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Books are a valuable asset to our culture.

Public schools must extinguish book burning

By Parker Otto | January 5, 2022
You are not trying to protect your children, you are trying to take away knowledge and art and, in the process, discriminate against literature that shows the experiences of minorities. If anything, banning these books will only make young people more desperate to seek them out. 

Walmart shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes


WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more in a shooting that targeted Mexicans in the border city of El Paso, Texas, has been charged with federal hate crimes.Patrick Crusius, 21, has been charged with 90 counts...

Democrats’ response to Trump turns to working-class worries

By ALAN FRAM | February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters' worries, saying her party is focusing on easing health care costs and...

That time I ... lived in four different time zones

That time I … lived in four different time zones

By Anthony Parlogean | October 27, 2019

Nevada; Michigan; Texas; Arizona; Maryland; Illinois. These are all the states I have lived in throughout my 26 years of existence. Each state had its pros and cons, but the overall experience of living around the country has shaped who I am as a person:...

Scandal brings to light inequalities in education

By Ashley Hines | March 25, 2019

The recent college admissions scandal highlights deep-seated issues of inequality in higher education. The opportunity to attend a university should be achieved through an impartial process — not given to the highest bidder.Federal investigators revealed...

Reporters should remain unbiased

By James Krause | March 18, 2019

Beat reporters do their jobs without bias, even if those beat reporters are students at the school they cover or professionals at the local newspaper.Just as much as college sports are a competition on the court, it is a rat race for schools to make their...

Point/Counterpoint: Shooting prevention

By Mackenzie Meadows | February 26, 2018

Many Americans have strong opinions on school safety. On Feb. 23 President Donald Trump proposed we arm teachers to combat shootings.More armed security needed Mackenzie MeadowsPrincipals, deans and other office staff in every elementary, middle and...

Spring Break Destination Spots

By Samantha Keck | March 10, 2016

With endless talk about where everyone is going for spring break next week, it’s just a reminder that this is the time of the year for choosing the best possible vacation.Whether it’s a family vacation or a spontaneous trip with your friends from...

NIU meteorology alumnus shot in December returns to work; search for shooter continues

By Keith Hernandez | January 21, 2015

After a month-long recovery from a shooting, an alumnus resumed his job Monday morning at a Waco, Texas, TV station, where his coworkers had planned a surprise.“All of my coworkers … during a commercial break, they all pulled out these yellow shirts...

Pass/Fail: Dogs rescued, former college football player shot

By Danny Cozzi | September 15, 2013

Pass: Dogs rescued from fight circuit; shelter teaches loveAs an animal lover, I am sickened when I hear about any form of animal abuse.But now, 371 dogs federal and state authorities rescued late last month are being trained to love rather than fight.Authorities...

Men’s golf finishes second to last in Jim West tournament

By Sam Bauman | April 10, 2013

Even though NIU only finished 10 out of 11 at the Jim West Intercollegiate tournament in McKinney, Texas, it was still a big day for senior Bryce Emory. Emory, who finished regular play with an even par score of 216, won the tournament on the third playoff...

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Softball heads to Carbondale for Coach B Invitational

By Brian Belford | February 29, 2012

NIU softball will travel to Carbondale to play four games over two days this weekend in the Coach B Invitational. During the four game stretch, the Huskies will face Wright State, SIUE, Western Illinois and Southern Illinois. NIU coach Lindsay Chouinard...