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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...

Senior Northern Star Sports Editor Jarrett Huff listens during an editorial board meeting on Tuesday January 27.

Editorial: Year review as students in pandemic

Northern Star Editorial Board March 9, 2021

On March 9, 2020, the world as we knew it stopped. This was the date that some say was the official start of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. As college students, we have a very unique perspective that no other age group has. We are coming into our...

With the transition to in-person learning on the horizon, continuing to provide virtual classes will make learning more accessible for students.

Editorial: continue virtual learning after pandemic

Northern Star Editorial Board March 2, 2021

Once classes resume in-person, the Northern Star Editorial Board thinks students should still be able to attend class virtually if they are unable to attend class in person. We suggest a Zoom or virtual class being set up alongside the regular in-class...

Spring Break sign with beach background

Editorial: two administrative closure days do not compensate for Spring Break

Northern Star Editorial Board February 23, 2021

Thursday marked the first of two administrative closure days, but the “break” did not do what the university intended it to do.  The administrative closures were decided at an Oct. 7 University Council meeting.  These dates were Thursday and...

A doctor holds a vaccine vial in their gloved hand.

Editorial: COVID-19 vaccines should be mandatory and provided by NIU

Northern Star Editorial Board February 12, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out in Phase 1B in Illinois, college students wait eagerly for their distribution in Phase 2 to go back to social events and a proper classroom setting. However, speculation continues to interject, and vaccines remain optional,...

A surveillance testing sign hangs on the entrance of the NIU Health Services building.

Editorial: Students should get tested before returning to campus

Northern Star Editorial Board November 24, 2020

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the university released its plans and recommendations for Huskies traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday in a Nov. 5 email sent by NIU President Lisa Freeman. Freeman wrote students returning to campus after traveling...

DeKalb Police Department warns against unemployment scams

Editorial: DeKalb Police Department must condemn excessive use of force

Northern Star Editorial Board November 19, 2020

During an arrest in the Lincoln Towers parking lot in August 2019, DeKalb Sgt. Jeffery Weese was caught on video choking Aurora resident Elonte McDowell, 26. On Nov. 11 it was announced that Weese would be resigning from his position in the DeKalb Police...

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