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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.

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.

Matthew Streb sits in front of a bookcase of NIU memorabilia. When asked about his favorite part of working at NIU, Streb praised the students. (Debbie Allen | Northern Star)

Who’s Matthew Streb?

By Debbie Allen and Joseph Howerton | February 7, 2024

Matthew Streb is the Chief Strategy Officer at NIU. In this video, find out what a Chief Strategy Officer is, Streb's road to get there and more.

IN VIDEO: Behind the scenes: Making a cartoon

IN VIDEO: Behind the scenes: Making a cartoon

February 7, 2024

In this behind the scenes video, Northern Star cartoonist Christa Kim goes through her process in creating the comic strip 'Just Dandy' and shows off some of her other work.

What to expect for the rest of winter

What to expect for the rest of winter

By Debbie Allen and Quentin Brown | January 31, 2024

Victor Gensini, associate professor of the department of Earth Atmosphere and Environment, discussed the drastic weather shifts this winter has brought so far and explained the science behind them.

Freshmen Haley Zampella (from left), sophomore Jocelyn Harbeck, senior Alyssa Al-Ashari, freshmen Natalie Ziebell and NIU gymnastics Head Coach Sam Morreale stand in front of a red and white wall. NIU gymnastics reflect on the season so far and discuss goals. (Ron Anderson | Northern Star)

NIU Gymnastics gears up toward rest of the season

By Ron Anderson, Videographer | January 30, 2024

NIU Gymnastics coach Sam Morreale, junior Isabella Sissi and senior Alyssa Al-Ashari reflect on their experiences in the NIU gymnastics program and discuss their hopes for the rest of their season.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Dane Pardridge runs up the field during NIU football win over Western Michigan on Nov. 14. The Huskies earned bowl eligibility in Saturdays win over Kent State. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Football escapes Kent, clinches Bowl eligibility

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 25, 2023

DeKALB – A triumphant 37-27 victory over Kent State University (1-11, 0-8 MAC) on Saturday catapulted NIU football (6-6, 5-3 MAC) into postseason eligibility after missing out last year. NIU is bowl-bound for the 15th time in school history and...

 A graphic includes two people and kindness logos. Opinion Columnist Alberto Briones interviewed students about the late Matthew Perry. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Matthew Perry remembered by students

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | November 16, 2023

  The world is overwhelmed with grief by the death of "Friends" star Matthew Perry.  Perry, age 54, died at his home in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, according to Business Insider. Many viewers watched "Friends" and felt they could relate to the characters....