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Cartoonist Isaac Trusty illustrates a goose laying on a bed of flowers. NIU students and staff can expect to see plenty of geese around campus.

Editorial: Back to the pack

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 27, 2023

With a new school year starting, we wanted to use our first editorial of the year to discuss the big changes happening in DeKalb and remind our readers we will try to help them informed with the news this semester.  First, there have been major updates...

Athletes across different sports doing signature actions for their sports. NIU student-athletes did an amazing job this year. (Amber Siegel | Northern Star)

Editorial: NIU student-athletes excelled this year

Editor’s note: Joey Trella, opinion editor and NIU student-athlete, was not a part of writing this editorial.  Participating in collegiate athletics at the Division I level is a dream that only a select few can accomplish. An even fewer number of...

A girl sleeping while thought bubbles of self care float above. When preparing for finals, it is essential to also make time for mental health.

Editorial: Take a deep breath during finals

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 30, 2023

Before summer comes around, the last few weeks of school are stressful. Students should remember to always take care of themselves first. With the stress of projects, papers and final exams, students should find methods to keep themselves mentally healthy...

Apology: Coverage confirmed to contain fabrication

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 18, 2023

On Tuesday, Reporter Daniel Massa confirmed that he fabricated multiple parts of an April 17 concert recap titled “Local bands jam hearts out for DeKalb.” Upon the discovery of Massa’s fabrication, the writer was terminated and the article was...

Two people walking on a tightrope between Holmes Student Center and Founders Memorial Library. The recent SGA election found four candidates breaking SGAs vague rules.

Editorial: SGA allows the abuse of its elections

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 9, 2023

A sanction, in relation to the NIU Student Government Association, is a reprimand given to a person who is found guilty and admits to having broken SGA policies, university policies or, in the recent case of four elected candidates, electioneering. The...

A basketball player, softball player and soccer player portrayed as superheroes. The Northern Star Editorial Board believes NIU students should support womens sports more as they bring home a lot of accomplishments.

Editorial: Support women’s sports beyond Women’s History Month

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 30, 2023

Editor’s note: Joey Trella, opinion editor and NIU student-athlete, was not a part of writing this editorial.  NIU women’s sports have proven to the world that they deserve more eyes and attention from the NIU student body and fans. Students...

Two students in the Oasis at Holmes Student Center, holding their phones showing a box checked off, indicating theyve voted. It is important for NIU students to vote in the SGA elections because the winners represent their voices on campus.

Editorial: Students, your voice is needed in SGA elections

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 27, 2023

The Student Government Association’s purpose is to represent and be the voice of the student body. That cannot happen if students don’t use their voices. The SGA is a student organization that aims to be the voice of NIU students to the administration....

Drag performer Angelica Diamond performing in an outfit inspired by “The Little Mermaid” Thursday evening in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center. NIU’s campus and the surrounding community are no stranger to drag performances, with shows being hosted on campus by various groups such as the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Gender-Sexualities Alliance (GSA) and at local restaurants and venues. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

Editorial: Drag is an art, not a crime

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 26, 2023

On July 1, some of the country’s most thinly veiled anti-transgender legislation will take effect in Tennessee.  This amendment to Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 7-51-1401, criminalizes “performance in a location other than an adult cabaret...

A large stamp and ink pad sit on a desk beside a stack of papers labeled as Student Government Association documents and stamped with the words try again. Six SGA senators voted against the second round of voting for the petition, claiming that the petition was too narrow, and theyd rather propose a more broad petition at an undisclosed date. (Isaac Trusty | Northern Star)

Editorial: SGA let Black students down

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 5, 2023

During a Feb. 17 meeting, the Student Government Association voted on whether to approve a petition outlining the concerns of Black students at NIU. Instead of approving the petition, SGA senators denied it.  A petition is the SGA’s highest form...

Two people hugging as others walk by on a rainy and gloomy day. With traumatic events constantly happening, remember to take care of yourself and those around you.

Editorial: Dear students, don’t let doom consume you

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 26, 2023

As the 15th anniversary of the shooting at NIU and images of the Feb. 13 Michigan State University shooting loom over our heads, it's hard for students to return to our everyday lives.  Of course, these events and others like them cause stress. It’s...

People hanging around at a train station with Mission III waiting outside the Metra train. The discussion to extend the line to DeKalb has circulated more than once.

Editorial: The Metra in DeKalb, a no-brainer

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 19, 2023

The DeKalb City Council’s recent approval of a transportation study will determine if the Union Pacific West Metra line should extend to DeKalb. The answer seems clear: The train line’s extension would be beneficial to NIU and its student population. A...

Multiple hands holding phones with play signs and exclamation marks. Social media users and platforms should be more considerate when sharing graphic content for other users to spread.

Editorial: We cause pain by sharing graphic, violent videos

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 12, 2023

The recent social media trend of sharing graphic videos and content needs to end. It makes sense to share what has happened with the rest of the world because it will bring awareness and hold accountability, but it's unnecessary to share such graphic,...