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‘PokémonMMO’ will excite Pokéfans

By Patrick Pastrana | March 26, 2013

Pokémon and beloved characters like Charizard have evolved into an online multiplayer form. Back in the day, Pokémon lovers found themselves spending dozens of hours catching, battling and training their Pokémon to become the greatest of all. As technology...

NIU’s College of Education online program ranks fourth best in the country

By Kelly Marshall | January 29, 2013

U.S. News & World Report this week ranked the NIU College of Education’s online graduate program fourth in the nation, testimony to the college’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to students’ ever-evolving needs. This year marks...

NIU classrooms have online presence

By Hailey Kurth | November 16, 2011

DeKALB | Technology now allows professors to assign online class work, as opposed to having in-class assignments. Joseph Scudder, associate professor of communication, utilizes both in-class quizzes and after-class online quizzes. Scudder said he uses...

Video games are just another example of our overreliance on the Internet

Video games are just another example of our overreliance on the Internet

By David Thomas | April 25, 2011

I believe video games have become too reliant on the Internet. Don't get me wrong; I love what Al Gore has invented, and what it has done for video games. Between online matchmaking, downloadable content (DLC) packs, chatting with friends and using online...

Online sales taxes have positive and negative effects

Online sales taxes have positive and negative effects

By Portia Kerr Newman | April 11, 2011

Illinois' implementation of an online sales tax has its benefits and drawbacks. When I initially heard about Gov. Pat Quinn's plan, it frustrated me as someone who likes to occasionally shop online. While there are several states that pay online taxes,...

Internet dating has more potential risks than benefits

By Alyssa Pracz | March 22, 2011

Just because you can now shop, order food, work and talk to your friends online does not mean you should also start using the Internet for dating. Internet dating is overrated for a lot of reasons. It is not a safe way of meeting people. Also, most people...