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A student munches on pizza from a pizza truck in front of the Holmes Student Center. Food Truck Wednesdays are an example of an NIU “tradition” that unites students, but NIU needs to create more meaningful traditions to improve campus life. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)

Editorial: Expand NIU’s traditions

By The Northern Star Editorial Board | April 21, 2024

The University of California Los Angeles has its Undie Run, Indiana University has its Little 500 bike race, Harvard has its Primal Scream event and Northern Illinois University has – nothing. Before entering college, prospective students are often...

Disney adds more depth to characters

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 23, 2017

Disney’s inclusion of gay characters in its live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” should serve as an example to all producers of entertainment.The Editorial Board applauds Disney’s representation of LeFou as an average supporting role rather...

Mission 6 86-student reward too expensive

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 15, 2016

The Editorial Board feels it would have been more cost-effective if NIU Athletics gave one student free tuition for the spring 2016 semester rather than rewarding 86 students who met the Mission 6 initiative requirements.The Mission 6 prize-eligible students...

Editorials start discussion, are key part of journalism

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 29, 2015

The Northern Star Editorial Board feels compelled to explain the difference between editorials and other stories because readers should understand the value of opinion pieces like editorials.An editorial on Page 1 of Thursday’s paper explained how the...

Vision 2020 should ensure quality faculty and curriculum

September 21, 2011

NIU plans 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 several important areas necessary to attracting the proposed number. On Monday,...