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Students must change the binge drinking culture and be more responsible

By Maddie Steen | October 13, 2016

Students must change the culture of college drinking before binge drinking becomes accepted as normal.After tailgating Sept. 17, I witnessed multiple students unable to walk on their own and others in much worse conditions. A crowd of people gathered...

The drinking age is appropriate

By Aj Edwards | February 26, 2013

There’s a saying I heard a lot when I was in the Marine Corps: “If you’re old enough to fight for your country, then you’re old enough for a beer.” This has often led to much debate about why the drinking age is 21 and if it should be lowered...

Does DeKalb have a good bar scene? Yes.

By Colin Remes | September 21, 2011

There are the plenty of fun and awesome bars in Dekalb.The problem with the nightlife isn't a lack of good places to go out, drink and have fun with your friends. The problem is that Dekalb places overly strict liquor laws on any establishment that provides...

Does DeKalb have a good bar scene? No.

By Aaron Brooks | September 21, 2011

When I attended Western Illinois University, I loved going to the bars. The atmosphere that was available to explore was so pleasurable: country, rock, and break your neck dance freak out. The funniest was to do all three in the same night. The best thing...

Using Facebook in the hiring process is a form of discrimination

Using Facebook in the hiring process is a form of discrimination

By Logan Short | April 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Facebook's ability to increase cultural awareness and, thus, greater understanding and tolerance in our society. This is hindered if users are forced to hide their flaws or "taboo" lifestyles in fear of being judged. For...

Using Facebook irresponsibly has consequences

Using Facebook irresponsibly has consequences

March 30, 2011

Maybe you are into whips and chains or maybe you are into smoking weed. That's fine; that is your choice. But posting pictures on social networks of you smoking out of a bong is not a very responsible thing to do. A certain level of common sense is needed...

How to be safe while having fun on spring break

How to be safe while having fun on spring break

By Alyssa Pracz | March 8, 2011

When you hear the words "spring break," you automatically think of laying out on the beach, partying all day, going out clubbing and meeting lots of people. What you probably do not think about are the people who have gotten hurt over spring break, suffered...

The bar age needs to be lowered in DeKalb

By Alyssa Pracz | February 6, 2011

One of my friends recently got a ticket for eating lunch at Fatty's. He was not carded at the door, but instead a phone call had been made to the police once the group of people was seated stating that underage people were in the bar. Neither he, nor...

If you are going to be extreme, be smart about it

By Logan Short | November 30, 2010

You know the song from Empire of the Sun, "Walking on a Dream?" Or the Wiz Khalifa remix, "Thrill of It?" If not, the chorus sings, "We are always running for the thrill of it, thrill of it / Always pushing up that hill, searching for the thrill of it."...

Texting and Facebook do not lead to risky behaviors

By Kathryn Minniti | November 28, 2010

Warning: Facebook users and texters are in danger. According to a study done at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, people who use Facebook often or text are at a higher risk for "worrisome behaviors." These behaviors include smoking, risky...

Don’t drink and talk about serious subjects

By Logan Short | September 15, 2010

Imagine that I am writing this column absolutely hammered. How many typos do you think there would be? Would my arrangement of ideas be sporadic? Would I say some things that are inappropriate and possibly even libelous? Let me assure you, I would. I'd...