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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...

Officer involved in August excessive force arrest to remain on police department

City Council Aldermen Carolyn Morris reads a letter out loud during DeKalb's City Council meeting on Monday, July 13th.

Kierra Frazier, Reporter

July 14, 2020

DeKALB — Sgt. Jeffery Weese, who used a chokehold during an August arrest, can’t be fired due to police union contracts. Weese has already been disciplined for his actions in February, DeKalb city officials said. “Could you go back in time and fire them for those incidents that may have happen...

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students


July 14, 2020

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 entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Game against BYU moves to Huskie Stadium

NIU moves game against BYU at SeatGeek Stadium back to Huskie Stadium

James Krause, Reporter

July 8, 2020

DeKALB — The football team’s game on Oct. 24 against the Brigham Young University Cougars has been moved from SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview back to Huskie Stadium. The athletics department announced the decision Wednesday, saying the city of Bridgeview and NIU made the decision in response to COVID-...

Celebrating the Fourth of July during the BLM Movement

Celebrating the Fourth of July during the BLM Movement

Lifestyle Staff

July 4, 2020

Coming to Terms Parker Otto - Columnist  As someone who grew up in rural Illinois, the Fourth of July was, and is, a major holiday. We would go all out in celebrating from having a big parade, all sorts of events in town and a fantastic fireworks display.  We would remember all those who are cu...

DeKalb Joint Review Board discusses audit

Kierra Frazier, Reporter

June 28, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb Tax Increment Financing Joint Review Board reconvened Friday to discuss a recent forensic audit on the city’s use of tax increment finance spending, which found TIF funds of $7.9 million being used to balance salary costs from 2009 to 2018.  This was the board’s first mee...

Coronavirus’s impact on fall enrollment ‘completely unknown’

A student walks towards Swen Parson Hall.

Kierra Frazier, Reporter

June 28, 2020

DeKALB — Potential impacts of COVID-19 on fall enrollment are “completely unknown,” as the university is preparing for a unique semester, said Sol Jensen, vice president of enrollment management, marketing and communications.  “[Fall enrollment] is a crystal ball at this point,” Jensen said. “I think every uni...