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Freeman speaks at Operating Staff Council meeting

By Lisa Freeman | October 7, 2019

NIU President Lisa Freeman spoke at Thursday’s Operating Staff Council Meeting. The following are excerpts from her speech. The speech was lightly edited for clarity and consistency.EnrollmentIn our enrollment management operation, we made a lot of...

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

A failed presidential indictment could prove detrimental

By Jordan Radloff | September 30, 2019

On Sept. 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives initiated an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, according to a Sept. 24 New York Times article. The declaration is based on evidence, presented...

Record number of college students voted in 2018 midterms, report says

Record number of college students voted in 2018 midterms, report says

By Northern Star Staff | September 20, 2019

College students turned out in record numbers in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new report by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement. It is estimated that 7.5 million college students, or 40.3%, participated in the elections.The...

Public comments to close on four policies

By Northern Star Staff | September 18, 2019

There are four proposed policies up for comment until Sept. 20 on NIU’s policy library website.The policy library catalogs university policies and allows anyone to comment on proposed changes online. All information is taken from the documents uploaded...

Vape users should take caution

Vape users should take caution

By Jordan Radloff | September 16, 2019

Vaping is a trend that has grown since 2011, according to Euromonitor International. What started as a method of assisting people to quit smoking cigarettes, as marketed by Juul and other vape manufacturers, has become a new way for non-smokers to be...

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 9

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 9

By Northern Star Staff | September 8, 2019

MondayNIU Archery Club: NIU’s Archery Club will be holding its first meeting 4 to 6 p.m. in Anderson Hall, Room 100. Individuals of any skill level are invited to attend. The first two visits are free, and a membership fee is required after. They can...

Representative Underwood talks gun control, healthcare at town hall

By Kierra Frazier | September 5, 2019

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood held a town hall for students on Tuesday and discussed how Congress plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this fall.The town hall meeting was the first one Underwood held specifically for college students....

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

Freeman connects to student body

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 4, 2019

As NIU President Lisa Freeman approaches her first full year as NIU’s official president, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made in mending the relationship between students and the administration.Prior to Freeman’s presidency,...

America needs to think about its identity, not Colin Kapernick or shoes

By James Krause | July 18, 2019

It is fitting to me that the President’s Salute to America wasn’t sun kissed and bright like the ideal day for attendees would have been, but cloudy with occasional downpours.For the past few years on Independence Day, there has been a cloud over...

Law and Justice, Legality concept, Judge Gavel on a wooden background, Law library concept.

University should proceed carefully

As the administration takes steps in better codifying the NIU Constitution, administrators must remain cautious, remembering the lack of transparency NIU’s previous governing bodies have demonstrated.The attorney general issued an opinion Monday that...