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The Rainbow Rave will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Registration is free.

Rainbow Rave; night of contests, face paint, free food

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | March 31, 2023

DeKALB – Do you feel the love tonight? Share the feeling at NIU’s first ever Rainbow Rave, hosted by the Student Government Association’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Senate Committee. Join fellow ravers at 8 p.m. through 11 p.m. Friday at the...

“Junior meteorology major and current Trustee Tim Moore (left) and junior pre-medical chemistry major Yazan Masri debate for the SGA representative seat on the NIU Board of Trustees Monday at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. The canidates answered questions from the public before having the chance to question one another during the debate. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)”

SGA debates: Treasurer and trustee

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | March 29, 2023

DeKALB – Candidates for the treasurer and Board of Trustees positions gathered for an open debate answering a series of questions from the public and each other. Student Government Association elections are here with polls opening at midnight March...

Student Government Association candidate profiles

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association is the organization of representatives elected by the student body, who are responsible for funding and supporting student events and organizations on campus. The following candidates are running for student...

International Transgender Day of Viability is March 31. There are multiple events happening at NIU in celebration of the holiday.

Transgender Day of Visibility events

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – Transgender Day of Visibility, the day to recognize and reflect on transgender people’s history and present, is Friday. Here are three events students can participate in to celebrate.   NIU: EDUCATION AS LIBERATION, OPEN SUBMISSIONS From...

We Care is a pregnancy clinic in downtown DeKalb. The clinic offers various services for interested residents. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

WeCare4NIU, anti-abortion student outreach

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | March 22, 2023

DeKALB – A normal day at the We Care Pregnancy Clinic, located in downtown DeKalb, begins with prayer in the building’s breakroom. The microwave in the breakroom has a sticker that says “love every heartbeat” in cursive, and the whiteboard...

SGA Senators Edwin Perez-Hernandez (left), Atlas Babcock, Princess Rogers, Arianna Ramos, Alexia Musgraves and Debbie Allen discussing the meaning of diversity. The senators were disappointed with the outcome of the SGA petition for Black students. (Caleb Johnson | Northern Star)

SGA’s DEI comments on failed petition, discuss future

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | March 19, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee hosted a panel that touched on the failure of the recent petition for Black students and to get feedback and encourage conversation between SGA representatives...

SGA to host Women’s History Month brunch

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | March 6, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association, in collaboration with the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, INC will host a brunch to celebrate Women’s History Month. The brunch will be led by a panel of distinguished women in a variety...

Duke Ellington Ballroom filled student organizations during the Spring 2023 involvement fair at the Holmes Student Center. On Friday, the SGA passed a bill allocating $30,000 to fund student organizations. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

SGA moves $30K to student organizations

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | March 5, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association has passed a bill that will allow more money to be given to student organizations this semester. The bill will move $30,000 from SGA’s executive funding, used to fund campus-wide initiatives, to supplemental...

Student Government Association Senators Dallas Douglass (left) and Chris English addressing other SGA senators. During the Feb. 24 meeting, the SGA approved legislation that requires all senators to pass at least one piece of legislation during their term. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

SGA now requires senators to write legislation

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – A bill was passed requiring Student Government Association senators to create one piece of legislation during their term in senate. “The duties and responsibilities of the senators do not include anything that shows that they have demonstrated...

The Center for Black Studies, located at 621 West Lincoln Highway.

SGA fails to sign petition on behalf of Black students

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | February 23, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU Student Government Association failed to approve a petition meant for the office of President Lisa Freeman which would outline the grievances Black students have on campus. The petition included charges of over-policing Black events,...

The Castle Drive Black Lives Matter mural after being painted in 2020 (top) and in April 2022 after two years of fading due to weather. On Friday, the Student Government Association proposed a petition for NIU to address concerns such as performative activism and representation of diversity in NIUs staff. (Northern Star File Photo)

SGA proposed petition criticizes NIU’s efforts at inclusion

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | February 5, 2023

DeKALB - Amid growing concerns of what it's calling NIU’s inactivity toward racism and lack of diversity on campus, the Student Government Association has proposed a petition to shed light on student concerns. The proposed petition was co-authored...

The Student Government Association Speaker of the Senate, Dallas Douglass (left), converses with newly appointed Clerk of the Senate, Chris English, near the end of Friday’s SGA meeting in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

SGA appoints election commissioner, deputy speaker and clerk

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | January 29, 2023

DeKALB – Following the appointment of the board of elections, the Student Government Association has appointed its election commissioner and appointed senators to fill missing spaces in the Senate. Senator Ethan DeMuse was appointed to the role of...