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A graphic depicts a blue and purple space background with 12 constellations spread out in a circle. The horoscopes this week suggest a sudden shift from negative to positive energy. (Northern Star File Photo)

March begins with a ‘bang’

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 25, 2024

The full moon in Virgo on Saturday might have left all signs with an important revelation. While the revelation is for the best, exhaustion is in the air. For the start of the week, signs might find themselves taking a much-needed break.  Mars will...

NIU English professor Dr. Lara Crowley stands in front of an outdoor background. Dr. Crowley is currently working on her second novel which is inspired by the late writer John Donne. (Courtesy of Lara Crowley)

NIU professor works on second book

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 19, 2024

The study of the written word is a noble and timeless pursuit, especially so for one professor in the NIU English Department, Lara Crowley.  Currently working on her second novel, with a working title of "Dubiously Donne: Attribution and Literary...

The door of the Sally Stevens Players Theatre sits closed after a weekend full of performances. NIU’s most recent play “Anxious People!” opened this week. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

‘Anxious People!’ gives exposure therapy for anxiety

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 18, 2024

Anxiety, at its core, is a deeply human condition. As social creatures, people are prone to intense feelings when outside pressures hinder and interrupt their own experiences.   Audiences were treated to stories and experiences of people dealing...

Taylor Swift holds a Grammy award as she accepts the award for “Album of the Year.” The 66th Grammy awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Taylor Swift makes history at 66th Grammys

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | February 5, 2024

The 66th annual Grammys brought jaw dropping moments, stunning fashion and breathtaking performances.   Dua Lipa opened the award show at 7 p.m. Sunday with her song “Training Season.”  After the opening performance, host Trevor Noah walked...

Professor Hao Phan holds up a palm leaf manuscript. Palm leaf manuscripts were first created in the 5th century, BC. (Katie Follmer | Northern Star)

Palm-leaf books and authorship analysis

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 4, 2024

Books and literature are fundamental to the exploration of human communication and language. By looking at cross-cultural examples of book-making and publishing processes, we gain a unique understanding of each other.  At noon on Thursday, faculty...

Junior special education majors Desiree Hancock (from left), Alix Sommers and Nicholas Hays talk as they walk past Cole Hall. The trio spent time discussing Arizona to help avoid thinking about the cold. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Cold weather fashion at NIU

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | January 22, 2024

As DeKalb’s cold wave comes to an end, NIU students are still bundled up to fight against frozen fingers.  Scarves, heavy coats and snow boots adorn those walking from class to class.  Here are some photos that show the fashion items students...

Avantika (from left), Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp and Bebe Wood pose with a camera on the set of Mean Girls. The 2024 release is an adaptation of a musical which itself is adapting an earlier film. (Jojo Whilden/Paramount via AP)

A guide to sitting through ‘Mean Girls’

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | January 21, 2024

“Mean Girls” was a terrible movie ... and I loved it. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not one of those movies where I like it in spite of all of the abhorrent things wrong with it.  No, I liked it because of everything wrong with it. To...

Holt McCallany (from left), Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Stanley Simons and Harris Dickinson stand in a circle. The group of actors make up the main cast of The Iron Claw. (Brian Roedel | A24)

‘The Iron Claw’: not wrestling film

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | January 17, 2024

When it comes to film, I tend not to like the most masculine ones out there. I thought “The Godfather” was an objectively great movie, but I don’t really care for it. Westerns are my least favorite genre; I would much rather watch a good noir-romance.  So,...

A version of the Taylor Swifts album Midnights has the photo of Swift replaced with President Joseph Biden. Bidens presidency seems to match the Midnights era. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

US presidents as Taylor Swift eras

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | January 16, 2024

U.S. presidents and Taylor Swift: not a comparison you see every day, but surprisingly many presidents do line up with at least one of her many eras. Each era of U.S. presidents can be connected to one of Swift’s 10 eras, some a bit more obvious than...

Students of NIUs School of Theatre and Dance pose during the schools fall 2023 dance concert. This semesters dance concert is one of five shows the School of Theatre and Dance will put on this semester. (Courtesy of Andy Dolan)

Theater, dance productions to occur spring 2024

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | January 15, 2024

Be swept away by devilish deals, or if you're up to it, listen to others' experiences dealing with anxiety. From fresh new plays to student showcases, the School of Theatre and Dance has something for everyone this upcoming season.  “Anxious People!”  Written...

A man in a red robe stares out onto a messy yard. Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi play opposite each other in the disturbing film Saltburn. (Amazon Prime Video via AP)

‘Saltburn,’ scandalous, sexy, startling

By Lindsay Curtis, Lifestyle Writer | December 3, 2023

“Saltburn” is like a “good for her” movie except there is no female lead, and it’s just Barry Keoghan playing another little freak with emotional problems.  Directed by Emerald Fennell, “Saltburn” has been trending on TikTok in the weeks...

A display shows four jars of food sitting next to each other. This is a small section of the “Good Food” exhibit that shows the perseveration process of food and instructions on how to preserve your own food. (Sasha Norman | Northern Star)

Good Food exhibit serves up resources

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | November 28, 2023

DeKALB – The Pick Museum of Anthropology’s “Good Food” exhibit presents information about food insecurity, food resources in DeKalb, what “Good Food” means to different people and more.  The exhibit was organized by curators Annalisa Amber,...