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NIU Athletics addresses cancellation of fall sports

NIU Athletics addresses cancelation of fall sports

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

August 8, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier and Football Head Coach Thomas Hammock addressed the media Saturday in a Zoom conference call regarding the Mid-American Conference’s decision to cancel the fall sports season. Frazier and NIU President Lisa Freeman had been at the forefront p...

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

August 8, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference has canceled its 2020 college football season Saturday, joining a growing number of conferences making similar decisions. The MAC has become the first Football Bowl Subdivision to cancel its season according to Stadium's  Brett McMurphy. The season was canceled d...

NIU hosts virtual Town Hall to discuss fall semester

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Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

August 4, 2020

DeKALB — The dean of students and other representatives from across campus met to discuss how health protocols will be enforced for the fall semester at a virtual Town Hall Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to report any COVID-19 symptoms and if they've...

Move-in day: what you need to know, required COVID-19 testing

Move-in day: what you need to know, required COVID-19 testing

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 30, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Housing and Residential Services created new procedures for Fall 2020 move-in.  Testing  Students will be required to take COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction tests prior to moving into residence halls, according to the Housing and Residential Services website.  Students are ...

Local artists to paint mural, church to be relocated

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith partakes in the City Council meeting at DeKalb Public Library on July 27th.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

July 28, 2020

DeKALB — A public mural painting will soon emblazon the underpass of the Lincoln Highway bridge in light of recent racial injustice protests after the death of George Floyd. A $1,000 check was presented at Monday night’s meeting by the Hometown Association of REALTORS to fund the mural. Th...

NIU reveals plan to ‘protect the pack’ in Fall 2020

A mask is taped to NIU's Olive Goyle statue next to Altgeld Hall June 3..

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 23, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s “Protecting the Pack” plan provides health and safety guidelines for the fall semester. Here's what the NIU community needs to know. Huskie expectations NIU employees and students are required to complete training modules on health and safety measures prior to returning to ca...

Fraternity and Sorority Life addresses fall Greek life

Sophomores Juan Navarro, Ariana Nava, Juniors Quan Pham, Gaby Martinez and seniors Paul Aguada and Jazmin Castro film a dance video in front of NIU's Huskie Pride Sculpture March 4.

Northern Star Staff

July 21, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Fraternity and Sorority Life announced formalized recruitment and intake events will be deferred to the Spring 2021 semester, according to the FSL website.  Deferment includes, but isn’t limited to, formal Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council recruitment and chapter specific recruitmen...

Where is your skateboard taking you?

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

July 18, 2020

When kids, teens, even college students were forced to stay indoors to avoid the global pandemic, there was free time to pick up a new hobby, and without guilt, take more time to enjoy the finer things in life. As skateboarding and roller skating became a larger trend, many decided to pick up a board...

DeKalb businesses adjust to Phase 4

Pho N' Grill, 913 S. Annie Glidden Road, offers carryout and delivery options.

Kierra Frazier, Reporter

July 17, 2020

DeKALB — Since the state moved into its Phase 4 reopening plan on June 26, local restaurants continue to grapple with keeping their employees safe while trying to stay financially afloat.  The Phase 4 reopening plan allows for gatherings of up to 50 people and indoor dining at restaurants. Restaur...

Mid-American Conference postpones start of fall athletic season

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

July 16, 2020

DeKALB — COVID-19’s effect on the Mid-American Conference’s fall sports season has grown with the announcement of several sports’ seasons being postponed, according to an article on the MAC’s website. The announcement affects field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and ...

NIU community reflects on DACA restoration

NIU community reflects on DACA restoration

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 15, 2020

DeKALB — Many around the country celebrated the Supreme Court’s June 18 ruling to block the Trump administration’s 2017 attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Applications for the program were stopped in 2017, and only those with DACA could renew. U.S. Citizenship and I...

Fall 2020: What we know

A mask is taped to NIU's Olive Goyle statue next to Altgeld Hall June 3..

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 15, 2020

DeKALB — Back to school will look different this year; here’s what we know. Health and safety  NIU task forces have been creating health and safety plans in preparation for the fall.  NIU will release a plan titled “Protecting the Pack” the week of July 20. The plan will serve as guidan...