Northern Star

Editorial: Respect COVID-19 guidelines and concerns of fellow Huskies

NIU bus driver speaks with a passenger Monday outside the Holmes Student Center.

Northern Star Editorial Board

August 10, 2020

In less than a month, classes will begin again.  The Northern Star Editorial Board would like to remind students to consider their health and safety and the safety of those around them as we return to campus. During this uncertainty we live in, it is important to follow safety guidelines and be conside...

Move-in day will feel different than in previous years

Move-in day will feel different than in previous years

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

August 3, 2020

This school year’s move-in day will definitely look different than it has in previous years. The excitement of lugging your possessions up to your new home for the next few months and meeting your neighbors will most likely be a strange experience this time around with the new safety precautions set ...

An open letter to incoming Huskies: your first semester will still be memorable

The NIU Huskie Pride Statue and Holmes Student Center are recognizable landmarks to help new students find their way around campus.

Haley Galvin, Managing Editor

July 23, 2020

At this time three years ago, I was preparing to start college at NIU. I was a month away from moving into a residence hall for the first time, beginning intimidating college classes and saying goodbye to everything I had ever known. I was a bundle of nerves and excitement. There was a new living space to...

Visiting places at different ages creates new experiences

Four friends pose in front of New Orleans building

Jack Baudoin, Contributor

July 6, 2020

One of my favorite things is seeing how my opinions and experiences change as I get older. For example, the TV shows I liked as a kid might not be as appealing to me at age 23 as they were when I was 13. I recently visited New Orleans last year for the first time in many years and realized how differen...

Letter to the editor: Peaceful protesters

Frank Beierlotzer

June 24, 2020

This letter is to all peaceful protesters. I believe there are probably a few bad apples in every profession of work and area of our society. Please, just look around and see if you agree with me. The First Amendment of our Constitution allows the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and petition...

Animal shelters are the best place to adopt a pet

A dog lays in the grass

Summer Fitzgerald, Contributor

June 11, 2020

“Adopt, don’t shop” is a common slogan, but it holds a significant amount of meaning. This phrase is often thrown around on social media, posters and campaigns, but what is its true meaning? Approximately 3.3 million animals in U.S. shelters go unadopted each year, according to the American So...

Editorial: Our commitment to amplifying black voices

A protester holds up a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Northern Star Editorial Board

June 9, 2020

Editor’s note: There are currently no members of the Northern Star Editorial Board who are black. This, along with the fact that the majority of our staff is white, is evident of our organization being as much a part of the problem of racial inequality in our society as many other institutions. We wil...

Open ears, open eyes, closed mouths: The duties of white America after police brutality protests

Open ears, open eyes, closed mouths: The duties of white America after police brutality protests

James Krause, Contributor

June 1, 2020

Every time I visit my family in Georgia, we take the long and often tedious trip from Athens to Atlanta for a day to see the city. Every time, without fail, I’ll want to go to two places on Marietta Street: the CNN Center and the College Football Hall of Fame. Marietta Street gets thousands of pe...

Saying goodbye to something special

Editor in Chief Sam Malone lies on copies of the Northern Star with a mask covering her face.

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

May 6, 2020

As a little girl I dreamed of walking across a stage to receive my college degree, and nothing could have prepared me for this reality. The reality of a graduation without a ceremony — an accomplishment without smothering hugs from my family.  But then again, nothing could have prepared me for the countless...

A message to graduating seniors

A message to graduating seniors

Northern Star Editorial Board

May 5, 2020

Hello seniors. We didn’t think it’d end this way, did we? You’re in your final week of your NIU career, and finals may be pretty low on your list of priorities. With graduation postponed until at least August, the realization that it is the end of your time here may not have hit you yet. But ...

President Freeman’s temporary powers are limited but still important

NIU President Lisa Freeman sits in her office at Altgeld Hall. The Board of Trustees granted her the power to suspend any board policies while Illinois is under a state of emergency.

Northern Star Editorial Board

April 27, 2020

The abrupt disruption of life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many decisions that effect student life at NIU, including the Board of Trustees’ decision to grant NIU President Lisa Freeman expanded authority. The board’s decision was made during its March 19 meeting and will be reassessed...

Take Earth Day to reflect on how our actions affect the planet

Take Earth Day to reflect on how our actions affect the planet

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

April 22, 2020

Wednesday marks the 50th year Earth Day is being celebrated in the U.S. since its creation in 1970. During the current health crisis, however, the holiday that celebrates the great outdoors of our planet will occur while people stay indoors during a global pandemic. There have been some improvements...