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Vice President of Student Affairs Clint-Michael Reneau spoke in April about how he will make tough decisions if that means students will succeed.

Vice President of Student Affairs to be a strong advocate for students

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | May 31, 2022
NIU's new Vice President of Student Affairs holds a doctorate in adult, professional and community education
The word Matter from the phrase Black Lives Matter is painted in red letters along Castle Drive.

Editorial: Repaint Castle Drive BLM mural

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 27, 2022

What once served as a powerful recognition of the importance of Black lives is now barely visible as the words “Black Lives Matter” continue to fade on Castle Drive.  The Northern Star Editorial Board believes that the words Black Lives Matter...

Sigma Nu second rope tuggers secure the white center marker on the rope during their tug-of-war match against Phi Sigma Kappa on Saturday.

Sigma Nu wins 2022 IFC Men’s Tugs Championship

By Jordan Radloff, Sports Editor | April 23, 2022

A crowd of NIU students, staff and alumni gathered Saturday afternoon to cheer on the finalists of the 2022 InterFraternity Council Men’s Tugs competition. Sigma Nu took home the first place trophy after defeating Phi Sigma Kappa in two rounds of tug-of-war. Prior...

NIU non-tenured English instructor Dan Libman, walks with a sign saying NIU we miss you during Wednesdays IFT and UPI informational picket outside of Altgeld Hall. Libman has been an instructor since 1998 and said hes never seen the university walk away from the bargaining table until this go around.The picket comes after university officials walked away from non-tenure negotiations and have refused to begin tenure contract negotiations. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Editorial: NIU walkout on negotiations impacts relations, student success

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 21, 2022

Educators are the backbone of any university. They are faces students interact with often and have the most responsibility in teaching the next generation in the labor force. NIU’s tenure and non-tenure-track faculty are the faces that make up that...

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jeffery Lomax scores on a run toward the left side from three yards out during NIU’s spring game Saturday morning. (Alex Pyevich/Northern Star)

Huskies showcased at spring football game

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 17, 2022

DeKALB — NIU football’s spring practice schedule came to end at Saturday’s spring showcase at Huskie Stadium. NIU held 7-on-7 and full team drills in front of a crowd of approximately 1,000 fans for their final practice before summer. New year,...

A dispensary company, NuEra has been leasing the location in Junction Center that was formerly Book World. DeKalb is expected to get two dispensaries.

Dispensary awaits license to sell cannabis in Junction Center

By Parker Otto, Columnist | April 12, 2022
DeKalb is expected to get one or two dispensaries within the city. One is currently leasing a building but needs licensing to sell.
Father and daughter alumni Stan Valiulis and Lindsey Valiulis Fleischhauer created Totes Babies, which allows parents to shop with babies in a non-stressful way. BuyBuyBABY is one of many retailers that sell the product.

Alumni win big on ‘Shark Tank’ for Totes Babies business

By Elisa Reamer, News Editor | April 10, 2022
Two NIU alumni went on "Shark Tank" in 2020 and now own a successful business, Totes Babies. Their product can be purchased in stores or online.
Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich runs down the field during NIUs game on Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium against Wyoming.

Standout Huskie Ratkovich should be drafted to NFL

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 7, 2022

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich has made a strong case to have his name called in this month’s NFL Draft after a lone season in NIU’s offensive backfield.  The “superback” out of Crete is widely considered to be a fullback despite...

The larger group is near the end of the show, where theyre traveling to the Simorgh. (from left to right) Emma Vaughn, Jack Gordon, Kristen Serbia, Jacob Ihm, Cristian Oñate, Lulu Grey, Jonathan Perkins (on floor) and Abigail Lamoreaux (Zohair Khan | Northern Star)

NIU School of Theatre and Dance captivates audience with “The Conference of the Birds”

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | April 5, 2022

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s opening weekend of performances of “The Conference of the Birds” was this past weekend, with the last three performances taking place this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “The Conference of the Birds”...

Black Lives Matter was painted on Castle Drive in 2020. Currently, the words are barely visible.

Castle Drive: Black Lives Matter mural fades with no restoration plans

By Parker Otto, Columnist | April 3, 2022
In 2020 following a vandalism incident, Black Lives Matter was painted on Castle Drive. The words are now faded and barely legible.
MainStage productions have themed displays in the Stevens building lobby.

Preview: SOTD opens MainStage play “Conference of the Birds”

By Northern Star Staff | April 1, 2022

NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance is set to open their spring MainStage production following the poem “The Conference of the Birds” directed by Cecilie Keenan. The play opens on Friday. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre....

Transgender Flag held in the sky (Getty Images)

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | March 29, 2022

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility by hosting an in-person event and sharing words of support and affirmation on Thursday. Transgender Day of Visibility, also known as TDOV, takes place on March...

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