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Appreciate time spent in college

By Danny Cozzi | May 4, 2014

If I learned anything about life over the past four years, it’s that time escapes a lot easier than I expected.Time is this intangible but vital part of life we depend on so much, and yet it slips through our fingers like running water.When I leave...

Weekly Gripe: Professor reviews feel useless

By Danny Cozzi | April 30, 2014

I fill out professor reviews diligently, but I shrug my shoulders after I hand them in.This week I’ve heard rumors ranging from every single evaluation is read to reviews with all poor or all positive marks are thrown away.I don’t know who or what...

Pass/Fail: 2 Chainz concert proves Sunday performances fail, NIU expecting enrollment drop of 800 students

By Danny Cozzi | April 28, 2014

Pass: 2 Chainz concert proves Sunday performances failIf we need indisputable evidence NIU should rethink how it books performances, 2 Chainz’s flop on Sunday is it.I’m not suggesting it was good for students to see a lame show. Well, actually, maybe...

Weekly Gripe: NIU no good with graduation

By Danny Cozzi | April 24, 2014

I’ll be among the many to admit I rarely check my student email account.I don’t bother because I rarely get anything worth reading: Student Health 101, Blackboard announcements I see when I log in to Blackboard and endless English major scholarship...

Weekly Gripe: 2,018 trees goal met on accident

By Danny Cozzi | April 17, 2014

The Master Plan Thesis has yet another reason to drop its plan to plant 2,018 trees by the fall semester.DeKalb was dubbed a 2013 Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation.The Tree City award is given to cities that take good care of their trees. Evidently,...

Pass/Fail: Flash snowstorm gets its last laugh, Finals devilishly loom in distance

By Danny Cozzi | April 15, 2014

Pass: Flash snowstorm gets its last laughYou all thought we had made it, didn’t you? So did I.But, in a sick way, I enjoyed Monday’s sudden snowfall. While cursing under my breath at the storm, I laughed at my naivety in thinking Chicago weather would...

Weekly Gripe: About time for bus workshop

By Danny Cozzi | April 10, 2014

I’m going to be honest: As much as I love the way the bus system has changed over the year, I hate the way the bus system has changed over the year.I’m still never really sure when my bus will round the corner to the stop I meticulously plan to be...

Pass/Fail: Only 4 weeks until spring classes end, Selectin res. hall stressul for students

By Danny Cozzi | April 6, 2014

Pass: Only 4 weeks until spring classes endIt’s finally happening, folks: The days are getting longer and the sun’s warmth is reminiscent of a time when I could feel my fingers after going outside.This summer should come as a triumph over the most...

Weekly Gripe: Hours for Hub not followed

By Danny Cozzi | April 3, 2014

I’m tired of trudging my way to night classes hoping to grab a cup of coffee only to see the Huskies Hub closed early. Again.This gripe is going to cause me a bit of awkwardness today as I pay for my breakfast this morning, but it’s time someone complains...

Weekly Gripe: Shoo geese with parking lots, not robots

By Danny Cozzi | March 26, 2014

I’m sure by now you’re familiar with the famed Goosinator NIU and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources unveiled.That’s about $3,500 worth of silly solutions to even sillier problems. Geese are as much a part of the NIU experience as is Corn...

InFocus: What should change in the SA?

By Perspective Staff | March 23, 2014

Jeremiah CaterinaThe next Student Association leaders need to communicate more with the student body. I think this should be accomplished in two ways.First, our student leaders need to utilize more technology to reach out to students. Each executive position...