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In Focus: Does NIU make the grade?

In Focus: Does NIU make the grade?

By Northern Star Columnist | May 8, 2011

Jack Baker, columnist NIU has done a great job of making plans to improve the campus. With the new residence hall, renovations to both Cole Hall and Grant, the new outdoor recreation complex and other projects, the campus will be looking much better in...

Seek help if you suffer from seasonal depression

Seek help if you suffer from seasonal depression

By Logan Short | April 10, 2011

Thank God it's spring and the weather is getting nicer. I'm like a little kid that constantly wants to play outside. What constitutes "playing" is a broad range of activities, but if I can't play, I pout. It wasn't until I saw a doctor two years ago during...

Concealed-carry laws should not be restricted to guns

By Logan Short | March 31, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column in regards to efforts in several states to implement concealed-carry laws on college campuses. At first I was against it, but I retract my opinion and believe that concealed-carry laws should be implemented on college...

Freedom on Facebook leads to a more open, honest society

Freedom on Facebook leads to a more open, honest society

March 30, 2011

"Life is good," "Life sucks," pictures of people passed out, pictures of you eating an ice cream cone, pictures of you hiding behind some creepy guy to point at him and ironically tag him later as being creepy, links to Lil B's "Wonton Soup," joining...

Cutting funds for education will raise local taxes

Cutting funds for education will raise local taxes

By Logan Short | March 20, 2011

Gov. Quinn's budget proposal has come under some criticism for its plans to cut $1.3 billion in education. One portion of that cut includes cutting all funding of the state-mandated Regional Offices of Education. If you're like I was and have no clue...

In focus: Should the US intervene in Libya?

In focus: Should the US intervene in Libya?

By Perspective Staff | March 9, 2011

Jack Baker Columnist The U.S. should not intervene in Libya. We're already involved in a bunch of other countries and that's not really going so well. There are more than enough problems in America with the bad economy and the labor battle in Wisconsin...

Young people are not politically apathetic

Young people are not politically apathetic

By Logan Short | March 2, 2011

There is no doubt in my mind that younger people are some of the least motivated or educated when it comes to politics. Are they willfully avoiding politics, though? I don't think so. Younger people are just that; they are young. It takes a while for...

In Focus: What do you think of Governor Quinn’s budget  address?

In Focus: What do you think of Governor Quinn’s budget address?

By Northern Star Perspective Staff | February 17, 2011

Jack Baker, columnist My solution to the budget problem is pretty simple: Stop spending money! The State of Illinois can't keep raising taxes and borrowing money in order to pay the bills if they're then going to still increase the overall budget by $1.7...

Looking back on 2/14 as NIU moves forward

By Logan Short | February 13, 2011

A lot of you might remember. A lot of you might remember the news reports when they came out or how it almost changed your pick for which college to attend. A lot of you, though, probably don't remember that it was a Thursday. You probably don't remember...

In Focus: How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day?

In Focus: How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day?

By Perspective Staff | February 11, 2011

In Focus question: For many, Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate love and relationships. For others, it is just S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day). How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day?Aaron Brooks, columnistUnfortunately I will be in class...

In Focus: What do you plan on doing differently this semester?

In Focus: What do you plan on doing differently this semester?

By Perspective Staff | January 27, 2011

Jack Baker, columnist Last semester, I didn't really do those reading assignments for class. When a teacher would assign a chapter to read in the textbook, I would think to myself, "sweet, no homework." But that's going to change. I actually bought all...

Public safety must be the main concern when discussing gun laws

By Logan Short | January 26, 2011

The story of Jared Loughner reminded me of Steven Kazmierczak. After reports came out that the man charged with the Tucson shooting had been kicked out of Pima Community College until he could provide documents from a mental health specialist indicating...

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