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NIU crime log, Dec. 2022

By Northern Star Staff | January 24, 2023

Dec. 1 At 5:27 p.m., aggravated battery reportedly occurred on Stadium Drive East. This case was suspended. At 5:30 p.m., disorderly conduct reportedly occurred at Stevenson Residence Hall South. This case was closed by exception on Dec....

NIU President Lisa Freeman (center) discussing student involvement in NIUs Greek Life beside Associate Director for Institutional Communications, Joe King, during her meeting with the Northern Star on Monday at her office in Altgeld Hall. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

President Freeman talks tenure changes and more in university goals

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman’s university goals, which the Board of Trustees will use to evaluate her performance at the end of 2023, spoke about future standards – including broadening the criteria for tenure. “I think we believe that...

Miniature snowmen sit atop the barrier of a bridge last week between Neptune and Cole Halls. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Jan. 25

By Colin Kempsell | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in DeKalb, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory will affect portions of north central and northeast Illinois. DeKalb is one of the seven counties...

The entrance to Patterson Hall East. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Patterson Hall East flooding incidents yet to be solved

By Colin Kempsell | January 23, 2023

After a year of bursting pipes and collapsed ceilings, Patterson Hall has yet to see a permanent fix for its leaky fire suppression system, leaving some residents to question what will come next. In 2022, Patterson Hall East saw at least three separate...

The All-Majors Internship and Job Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Convocation Center.

Internship, job fair to be held at Convocation Center

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | January 23, 2023

DeKALB– NIU Career Services will be hosting an All-Majors Internship and Job Fair at the Convocation Center. The event will take place 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m on Feb. 15. Students and alumni are welcome to visit the fair to interact with employers...

The entrance to the Housing and Residential Services sits empty over the weekend in Neptune East. Emmanuel Corpuz has been appointed to the Student Government Association Senate, representing University Housing at NIU. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

SGA appoints new University Housing representative

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | January 22, 2023

The Student Government Association confirmed Emmanuel Corpuz, a junior mechatronics engineering major, to the Senate. Corpuz will represent University Housing. “As a current Neptune resident, I am not blind to these issues we face on campus,” Corpuz...

Rep. Lauren Underwood removes personal protective equipment used to keep the lab sterile after her tour Friday of the space. (Colin Kempsell | Northern Star)

NIU semiconductor lab receives $1.5 million in federal funding

By Colin Kempsell | January 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology received $1.5 million in federal funds to convert its cleanroom lab into a fabrication lab for microchip research, design and prototyping. The college’s microchip fabrication lab,...

NIUs Reproductive Rights Association is selling T-shirts ranging from $30 to $40 until Feb. 7.

RRA aims to promote awareness, sponsors charity drive

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | January 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU’s Reproductive Rights Association (RRA) is sponsoring a charity drive selling shirts for the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) from now until Feb. 7. The shirts display the RRA’s logo on the front and on the back they say “bodily autonomy...

The College Grind, a closed coffee shop, sits on the second level of the Holmes Student Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

What’s Up With: The College Grind cafe in Holmes

By Joseph Howerton and Evan Mellon | January 19, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece is the first story in the Northern Star’s new series: “What’s Up With?” You can fill out a submission form here for potential coverage. On an ordinary day, the College Grind, a cafe in the Holmes Student Center,...

The south side of the Holmes Student Center on a foggy day. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Braven: The class experience explained

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | January 19, 2023

A new online course at NIU, Braven Leadership and Career Accelerator, aims to help students improve their career searching and networking skills. The course, UNIV 301, is run in part by both NIU career service specialists and Braven professional coaches. "(Braven)...

Anne Edwards, former director for the Center for Black Studies, in 2020 thanking everyone who participated in the Art and Soul street painting event.

Center for Black Studies director goes home after 10 years

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | January 17, 2023

After 10 years at NIU, Anne Edwards has left her position as director of the Center for Black Studies to return to her alma mater Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Edwards worked for six years in Career Services at NIU. In 2018, she was...

Student transported to hospital after altercation in Patterson West

By Northern Star Staff | January 16, 2023

DeKALB – At approximately 11:15 p.m. Sunday, two NIU students in Patterson Hall West were in a physical altercation that resulted in one being transported to Kishwaukee Hospital. The students were arguing before the incident occurred and had known...