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A display case with a mannequin and banner from First Nations Native Alliance displays Native agriculture and food from the “Good Food” exhibit in Cole Hall. NIU’s Land Acknowledgement recognizes the original Indigenous populations that inhabited the land NIU stands on. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU’s land acknowledgement, explained

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | December 10, 2023

DeKALB – Before every play, concert or official university meeting at NIU starts, students and staff hear a statement read aloud. In less than 30 seconds but in distinct succession, a speaker acknowledges that “we,” the university or the individuals...

A mural of The Beatles painted on the outside of a mock-up single dorm in Neptune North. Neptune North will be offering rooms starting Fall 2023. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Neptune Hall North open to students next year

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | May 1, 2023

DeKALB – Since Neptune Hall North closed its doors in Spring 2020, its entrance has stood vacant in the center of campus, but come Fall 2023, NIU will be opening the residence hall’s doors once again. “Housing and Residential Services is reopening...

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...

Sid Kincaid (left), an alum and former SGA senator, Speaker Dallas Douglass and Senator Chris English sitting during Fridays SGA meeting. Douglass announced he will be stepping down from the position of speaker. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Dallas Douglass steps down as speaker of senate

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | April 15, 2023

DeKALB – After nearly four years of service, Speaker Dallas Douglass has announced his plans to step down as speaker of the Student Government Association. Serving as speaker of the senate since March 2021, Douglass announced his departure at Friday's...

Student Government Association candidate profiles

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association is the organization of representatives elected by the student body, who are responsible for funding and supporting student events and organizations on campus. The following candidates are running for student...

SGA Senators Edwin Perez-Hernandez (left), Atlas Babcock, Princess Rogers, Arianna Ramos, Alexia Musgraves and Debbie Allen discussing the meaning of diversity. The senators were disappointed with the outcome of the SGA petition for Black students. (Caleb Johnson | Northern Star)

SGA’s DEI comments on failed petition, discuss future

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | March 19, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee hosted a panel that touched on the failure of the recent petition for Black students and to get feedback and encourage conversation between SGA representatives...

Duke Ellington Ballroom filled student organizations during the Spring 2023 involvement fair at the Holmes Student Center. On Friday, the SGA passed a bill allocating $30,000 to fund student organizations. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

SGA moves $30K to student organizations

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | March 5, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association has passed a bill that will allow more money to be given to student organizations this semester. The bill will move $30,000 from SGA’s executive funding, used to fund campus-wide initiatives, to supplemental...

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, Written Managing Editor | 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 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, News Reporter | 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...