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Black Lives Tribute fuses arts, activism

By Jay Ibarra | May 5, 2016

The students in the Black Lives Matter Tribute Concert focused their time and energy into persuading the NIU community to put a stop to racial injustice on Wednesday through original performances.The concept for the Black Lives Matter tribute concert...

Senior Randiss Hopkins speaks to crowd of 15K for We Day

By Satta Kendor | May 4, 2015

Randiss Hopkins’s role in founding the Remember Project allowed him to speak to 15,000 students and teachers at Illinois’ first We Day on Thursday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.We Day Illinois, co-chaired by hip-hop artist Common, is an event...

Frascello ticket sweeps SA

By Carlos Galvez | March 27, 2014

Joe Frascello’s “A Better NIU” ticket took every Student Association executive position following Wednesday’s elections, with Frascello claiming the top spot as president.Frascello tallied 1,343 votes while presidential candidate Randiss Hopkins...

SA voter turnout zooms past last year’s

By Keisha Howerth | March 25, 2014

More than 1,600 students voted in Tuesday’s Student Association executive elections, which is about 100 more than voted over two days in last year’s elections.More than 1,500 students voted in the 2013 elections. About 750 students voted in 2012,...

Student Association presidential candidates Randiss Hopkins (left) and Joe Frascello (right) answer questions during a debate Wednesday night in the Holmes Student Center. Hopkins said NIU should use alumni to recruit prospective students, and Frascello said NIU should make improvements to become a “fun campus.”

SA executive election debate

By Gavin Weaver | March 20, 2014

Student Association presidential candidates Randiss Hopkins (left) and Joe Frascello (right) answer questions during a debate Wednesday night in the Holmes Student Center. Hopkins said NIU should use alumni to recruit prospective students, and Frascello...

Student Association presidential candidates Randiss Hopkins (left) and Joe Frascello (right) answer questions during a debate Wednesday night in the Holmes Student Center. Hopkins said NIU should use alumni to recruit prospective students, and Frascello said NIU should make improvements to become a “fun campus.”

SA election candidates’ focus: student outreach

By Carlos Galvez | March 20, 2014

Student enrollment was discussed at the debate among Student Association executive candidates Wednesday.PresidentsSA candidates were asked to give their ideas about how they would tackle NIU President Doug Baker’s plan to increase student enrollment.“One...

150 students volunteer to serve, unite Chicago

By Allison Krecek | March 6, 2014

Students are gearing up to promote unity, peace and love this Friday in Chicago.Students were invited to volunteer for Save Chicago Day, which was created by Randiss Hopkins, senior music education and jazz performance major. Hopkins got the idea when...

Students plan for ‘Save Chicago’ day

By Northern Star Staff | March 5, 2014

Students can attend the Save Chicago Day campaign by registering online today.Save Chicago Day was created by student Randiss Hopkins. Hopkins’ goal for the campaign is to promote peace, love and unity in the community. He and more than 150 volunteers...

Students take action against city violence

By Kim Randall | October 15, 2013

Students at NIU are tired of hearing about daily homicides in Chicago. Save Chicago, founded by NIU student Randiss Hopkins, is an activist group working to end that violence.The organization formed recently in hopes of getting the NIU community more...

Garbage bags filled with newspapers line the steps of the Martin Luther King Commons Monday as part of the Save Chicago campaign. The bags signify the 506 people that have died due to violence in 2012 while the newspapers represent their untold stories.

Save Chicago demonstration brings awareness to city’s violent deaths

By Jarrel Sylvers | September 16, 2013

Students of the NIU “Save Chicago Campaign” spread out 506 trash bags across the Martin Luther King Commons Monday to bring awareness to crime in the city.The Untold Stories demonstration marked the first official event of the new movement. The demonstration...

Animations dance group performs to Michael Jacksons hit song Beat It on Tuesday night at the Tribute to the King of Pop in OConnell Theatre.

Student Association sponsors Michael Jackson Tribute

By Logan Love | March 27, 2013

The Student Association’s Michael Jackson “HIStory” tribute concert was a real thriller, paying homage to the life and legacy of the “king of pop.” The tribute concert featured singing, dancing and skits, all featuring Jackson’s legendary...

Students deliver letters in support of Chief Grady to NIU leaders

By Brooke Shinberg | November 16, 2012

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady received support from a group of students Friday. Randiss Hopkins, junior music education major, and Eric Evans, junior political science major, led students on a walk to support the NIU police. Hopkins said the walk was...