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A sign at Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, Dec. 8, 2022. New research shows climate misinformation has been flourishing on Twitter since Elon Musk purchased the platform last year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Elon Musk, you’re in over your head

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Senior Opinion Columnist | January 23, 2023

Much controversy has surrounded Elon Musk since his purchase of Twitter, but the consensus is that Musk needs to leave.  Musk purchased the platform with the idea that he could make it a place for people to speak openly, “to help humanity,” Musk...

After Elon Musks $44 billion purchase of Twitter on Oct. 27, users are concerned about the platforms future. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Musk’s Twitter takeover: Staff and students express concerns

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | November 21, 2022

DeKALB – Tension continues to rise after Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter. Elon Musk finalized his $44 billion deal with Twitter on Oct. 27 after ousting the company’s previous CEO and taking their place, according to the Associated Press. As...

It’s important to set boundaries with social media to protect mental health.

Responsible social media use can benefit mental health

By Zulfiqar Ahmed, Media Editor | January 28, 2022
We need to regulate our use of social media to protect our mental health.
The Fujifilm Quicksnap is a very popular disposable camera among college students. They come with 27 exposures and a built-in flash.

Disposable cameras make the perfect comeback

By Summer Fitzgerald | January 20, 2022
Disposable cameras are helping to truly capture memories without the stress of social media.
J.K. Rowlings history of controversial tweets has led Harry Potter fans questioning the franchise.

Art should be separated from the artist

By Parker Otto | January 10, 2022
J.K. Rowling may be one of the defining authors of my childhood, but I detest the comments she has made invalidating transgender people. But why should art suffer? It’s still the same art, after all, and as long as it doesn’t contain anything that condones the actions of the artist, I see no reason why this art shouldn’t be celebrated.
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. 
Monarch butterflies cling to branches in their winter nesting grounds in El Rosario Sanctuary, near Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. 

Monarch butterfly activists are being murdered in Mexico. Could it happen here?

By Noah Thornburgh | February 4, 2020

Many midwesterners will remember spotting monarch butterflies floating over the region’s prairies in the dog days of August, hunting for milkweed after their long flight from the south. Eastern Monarch sightings have been rare after a long period of...

Top 5 Super Bowl commercials

By Jemea Green | February 3, 2020

Number 5 – Hulu: “Tom Brady’s Big Announcement”With Tom Brady getting older, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he would retire. He also posted a picture on Twitter making it seem like he might be done with football, or maybe...

Top 10 tweets from football head coach Thomas Hammock to make your day

By Mike Knapp | January 21, 2020

College coaches all over the country use Twitter as both a recruiting tool and a way to communicate with athletes and alumni.Some are better than others, and some even delegate their tweeting to staffers or assistants. Many of the Huskie football coaches...

Midcoast not defined by genre

By Sam Malone | January 12, 2020

DeKALB — In an ornate house, down some carpeted stairs and into a basement with Beatles posters plastered on the walls, Marshall amps stacked in corners and cords haphazardly strewn about, four musicians from distinctly differing backgrounds come together...

Redshirt Sophomore linebacker Vinny Labus (50) and Nick Rattin, first-year linebacker Nick Rattin (38) prepare for an Akron snap Saturday during NIUs 49-0 victory at Huskie Stadium.

Walk-on linebackers Rattin and Labus shine in Akron win

By James Krause | October 28, 2019

DeKALB — In his first tweet following his team handling Akron 49-0 Saturday, Head Coach Thomas Hammock captioned a video of first-year linebacker Nick Rattin's interception return touchdown.{{tncms-inline account="Thomas Hammock" html="<blockquote...

President Donald Trump speaks about H. R. 5682, the First Step Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, which would reform Americas prison system. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s Twitter reflects poorly as a leader

By Ali Qazi | April 29, 2019

People in office are held to a higher standard than other individuals of the general public. As a result, those who have a public forum should think twice about how they use it.President Donald Trump has shared more than a few claims about individuals...