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Four years of NIU in review

By Aaron Brooks | April 24, 2012

My decision to attend NIU was influenced by three factors: location, cost and reputation. After four years at NIU I have found other aspects more important. Reflecting on what has been important to me as a student, four factors come to mind: atmosphere,...

Retired journalism professor Hallie Hamilton holds a photograph taken when he was 19 and first stationed at Fort McClellan, Ala. in 1942.

Retired professor, WWII veteran takes Honor Flight to D.C.

By Chelsey Boutan | April 22, 2012

While sitting in his living room, World War II veteran Hallie Hamilton clenched a blue and white paisley handkerchief. Occasionally, he would bring the handkerchief to his face and use it to blot away tears. As he reflected on his emotional visit to the...

Student makes the teacher

By Colin Remes | February 28, 2012

Throughout our years at NIU, we will encounter many different teaching styles from different educators.We have our favorites, the ones we recommend to our friends, and ones we recommend to avoid.For the department of communication, it’s no different....

Instructors can be personable outside of the classroom

By Martha Lueck | October 11, 2011

Have you ever felt awkward seeing teachers outside of school? In the words of Janis Ian from the movie Mean Girls, "It's like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs." But by now, we know that professors are not dogs and they should be treated as humans outside...

Attending class is worth the trouble

Attending class is worth the trouble

October 3, 2011

Even though strong winds blow away your good mood, it is not an excuse to blow off classes. Instead of skipping a lecture, you could find that tackling the weather head-on actually brings great rewards.On a rainy Tuesday, several students from my journalism...

Students need to respect their professors

September 26, 2011

Even though we are all adults, faculty members rank above students. Therefore, we should give them more respect for doing their jobs. Unfortunately, many students seem to think that they own the classroom, and it's their right to play by their own rules....

Changing up lecture, study methods may help students

By Alyssa Pracz | September 26, 2011

I'm sure everyone can relate to having that one class that you just could never really grasp. No matter how much you study, it just never seems to make sense. You sit in class and no matter how hard you try to concentrate, you just feel like you can't...

How to deal with nutty professors

September 19, 2011

At some point, you're bound to encounter that one professor that makes your face burn up with rage or humiliation every time you come to class. Maybe your professor is just so boring that you designate your buddy the official "slapper" every time you...

Nothing beats one-on-one time with your professor

By MARTHA LEUCK | September 8, 2011

Even though emailing professors is convenient, it is not the only thing that will enhance your college career. Face to face communication is very important. Looking back to freshman year of college, I don't think I got to know my professors well. My philosophy...

Professors should consider cheaper textbook options

Professors should consider cheaper textbook options

August 29, 2011

Buying textbooks sucks. It is one of the worst parts of going back to school every year because whether you buy them from one of the stores here on campus or an online retailer, they always end up being ridiculously expensive.Freshman nursing major Margaret...

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...

Professors should not push their agendas in class

Professors should not push their agendas in class

By Jack Baker | April 18, 2011

Teachers are, and should be, entitled to their opinions, but they should keep them out of the classroom. Their responsibility to educate is more important than their political viewpoints. When teachers bring their biases into the classroom, it can bother...