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In Focus: Holiday Hours

By Perspective Staff | December 7, 2017

Some students are required to work on holidays, despite requested time off.Maddie SteenWhen it comes to working on holidays, employers need to be considerate of those they force to work.I’m sure while going through the application process, many agree...

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. Pai distributed his alternative plan to the net neutrality rules to other FCC commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in preparation for a Dec. 14 vote on the proposal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In Focus: Net neutrality

By Perspective Staff | December 4, 2017

On Dec. 14 Congress will vote to repeal net neutrality, the principle that protects equal internet service.Rachel FraineyIt is unethical for the internet to be sold like cable packages. Repealing net neutrality restricts lower income citizens from free...

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’...

InFocus: What stands out this election?

By Perspective Staff | November 3, 2016

Kristen AdamsColumnistWhat has stood out throughout this presidential election, compared to other elections, is the public concern with national security and foreign policy. Foreign policies and national security are more important to voters in many ways...

InFocus: How Have you Handled the Switch From Gmail to Microsoft Office Outlook?

By Perspective Staff | August 25, 2016

Faith MellenthinColumnistMicrosoft Outlook is easy to use, but the transition from Gmail has not been smooth. As an avid user of Gmail, I was very surprised Outlook is so user friendly. With a single login, I can access all Microsoft Office downloads...

In Focus: What is your reaction to the program prioritization reports?

By Perspective Staff | May 5, 2016

Program prioritization task force reports that recommended how resources should be allocated to 459 academic and administrative programs were released Monday. NIU requested that students and faculty provide feedback from now until May 23.Kaylyn ZielinskiColumnistAll...

In Focus: Should NIU continue partnering courses with companies?

By Perspective Staff | April 21, 2016

Faith MellenthinColumnistPartnering with big companies, like Kohl’s, limits the potential of students who may be happier working for other organizations not connected with NIU.Each semester, upwards of 20 students end up working at Kohl’s, according...

In Focus: What are you doing to prepare for your final exams next week?

By Perspective Staff | December 2, 2014

Blake GlossonFor the most part, my preparation for finals week is pretty typical.In terms of studying, I set aside time each morning to review my notes from lectures. I have also found it helpful in semesters past to create study guides from scratch to...

In Focus: How can the SA improve parking for students?

By Perspective Staff | November 18, 2014

Blake GlossonOne potential solution to this problem is to convert at least some of the blue parking spaces into yellow.Aside from the lack of parking, metered parking is a flawed system — at least from the student’s standpoint. For one thing, the...

In Focus: Why should students attend cultural events?

By Perspective staff | October 28, 2014

The Indian Students Association is hosting a cultural awareness event called Sanskruti at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Holmes Student Center.Marilou TerronesThe best way to get to know someone is by understanding where he or she comes from.To do so, we must...

In Focus: Should students worry about Ebola in the USA?

In Focus: Should students worry about Ebola in the USA?

By Perspective Staff | October 21, 2014

Angelina McNeela | @A_McNeela_NSI don’t find it unreasonable to consider a potential pandemic.No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t think Ebola is being used as a fear factor — this is a real threat. The Centers for Disease Control is estimating...