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Entrance 2 of the NIU Convocation Center Sept. 2, in DeKalb, Illinois.

NIU to operate at full capacity for fall sporting events

James Krause, Sports Editor June 12, 2021

DeKALB — NIU home sporting events will operate at 100% capacity this fall following the State of Illinois entering Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, NIU Athletics announced Friday. Fans will be welcome in the fall to outdoor events held at Huskie...

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

University announces spring semester plans

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...

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...

2 students, no employees test positive for COVID-19

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

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...

Enrollment sees 1% increase from Fall 2019

Enrollment sees 1% increase from Fall 2019

Northern Star Staff September 8, 2020

NIU fall enrollment is up by 160 students, a 1% increase from Fall 2019, according to university data released Tuesday. The ten-day count of enrollment for this fall was 16,769 students; Fall 2019 had an enrollment of 16,609, according to a Sept. 11...

UPDATED: Police investigate shots fired outside Grant Residence Hall

UPDATED: Police investigate shots fired outside Grant Residence Hall

Northern Star Staff September 6, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Spokesperson Joe King responded to police investigating shots fired outside Grant Residence Hall.  “At about midnight Sunday, Sept. 6, NIU Police were in Parking Lot O breaking up a fight and dispersing a crowd when an apparent gun...

12 students test positive for COVID-19, 6 students recover.

13 more students test positive for COVID-19

Northern Star Staff August 31, 2020

DeKALB — NIU announced Monday 13 additional students have tested positive for the coronavirus; one additional student has recovered, according to the Campus COVID-19 Dashboard. As of Monday, 25 people in the NIU community have tested positive for COVID-19;...

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

Fall 2020: What we know

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”...

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students


BOSTON (AP) — Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes...

A protester holds up a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Editorial: Our commitment to amplifying black voices

Editor’s note: There are currently no members of the Northern Star Editorial Board who are black. This, along with the fact that the majority of our staff is white, is evident of our organization being as much a part of the problem of racial inequality...

Egyptian Theatre continues renovations despite pandemic

Egyptian Theatre continues renovations despite pandemic

Colton Loeb, Reporter June 8, 2020

The Egyptian Theatre renovations have proceeded without pause and will soon conclude despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeanine Holcomb, marketing and communications director at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., said that last week, for the first time...

Campus counseling provides telehealth services to students

Campus counseling provides telehealth services to students

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter April 29, 2020

DeKALB — While classes have moved online for the remainder of the semester, and students have moved back home to help contain the spread of COVID-19, most on-campus mental health clinics have shifted to provide telehealth services to help students from...

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