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Editorial: NIU isn’t as prepared for monkeypox

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 3, 2022

NIU announced the first case of a student testing positive for monkeypox on Aug. 25. Yet, NIU isn’t taking student health as seriously as they should. The university should have a set plan for monkeypox, as they did with COVID-19. NIU has not...

While concern for the monkeypox virus has started to increase, it is becoming more important to educate yourself on the disease.

Monkeypox reactions reflect the AIDS epidemic

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Columnist | August 28, 2022

While the fear of the COVID-19 virus begins to slow and safety restrictions continue to lift, concern over the threat of the monkeypox virus has started to increase. Fear can drive groups or individuals to behave rashly, and with the misinformation about...

The May 4, 2022 print publication of the Northern Star marks the final weekly print edition of our paper. The first print edition came out in 1899.

Editorial: Northern Star welcomes new era of journalism

Since 1899, students at NIU have committed themselves to serving the greater populace of their campus by regularly putting out a newspaper. Now that over a century has since passed, the Northern Star as we know it today is moving to a more digital-based...

The word Matter from the phrase Black Lives Matter is painted in red letters along Castle Drive.

Editorial: Repaint Castle Drive BLM mural

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 27, 2022

What once served as a powerful recognition of the importance of Black lives is now barely visible as the words “Black Lives Matter” continue to fade on Castle Drive.  The Northern Star Editorial Board believes that the words Black Lives Matter...

NIU non-tenured English instructor Dan Libman, walks with a sign saying NIU we miss you during Wednesdays IFT and UPI informational picket outside of Altgeld Hall. Libman has been an instructor since 1998 and said hes never seen the university walk away from the bargaining table until this go around.The picket comes after university officials walked away from non-tenure negotiations and have refused to begin tenure contract negotiations. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Editorial: NIU walkout on negotiations impacts relations, student success

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 21, 2022

Educators are the backbone of any university. They are faces students interact with often and have the most responsibility in teaching the next generation in the labor force. NIU’s tenure and non-tenure-track faculty are the faces that make up that...

Editorial: Diversity at NIU must be reflected throughout

Editorial: Diversity at NIU must be reflected throughout

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 2, 2022

Editor’s Note: The Northern Star Editorial Board feels that its current makeup of editors does not allow for the board to accurately speak on topics of race. For this editorial, the Editorial Board voted to hold a session consisting of just Black staffers...

Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of McDaniels first coaching staff with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Editorial: NFL’s Rooney Rule needs modifications

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 24, 2022

Of the head coaches hired to fill the nine head coaching vacancies this offseason, two identify as minorities: Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, who is biracial, and Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith, who is Black. The NFL has made efforts...

NIU is working to help those students who need it most, with its support of the DoublePell campaign.

Editorial: Doubling Pell Grant creates opportunity for success

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 25, 2022
Doubling the Pell Grant would allow students a better opportunity for future success.
Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 18, 2022
Without a sense of trust between readers and the media, our job is ineffective.
After a Business Insider article was released depicting Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy as having rough sexual encounters, the online media organization could be on thin ice with the public going forward. (Madeline Schuster | Northern Star)

Editorial: Portnoy should be out of bowl festivities

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 17, 2021
The upcoming Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl has a cloud of uncertainty looming over thanks to Barstool founder Dave Portnoy.
A ticket to Thursdays Jesse McCartney concert.

Editorial: Charging students to attend McCartney concert was unnecessary

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 10, 2021

Every year, students pay about $9 per credit hour in student fees, which support university operations and student activities. In return, students can attend athletic events, fine arts performances and other campus activities for free.  However, this...

Kyle Rittenhouse looks back at the gallery in the courtroom as the room is let go for an afternoon break at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. Rittenhouse, an aspiring police officer, shot two people to death and wounded a third during a night of anti-racism protests in Kenosha last year.

Editorial: Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse should be based on merits not rhetoric

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 3, 2021

Nearly 14 months removed from the news headlines, the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has made national headlines once more as news surfaced that Rittenhouse’s defense team successfully argued that prosecutors cannot refer to the three people who were shot...

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