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Top editors bid farewell

By Angela L. Pagan | May 7, 2018

Thank you Northern Star familyAngela L. Pagan | Editor-in-Chief After four years of living in the Campus Life Building Room 130, today I say goodbye to my family at the Northern Star.I have gone from columnist to perspective editor to editor-in-chief...

In Focus: Holiday Hours

By Perspective Staff | December 7, 2017

Some students are required to work on holidays, despite requested time off.Maddie SteenWhen it comes to working on holidays, employers need to be considerate of those they force to work.I’m sure while going through the application process, many agree...

Satire news is politically involving

By Maddie Steen | November 16, 2017

Students who are unwilling to, or uninterested in, watching the news should consider watching satirical news shows like Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as a way to stay informed; these shows offer not only an entertaining way...

Point/Counterpoint: Tuition rates

By Perspective Staff | November 13, 2017

On Oct. 19, the Board of Trustees approved a domestic rate structure that will make out-of-state tuition equal to in-state starting fall 2018.Reduced tuition will not save enrollmentMaddi Smith To combat low enrollment, NIU matched the out-of-state tuition...

Point/Counterpoint: The aftermath of hurricanes

Point/Counterpoint: The aftermath of hurricanes

By Faith Mellenthin & Maddie Steen | September 18, 2017

Dining makes advantageous changes

By Maddie Steen | September 18, 2017

NIU Dining Services cut out guest passes and reduced Flex Dollars, but students need to take a look at the bigger picture to understand how these changes make sense in the long run.Guest passes no longer being offered to students means that friends are...

In Focus: Are Holmes Student Center renovations necessary?

By Perspective Staff | September 11, 2017

Faith MellenthinI think it could be a good change to campus, just badly timed.The renovation plans of the Holmes Student Center will provide a much needed space for all types of students to socialize. As a student who loves to stay on campus during the...

Makeup industry sets standards high

By Maddie Steen | September 11, 2017

The makeup industry used to be known as one that profited off of others’ insecurities; now, the makeup industry is leading the show with crazy new trends, male makeup models and complete freedom of expression.Makeup is not just for covering blemishes....

Point/ Counterpoint: Residential Living

September 6, 2017

Alexandra DaweLiving in the dorms is a great convenience students need to consider over living off-campus may have less restrictions but residence halls can help keep students focused. For starters, the living conditions depend on where you are, on or...

President Freeman recounts the advice she was given by her late mother.

OPINION | Three words to describe: Freeman’s interim role

By Perspective Staff | August 31, 2017

President Freeman recounts the advice she was given by her late mother.

Top Editor sets goals

By Maddie Steen | August 28, 2017

As the new managing editor of the Northern Star, I can honestly say that I am pumped for this upcoming year. Not only am I excited about school starting back up, but I have so many ideas and hopes for the paper.I previously wrote for the perspective section,...