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Senator Brandon Phillips offers a friendly motion to Senator Tristan Martins bill to have executive reports once every two weeks to the senate in-person only.

SA Senate left with less than 20 reps

By Alex Chettiath | April 25, 2016

DeKalb | The Student Associate Senate was forced to amend their bylaws to allow them to function next semester with less than 20 senators elected, due to two senators resigning.The Senate is responsible for the SA budget which currently is more than $6.5...

District 4 Student Association Senators

By Northern Star staff | October 26, 2015

Student Association senators discuss how their involvement has readied them for their positions, as well as what improvements and issues they will focus on this semester.District 4 is composed of students residing outside of the DeKalb city limits.Senator...

Domke re-elected SA Senate speaker

By Ashley Morse | April 20, 2015

Re-elected Student Association Senate speaker for the 2015-16 academic year, Dillon Domke said he hopes to create a conference for Mid-American Conference schools’ student governments.Domke was voted SA Senate speaker after explaining his plans and...

Student Association Senator David White discusses his bill to move SA executive elections to online voting during Sunday’s SA Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room. White said online voting would increase voter participation, but other senators said turnout would be better increased with advertising.

SA Senate moves voting online

By Ashley Morse | March 2, 2015

After a nearly 90-minute debate on the effectiveness of online voting, the Student Association Senate passed a bill, 20-12, that would allow students to vote online for the SA executive election.Polling stations in DuSable Hall, the Holmes Student Center,...

SA Senator David White

Officials want 5K turnout for Student Association executive elections

By Ashley Morse | February 23, 2015

Student Association Senator David White said he hopes to increase turnout to 5,000 students as the newly appointed SA election board’s commissioner.As commissioner, White is responsible for hiring poll workers, administering elections, holding a debate...

Student Association Senator Brandon Phillips, author of the bill.

Senate debates adding historian position

By Ashley Morse | February 16, 2015

After a 40-minute debate, the Student Association Senate passed a bill to allow the creation of a SA historian position with a 19-13 vote.The historian will be responsible for archiving minutes, legislation and campaign details of the Senate. The Senate...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner celebrates his win over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday in Chicago. Rauner claimed victory on Election Day, but incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has not conceded as he said some votes have yet to be counted.

Funding for NIU may change under Rauner’s budget

By Kristin Maglabe | November 5, 2014

Republican Bruce Rauner’s win over Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in the gubernatorial race could mean funding changes for NIU.Rauner, who got about 51 percent of the vote Tuesday, won over Quinn, who has yet to concede. Rauner’s budget plan includes...

Senate clerk to resign SA post

By Lauren Cliffe | October 5, 2014

Dillon Domke, Student Association Senate speaker, announced Senate Clerk Ryan Burke will step down from his position due to a heavy course load Sunday.Domke briefly discussed the Senate committees that have been created. Domke said he intended to bring...

Faculty Senate to discuss study of gender, career satisfaction in STEM

By Jackie Nevarez | September 30, 2014

Faculty and administrators will present their research on career satisfaction and gender in science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty at today’s Faculty Senate meeting.Chris McCord, principal investigator and College of Liberal Arts and...

Student Association Senate Sept. 28 meeting

Student Association Senate Sept. 28 meeting

By Joshua Lazenby | September 28, 2014

(Left to right) Anne Birberick, vice provost of Academic Affairs; general education coordinator Michael Kolb and Brandon Phillips, a member of the NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies task force, discuss a program to revamp NIU’s general...

SA Senate approves of gen. ed changes

SA Senate approves of gen. ed changes

By Lauren Cliffe | September 28, 2014

The Student Association Senate passed a resolution to approve NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies, a general education reform program, Sunday.Brandon Phillips, a member of the NIU PLUS task force; Anne Birberick, vice provost of Academic...

SA Senate appoints justice

By Keith Hernandez | May 4, 2014

Student Association Senate approved a Supreme Court Associate Justice due to an impending total vacancy in the court at the close of the spring semester.Associate JusticeThird-year law student Brian Burkhardt was the only candidate the SA Senate approved...