PHOTO BY JAKE AUERBACH This past winter, the floor in the Vogel Community Room began to separate. The floor has been replaced with a synthetic wood.

Vogel Room construction: take two

Some students enjoy studying in silence, some enjoy the quiet murmur of coffee shops, but rarely do students enjoy studying to the buzz of power drills. Over the last month some students have had to cope with just that. Since the start of this semester there has been construction being carried out on the second more »


Red Letter Festival builds bridges

This weekend marks the seventh annual Red Letter Festival. The Red Letter Festival is a community initiated festival that was created to raise money and awareness for domestic violence, poverty and homelessness in the northwest Iowa area. Proceeds from this weekend will go to The Bridge. The Bridge is a non-profit, faith-based transitional housing program more »

Carlson Internships (Tukker Bamgaard)

Carlson program provides opportunties

Internships have always been highly encouraged for students. They provide experience in the field students hope to go into after college. For some students, the thought of finding and landing an internship can be intimidating. Thanks to the Carlson Internship Program finding a good internship just got easier. The program is managed through the Franken more »

PHOTO BY EMILEE BERRY Leah Rekow and Paige Rensink package food to donate to Zestos.

Students continue food-packaging ministry

“Can we have more?” Two preschool boys, known to be troublemakers, were given free breakfast at their school, but they were still hungry. While working as a substitute Teacher’s Assistant in her hometown last Christmas, Leah Rekow witnessed aharsh reality: Children are going to bed without enough to eat. In addition to families not having more »

Men's Soccer 1 (RJ)

Men’s soccer earns hard fought win

The Northwestern men’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 road victory over host Waldorf on Wednesday, Sept. 17. With the win, the team improves to a 5-1-1 record. Senior midfielder Gabriel Goncalves scored the lone goal of the night on the 65th minute. Goncalves also led the team in shots with seven and five on more »

PHOTO BY LYRIC MORRIS Stephen Lawrensen works at the Computing Services Help Desk in VPH.

Internet issues identified

“There isn’t an Internet problem,” said Harlan Jorgensen, Director of Computing Services. “The perception is that it’s an Internet problem.” Since the start of the school year, many students have been experiencing frustrations with computers either disconnecting from the Internet or not being able to connect to the Internet at all. According to Jorgensen, the more »

PHOTO BY SHELBY MAZNIO  Jeron Jache came to NW from CA to pursue a degree in Business.

Jache proves education has no age limit

                    Rural Iowa and urban San Diego may seem worlds apart, but for Northwestern student Jeron Jache, both are places he considers home. Although leaving Southern California for several years to pursue higher education in the Midwest is not uncommon, Jache’s story is particularly unique. Jache more »

Arts & Culture

Weak acting slows down ‘Maze Runner’

A young adult novel turned movie series is nothing new. Dozens of films have been produced in the last few years, most notably the “Harry Potter” series, “The Hunger Games,” and (who could forget) “Twilight.” Director Wes Ball delivers another such movie with “The Maze Runner” based on the novel by James Dashner. The movie more »


Religion professor authors colorful personal memoir

                A knitted garment of seven colors of yarn serves as the foundation for Dr. Jackie Smallbones’ 167-page memoir, “Knit Together: Many Colors, One Life.” Published in August, the book is a personal, random collection of stories in loose chronological order from infancy to adulthood that highlights certain more »


Cottage offers unique experience to students

Vanderhill Cottage has been home to many, but its most recent occupants are some that moved after West Hall closed. As West Hall residents moved into Hospers Hall, the women of Hospers moved into the third floor east wing of Fern Smith Hall. Some of the women of third east tried to remain together. Nine more »


Immigration conversation

One of the many privileges of attending Northwestern is having the ability to freely and openly engage in controversial dialogue. I am writing in response to the article published last week titled “The divided states of America.” My goal is not to discredit or dismiss this opinion, but rather to present an alternative viewpoint through more »


Men’s soccer finds offensive rhythm

The Northwestern men’s soccer team won a 4-2 match against visiting Presentation College on Wednesday, Sept. 24. With the victory, NW stands at a 6-2-1 record. The Raiders jumped out of the gates when senior midfielder Gabriel Goncalves scored in the sixth minute. After Presentation tied the score at 1, freshman forward Landon Sibole scored more »