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Day 14 and 15 – Back to classes: A first-hand account of studying abroad

By Catherine Carter | July 16, 2019

Day 14: Enjoying the sceneryGood morning NIU! Today we had absolutely gorgeous weather here in Oxford, so after class a group of us decided to relax and enjoy it! Our first stop after class was to get lunch at The Bear, Oxford’s oldest pub. After a...

Restaurant workers need to be efficiently trained on food allergens to avoid health hazards

Restaurant workers need to be efficiently trained on food allergens to avoid health hazards

By Veronica McCulloh | June 17, 2019

 Plenty of people subscribe to what some may refer to as an “alternative” diet; a diet excluding common ingredients such as wheat, dairy, eggs, meat, tree nuts and countless other items. Maybe a personal preference to some, but for others, lives...

Alabama’s abortion ruling takes away basic human rights

By Veronica McCulloh | May 31, 2019

In the May 15 Alabama ruling on abortion, it is illegal to receive an abortion, or for doctors to administer one, including circumstances of rape and incest.Lawmakers motioned to remove access to not only imperative healthcare, but namely the means of...

This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different home grow rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as many as 12 plants and Washington state not allowing them to grow any. Home grow opponents say it fuels the black market. Proponents say people should be able to grow it if businesses sell it. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

Recreational marijuana legislation passes Illinois General Assembly, to go to governor

By Associated Press | May 31, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):2:35 p.m.The Illinois House has sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker another victory by voting to legalize recreational marijuana use.The 66-47 tally Friday...

Attorney General issues decision

By Northern Star Staff | May 1, 2019

DeKALB — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office ruled Monday that President Lisa Freeman’s Staff Committee is not a public body and thus not subject to the Open Meetings Act.Teresa Lim, assistant attorney general and head of the Public Access Bureau,...

DREAM Action NIU hosts sixth annual Coming out of the Shadows

By Kierra Frazier | April 10, 2019

DeKALB — Undocumented students came out of the shadows to tell personal stories to students and faculty while reflecting on the hardships they face in America.DREAM Action NIU hosted its 6th annual Coming Out of the Shadows event in the Carl Sandburg...

Precedent set with Arderns activism

Precedent set with Ardern’s activism

By Ali Qazi | April 1, 2019

Leaders around the world need to step up in regards to gun laws and follow the example set by Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand. Arden has been recognized for her swift action regarding gun laws and for showing solidarity with the victims...

People need to care about gun violence

People need to care about gun violence

By Ashley Hines | March 18, 2019

There needs to be a change of attitude when dealing with the prioritization of drastic and progressive efforts and gun violence needs to top that list before it touches more lives.Six people were killed and six people were injured during the mass shooting...

Reporters should remain unbiased

By James Krause | March 18, 2019

Beat reporters do their jobs without bias, even if those beat reporters are students at the school they cover or professionals at the local newspaper.Just as much as college sports are a competition on the court, it is a rat race for schools to make their...

Point/Counterpoint: wage hike

Point/Counterpoint: wage hike

By Ashley Hines | March 4, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker passed legislation Feb. 19 to gradually increase minimum wage to $15 by 2025. This is the first state-wide increase since 2010. The perspective staff weighs in on the potential impact of the increase.Increase bodes well for part-time...

MAP grant funding was much needed

MAP grant funding was much needed

By Ashley Hines | March 1, 2019

It is imperative Illinois policy-makers continue prioritizing higher education since it will help not only students, but the recovering economy as well.Illinois high school graduates over the past decade have been choosing to attend out-of-state colleges...