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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...

A pile of Northern Star newspapers is scattered.

Editorial: Journalists should act with integrity

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 27, 2021

When journalist Katie Couric edited out controversial quotes made by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a 2016 interview, Couric did a disservice to Americans by wanting to “protect” Ginsburg rather than carry out her duty as a...

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden leaves after speaking during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Las Vegas, in this Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, file photo. The Northern Star Editorial Board believes his former employer, ESPN, repeatedly failed to recognize the severity of his hate speech and were too quick to move on from discussing it.

Editorial: Sports media falls short covering systemic issues

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 20, 2021

The news broke right in the middle of Monday Night Football on Oct. 11. Jon Gruden had resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after the New York Times released a report just hours prior detailing Gruden’s racist, sexist, homophobic and toxic...

A student holding a phone with the NIU Safe App.

Editorial: NIU needs to better promote Safe App

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 13, 2021

The NIU Police Department has started phasing out emergency call boxes on campus in order to transition to the NIU Safe App. A planned dismantling of the call boxes will happen over the next two semesters. The features on the NIU Safe App sound helpful,...

The booster clinic will be held at the NIU Convocation Center.

Editorial: What to know about the COVID-19 booster shot

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 6, 2021

President Joe Biden gathered the press on Sept. 27 to demonstrate the next step science has taken in fighting COVID-19: the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer booster shot on Sept. 22, just a few weeks...

José Molina mourns for Gabby Petito on Sept. 23.

Editorial: The perils of ‘missing white woman syndrome’

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 29, 2021

Jelani Day, a 25-year-old of Bloomington, Ill., went missing Aug. 25, and a month later, his body was found. Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old of North Port, Fla., was reported missing Sept. 11 and was found within the span of a week. Of these two cases, only...

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

Editorial: Students lack involvement in police chief search

By 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

By Northern Star Editorial Board and Wes Sanderson | 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

By 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...

Molly Holmes, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center emphasized the importance of learning about and supporting trans identities and the experiences of trans people as a part of the NIU community. 

Editorial: Transgender athletes deserve equality

By 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,...