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Northern Star alumni establish $50,000 endowment, Phil Kadner honored

By Colin Kempsell | September 6, 2022

DeKALB — The Northern Star Alumni Association has announced the establishment of a $50,000 endowment to fund staffers' salaries. The endowment is named after NIU alum and longtime Chicago journalist Phil Kadner. The Northern Star/Phil Kadner Endowment...

Weed usage should be protected from business drug testing

By Jack Baudoin | February 13, 2020

Now that marijuana is legal in Illinois, there is a concern regarding employment. How will business’ drug-testing policies affect employees who use marijuana? Because marijuana is now legal, using it should be the same as going home and drinking a beer....

Residents should remain receptive to gun laws

By Ashley Hines | January 23, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed bipartisan legislation providing increased state surveillance over Illinois firearm retailers and combating illegal gun trafficking on Jan. 17. For Illinois residents, the bill represents the first step in a string of much...

Illinois public higher education takes hit to enrollment numbers

By James Krause | September 25, 2017

Enrollment at state universities in Illinois has been showing a downward trend, including NIU, and officials from universities across the state are looking for reasons and solutions.NIU’s ten-day enrollment numbers were released Sept. 12 and with them...

Manspreading hits Huskie Bus Line

By Kristin Maglabe | January 26, 2015

“Manspreading” and improper commuter etiquette has not gone unnoticed by some Huskie Bus riders.Manspreading refers to when people spread their legs and put their belongings on vacant bus seats. This results in a lack of seats on crowded buses.Though...

City shouldn’t rely on salt

By Angelina McNeela | November 24, 2014

DeKalb needs to switch to eco-friendly alternatives to salt for melting icy roads.Salt has proven to be effective at combating icy roads, but DeKalb should consider using alternatives like soy products, molasses and urea. Not only are these products more...

Pass/Fail: SA holds courses on sexual prevention; People don’t agree with minimum wage

By Taylor Reese | November 24, 2014

Pass: SA holds courses on sexual preventionThe Student Association sponsored a series of Rape Aggression Defense training sessions, an informative seminar on teaching women self-defense techniques, which end today.These sessions were a great addition...

Gerrymandering should be on November ballot

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 28, 2014

Your vote has little sway in some Illinois elections because district lines are drawn with a political bias.Under law, the Illinois General Assembly is responsible for the redistricting process after each federal decennial census. I think it’s time...

Pass/Fail: First 5,000 gun licenses sent out, Teachers assign work over break

By Blake Glosson | March 6, 2014

Pass: First 5,000 gun licenses sent outThe first 5,000 licenses from more than 50,000 Illinois applicants for concealed carry were approved and mailed on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.This marks a long-anticipated moment following a December...

Pass/Fail: ‘Paperless classrooms’ set for school district, Opposing same-sex marriage is outdated

By Danny Cozzi | October 23, 2013

Pass: 'Paperless classrooms' set for school districtDeKalb School District 428 is planning to have electronic devices available to every student by 2016, according to the Daily Chronicle.Students in elementary school will likely use iPads, while high...

Pass/Fail: Chicago police, musician sues Nicki Minaj

By Danny Cozzi | September 15, 2013

Pass: Chicago police increase foot patrols in dangerous areasIt’s no secret Chicago isn’t exactly what you’d consider safe.According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Police Department has increased foot patrols in 20 of the most dangerous areas...

Williams not fit for position

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 27, 2012

The Northern Star Editorial Board doesn’t think Eddie Williams, executive vice president and chief of operations for Finance and Facilities, is doing his job. Since the summer, the Finance and Facilities division at NIU has been through controversies...