Northern Star

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...

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...

Student positions remain unfilled

Northern Star Editorial Board

November 20, 2019

There are 19 empty Senate seats in the Student Association, and every student representative seat on the Faculty Senate is empty with just three weeks left in the fall 2019 semester. The Northern Star has been searching for a student representative to serve on its Publication Board for weeks, and other board...

Union members work towards better teaching conditions

Northern Star Editorial Board

November 13, 2019

For two years, the United Faculty Alliance has been working on a contract with the hopes of improving teaching conditions for tenured and tenure-track faculty at NIU. The Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on whether or not the contract will go into effect.“The UFA is a group of faculty committe...

Student-athletes bill needs to pass in Illinois

The Huskies run onto the field Oct. 5 at Huskie Stadium before a game against Ball State University.

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 24, 2019

The way student-athletes are compensated for their play is starting to change. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act Sept. 30, which will allow student-athletes competing at state and private universities to sign endorsement deals. Student-athletes will be eligible to receive comp...

Freeman connects to student body

Northern Star Editorial Board

September 4, 2019

As NIU President Lisa Freeman approaches her first full year as NIU’s official president, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made in mending the relationship between students and the administration.Prior to Freeman’s presidency, former president Doug Baker and his administration created a divide b...

Editorials convey important ideas

Northern Star Editorial Board

August 28, 2019

Welcome to the Northern Star Editorial, where you can find editorials on a regular basis. There is a distinction between an opinion column and an editorial, and we are here to clarify the difference. In doing so, we hope to provide insight into how we fill this space and why.Editorials were first crea...

Board of Trustee’s carelessness comes at heavy costs

Board of Trustee's carelessness comes at heavy costs

Editorial Board

April 19, 2018

 The Northern Star Editorial Board finds the outcome of the NIU Board of Trustees vs Misty Haji-Sheikh case to be costly and unnecessarily difficult when compared to a lawsuit filed by Sid Kincaid in 2016.Sid Kincaid, former Student Association senator, filed a lawsuit against the Student Association Ap...

Congress rightly defends school funding from DeVos

Congress rightly defends school funding from DeVos

Editorial Board

April 12, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board applauds the decision made by the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a proposal for educational funding made by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.On March 21, DeVos and President Donald Trump proposed the most recent federal spending bill with many financial cu...

NIU needs loss prevention plan

Editorial Board

April 5, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board considers NIU’s recent mismanagement of equipment a poor reflection on the administration as a whole, especially during a time when it’s requesting additional state funding. It is imperative the administration takes more responsibility and holds itself accountabl...

Guns Reality Check

Guns Reality Check

Manuel Valdes

March 22, 2018

FILE - Students at Roosevelt High School take part in a protest against gun violence Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Seattle. Politicians in Washington state are joining students who walked out of class to protest against gun violence. It was part of a nationwide school walkout that calls for stricter ...