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NIU not coldest US school, but you should be prepared

By Jackie Nevarez | January 14, 2014

Tips on how to get through winterBeing prepared to tackle the cold is key to making it through the winter.Just last week, NIU was closed for two days due to extreme weather conditions. Although class was not in session, all of NIU’s facilities were...

Pinterest graduation gift ideas

Pinterest graduation gift ideas

By Aymie Telinski | April 30, 2013

I recently realized I--a broke college student--needed some gift ideas for my graduating friends. is one of my favorite distractions from homework. While procrastinating, I repinned something I realized would be a great gift idea. Gift for...

Tips to follow when building your study music playlist

By Deanna Frances | April 28, 2013

Finals are hard. It’s a proven fact, and just the thought of finals coming up can really make anyone stress. During these last exams, students use their own ways of studying to keep focused and not go crazy. One of the main ways students focus on studying...

Tips to surviving your first convention

By Jen Weddle | April 28, 2013

This weekend I came to the horrifying realization that I was going to be considered a noob for the first time in a long time. A noob is a person who is new to something like an online game or, as in my case, going to a comic book convention. I wasn’t...

Lessons learned from Sauna Sessions

By Josh Alfrey and Kevin Bartelt | April 24, 2013

As a writer, effective communication is vital to connecting to the student body. Kevin Bartelt and I emulated this through our entertaining video blog. “Sauna Sessions” was created six weeks ago to put a comedic spin on the latest news at NIU. This...

How to deal with gaming rage

By Josh Alfrey | April 1, 2013

I have often felt head-pounding frustration caused by feeders (players intentionally losing), leavers and trolls. I used to wonder, “How could I make my gameplay experience more enjoyable?” If you consider yourself a gamer, I have no doubt you have...

Spring break fashion tips

By Olivia Rajska | March 5, 2013

Palm trees, beach tides and swimsuit--oh my. Are you all packed for spring break? A time to relax our minds from all the tests, group projects and homework we tackle on a daily basis. Many students are heading to warmer destinations to get away from the...

‘League of Legends’ tips for the casual gamer

By Patrick Pastrana | March 4, 2013

Today, I would like to share with you some tips on how to be good at the massively multiplayer online game, League of Legends.League of Legends (LoL or League for short) is a very complex game. It seems it is becoming more popular every day. Anyone who...

A Party with Adult Themes

By Sarah Contreras | September 19, 2012

I am always the hostess. I don’t know why exactly, but some inherent need to entertain lays deep within me. I jump at any chance to invite people over. Recently, I moved out of my shoebox apartment on one side of town and into a bigger, much more grown-up...

Finalpalooza is upon us; it’s time to prepare

By Taurean Small | May 6, 2012

After a long and busy school year, the time for rest and relaxation is quickly approaching. For many of you, this last week will secure you the superb grades you’ve worked so hard to get throughout the semester. For some, this week will be the wake-up...

Don’t break the bank: Tips to stick to a budget and stay out of debt

By Felix Sarver | November 29, 2011

Keeping track of expenses can be important for students who don't want to run out of money before the school year ends.Daniel Beeman, PhD student in economics, said a common mistake he sees students make is handling credit cards. Getting a credit card...

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...