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Unisex bathrooms are needed in an evolving society

Hayley Devitt

April 9, 2013

Last week, when I was asking around for “NIU First-World Problems,” someone whose name I didn’t catch offered me what I considered a “Real NIU Problem:” A young transgender man said our campus needs unisex bathrooms. For those who do not know, transgender individuals identify themselves with a ...

NIU professors react to DOMA and Prop 8 cases

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Logan Love

April 3, 2013

The Defense of Marraige Act will likely be struck down and Proposition 8 will be dismissed by the Supreme Court, according to Artemus Ward, political science professor and Supreme Court expert. The Supreme Court heard arguments on two cases last week that could change how marriage is defined and how ...

Students react to DOMA and Prop 8 cases

Brooke Shinberg

April 1, 2013

Students are conflicted over the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases looked at by the Supreme Court last week. California Proposition 8 was passed in 2008 by a state amendment process; its passing made only marriages between a man and a woman legal. This proposition grew from opposition to the California Supr...

NIU students, faculty reflect on legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
addresses marchers during his Have a Dream speech at the
Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Chelsey Boutan

January 16, 2012

Van Amos will never forget Aug. 28, 1963. It was growing dark outside. Amos and his brother stopped playing basketball and sprinted down the block - they didn't want to get in trouble with their parents for being out too late. Huffing and puffing, they finally reached their front porch. "We got there just...