Northern Star

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...

NIU announces 2-week ban on in-person undergrad classes, student gatherings

NIU announces 2-week ban on in-person undergrad classes, student gatherings

Kurt Bitting & Haley Galvin & Ahyen Labanan

September 11, 2020

DeKALB — Undergraduate courses have been moved online temporarily, until Sept. 28, according to a Friday email from NIU President Lisa Freeman.  Faculty are allowed to submit requests for in-person class exceptions, and students can check Blackboard at noon Sunday to see if their class has been g...

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 Northern Star article.  Summer enrollment fell by 48...

NIU men’s golf to hold fall intrasquad season

NIU men's golf to hold fall intrasquad season

Wes Sanderson, Reporter

September 7, 2020

DeKALB — With fall competitions sidelined, NIU’s athletic department has started searching for ways of providing a similar competitive atmosphere. One of those programs is the NIU Men’s Golf team, who’s fall intercollegiate competitions were canceled. The men’s program has adapted to the times and ...

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 shot was heard. There is no evidence that anyone...

Surveillance testing is a simple, necessary process

Free COVID-19 testing will be temporarily offered at Dekalb High School. Testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

September 3, 2020

This week the university’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program began. Increased testing for students attending on-campus classes and events will hopefully allow the university to conduct more effective contact tracing. Taking the nasal swab test was a simple process and all students selected to pa...

Petition calls for diverse faculty, student safety

Music building sign stands in the grass along Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

August 31, 2020

DeKALB — An NIU School of Music student is leading a petition calling for more support for Black, Indigenous and people of color at the school, the creation of a more diverse music faculty and support for keeping students safe during the pandemic.  Kee Taylor, a senior music education major, created the petition...

13 more students test positive for COVID-19

A littered mask lies in the dirt near MLK Commons on August 22nd.

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; two are employees and 21 are students.  A total of two students have recovered from the coronavirus.  Students who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are not in isolation or quarantine;...

What building a tiny house taught us about life during COVID-19

What building a tiny house taught us about life during COVID-19

Elise Smith and Carmen Smith, Alumnae

August 30, 2020

When we graduated from NIU we were lost. During the last years of our programs we came out as a queer couple to our conservative community in our industrial, Midwestern hometown. It did not go well. We were disoriented from the loss of our childhood connections, drained by the prospect of uncertainty ...

NIU should have same responsibility as students in stopping virus spread

Student organizations wait at tables to get students involved with them Sunday at NIU's involvement fair.

Danielle Elliott, Contributor

August 28, 2020

The Dean of Students office sent out an email Saturday to student organization representatives who were registered to participate in the involvement fair during the weekend. The email was sent as an effort to criticize some of the behaviors of representatives in the hopes of them not reoccurring the fol...

How to cope with the classroom being within the same 4 walls

How to cope with the classroom being within the same 4 walls

Parker Otto, Columnist

August 27, 2020

NIU has a reputation of being a commuter school, since students tend to study at school during the week and travel back home for the weekend, but there are still many students who live in NIU’s five residence halls seven days a week. Living on campus, especially if you’re a first-year student, can come ...