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Masks not required to vote on campus despite university requirement

Masks not required to vote on campus despite university requirement

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 19, 2020

DeKALB – Despite the campus-wide face mask requirement, those who choose to cast a ballot at the Holmes Student Center for early voting aren’t required to wear a face mask. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced in August that election authorities are prohibited from preventing a noncompl...

Today is the last day to complete the 2020 Census

Today is the last day to fill out the Census

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 15, 2020

DeKALB — Thursday is the last day to fill out the census. Residents can respond by mail, phone or online at 2020census.gov. Despite efforts to extend the deadline to the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s order Tuesday.  Sherrie Taylor, senior research specialist for the Center for Gover...

University announces spring semester plans

The NIU Huskie Pride Statue and Holmes Student Center are recognizable landmarks to help new students find their way around campus.

Northern Star Staff

October 8, 2020

DeKALB —  Spring semester classes will be taught in-person, online or a combination of both methods of instruction this academic year and will end one week early, according to a Thursday email from Beth Ingram, executive vice president and provost.  There will be no spring break this semester and, in...

2020 annual Clery report shows decrease in on-campus crime 

Almost all on-campus police reports went down between 2018 and 2019, except arrests related to weapons and arson reports, according to the 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report. 

Ashley Dwy, Reporter

October 8, 2020

DeKALB — Almost all on-campus police reports went down between 2018 and 2019, except arrests related to weapons and arson reports, according to the 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report.  This report informs students of any reported crimes over the past three years. Yearly statistics are report...

Attorney general rules NIU Foundation must respond to FOIA requests

Attorney general rules NIU Foundation must respond to FOIA requests

Kierra Frazier, News Editor

October 6, 2020

DeKALB — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office determined in August that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016.  DeKalb resident Derek Van Buer submitted two FOIA requests to the NIU Foundation in ...

Election: How to vote in DeKalb

A Huskies Vote sign stands in the Holmes Student Center.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

September 29, 2020

DeKALB — With less than 40 days left until Election Day and early voting underway, Laura Vazquez, undergraduate program director in the Department of Communications, is urging students to make a plan when it comes to voting this year.  “I want students to remember, they have to plan how they're go...

NIU announces end to 2-week ban on in-person undergrad classes, student activities

NIU announces end to 2-week ban on in-person undergrad classes, student activities

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

September 25, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s two-week ban on in-person undergraduate courses and activities will end Monday, according to a Friday email from NIU President Lisa Freeman.  “During this pause, we identified new cases within our student surveillance testing population on Sept. 18 and were immediately able to quar...

NIU to implement saliva-based COVID-19 testing

A surveillance testing sign hangs on the entrance of the NIU Health Services building.

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

September 25, 2020

DeKALB — NIU is conducting contractual negotiations to set up a lab with Northwestern Medicine to implement saliva-based COVID-19 testing as part of its surveillance testing plan, Barrie Bode, chair of the NIU biological sciences department said. The saliva-based testing is part of the University of I...

Board of Trustees approves reallocation of 20% of general fee

Attorney general rules NIU Foundation must respond to FOIA requests

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

September 20, 2020

DeKALB — The Board of Trustees approved the reallocation of 20% of the general fee toward other services for students Thursday.  This reallocation will be for the fiscal year 21. The fiscal year 21, or FY21 began July 1 and ends June 30, 2021.  The general fee supports programs and service...

City approves fine for residents not complying with social distancing, mask wearing

5 students, 2 employees test positive for COVID-19

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

September 15, 2020

DeKALB — Students and DeKalb residents who intentionally gather in groups of more than 10 people without a face covering or who aren’t social distancing will now be ordered to pay a $300 fine due to a newly passed city ordinance. The motion passed by the DeKalb City Council involves amending t...

Fire departments respond to apartment fire on Deerpath Lane East

Fire departments respond to apartment fire on Deerpath Lane East

Northern Star Staff

September 13, 2020

DeKALB — Six fire departments responded to an apartment fire at the East Deerpath complex Sunday morning.  Police said no one was in the building when the fire began at 10:10 a.m. Police are continuing to direct traffic just past Annie Glidden and Lincoln Highway for the fire. Six trucks...