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Letter from the editor: student voices are heard at the Northern Star

By Haley Galvin | August 28, 2018

Beginning this fall, I will be taking over as perspective editor and plan to improve the quality of the section with fresh ideas and style.I want to provide head-turning content to peek the interests of each reader as well as evoking thoughts and debate...

‘Watch list’ response subpar

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 1, 2018

NIU has once again damaged trust between administration and the student population by automatically adding certain groups to a "watch list" without notifying them. The Editorial Board recommends the administration address the issue more openly with students,...

DeKalb needs Metra station

By Editorial Board | March 6, 2017

In an effort to extend the Metra line to DeKalb, a petition created by DeKalb resident Jane Rogers, has received over 1,000 signatures and support from various public entities, including NIU and the Northern Star Editorial Board.Bringing a Metra station...

Pass/Fail: NIU offers help for going smoke-free; Students skip classes at end of semester

By Marilou Terrones | November 16, 2014

Pass: NIU offers help for going smoke-freeThough the Smoke-Free Campus Act won’t be in effect until July 1, a task force is compiling resources to help community members end their smoking habits.NIU administrators have proven they care about the well-being...

NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 26, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker has focused on revitalizing the campus through the Master Plan Thesis, but the results have been mixed: Total enrollment has continued to drop and projects are behind schedule, but NIU has seen gains in retention and international...

University: Advertise the Huskie Pups now

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 13, 2014

The Student Association and NIU need to create a more effective advertising plan for the recently unveiled Huskie Pup, an 11-passenger shuttle.Following last week’s debut of the about $40,000 Huskie Pup, signs were placed in Huskie Line buses No. 1...

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday in Springfield

Quinn has big plans for students

By Jackie Nevarez | January 30, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the State of the State Wednesday, an address filled with ambitious promises to lay the foundation for a better Illinois.His goals, although commendable and attainable, lack crucial elements that would benefit students.Education...

Professors’ jobs not as easy as may seem

By Danny Cozzi | January 28, 2014

Starting off a semester right — and staying on track — is a struggle students and professors share.Professors, whose jobs students don’t often see beyond the lecture hall, have more to do than thump a textbook and talk at a sleep-deprived, coffee-fueled...

Campus sexual assault needs more discussion

By Northern Star Editorial board | January 27, 2014

As the number of sexual assault cases continues to rise, NIU must improve how it makes students aware of sexual assault prevention on campus.A Thursday address from President Barack Obama illustrated a White House task force that spreads awareness of...

Melanie, an undocumented student at NIU, prepares for a final exam. She currently has a 4.0 GPA.

Undocumented students work toward better life at NIU

By Kelly Bauer | May 6, 2013

Editor’s note: The names of “Ernesto,” “Melanie” and “Ana” have been changed to protect the identity of sources. One of Ana’s earliest memories is of crossing the border into the United States. The NIU student was 5 years old when she...

Art exhibit displays student work

By Rachel Scaman | May 6, 2013

The Looking Box art exhibition featured semester-long artwork projects presented by ARTD 469 (Problems in Photography) students. The exhibition was open Saturday at the Art Annex. Groups of photos taken by the 10 student artists were displayed during...