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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 a distance.  Shyann Beach, staff counselor a...

County COVID-19 cases rise to 78

County COVID-19 cases rise to 78

Northern Star Staff

April 28, 2020

DeKALB — A day after DeKalb County reported no increased COVID-19 cases, the number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 78 Monday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.  Among those who have tested positive for the coronavirus, three people are younger than 19, 19 are in their 20s, 1...

Take Earth Day to reflect on how our actions affect the planet

Take Earth Day to reflect on how our actions affect the planet

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

April 22, 2020

Wednesday marks the 50th year Earth Day is being celebrated in the U.S. since its creation in 1970. During the current health crisis, however, the holiday that celebrates the great outdoors of our planet will occur while people stay indoors during a global pandemic. There have been some improvements...

Students, professors adapt to new normal

As the pandemic continues, students and professors have had to adapt to learning online.

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

April 16, 2020

DeKALB – Both students and professors at NIU have had to rearrange their entire lives to continue the Spring 2020 semester amid COVID-19 concerns. Due to the closure of the NIU campus, many students have moved back home, teachers have had to transfer courses online and everyone has to stay indoors. The rest of the academic year has been spent doing coursework on...

DeKalb County COVID-19 cases rise to 42

DeKalb County COVID-19 cases rise to 42

Northern Star Staff

April 15, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced Wednesday five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 42. This comes after the county experienced six days with two recorded cases of the coronavirus. Among those in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19, one person is under ...

NIU baseball players practice discipline to stay fit for next season

NIU baseball player Jake Dunham bats.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 15, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU baseball players continue training physically and mentally, as their focus has shifted to next season with extended eligibility for seniors and other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior first baseman Jordan Larson and senior catcher Jake Dunham said continued training ...

NIU to receive $14.8M in federal funding

The university announced Tuesday it will forego in-person classes for the rest of the semester. Housing will remain available for students. The university asks students to decide by Monday if they will continue living on-campus.

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

April 14, 2020

DeKALB — NIU will be receiving $14.8 million in federal funding in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding, announced April 13 by 14th District Representative Lauren Underwood, will come as a result of the recently passed CARES Act, or Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securi...

Grocery stores make changes to ensure safety

Grocery stores make changes to ensure safety

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

April 13, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb and Sycamore grocery stores have made adjustments to their regular operations to ensure safety for employees and customers during the pandemic. Many stores reserve a time slot for the elderly to collect their items. People over 60 are more likely to have preexisting cardiovascular a...

First day of MAC Wrestling Championships sees two Huskies move on to finals

First day of MAC Wrestling Championships see two Huskies move on to the finals

James Krause, Senior Reporter

April 11, 2020

DeKALB — The wrestling team will have two representatives in the Mid-American Conference championship finals tomorrow at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Redshirt first-year Izzak Olejnik will head to his first career championship final at 165 lbs. Redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Brit Wilson will head ba...

Baseball players learn lessons despite canceled season

An NIU baseball player prepares to bat during a 2020 season game.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

DeKALB — Despite the negativity surrounding the NIU baseball team’s season being canceled, the players learned a lesson that will help them down the road. When the NCAA officially announced spring athletes would receive an extra year of eligibility, the baseball team wasn’t shocked, but still felt ...

Ventus Tech company continues request for data center

A map shows the area Ventus Tech Services, LLC. is hoping to have annexed for its company.

Northern Star Staff

April 7, 2020

DeKALB — A public hearing for Ventus Tech Services, LLC, regarding the plans for a proposed data center in DeKalb, will be set for April 22. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hear Ventus’ request to approve the annexation and rezoning of about 505 acres of land east of Route 23 and south o...