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Student trustee looks to focus on enrollment, campus life issues

By Leah Nicolini | March 21, 2016

Student Trustee James Zanayed has been sworn into the Board of Trustees as a voting member, representing the student body for the remainder of the spring semester.Zanayed, a third-year law student, was nominated and approved by the Student Association...

James Zanayed, Student Association Supreme Court justice, speaks prior to being elected as the SA student trustee. Zanayed received 28 of 30 possible votes for the trustee position Sunday. Read more at

Student trustee to focus on budget, safety

By Madison Kacer | March 7, 2016

The Student Association Senate approved James Zanayed, SA Supreme Court justice, as student trustee with an outcome of 28-1-1.The student trustee fills one of the eight trustee positions on the Board of Trustees with voting power equal to the other seven....

James Zanayed, SA Supreme Court justice and student trustee nominee.

Student trustee hopeful to go before SA Senate

By Leah Nicolini | March 3, 2016

James Zanayed, SA Supreme Court justice and student trustee nominee.

SA Supreme Court: SA should enact regulations for online voting

By Northern Star staff | April 23, 2015

The Student Association Supreme Court, in its opinion, “highly encourages” the SA to enact regulations concerning electronic voting for elections.The court released its opinions Tuesday on the hearings surrounding the contentious 2015 SA executive...

5 things to learn from the Student Association executive election

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 2, 2015

This year’s Student Association executive election was a mess. It didn’t need to be.The election devolved into battles between the Voice of Change ticket, the Standing for Every Student ticket and the Board of Elections. The tickets accused each other...

SA gives recognition to retiring VP

By Margaret Maka | October 26, 2014

The Student Association Senate passed a motion to honor Bill Nicklas, vice president of Operations and Community Relations, as an eternal honorary senator Sunday for his advocacy of students’ rights and shared governance, said SA Senate Speaker Dillon...

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...

Student Association Speaker James Zanayed speaks at an Oct. 6 Student Association Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Centers Skyroom. The Student Association will hold elections during this Sundays meeting.

SA Senate seeks new speaker in elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 21, 2013

The Student Association Senate will review five candidates as it looks to elect a speaker Sunday.The SA Senate will elect its next speaker during its meeting at 6 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. Board of Trustees members like chair John Butler and...

NIU President Doug Baker speaks during his inauguration ceremony Wednesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. Baker said he plans to create an alumni mentoring program and overhaul the universitys budget.

SA speaker: Baker ‘true leader’

By James Green & Shaz Sheikhali | November 13, 2013

NIU President Doug Baker’s inauguration speech on Wednesday inspired local leaders who are looking to see change.During his address, Baker focused on “four pillars” that will promote university change: student career success, a thriving community,...

SA Senate prepares for speaker elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 11, 2013

Student Association senators nominated speaker candidates at their Senate meeting Sunday. Speaker elections will be held next week.The SA speaker is the regulator of SA Senate meetings and the senators. He or she is also the acting voice of the student...

Pass/Fail: Dentists help vets for free, Homesickness isn’t unusual

By Danny Cozzi | November 10, 2013

Pass: Dentists help vets for freeVeterans had the opportunity  to receive free dental care Saturday thanks to Collins Dental Group, 2025 Aberdeen Court, according to today’s Northern Star article.Veterans and their families received free cleanings,...

Lack of weekend events sends students home

By KeAndre Worthy | November 7, 2013

A lack of weekend events may send students home.MAP-Works survey results show 43 percent of freshmen or transfer students reported dealing with some form of homesickness. Randi Napientek, assistant director of the Office of Student Academic Success, said...