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The cliques that win elections

The cliques that win elections

Aaron Friel, Opinion columnist
February 20
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

Students win elections once or twice, rarely three times. Student groups, on the other hand, can win elections a lot more. Francis Underwood put it best, “Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot res...

NISG normalizes controversy in ignoring conflict of interest

JACOB MADDEN, News Editor
February 20
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

In the past two years, Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) has gone through a tumultuous period of establishing visibility to students and re-establishing their credibility to those students who work with NISG closely. This period of confusion has culminated into dubious circumstances this election...

Jamal White and Tristan Bernhard

Jamal White and Tristan Bernhard

Jamal White and Tristan Bernhard
February 20
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion, Showcase

Since stepping on campus, Jamal and Tristan have worked hard for the University and have become the epitome of involved students on campus. Their extensive and diverse set of experiences have given them the leadership tools necessary to represent this University’s great students. Jamal and Tristan ha...

Maggie Miller and Danielle Massey

Maggie Miller and Danielle Massey

Maggie Miller and Danielle Massey
February 20
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion, Showcase

NISG voting begins Tuesday Being the president and vice president of the student body is no simple task. These positions aren’t simply about leadership, and they certainly are not about popularity. These positions are a job. They’re jobs that are hard, and take an immense amount of knowledge an...

NISG campaigns by the numbers

NISG campaigns by the numbers

AARON FRIEL, Opinion Columnist
February 16
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

Since the NISG Elections Blog began in 2011, campaigns have been tracked by some easily observable numbers: friends, likes and visibility on the campaign trail. In 2011, the first author of the elections blog, Trevor Boeckmann, wrote, “Many of you may have noticed something in our candidate write-ups...F...

NISG election commission issues debate statement

February 16
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

The election commission upholds the standard of remaining an impartial, unbiased party during the election season. To uphold this standard, the commission decided to restructure the debate this election cycle. We have asked university students to create questions for the candidates that will addres...

Election commission puzzles with debate moderator choice

Election commission puzzles with debate moderator choice

JACOB MADDEN and NICK FISHER
February 13
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

The Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) debate is held each year during campaign season (this year’s debate is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union). Like debates at all levels of government, it is intended to help voters become informed on the positions of each candidate. According...

The future of Obamacare

The future of Obamacare

JOSH DAUSENER, Opinion Columnist
February 9
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This week, Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz held a debate on CNN regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and of health care in general in the United States. Regardless of your political leanings, the debate was excellent for democracy. The debate featured two politicians who respected...

‘Violently silencing’ views slippery slope

KYLE DAY, Opinion Columnist
February 9
Filed under Opinion

I had a social media debate a couple of weeks ago. Ok, fine, it’s probably the twentieth debate I’ve had this year already, not exactly remarkable for me. I was debating with a friend of mine over the then-recent filmed punching of Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute and i...

NISG playing fast and loose with rules, constitution

NISG playing fast and loose with rules, constitution

Aaron Friel, Opinion Columnist
February 8
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

On Feb. 21, students may be given the opportunity to vote on, and therefore ratify, three amendments to the constitution. These amendments are substantive changes that address real issues that the senators have identified with the constitution, and add a new paid executive branch officer. Whether these...

What NISG election means to you

AARON FRIEL, Opinion Columnist
February 6
Filed under NISG Election, Opinion

Editor's Note: The Northern Iowan Student Government Election Rules can be found here Two and a half weeks from now students will be asked to vote for student government, and if they’re unlucky enough to have a runoff, to vote again a week after that. The deluge of social media posts, endorseme...

All-Staff Opinion Column

All-Staff Opinion Column

All Staff, All Staff
February 2
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

What has stood out most about Pres. Trump's first days? What has most stood out to me about the Trump administration is how poorly they govern. The Trump team seems to have little regard for basic preparation, review and empirical reality as the new administration settles into power. The highest profi...

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