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Culture revolution continues under Colhoff as the head coach looks to the future

By Jarrett Huff | December 5, 2019

DeKALB — On a snowy Halloween afternoon, the women’s soccer team had one last chance to close the season on a high note, putting everything out on the field.The wind chilled to the bone, dispersing snow flurries all over the field and into the faces...

Fill In the Blank: My unconventional study habit is …

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 29, 2019

Haley Galvin | Perspective EditorMy weird study habit is listening to music I do not know or instrumental music. I have a hard time staying focused on studying and sometimes find it hard not to get distracted. I have found listening to music helps me...


Study Scores

By Victoria Lambton | October 30, 2017


Tech usage isn’t best method for education

By Kim Randall | January 23, 2014

It’s a constant struggle: Student versus the almighty machine.That’s the complex many students seem to be well acquainted with as a result of their over-reliance on technology.This dependency ultimately takes a toll on students’ education.Bold assumption?...

It’s never too late to learn more

By Annastazia Camarena | March 25, 2013

You are never too old to learn something new, so why should your age dictate your college experience? College life meant doing it big to Jerry Reid, a 68-year-old man who attends the University of Virginia as an undergraduate. Kudos to him, right? Here’s...

Memorization is not the best learning tool

Memorization is not the best learning tool

By Kim Randall | March 25, 2013

Sunday nights--the time when a great feat is oft attempted. Of course, I mean when students try to complete a plethora of homework assignments and studying that was put off for weekend festivities. This was the case for me March 17 upon my return to school...

Classes should be research-based

By Jack Baker | November 16, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I took a test in my Psychopathology class. I got an A on it, but if I had to take it again, I might fail. Not that much time has passed, but I've already forgotten most, if not all, of the information that was on the test. This is...

You shouldn’t assume college students know it all

By Martha Lueck | November 13, 2011

As I walked through the English department in Reavis Hall, I found myself feeling insecure about all of the things I didn't know. It's easy to assume that others know exactly what you know. But the truth is, we don't all know the same things. Melissa...

PowerPoints are useful aids for instructors

By Parker Happ | November 2, 2011

As a sophomore, my chemistry professor detested utilizing any other sort of teaching aid for note-taking except for the wretched overhead projector. She would scribble in handwriting as legible as chicken scratches with her arthritic, joint-bulging hand...

How to avoid coming down with a case of senioritis

How to avoid coming down with a case of senioritis

By Jessica Jenks | February 15, 2011

A vaccine for the ailment commonly referred to as senioritis does not yet exist. Students must rely on home remedies, witchcraft and the self-medication secrets of seniors past. I have had a long bout with this dreaded illness of the mind. I was diagnosed...

Recent studies on college students don’t tell the whole story

By Philip Case | January 30, 2011

A recent sociological study indicates that students are not learning as much as they should be while in college. The study, which was conducted by sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, tested...