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NIU offers two new majors

By Brittany Swinton | September 7, 2011

NIU now offers two new majors in environmental studies and community leadership and civic engagement. Both majors are geared toward individuals who strive to make a difference in the world around them, according to an NIU Today article. "The community...

All I am saying is give TAs a chance

By Martha Lueck | August 30, 2011

Just when I thought all five of my classes were put into the perfect schedule to fulfill requirements and graduate on time, there was a dilemma regarding Sign Language 201. There was no professor for the class at the scheduled time. In this type of situation,...

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...

NIU’s new Student Code of Conduct is long overdue

By Editorial Board | August 28, 2011

If you were caught violating NIU's drug policy for the second time, you'd have to complete substance abuse treatment under the revamp of NIU's sanctions for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. In this substance abuse treatment, the first step of...

Parking Services offers bikes for students to borrow

August 25, 2011

DeKALB | NIU Parking Services does more for students than help with their car and issue parking permits and tickets - it offers an environmentally-friendly method of travel.Parking Services offers NIU students, staff and faculty a free program called...

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How to adjust to living with a roommate

By Faith Healy | August 25, 2011

One of the most challenging aspects of college life for students can be living with a roommate. Some students, like freshman business major Kevin Ohren, get along with their roommates without previously knowing them. "It's been fun, and I enjoy being...

Grade appeal system needs checks and balances

By Jennifer Irocky | June 30, 2011

When it comes to making decisions, the more educated inputs available, the better.  Always get a second opinion, and then a third and maybe even a fourth.  Unfortunately, the input from an advising voice has disappeared from NIU in the arena of grade...

The Late Night Ride service, though a useful system, needs to see tighter restrictions when considering its use.

Late Night Ride is not a Taxi Service

By The Editorial Board | May 4, 2011

At a certain point, you have to ask "How much is too much?" Currently, NIU's Late Night Ride Service - by the admission of the NIU PD - will pick up almost any DeKalb resident, regardless of their status as a student. They will do this anytime and take...

Students are responsible for making NIU what they want it to be

Students are responsible for making NIU what they want it to be

May 3, 2011

While readying myself for my upcoming graduation, I can look back on my four years at NIU as a satisfying experience overall. All of the clubs and opportunities I had wanted were available to me, with maybe the exception of a Beard Appreciation Club.But...

Greek Row sits empty on a night in October. Policing Greek Row has been a contentious topic, whether the status quo should stay or if the university and police should take control.

How should Greek Row be policed?

By The Editorial Board | May 2, 2011

Within the past two years, there have been two high-profile gun incidents in DeKalb involving members of NIU's Greek community. On Feb. 19, 2010, NIU student Zachary Isaacman shot another student, Brian Mulder, outside of Stevenson Towers. At the time,...

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...

Society is becoming desensitized to school violence

Society is becoming desensitized to school violence

By Portia Kerr-Newman | May 1, 2011

School violence happens every day in every state, whether it is a fight, a school shooting or just general bullying. Just recently, I heard of a kindergartner bringing a gun to school in Texas. The gun fell out of the young boy's pants and went off,...