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Illinois Representative Jeff Keicher (left), NIU President Lisa Freeman and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in conversation after a press conference Tuesday. During this press conference, Pritzker spoke on college funding and ensuring affordable education for Illinois students. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Pritzker discusses college funding at NIU

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | April 4, 2023

Editor's note: This piece was updated at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday to include more information. DeKALB – With a historic push on higher education, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker emphasized the funding that his proposed fiscal year 2024 budget...

Justice Tyler Murray, a sophomore majoring in communications, giving a speech introducing himself and arguing why he would make a good Justice on the SGA Supreme Court. (Evan Mellon | Northern Star)

SGA prepares for special elections, appoints new justice

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | April 2, 2023

DeKALB – Following its recent elections, the Student Government Association has announced its plans to prepare a special election due to a lack of senators elected to the senate. While the elections did result in 11 senators being elected to the...

Junior meteorology major and Trustee Tim Moore stands at the podium during the trustee debate before the SGA elections Monday on stage the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Prior to elections, Moore sent a mass-email titled “VOTE NOW TO PREVENT DECREASE IN ATHLETIC FUNDING,” encouraging students to vote for the NIUnited ticket, resulting in a reprimand for members of the ticket. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

4 SGA candidates reprimanded for mass-email campaign

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | April 1, 2023

DeKALB – Just as the Student Government Association elections came to a close, a coalition of four SGA candidates received a sanction as a result of a mass-email campaign on behalf of their ticket. An email was sent by student trustee candidate Tim...

SGA Senate The Student Government Association Senate unanimously approved its first senator for the semester at Sunday’s meeting.

Results of SGA elections announced

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | March 31, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association elections closed Wednesday. The winners were announced Friday on SGA’s Instagram. Voting was open for the executive branch positions of president, vice president, treasurer and trustee. Voting was...

The Rainbow Rave will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Registration is free.

Rainbow Rave; night of contests, face paint, free food

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | March 31, 2023

DeKALB – Do you feel the love tonight? Share the feeling at NIU’s first ever Rainbow Rave, hosted by the Student Government Association’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Senate Committee. Join fellow ravers at 8 p.m. through 11 p.m. Friday at the...

The logo for the NIU Reproductive Rights Association, a student group focused on protecting reproductive rights. On April 13, the group is partnering with Men4Choice to host an educational event focused on educating men on reproductive rights.

RRA and Men4Choice to host reproductive rights event

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | March 30, 2023

DeKALB – The Reproductive Rights Association, a student organization at NIU, is hosting an event in collaboration with Men 4 Choice to educate on reproductive rights. The Reproductive Rights Association was formed after the controversial overturning...

The entrance to the Asian American Resource Center. NIU is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month during April. (Evan Mellon | Northern Star)

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, April celebrations

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 29, 2023

DeKALB – NIU is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April. Throughout the month, there will be a number of events at NIU to attend and experience to learn more about Asian American heritage, hosted by the Asian American...

“Junior meteorology major and current Trustee Tim Moore (left) and junior pre-medical chemistry major Yazan Masri debate for the SGA representative seat on the NIU Board of Trustees Monday at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. The canidates answered questions from the public before having the chance to question one another during the debate. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)”

SGA debates: Treasurer and trustee

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | March 29, 2023

DeKALB – Candidates for the treasurer and Board of Trustees positions gathered for an open debate answering a series of questions from the public and each other. Student Government Association elections are here with polls opening at midnight March...

The NIU Recreation Center during a snowy afternoon on campus. It is the perfect place for students to exercise before heading back to their dorm room. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

CAB to host a campus paint party

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | March 29, 2023

The Campus Activities Board will be hosting Paint U “The Ultimate Campus Paint Party.” The event will be taking place from 9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. this Thursday at the NIU Recreation Center. Paint U’s paint party includes a DJ, lights and paint...

Student Government Association candidate profiles

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association is the organization of representatives elected by the student body, who are responsible for funding and supporting student events and organizations on campus. The following candidates are running for student...

A man fixing the gear shift on the rear wheel of a bike.

Adventure Center to provide bike servicing

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – The Adventure Center is offering basic bike services at the Recreation Center. Those in need of bike support may visit the Adventure Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m on Tuesdays until May 2.  Bikes may be dropped off during the Recreation Center’s...

International Transgender Day of Viability is March 31. There are multiple events happening at NIU in celebration of the holiday.

Transgender Day of Visibility events

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – Transgender Day of Visibility, the day to recognize and reflect on transgender people’s history and present, is Friday. Here are three events students can participate in to celebrate.   NIU: EDUCATION AS LIBERATION, OPEN SUBMISSIONS From...