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The current phone switch used to operate landlines housed on the second floor of the NIU Police Department. The landline servers will soon be replaced by smaller servers after the transition to Microsoft Teams Voice phones. (Courtesy of John Kearsing)

NIU’s Microsoft Teams Voice transition continues

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – The decommissioning of landlines across campus is continuing with the conversion to Microsoft Teams to be tentatively completed by June. All 815-753 phone numbers are being ported from NIU’s current service provider, Frontier, to NIU’s...

Student Government Association Senators Dallas Douglass (left) and Chris English addressing other SGA senators. During the Feb. 24 meeting, the SGA approved legislation that requires all senators to pass at least one piece of legislation during their term. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

SGA now requires senators to write legislation

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – A bill was passed requiring Student Government Association senators to create one piece of legislation during their term in senate. “The duties and responsibilities of the senators do not include anything that shows that they have demonstrated...

Huskie Bus spotted driving past Altgeld Hall and East Lagoon. (Alyssa Queen |
Northern Star)

Students experience Huskie Line bus tardiness

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

DeKALB – After returning from winter break, many students noticed a significant difference in the operation of the Huskie Line bus system compared to the fall semester. In the previous semester, each of the 2L, 2R, 3 and 5 routes offered three to...

 The NIU sign and Holmes Student Center on a snowy afternoon in MLK Commons. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Faculty Senate update on ChatGPT, rising graduation fee

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

DeKALB – During the second Faculty Senate meeting of the year, attendees gave an update on the use of ChatGPT in classrooms along with a change in the graduation fee. ChatGPT is an AI technology system originally designed to mimic human responses...

The Center for Black Studies, located at 621 West Lincoln Highway.

SGA fails to sign petition on behalf of Black students

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | February 23, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU Student Government Association failed to approve a petition meant for the office of President Lisa Freeman which would outline the grievances Black students have on campus. The petition included charges of over-policing Black events,...

From left: Senior Sports Reporter Joey Segreti, Sports Editor Ethan Gonzales, Multimedia Editor Sean Reed, Senior Lifestyle Writer Sarah Rose, Managing Editor Daija Hammonds and Opinion Columnist Lucy Atkinson stand after the ICPA Award Ceremony on Saturday in Chicago. (Northern Star Staff)

Northern Star brings home 14 college press awards

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

DeKALB – The Northern Star won 14 awards from the 2023 Illinois College Press Association. ICPA awards were distributed to Illinois student-run newspapers in 36 categories of competition. Of those winnings, the Northern Star placed first five times,...

President Lisa Freeman discusses potential program offered by Braven in collaboration with NIU at the April 7, 2022 Board of Trustees meeting. NIUs contract with Braven dictates that the university pays for students to attend, regardless of under-enrollment. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU pays Braven per seat, regardless of under-enrollment

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | February 19, 2023

DeKALB – NIU’s partnership with a nonprofit was intended to offer an online leadership course to benefit their students. However, their efforts could be causing them to lose money. Braven, a nonprofit from Chicago, offers UNIV 301, an online course...

The entrance to Patterson Hall West. Rises to room and board fees were among the changes voted for approval by the Board of Trustees. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Fees for housing, graduation, student support to rise

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | February 19, 2023

DeKALB – Starting the fiscal year of 2024, July 2023, room and board fees for Neptune Hall, Gilbert Hall, Grant Towers, Stevenson Towers and Patterson Hall will increase by $200, and room and board fees for Northern View will increase by $100. Increased...

Altgeld Hall was built on June 10, 1896, and is home to the Board of Trustees room. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Pritzker moves to increase MAP grants in FY23 budget

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | February 16, 2023

DeKALB – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced in the annual State of the State Address that there will be an increase in higher education funding and the Monetary Award Program (MAP) in his proposed fiscal year 2024 budget. During a live broadcast of the...

A fire pit located next to the East Lagoon is used by many students for events and pure enjoyment. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

What’s Up With: Those NSLS emails?

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | February 16, 2023

Editor's note: This piece is part of an investigative news series, "What's Up With?" You can fill out a form for potential coverage in the series here. DeKALB – Students recently received emails from the National Society of Leadership and Success...

January 2023 crime log

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | February 15, 2023

DeKALB – The information provided comes from the NIU Police Department’s Daily Crime Log. The crime log is accessible on the NIU website. Jan. 12 At 5:15 p.m., theft $500 and under occurred at the Recreation Center. This case was suspended. ...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts Feb. 20.

NIU Nutrition hosts events for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | February 15, 2023

DeKALB – The week of Feb. 20 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders affect everyone from every background and include 9% of the US population, that's 28.8 million Americans who will have an eating disorder in their lifetime. NIU’s...