Northern Star

The arson, murder charges against a 9-year-old boy are more complicated than they seem

Kennedy Jones

November 8, 2019

Kyle Alwood, a 9-year-old boy from Eureka, Illinois, is being charged with five counts of first-degree murder and various counts of arson after intentionally setting his family home on fire and killing five people in April. The fire started at approximately 11 p.m., and by the time firefighters arrive...

That time I… ventured out alone

That time I... ventured out alone

Paige Wright

August 28, 2019

My generation prides itself on being diverse, open-minded and creative. We walk with the weight of the world on our shoulders, searching for peace of mind. The one thing we struggle with is finding independence in being alone and being confident enough to do something we want without having to make ...

Interactions with geese can be peaceful

Geese lay in the grass April 18 at the lagoon by the NIU enterance.

Veronica McCulloh

April 25, 2019

Every spring, campus shares its grounds with Canada geese at the height of their mating season. Despite constant battles over turf, it is no secret the geese do not plan on giving up their territories. Many students can attest to the presence of aggressive, territorial geese, having encountered them on t...

Survivors of sexual assault are not alone

Haley Galvin

March 28, 2019

Every 92 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault, according to according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network statistics.Sexual assault is more common than people realize, and it is even more prevalent on college campuses. Compared to 18 percent of non-LGBTQ+ women, and 4 percent of non-LGBTQ+ men...

Hate crimes cannot be masked by the police and media

Ashley Hines

February 11, 2019

The softened language used by the media when discussing hate crimes dilutes the discriminatory motivation behind the injury.To recognize the true heinousness behind hate crimes, they must be addressed as such. Calling hate crimes what they are will open the floor to a larger discussion of discrimina...

Miss Universe Pageant makes history with first transgender contestant

Miss Universe Pageant makes history with first transgender contestant

Alana Peoples

December 27, 2018

On Dec. 16 history was made when Angela Ponce made her debut to represent as Miss Spain in Miss Universe 2018 as the first transgender woman to participate.   Although she did not win the title, Ponce is the first transgender woman to have competed in Miss Universe. The 27-year-old model said it was “an honor and ...

Starbucks sets positive example by working to reduce waste

Lucas Skye

July 16, 2018

America should follow Starbucks’ lead by banning disposable plastic straws.Starbucks is setting a great example by eliminating plastic straws from their locations globally by 2020, according to a July 9 press release by the company. The change stems from Starbucks desire to reduce the plastic waste...

Tim Burton’s history reveals dynamics

Ryan Janovic

February 17, 2018

On Jan. 17, 2008, The Northern Star published an opinion piece by a writer named Keith Cameron arguing Tim Burton is an overrated and repetitive filmmaker. A decade later, it’s time to review Cameron’s piece and reevaluate Burton’s place in history.Cameron’s primary argument is that Burton’...

Satire news is politically involving

Maddie Steen

November 16, 2017

Students who are unwilling to, or uninterested in, watching the news should consider watching satirical news shows like Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as a way to stay informed; these shows offer not only an entertaining way to consume the news but also factual information...

Birth control proposition is unethical

Lucas Skye

November 6, 2017

President Donald Trump’s administration is working to make medical necessities like birth control less accessible to women, which is both unethical and irresponsible. The logic of supporting this idea is that the United States has had “a long history of protecting individuals’ and organization...

Millennials prefer spirituality

Millennials prefer spirituality

Rachel Frainey

October 30, 2017

It’s not hard to find a reason why millennials are so quick to turn away from traditional religious beliefs. Thankfully, younger generations are finding other ways to instill trust through their beliefs. In an age where access to virtually any information is just a click away, millennials have take...

Makeup industry sets standards high

Maddie Steen

September 11, 2017

The makeup industry used to be known as one that profited off of others’ insecurities; now, the makeup industry is leading the show with crazy new trends, male makeup models and complete freedom of expression.Makeup is not just for covering blemishes. Makeup is used to communicate, express and relate to others ...