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Athletics needs to continue Compher’s legacy as new director is hired

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 19, 2013

As local leaders bow out, NIU Athletics has the opportunity to make changes. Follow the Northern Star’s three-part editorial series over the next few days as the Editorial Board examines the university, city and athletics department. The Editorial Board...

NIU needs a clean slate

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 18, 2013

Now, more than ever before, NIU and DeKalb are in a position to change. NIU President John Peters, Athletics Director Jeff Compher, NIU Police Chief Don Grady, Mayor Kris Povlsen and City Manager Mark Biernacki are on their way out—or, in the case of...

Editorial: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 11, 2012

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” There’s no doubt about that when it comes to the case of NIU President John Peters. In recent years, NIU has faced sub-par state funding, declining total enrollment, pension problems, community violence...

Editorial: DAYGLOW debacle evidence of bigger problem

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 8, 2012

When the announcement of DAYGLOW’s cancellation hit the NIU community, Facebook lit up. Just two days before the sold-out event was scheduled to take place, NIU’s administration pulled the plug on the “world’s largest paint party,” citing issues...

Editorial: Drug arrests a step in the right direction

By Northern Star Editorial board | February 26, 2012

Former DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen sure knows how to make an exit. On his last day as chief, DeKalb Police conducted Operation Safe Streets with the purpose of arresting 30 alleged drug dealers and users. In a Friday Northern Star article, DeKalb...

Editorial: Northern Star stops endorsing candidates in future elections

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 31, 2012

For the past week, the Northern Star's editorial board has reevaluated its stance on whether to endorse candidates. This stems from a Jan. 22 editorial from the Chicago Sun-Times in which the editorial board announced its decision to no longer endorse...

Student perceptions of campus safety will impact NIU

By Editorial Board | November 27, 2011

At about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, students received an NIU text alert warning of an off-campus, fatal shooting that occurred an hour earlier. Students were advised to avoid unnecessary travel because the shooter was still at large.Sep. 28, the last time NIU...

It is NIU’s responsibility to assure students of their safety

By Editorial Board | September 29, 2011

"NIU bad at updates. Northern Star on top of it," one commenter posted on the Northern Star's Facebook page at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. When a non-NIU student was shot in the leg late Wednesday near the Village Commons Bookstore parking lot,...

Vision 2020 should take care of transfer students’ needs

By Editorial Board | September 28, 2011

According to the NIU's fast facts website, "NIU yields the highest number of transfer students out of all the Illinois state universities." However, under President Peter's Vision 2020 Initiative there are few, if any, plans to attract a higher caliber...

Vision 2020 needs to offer better incentives for students

By Editorial Board | September 18, 2011

In Thursday's paper, the Northern Star's editorial board said it will address NIU's plan to increase enrollment to 30,000 students by 2020. Vision 2020 boasts many positive additions to the campus; but the board feels this initiative fails to identify...

Vision 2020 should meet needs of future students

By Editorial Board | September 15, 2011

Since President John Peters announced his plan to attract higher quality students while increasing NIU's enrollment to 30,000 by 2020, the Northern Star has had it's doubts.To us, the idea sounds like a paradox. How can NIU attempt to improve its overall...

Angela Dreessen is the subject after controversy after the director of student involvement and leadership development sent a group of NIU Cares Day volunteers to paint her house.

Editorial: Dreessen deserves to be reprimanded

By The Editorial Board | May 8, 2011

People expect a lot from their leaders. People, understandably, demand even more from leaders who are tasked with teaching people how to lead. These expectations make it all the more disappointing when a leader really drops the ball. On Saturday, the...