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Paying student-athletes shouldnt be a priority for colleges

Paying student-athletes shouldn’t be a priority for colleges

October 31, 2011

The president of the NCAA now backs a plan that would allow conferences to pay student athletes, and it is a horrible idea. Colleges already spend too much money on athletics when there are far more important things that they should be spending money...

Students should be more patient with campus tours

Students should be more patient with campus tours

October 24, 2011

Between the seventh and ninth week of school, students realize they are halfway done with the semester. After hearing someone in Neptune ask why they would have tours during midterms, I wondered if this was an appropriate time. At first, I thought tours...

Dining halls try to keep up with demand for healthy food options

By Lauren Dielman | October 19, 2011

Freshman OMIS major Nathan Soto said he thinks food options in the dining halls leave something to be desired. "I think they [need healthier options]," Soto said. "I'm a vegetarian, and all they really have for the grill is boca burgers; they will have...

Be more supportive of the LGBTQ community

By Aaron Brooks | October 18, 2011

A good vision for NIU would be continuing to educate students about LGBT history. My perception, as well as others, is that NIU could improve from good to great. I believe the next step for NIU is not the passive acceptance of all gender identities, but...

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...

College students need a bailout too!

By Aaron Brooks | September 20, 2011

Growing up, we were told that to make it in this world we needed to get a college degree. So, we studied hard in high school and were willing to take on substantial debt to satisfy our end of the promise of a better life.Unfortunately, for at least a...

NIU needs to fix the little things first

September 19, 2011

NIU has been setting a lot of new goals to help improve the university and provide more benefits to students. Although all the ideas have been great, NIU needs to remember all of the little things as well before thinking so big. Though they may not seem...

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...

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...

The Huskie Hunks bring a capella to NIU

By Juliana Leprich | September 7, 2011

In the first few weeks of class, it's not unusual for students to see signs and sidewalk messages on campus, advertising student groups. One sign that may have popped out to passing students was one for an emerging, all-male a cappella group: The Huskie...