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David J. Gunkel, professor of communication studies and author of “Robot Rights,” holds a book talk and argues if robots should have moral or legal standing Wednesday in the Founders Memorial Library.

Rights of robots need discussion

By Noah Thornburgh | February 11, 2019

Yelling at Siri, kicking a Roomba, throwing a Jibo; what it means for these to be right or wrong was the topic of a book talk with professor of media studies David J. Gunkel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 71 North space in Founders Memorial Library....

Targeted ads may be the price of using social media

By Noah Thornburgh | January 31, 2019

Social media companies are set on consolidating their user bases, which means targeted advertisements will get more intrusive as more user data is funneled to advertisers. Facebook is planning to merge three of its subsidiary messaging platforms by 2020,...

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, right, Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, second right, and Bahrains Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, second left, attend the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Salman addressed the summit on Wednesday, his first such comments since the killing earlier this month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

Point/ Counterpoint: WWE

By James Krause | October 31, 2018

WWE needs to cancel Crown JewelJames Krause | Sports Contributor After the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, several prominent business figures pulled out of a Saudi Arabian investment conference.If Saudi Arabia is too unsettled...

Top editors bid farewell

By Angela L. Pagan | May 7, 2018

Thank you Northern Star familyAngela L. Pagan | Editor-in-Chief After four years of living in the Campus Life Building Room 130, today I say goodbye to my family at the Northern Star.I have gone from columnist to perspective editor to editor-in-chief...

Diversity events lack direction

By Lucas Skye | October 2, 2017

NIU is making deliberate efforts to create a safe and inclusive campus by hosting diversity events that hope for change yet create none. The main goal is to serve a “diverse student population,” according to the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity...

Columnist reflects on college career

By Ed Rietveld | May 5, 2013

Since this will be my last column ever written as a member of the Northern Star and as a student at NIU, my goodbye message is a rather simple one: Thank you. Thank you to NIU for being only an hour and 10 minutes away from my home so a person who is...

In Focus: What is the best/worst thing about Thanksgiving?

In Focus: What is the best/worst thing about Thanksgiving?

Aaron Brooks, columnist: By far the best thing about Thanksgiving is the food. I have an apartment so I can cook good meals, but ugh, November has been busy. Most of my meals this month have come from Subway, Big Rapp Daddy's and Taco Bell. Needless to...

Self-plagiarism policy doesn’t account for coursework redundancy

By Dave Thomas | November 2, 2010

Have you ever heard something that stops you in your tracks, halts your entire thought process, and makes you say, "Wait, what?" That's how I felt when I heard about "self plagiarism." Larry Bolles, the director of the Office of Community Standards and...

Power Grid, not cars, is the key to sustainable energy

By Logan Short | October 26, 2010

Last Tuesday, the Northern Star reported about GE's WattStation which would help provide a way to charge electric vehicles. In the article, NIU Transportation Manager Bill Finucane said the problem of purchasing the vehicle is the infrastructure to fuel...

Here’s some advice for spring registration, use your adviser

By Phil Case | October 19, 2010

The time to pick classes for spring semester is fast approaching. Before you make the mistake of loading up on science and math classes just to get your general education requirements out of the way, here are some simple tips to help you set up a reasonable...

In Focus: What does homecoming mean to you?

In Focus: What does homecoming mean to you?

This Friday marks the apex of Homecoming 2010 activities. A king and queen will be crowned, alumni will join students in watching NIU play Buffalo, and there will be much rejoicing. For this week's "In Focus," various Northern Star columnists will weigh...