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NIU union members and faculty attend the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday at Altgeld Hall. The board listened to public comment from union members about employee wages at NIU. (Devin Oommen | Northern Star)

Bargain talks continue, unions feel the upset

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | September 22, 2023

DeKALB – "For the past three years, I've been employed by NIU. I am a full-time employee in position of office manager,”  said Krystyna Kamka, office manager for the Center of Latino and Latin American Studies. “I make $15.26 an hour. For those...

A screenshot of an NIU students Blackboard course page. Blackboard Ultra, the updated version of the original, will be the main learning management system for NIU for Spring 2024. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

NIU to switch to Blackboard Ultra

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | September 21, 2023

DeKALB – It may sound like nails on a chalkboard, but teachers are expected to transition all coursework to a new online system by the end of the year. Courseviews for NIU faculty will be shifted over from the current learning management system,...

3 participants play Mario Kart at Mondays Mario Kart Monday. Mario Kart Monday is an event held by Esports at Altgeld Hall. (Northern Star | Cameron Whittington)

NIU students power up at Mario Kart Monday

By Gabby Crabtree, News Reporter | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – The first Mario Kart Monday event of the year allowed students to slam the breaks on stress and hit the gas toward some fun.  All NIU Students who enjoy playing Mario Kart are welcome to join Mario Kart Mondays in Altgeld Hall, Room 100...

Pajamas “PJ” the possum being held by his owner Sara Plettau in Sept. 2022 in front of the Founders Memorial Library. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU mourns Pajamas the possum’s death

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – A cloudy morning reflects the devastating news of Pajamas “PJ” the possum’s passing.  The beloved possum died Thursday after suffering from an unexpected illness the previous week.  Owners Sara Plettau and her partner Leah Zielinski...

Isiah Camarao, a sophomore biological sciences major, teaches a group at the Foreign Language Residence Program to speak Tagalog. The Foreign Language Residence Program helps to teach language through conversation. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

FLRP does not flop when it comes to learning a language

By Michael Mollsen, News Editor | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – Some might visit the Patterson Hall Dining center for a burger or some pizza, but others come to satisfy a craving to learn a language. The Foreign Language Residence Program is a program for students to learn about cultures and new languages...

Davis Hall sits under a partly cloudy afternoon sky on Tuesday. Davis Hall houses the NIU Observatory and the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences, now known as the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU merges fault line between disciplines

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 19, 2023

DeKALB – Seismic shifts are happening on campus, just not earthquakes. Two years after being approved, two earth science departments were finally combined. On Dec. 7, 2021, it was announced that the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric...

An Illustration of an UFO saucer hovers over a city. A retired Air Force intelligence officer has recently testified in court regarding the retrieval and reverse engineering of wrecked UFOs. (Getty Images)

Students skeptical amid alien wreckage

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 19, 2023

DeKALB – Official reports of a government conspiracy to repurpose crashed alien aircraft aren’t making much of an impact on people.   On July 26, retired Air Force intelligence officer Maj. David Grusch testified to Congress that the U.S. government...

Sister Cindy, a Christian advocate, preaches to the crowd of NIU students. Sister Cindy visited NIUs campus Monday afternoon at the MLK Commons. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Sister Cindy slutshames the crowd

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon and Rachel Cormier | September 18, 2023

DeKALB – With a microphone in one hand and a Bible in the other, Sister Cindy made noise in the MLK Commons Monday. Cindy Smock, known as “Sister Cindy,” is a Christian advocate who preaches against promiscuity. Smock gained attention on TikTok...

Jessica Madrigal, a simulation laboratory specialist for the School of Nursing, describes a scenario a nursing student would practice on the medical manikin next to her. The NIU Nursing Building has moved to the NIU Health, Wellness and Literacy Center at 3100 Sycamore Road. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU School of Nursing moves after 36 years

By Rachel Cormier, Assistant News Editor | September 18, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU School of Nursing has packed up everything and finally moved from its former location of 36 years. With the nursing program now located at the NIU Health, Wellness and Literacy Center at 3100 Sycamore Road, the department has been...

The Student Government Association sign located in the Holmes Student Center ground floor in the OASIS space in 2022. SGA Senator Chris English was elected the new deputy speaker for the 2023-2024 school year on Sept. 15, at the SGA meeting. (Northern Star File Photo)

SGA: Appoints deputy speaker; passes 2 bills

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 17, 2023

DeKALB – The Student Government Association started the semester with a new deputy speaker who left no doubt that change was on the horizon.  SGA Senator Chris English became the new deputy speaker after making his bid and receiving full endorsements...

Dr. Clint-Michael Reneau, vice president for Student Affairs, speaking at last years opening of the championship women’s tugs match. Reneau talked more about his job here at NIU and about his own life. (Northern Star File Photo)

Clint-Michael Reneau, creating a ‘culture of care’

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 14, 2023

DeKALB – The Vice President of Student Affairs Clint-Michael Reneau sat down with the Northern Star for a candid look at the man behind the title and his aspirations for NIU.  WHAT IS YOUR JOB AS VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS? “As the vice...

Folklórico dancers perform for a crowd Wednesday at the Latino Resource Center at El Grito. El Grito is celebrated on the eve of Mexican Independence Day, but was celebrated in honor of all Latino heritage at the event. (Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon | Northern Star)

NIU celebrates its 24th El Grito

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | September 13, 2023

DeKALB – Food, games and dancing were all part of the 24th celebration of El Grito at NIU and was hosted by the co-ed Latino fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda at the Latino Resource Center. “El Grito” translates to “the cry” which refers to the...