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A crowd of people protest in support of Palestine. Protesters flew Palestinian flags and waved signs at Memorial Park on Sunday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Pro-Palestine supporters rally at Memorial Park

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | March 4, 2024

DeKALB – “Not a penny, not a dollar; we won’t pay for cost of slaughter” was chanted by approximately 80 people Sunday at Memorial Park, 101 E. Lincoln Highway. At 2:30 p.m. NIU students, DeKalb residents and people from the surrounding area...

Three people stand and gesture while talking at podiums. The SGA passed a new bill, listened to public comments and recognized new student organizations at their meeting Friday. (Northern Star graphic)

First Nations Native Alliance push for SGA sponsorship

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | March 3, 2024

DeKALB – The First Nations Native Alliance provided public comment at the Student Government Association’s Senate meeting, pushing for a sponsorship from the SGA for their petition for an Indigenous Resource Center. “A land acknowledgement is...

Steven Jamrog, 21, faces the camera. Jamrog, a Sycamore CUSD staff member, was arrested Tuesday on six counts of aggravated battery. (Courtesy of the Sycamore Police Department)

Sycamore School District employee arrested for battery

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 1, 2024

DeKALB — Steven Jamrog, 21, a Sycamore CUSD 427 staff member was arrested on Feb. 27 for six counts of aggravated battery and is under suspicion of inappropriately touching students. Sycamore Police launched an investigation on Feb. 11 from a report...

A shelving unit in Huskie Books and Gear sits holding medications. Students can battle sickness at NIU with home remedies, medications and Health Services. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Health experts recommend home remedies

By Gabby Crabtree and Nolan Morrissey | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – When students are sick at NIU, they can go to Health Services and see a health professional, or go to Huskie Books and Gear and get medication, but there is also the option of home remedies. “Many of the home remedies have good effectiveness...

A window displays fairy lights and decorations. Seance at Tiffany’s is a business that offers metaphysical products and services located at 150 E. Lincoln Highway. (Kayla Martin | Northern Star)

New metaphysical boutique expands DeKalb’s mystical views

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – Seance at Tiffany’s, a new store in downtown DeKalb, had their grand opening Feb. 22 welcoming in their new neighbors and customers with cupcakes and a charcuterie board. The boutique, which is located at 150 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown...

Water seeps into the carpet of Patterson Hall East, even side. At 1:10 a.m. Thursday, residents were rushed out of their dorms due to flooding. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

BREAKING: Flooding forces residents out of dorms

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | February 29, 2024

Editor’s note: This piece will be updated as soon as more information becomes available. DeKALB – Some Patterson Hall East first floor students are temporarily displaced to the Holmes Student Center Hotel due to a flood. At 1:10 a.m. Thursday, a...

Students line up waiting for their turn to bowl. On Wednesday, the Center for Black Studies hosted a Bowling Night for people to celebrate Black History Month and hang out. (Kayla Martin | Northern Star)

Center for Black Studies host Bowling Night

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – Thirty students crowded the Huskie Den, laughing and smiling, while celebrating black history month with the Center for Black Studies.  The second annual bowling night hosted by the Center for Black Studies was held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m....

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Laurie Elish-Piper (left) and Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO George Middlemist stand behind a podium presenting NIU’s deficit mitigation plan. Wednesday’s University Council meeting focused on different strategies NIU will use to combat its $33.7 million deficit. (Hannah Soukup | Northern Star)

University Council discussed new projects to offset deficit

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – New strategies to combat budget offsets and increase revenue and enrollment following Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed higher education budget for fiscal year 2025 were discussed at University Council Wednesday.  In November 2023, the Board...

The Alebrije Mykel, a toad, butterfly and alien chimera stands above library-goers on the first floor of Founders Memorial Library. Twenty-two pieces from the “Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World” will be showcased in the Founders Memorial Library until Nov. 8. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Mexican folkloric creatures, “Alebrijes,” roam the library

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – Mythical spirit animals are giving library-goers a scare, but unlike Disney’s “Coco,” nobody has to go to the Land of the Dead to find them. Colorful creatures called “Alebrijes” have found a home among the rows and floors of the...

The Amazon Hub sits on the ground floor of the Holmes Student Center around the corner from Huskie Books & Gear and the Depot C-store. The locker can be added to your address book on Amazon by selecting the aventura locker and opened with a unique code once delivered instead of shipping to your home or dorm. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Amazon Hub comes to Holmes

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – A new, six-foot wide, dark gray locker with 42 compartments has come to Holmes Student Center located on the first floor by the elevator and Huskie Books and Gear. The Amazon Hub locker is a kiosk for students, staff and DeKalb residents to...

NIU student Liam Kantzler inserts his ballot into the tabulation machine on Nov. 7, 2022 after going through the voting process on Election Day at the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center on campus. The U.S. Department of Education released a Toolkit for the Promotion of Voter Participation for Students on Monday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Department of Education releases voter participation toolkit

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 27, 2024

The U.S. Department of Education released a “Toolkit for the Promotion of Voter Participation for Students”  Monday providing resources to educational institutions in regard to voting. The toolkit is used to help the institutions implement ways to...

Mayor Cohen Barnes (from left), 5th Ward Alderman Scott McAdams, 6th Ward Alderman Mike Verbic and 7th Ward Alderman John Walker sit and debate the possible implications of the nuisance gathering ordinances passing. The City Council on Monday centered around amendments to an ordinance adding offenses committed by an increase in nuisance gatherings in DeKalb. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

City Council fights over enforcements to nuisance gatherings

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 27, 2024

DeKALB – Outrage and disappointment erupted from City Council members after a discussion regarding the legitimacy of deterring “nuisance gatherings” invoked speculations of possible discrimination, which challenged its expected approval. The City...