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Hearing set for SA lawsuit

By Lindsey Salvatelli | January 26, 2017

DeKALB — A pretrial hearing for a pending lawsuit against the Student Association Senate is set to be held Feb. 2.Leon Kincaid, former SA senator, filed a complaint April 29 against the SA for allegedly violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act when...

Lianne Abellar (left), freshman pre-elementary education major, and Minnika Hoggsterom (right), sophomore biological sciences major, talk about Promoting Leadership through Unconditional SisterHood, an organization for female empowerment. The organization was approved at the Student Association Senate meeting Sunday in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA rejects bill for more contact with new organizations

By Leah Nicolini | May 9, 2016

A bill to require senators to serve as an advisory contact to student organizations was turned down, 6-8-1, at a Student Association Senate meeting Sunday.Senator Matthew Holt designed the bill to create a healthier relationship between new organizations...

Dillon Domke (left), Student Association Senate speaker, shakes the hand of Christine Wang, SA Senate speaker-elect, as Domke formally swears Wang in as speaker Sunday at an SA Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA OKs 4 executive nominations

By Leah Nicolini | May 9, 2016

Four executive director nominees selected by incoming Student Association President Giuseppe LaGioia were approved at an SA Senate meeting Sunday.Christine Wang, SA Senate speaker-elect, was sworn into her position by SA Senate Speaker Dillon Domke.Public...

Leon Kincaid, former Student Association senator, speaks during a Veterans’ Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2014, at the flagpole southeast of Altgeld Hall.

Former senator sues SA in open meeting case

By Leah Nicolini | May 2, 2016

Leon Kincaid, former Student Association senator, filed a complaint Friday suing the SA Senate up to $5,000 for “intentional” violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The Student Association has not received a copy of the complaint as of Sunday.The...

Christine Wang, SA Senate speaker-elect, speaks with Sergeant-at-Arms Senator Timothy Brandner about the senates discussion on Senator Tristan Martins proposed bill at a meeting on Sunday in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA Senate postpones 2 bills

By Leah Nicolini | April 25, 2016

DeKalb | The Student Association Senate voted to postpone SA Bill 47026, which would combine the positions of the director of public affairs position with the director of advertising position, at a Sunday meeting.“In theory, when you postpone indefinitely,...

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...

Christine Wang (right), SA Senate Speaker-elect, addresses senators as SA Senate Speaker Dillon Domke looks on at the SA Senate meeting Sunday. The SA approved of the Bangladesh Student Association and the full-time addition of the position director of Environmental Affairs, which is currently held by Stuart Nissenbaum.

SA Senate OKs Bangladesh organization

By Alex Chettiath | April 18, 2016

DeKalb | The Student Association Senate unanimously approved the creation of the Bangladesh Student Association.The objective of the organization is to promote the culture of Bangladesh and diversity on campus and to provide assistance to current and...

Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) answers students’ questions regarding the budget impasse, MAP funding and technology at “Pizza with Pritchard” on Tuesday in the New Hall Community Center Swing Space. Read more at

Local reps discuss budget impasse with students

By Madison Kacer | March 10, 2016

Local representatives Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) and Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) said they are confident that some form of MAP grant funding will be passed by state lawmakers.Student concerns regarding the budget impasse were addressed during a Student Association...

Dillon Domke, Student Association Senate Speaker, addresses the senate about current Illinois legislative events at Sundays SA Senate meeting.

SA talks funding, task force

By Madison Kacer | March 7, 2016

The Northern Star incorrectly reported that the Student Association allocated $1,052.17 to the Greek and cultural subcommittee for the 2016-17 academic year.The SA actually allocated $51,052.17 to the Greek and cultural subcommittee.The Student Association...

Students should vote early before leaving for spring break

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 7, 2016

Before students head home or to their spring break destinations next week, they should vote early in the 2016 primary election to make sure their voice is heard.Spring break is from Sunday to March 20, which means many students may not be in DeKalb for...

Program prioritization task force open for students

By Alexander Chettiath | March 3, 2016

More than 50 students have applied for the volunteer program prioritization student task forces with the application going live Monday.Program prioritization, which began in 2014, uses task forces to create reports that review 223 academic programs and...

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his annual budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol Wednesday in Springfield.

SA lobbies for college funding, MAP grants

By Northern Star staff | February 18, 2016

The Student Association sent three representatives to Springfield on Wednesday to lobby for a bill that would permit the state to cut funding of higher education by eight percent.Senate Bill 2269 makes various appropriations to state universities and...