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Two American flags and music notes rest under the words Look Both Ways and the topic of the week: playing the national anthem at sports events. Is the national anthem overplayed at sports events? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: National anthem at sports events

By Skyler Kisellus and Will Thiel | April 15, 2024

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS GETTING EXCESSIVE, DIAL IT BACK By: Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter I’m well aware that this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but here goes: The national anthem does not need to be played before every sporting event.  I...

A video surveillance camera and a school building rest under the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Cameras in classrooms. Should there be cameras in classrooms? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Cameras in classrooms

CLASSROOMS SHOULD HAVE CAMERAS By: Santiago Montañez Bertoletti Classrooms should have cameras. It is no secret that the education system does not work as it should, and there are various flaws in both quality and student attentiveness.  In...

A checklist, looking glass and dollar bills rest under the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Higher Learning Commission accreditation. Should HLC accreditation occur more or less frequently? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Higher Learning Commission accreditation

By Emily Beebe and James Bennett | April 1, 2024

The process of validation universities undergo is known as accreditation. NIU’s accreditation evaluation is done by the Higher Learning Commission. It is essentially an external review that is done to make sure colleges match up with the criteria and...

A brain is surrounded by floating hearts under the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Togetherall. Will the new mental health app NIU has partnered with, Togetherall, bring positive change? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Togetherall

By Camilla Dziadosz and Emily Beebe | March 18, 2024

NIU has added another mental health resource to its repertoire, this time it’s a mental health app called Togetherall.  Togetherall is a mental health app that consists of self-assessments, courses and a message board for students to anonymously...

A Supreme Court building and a voting ballot rest under the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Trump on the primary ballot. Was the Supreme Court right to overrule Colorado’s expulsion of Trump from the state’s primary ballot? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Trump on the primary ballot

By Camilla Dziadosz and Will Thiel | March 7, 2024

Despite facing legal challenges in Colorado and Illinois based on Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment – which bars anyone who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding public office – Donald Trump won a Supreme Court case March 4 that...

Colorful music notes and a painted handprint rest under the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Separating art from the artist. As consumers of art, should we separate art from the artist? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Separating art from the artist

By Kahlil Kambui and Camilla Dziadosz | March 4, 2024

DON’T SEPARATE ART FROM THE ARTIST By: Kahlil Kambui, Opinion Columnist Separating the art from the artist is not an excuse to consume the art of people who have done or said terrible things. We need to hold them accountable and not consume their...

A mouse peers outward beneath the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Animal testing. Is animal testing justified? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Animal Testing

By James Bennett and Santiago Montañez Bertoletti | February 26, 2024

ANIMAL TESTING IS UNJUSTIFIED By: James Bennett, Opinion Columnist Animal testing is among the most prevalent forms of experimentation worldwide, all justified under the guise of making the world safer for humans. Not only is this morally wrong,...

Six ghosts float in front of a white background. Senior Opinion Columnist Emily Beebe and Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf debate whether ghost are real. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Look both ways: Are ghosts real?

By Emily Beebe and Olivia Zapf | October 30, 2023

Ghosts are probably real By: Olivia Zapf Ghosts are real ... probably. The age old question of the existence of ghosts has mystified individuals worldwide.  With classics like “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and Slimer from “Ghostbusters,” it’s...

Cover album for Drakes new album For All The Dogs which features a drawing of a dog against a solid black background. This is Drakes eighth album and can either be a hit or a miss for most people. (OVO/Republic via AP)

Look Both Ways: Does Drake’s new album fall flat?

By Sarah Rose and Nick Glover | October 8, 2023

DRAKE BARKS BARS  By: Sarah Rose In order to listen to Drake, separating the artist from the art is required. As a person, his actions are questionable; but as an artist, his music is masterfully stimulating.  Drake’s new album “For All...

The Chicago Blackhawks logo and the Toronto Maple Leafs logo are split down the middle. Assistant Sports Editor Alex Crowe and Sports Reporter Sana Polizzi debate which of the two franchises is currently moving in a better direction. (Ria Pathak | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Are the Leafs a better franchise than the Blackhawks?

By Sana Polizzi and Alex Crowe | October 4, 2023

THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ARE THE BETTER TEAM By: Sana Polizzi The Toronto Maple Leafs are better than the Chicago Blackhawks. During the 2022-2023 season, the Leafs were the superior team with almost twice as many wins as the Blackhawks. Toronto...