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Sigma Nu’s Greek house sits on an overcast afternoon at 114 Blackhawk Road. Sigma Nu was named the leading fraternity for leadership development. (Northern Star File Photo)

Sigma Nu recognized for fostering leadership

By Brynn Krug, Lifestyle Editor | July 13, 2024

Sigma Nu was named NIU’s leading fraternity for leadership development on June 12. They received this recognition from the Center for Fraternal Excellence. The Theta Eta chapter aims to foster leadership. Members of Sigma Nu have held many leadership...

The Disney Launchpad logo sits in front of a black screen. Applications for the third season are now open. (Disney+ Press)

Disney Launchpad opens new applications

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | May 5, 2024

For those anticipating the next season of the Disney shorts incubator, Launchpad, applications for the third season have now opened.   Disney announced the opening via an Instagram post and revealed the deadline for entries is June 2.  Launchpad...

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt look at each other in the new film The Fall Guy. This film follows a stuntman as he returns to stunt acting after a disastrous injury. (Universal Pictures via AP)

‘The Fall Guy’ stunts on other films

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | May 5, 2024

An ode to the stunt person, “The Fall Guy” follows stuntman Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling) as he returns to stunt acting after a disastrous injury. Lulled into coming back by his on-screen counterpart Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his agent/producer...

A photo illustration shows a picnic. Make sure you practice healthy habits this summer such as staying hydrated and spending time outdoors. (Brynn Krug | Northern Star)

Enjoy summer, stay healthy

By Sierra Usmani, Lifestyle Writer | May 2, 2024

This school year was enjoyable, frustrating and enlightening. As Huskies, we don't give up, we preserve through the trials and tribulations that come with college. Now that the school year is ending; the war is over, we can take off our armor and step...

Cinco de Mayo, concert to occur this weekend

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | May 2, 2024

Editor’s note: If you want your event featured in next week’s Weekend Roundup, email information to [email protected]. FRIDAY: School of Theatre and Dance BA Capstone "Temporal Interference": 7:30 p.m. at Stevens Building, Sally...

Posters with dorm move out instructions hang in Gilbert Hall. When moving out for the summer, it is important to be prepared and follow all of the requirements. (Brynn Krug | Northern Star)

Plan properly for dorm move out

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | May 1, 2024

As the end of semester quickly approaches, students juggle preparing for final exams and making plans to pack up their dorm rooms.  Students are expected to move out 24 hours after their last final exam, according to NIU Housing and Residential Services. Students...

Loki stands in front of a white background in the Marvel Rivals trailer released on April 23. Loki is a new character to the game with lots of unique abilities. (IGN under Fair Use)

‘Marvel Rivals’ showcases Loki’s charms

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | May 1, 2024

Marvel’s newest game, “Marvel Rivals,” has caught the attention of many fans with its Overwatch-inspired gameplay and newly dressed, fan favorite characters.  To further showcase some of the gameplay, a 41 second trailer was released April 23...

A suitcase sits in front of a door. When going on summer vacations, you should prepare for travel to make the most out of your trips. (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

How to survive vacation

By Lindsay Curtis, Lifestyle Writer | April 30, 2024

The spring semester is almost over, and summer is the perfect time to travel with friends or family. As a frequent traveler myself, I’ve had many good and bad experiences on vacation, so here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up to keep myself...

A photo of a pair of sunglasses in sand sits in front of a blue background. As summer approaches, there are songs with summer vibes you should listen to. (Northern Star Graphic)

Summer songs to chill with

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | April 30, 2024

As the spring semester slowly comes to a close, every student's favorite time of year eventually takes its place.  Summer is closer than ever and here are some old school songs to prepare for those sweet summer vibes.  “Life is a Highway” An...

The Northern Star lifestyle section hold up finger L’s for lifestyle. Lifestyle Editor Nick Glover is graduating and leaving the Star. (Jenny Javkhlantugs | Northern Star)

Lifestyle editor says goodbye

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | April 29, 2024

My time at the Northern Star is slowly coming to a close.  I’ve been everything from a lowly staffer all the way up to editor-in-chief, and yet, I feel like my time has just begun.  This piece was supposed to be a review of the new Adrianne...

A woman on a run holds her knee. Prioritizing knee health is crucial for future mobility. (Getty Images)

Knees are knee-cessary

By Sierra Usmani, Lifestyle Writer | April 29, 2024

Which would you prefer: A lifetime of vitality and mobility or a lifetime of pain and physical therapy?  Your knees are of the utmost importance when it comes to your body's mobility. Taking care of your knees now will prevent them from deteriorating...

A stressed woman sits in front of a laptop. As finals week approaches, it is important to avoid burnout. (Getty Images)

Burnout: A college epidemic

By Tamya Burch, Social Media Coordinator | April 28, 2024

As the semester comes to a close, deadlines on projects and assignments are around the corner. With the vast amount of work due at the end of the semester, students are struggling with burnout in the final stretch. The all too familiar feeling of being...