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Redshirt sophomore guard Zion Russell (10) attempts a free throw late in the second half of an NIU mens basketball home game. Russell announced Sunday that he will be transferring to Niagara University. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)
Men's Basketball
Zion Russell commits to Niagara University
A graphic hangs over Angelina Padilla-Tompkins sitting at a desk in the Northern Star. The Northern Star Top Editors oversee all written and digital content published by the Northern Star. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)
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  • Latin Chill: Join the Latino Resource Center from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet the Latinx community on campus, learn about our student organizations, resources, enjoy dancing, live music and free food! NOTE: Event is in the grass area in front/across the street from the Latino Center (not beside).



  • Fall Food Truck Wednesday kickoff: Each Wednesday through Oct. 30 will feature up to 12 food trucks serving coffee, lemonade, ice cream, desserts, burgers, fried chicken, barbecue, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Asian cuisines and more.
An NIU Police car sits parked on NIUs campus. Crimes such as burglary and theft were reported in April 2024 on NIUs campus. (Northern Star file photo)
NIU crime log, April 2024

DeKALB – The information in this report is compiled from the NIU Police Department’s Daily Crime Log. Any case defined...

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Freshman catcher Cooper Cohn (4) hits a home run during the second inning at Ralph McKinzie Field at Walt and Janice Park. NIU baseball dropped the series opener against Ball State University by a score of 4-3 on Friday. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)
Ball State outlasts Huskies, NIU drops series opener
By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter

DeKALB – NIU baseball (15-30, 9-13 MAC) dropped its third straight contest, losing to the Ball State University Cardinals (26-18-1, 13-9 MAC)...

Junior Felix Krammer lines up a shot at the Badger Invitational in October of 2023. Krammer, along with junior Ben Sluzas, was voted to the All-MAC Second Team for the 2023-24 season. (Northern Star File Photo)
Sluzas, Krammer earn All-MAC Second Team honors
A graphic displays 10 photos of NIU student-athletes from various athletic programs under a red box with white lettering. The Northern Star Sports Staff compiled its top-10 NIU Athletics programs of the academic year. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)
COLUMN: Ranking the Top-10 NIU Athletics programs of 2023-24
Chicago Bears wide receiver Rome Odunze and quarterback Caleb Williams hold their jerseys at a press conference in Lake Forest, Illinois on Friday. Odunze and Williams were both selected in the 2024 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
COLUMN: Grading the Bears' 2024 draft class
NIU senior infielder Andre Demetral gets set to throw the ball to first base on April 24 at Curtis Granderson Stadium. Demetral scored two runs as NIU baseball fell 6-5 to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday. (Northern Star File Photo)
Timely hitting evades NIU baseball in loss to Milwaukee

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NIUs Convocation Center, located at 1525 W. Lincoln Highway sits empty. Graduation will be held May 10 for graduate students and May 11 for undergraduates at the NIU Convocation Center. (Northern Star file photo)
NIU seniors compare high school graduations to senior ones
By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter

Editor's Note: This is part of a larger series, "Looking back at the Class of 2020" that asks 3 senior graduates about their experience graduating...

Emma Walsh sits in the NIU Honors Program Lounge in the Peter Campus Life Building. Walsh attended St. Charles East High School and will graduate with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)
Looking back at the class of 2020: Emma Walsh
Allison Spotts stands outside in a jacket and beanie hat. Spotts attended DeKalb High School and will graduate with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)
Looking back at the class of 2020: Allison Spotts
Rohan Francis sits at a table in the Neptune Lounge. Francis attended Plainfield North High School and will graduate with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)
Looking back at the class of 2020: Rohan Francis
Student Pro-Palestine protesters sit and shout “Free, Free, Free Palestine,” on Thursday. NIU students are protesting for the second day in a row. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)
Pro-Palestine Protesters enter Altgeld Hall

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Nicole Zurita, a senior child development major, responds to a street interviews prompt. Do your goals align with what you wanted when you were younger? (Northern Star Graphic)
Street Interviews: Changing goals
By James Bennett, Opinion Columnist

Goals. Everyone has them. They are a crucial part of life: the object that pushes people forward as they strive to accomplish everything...

One “Just Well & Dandy” panel depict the brothers, Well and Dandy, and their uncle. In this comic, they find a moment to just slow down and relax. (Christa Kim | Northern Star)
All is: Just Well and Dandy
Two students with pensive expressions study a professor with three stars above his head but only one star filled in. Students should consider Rate My Professor reviews when registering for new classes and contribute to the website to benefit future students. (Aidan Renteria | Northern Star)
Rate your professors
A figure sweats in front of a computer screen that reads “TW” for “trigger warning.” Trigger warnings are critical in media for protecting audiences who may be affected by the representation or discussion of certain subjects. (Mary Ngo | Northern Star)
Media must utilize trigger warnings
Various pills are scattered on the table. May will begin National Mental Health Awareness Month, and its important to discuss the benefits of mental health medication as a form of treatment. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Normalize mental health medication
A photo illustration shows a picnic. Make sure you practice healthy habits this summer such as staying hydrated and spending time outdoors. (Brynn Krug | Northern Star)
Enjoy summer, stay healthy
By Sierra Usmani, Lifestyle Writer

This school year was enjoyable, frustrating and enlightening. As Huskies, we don't give up, we preserve through the trials and tribulations that...

A little personified brain experiences different types of finals across four quadrants: final exams, final presentations, final projects and final papers. As you conquer these final hurdles before summer, which type of final do you prefer? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)
Poll: Which type of final do students prefer?
Cinco de Mayo, concert to occur this weekend
Posters with dorm move out instructions hang in Gilbert Hall. When moving out for the summer, it is important to be prepared and follow all of the requirements. (Brynn Krug | Northern Star)
Plan properly for dorm move out
Loki stands in front of a white background in the Marvel Rivals trailer released on April 23. Loki is a new character to the game with lots of unique abilities. (IGN under Fair Use)
‘Marvel Rivals’ showcases Loki’s charms