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Complaining will not fix the problem

By Katie Finlon | June 19, 2012

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always managed to come across a situation where a person says to me or someone else who’s complaining about something, “Trust me, my situation is much worse than yours,” “You think your life sucks?” or “You...

City relaunches Facebook page

By Northern Star Staff | May 1, 2012

The city of DeKalb has made the move to Facebook. The city’s page relaunched Monday and utilizes the new timeline format. The page features news from city hall, as well as information, facts and photos of the city. An album of historic city photos is...

Apathy in the younger generation: a breakdown of factors

By Lauren Dielman | April 24, 2012

According to an April 3 Northern Star article, the Millennial generation is less concerned about caring, community and political engagement. The article stated students who said it was important to have knowledge of current political affairs decreased...

Jump Into Jobs Pt. 2 – Let’s Play 20 Questions

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 22, 2012

Playing a game of 20 questions may be fun on a date, but during a job interview, one wrong question can make the difference between “we want you” and “we’re not interested.” To calm those nerves, NIU professors and Career Services offer tips...

Instagram purchase gives Facebook more than money

Instagram purchase gives Facebook more than money

By Ross Hettel | April 9, 2012

If you were too busy taking deep, inspirational, artsy photos in black and white on your iPhone, you may have missed out on the biggest news since Google bought YouTube: Facebook announced their acquisition of popular photosharing app and sepia filter,...

Facebook acquires Instagram

By Sarah Contreras | April 9, 2012

In a move ensuring that no person’s food need ever go unphotographed, Facebook has announced that it will acquire Instagram for a whopping $1 billion in cash and stock. It’s official: Facebook is going to helm your social media experience forever....

DeKalb goes digital

By Olivia Willoughby | April 2, 2012

The DeKalb police and fire departments have begun using Facebook as a way to reach the public, said Tracy Smith, fire department administrative sergeant. The city of DeKalb has created three different Facebook pages: the fire department, the police department...

The Dark Side of Facebook: Study finds correlation between social media activities and narcissim

By Mary Diamond | April 1, 2012

With 845 million monthly users as of December 2011, Facebook is a social media trend that has touched more lives than just about any other website. So many people interacting in one virtual place has researchers looking for correlations between Facebook...

Employers asking for passwords akin to sniffing undies

By Dave Gong | March 27, 2012

I don’t really remember life without a computer. By any estimate, I have been online since 1993. Seriously, I learned to type before I learned how to ride a bike. Similarly, a generation is fast coming of age that won’t be able to remember a time...

‘The big bad bully’: Cyberbullying on campus

By Chelsey Boutan | March 21, 2012

Cara Pines* was excited to get an apartment with her friend. But when disagreements arose regarding who would get the attached bathroom, Pines decided not to sign the lease. Soon after, her friend became upset and started bullying Pines over Facebook...

Facebook privacy policy anything but private

By Ross Hettel | March 5, 2012

There was much hullaballoo a few weeks ago about Google’s new privacy policy. While I’m glad there is concern about a company making changes to its privacy policy, I’m not sure it’s enough. In the social network industry, the primary product is,...

Study: Facebook useful in predicting job success

By Lauren Dielman | February 28, 2012

A recent research study found that Facebook is more useful in predicting job success than personality tests employers use. Don Kluemper, assistant professor of management, performed his research with Kevin Mossholder, assistant professor of management...