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The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Senator Ethan DeMeuse (left) takes notes during the Aug. 29 Senate meeting. SGA Senate meets at 5 p.m. every Sunday in the Capitol Room of the HSC.

SGA will hold elections for legislative and executive positions

Northern Star Staff January 27, 2022

DeKALB – The Student Government Association will be hosting elections for legislative and executive candidates on March 29 and March 30. The positions they are looking to be filled are student body President, Vice President, Student Trustee and Student...

DeKalb Police Headquarters, 700 W. Lincoln Highway.

Leverton: Gun related violence up since 2018 in DeKalb

Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor January 27, 2022

DeKALB — Alerts get sent out to students and faculty whenever there is crime happening on or around campus. This raises the question of how crime has changed in these areas in the last ten years and how it impacts residents, students and faculty. Alex...

Chess pieces on a chess board stand ready to be played. Students have created a chess club to connect with like-minded players around the community.

Check mate: NIU outlasts Baylor to win chess championship

Paul Marruffo, News Reporter January 26, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU Chess Club edged the top-seeded Baylor University Bears Chess Club to take first place in division seven of the Collegiate Chess League tournament. The nail-biting championship match took place on Nov. 21, after 160 teams from around...

Water leaks from the ceiling in New Hall East.

Frozen coil sends water into New Hall residences

Brionna Belcher, Managing Editor January 26, 2022

DeKALB – Water leaked onto the floor of one cluster in each New Hall Residence Hall buildings Wednesday morning, possibly due to extreme temperatures.  Tom Viel, physical plant director, was first made aware of a water intrusion issue in New Hall...

Takis To Go, 817 W Lincoln Hwy, serves traditional American food.

Local restaurant struggles due to opening during COVID-19

Jaylen Conwell, News Reporter January 26, 2022

DeKALB — Any DeKalb resident or NIU student looking for a new place to hang out with a diverse menu should consider visiting Taki’s To Go, 817 W Lincoln Hwy. Customers can order a variety of food including burgers, homemade chicken sandwiches,...

A photograph of a variety of masks intended for use against COVID-19.

NIU gives out N95, KN95 masks

Elisa Reamer, News Editor January 25, 2022

DeKALB — NIU has free N95 and KN95 masks available for all faculty, staff and students to protect the health of those on campus.  The free masks are available at all residence hall front desks, the welcome desk on the lower level of the Holmes Student...

From left to right: Alderperson Barb Larson, Alderperson Carolyn Morris, Alderperson Greg Perkins, Alderperson Tracy Smith, Mayor Cohen Barnes, Alderperson Scott McAdams

Pappas Developments receives green light from city council

Elisa Reamer, News Editor January 24, 2022

DeKALB — DeKalb City Council passed an ordinance 6-0 on first reading at its meeting Monday to annex .68 acres of land along Barber Greene Road that was outside of corporate city limits. The land will join 1.8 acres that are already within city limits...

8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

Pappas Development under consideration by city council

Elisa Reamer, News Editor January 22, 2022

DeKALB — The City Council will discuss passing an ordinance on first reading Monday to allow Pappas Development to annex .68 acres of unincorporated DeKalb to build an apartment complex on the land where Buhr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care was on Barber...

The Falling $5, 1440 Sycamore Road, is a bin store full of miscellaneous items.

Local business gives residents bang for their buck

Kurt Bitting January 21, 2022

DeKALB — Every Saturday, over a dozen residents from the DeKalb community line up outside a storefront in the shopping center across from Hopkins Park, hoping to be the first to find the best deals the day has to offer. Every day feels like Black Friday...

Emma Grace  Redmond-Mattucci poses in front of Swen Parson Hall. The College of Law is located in Swen Parson Hall.

NIU student studies towards undergraduate degree while in law school

Jaylen Conwell, News Reporter January 21, 2022

DeKALB — The Northern Illinois University community is made up of a diverse, hard working student group with a variety of interests. Emma Grace Redmond-Mattucci has used the university's resources to study her own. Redmond-Mattucci is currently a...

NIU Chief of Police Darren Mitchell works in his office during a Jan. 19 visit with the Northern Star. Mitchell has been a member of the NIU Police Department for 22 years and doesnt just call NIU his place of work, but his home. (Zulfiqar Ahmend | Northern Star)

More than a job for NIU’s new chief of police

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief January 21, 2022
After 22 years as a member of the NIU Police Department, Darren Mitchell looks to give back and make a further impact on his community as the next Chief of Police.
Merlynette Griffin became the interim Ombudsperson in August. NIU is searching for a permanent Ombudsperson.

NIU plans to hire permanent ombudsperson in spring

Aidan Bengford, News Reporter January 20, 2022

What to know According to NIU, “An ombudsperson provides confidential and informal assistance for resolving university-related concerns, independent of the university's formal administrative structure, and will consider all sides of an issue...

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