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Junru Bian, a doctoral student from the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, gestures with his hands while he is talking. Bian spoke at a Real Talk and Big Ideas event focusing on racism in humanitarian jobs. (Victoria Wakeford | Northern Star)

NIU hosts presentation to promote racial equality

By Victoria Wakeford, News Reporter | February 27, 2024

DeKALB – The Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies invited Junru Bian, a doctoral student from the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, to educate NIU staff and students about the issue of racism in humanitarian organizations.  From...

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...

Title IX and AlcoholEdu needs to be taken serious by all students

Title IX and AlcoholEdu needs to be taken serious by all students

By Haley Galvin | September 2, 2018

Title IX and AlcoholEdu training is required for NIU students to take at the start of their first semester at NIU, and rightfully so; students need to take the training seriously.Illinois requires all students in their first year at college to participate...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and teammate kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game.

Sports and politics shouldn’t mix

By Peter Zemeske | June 24, 2018

The NFL’s May 23 decision to prohibit kneeling during the national anthem comes on the heels of the divisiveness caused by players protesting oppression of minorities in America, however the rule isn’t unreasonable. The NFL wants to keep football...

Hollywood needs diverse casts

By Lucas Skye | March 5, 2018

The new "Black Panther" is more than a superhero movie. The film is a powerful social statement because of its portrayal of its black protagonist and its majoritively black cast. It’s no secret mainstream media often falters in its portrayal of the...

LGBT equality fight doesn’t stop with OK of gay marriage

By Jeanette Fritz | November 14, 2013

Illinois legalizing gay marriage was great news, but it didn’t signal the end of the fight for equality.The country is slowly making its way to marriage equality, and adding another state to the list is what we need. Although it’s an important step,...

Junior Communications major Jamael Clark recites an original poem entitled: And the Bleed Goes On Wednesday night at the Tunnels of Oppression interactive event on the third floor of Grant Tower B.

Social Justice Initiative Committee holds interactive event on oppression

By Erin Kolb | April 24, 2013

The Social Justice Initiative Committee gave students an opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of the oppressed Wednesday. The Tunnel of Oppression (T.O.O.) event started at Western Illinois University in the early 1990s, and NIU held its first event...

Equality in the military is most important

Equality in the military is most important

By Cody Laplante | February 5, 2013

There are women in pretty much every position you can think of. There are women doctors, lawyers, firefighters and police officers. Many of us do not judge a female’s capabilities in any of these professions. However, when the Pentagon makes policy...

A female ROTC cadet crouches during a ROTC field exercise.

Military ban raises equality discussion on campus

By Kevin Steiger | January 29, 2013

After news broke that the ban on females in combat roles would be abolished by 2016, students and Huskie Battalion members reacted to the prospect of posts being available to women for the first time. On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced...

Letter to the editor: Feminists a part of inequality problem, not solution

By Letter to the editor | March 7, 2012

Linze Griebenow- Things between men and women in this country are not yet equal, but extremists like you are part of the problem more than the solution. Instead of talking about having more women run for political office, or become doctors, or CEOs, you...

Illinois should allow women to go topless

Illinois should allow women to go topless

By Jennifer Irocky | June 16, 2011

In some states, it is legal for women to be topless. Yes, this means nothing covering their breasts.Hawaii, Texas, New York, Maine, Ohio and some parts of California allow women to go bare-chested in public.But not here. No, not in Illinois. Women must...

Scholarship for Caucasian males is misguided

By Jack Baker | March 6, 2011

Is there anything more ridiculous than young, white males complaining about equality? I really don't think so. A new non-profit group at Texas State University, The Former Majority Association for Equality, is offering scholarships to a group of students...