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Columnist Lloyd joined after-school reading programs when he was was in third grade.

That Time I…. was suspected of cheating on a reading quiz

By Mason Lloyd, Opinion Columnist | September 22, 2022

As a former 90s kid, current 20-year-olds might think I came out of an archaeological dig. Why were we so obsessed with slap bracelets (and why were they banned from school, for that matter)? Why spend so much of our meager allowances on cardboard circles...

Cheating during an over-the-board game of chess is difficult and rare.

Checkmate: Did a rook beat a king?

By Derek Bos, Opinion Columnist | September 22, 2022

There’s been an obscene amount of drama mushrooming within the chess community since Sept. 4 due to the tantrum of the sport’s all-time highest rated player and current world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen.  19-year-old Grandmaster Hans Niemann,...

Scandal brings to light inequalities in education

By Ashley Hines | March 25, 2019

The recent college admissions scandal highlights deep-seated issues of inequality in higher education. The opportunity to attend a university should be achieved through an impartial process — not given to the highest bidder.Federal investigators revealed...

Plus/minus grading system rewards those who work hard

By Letter Writer | March 7, 2011

Despite the overwhelming opposition to altering the grading systems, I support the conversion. To date, I have yet to hear a valid reason why there shouldn't be a change. This conversion would actually help students to be rewarded for better work, rather...

Implementing a plus/minus grading system hurts current students

By Letter Writer | March 6, 2011

In regards to the implementation of a new grading system at NIU, I must express my deep concern. I see many problems arising out of such a system being placed on the students who are well into their degree programs. With the amount of stress already being...