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Letter to the Editor: Johnson inspires at Purdue

By Michael Jage | September 26, 2016

I am a senior at Northern Illinois University, and I have a lot of respect for NIU and my teachers.But on Sept. 13 my brother and I skipped class and took a trip to Purdue University. The reason, Purdue was hosting an open attendance forum and conversation...

Letter to the Editor: Football broadcast disappoints emeritus

By Robert Suchner | September 19, 2016

I turned on CBS Sports Saturday Sept. 10 about 15 minutes before the time listed on the University of South Florida schedule available on the Internet — about 4:45 p.m. EDT, 5:45 p.m. our time. Not surprisingly, the University of Conneticut versus Navy...

Letter to the Editor: Student criticizes safety log

By Leon Kincaid | September 1, 2016

New and returning college students should be aware that secret records may be maintained about them in spite of the intent of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act to protect them from such abuse by administrators.After the 2008 shooting at NIU,...

Letter to the Editor: Alumnus thanks The House Café

By Danny Cozzi | August 25, 2016

Thank you, House Café.Thank you for offering DeKalb and NIU eager support of local music and art — as well as great food and of course, $2.50 Hamm’s Beer.Thank you for being a place that fostered my own growth as a musician, as well as others’...

Letter to the Editor: Unionizing bad move for teachers

By James Johnson | May 5, 2016

I read the article on the NIU faculty’s intent to unionize in the Northern Star on Monday with great dismay. I have worked for other universities that unionized, the faculty thinking they are now in a position of power, with a union to battle for them....

Letter to the Editor: Student course evaluations do matter

By Ryan Pumroy | May 2, 2016

On Thursday, the Northern Star published the column “NIU lacks transparency with course evaluations.” I agree that evaluations are important and students should take them seriously. Let me try to explain how evaluations are used, what they actually...

Letter to the Editor: State representative supports legislator pay halt

By Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) | April 21, 2016

It was an idea heard in coffee shops around the state: “stop paying legislators.” Comptroller Leslie Munger must have heard the suggestion because over the weekend she announced that legislators will have to wait to be paid just like the state is...

Letter to the Editor: NIU will address pay inequality

By Lisa Freeman | April 11, 2016

As noted in the Northern Star there are faculty members who are concerned about salary inequity based on gender, and who believe that the administration has been slow to respond. In fact, members of NIU’s senior leadership are aware of and concerned...

Letter to the Editor: One NIU must listen to the voice of all students

By Alex Forgue | April 4, 2016

Let me first start off by congratulating Giuseppe Lagioia and the rest of the One NIU ticket. They ran a great campaign and should be proud of themselves.Just because I will not be assuming the role of Student Association president, it does not mean that...

Letter to the Editor: Current SA executives and directors work hard for students

By Adam Pope | March 31, 2016

I am an employee of the Student Association. I work the desk on Wednesdays and Fridays. I have done so since January 2015. I have observed what goes on and got to know most of the people who have worked in the office. I was here when last year’s election...

Letter to the Editor: SA election too Greek dominated

By Benjamin Donovan and history major | March 28, 2016

The Student Association has failed to facilitate democracy.Article I Section 4 of the SA Constitution states that “each student shall have an equal right to participate” in a democratically elected student government. My issue is not with voter participation,...

Letter to the editor: 6K requirement asks too much of NIU students

By Ryan Pumroy | February 8, 2016

I want to comment on a few quotes in the Feb. 4 edition of the Northern Star attributed to Morris White, assistant athletic director for marketing and game experience.White seems to blame students for why Athletics’ promotional campaign offering students...