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Student perspective: Australia native Courtney Woods’ family affected by bushfires

By Alma Garcia | January 22, 2020

Courtney Woods, redshirt senior forward for the women’s basketball team and Brisbane, Australia native, finds herself far from home during a national disaster. Burning since September, the Australian bushfires have destroyed approximately 27 million...

Survivors of sexual assault are not alone

By Haley Galvin | March 28, 2019

Every 92 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault, according to according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network statistics.Sexual assault is more common than people realize, and it is even more prevalent on college campuses. Compared to 18 percent...

David J. Gunkel, professor of communication studies and author of “Robot Rights,” holds a book talk and argues if robots should have moral or legal standing Wednesday in the Founders Memorial Library.

Rights of robots need discussion

By Noah Thornburgh | February 11, 2019

Yelling at Siri, kicking a Roomba, throwing a Jibo; what it means for these to be right or wrong was the topic of a book talk with professor of media studies David J. Gunkel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 71 North space in Founders Memorial Library....

Congress should be mindful of anti-Semitic bill proposals

By Ali Qazi | January 13, 2019

Majority of Americans are focusing on the shutdown while majority of Republican senators are focusing on foreign policy. Israel’s sharp eye on Capitol Hill is not anything new. History tells us Israel has always wanted one thing: the rights of Americans...

Cyntoia Brown finally receives clemency after harsh sentence sent her to prison for 15 years

By Alana Peoples | January 13, 2019

Cyntoia Brown, who was an inmate at the age of 16-years-old, will be released from prison Aug. 7 after serving nearly 15 years behind bars as a result of a life sentence she received as a juvenile. Being sentenced to life in prison at the age of 16 is...

Government shut down shows the presidents true priorities

Government shut down shows the president’s true priorities

By Ali Qazi | January 6, 2019

"I would build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me—and I'll build them very inexpensively; I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall," Donald Trump said in 2015 during...

Miss Universe Pageant makes history with first transgender contestant

Miss Universe Pageant makes history with first transgender contestant

By Alana Peoples | December 27, 2018

On Dec. 16 history was made when Angela Ponce made her debut to represent as Miss Spain in Miss Universe 2018 as the first transgender woman to participate.   Although she did not win the title, Ponce is the first transgender woman to have competed...

Suicide prevention must be taken seriously

Suicide prevention must be taken seriously

By Haley Galvin | October 3, 2018

Suicide and suicide prevention are hard things to talk about, and they often fall under the category of things that should not be talked about; however, that needs to change. Suicide is a real and present issue in society, and it is a topic many college...

Fill in the blank: My experience as a first generation student is….

By Northern Star Staff | September 23, 2018

Being a first generation student is....Josie Janicki | Perspective Contributor...lonesome, yet strengthening.I went to a community college before coming to NIU, and everything is different. That being said, I am experiencing everything by myself. As an...

Social media users need to be cautious

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 29, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board urges social media users on all platforms to take Facebook’s recent exploitation of user information as a sign to consider their online presence. Though the Board feels personal information should not be abused for...

Website revamp brings new culture

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 18, 2018

The Northern Star has relaunched its site and would like readers to understand how the impact of this change goes beyond aesthetics.While the Editorial Board is proud of the new look of the website, the relaunch also marks a change in our newsroom culture....

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Granted fee will save student newspaper

By Northern Star Editorial Board | December 11, 2017

The Northern Star Editorial Board has chosen to be part of student fees beginning in the fall semester and would like readers to know that doing so is the most viable option for the publication to continue producing news.The Board of Trustees approved...