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Top 3: Warnings you need a break

By Holly New | October 21, 2013

No. 3: Sleeping problemsIf you find yourself having trouble sleeping because your mind just won’t shut off, take it easy.We all know sleep is important, but it is especially so in the winter months. According to Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler of the Mayo...

Top 5: Majors we most often misunderstand

Top 5: Majors we most often misunderstand

By Holly New | October 14, 2013

No. 5: ArtArt majors are constantly being told there’s no money in their field.They are to live only as “starving artists,” forced to sacrifice a financially stable life in pursuit of their art. If that’s the case, why do students continually...

Fall: Pumpkins, style, football

Fall: Pumpkins, style, football

By Holly New | October 8, 2013

No. 5: Pumpkin flavorDon’t have time to pick your own pumpkin? Don’t you worry: You can enjoy a variety of pumpkin flavors available around town.From McDonald’s McCafe Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks’ Pumpkin Bread and Scone and even Dairy Queen’s...

Top 5: Reviewing latest DeKalb news

By Holly New | October 2, 2013

No. 5: Cafe has high hopes despite lease issueThe leasing issues with the House Cafe, 263 Lincoln Highway, have been going on for a while. While I’m not the biggest fan of the venue, I know many students find refuge here for music and find it a place...

Top 5: Random October ‘holidays’

By Holly New | October 1, 2013

No. 5: National Cat DayBreak out your kitty litter and cough up your fur balls: Oct. 29 is the day to celebrate National Cat Day.This day, founded in 2005 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige, is designed to raise awareness about the millions of cats...

Point Counterpoint: Concealed Carry

By AJ Edwards and Holly New | September 23, 2013

AJ EdwardsCarry law needs guidanceOn July 9, Illinois approved the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, giving licensed residents permission to carry a concealed handgun. While I can see the good intentions behind this act and support it to an extent, I feel...

Top 3: Examples of poor judgment

Top 3: Examples of poor judgment

By Holly New | September 22, 2013

No. 3: Michelle Obama’s “Drink Up” campaign is pointlessFirst lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier children released an initiative in connection with Partnership for a Healthier America to get Americans to drink more water.There are three...

Top 5: Head-scratching strange news

Top 5: Head-scratching strange news

By Holly New | September 15, 2013

No. 5: Dennis Rodman returns from North Korea visitDennis Rodman has returned after a four-day trip to North Korea, visiting with dictator Kim Jong Un.In Beijing’s airport, Rodman referred to President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary...

‘New Hall’ lacks name with purpose, reason

By Holly New | September 10, 2013

New Hall has one of the most unoriginal names for a residence hall.Think about it: The other residence halls have legitimate names. We can tell they are actually named after someone. In fact, four of them are named after famous politicians: President...

Letter to the Editor: $15 minimum wage would not damage economy

By Kristina Kroger | September 9, 2013

I was troubled and disturbed by a column run on Tuesday, titled “Raising minimum wage: troubles for businesses, workers.”First off, Ms. New begins by quoting a very reliable source, Robert B. Reich, former secretary of labor, as saying that a hike...

Raising minimum wage: troubles for businesses, workers

Raising minimum wage: troubles for businesses, workers

By Holly New | September 3, 2013

Fast food workers around the nation decided to strike, asking for $15 an hour, on Thursday.Robert B. Reich, former secretary of labor, said in a MoveOn.org petition that McDonald’s and Walmart “can easily afford to pay them $15 an hour without causing...

Keep etiquette fresh as semester starts

By Holly New | August 28, 2013

With another school year upon us, there are a few things we have to remember: our schedules, our pencils and our manners.Etiquette is not a lost art; it’s especially important to remember that when we are in the classroom, the workplace and the restaurant....