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Forming a union can improve graduate students’ work conditions

By Alma Garcia | January 20, 2020

The enactment of a recent law, allowing graduate students to unionize, is a huge victory for NIU Huskie graduate assistants and for undergraduates who are considering pursuing a graduate degree in the state of Illinois.One of the 250 laws enacted in the...

Former students, colleagues remember late professor Philip Gray

Former students, colleagues remember late professor Philip Gray

By Maddie Barrett | September 19, 2019

DeKALB — Colleagues of Philip Gray remember him with a delightful sense of humor, as a motivating teacher and a professional within the Department of Communication.Gray, former assistant chair of the Department of Communication and award winning professor...

DeKalb County for Warren announces first canvass at kick-off event

By Daniel Doren | August 30, 2019

DeKalb County for Warren, a local grassroots organization in support of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential bid, had its kick-off event 7 p.m. Thursday at Pizza Pro’s, 1205 W. Lincoln Highway. Those in attendance were provided with information about...

Star editors say goodbye

Jessie Kern | News EditorIt’s crazy to think after this week I will be writing the end of, arguably, my greatest chapter yet. Transferring to NIU, I wasn’t in the greatest headspace. The ground I found myself standing on was the furthest thing from...

Horoscope 5/7/2018

May 7, 2018

• Today’s Birthday (05/04/18)A romantic partnership reaches new heights this year. Higher education provides long-term value. Summer creative projects reveal new possibilities as you shift professional direction before a domestic renovation or relocation...

Point/Counterpoint: Shooting prevention

By Mackenzie Meadows | February 26, 2018

Many Americans have strong opinions on school safety. On Feb. 23 President Donald Trump proposed we arm teachers to combat shootings.More armed security needed Mackenzie MeadowsPrincipals, deans and other office staff in every elementary, middle and...

Chicago teachers need ‘well overdue’ raise

By Anthony Szudarski | September 16, 2012

I am always going to think that teachers should be more respected and revered than they are. With all the help some of my teachers have given me throughout my life, that will never change. By now I’m sure that many of you are aware of the teacher’s...

Grade appeal system needs checks and balances

By Jennifer Irocky | June 30, 2011

When it comes to making decisions, the more educated inputs available, the better.  Always get a second opinion, and then a third and maybe even a fourth.  Unfortunately, the input from an advising voice has disappeared from NIU in the arena of grade...

Online teacher evaluations would be more efficient

By Letter Writer | April 11, 2011

Perusing through the paper I came across the article "Evaluating Teaching Evaluations." To my surprise, there was no mention of the student perspective on the matter. It probably takes about 15 minutes for a student to complete an evaluation. If you add...

NIU Dorm Life: Living in Lincoln

By Leah Spagnoli | February 15, 2011

DeKALB | With room self selection underway, the Northern Star will be looking at what each residence hall has to offer. Check out the next several issues to read about what hall will fit you best. Lincoln Hall is located on Lucinda Avenue across from...

Spanish professor dies of cancer

By Allyson Martin | January 18, 2011

Michael Morris, associate professor of Spanish, died at the age of 49 due to cancer on Dec. 12. Lynne Meyer, office support specialist for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, was a close friend of Morris. "I personally got to watch Michael...

College of Education ranked low for teacher prep, study says

By Shaun Zinck | November 9, 2010

A recent study done by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) puts NIU's College of Education near the bottom when it comes to teacher preparation in the state of Illinois. As a whole, the average scores for Illinois education colleges were at...