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Three people stand talking and pointing. The Student Government Association discussed a petition to terminate the Chief Justice of the SGA Supreme Court. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA announces petition to terminate Chief Justice

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 29, 2024

DeKALB – During Friday’s SGA senate meeting, Speaker Cole Hensley introduced a petition to terminate current Chief Justice of the SGA Supreme Court Elliot Weiskopf. In the petition for Weiskopf’s termination, it noted the court failed to convene...

Three people stand at podiums gesturing and speaking. The Student Government Association met on Friday to discuss potential constitutional bills about the Supreme Court and SGA stipends. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA Senate reworks constitutional bill

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 15, 2024

DeKALB – On Friday, the Student Government Association senate continued to discuss constitutional bills. Two of which, SR55049 and SR55050, were read again and will be voted on at the next SGA senate meeting. BILL TO CLARIFY SELECTION CRITERIA OF SUPREME...

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...

“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...

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...