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Senator Brandon Phillips offers a friendly motion to Senator Tristan Martins bill to have executive reports once every two weeks to the senate in-person only.

SA Senate left with less than 20 reps

By Alex Chettiath | April 25, 2016

DeKalb | The Student Associate Senate was forced to amend their bylaws to allow them to function next semester with less than 20 senators elected, due to two senators resigning.The Senate is responsible for the SA budget which currently is more than $6.5...

SA Senate elects first female speaker

By Madison Kacer | April 4, 2016

Student Association Senator Christine Wang was voted as the first female Senate speaker for the upcoming one-year term, which begins after the last session of this term in May.The duties of the speaker include leading the legislative branch allocating...

Matthew Holmes, Student Association student trustee-elect, (far right) hands out flyers for the One NIU ticket and urges students to vote Wednesday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons. The One NIU ticket, with only the presidential position being contested, won the SA Executive Election on Wednesday.

One NIU wins low turnout SA executive elections

By Madison Kacer | March 31, 2016

The One NIU ticket swept the Student Association Executive Election with the presidential candidate winning by nearly 400 votes Wednesday.The SA serves as the voice of the student body to the administration and is responsible for allocating the $6.5 million...

Student Association to vote for speaker

By Madison Kacer | March 31, 2016

Members of the Student Association Senate will vote on one of three Senate speaker nominees for the upcoming one-year term, which begins after the last Senate session in May.The duties of the senate speaker include leading the legislative branch; allocating...

Student trustee looks to focus on enrollment, campus life issues

By Leah Nicolini | March 21, 2016

Student Trustee James Zanayed has been sworn into the Board of Trustees as a voting member, representing the student body for the remainder of the spring semester.Zanayed, a third-year law student, was nominated and approved by the Student Association...

James Zanayed, Student Association Supreme Court justice, speaks prior to being elected as the SA student trustee. Zanayed received 28 of 30 possible votes for the trustee position Sunday. Read more at

Student trustee to focus on budget, safety

By Madison Kacer | March 7, 2016

The Student Association Senate approved James Zanayed, SA Supreme Court justice, as student trustee with an outcome of 28-1-1.The student trustee fills one of the eight trustee positions on the Board of Trustees with voting power equal to the other seven....

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his annual budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol Wednesday in Springfield.

SA lobbies for college funding, MAP grants

By Northern Star staff | February 18, 2016

The Student Association sent three representatives to Springfield on Wednesday to lobby for a bill that would permit the state to cut funding of higher education by eight percent.Senate Bill 2269 makes various appropriations to state universities and...

SA votes, fills 5 vacant positions

By Maxwell Bisaillon | February 8, 2016

Clarification: The Northern Star reported the Student Association Senate heard a presentation by each senator at large candidate then held a closed-door discussion and vote.To clarify, each senator at large candidate was asked to leave the room, but the...

SA to revise game club’s constitution

By NOrthern Star staff | November 2, 2015

The Student Association Senate motioned for the Rules and Procedures Committee to revise the NIU Game Design Club’s constitution before it could be approved Sunday.The NIU Game Design Club is a club dedicated to designing games, including online and...

Student Association Senate deputy speaker

District 2 Student Association Senators

By Northern Star staff | October 12, 2015

Student Association senators discuss how their involvement has readied them for their positions, as well as what improvements and issues they will focus on this semester.District 2 is composed of students residing west of Annie Glidden Road and north...

Student Association Senator Robert Kreml talks about the addition of an ad hoc committee, of which he is chairman, on April 11 at SA Senate in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA to review student orgs after discrimination fears

By Jackie Nevarez | October 5, 2015

The Student Association Senate approved a motion to review the constitutions of two prospective student organizations after a senator saw possible gender discrimination Sunday.Senator Timothy Brandner said he had an issue with Young Beautiful Ladies and...

Terrance Terry, freshman business administration major, votes online in the 2015 Student Association executive elections March 24 in Neptune Hall. This fall’s SA Senate elections will also use social media website Huskie Link as a voting platform, as well as include candidate information and endorsements.

SA to add candidate profiles to Huskie Link ballots

By Satta Kendor & Jackie Nevarez | September 8, 2015

Students will be able to access verified candidate information and endorsements online when they vote for their Student Association Senate representatives this month.The 2015 SA executive elections piloted online voting through Huskie Link, a social media...