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A Togetherall page asks for a patients concerns. Togetherall is a mental health platform that NIU is partnering with. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU offers new mental health app for students

By Devin Oommen, News Reporter | February 20, 2024

DeKALB – NIU has partnered with a mental health company to provide students with a new resource that can be accessed any time. “Togetherall” is a web platform any NIU student can use if they feel they need someone to talk to. The application is...

NIU’s Human Resource Center and the DeKalb Water Tower sit brandished with NIU’s logo. The U.S. Geological Survey will relocate to the western part of campus from their current Peace Road location by the end of the semester. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Water research facility coming to campus

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | February 19, 2024

DeKALB – A new facility dedicated to joint water research efforts between Northern Illinois University and the United States Geological Survey is bringing a river of opportunity for students.  The Central Midwest Water Science Center of the USGS is...

A Career Fairs event poster sits outside of the Peters Campus Life Building. The All-Majors Internship and Job Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

NIU to host All-Majors Internship and Job Fair

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 19, 2024

DeKALB - NIU Career Services will host the All-Majors Internship and Job fair at the Convocation Center Wednesday.  The fair will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The fair is open for all NIU students and alumni to connect...

A red tub of water sits with water splashing out as students plunge into the tub. On Saturday, NIU and the Special Olympics Illinois put on the first huskie Polar Plunge. (Courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois)

NIU huskies make a splash for charity

By Tadeusz Sarrafian, News Reporter | February 19, 2024

DeKALB – The Polar Plunge, a fundraising tradition over 20-years-old, started not too far away in the Chicago suburbs where individuals or teams jump into cold water to raise money for the Special Olympics.  This year’s huskie Polar Plunge saw a...

Three people stand and gesture while talking at podiums. SGA met on Friday and appointed a new chief of staff, passed a new bill and approved a new club. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA appoints new Chief of Staff

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | February 19, 2024

DeKALB – After three months without a chief of staff, the Student Government Association’s senate voted on senior business major Z’Nyah Johnson. “I think the hardest part was finding someone, just because the chief of staff, you have to have...

Three information boxes float under the words “February Blood Drive.” ACS, Interfaith Legal Society, and Public Interest Law Society will host a blood drive on Monday. (Courtesy of ACS, Interfaith Legal Society, and Public Interest Law Society)

NIU to host February blood drive

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 16, 2024

DeKALB – NIU will host a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross to support individuals dealing with blood-related issues and encourage donating blood on a regular basis. The American Constitution Society, Interfaith Legal Society and Public...

George Middlemist, vice president and chief financial officer discusses NIUs budget for the 2024 fiscal year between NIU President Lisa Freeman (left) and Dennis Barsema, board secretary of the NIU Board of Trustees. NIUs Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee approved the universitys quarterly financial projections on Feb. 15. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU to increase tuition, housing, student health insurance

By Rachel Cormier and Gabby Crabtree | February 16, 2024

DeKALB – While NIU expects a $2 million increase to its now budgeted $33.7 million deficit, the projected 2024 fiscal year deficit could bring the total down. NIU’s Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee met  Thursday to...

Angela Kaminski, Chase’s handler and clinical social worker for Counseling and Consultation Services, (left) and Madelaine Romito, a graduate research assistant in the Counseling and Consultation services, sit with two dogs, Chase, a golden retriever, and Marci, a cavalier king Charles spaniel. During Stevochella on Thursday, CCS brought therapy dogs for students to pet. (Northern Star | Kayla Martin)

Stevenson Residents enjoy valentines activities at Stevochella

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 16, 2024

DeKALB -  Blasting music kicked off Stevochella Thursday on the main floor of Stevenson Towers followed by a flurry of cotton candy, tile smashing and dog petting.  Stevochella is a two hour long event planned by the CA’s of Stevenson Towers and...

Gino Chavez, a senior marketing major, stands and smiles in a green sweater. Chavez was the winner of the Northern Stars Big Game contest. (Angelina Padilla-Tompkins | Northern Star)

NIU student wins Northern Star’s ‘Big Game’ contest

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | February 15, 2024

Gino Chavez, a senior marketing major, predicted the winning team of Super Bowl LVIII and his predicted score was one point off for each team.  Chavez believed the Kansas City Chiefs would win over the San Francisco 49ers 24-21. Sunday, the Chiefs...

Students sit at a table and write on colorful sheets of paper. Mindfulness and You is held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the HSC Illinois Room for students to feel more motivated and calm. (Hannah Soukup | Northern Star)

NIU’s Mindfulness and You to host weekly motivational events

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 14, 2024

DeKALB – NIU’s Mindfulness and You event conducts weekly relaxation exercises hosted in the Holmes Student Center’s Illinois Room. Attendees can join virtually as well. The group started fall 2022 and provides 12 mindfulness sessions throughout...

Robert Greer (left) and his wife Linda Greer, mother of 2008 shooting victim Daniel Parmenter, walk along the “Forward, Together Forward” memorial garden after the vigil Wednesday near Cole Hall. Parmenter was a sophomore finance major at NIU before his death in 2008. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU stands ‘Forward, Together Forward,’ honors victims of 2008 shooting

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 14, 2024

DeKALB – NIU honored the victims of the 2008 shooting at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday with a tolling of five bells to represent each life lost 16 years ago. The event took place outside Cole Hall, the building in which the shooting occurred.  On Feb. 14, 2008,...

Barsema Hall stands with a sign reading, “College of Business.” NIU’s De La Vega Innovation Lab will host the annual De La Vega Innovation Lab Pitch Competition from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at Barsema Hall. (Totus Tuus Keeley | Northern Star)

Second annual De La Vega Pitch Competition to happen

By Victoria Wakeford, News Reporter | February 14, 2024

DeKALB- The De La Vega Innovation Lab is hosting the second annual De La Vega Innovation Lab Pitch Competition for NIU students to gain experience in creating and growing a business of their own. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20, the De La Vega Innovation...