Northern Star

Student stitches together a helping hand

A few masks Allison Simon has crafted.
Courtesy of Allison Simon

Colton Loeb, Reporter

June 22, 2020

Every year the summer sun draws us out of our houses and into the great outdoors. This year is no different, despite the global pandemic unfolding in our backyard. June 2019 was filled with pool parties, festivals and crowded streets; but now, something else is drawing crowds: protests. As COVID-19...

Community demands reform at Black Lives Matter town hall

Trinity Alexander speaks out during Mayor Jerry Smith's story

Kurt Bitting, Editor in chief

June 19, 2020

DeKALB — Local Black Lives Matter organizers told Mayor Jerry Smith he was making ‘empty promises’ after Thursday’s Black Lives Matter town hall at Hopkins Park during which the community made demands about police reform. “Everything you’re saying just sounds like empty words,” senior...

DeKalb community members discuss police reform

The DeKalb Special Human Relations Commission meets in the training room of the DeKalb police station to discuss police reform with the community on Tuesday, June 16th.

Kierra Frazier, Reporter

June 17, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb community members called on the Human Relations Commission at Tuesday’s special meeting to implement policy change within the police department, however, residents said progress towards change is happening too slowly. The three-hour-long meeting was attended by over 80 residents...

NIU responds to ‘vile and racist comments’

The NIU Foundation has denied at least three FOIA requests since 2016.

Northern Star Staff

June 17, 2020

NIU responded Tuesday to a series of “vile and racist comments.”  NIU’s response to a Twitter thread included mention of a person who would’ve taken a leadership role involving fraternity and sorority life.  The fraternity and sorority life role became vacant Monday. Interested candidates c...

Bubba Wallace, NASCAR and knowing when enough is enough

Bubba Wallace, NASCAR, and knowing when enough is enough

James Krause, Columnist

June 15, 2020

The morning of May 26, a day after the death of George Floyd, Darrell Wallace Jr. received a text from his mother, Desiree Wallace, that included “I love you Bubba.” “I love you Bubba” is a phrase familiar to me. My parents said a doctor that witnessed my birth dubbed me Bubba on account of my...

Professor, university respond to racist posts

a sign points to the School of Theatre and Dance

Kurt Bitting, Editor in Chief

June 12, 2020

DeKALB — Professors and administrators within the College of Visual and Performing Arts responded to a series of racist Facebook posts written by a local business owner who had worked with the college in the past. Scott Almand is the co-owner of Nuthouse Design and Production LLC, 253 W. Stephenie...

Editorial: Our commitment to amplifying black voices

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

Northern Star Editorial Board

June 9, 2020

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 in our society as many other institutions. We wil...

Illinois moves into Phase 3

 An open sign hangs on the fence of The Hillside Restaurant located at 121 North 2nd Street in DeKalb as many small businesses begin to re-open.

Mikah Walker, Reporter

June 8, 2020

Phase three of the Restore Illinois Plan, recovery, re-opened restaurants and bars for outdoor dining only. Seating must have a minimum of six feet between tables.  The health and safety of people in Illinois matter first, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Oppor...

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 in 90 years, the Egyptian Theatre had air condit...

University addresses fall semester classes

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

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

June 1, 2020

DeKALB — Fall semester classes may be taught in-person, online or a combination of the two methods of instruction as the university issued a statement regarding what Fall 2020 will look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Housing and Residential Services, Campus Dinin...

Saying goodbye to something special

Editor in Chief Sam Malone lies on copies of the Northern Star with a mask covering her face.

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

May 6, 2020

As a little girl I dreamed of walking across a stage to receive my college degree, and nothing could have prepared me for this reality. The reality of a graduation without a ceremony — an accomplishment without smothering hugs from my family.  But then again, nothing could have prepared me for the countless...

A message to graduating seniors

A message to graduating seniors

Northern Star Editorial Board

May 5, 2020

Hello seniors. We didn’t think it’d end this way, did we? You’re in your final week of your NIU career, and finals may be pretty low on your list of priorities. With graduation postponed until at least August, the realization that it is the end of your time here may not have hit you yet. But ...