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Should students live in the residence halls for 2 years? No.

Should students live in the residence halls for 2 years? No.

By Alyssa Pracz | August 31, 2011

With the addition of a new residence hall currently being built, I wonder what will inspire NIU students to live in the residence halls after the mandatory one-year sentence is up? NIU could make it mandatory for students to live on campus for two years....

Bars should not be exempt from the smoking ban

Bars should not be exempt from the smoking ban

By Kathryn Minniti | April 17, 2011

Recently, an Illinois House Committee passed two bills that would grant exemptions to the smoking ban for bars and casinos. Is this a good idea? I think not. Keeping smoke away from public places will allow non-smokers to avoid the health hazards of secondhand...

Body scanners threaten our freedoms as citizens

By Letter Writer | November 30, 2010

It's very simple. You can either have safety, or you can have freedom. By their very nature, these two principles stand at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. They foil one another just like water and oil, but as it sadly turns out, freedom is...

Defending freedom here at the Northern Star

By Dave Thomas | August 23, 2010

Probably the most asked question of these first couple weeks back at school is: What did you do this summer? Some people respond simply stating they worked, or they did nothing as they lived out their summer in the slow paces of DeKalb. Some of the more...