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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...

Donating blood provides much-needed resource for community

Donating blood provides much-needed resource for community

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

April 1, 2020

A global pandemic could lead to a second local health crisis if residents don’t consider continuing or beginning to donate blood, as the world battles COVID-19. While residents are self-quarantining and adapting to social distancing as a result of coronavirus, Versiti Blood Center’s DeKalb locat...

Our community can remain positive despite pandemic crisis

Our community can remain positive despite pandemic crisis

Northern Star Editorial Board

March 24, 2020

The past few days and weeks have certainly been a difficult and confusing time for both our community and the world. Unexpected changes to daily life can cause unwanted stress and anxiety, and it is important to focus on self-care during a crisis such as our current situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Letter to the editor: presidential election voter turnout

Angel Tapia displays his

Sarah Beste, DeKalb Resident

March 23, 2020

Letters to the editor are the the author's opinion alone I would like to express my passion and concern for the voter turnout of NIU students in this year’s presidential election. Voting is one of the strongest powers we as citizens have, and I would like to encourage everyone in the NIU communit...

Be informed about the Democratic candidates before the Illinois primary

Democratic presidential candidates (left to right) Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer meet Feb. 25 before a televised Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CBS News at the Gaillard Center, Charleston, S.C.

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

The Illinois presidential primary election will be held March 17. All Illinois citizens should be prepared to vote by becoming familiar with the different Democratic candidates and their policies. Primary elections results in other states have begun to narrow down candidates, with Michael Bennet, Deval...