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TikTok working with Chinese government to monitor user data causes privacy concern

By Jack Baudoin, Lifestyle writer | January 21, 2020

With billions of people using social media, concerns regarding user security should be higher now than ever before. Social media is more popular than it has ever been, with 3.8 billion people using it in 2019, according to a Nov. 6 article by TheNextWeb.TikTok...

Chinas video game law is too strict

China’s video game law is too strict

By Jacob Roushia | December 2, 2019

On Nov. 5, China announced regulations for minors playing video games. This is part of a series of regulations released by the National Press and Publication Administration, according to the Guardian. These stipulations include only being able to play...

‘Midway’ displays one of history’s greatest battles

By Jacob Roushia | November 18, 2019

The film “Midway” tells the tale of one of the most important events in World War II’s Pacific Theater with strong characters and amazing action. “Midway” focuses on the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and the following Battle of Midway. Throughout...

Blizzard Entertainment takes winnings from gamer for anti-China remarks

By Jacob Roushia | October 15, 2019

An Esports player lost $10,000 over a political statement made during a postgame interview on Oct. 6. Ng Wai Chung, who plays under the handle Blitzchung, shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” according to CBS. This followed a Hearthstone...

Hong Kong strife hits close to home

By Anthony Parlogean | October 15, 2019

Students on campus should be empathetic toward the plight of Hong Kong protesters because government interference in individual liberties is a growing concern for Americans as well.The demonstrations among Hong Kong citizens that started back in April...

U.S should be weary of nuclear insight from North Korea

By Chris Grask | October 14, 2018

North Korea is putting up a façade in front of the world, and Americans should not be buying into it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that North Korea will allow investigators to view their nuclear sites. North Korea is holding an open...

Fareed Haque playing Charango in his office at the NIU Music Building on Tuesday 5/1

NIU gem to walk new path

By Batul Cutlerywala | May 3, 2018

Fareed Haque playing Charango in his office at the NIU Music Building on Tuesday 5/1

Education students teach overseas

By Lindsey Salvatelli | August 31, 2017

DeKALB — Students in the College of Education had a unique opportunity to test their academic achievements outside of the country in one of NIU’s premier programs.Educate Global, which was offered over the summer, was designed to provide undergraduate...

Fill in the Blank: The idea WWIII is on the way ________?

By Northern Star Staff | May 4, 2017

Recent missile tests conducted by North Korea have put the idea of World War III in the heads of many Americans. ... should concern people.Faith Mellenthin | ColumnistJust as the travel ban affected students at NIU, we should realize that the potential...

Harvard professor Joseph Nye talks power to packed auditorium

By Dave Thomas | February 23, 2011

The U.S. needs to think differently about power in the 21st century, world-renowned political science professor Joseph Nye told a packed auditorium Wednesday. Nye spoke to a group of about 200 NIU students, faculty and community members about how Americans...

China is not really a threat to America

China is not really a threat to America

By Aaron Brooks | February 1, 2011

You likely have heard it every day. You have watched it on television, or read it in newspapers. You have talked about it with friends and family. You might have even had nightmares about it. However, all you have heard, read, talked or dreamt is a lie....

Google: The new ‘evil empire’?

By David Thomas | September 29, 2010

It's weird to think that, back in the days of the 1990s, Microsoft was often derided as the "evil empire" of the corporate and technological warfare. Some would argue that Microsoft still is an evil empire like the Soviet Union. There are plenty of gamers...