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Officer Larry Williams talks to student at the front desk of Stevenson Towers.

Editorial: Students lack involvement in police chief search

Northern Star Editorial Board September 15, 2021

Representatives from Public Sector Search and Consulting conducted two listening sessions from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 8-9 via Zoom to gather student input about what attributes the next NIU chief of police should possess. Outside of the two hosts and one guest,...

A white rose is placed in the lettering of a person who was killed at the World Trade Center to symbolize their birthday.

Editorial: We remember, 20 years later

Northern Star Editorial Board September 8, 2021

On Sept. 12, 2001, the Northern Star Editorial Board published its daily editorial with a drawing of the American flag with the words “The Second Date of Infamy” right below the symbol of American freedom.  For a college press, the words spoke...

A clinician uses a syringe to inject a  COVD-19 vaccine into a patient.

Editorial: NIU’s soft approach for vaccinations disappoints

Northern Star Editorial Board September 1, 2021

Last week, the university announced that students who received a personal exemption while COVID-19 vaccinations were under Emergency Use Authorization status are now required to get vaccinated – but they have until Nov. 1 to do so.  The lax three-month...

Equality for transgender persons goes far-beyond choosing how they wish to identify. Equality should include being granted the same opportunities as cisgender persons, including competing in athletic events.

Editorial: Transgender athletes deserve equality

Northern Star Editorial Board August 26, 2021

The Canadian Women’s Soccer team didn’t just make history by claiming their first-ever Olympic gold medal defeating Sweden in a shootout on Aug. 6. One athlete, Canada’s starting midfielder, solidified their Olympic history. Their name is Quinn,...

Attorney General Merrick Garland (left) listens to a presentation with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., center, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, while visiting the Chicago Police Department Strategic Decision Support Center in Chicago, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Lightfoot had asked for the federal government's help in curbing Chicago’s rising numbers of gun related crimes in the city. (Samuel Corum/Pool via AP)

Editorial: Lightfoot anti-violence plan shows promise

Northern Star Editorial Board August 5, 2021

In a year that has already brought so much pain and suffering to the American people due to COVID-19, the last thing the country needs is another crisis taking the lives of innocent people. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the U.S. has on its hands....

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

Editorial: NIU’s 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...

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...

A police car has its lights  on at a busy road at night.

Editorial: Know, exercise rights with police

Northern Star Editorial Board April 21, 2021

Criminal justice reform continues to be a contested issue in the wake of officer Derek Chauvin’s trial following Daunte Wright’s fatal shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Despite these repeated calls for reform, only 46% of Americans think the...

A pile of Northern Star newspapers is scattered.

Editorial: Media literacy crucial to reading online

Northern Star Editorial Board April 14, 2021

News media continues to move their content online, a place where information is readily available regardless of whether it’s true. In the wake of a digital news era, disbelief and trust in the news have fluctuated. The Northern Star Editorial Board...

Photo illustration of student looking over transcripts.

Editorial: Let students decide grading system

Northern Star Editorial Board April 7, 2021

The termination of spring break, in exchange for two days off, was not an entire student body decision and has driven students to a new level of burnout out this semester. The Northern Star Editorial Board believes the university needs to incorporate...

Illustration of crowd of men and women facing different ways.

Editorial: Morris, Barnes miss diversity in platforms

Northern Star Editorial Board March 30, 2021

 Election Day of the DeKalb consolidated election is April 6, and this year DeKalb has two candidates running for Mayor: Carolyn Morris and Cohen Barnes. With the election less than two weeks away, the Northern Star Editorial Board would like to offer...

David Byrd will become the city’s first Black police chief in its 135-year history.

Editorial: Police chief announced, continue including community

Northern Star Editorial Board March 17, 2021

On March 8, DeKalb named Illinois State Police Col. David Byrd DeKalb’s police chief, making him the first Black man to ever hold the position in DeKalb’s 135 year-long history.  The Northern Star Editorial Board is excited to see a needed change...

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