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NIU will require COVID-19 vaccines for on-campus students.

Editorial: NIUs differences in vaccination policies explained

Northern Star Editorial Board July 11, 2021

NIU notified its students on June 23 that vaccines for COVID-19 are mandatory for students to attend in-person classes. However, university employees are not required but are “strongly encouraged” to get vaccinated against COVID-19. While it may initially...

The Supreme Court in Washington D.C. will hear oral arguments in October on a Missippi abortion laws constutionality. The high courts ruling, expected in the spring of 2022 could undo the courts 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, changing reproductive rights nationwide.

Opinion | Reproductive rights should stand firm

Yari Tapia, Opinion Editor July 6, 2021

The Gestastional Age Act in Mississippi banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court court case that ruled it unconstitutional for states to ban abortion. Considering the six to three conservative...

Lightfoot's press statement progressive, not anti-white

Lightfoot’s press statement progressive, not anti-white

Yari Tapia, Opinion Editor May 31, 2021

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is receiving backlash and getting sued for a May 19 statement, where Lightfoot said she will only grant interviews following her second year mayoral anniversary with journalists of color. Former U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard...

Networking concept, young male character connecting together different members of the system.

Networking is essential, don’t stop due to pandemic

Mikayla Magdziarz, Columnist May 21, 2021

For a fast pass to opportunities whether personal or career oriented, it’s all about connections and who you know. Networking is an essential tool that helps ambitious individuals build professional relationships which can open doors for business and...

Waitress disinfecting tables while wearing protective face mask and gloves due to COVID-19 epidemic.

Restaurants understaffed during COVID-19, Americans must return to work

Mikayla Magdziarz, Columnist May 14, 2021

As if mandates to prohibit restaurant dine-in service weren't enough to negatively impact the industry, restaurants are understaffed and struggling to hire employees due to higher paying unemployment incentives. American citizens are responsible as a...

Woman plays guitar on video call.

Everyone should play instrument

Jack Baudoin April 30, 2021

Humanity has changed a lot since it first sprung over 200,000 years ago, but one thing that has stayed constant throughout all civilizations throughout time is music. Even though most people enjoy listening to music, about only 25% of the population has...

Opinion editor Katie Barton sits for portrait photo.

Opinion editor says farewell

Katie Barton, Opinion editor April 28, 2021

My time with the Northern Star was incredibly short. My only regret is not having joined the staff sooner.  I was in the unique position of coming to the Star directly as an editor, as a pinch hitter of sorts, to lead the opinion section halfway through...

NIU President Dr. Lisa Freeman sits at desk April 19 in the Board of Trustees room during an interview with the Northern Star Editorial Board.

Editorial: Freeman’s future NIU goals encouraging

Northern Star Editorial Board April 28, 2021

The Northern Star Editorial Board sat down with NIU President Lisa Freeman April 19 to discuss a variety of topics, including what the future looked like for Freeman and NIU in her new contract.  The job of the university is to provide a positive...

Editor-in-chief Haley Galvin smiles for photo.

Time for goodbyes, EIC parts ways

Haley Galvin April 28, 2021

In less than a month, I will finish my senior year at NIU, and with that, my last days at the Northern Star. Since I started at NIU, I have been part of this news organization. Four years ago, I started out as a nervous entertainment writer. Through...

Jarrett smiles in a suit.

Sports editor’s goodbye

Jarrett Huff April 28, 2021

Where to begin? I came to NIU as a third-year transfer student after two years in community college. I didn’t really know anybody, beyond my roommates at the time.  I didn’t have the residence hall experience where many often build relationships...

Letter to the editor: Will fall echo 2019?

Letter to the editor: Will fall echo 2019?

Daniel Nuccio April 23, 2021

***Editor’s Note: Letters to the editor are the author’s opinion alone*** It has been more than a year since NIU students received that fateful email notifying them of their extended spring break and, at first, a temporary period of distance learning. At...

Photo manipulation of person working in office around the clock. concept.

Restructure workweek, Americans need rest

Mikayla Magdziarz, Columnist April 22, 2021

Two days off from the 9-to-5, 40-hour workweek doesn’t give Americans enough recovery time to maintain their wellbeing. Whether it is reshaping the 9-to-5 workday and working fewer hours, or implementing a four-day workweek, American employees need...

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