Northern Star

Laptops in class provide tools, distractions for students

Senior marketing major Marissa Jambrone, uses her laptop
computer before class in the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building
Monday afternoon.

Hailey Kurth

February 5, 2012

On Elle Woods' first day at Harvard, she walked, notebook in hand, into a classroom of laptop-wielding students. In Legally Blonde, a laptop seems to be the utensil of choice; at NIU, some students feel differently. Sophomore marketing major Joey Wolfe said he brings his laptop to lecture classes, but decides n...

Classes should be research-based

Jack Baker

November 16, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I took a test in my Psychopathology class. I got an A on it, but if I had to take it again, I might fail. Not that much time has passed, but I've already forgotten most, if not all, of the information that was on the test. This is a big problem, but it is not the first time this ...

Registering for classes has become inconvenient

Jack Baker

November 8, 2011

Registration for the spring 2012 semester has begun and, once again, it is a frustrating process. The Northern Star Editorial Board already wrote about the huge problem of departments only offering some of the courses in the course catalogue; however, there are more problems with the registration pro...

Editorial: NIU’s undergraduate catalog should reflect the amount of classes offered

Editorial Board

November 6, 2011

NIU has earned a C average in coursework this year.The university offers many courses to students on the pages of its undergraduate catalog, but it only offers about 71 percent of those courses in a classroom.In accountancy, 77 percent of courses that appeared in the '11-'12 undergraduate catalog were offered in t...

Kishwaukee College offers a wide range of continuing education courses

A Kishwaukee Community College student works on learning how to
make  stained glass in a recreational class.

October 23, 2011

MALTA | Taking a course in brewing beer or the fundamentals of knitting are only a few of the continuing education classes available at Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road.The unique classes cater to students who want to learn a new hobby and those who are interested in picking up new skills for their busine...

Some NIU departments need more variety

Jack Baker

October 23, 2011

Sometimes, I feel like I'm paying to take the same class twice, and it sucks. Last year, I took Media Management (JOUR 449) where we talked a great deal about media convergence and media conglomeration and the effects they have had on media and society. Now, I'm taking Mass Media in Modern Society (JOUR ...

NIU should implement the trimester system

NIU should implement the trimester system

Logan Short

April 27, 2011

Imagine getting off of school for winter break when Thanksgiving break starts instead of a week or two later, an extra week for spring break and fewer classes per period. These are some of the benefits that NIU would see from a trimester schedule versus the current two-semester school year. Take Kno...

NIU’s semester schedule works just fine

NIU's semester schedule works just fine

Jack Baker

April 27, 2011

There are a number of colleges that employ a trimester schedule as opposed to the semester schedule (which NIU uses). While some people may want to switch, I don't see any benefit that would come from it.Knox College in Galesburg, IL uses a trimester schedule where students take three courses over a te...

Things to consider when deciding where to take summer classes

Portia Kerr-Newman

April 19, 2011

It's getting close to the end of the school year and students are wrapping up midterms and preparing for final exams. While some students are excited for their chance to relax following the stressful school year, not everyone is going to take a break for the summer. Some students want to continue thei...

General education courses are not a waste of time

Letter writer

April 17, 2011

As a person who works in advising and is a student balancing a major and a minor, I have heard both sides of the argument concerning general education requirements. While many students roll their eyes, I have seen numerous benefits from having the requirement, than not. Jack Baker made the point that t...

General education classes produce well-rounded students

General education classes produce well-rounded students

Jack Baker

April 13, 2011

Some students think that general education classes should not be required because they are not relevant to their majors, but these classes are important in creating well-rounded students.David Gorman, associate professor of English, said general education classes help students develop basic skills like pro...

General education courses are a waste of time and money

General education courses are a waste of time and money

Alyssa Pracz

April 13, 2011

General education courses should not be required for college students. For many, they are a waste of time and money that could be better spent elsewhere.Students should not be forced to take classes that cover materials they have already been familiar with at some point in high school. I remember as...