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Mother’s Day gift ideas

By Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor | May 5, 2022

It’s easy to put things off until the last minute — or forget that Mother’s Day is this Sunday due to being busy with work and finals. If this sounds familiar, here are some gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Something thoughtful Anyone can go to...

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What I’m watching this weekend: Northern Star Staff

After finals, It's important to take time for yourself to relax. Getting ready for finals and finishing up last-minute assignments is time consuming and can be stressful. Here are some ideas on what to watch this weekend after you've completed most of...

Book subscription services are a great way to read a wide variety of books (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

Book subscription services perfect for booklovers

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle reporter | May 4, 2022

Book subscription services have been popping up all over the place, ranging from boxes with just books and others featuring gifts and trinkets. They have been on the rise, especially with the pandemic and people wanting books delivered straight to their...

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Science-fiction novels everyone should read

By Kyron Lewis, Lifestyle Writer | May 3, 2022

When talking about entertainment, no matter the formatting, people tend to have a liking for a certain genre, or even multiple genres. Whether it’s an action movie or a horror novel by Stephen King, there tends to be something for everyone. Being...

Google Calendar can be useful when it comes to planning and scheduling ahead (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

Tips and tricks on how to stay organized with Google Calendar

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle reporter | May 1, 2022

Life and school can get pretty busy, especially depending on your course load and any extracurricular activities you participate in. It can be hard to balance it all and have time for yourself. With us living in the digital age and on our laptops for...

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What I’m watching this weekend: Northern Star Staff

By Madelaine Vikse and Daija Hammonds | April 28, 2022

If you have some downtime this weekend between studying for finals and finishing up any assignments before the end of the semester, here are some ideas on what to watch. The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) I’m a little late to this, but have been wanting...

Alpha Sigma Phi are shown competing in IFC tugs on April 19 (Alex Pyevich | Northern Star)

DeKalb day planner: April 23

By Grace Barone, Lifestyle writer | April 21, 2022

It’s supposed to be warm this weekend and with the end of the semester creeping up, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some sun before you hunker down for finals. Here's what’s going on in DeKalb this Saturday.  IFC tug of war competition (TUGS) Start...

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What I’m watching this weekend: Northern Star Staff

By Madelaine Vikse, Kyron Lewis, and Waleed Alamleh | April 21, 2022

Whether you’re catching up on classwork, preparing for finals or procrastinating, you’re bound to have some time while eating or relaxing to watch something new. Here are some of what us at the Northern Star will be watching this weekend, and you...

The iced matcha chai latte and the sunset tea are two drinks to try from Starbucks this spring (Daija Hammonds | Northern Star)

5 Starbucks drinks to try this spring

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle reporter | April 19, 2022

A new season means new drinks to try that are chilled and refreshing. With a Starbucks on campus and another one not too far away, it is a good opportunity to switch it up with spring-inspired drinks ranging from cold brews and lattes to teas and refreshers....

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Easter basket gift ideas for college students

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle reporter | April 14, 2022

We all loved receiving Easter baskets when we were younger. They were nicely decorated and filled with our favorite chocolate and candies. Now that we’re college students it may seem like we’re too old now, but with our budget as college students,...

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What I’m watching this weekend: Northern Star Staff

By Madelaine Vikse, DeOndre Saunders, and Daija Hammonds | April 14, 2022

With finals coming up, it’s normal to feel stressed. Not only do you have to prepare for exams, but you may have some coursework to complete as well. It’s important to focus on school, but it is also important to give yourself breaks in between working...

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Reminiscing on trends that were popular in 2013 and 2014

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle reporter | April 12, 2022

As people have been stuck inside for the last two years with little to nothing to do, they have been reminiscing on when life was good and fun. In 2013 and 2014 it seemed like everyone was on Tumblr and Pinterest trying to recreate outfits with trendy...

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