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Senator Cole Hensley (right) gives his speech for speaker of the Senate to the SGA. Cole Hensley will be speaker of the Senate for the 55th session for the next academic year.

Cole Hensley named SGA speaker for Fall 2023

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 30, 2023

DeKALB – Cole Hensley was named the Student Government Association’s speaker of the Senate with a vote of 11 to 6 against interim Speaker Debbie Allen. Hensley advocated for more disciplined leadership in his speech where he said he would hold...

Student Government Association Senators Dallas Douglass (left) and Chris English addressing other SGA senators. During the Feb. 24 meeting, the SGA approved legislation that requires all senators to pass at least one piece of legislation during their term. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

SGA now requires senators to write legislation

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – A bill was passed requiring Student Government Association senators to create one piece of legislation during their term in senate. “The duties and responsibilities of the senators do not include anything that shows that they have demonstrated...

The Castle Drive Black Lives Matter mural after being painted in 2020 (top) and in April 2022 after two years of fading due to weather. On Friday, the Student Government Association proposed a petition for NIU to address concerns such as performative activism and representation of diversity in NIUs staff. (Northern Star File Photo)

SGA proposed petition criticizes NIU’s efforts at inclusion

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | February 5, 2023

DeKALB - Amid growing concerns of what it's calling NIU’s inactivity toward racism and lack of diversity on campus, the Student Government Association has proposed a petition to shed light on student concerns. The proposed petition was co-authored...

The Student Government Association Speaker of the Senate, Dallas Douglass (left), converses with newly appointed Clerk of the Senate, Chris English, near the end of Friday’s SGA meeting in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

SGA appoints election commissioner, deputy speaker and clerk

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | January 29, 2023

DeKALB – Following the appointment of the board of elections, the Student Government Association has appointed its election commissioner and appointed senators to fill missing spaces in the Senate. Senator Ethan DeMuse was appointed to the role of...

The entrance to the Housing and Residential Services sits empty over the weekend in Neptune East. Emmanuel Corpuz has been appointed to the Student Government Association Senate, representing University Housing at NIU. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

SGA appoints new University Housing representative

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | January 22, 2023

The Student Government Association confirmed Emmanuel Corpuz, a junior mechatronics engineering major, to the Senate. Corpuz will represent University Housing. “As a current Neptune resident, I am not blind to these issues we face on campus,” Corpuz...