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Pass/Fail: Eco-friendly students /Holmes Student Center

By Kaylyn Zielinski | October 3, 2016

Pass: Students look to make NIU greenerA student research team is researching an eco-friendly way to convert light into electricity, according to a Sep. 29 Northern Star article.This research, if applied to NIU, could eventually save NIU money and make...

Infocus: Should a program prioritization town hall have been held?

By Perspective Staff | May 2, 2016

Kaylyn ZielinskiColumnistThe university should have waited until the program prioritization reports were released to have the town hall meeting because the meeting did not provide any new or vital information.The meeting did not address the programs that...

NIU President Doug Baker speaks to the 200-person crowd at the NIU town hall meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center, Regency Room.

Program prioritization town hall meeting lacks answers

By Kaylyn Zielinski | April 28, 2016

NIU President Doug Baker speaks to the 200-person crowd at the NIU town hall meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center, Regency Room.

Point/Counterpoint: Gender neutral restrooms

By Kaylyn Zielinski | April 11, 2016

Inclusive bathrooms demonstrate support of transgender communityThe university should continue to create more gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus to show that it supports those who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth.Contrary...

In Focus: Would you recommend Lynda.com to students, faculty?

By Northern Star staff | March 21, 2016

Lynda.com is an online learning company meant to teach people the skills needed to achieve their career goals, according to their website. NIU signed a three year contract with Lynda.com in November that would allow students and faculty access to the...

Pass, Fail: Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education to hold concussion panel, Budget impasse affecting NIU staff, student ratio

By Kaylyn Zielinski | March 3, 2016

Pass: Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education to hold concussion panelDepartment of Kinesiology and Physical Education will hold a panel discussion to discuss how concussions affect young, developing minds on March 22.This is great way for...

Student employment may help replace some MAP grant funding

By Kaylyn Zielinski | March 3, 2016

Students may think only focusing on school is best, but having a job while attending a university is beneficial.While grants and scholarships can help pay for college, it is difficult for many students to earn enough from them to fully pay their tuition....

Pass/Fail: Town hall meeting success for NIU; Campus sidewalks too icy for students

By Kaylyn Zielinski | February 18, 2016

PassTown hall meeting success for NIUThe all-campus town hall meeting Tuesday had an awesome turn out of more than 200 attendees.This meeting covered a variety of topics, including the budget impasse and program prioritization. Meetings like these are...

InFocus: How do you beat procrastination?

By Northern Star staff | December 3, 2015

Angela PaganProcrastination is one of my biggest struggles when it comes to schoolwork. Once I am in the zone I can accomplish just about anything, but it takes so long for me to get in the zone that I tend to rush through things that need to be worked...

A Syrian refugee child sleeps in his fathers arms while waiting at a resting point to board a bus Oct. 4, after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos.

InFocus: Should Illinois accept Syrian refugees?

By Northern Star staff | November 19, 2015

Angela PaganI do not agree with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to stop accepting refugees into Illinois. Rejecting refugees does not exemplify the principles of this nation. Our country is a product of religious refugees seeking asylum. So at this moment...