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Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief

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Four quadrants display symbols associated with four different types of NIU clubs: Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Department Clubs and clubs that are just for fun. Which club makes the most impact on campus? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Poll: Which NIU club is most impactful?

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
April 23, 2024
Courtney Pincuspy, a first-year biology major, responds to a street interview prompt. What do students look for in a political candidate, and do students feel their votes matter? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Voting in elections

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
February 29, 2024
A gray cup pours water into a sink. DeKalb should not have won the award for Best Tasting Water on Jan 26. (Olivia Zapf| Northern Star)

[Photo] DeKalb’s water isn’t best tasting

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter
February 20, 2024
Stacks of romance books with cartoon covers are displayed at the Peoria Barnes and Nobel location. Books with smut should not be marketed toward minors. (Angelina Padilla-Tompkins | Northern Star)

Stop giving kids smut

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
February 19, 2024
Elizabeth Nowak, a freshman anthropology major, responds to a street interview prompt. Are New Year’s resolutions worth it? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: New Year’s resolutions

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
January 25, 2024
A mound of snow blocks 15 parking spots in Lot C after NIU’s grounds department cleared the parking lot of snow. Temperatures will remain below freezing into the start of the semester, meaning the mound of snow will likely continue to block parking spots, according to the National Weather Service. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU students shouldn’t freeze

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
January 21, 2024
A monk meditates in a school hallway with blue lockers. Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf believes mental health education should be expanded in high schools. (Gabriel Fiorini | Northern Star)

Expand high school mental health education

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
December 10, 2023
A mini felt graduation cap and diploma scroll rest on one side of a golden balance scale. Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf believes college rankings should consider the non-academic elements of universities. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Improve college ranking system

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
December 6, 2023
A severe weather forecast centers in the midwest. Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf believes radar holes in weather forecasting are dangerous and need to be patched. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Radar holes must be patched

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
December 4, 2023
A man leaps over hurdles toward a blue graduation cap. Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf believes students should advocate for the courses they require to graduate to help improve the NIU course registration process. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Improve course registration

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
December 3, 2023
A goose stands on top of a huskie. The NIU Huskies should become the NIU Geese. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

No more Huskies, we’re Geese

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
November 15, 2023
Former President Donald Trump speaks outside the courtroom after testifying Monday at the New York Supreme Court. Trump needs to suspend his 2024 presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Trump’s martyrdom getting old

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
November 8, 2023
Chase Kaminski, ESA with Counseling and Consultation Services, sits in front of fall foliage. NIU should invest in more therapy dogs. (Courtesy of Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University)

NIU needs more therapy dogs

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
November 6, 2023
A red stamp reads “Misleading” in all capital letters. False advertisements can have dangerous consequences, and Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf believes students should practice critical evaluation of advertisements. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Expand education on manipulative advertising

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
November 1, 2023
A littered Gatorade bottle lays on the ground near Neptune Hall. Students need to do their part in keeping campus clean. (Olivia Zapf | Northern Star)

Picking up litter is not hard

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
October 23, 2023
Israel flags hang on a soccer goal in a backyard of a home that came under attack during a massive Hamas invasion Oct. 19 in Kibbutz Nir Oz, Israel. American media must do a better job portraying all aspects of the Hamas-Israel conflict.  (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Change how Hamas-Israel conflict is covered

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
October 22, 2023
(Left) Students wait in line at the three dining options at Stevenson dining. (Right) Patterson dining showcases its dessert options for dinner. While some students might feel frustrated with NIUs meal plans, the university has done its best to ensure the plans are fair. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU’s meal plans are fair given resources

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
October 16, 2023
A biker rides their bike with figures on the ground behind them. Students who walk around campus must be aware of those who bike, and vice versa. (Robin Gamboa | Northern Star)

End NIU sidewalk wars

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
October 9, 2023
The double door entrance to the Sally Stevens Players Theatre. Next to the door is the metal plaque that reads “The Sally, Sally Stevens Players Theatre” located in the Stevens Buildings.
(Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

Attend NIU Theatre performances

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
October 4, 2023
A group of students eat a meal together outside. Which on-campus restaurant is your favorite? (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Poll: Which on-campus restaurant is best?

By Olivia Zapf, Editor in Chief
September 19, 2023
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