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3 Podcasts Every College Commuter Should Listen To

By Victoria Lambton | October 1, 2017

Almost every college commuter student knows what it feels like to make the journey to class day after day. Whether it's the interminable ride to school or the long, treacherous walks from building to building, commuting daily can be a tedious act. Spotify...

Rapper Drake released Views on Friday and the album offers a more personal sound from the rapper/singer.

‘Views’ delivers personal sound

By Alexis Malapitan | May 2, 2016

Rapper Drake released 'Views' on Friday and the album offers a more personal sound from the rapper/singer.

“Pandemic,” released Friday, doesn’t seem to have a clear original story, said scene columnist Alexis Malapitan.

‘Pandemic’ movie lacks innovation

By Alexis Malapitan | April 4, 2016

“Pandemic,” released Friday, doesn’t seem to have a clear original story, said scene columnist Alexis Malapitan.

Viral video shows students slow dancing in Holmes Student Center to keep spirits high during finals

By Margaret Maka | January 20, 2015

Blake Grigsby, junior digital cinema major at DePaul University, brightened students’ day during finals week by asking random passersby to slow dance in the Holmes Student Center.Grigsby, who runs a YouTube channel, said that although he has help from...

Pass/Fail: Campus Wi-Fi trying to go to city; Fair offers little hope for fine arts

By Taylor Reese | October 22, 2014

Pass: Campus Wi-Fi trying to go to cityThe university is taking steps to expand its Wi-Fi.Areas around Huskie Stadium and downtown DeKalb may get Wi-Fi if CIO Brett Coryell’s ideas come to fruition.If NIU doesn’t extend its Internet, DeKalb could...

Pass/Fail: Eminem freezes on live TV, man confesses to murder on YouTube

By Anthony Szudarski | September 9, 2013

Which events pass? Which ones fail? Find out what columnist Anthony Szudarski had to say about it.Pass: Cordle confesses on YouTubeMatthew Cordle of Columbus, Ohio, confessed in a YouTube video to driving drunk, which resulted in a car accident that killed...

New YouTube channel brings geeky angle to viewers

By Josh Alfrey | July 15, 2013

The entertainment world of YouTube is evolving with the new collaborative channel Polaris.Polaris is a YouTube channel where a variety of community personalities share their geeky obsessions. It doesn’t matter if it is games, television, movies, anime...

‘Geek & Sundry’ channel is gold for geeks

By Josh Alfrey | April 9, 2013

Admirers of the unconventional will fall in love with the quirky hilarity of the second season of Geek & Sundry. Geek & Sundry is a YouTube channel and community founded by actress and geek queen Felicia Day and producers Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant....

Game Station is a great channel for gamers

By Josh Alfrey | April 3, 2013

If you have ever wondered where to start in the world of being an Internet gaming sensation, you may want to begin at The Game Station. The Game Station is a collaborative YouTube channel that releases gaming news, sketch comedies and podcasts. Besides...

‘Harlem Shake’ sensation comes to NIU

By Beth Schumacher | February 19, 2013

Other universities have made “Harlem Shake” videos. Now it’s NIU’s turn. If you’re unfamiliar with the “Harlem Shake,” here’s how it goes: The video starts out with 15 seconds of “normality” in a public setting, like a cafeteria or...

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Campus online piracy may cause legal penalties for students

By Josh Green | March 7, 2012

At NIU, 200 to 400 students per year are caught pirating materials from the Internet, according to Jim Fatz, Director of Information Security and Operations. According to the ITS Copyright and File Sharing page, if a student uses NIU’s network to download...