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Young Americans for Liberty members (left to right) Evan Cinkovich, Reece Mendicino, Josh Harvey and Masood Ahmed stand in front of free speech ball outside Cole Hall, Friday.

Giant beach ball promotes free speech

By Northern Star Staff | February 7, 2020

Young Americans for Liberty members (left to right) Evan Cinkovich, Reece Mendicino, Josh Harvey and Masood Ahmed stand in front of free speech ball outside Cole Hall, Friday.

President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide takes away a microphone from CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Open Letter to News Consumers

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 14, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board believes CNN is right in suing President Trump and his aides for baring correspondent Jim Acosta.In a Nov. 7 news conference, Acosta, CNN Chief White House correspondent, asked the president questions about the immigrants...

Brother Jed, Campus Minustry USA member, speaks to a group of students Sept. 14 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons. The commons is a designated free speech area, according to NIU policy.

Students petition free speech area policy

By Leah Nicolini | October 1, 2015

The NIU Young Americans for Liberty has started a petition against NIU’s free speech and solicitation area policy, claiming it to be unconstitutional.The policy states “Northern Illinois University policy prohibits solicitation or leafleting anywhere...

Pass/Fail: ‘Paperless classrooms’ set for school district, Opposing same-sex marriage is outdated

By Danny Cozzi | October 23, 2013

Pass: 'Paperless classrooms' set for school districtDeKalb School District 428 is planning to have electronic devices available to every student by 2016, according to the Daily Chronicle.Students in elementary school will likely use iPads, while high...

First Amendment still applies today

By Holly New | December 2, 2012

Even baby Jesus can’t come without controversy. For the 17th time, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has placed its “Natural Nativity Scene” in the first-floor rotunda in the Wisconsin State Capitol, located in Madison. This scene depicts...

The world is filled with too many opinions

By Holly New | October 31, 2012

Opinion: noun. A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. What place does opinion have in our society? As a perspective writer and, generally, a very opinionated person, I ponder this question regularly. Is...

Filmmaker not to blame for Middle East violence

By Jessica Cabe | September 17, 2012

A picture is worth a thousand words. And, apparently, a moving picture is worth nine lives and counting. Innocence of Muslims, a low-budget film depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and child molester, sparked violent protests and attacks across...

Contraceptives policy raises controversy

By Chelsey Boutan | February 19, 2012

A government policy introduced by President Barack Obama has spurred a reaction from religious leaders, politicians, and people across the country, including DeKalb. The revised policy is a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and will...

Groups gather at The House Cafe to petition against recent Supreme Court ruling

By Linze Griebenow | November 18, 2011

"This is like velociraptor capitalism, like ‘eat-everything-in-your-path capitalism,'" said Sycamore resident Hannah Dwyer.Local economic justice activist groups gathered Thursday at The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, in hopes of obtaining petition...

Should corporations be protected under the constitution? Yes.

By Parker Happ | September 28, 2011

Having benefitted from the Bush tax cuts, and roughly 10 years of derailing government oversight, the American corporate world as it exists today would make Gordon Gekko blush. Certainly, American corporations proved growth is possible in even today's...

Should corporations be protected under the constitution? No.

By Aaron Brooks | September 28, 2011

The focus of today's debate rests in the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that decision, the court overturned a century of precedent excluding corporations from "free" speech and legislation setting limits...

School shooting simulator has right to exist

By Matt Liparota | April 26, 2011

What is the purpose of art? Art's purpose, as I see it, is to challenge our perception and question social norms. Art is intended to ask us to look at things in a way that's different than how we might normally. Sometimes, this can be uncomfortable. Sometimes,...