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A brown and yellow vinyl cover of Willie Nelsons album Red Headed Stranger lays on a wooden table. In honor of Nelson turning 90, check out the album and his new single Summertime. (Eli Tecktiel | Northern Star)
'Red Headed Stranger' remains memorable after 48 years
Athletes across different sports doing signature actions for their sports. NIU student-athletes did an amazing job this year. (Amber Siegel | Northern Star)
Editorial: NIU student-athletes excelled this year

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Junior catcher Colin Summerhill (left) approaches NIU Baseball Head Coach Mike Kunigonis in the dugout during the teams game against Toledo Sunday at Ralph McKinzie Field. The game was Kunigonis last as a head coach at NIU, after his contract was not renewed and he was relieved from his position. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)
Kunigonis out as head baseball coach

DeKALB – NIU Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier announced Sunday that head coach Mike Kunigonis’ contract...

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Then-redshirt senior Cole Tucker walks in the endzone after missing a pass from freshman quarterback Nevan Cremascoli near the end of the first quarter. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)
Cole Tucker drafted 4th overall in CFL
By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor

DeKALB – Former NIU football wide receiver Cole Tucker was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Calgary Stampeders at the 2023 Canadian...

NIU junior shortstop Andre Demetral (1) rounds to third base after stealing second base in the bottom of the first inning. Demetral scored off of a hit by junior first baseman Colin Summerhill, earning the Huskies their first run of the game and setting the score 3-1. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)
Summerhill's home run helps Huskies snap skid
Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter, left, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles with the ninth overall pick during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
COLUMN: Eagles, Texans win 2023 NFL Draft
Logo for All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast (Graphic by Harrison Linden | Northern Star)
‘All-Star: A Huskie sports podcast’ Episode 19: Chatting NIU baseball’s problems and national sports playoffs
Mens head golf coach John Carlson (Left) talks through a shot with then-senior Tommy Dunsire during the first round of the 2021 Saint Marys Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)
NIU men's golf wins MAC Championship

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A side of a DeKalb police officer presenting the DeKalb Police Department badge. The DeKalb Police 2022 Annual Crime Report highlighted a decrease in violent crimes compared to 2021. (Northern Star File Photo)
DeKalb down on crime, up on traffic safety issues
By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter

DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department issued its 2022 annual crime report, finding a decrease in violent crimes from 2021, whereas traffic...

DeKalb downtown welcomes a new wine and charcuterie restaurant Class VI, 214 E Lincoln Highway. The winery offers crafted cocktails and a wide variety of wine. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)
New wine bar coming to DeKalb
Stevenson towers sit on the west side of campus. Hot water has returned, but may be inconsistent as pipes continue to be repaired. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)
Some hot water returns to Stevenson, issues remain
Cars drive on Peace Road Saturday near Bethany Road in 2014. The City of DeKalb plans to widen the road to four lanes and add a free-flow right turn lane by around the end of October.
Peace Road to be four-lane road
Recently built garden beds near the Stevens Building. 100 new gardens beds have been built as part of the Edible Campus initiative.(Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)
Edible Campus to promote sustainability

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CARTOON: Coffee shop
By Ana Guzman, Cartoonist

File - The American and FOX flags fly outside the News Corp. and Fox News headquarters on  April 19, in New York. Fox Corp.s hefty $787.5 million settlement with Dominion over defamation charges is unlikely to make a dent in Foxs operations, analysts say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Fox deserved more retribution
Cartoonist Ana Guzman illustrates death standing next to a prisoner with their head covered awaiting the death penalty. Columnist Emily Beebe informs readers of the cruelty of the death penalty and urges the punishment to be abolished nationwide.
End the death penalty now
 FILE - Tucker Carlson attends the final round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., July 31, 2022. Carlson was abruptly bounced from his popular prime-time show earlier in the day without explanation from Fox.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Good riddance, Tucker Carlson
 At a comic convention in Brussels, Belgium a group of people dressed in DC characters (left) and Marvel characters face each other symbolizing the great debate of Marvel vs. DC Comics. (Miguel Discart | Wikimedia commons)
Poll: Marvel or DC Comics?
(from left) Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas perform on stage wearing different colored suits. The Jonas Brothers have a new album releasing next Friday titled The Album.
Look out for novels, album releasing next week
By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor

With finals coming to a close, here are four pieces of media that are coming out next week.  “The Collected Regrets of Clover” Literary...

Cartoonist Isaac Trusty illustrates a student asleep in a pile of homework with their coffee still in hand. It is important to prioritize sleep, even more so during finals week.
Sleep is important, especially during finals
The Netflix home page shows a list of trending shows on a laptop screen.
Fantasy, adventure series to binge
Gordon Lightfoot performs during the evening ceremonies of Canadas 150th anniversary of Confederation. Lightfoot died on Monday at age 84. (Sean Kilpatrick | AP Newsroom)
Looking back on Gordon Lightfoot's legendary songs
The National performs live on Stage AE in 2017 as green spotlights illuminate the band members. The Nationals new album First Two Pages of Frankenstein is out now on all music streaming platforms.
'First Two Pages of Frankenstein' is predictable, repetitive