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A message to graduating seniors

A message to graduating seniors

Hello seniors. We didn’t think it’d end this way, did we? You’re in your final week of your NIU career, and finals may be pretty low on your list of priorities. With graduation postponed until at least August, the realization that it is the end...

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...

David J. Gunkel, professor of communication studies and author of “Robot Rights,” holds a book talk and argues if robots should have moral or legal standing Wednesday in the Founders Memorial Library.

Rights of robots need discussion

By Noah Thornburgh | February 11, 2019

Yelling at Siri, kicking a Roomba, throwing a Jibo; what it means for these to be right or wrong was the topic of a book talk with professor of media studies David J. Gunkel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 71 North space in Founders Memorial Library....

Fill in the blank: My favorite spot on campus is…

By Northern Star Perspective Staff | January 31, 2019

Ashley Hines | Contributor... DuSable HallBeing a political science major, almost all of my classes the last two semesters have been in DuSable Hall. The building is the closest building to my dorm, which inherently makes it superior to any other building....

Targeted ads may be the price of using social media

By Noah Thornburgh | January 31, 2019

Social media companies are set on consolidating their user bases, which means targeted advertisements will get more intrusive as more user data is funneled to advertisers. Facebook is planning to merge three of its subsidiary messaging platforms by 2020,...

Santacize: The Ultimate Santa Battle FINAL Round

By Noah Thornburgh | December 26, 2018

The final round begins with the final two contestants standing in the metaphorical ice rink: the joyfully animated Arthur Claus and the loveably rotund Scott Calvin. This round will be done differently from previously rounds, since another play-by-play...

Santacize: The Ultimate Santa Battle Round 2

By Noah Thornburgh | December 22, 2018

Welcome back to the Santacized showdown, where overanalysis provides dedicated Christmas lovers with a compass to guide their Santa-related decisions.Contestants this round are Arthur Claus, voiced by James McAvoy,  from 2011’s “Arthur Christmas”...

Santacize: The Ultimate Santa Battle Round 1

By Noah Thornburgh | December 17, 2018

There is a peculiar genre of films no other holiday can claim: Santa Claus films. Every year, these films drop in through the chimney in a freshly fitted red suit with white trim to match the new beard. The genre, known variously as “rookie Claus,”...

Egyptian Theatre shows a holiday classic

By Noah Thornburgh | December 13, 2018

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., showed Frank Capra’s 1947 classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,”  2 p.m. Sunday. The theater projected the film’s original 35 millimeter roll, using an authentic carbon arc projector, operated by volunteer...

The 1975 releases self-produced album to great success

By Noah Thornburgh | December 3, 2018

The 1975 has attempted to capture the specific postmodern feelings associated with the Internet age in their latest album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.” The album exists in a tension between longing for the genuineness of the past and...