mic night simultaneously

By Carl Nadig | October 30, 2014

Pass: Novel writing month kicks off SaturdayCreative minds can participate in a global writing marathon beginning Saturday and lasting until the end of November.National Novel Writing Month is a drawn-out project as participants write a 50,000-word novel...

Pass/Fail: City Council saves homes from zones; steam outage will leave students cold

By Carl Nadig | October 29, 2014

PassCity Council decided to exclude the John and Harrison Street neighborhoods from a proposed enterprise zone.These neighborhoods are sacred to the city’s identity. These streets are meaningful to the people who live or have lived in the area. The...

In Focus: Why should students attend cultural events?

By Perspective staff | October 28, 2014

The Indian Students Association is hosting a cultural awareness event called Sanskruti at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Holmes Student Center.Marilou TerronesThe best way to get to know someone is by understanding where he or she comes from.To do so, we must...

Weekly Gripe: Campus Internet in city overdue

By Carl Nadig | October 23, 2014

NIU should’ve started expanding its wireless network to the downtown DeKalb area years ago to strengthen the relationship between the campus and city, establishing a “communiversity” with the campus Internet as the link.The Division of Information...

In Focus: Should students worry about Ebola in the USA?

In Focus: Should students worry about Ebola in the USA?

By Perspective Staff | October 21, 2014

Angelina McNeela | @A_McNeela_NSI don’t find it unreasonable to consider a potential pandemic.No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t think Ebola is being used as a fear factor — this is a real threat. The Centers for Disease Control is estimating...

In Focus: What are your thoughts on campus printing?

By Perspective Staff | October 13, 2014

Marilou TerronesThe allocated amount of money for printing should be raised, especially because the amount of printing from students varies from major to major.I consider myself poor because I need to save money for food and bills, among other things....

Pass/Fail: NIU cleans, redesigns Web homepage; Post-game traffic rush could improve

By Carl Nadig | October 12, 2014

Pass: NIU cleans, redesigns Web homepageNIU’s Web redesign is a progressive step for adapting to technology-savvy students.I’m sure everyone has his or her own opinions on how he or she is adjusting to the redesign of NIU’s website, Regardless...