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Kelly Iseli, sophomore electrical engineering major, places her vote tuesday for the Student Association Senate at DuSable Hall in September 2013.

Know about SA executive elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 23, 2014

Students need to ensure the right people are speaking on their behalf by being aware of the upcoming Student Association elections.SA elections will be March 24 and 25. Walking through the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons in fall, I saw Dillon Domke, now...

Pass/fail: TRiO Day helps out students, Commuters had to miss classes

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 18, 2014

Pass:National TRiO Day is a day set out to help first-generation college students.Universities from all over the state are coming together to attend National TRiO Day.Students will participate in programs created to help them develop their education and...

Pass, fail: Convo seeking community input, Chicago bond debt will lead to cuts

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 16, 2014

Pass:The Convocation Center is looking for student input.Athletics director Sean Frazier couldn’t have put it better when he said the Convocation Center is a key community asset that serves the campus and the greater local and regional community, according...

Voice concerns at SA meeting

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 13, 2014

Students who are passionately for or against the upcoming circus show can sway the opinions of their Student Association senators at the Senate meeting Sunday.SA Senate will debate Circus Spectacular and a petition that was started by anthropology assistant...

Pass/fail: Languages dep. gets grant, Quinn to dance around law

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 5, 2014

PassIt looks like alumni do care about things other than fancy buildings and attending football games.According to today’s Northern Star article, alumnus Ralph Strozza is, for the second time, donating SDL Trados Studio licenses for the Foreign Language...

Senate’s cancelation for Super Bowl upsetting

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 3, 2014

The Student Association Senate canceled its meeting Sunday because of the Super Bowl — as if the senators didn’t need to form committees or discuss anything that is important.SA Senate has been talking about fixing voter turnout for its elections,...

Pass/fail: General education program to change, Super Bowl is why SA will take day off

By Shaz Sheikhali | January 30, 2014

PassThe general education program is finally getting a necessary face lift.The plan is to make gen. eds more relevant to students and their majors. This will make our time and money spent as students worth the while and financial burden.NIU is taking...

Pass/fail: Diverse film series offered, Be cautious when driving

By Shaz Sheikhali | January 28, 2014

PassThe College of Education is offering a diversity film series.It is nice to see the College of Education strive to create a diverse content selection, with movies ranging in topic from ethnicity to sexual orientation.They will be showing an array of...

King’s legacy lives beyond ‘Dream’ speech

By Shaz Sheikhali | January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. is a man of many words and actions, and we cannot only focus on his “I Have a Dream” speech.King — whose memory was honored Monday — is so much more than “I Have a Dream.” As magnificent as the speech is, we need to...


By Shaz Sheikhali | January 14, 2014

See what events pass and fail as judged by Perspective Editor Shaz Sheikhali.PassCity helps spread info on new Ill. lawCity Council is taking the initiative to ensure gunholders are aware that, yes, they may now carry concealed firearms, but not on various...

SA Senate Speaker makes exit

By Shaz Sheikhali | December 8, 2013

James Zanayed, former Student Association Senate Speaker, bid the SA farewell at its meeting Sunday.The meeting also featured executive reports about the SA’s adviser workshops and cabinet reports about advertising and university printing.SpeakerZanayed...

James Zanayed, Student Association Senate speaker, discussed SA budgeting, funding, student retention and campus recreation during a Sunday night SA Senate meeting at the Skyroom of the HSC.

SA to work on communication

By Shaz Sheikhali | December 1, 2013

The Student Association is looking to focus on outreach and examine how students, organizations and the SA can work more cohesively and efficiently.The SA also wants to improve external connections, communications and marketing and finance and operations....