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A group of dancers sit together with their hands on their shoulders. NIUs School of Theatre and Dance will perform its 2023 Fall Dance Concert from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. (Sasha Norman | Northern Star)

2023 Fall Dance Concert expresses authentic stories

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | November 30, 2023

The gallery for the 2023 Fall Dance Concert can be found linked here on the Northern Star website.   DeKALB – As the thick, red curtains of the O’Connell Theatre rose, audience members were transported back to a time of flaming history and the...

Having trouble getting our TLDR newsletter?

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 30, 2023

If you are having issues finding today’s edition of TLDR, click this link: The Northern Star has been having on-and-off issues with its daily newsletter TLDR being delivered to Outlook emails.

NIU cheerleaders perform their opening routine at a home NIU football game on Sept. 9. NIU football averaged 9,198 fans per game during the 2022 season, good for last out of all FBS schools. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Why are NIU stadium seats so empty?

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 29, 2023

DeKALB – Looking out into the stands at NIU sporting events, there is not the sea of black and red that is expected at college sports games.  Attendance at NIU football games averaged 9,198 people in the 2022 season, which is the second-lowest average...

Members of the Local 1890 union sit in on a board of trustees meeting. The Local 1890 union members addressed pay compression and pay inversion in their new agreement. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU, clerical union make deal addressing pay disparity

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | November 29, 2023

DeKALB – A new collective bargaining agreement was approved between NIU and union group Local 1890. The new agreement covers issues regarding pay disparity between clerical employees and is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2024. The American Federation...

A purple and black poster displays the words Fall Dance Concert. NIUs annual Fall Dance Concert opens Nov. 30. (Courtesy of Andy Dolan)

SOTD to host annual Fall Dance Concert

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | November 28, 2023

Every year, the School of Theatre and Dance holds a dance concert toward the end of fall. The show will feature a number of different dance styles. The dances set to be performed are: “Flames of Paris – Act III Pas de Deux,” "<3,"  “Walls...

Julia Stiles sits in a chair in front of Heath Ledger in the movie poster for 10 Things I Hate About You. Stiles and Ledgers characters are one of several swoon-worthy on-screen couples. (Courtesy of Flickr)

Poll: Most romantic on-screen couples

By Tamya Burch, Lifestyle Writer | November 27, 2023

From “13 Going On 30” to “The Twilight Saga,” pop culture has been intertwined with the imaginary love lives of romantic movie characters. These on-screen couples make the idea of love seem real and attainable to a hopeless romantic audience.  Romantic...

A group of students gather outside an SGA meeting. The Northern Star Editorial Board is disappointed that the SGA would let another petition, aimed as helping students, fail. (Eleanor Gentry | Northern Star)

SGA disappoints by failing another petition

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 26, 2023

NIU’s Student Government Association has failed students again by overthinking approval of another petition.  The SGA now has two failed petitions, proving its failure to help students.  A petition is the SGA’s highest form of authority; and...

Two animal shaped hedges are placed on stage in front of black stage curtains. NIUs School of Theater and Dance finished its showings of A MidSummer Nights Dream, where over 100 guests attended each sold out show. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Modern ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ switches up classic

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | November 22, 2023

DeKALB – The sound of laughter filled the jam-packed Black Box Theatre as colorful lights swirled and actors gave boisterous performances in a new take on Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  The play was guest-directed by Melanie Keller,...

A golden bird and snake sit behind The Hunger Games title. The new Hunger Games film is out in theaters and is based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins. (Courtesy of YouTube)

‘Hunger Games’ prequel, the corruption of Snow

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | November 20, 2023

Editor's note: This review contains major spoilers for “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.” Set 64 years before the original Hunger Games films, “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” follows 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow...

Three colorful food trucks fly above a purple background. Food trucks need to come back after Spring Break. (Eleanor Gentry | Northern Star)

Editorial: Food Truck Wednesdays already an NIU staple

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 19, 2023

Each Wednesday, an array of local food trucks lined Normal Road, selling delectable food and drinks that ranged from burritos to frozen custard to lemonade. Dozens of students could be seen eating in MLK Commons or huddled around the trucks. This amount...

 A graphic includes two people and kindness logos. Opinion Columnist Alberto Briones interviewed students about the late Matthew Perry. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Matthew Perry remembered by students

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | November 16, 2023

  The world is overwhelmed with grief by the death of "Friends" star Matthew Perry.  Perry, age 54, died at his home in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, according to Business Insider. Many viewers watched "Friends" and felt they could relate to the characters....

A graphic shows the logos of each Mid-American Conference school. Sports Reporter Skyler Kisellus jokingly discusses which MAC mascots he could defeat in hand-to-hand combat. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Fighting every MACscot

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 16, 2023

Throw everything you know about sports rankings out the window. The Associated Press Top 25, March Madness seeding, forget it. Instead, wouldn’t it be infinitely more interesting to see how you, dear reader, would fare in a melee battle against these...