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Students interact with different student organizations Sunday during the 2019 involvement fair in MLK Commons.

Student orgs expect rise in involvement

By Ashley Dwy | August 25, 2021

Student involvement at NIU wasn't the same for the last year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, many student organizations saw a decrease in membership.  There were about 332 organizations registered to Huskie Link before April...

A sign of Fattys Pub &Grill.

DeKalb nightlife remains vibrant

By Brandon Montemayor | August 23, 2021

DeKALB — Nightlife in DeKalb on paper might seem lackluster, however, with anything from sports bars, movie theaters and karaoke nights, it's safe to say that there is more than what meets the eye when it comes to spending a night out in “Barb City.”  Take...

A dorm in Stevenson B Residence Hall is decorated for NIUs Residential Hall Decorating Contest in 2019.

Make NIU feel like your home

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | August 23, 2021

DeKALB – Transitioning to on-campus life can be difficult, especially for those who have never lived on their own before. College offers many different living options for those on campus, giving current and future students the ability to choose a living...

Paginator Jordan Radloff (left) and Editor-in-Chief Wes Sanderson work in the office on the 2021 Back-to-School print edition.

Northern Star redefined in the digital era

By Wes Sanderson | August 23, 2021

Dear Readers, Welcome back to campus! After over a year of being apart, we have finally reached the juncture of returning to a sense of normalcy. For new and returning students, faculty and readers, welcome to the Northern Star. We are the student-run...

NIU bus driver speaks with a passenger Monday outside the Holmes Student Center.

Traveling around DeKalb made easy

By Brandon Montemayor | August 23, 2021

DeKALB — Getting around an unfamiliar place can prove to be a daunting task, with DeKalb and NIU being no different. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to the area, knowing how to get around and understanding where things are located is crucial...

There are many food and drink options NIU students to choose from at New Hall Dining and other location across campus.

Campus dining halls provide meal plans, variety of choices

By Jacob Baker | August 23, 2021

DeKALB — Coming to DeKalb for the first time and navigating dining options offered by the university and establishments located around campus can be overwhelming. While DeKalb has a small-town feel, the city has lots to offer for incoming students of...

A sign of listings of student services in the campus Life Building.

Best ways to manage your return back on campus

By Yari Tapia | August 23, 2021

Hey Huskies, I want to give all students a fresh warm welcome to NIU to new and transfer students. It’s not easy coming back to school after COVID-19 nearly put all our lives on pause. As a fellow transfer student, it definitely wasn’t a smooth...

Currently NIU athletics expects fans to remain in the stands for the season at 100% capacity, the rise in Delta variant cases puts everything on the table for spectators. The Northern Star is committed to providing fans updates as they become available.

Athletics promises updates ahead due to Delta variant rise

By James Krause | August 23, 2021

DeKALB — If there’s anything that’s been certain about the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that nothing is for certain. It’s a fact those who closely have followed sports for the past year and a half, like us at the Northern...

At the Aug. 15, 2019, meeting, Board of Trustees Chairperson Dennis Barsema addresses former NTC students after their public comments.

Students, faculty oversee operations at NIU

By Ashley Dwy and Kierra Frazier | August 23, 2021

DeKALB – Faculty members, students and staff are represented in various governing bodies at NIU when it comes to decision-making such as maintaining a budget for student organizations, developing policies for the university and more.  These governing...

With the uncertainties surrounding athletic attendance due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Northern Star will be at events, like volleyball, updating you whether you can attend or not. The Huskies will host various home events throughout the fall.

Star sports coverage goes on regardless of COVID-19

By Wes Sanderson | August 23, 2021

College is a time for many things; pulling an all-nighter cramming for a final paper, spending nights on end with your roommates doing only god knows what. One of the biggest parts of most college experiences is going to sporting events.  College...

The door and sign leading into Career Services located in the Campus Life Building.

Student services give career, counseling, legal assistance

By Ashley Dwy | August 23, 2021

Career Services, Counseling and Consultation Services and Legal Assistance are three centers on campus aiming to make student life more manageable during and after college — and post-pandemic.  Career Services Career Services aims to help connect...

President Freeman recounts the advice she was given by her late mother.

President Lisa Freeman: How to succeed as a Huskie

By Lisa C. Freeman, President of NIU | August 23, 2021

Welcome, Huskies, to a new academic year filled with opportunities to explore, grow your knowledge, build relationships and, importantly, bring you one step closer to a life-changing degree from NIU.  When it comes to being a successful Huskie, here...

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