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InFocus: What are you most excited about for summer break?

By Perspective Staff | April 29, 2014

See what the Perspective Staff has to say about summer plans.Jeremiah CaterinaAlthough my break is shortened due to summer classes, I plan to pack my free time with fun.First, I look forward to restarting my favorite hobby. I love power-lifting, a strength...

Letter to the Editor: 2 Chainz not same issue as Circus Spectacular

By Otis Buckley | April 29, 2014

When was the last time you saw PETA protest a rapper?One has nothing to do with the other. I think it was highly irresponsible and unethical for a journalist to write from such a one-sided perspective.Jeremiah Caterina never reached out to any of the...

Gerrymandering should be on November ballot

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 28, 2014

Your vote has little sway in some Illinois elections because district lines are drawn with a political bias.Under law, the Illinois General Assembly is responsible for the redistricting process after each federal decennial census. I think it’s time...

2 Chainz’s debut at Convo suggests double standard

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 22, 2014

NIU students are living a double standard.I’m talking about those who were up in arms about the Circus Spectacular performing at the Convocation Center but have voiced no opposition to this Sunday’s 2 Chainz performance.Earlier this year, some students...

InFocus: What’s stressing you out about this semester’s last few weeks?

By Perspective Staff | April 21, 2014

Jeremiah CaterinaManaging my time effectively becomes more stressful with finals looming.My wife tells me I am a masochist. After all, she says, who else would think working two jobs and commuting an hour to school five times a week while taking 17 credit...

Top 5: Improve commuter parking, WiFi over break

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 17, 2014

NIU’s administration will be hard at work over summer improving our university. Here is what changes I want before the fall semester.No. 5: Sell beer at Huskie StadiumI don’t really understand why we don’t sell beer at the stadium.The university...

Minimum wage will hurt students, consumers

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 14, 2014

A survey released earlier this year from Public Policy Polling found 63 percent of voting Illinoisans support the increase. Consider me the minority.One reason I oppose a minimum wage hike is due to the negative effects the increase would likely have...

InFocus: What should replace Lincoln?

InFocus: What should replace Lincoln?

By Perspective Staff | April 8, 2014

The Northern Star Perspective staff tackles what should be put in place of Lincoln Hall.Jeremiah CaterinaWhy settle for only one use for the area Lincoln Hall occupies?Cut the lot in half between Lincoln Drive and Lucinda Avenue and address two things...

Massive Internet classes could boost enrollment

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 7, 2014

NIU administrators are constantly brainstorming ways to increase student enrollment. My suggestion: offer more MOOCs.MOOCs — or massive open online courses — are free online courses designed to disseminate instruction to anyone with an Internet connection....

SA voting a responsibility

By Jeremiah Caterina | March 25, 2014

Today begins students’ chance to vote for next year’s Student Association executives.The people elected speak for students, so it’s imperative students take part in choosing those leaders.I can’t emphasize enough the importance of every student...

InFocus: What should change in the SA?

By Perspective Staff | March 23, 2014

Jeremiah CaterinaThe next Student Association leaders need to communicate more with the student body. I think this should be accomplished in two ways.First, our student leaders need to utilize more technology to reach out to students. Each executive position...

Issues in Focus: What should NIU change first?

By Perspective Staff | March 19, 2014

Kim RandallAdding major-specific courses to NIU’s general education is key to enhancing the university’s curriculum and benefiting students.This change could make students more engrossed in their studies, boost grades and even increase participation...