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Star policy strives for inclusivity

By Tim Kolanko | March 29, 2015

Creating an inclusive social environment is something we ought to strive for. We live in a diverse society and must find it within ourselves to respect others even if we may not see eye to eye.The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has made...

Pronoun policy ‘step forward’ for writers

By Dave Gong | March 29, 2015

As a journalist and a Northern Star alumnus, I applaud the paper for its decision to identify those quoted in articles by their preferred pronoun.In today’s age, something like gender can often be a fluid thing, and policies like the one recently adopted...

Parking Services out to get money

By Joel Heilmann | March 25, 2015

Parking. We all hate it here at NIU, but specifically Parking Services seems to be an institution established for the sole purpose of extorting money from already-struggling students in any way possible.Rather than focusing on getting our commuter students...

Letter to the Editor: No change coming from Voice of Change

By Leon Kincaid | March 22, 2015

The Voice of Change? Sounds like more of the same.As an editorial of the Northern Star has already pointed out, the last few Student Association presidents were all Greek. The Voice of Change’s candidates aren’t any different and Thursday’s debate...

Letter to the Editor: Alumna welcomes watchdog program

By Sharon May | March 18, 2015

Speaking as an alumna (MS finance ’96) and ex-employee of NIU, I welcome with open arms the arrival of the Edgar County Watchdogs to NIU and DeKalb.The two founding members of this group made their first DeKalb appearance at the most recent NIU Board...

Letter to the Editor: Northern Star real fail, not SA members

By Dillon Domke | March 18, 2015

It was utterly mind-boggling to return from Spring Break to find the Student Association in the Fail column of the Pass/Fail section of the Northern Star.The supposed reason for the SA ending up there was for calling off a phantom meeting that never actually...

Northern Star’s pronoun policy ‘gets us out of jail free’

By Robert Schneider | March 15, 2015

The Northern Star now directs its writers to ask interviewees for their preferred pronoun. Northern journalists are dispensed from determining whether the person they’re talking to is male or female, singular or plural — the subject of the article...

Letter to the Editor: NIU’s ‘shenanigans’ make it unattractive to students

By Jordan Anderson | March 15, 2015

I was appalled to read that NIU would spend $138 million (privately funded, thank Neptune) to upgrade athletic facilities. I was even more disgusted to read that it was being pitched as a way to help falling enrollment. I realize that it’s unlikely...

Northern Star’s new policy not universal concept

By Ryan Kwosek | March 4, 2015

Let us ask ourselves a most vital question: Are you, as a journalistic publication, more concerned with accurately conveying information to the public or advancing a particular far left-wing social perspective?I’m sure that one in your position would...

Food hub can give benefits to students

By Sarah Stayner | March 4, 2015

On Feb. 12, the Northern Star’s “In Brief” section discussed the Northern Illinois Regional Food Hub and Processing Center. I am writing to elaborate on the benefits that the food hub can provide for students and the DeKalb community.If NIU’s...

NIU should abide by law, not further restrict student smokers

By Ann Kenney | March 4, 2015

I believe we can all agree that this was a free country and that smoking is not an illegal activity. I also believe that the intent of the new state law is to protect, by providing a clean environment, the health of those that choose not to smoke.While...

Letter to the Editor: City’s way of enhancing new website bothersome, not right

By Bessie Chronopoulos | February 25, 2015

Because of a deadline set by the U.S. Department of Justice through a settlement agreement to bring the website into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City Council was finally convinced that it was right to authorize an expenditure...