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People need to care about gun violence

People need to care about gun violence

Ashley Hines

March 18, 2019

There needs to be a change of attitude when dealing with the prioritization of drastic and progressive efforts and gun violence needs to top that list before it touches more lives.Six people were killed and six people were injured during the mass shooting Feb. 15 in Aurora. Since that day there have be...

MAP grant funding was much needed

MAP grant funding was much needed

Ashley Hines

March 1, 2019

It is imperative Illinois policy-makers continue prioritizing higher education since it will help not only students, but the recovering economy as well.Illinois high school graduates over the past decade have been choosing to attend out-of-state colleges over four-year Illinois colleges. While there...

Pritzker plans to conquer higher education struggle by targeting enrollment

Sophia Mullowney

January 28, 2019

DeKALB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has plans for addressing enrollment in higher education, and students can anticipate an increase in financial aid opportunities.The governor announced a threefold plan for Illinois education reform, targeting increasing college affordability, encouraging Illinois students to a...

Residents should remain receptive to gun laws

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 needed gun laws promised by the Democratic gove...

Migrant caravan stirs politics

Migrant caravan stirs politics

Chris Grask

November 4, 2018

A migrant caravan from central America is on a collision course with the U.S. military as they head toward the U.S-Mexico border. A massive influx of civilians coming in is a fake-hysteria story and should not be worried about. This caravan is a media ploy to drive up interest in the midterm elections...

US drug laws are far too strict on marijuana

the cannabis leaf and judge gavel

Chris Grask

October 28, 2018

Opioids are running roughshod over the American populace, and the cure grows from the ground in the form of cannabis. The plant fails to grow because the U.S. government refuses to utilize its full potential and would much rather stick to the same old over-the-counter drug medicine. The legalization of...

Government officials should reflect the US demographic

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 17, 2018

With midterm elections approaching and recent polarizing activity in government, the Northern Star Editorial Board implores readers to begin educating themselves on the current composition of those in elected bodies.Midterm election voting is held Nov. 6, contesting all 435 seats in the United States...

Students need to take action and register to vote

Students need to take action and register to vote

Lisa Lillianstrom

October 17, 2018

It is important to register to vote and head to the polls on election day. Midterm elections are coming up Nov. 6, and the number of registered voted has increased in the past few years. A record 800,000 people registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day 2018, according to an Oct. 1 TIME m...

U.S should be weary of nuclear insight from North Korea

Chris Grask

October 14, 2018

North Korea is putting up a façade in front of the world, and Americans should not be buying into it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that North Korea will allow investigators to view their nuclear sites. North Korea is holding an open house party for world destruction, and at the foref...

Kavanaugh’s appointment instigates rape culture

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 10, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board feels the hearings and election of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court perpetuate rape culture, the belittling of sex crimes as a result of societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh’s nomination July 9, followed ...

Voter registration drives held today

Northern Star Staff

September 17, 2014

College Democrats will do voter registration drives today to Friday.The schedule:• Holmes Student Center, Diversions Lounge: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today• New Hall Community Center: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. today• DuSable Hall: 1-4 p.m. today• DuSable Hall: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FridayThe College Democrats serve a...

Democrat club plans goals for new semester

Rachel Scaman

September 4, 2013

As the year kicks off, so do the NIU College Democrats.During their first meeting of the school year, held Tuesday night at Pizza Pro’s, 1205 W. Lincoln Highway, the College Democrats prepared to start the semester.“Our goal for the kick-off party is to get some new faces out there and to rebuil...