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Politicians are walking advertisements

By Cody Laplante | January 27, 2013

“Yes We Can.” This was the phrase plastered across televisions in 2008. These three words were at the center of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. However, do these words give the voting population any indication as to the policies Obama...

10 reasons football is better than politics

10 reasons football is better than politics

By Holly New | January 27, 2013

In light of the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama and the upcoming Super Bowl, I found myself wondering: Of my two loves, football and politics, which reigns supreme? And while I had to debate this for a mere, oh, two seconds, I decided that...

Elections are more important than you may think

By Anthony Szudarski | October 14, 2012

Advertisements have a profound effect on any campaign, especially presidential elections. Campaigning with TV advertisements is nothing new in politics. We’ve all seen commercials saying something about how their opponent wants to, has done or will...

Big Bird belittles big issues

By Troy Doetch | October 10, 2012

Goofing off is a pillar of my faith. Often, there is a profound truth in silliness—in running with what makes you laugh. Humor has a way of taking unexpected turns and illuminating in an unpredictable way. But sometimes, it can be volatile, derailing...

Apathy in the younger generation: a breakdown of factors

By Lauren Dielman | April 24, 2012

According to an April 3 Northern Star article, the Millennial generation is less concerned about caring, community and political engagement. The article stated students who said it was important to have knowledge of current political affairs decreased...

Climate change is becoming political

By Colin Remes | January 30, 2012

here is no doubt that the debate over Global Climate Change (previously known as Global Warming) is a very heated one. What is ridiculous is that it has become a political issue.According to (Environmental Defense Fund) one piece of evidence...

Editorial: Occupy movement needs organization and leadership

By Editorial Board | November 16, 2011

After exactly two months of protests, the Occupy Wall Street movement is no closer to accomplishing any sort of goal. The movement started Sept. 17 when protesters tried pitching tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange to protest the uneven distribution...

In Focus: Why is our government broken?

By Aaron Brooks | October 20, 2011

Aaron Brooks Columnist Our government is broken because it does not work for the 99 percent of Americans but for corporations and the wealthy. As reported by CBS News in November 2009, a report by The Center for Responsible Politics found 44 percent of...

Students should be more involved in politics

By Jack Baker | September 18, 2011

I hate interviewing students for stories about current events.We're always supposed to get local opinions, but it is so difficult to find students that actually know what is going on with the American government, the upcoming presidential election or...

Religion has no place in politics

By Parker Happ | September 12, 2011

At the Reagan Library Republican debates, Herman Cain outlined his plan to promote business in our stagnating markets. Cain argued that in order to get America back on track, government needs to eliminate the current tax code and institute a 9 percent...

BSU needs to get its act together

By Kiara Herring | September 6, 2011

Generally on large college campuses like NIU, a lot of minority groups may feel underrepresented. Luckily for NIU, minority students have organizations such as Black Student Union (BSU) to help alleviate some of the problems they face on a daily basis...

Looking back on the effects of 9/11 after bin Laden’s death

By Aaron Brooks | May 2, 2011

On September 11, 2001 I was in my high school welding class. Welding started at 7 a.m., and we were just getting ready to take off our leathers and go on a short break before resuming the second hour. Just before 8 a.m., Beau Caldwell, a classmate walked...