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An illustration of Paul McCartney sits under the words “Paul Lives on!” The Northern Star Editorial Board apologizes to the singer for encouraging false rumors of his death. (Eleanor Gentry | Northern Star)

Editorial: Northern Star apologizes to Paul McCartney 54 years later

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 24, 2023

The Northern Star Editorial Board would like to sincerely apologize to Paul McCartney, a musical icon, for our false Sept. 23, 1969, print issue that unethically speculated that he was dead. In 2004, the Star finally decided to yield to the truth...

Athletes across different sports doing signature actions for their sports. NIU student-athletes did an amazing job this year. (Amber Siegel | Northern Star)

Editorial: NIU student-athletes excelled this year

Editor’s note: Joey Trella, opinion editor and NIU student-athlete, was not a part of writing this editorial.  Participating in collegiate athletics at the Division I level is a dream that only a select few can accomplish. An even fewer number of...

Two people hugging as others walk by on a rainy and gloomy day. With traumatic events constantly happening, remember to take care of yourself and those around you.

Editorial: Dear students, don’t let doom consume you

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 26, 2023

As the 15th anniversary of the shooting at NIU and images of the Feb. 13 Michigan State University shooting loom over our heads, it's hard for students to return to our everyday lives.  Of course, these events and others like them cause stress. It’s...

Multiple hands holding phones with play signs and exclamation marks. Social media users and platforms should be more considerate when sharing graphic content for other users to spread.

Editorial: We cause pain by sharing graphic, violent videos

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 12, 2023

The recent social media trend of sharing graphic videos and content needs to end. It makes sense to share what has happened with the rest of the world because it will bring awareness and hold accountability, but it's unnecessary to share such graphic,...

Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 18, 2022
Without a sense of trust between readers and the media, our job is ineffective.
A surveillance testing sign hangs on the entrance of the NIU Health Services building.

Editorial: Students should get tested before returning to campus

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 24, 2020

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the university released its plans and recommendations for Huskies traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday in a Nov. 5 email sent by NIU President Lisa Freeman. Freeman wrote students returning to campus after traveling...

DeKalb Police Department warns against unemployment scams

Editorial: DeKalb Police Department must condemn excessive use of force

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 19, 2020

During an arrest in the Lincoln Towers parking lot in August 2019, DeKalb Sgt. Jeffery Weese was caught on video choking Aurora resident Elonte McDowell, 26. On Nov. 11 it was announced that Weese would be resigning from his position in the DeKalb Police...

Editorial: Vote yes for the fair tax amendment

Editorial: Vote yes for the ‘fair tax’ amendment

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 29, 2020

Election day is less than a week away, so it is important to understand what's on the ballot. Everyone knows about the presidential candidates, but what Illinois voters may not know is there is a new proposed amendment that involves taxes. It has been...

The NIU Foundation has denied at least three FOIA requests since 2016.

Editorial: Anyone can, should file FOIA requests to keep university accountable

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 7, 2020

The Illinois Attorney General’s office ruled Aug. 7 that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016. In the aftermath of this ruling, the Northern Star editorial...

A protester holds up a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Editorial: Our commitment to amplifying black voices

By Northern Star Editorial Board | June 9, 2020

Editor’s note: There are currently no members of the Northern Star Editorial Board who are black. This, along with the fact that the majority of our staff is white, is evident of our organization being as much a part of the problem of racial inequality...

Freeman connects to student body

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 4, 2019

As NIU President Lisa Freeman approaches her first full year as NIU’s official president, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made in mending the relationship between students and the administration.Prior to Freeman’s presidency,...

Editorials convey important ideas

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 28, 2019

Welcome to the Northern Star Editorial, where you can find editorials on a regular basis. There is a distinction between an opinion column and an editorial, and we are here to clarify the difference. In doing so, we hope to provide insight into how we...