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NIU crime log, Jan. 2023

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...

NIU President Lisa Freeman hugging Patrick Korellis (left) and Harold Ng, two surviving victims of the Valentines Day shooting that took place in 2008 within Cole Hall, at the 15-year anniversary Forward Together Forward memorial for the victims this afternoon at the Peaceful Reflection Garden outside of Cole Hall. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU continues to stand forward, together

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | February 14, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU community stood together in remembrance of the students who were killed 15 years ago. Tuesday’s vigil also came less than 24 hours after a fatal mass shooting on the campus of Michigan State University. On Feb. 14, 2008, five NIU...

‘Meet-cute’ contest winners Cecilia Lucente and Nicholas Duka stand beside their prizes received on Monday at the Northern Star office. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

‘Meet-Cute’ competition winners announced

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | February 13, 2023

DeKALB – The winners of the Northern Star’s 2023 Valentine’s best meet-cute story as voted by editors and readers, are Nicholas Duka and Cecilia Lucente, two second-year graduate students studying clinical mental health counseling.   HOW...

The Peaceful Reflection Garden outside Cole Hall honors the five students lost to the mass shooting in 2008.

Annual Forward, Together, Forward vigil held Tuesday

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | February 12, 2023

DeKALB – NIU will hold its annual moment of reflection for the students lost to the mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2008: Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter. Five bells will toll at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday to pay...

The Spring 2023 term ends May 12.

Spring 2023 graduation deadlines: What to know

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | February 10, 2023

CORRECTION: This piece has been updated to clarify that the graduation application date of Feb. 14 is for graduate students. Feb. 1 was the deadline for undergraduates. The Spring term might have just started, but graduation dates and deadlines are...

Hy-Vee grocery store will be host to NIU Nutrition Coachings Huskies in the Aisles event. (Getty Images)

Grocery tour at Hy-Vee, learn to shop healthily

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Nutrition Coaching is hosting a Huskies in the Aisles grocery tour at Hy-Vee to teach students about effective and healthy grocery shopping. Nutrition instructors will guide the free one-hour tour for planning out nutritious meals and...

The empty stairs to the lower level of Huskie Books and Gear, where students can find and pick up their course textbooks. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Textbook Affordability Task Force expands, offers guides

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – What originally began as a group of faculty providing high-demand textbooks has expanded into a task force of librarians and staff working with professors to replace course materials with more affordable and accessible sources. Dee Anna...

A copy of the first edition issue of the newspaper that came to be known as the Northern Star rests on a podium. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU library digitizing Northern Star issues from 1899 to 1997

By Michael Mollsen, News Reporter | February 7, 2023

DeKALB – Through the NIU Library, the Northern Star’s older issues, dating back to 1899 (the first year the Northern Star began printing), are being digitized and will be available for the public to read online later this year. Before the old print...

The Castle Drive Black Lives Matter mural after being painted in 2020 (top) and in April 2022 after two years of fading due to weather. On Friday, the Student Government Association proposed a petition for NIU to address concerns such as performative activism and representation of diversity in NIUs staff. (Northern Star File Photo)

SGA proposed petition criticizes NIU’s efforts at inclusion

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | February 5, 2023

DeKALB - Amid growing concerns of what it's calling NIU’s inactivity toward racism and lack of diversity on campus, the Student Government Association has proposed a petition to shed light on student concerns. The proposed petition was co-authored...

Afternoon snow settles onto the Greek Row houses of Greenbrier Drive just off campus. NIUs Presidential Task Force on the Revitalization of Greek Life has presented their findings and recommendations in a report to the University after a year of research. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU task force recommends how to save Greek life

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | February 5, 2023

DeKALB – A task force created by NIU President Lisa Freeman, dedicated to revitalizing and improving Greek life, gave its findings to the university after research and data gathering from various subcommittees during the 2021-2022 academic year. According...

The southern Grant Towers sit vacant on Saturday night as the northern Towers light up the surrounding parts of campus. The Grant Towers were built between 1965 and 1966, with the southern Towers most recently having been used for COVID-19 surveillance testing. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

What’s Up With: The South Grant Towers?

By Rachel Cormier and Joseph Howerton | February 5, 2023

Editor's note: This story is a part of the "What's Up With?" series. To submit a question for the Northern Star to see, fill out the form here. DeKALB – A quartet of towers stand resolute between the West Lagoon and Central Park. Grant Towers are...