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Ethan Barry, 5, makes a necklace Feb. 27, 2015, at Campus Child Care. NIU’s Childhood Development and Family Center sustained their gold ranking from the ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality. (Northern Star file photo)

CDFC earns gold rating

By Anastasia Ehlers and Hannah Soukup | March 5, 2024

DeKALB – NIU’s Childhood Development and Family Center maintained gold, the highest ranking, from the ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality which ranks childhood programs in Illinois. The CDFC provides care for the children of NIU students,...

An NIU Police vehicle sits parked on Feb. 26 in front of Barsema Hall. The Northern Star complied crimes that occurred around NIU during the month of February. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU crime log, February 2024

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | March 4, 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 case “closed by exception” means the case is closed due to circumstances...

The Arndt House, where the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is located, sits at the edge of campus. The GSRC has temporarily moved from the Arndt House to the third floor of Wirtz Hall. (Sam Dion | Northern Star)

Repairs force temporary relocation of GSRC

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | March 4, 2024

DeKALB – The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center has temporarily moved from Arndt House to the third floor of the Health Services Building at 385 Wirtz Drive.   The initial reason for the move was to address leaks in Arndt House’s roof, but...

Three people stand and gesture while talking at podiums. The SGA passed a new bill, listened to public comments and recognized new student organizations at their meeting Friday. (Northern Star graphic)

First Nations Native Alliance push for SGA sponsorship

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | March 4, 2024

DeKALB – The First Nations Native Alliance provided public comment at the Student Government Association’s Senate meeting, pushing for a sponsorship from the SGA for their petition for an Indigenous Resource Center. “A land acknowledgement is...

A shelving unit in Huskie Books and Gear sits holding medications. Students can battle sickness at NIU with home remedies, medications and Health Services. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Health experts recommend home remedies

By Gabby Crabtree and Nolan Morrissey | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – When students are sick at NIU, they can go to Health Services and see a health professional, or go to Huskie Books and Gear and get medication, but there is also the option of home remedies. “Many of the home remedies have good effectiveness...

Students line up waiting for their turn to bowl. On Wednesday, the Center for Black Studies hosted a Bowling Night for people to celebrate Black History Month and hang out. (Kayla Martin | Northern Star)

Center for Black Studies host Bowling Night

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – Thirty students crowded the Huskie Den, laughing and smiling, while celebrating black history month with the Center for Black Studies.  The second annual bowling night hosted by the Center for Black Studies was held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m....

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Laurie Elish-Piper (left) and Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO George Middlemist stand behind a podium presenting NIU’s deficit mitigation plan. Wednesday’s University Council meeting focused on different strategies NIU will use to combat its $33.7 million deficit. (Hannah Soukup | Northern Star)

University Council discussed new projects to offset deficit

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – New strategies to combat budget offsets and increase revenue and enrollment following Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed higher education budget for fiscal year 2025 were discussed at University Council Wednesday.  In November 2023, the Board...

The Alebrije Mykel, a toad, butterfly and alien chimera stands above library-goers on the first floor of Founders Memorial Library. Twenty-two pieces from the “Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World” will be showcased in the Founders Memorial Library until Nov. 8. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Mexican folkloric creatures, “Alebrijes,” roam the library

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – Mythical spirit animals are giving library-goers a scare, but unlike Disney’s “Coco,” nobody has to go to the Land of the Dead to find them. Colorful creatures called “Alebrijes” have found a home among the rows and floors of the...

The Amazon Hub sits on the ground floor of the Holmes Student Center around the corner from Huskie Books & Gear and the Depot C-store. The locker can be added to your address book on Amazon by selecting the aventura locker and opened with a unique code once delivered instead of shipping to your home or dorm. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Amazon Hub comes to Holmes

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | February 28, 2024

DeKALB – A new, six-foot wide, dark gray locker with 42 compartments has come to Holmes Student Center located on the first floor by the elevator and Huskie Books and Gear. The Amazon Hub locker is a kiosk for students, staff and DeKalb residents to...

Junru Bian, a doctoral student from the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, gestures with his hands while he is talking. Bian spoke at a Real Talk and Big Ideas event focusing on racism in humanitarian jobs. (Victoria Wakeford | Northern Star)

NIU hosts presentation to promote racial equality

By Victoria Wakeford, News Reporter | February 27, 2024

DeKALB – The Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies invited Junru Bian, a doctoral student from the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, to educate NIU staff and students about the issue of racism in humanitarian organizations.  From...

Two NIU Police officers enter doors to investigate an unverified bomb threat and shooter threat at 8:33 a.m. Barsema Hall, home to NIU’s College of Business was the target of the anonymous threat. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Authorities investigate unfounded threats against NIU, Kent State

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor | February 26, 2024

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 3 p.m. Monday to include additional information on the ongoing investigation. DeKALB – After investigation from NIU Police, with support from Illinois and federal authorities, the university determined...

A sign reading “245 Student Financial Aid Office” hangs the window outside of the Financial Aid Office. The changes to the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year is pushing back the student financial aid packet release date. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Student financial aid offer release delayed

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 26, 2024

DeKALB – With the new updates FAFSA has implemented, student financial aid offers across the country are being delayed.  For the 2024-25 school year and beyond, the U.S. Department of Education updated the FAFSA to create an easier and simpler process...