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The Mission I bobblehead (left) joins the Mission II bobblehead released in August.

Fetch! Mission I bobbleheads ready for forever homes

By Northern Star Staff | January 6, 2023
NIU's retired canine mascot has made his figurine debut, adding to the world's largest collection of bobbleheads.
A poster for the upcoming Holiday Donation Drive hosted by NIU women’s basketball in partnership with the Safe Passage Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of DeKalb. (Courtesy NIU Athletics)

Women’s basketball to host donation drive

By Northern Star Sports Staff | December 16, 2022

DeKALB — NIU’s women’s basketball team is teaming up with Safe Passage Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of DeKalb to host a Holiday Donation Drive during Saturday’s home game. The Huskies and Safe Passage are requesting donations...

The building location for the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, northwest of the Convocation Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU receives $15 million for $23 million sustainability center

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | December 14, 2022

DeKALB – NIU has received $15 million from the Illinois government to fund the university’s $23 million sustainability center. The center will be approximately 30,000 square feet located on the west side of campus, northwest of the Convocation...

Members of the faculty union gather before the NIU Board of Trustees meeting Thursday in the corridor outside of Altgeld Hall, Room 315. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Faculty union dishes out messages to Freeman before talks resume Thursday

By Bridgette Fox and Sean Reed | December 9, 2022

DeKALB – The United Faculty Alliance (UFA) of the University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, the union representing tenured and tenure-track NIU faculty, addressed the Board of Trustees regarding their ongoing collective bargaining talks during...

The south side of Patterson Hall East after flooding occurred earlier in the hall. (Daija Hammonds | Northern Star)

Approximately 35 students forced to relocate after flooding in Patterson East

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | December 6, 2022

DeKALB – At around 10:30 a.m. Monday, approximately 35 students living in Patterson Hall East were displaced by flooding from a burst pipe in the fire alarm system, according to a statement by NIU. The university has provided students with free lodging...

The Student Government Association is located in the Holmes Student Center ground floor in the OASIS space.

SGA distributes $171,000 in unspent funds, $75,000 to CAB

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | December 4, 2022

DeKALB – The Student Government Association has chosen to allocate $75,000 to the Campus Activities Board. The SGA did not spend the entirety of their funds from last year, meaning that the remaining funds moved over to the current year and are available...

The gathering will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Altgeld Hall.

Annual President’s Holiday Gathering to be held Tuesday

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | December 1, 2022

NIU President Lisa Freeman, along with her leadership staff and colleagues, will hold the Annual President’s Holiday Gathering in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. The event will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for all faculty and staff. Release...

Joyce DeFauw tries on a graduation cap during a visit to the NIU campus in August.

NIU’s soon-to-be oldest graduate expresses excitement for the future

By Eddie Drinkwine | December 1, 2022

DeKALB – Joyce DeFauw is set to be NIU’s oldest graduate at 90 years old with a bachelor of general studies.  The college experience can be different for many people; some people take longer than the typical four years, and some choose to take...

DeKalb 2022 voter turnout saw decrease from previous midterms

DeKalb 2022 voter turnout saw decrease from previous midterms

By Colin Kempsell | November 30, 2022

DeKALB – 2022’s midterm election saw less voters in DeKalb County than in 2018, a 3.9% decrease in overall midterm turnout. DeKalb County overall had about a 56.4% voter turnout, according to the DeKalb County election results. DeKalb County had...

A Night at Holmes, hosted by CAB, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Holmes Student Center and is open to all NIU students.

Holidays come to ‘A Night at Holmes’ on Dec. 1

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | November 30, 2022

The Northern Illinois University Campus Activities Board will be hosting A Night at Holmes event to celebrate the holidays. A Night at Holmes will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Holmes Student Center and is open to all NIU students. The event...

NIU President Lisa Freeman and Director of Employee Experience Cathy Doederlein answer questions on stage following the State of the University Address on Nov. 29. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Freeman says NIU’s ‘efforts are yielding results’ in State of the University address

By Colin Kempsell | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman reflected on a year of accomplishments Tuesday in her annual State of the University address, outlining future plans for increased leadership, student success and sustainability projects in her speech. Introduced...

NIU President Lisa Freeman arrives at the podium to begin her State of the University address on Tuesday in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: President Freeman’s ‘State of the University’ address

By Sean Reed, Multimedia Editor | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman delivered the annual State of the University address on Tuesday, followed by a live Q&A for attendees. Read more about Freeman’s address in the Star’s companion piece.