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Point/CounterPoint: Gun control

October 16, 2017

In 2017 alone, there have been 48,744 gun related incidents, including 282 mass shootings, resulting in 12,189 deaths. Though massacres have the power to shift opinions, the country is split on how to address gun control.Lucas SkyeWhen tasked with creating...

Point/Counterpoint: The aftermath of hurricanes

Point/Counterpoint: The aftermath of hurricanes

By Faith Mellenthin & Maddie Steen | September 18, 2017

In Focus: Are Holmes Student Center renovations necessary?

By Perspective Staff | September 11, 2017

Faith MellenthinI think it could be a good change to campus, just badly timed.The renovation plans of the Holmes Student Center will provide a much needed space for all types of students to socialize. As a student who loves to stay on campus during the...

Fill in the Blank: The idea WWIII is on the way ________?

By Northern Star Staff | May 4, 2017

Recent missile tests conducted by North Korea have put the idea of World War III in the heads of many Americans. ... should concern people.Faith Mellenthin | ColumnistJust as the travel ban affected students at NIU, we should realize that the potential...

3 words to describe: Trumps presidency

3 words to describe: Trump’s presidency

By Associated Press | April 24, 2017

President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017. With his tweets and his bravado, Trump is putting his mark on the presidency in his first 100 days in office. He's flouted conventions of the institution by holding on to his business, hiring family members as advisers and refusing to release his tax returns. He's tested conventional political wisdom by eschewing travel, church, transparency, discipline, consistency and decorum. But the presidency is also having an impact on Trump, prompting him, at times, to play the role of traditional president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Point/Counterpoint: Huskie Bucks

By Perspective Staff | April 17, 2017

A Huskie Bucks account is a prepaid debit account. Students can load money onto their OneCards as Huskie Bucks and use them for printing, laundry and food purchases on and off campus at specific locations.Huskie Bucks lack purpose for studentsFaith Mellenthin...

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for executive orders regarding trade in the Oval Office at the White House March 31 in Washington.

Fill in the Blank: Trump’s repeal of internet privacy regulations is _____.

By Northern Star Staff | April 10, 2017

On April 3, President Donald Trump signed a bill repealing internet privacy laws that would have gone into effect in December, according to a April 3 Time article....none of his business.Faith Mellenthin | ColumnistPresident Donald Trump’s repeal of...

Three words to describe: Baker’s term

In Focus: How have the budget cuts affected you?

By Perspective Staff | April 10, 2017

President Baker sent out a Campus Update April 4 informing the NIU community of changes that need to be made because of the lack of state funding.Ian Tancun | ColumnistIllinois is in the midst of a two-year-long budget crisis stemming from lawmakers’...

Point/Counterpoint: Student Association candidates

By Perspective Staff | March 27, 2017

A long-standing debate exists about whether it is best that students who serve on the Student Association be a part of Greek Life. Past candidates have argued that it creates an unfair bias against non-Greeks. Greek Life does not prevent diversityFaith...

Fill in the blank: The condom tax reduction bill is ____ .

By Perspective Staff | March 23, 2017

Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson introduced a bill that would lower the sales tax on condoms from 6.25 percent to 1 percent, according to the Illinois General Assembly website.Faith Mellenthin | Columnist... a step in the right direction.Condoms are being...

In Focus: Who do you consider a dependent?

By Perspective Staff | February 27, 2017

Ian Tancun | ColumnistI think one can be considered “independent” when they no longer rely on their parents or family for financial support. I believe financial support is different from financial assistance. When I say financial support, I mean relying...