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SGA board members approve past reports on the agenda on Oct. 13 at the SGA meeting in the Holmes Student Center. The board approved Stonehouse Academic Journal as a student organization on Friday. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Stonehouse Academic Journal recognized at SGA

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | October 15, 2023

DeKALB – The student publication Stonehouse Academic Journal was approved as a student organization at the SGA meeting on Friday. The publication is a student-run academic organization, sponsored by NIU’s XI Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. The...

Kanaan Deer stands to the left of SGA Speaker Cole Hensley and SGA Deputy Speaker Chris English. Deer was appointed as SGA director of Greek Affairs during Fridays SGA senate meeting. (Brandon Clark | Northern Star)

SGA appoints 4 new leadership roles

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | October 1, 2023

Editor's Note: This title and piece has been revised to confirm that the SGA only appointed 2 Senator positions and the recent bill passed allows for Board of Election members the exception to abstain from reviewing potential candidates if the only affiliation...

Student Government Association members review their agenda on Sept. 22 at the SGA meeting in the Holmes Student Center. Political science major Alexandra Alcantar was named the new director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the SGA committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Fridays meeting. (Brandon Clark | Northern Star)

SGA diversity director ready for ‘authentic change’

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 23, 2023

DeKALB – On Friday, the Student Government Association appointed senior political science major Alexandra Alcantar as the new director of SGA’s committee of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Alcantar made her bid unopposed and shared a history...

The Student Government Association sign located in the Holmes Student Center ground floor in the OASIS space in 2022. SGA Senator Chris English was elected the new deputy speaker for the 2023-2024 school year on Sept. 15, at the SGA meeting. (Northern Star File Photo)

SGA: Appoints deputy speaker; passes 2 bills

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 17, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association started the semester with a new deputy speaker who left no doubt that change was on the horizon.  SGA Senator Chris English became the new deputy speaker after making his bid and receiving full endorsements...

Senator Cole Hensley (right) gives his speech for speaker of the Senate to the SGA. Cole Hensley will be speaker of the Senate for the 55th session for the next academic year.

Cole Hensley named SGA speaker for Fall 2023

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 30, 2023

DeKALB – Cole Hensley was named the Student Government Association’s speaker of the Senate with a vote of 11 to 6 against interim Speaker Debbie Allen. Hensley advocated for more disciplined leadership in his speech where he said he would hold...

Room 405 of the Holmes Student Center in the Holmes Tower. The SGAs past Public Affairs meetings have been canelled or moved online. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

SGA violates OMA, promises better fall semester

By Rachel Cormier and Bridgette Fox | April 24, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association has continuously failed to upload minutes and agendas for every SGA meeting online to Huskie Hub, violating the Open Meetings Act. The Northern Star became aware of this on April 11 and April 18 when attempting...

Speaker Debbie Allen, a senior international relations major, delivering topic points during Fridays SGA meeting. The meeting discussed the confirmation of directors of student life and chief of staff. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

SGA confirms director of student life

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | April 23, 2023

Correction: This piece has been updated to reflect that Duane Meighan has not been confirmed as chief of staff. DeKALB – The Student Government Association confirmed a director of student life for the SGA cabinet. Both the director of student...

Sid Kincaid (left), an alum and former SGA senator, Speaker Dallas Douglass and Senator Chris English sitting during Fridays SGA meeting. Douglass announced he will be stepping down from the position of speaker. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Dallas Douglass steps down as speaker of senate

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | April 15, 2023

DeKALB – After nearly four years of service, Speaker Dallas Douglass has announced his plans to step down as speaker of the Student Government Association. Serving as speaker of the senate since March 2021, Douglass announced his departure at Friday's...

Speaker Dallas Douglass reads from the agenda during the SGA senate’s meeting on Friday. The agenda featured a digital public comment from SGA alumn Jacob Burg, who criticized the SGA’s recent actions and performance. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

Alum criticizes SGA for ‘rash decision making’

By Evan Mellon and Bridgette Fox | April 10, 2023

Clarification: The public comment by Jacob Berg was submitted as an email and read by Speaker Dallas Douglass. DeKALB – The usual calm of the Student Government Association senate’s weekly meeting was disrupted by an alum’s public comment,...

Justice Tyler Murray, a sophomore majoring in communications, giving a speech introducing himself and arguing why he would make a good Justice on the SGA Supreme Court. (Evan Mellon | Northern Star)

SGA prepares for special elections, appoints new justice

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | April 2, 2023

DeKALB – Following its recent elections, the Student Government Association has announced its plans to prepare a special election due to a lack of senators elected to the senate. While the elections did result in 11 senators being elected to the...

Junior meteorology major and Trustee Tim Moore stands at the podium during the trustee debate before the SGA elections Monday on stage the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Prior to elections, Moore sent a mass-email titled “VOTE NOW TO PREVENT DECREASE IN ATHLETIC FUNDING,” encouraging students to vote for the NIUnited ticket, resulting in a reprimand for members of the ticket. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

4 SGA candidates reprimanded for mass-email campaign

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | April 1, 2023

DeKALB – Just as the Student Government Association elections came to a close, a coalition of four SGA candidates received a sanction as a result of a mass-email campaign on behalf of their ticket. An email was sent by student trustee candidate Tim...

SGA Senate The Student Government Association Senate unanimously approved its first senator for the semester at Sunday’s meeting.

Results of SGA elections announced

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | March 31, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association elections closed Wednesday. The winners were announced Friday on SGA’s Instagram. Voting was open for the executive branch positions of president, vice president, treasurer and trustee. Voting was...