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Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Students soak up the heat near the Visitor Pay Lot with a hammock in the distance. NIU experienced turbulent weather Tuesday including, sunshine, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, heavy rain and light snow throughout the afternoon and night. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Record warmth, turbulent weather hits campus

By Totus Tuus Keely, Photojournalist | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – Unseasonably warm temperatures swept through the area Tuesday before a strong storm swept across Northern Illinois. The storm was followed by a cold front Wednesday, bringing light snow and heavy winds to campus.

Gabby Crabtree during the Northern Star budget meeting emphasizing her mind blowing point with hand gestures. Northern Star news section shares their thoughts on making a news story and importance of a college newspaper. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

Meet the News Section

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | February 28, 2024

Meet news editor for the Northern Star, Gabby Crabtree, and the rest of the news team as they discuss what they look for in a story. From features, profiles, briefs and breaking news the team shows the importance of local news to NIU. Interested in writing...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) scans the court on offense during the fourth quarter. The Huskies got within 4 points of their opponents twice in the final three minutes of the third quarter, but Bowling Green pulled away in the final quarter, shooting 80%. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Huskies pack in for weekend basketball doubleheader

By Tim Dodge and Ryanne Sandifer | February 27, 2024

DeKALB – NIU hosted its “Cram the Convo” doubleheader Saturday, featuring women’s basketball against the Bowling Green Falcons followed by men’s basketball’s match against the Ohio University Bobcats. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MEN'S BASKETBALL

Lo (from left), the main performer of Four Poets One Mic, is surprised with a painting of their logo as a gift from Chakra Da Kid and Darius Jackson. The painting was created by Cheyene Hoerr, a professional mixed-media artist. (Zahra Yousif | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: ‘Four Poets’ animate Egyptian Theatre crowd

By Zahra Yousif, Photojournalist | February 26, 2024

DeKALB – Poetry collective Four Poets One Mic hosted a performance Thursday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street. The event featured a screening of the film, "Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975." The collective hosted the event in collaboration...

UIC College Prep Wind Ensemble, directed by Justin Boyd, performs second to last after Normal’s Wind Symphony. UIC College Prep’s four music selections were “Fanfare and Fireworks” by Brain Balmages, “Andalucía” by Victor López, “Chorale Elaga’nt” by Elena Lucas and “Escape from Thunder Mountain” by Scott Watson. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: NIU hosts 13th annual Concert Band Festival

By Totus Tuus Keely, Photojournalist | February 25, 2024

DeKALB – 12 middle school and high school bands from across Northern Illinois took to the stage Friday for a concert band festival at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building. The yearly event, hosted by NIU, is held in partnership with...

Stack of sandwiches prepared, wrapped and packed in a box wait to be shipped across campus. Dining services provides catering to all across campus including residential halls, restaurants and events. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

A Day in NIU Dining

By Joseph Howerton and Jenny Javkhlantugs | February 24, 2024

NIU dining provides provides students with nutrition and a source of employment while on campus. How does dining work serve the Huskies in day to day operations? Join Dan Koenen and members of dining services as they explain a day in dining.

Sycamore resident Steve Holliday takes his first sip of his margarita from Rosita’s, located at 642 E. Lincoln Highway. Rosita’s sells Mexican food along with a selection of alcoholic beverages. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: DeKalb celebrates ‘National Margarita Day’

By Gabby Crabtree and Sean Reed | February 23, 2024

DeKALB – Tequila! “National Margarita Day” was celebrated across the country Thursday, including right in DeKalb. Margaritas were on special at multiple restaurants for the day, with many patrons packing in to restaurants for a glass or pitcher...

Anna Scanlan (from left), Olivia Zapf and Nick Glover in the Northern Star podcast room. Episode 5 of Star Notes discusses the upcoming Dune movie. (Anna Scanlan | Northern Star)

‘Dune’ is very sandy

By Olivia Zapf, Anna Scanlan, and Nick Glover | February 21, 2024

Anna and Nick teach Olivia all about "Dune." This video covers all you need to know before jumping into the second installment in the franchise. "Dune: Part 2" comes out on March 1.

Cutline: Lucy Atkinson types on a computer during a Northern Star opinion section budget meeting. The Northern Star opinion section shares what they do in their section and why they enjoy it. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

Meet the Northern Star | Opinion

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | February 20, 2024

Ever wondered how a student newspaper works? Meet Opinion Editor Lucy Atkinson and the opinion section team of the Northern Star. See what goes into forming an opinion piece, cartoon and why the team does what they do.