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The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

A photograph of the new DeKalb location of late-night dessert shop Insomnia Cookies.

Insomnia Cookies grand opening set for Saturday

Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor January 27, 2022

DeKALB — Insomnia Cookies will be having their grand opening downtown, 203 E. Lincoln Highway, on Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., with a pajama party at 8 p.m. Insomnia Cookies is a chain known for staying open late to deliver cookies and other treats...

Water leaks from the ceiling in New Hall East.

Frozen coil sends water into New Hall residences

Brionna Belcher, Managing Editor January 26, 2022

DeKALB – Water leaked onto the floor of one cluster in each New Hall Residence Hall buildings Wednesday morning, possibly due to extreme temperatures.  Tom Viel, physical plant director, was first made aware of a water intrusion issue in New Hall...

NIU Chief of Police Darren Mitchell works in his office during a Jan. 19 visit with the Northern Star. Mitchell has been a member of the NIU Police Department for 22 years and doesnt just call NIU his place of work, but his home. (Zulfiqar Ahmend | Northern Star)

More than a job for NIU’s new chief of police

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief January 21, 2022
After 22 years as a member of the NIU Police Department, Darren Mitchell looks to give back and make a further impact on his community as the next Chief of Police.
Anthony Markanich (left, Colorado Rapids scarf) and brother Nick Markanich (far right) celebrate being selected in Tuesdays 2022 MLS SuperDraft with mother, Wilma Markanich, and father, Anthony Markanich Sr.( Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Markanich twins reach MLS on Draft Day

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2022
With Anthony Markanich heading to Colorado and Nick to FC Cincinnati, the NIU duo achieved a dream they worked for the past 17 years.
The East Lagoon at NIU will sit empty the first week of the Spring 22 semester. NIU announced the decision to begin online starting Jan. 18. NIU expects to return to normal learning Jan. 25.

COVID pushes NIU online to begin semester

Northern Star Staff January 7, 2022

DeKALB— Out of an abundance of caution, NIU will begin the Spring 2022 semester remotely until Jan. 25 for all courses being taught at NIU. The decision was made to “help protect the health of our community during the surge of the Omicron variant,”...

Junior guard Chelby Koker passes the ball during Wednesdays home game against Ball State University.

Women’s basketball extends losing streak in heartbreaking overtime finish

Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor January 5, 2022

DeKALB — Women’s basketball’s losing streak continues after an 83-82 overtime loss to the Ball State University Cardinals Wednesday in DeKalb. This was the Huskies' Mid-American Conference opener for the 2021- 2022 season. The Huskies have dropped...

Northern Illinois running back Jay Ducker (8) runs the ball against Coastal Carolina during the Cure Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Clock hits zero on Huskies bowl win hopes

James Krause December 17, 2021

ORLANDO — This year’s Tailgreeter Cure Bowl proved football isn’t just a game of inches, it’s a game of seconds. After a first down conversion inside their opponents five-yard line, two seconds remaining was not enough time for the Huskies...

A photograph of the inside of Keg & Kernel during the restaurants grand opening.

Keg & Kernel opens doors to DeKalb community

Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor December 12, 2021

  DeKALB — Keg & Kernel, a new restaurant by Tangled Roots Brewing Company, opened its doors to the DeKalb community Saturday. The restaurant is perfect for those who love beer and quality food with a DeKalb-inspired twist. The parent...

NIU players celebrate in front of their fans after their 41-23 victory over Kent State on Dec. 4 in Detroit. The Huskies become the first team in FBS history to win a conference championship game after going winless the year prior. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Huskies go from worst to first

James Krause December 4, 2021

DETROIT — When NIU was voted to finish last in the conference, head coach Thomas Hammock had a message for his team. “We are the best team in the MAC until proven otherwise,” Hammock said. “Obviously, nobody has proven otherwise.” After...

John Vinson spoke about his goals for the NIU Police Department if selected as the next chief of police Thursday during an open forum. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

John Vinson’s pitch to be next police chief: ‘What do you need from us?’

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

DeKALB — John Vinson, current director of strategic planning and accreditation at Indiana University, discussed in a Thursday forum a plan toward community policing not based on his wants but focused on the wants of the community. Vinson discussed...

NIU Chief of Police candidate John Vinson was the Chief of Police at the University of Washington during a time that saw the department the subject of an external investigation. The department is also facing a civil suit alleging a culture of racism during and after Vinsons departure in 2019. (Cliff DesPeaux & Jordan Pickett | The Daily)

Police Chief candidate’s former department subject of external investigation

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2021

DeKALB— Prior to his time at Indiana University, NIU Chief of Police candidate John Vinson served 10 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Vinson served at Washington during a time that saw the department not just receive triple accreditation...

Red flag warning: NIU Foundation invests nearly $7 million in fossil fuels

‘Red flag warning’: NIU Foundation invests nearly $7 million in fossil fuels

Kierra Frazier November 30, 2021

DeKALB – Within the NIU Foundation’s top 16 investments – worth $2 million or more – in its $95.6 million endowment fund, an estimated 13% is invested in fossil fuel stocks. The Foundation’s top investments, amounting to $52.6 million...

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