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A DeKalb police car sits parked on NIUs campus. Crimes such as stalking and battery were reported in March 2024 on NIUs campus. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU crime log, March 2024

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | April 9, 2024

DeKALB – The information in this report is compiled from the NIU Police Department’s Daily Crime Log. Any case defined as “unfounded” was not included in this list. Any “closed by exception” case is closed due to circumstances outside the...

The Northern Star paperweight sits on a table in Founders Memorial Library. The Northern Star treasure hunt will begin April 8. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Northern Star Treasure Hunt’s third clue announced

By Northern Star Staff | April 8, 2024

Editor’s note: This article will be updated daily from April 8 to April 12 to include the latest treasure hunt clues. The Northern Star’s annual spring treasure hunt will begin Monday. Look for the Northern Star paperweight somewhere on campus....

Three people stand at podiums gesturing and speaking. SGA on Friday discussed two potential bills that would adjust the Supreme Court Justice appointment process. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA Senate discussed two new constitutional bills

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 8, 2024

DeKALB – Following the Student Government Association Senate’s controversial attempt to appoint two new justices last week, two new constitutional bills were read at Friday’s meeting that could impact the process of appointment and selection for...

Solar Eclipse glasses sit on a ledge. Monday from 12:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. DeKalb will experience a partial solar eclipse. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Solar Eclipse to occur Monday

By Anastasia Ehlers, News Reporter | April 8, 2024

DeKALB – The moon will pass in between the Earth and the Sun, block the Sun from shining and create a dark, night-like atmosphere on the Earth Monday during the total eclipse.  The eclipse will be 91.64% visible in DeKalb. The start of the eclipse...

A whiteboard with a list of Student Wellness Week activities written on it sits in the Holmes Student Center. April 8 to 12 NIU is hosting Student Wellness Week events for students to relax. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Student Wellness to host Spring into Wellness Week

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | April 8, 2024

DeKALB – Student Wellness has organized an entire week of events dedicated to wellness programming, mindfulness and relaxation for NIU students. From April 8 to April 12, Starbucks will offer a Lavender Green Tea Lemonade. The Huskie Den will offer...

People clap and cheer while holding up papers at the 2023 Kesem Make the Magic Gala last spring. The sixth annual gala will happen at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Hopkins Park Shelter. (Courtesy of Darby McGowan)

Kesem to host sixth annual Make the Magic Gala

By Victoria Wakeford, News Reporter | April 5, 2024

DeKALB – Kesem will host its annual Make the Magic Gala Saturday to raise money for its organization through a dinner and silent auction. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hopkins Park Shelter, the sixth annual Kesem Make the Magic Gala will take place...

Ja’kobe Jones, SGA presidential candidate, speaks at a podium during the March 22 SGA debates. Jones won the SGA presidential ticket with 1,124 votes. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

SGA announces election winners

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | April 5, 2024

DeKALB – The Student Government Association announced election winners eight days after voting closed. The election had the most votes in over 10 years with 1,999 students voting, according to Deputy Speaker Chris English. PRESIDENT  Ja’kobe...

Deputy Speaker of the Senate Chris English (from left), Speaker Cole Hensley and Eddie Guerrero, the seat for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences attend the SGA Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday. The SGA Supreme Court held a hearing for members of the “NIU United” ticket who were accused of bribery and campaigning in the wrong areas during the SGA election. (Emily Beebe | Northern Star)

SGA Supreme Court overturns NIU United sanctions

By Emily Beebe and Rachel Cormier | April 3, 2024

DeKALB –  The “NIU United” ticket will not be punished after the Student Government Association Supreme Court overturned two sanctions that formerly accused members of the ticket of bribery and improper campaigning. The cases were back-to-back...

President Lisa Freeman sits at a table with members of University Council at their meeting Wednesday. NIU has taken measures to support students struggling with the financial aid process. (Emily Beebe | Northern Star)

FAFSA frustrations expressed at University Council

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | April 3, 2024

DeKALB – The Student Government Association announced Wednesday at the University Council meeting that election results should be released late Thursday night.  The SGA elections had 1,999 votes total, according to Deputy Speaker Chris English.  At...

A figure walks in heels, casting a shadow on the ground. The Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity will host a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at 5 pm on April 4. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Sigma Lambda Beta dons high heels against machismo

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 2, 2024

DeKALB – The Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity is hosting a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 4 in the MLK Commons. The Latino-based fraternity wants to bring awareness to gender inequality and toxic masculinity, where participants...

Laurie Elish-Piper stands smiling. Elish-Piper has taken on the role of Executive Vice President and Provost at NIU. (Courtesy of Mia Hannon)

Laurie Elish-Piper aims for student success

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | April 2, 2024

DeKALB – Laurie Elish-Piper is the executive vice president and provost at NIU, she spoke to the Northern Star about her experience at the university.    HOW DID YOU ORIGINALLY FIND YOURSELF IN THE ROLE OF THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT...

Victor E. Huskie poses in front of the Burritoville food truck during the fall semester. Food Truck Wednesday is starting back up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday with eight new food trucks. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Food Truck Wednesdays return to campus

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | April 1, 2024

Editor's note: Food Truck Wednesday has been canceled for Wednesday due to weather. The event will resume 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10. DeKALB – Hot meals and cool treats are rolling back to Northern Illinois University with the return of Food Truck...