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Joe Frascello, newly inaugurated Student Association president, gives thanks to the SA Senate and discusses his plans to bring small electric buses to campus during the SA Inauguration May 2.

Frascello focused on involvement, transit

By Betsy Mathew | May 4, 2014

Student Association President Joe Frascello said he has big plans for his presidency, including working on student involvement, student engagement and transparency.Frascello, Vice President Raquel Chavez and Treasurer Husam Salem were inaugurated as the...

BSU, SA disagree on group’s status as umbrella organization

By Jackie Nevarez | May 1, 2014

Student Association President Jack Barry said breaches to SA bylaws spurred controversy in a supplemental funding case, according to a statement Wednesday.On April 6, SA Senate voted to allocate the Black Student Union $8,925 in supplemental funding....

Alexandra Meyer | Northern Star(Left to right) Jewel Stephens, Black Student Union treasurer, BSU Vice President Corey Turner and BSU President Adewale Adetunji talk to Student Association senators at the SA Senate meeting Sunday. The BSU’s request for supplemental funding sparked debate, with senators arguing if the group’s request met the requirements for the SA to provide the organization with supplemental funding.

Bylaw violation cited in supreme court petition

By Jackie Nevarez | April 28, 2014

A junior political science major hopes his petition to the Student Association Supreme Court will educate SA Senators on the organization’s bylaws.Joseph Palmer, who was appointed director of Public Affairs for the 2014-2015 academic year by the SA...

Editorial: State’s issues will directly affect students

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 8, 2014

Life at NIU is going to change, and those changes will affect students the most.NIU has planned an $11.6 million budget cut should Illinois’ income tax hikes come to an end. Simultaneously, an estimated 20 percent of NIU’s employees will retire at...

NIU to cut budget amid state funding concerns

NIU to cut budget amid state funding concerns

By Kelly Bauer | March 30, 2014

NIU will look to make up a potential $11.6 million funding cut from the state by “increas[ing] our efficiencies and our processes,” said NIU President Doug Baker.The 12.5 percent funding cut is not certain, but it would be the result if legislators...

Frascello ticket sweeps SA

By Carlos Galvez | March 27, 2014

Joe Frascello’s “A Better NIU” ticket took every Student Association executive position following Wednesday’s elections, with Frascello claiming the top spot as president.Frascello tallied 1,343 votes while presidential candidate Randiss Hopkins...

SA voting a responsibility

By Jeremiah Caterina | March 25, 2014

Today begins students’ chance to vote for next year’s Student Association executives.The people elected speak for students, so it’s imperative students take part in choosing those leaders.I can’t emphasize enough the importance of every student...

SA approves $16K for bass fishing club

By Jackie Nevarez | March 24, 2014

Student Association Senate passed a resolution to provide $16,000 in supplemental funding to the Bass Fishing Club.The resolution called for supplemental funding to the Bass Fishing Club. The Bass Fishing Club asked for the funding to buy a boat to use...

Senate’s cancelation for Super Bowl upsetting

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 3, 2014

The Student Association Senate canceled its meeting Sunday because of the Super Bowl — as if the senators didn’t need to form committees or discuss anything that is important.SA Senate has been talking about fixing voter turnout for its elections,...

Senator Dillon Domke told the Student Association Senate at its meeting Sunday that he wants to focus on increasing student involvement as a way to improve NIU’s retention rate. Domke was elected as the spring Senate speaker.

SA aims for increased student involvement

By James Green | January 13, 2014

The Student Association wants to use this semester to focus on how it can help students get involved with the university and let students see how their tuition is being used.Mike Theodore, SA chief of staff, said this semester is going to be fast-paced...

SA Senate Speaker makes exit

By Shaz Sheikhali | December 8, 2013

James Zanayed, former Student Association Senate Speaker, bid the SA farewell at its meeting Sunday.The meeting also featured executive reports about the SA’s adviser workshops and cabinet reports about advertising and university printing.SpeakerZanayed...

A cold one at the Convo?

By Allison Krecek | November 20, 2013

Water, soda, juice — drinks a person might buy at a sporting game or event at the Convocation Center. NIU may add something else: alcohol.After President Doug Baker gave control of the Convocation Center to the Athletic Department, it began thinking...