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EIC: Star best place for growth, experience

By Jackie Nevarez | May 9, 2016

I am writing this column at the last possible minute, which should come as no surprise to those that know me.If I started this column weeks ago, or even days ago, I would not be able to fully speak on my experience at the Northern Star. It still baffles...

In Focus: Who will win the Super Bowl?

By Northern Star staff | February 5, 2016

The Carolina Panthers will face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. Here are the Northern Star staff's predictions for Sunday's big game:Photo Editor Nick BosshartWinner: Carolina Panthers. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a dominant season...

Faculty Senate: Fund MAP grants

By Jackie Nevarez | October 26, 2015

Faculty Senate will propose a resolution to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to urge an end to the budget impasse and fund Monetary Assistance Program grants.The resolution, which is set to be proposed at a Wednesday meeting, addresses Rauner’s...

Student Association Senator Robert Kreml talks about the addition of an ad hoc committee, of which he is chairman, on April 11 at SA Senate in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA to review student orgs after discrimination fears

By Jackie Nevarez | October 5, 2015

The Student Association Senate approved a motion to review the constitutions of two prospective student organizations after a senator saw possible gender discrimination Sunday.Senator Timothy Brandner said he had an issue with Young Beautiful Ladies and...

Council to read outdoor patio, cell tower ordinance proposals

By Jackie Nevarez | September 28, 2015

City Council will review two items for separate action today that involve approving an outdoor patio for a future Chipotle Mexican Grill in Sycamore and permission to Verizon Wireless for cellphone tower usage.Both items, which are the only items listed...

Cherilyn Murer, Board of Trustees member, talks about the importance of using art in the process of bettering campus life on March 27. 

Board of Trustees passes $389M interim budget

By Jackie Nevarez | September 21, 2015

The Board of Trustees has approved an interim $389 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016, due to the lack of an appropriation from the state.NIU President Doug Baker said it is an unusual situation that a budget has not been set at this time, as it usually...

DeKalb Postpones smoking ban discussion

By Jackie Nevarez | September 17, 2015

City Council postponed an ordinance that would prohibit smoking on streets and sidewalks touching NIU in support of the Smoke-Free Campus Act.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which has been in effect since July 1, does not allow smoking in indoor and outdoor...

City OKs University Village rezone

By Jackie Nevarez | September 17, 2015

The rezoning of University Village was approved by the City Council with a 5-3 vote Monday after more than two hours of discussion.The request proposes to rezone the property, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, in order to ensure funding from the United States...

Terrance Terry, freshman business administration major, votes online in the 2015 Student Association executive elections March 24 in Neptune Hall. This fall’s SA Senate elections will also use social media website Huskie Link as a voting platform, as well as include candidate information and endorsements.

SA to add candidate profiles to Huskie Link ballots

By Satta Kendor & Jackie Nevarez | September 8, 2015

Students will be able to access verified candidate information and endorsements online when they vote for their Student Association Senate representatives this month.The 2015 SA executive elections piloted online voting through Huskie Link, a social media...

Faculty senate discusses transparency

By Jackie Nevarez | September 3, 2015

After a five minute meeting, Faculty Senate members spent nearly an hour discussing issues such as transparency and budget uncertainties Wednesday.At the first meeting of the semester, and the first meeting of his tenure, Faculty Senate President Greg...

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs talks to a group of 16 NIU and DeKalb leaders Monday during a round table discussion in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Students are seven times more likely to go to college if they know they have the financial means to do so, said Frerichs, who visited NIU to express his support for MAP funding, among other things.  

Treasurer: MAP grant should be priority

By Jackie Nevarez | September 3, 2015

Ill. Treasurer Mike Frerichs said it is the responsibility of both Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to step up and pass a budget so educational funding may be dispersed.“The way our government is set up, no one has a monopoly. We don’t have...