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Even if attendance isnt mandatory, its still important

Even if attendance isn’t mandatory, it’s still important

By Phil Case | April 19, 2011

At some point during our time in college, I'm sure we have all noticed that attendance in large lecture halls tends to be rather sparse. Whether students are nursing themselves through another hangover, avoiding the walk through unbearable DeKalb weather...

In Focus: What is your New Years Resolution?

In Focus: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

As a culture, we like to think that every year is a new opportunity to start fresh. Whether it's trying to lose weight, quit smoking, or be better people overall, as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2011, we make a resolution to improve our...

What are you really doing when home for break?

By Phil Case | November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and while some professors have taken it upon themselves to skew the holiday with petty, last-minute homework assignments, most of us will use our time to catch up on our favorite television shows, get a head start...

In Focus: What is the best/worst thing about Thanksgiving?

In Focus: What is the best/worst thing about Thanksgiving?

Aaron Brooks, columnist: By far the best thing about Thanksgiving is the food. I have an apartment so I can cook good meals, but ugh, November has been busy. Most of my meals this month have come from Subway, Big Rapp Daddy's and Taco Bell. Needless to...

In Focus: What are your thoughts on Veterans Day?

In Focus: What are your thoughts on Veterans Day?

This Thursday marked the occasion in which Americans say thank you to those who served in uniform. Originally called "Armistice Day" to mark the end of World War I, today now honors all veterans, past and present. Earlier in the semester, we asked Northern...

Studying abroad is a tangible goal for everyone

By Phil Case | November 9, 2010

When I say the words "study abroad," you probably think of some pretentious, trust-fund kids drinking wine in Paris after a day full of art appreciation classes. However, this is one of many common misconceptions that I would like to dispel when it comes...

In Focus: What do you want to see Congress do?

In Focus: What do you want to see Congress do?

This Tuesday's election saw the Republican Party taking control of the House of Representatives, and a getting a bigger presence in the Senate. For this week's "In Focus," various Northern Star columnists, and a guest commentator, will weigh in on this...

Democrats should ride high on their legislative achievements this election

Democrats should ride high on their legislative achievements this election

By Phil Case | November 1, 2010

If you have been following the incessant news coverage of the upcoming elections, you have almost certainly heard the narrative of the disillusioned Democrat. The one who voted for hope and change, but feels like he might as well not vote at all anymore....

NIU’s literary magazine deserves your donations

By Phil Case | October 25, 2010

Ever think about dusting off that old play you wrote for your "Introduction to Theatre" class or learning how to play a few chords so you can put some music to your notebook full of song lyrics? Well, Towers Literary and Creative Arts Magazine may provide...

What’s the most important issue of this election?

What’s the most important issue of this election?

The political campaigns are ratcheting up in anticipation for the election, only a couple of weeks away. Every politician is trying their hardest to show why they are the better candidate for political office. For this week's "In Focus," various Northern...

Whats the best beer in the world?

What’s the best beer in the world?

Aaron Brooks, columnist: Some people may criticize Blue Moon for being ‘fruity,' but they are Neanderthals. Where would ice tea be without the lemon, and martinis without the olive? It is simple evolution that has paired those drinks with the respective...

Here’s some advice for spring registration, use your adviser

By Phil Case | October 19, 2010

The time to pick classes for spring semester is fast approaching. Before you make the mistake of loading up on science and math classes just to get your general education requirements out of the way, here are some simple tips to help you set up a reasonable...

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