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People gather at the start line for Walk A Mile in the Convocation Center. Saturday Safe Passage hosted their annual Walk A Mile event. (Kahlil Kambui | Northern Star)
A mile walked in honor of sexual assault survivors
A student munches on pizza from a pizza truck in front of the Holmes Student Center. Food Truck Wednesdays are an example of an NIU “tradition” that unites students, but NIU needs to create more meaningful traditions to improve campus life. (Daniela Barajas | Northern Star)
Editorial: Expand NIU's traditions

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Senior outfielder/catcher Colin Summerhill swings at a pitch against Kent State University on Saturday. Summerhill hit his 16th home run of the season, breaking NIUs single season home run record. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)
Summerhill breaks record, NIU falls to Kent State
By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter

DeKALB – Senior outfielder/catcher Colin Summerhill etched his name in NIU history with his 16th home run of the season as NIU baseball dropped...

Kim Kester advises her player during an NIU womens golf practice. NIU Athletics announced Wednesday that Kester was given a multi-year contract extension. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)
Kim Kester extended through 2026-27 season
Alpha Sigma Phi continues their attempt to use stamina to their advantage by holding Delta Chi in overtime on Tuesday. Alpha Sigma Phi defeated Tau Kappa Epsilon on Wednesday. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)
Phi Kappa Theta, Alpha Sigma Phi earn wins in Day 2 of Tugs
Then-NIU volleyball head coach Pete Waite stands courtside during a match. Waite will be inducted into the 2024 NIU Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend after leading the Huskies to a program-best .723 winning percentage during his 11 seasons as NIU’s head coach. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)
Former volleyball coach Pete Waite named to 2024 Hall of Fame Class
Senior infielder Caitlyn Shumaker is tagged out on a stolen base attempt on March 30 at Mary M. Bell Field. NIU softball was swept in a road doubleheader on Tuesday against Western Michigan University. (Northern Star File Photo)
Softball strikes out in Kalamazoo doubleheader

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The entrance of the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway sits empty. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Safe Passage will host their annual Walk a Mile event for Sexual Assault Awareness month. (Northern Star file photo)
Walk A Mile to happen Saturday
By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter

DeKALB – From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Safe Passage will host its annual Walk A Mile event at the NIU Convocation Center located at 1525...

Students stand in line at All-Star Deli located at Stevenson Dining. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 963 chapter is negotiating for higher starting wages and longevity pay. (Northern Star file photo)
Dining negotiations remain stagnant, union leaders struggle amid understaffing
Huskie buses sit parked in the Huskie Line bus barn. On Sunday at Francis Road in Virgil Township near Illinois Route 38, police responded to a car crash involving a Huskie Bus. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)
Driver collides with NIU Huskie Bus in Virgil
Keg & Kernel, located at 106 E. Lincoln Highway, sits open on Wednesday night. Keg & Kernel has announced it will be permanently closing April 28. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)
Keg & Kernel to close its doors
Melissa Blake, a journalist, author and NIU alum, smiles as she sits in her mobility scooter. Blake will be presenting her new book, Beautiful People: My Thirteen Truths About Disabilities, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Founders Memorial Library.
Northern Star Alum to speak on new book about disability rights

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Lilliana Campbell (left), a sophomore psychology major, and Adé Basurto, a junior communicative disorders major, respond to a street interviews prompt. What are your favorite food trucks? (Northern Star Graphic)
Street Interviews: Food Trucks
By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist

NIU’s food trucks are special for many reasons, but most importantly, they are convenient. These mobile restaurants near the Holmes Student...

Four “Just Well & Dandy” panels depicts the preparations for the brothers newfound adventure. In this comic, Well reads aloud a letter explaining their uncle has fallen ill, and Dandy sets about to delivering a cure ASAP! (Christa Kim | Northern Star)
Just Well and Dandy: Quest Accepted!
A pair of lungs display bright, blue veins. Asbestos was recently banned by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the ban is a step in the right direction for American public health. (Gabriel Fiorini | Northern Star)
Breathe easy, not asbestos
A figure, Ambrosia, cradles the Earth in her hands, as she floats in a purple cosmos. Ambrosia is a character based off the first phone I owned. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)
Cartoon: Ambrosia
A magnifying glass zooms in on the TikTok logo, which is marked with a red X. The strongly opposed legislation aimed at prohibiting foreign adversary controlled applications would prove beneficial to national security. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Northern Star Graphic)
TikTok regulation beneficial to national security
Buddy, a 1-year-old domestic shorthair cat, sits inside a cubby. Buddy is available for adoption for $75.00 at Tails Humane Society. (Courtesy of Tails Humane Society)
Tails’ Buddy ready to be your feline friend
By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter

One of Tails Humane Society’s youngest felines is waiting to be your Buddy as this week’s Tails’ Pet of the Week. Buddy, a domestic...

The University of Southern California lines up against the University of Louisville during the American football 2023 Holiday Bowl (left), and Atalanta soccer player Isak Hien charges for the ball alongside Verona player Federico Bonazzoli during the Italy Serie A soccer match on Monday. Which “football” deserves the title more: American football or soccer? (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Spada/LaPresse via AP)
Poll: Which 'football' deserves the title most?
“Earth Fest April 18” is displayed on the Egyptian Theatre marquee. The film “Common Ground premiered for the first time in Northern Illinois at Earth Fest and was followed by a panel of local farmers and experts on regenerative agriculture. (Sam Dion | Northern Star)
Earth Fest creates community
Reggie Thomas cuts off the NIU Jazz Orchestra on a song where Sean Jones (left) and Wycliffe Gordon are featured. Thursday’s concert was Thomas’ final concert leading the orchestra. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)
Jazz Orchestra plays Thomas out
Author Melissa Blake (left) sits with Fred Barnhart, dean of NIU libraries, who has a microphone in his hand. Blake came to NIU on Thursday to discuss her new book, “Beautiful People: My Thirteen Truths About Disabilities, which interrogates disability and the way disability impacts peoples lives. (Caleb Johnson | Northern Star)
Northern Star alum talks disability representation