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A group of students crowd around a table and make different types of art. NIU’s Makers Club offers a place for NIU students to use their creativity to develop different art projects as group and individually. (Courtesy of Chris English)

Student club makes tinkering fun

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | February 25, 2024

DeKALB – A club focused on hands-on creativity and collaboration encourages students to make something of their ideas.  Founder Chris English, a graduate student majoring in mechanical engineering, started Makers Club last year after other clubs...

A poster with a QR code to a petition for an Indigenous Resource Center at NIU hangs up on the bulletin board in Einstein’s Bros. Bagels. The petition lasts until February 29, 2024, and asks NIU to create a resource center to add onto the verbal acknowledgements the college makes. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Students petition for Indigenous Resource Center

By Rachel Cormier and Gabby Crabtree | February 22, 2024

DeKALB – “Let them know we deserve more than a Land Acknowledgement,” was the tagline on posters circulating around campus for a petition to establish an Indigenous Resource Center at NIU. Members of NIU’s sole Indigenous student group, First...

Faculty Senate members sit at tables and discuss the changes to faculty senate bylaws. On Wednesday at the Faculty Senate meeting in Altgeld Hall the bylaw amendments were updated to include clinical faculty distinctions and changes to NIUs mission values. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Faculty Senate bylaws acknowledge clinical faculty

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 22, 2024

DeKALB — Clinical faculty will have a larger presence in the senate with new amendments acknowledging members in the bylaws. With a vote of 31-19-5, numerous amendments were approved that included updates to language in Faculty Senate bylaws and inclusion...

Students walk around the Convocation Center looking for prospective employers. NIU Career Services hosted its biyearly All-Majors Internship and Job Fair 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center. (Hannah Soukup | Northern Star)

Students search for opportunities at job fair

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 22, 2024

DeKALB – Students looking for internships and/or jobs suited up in their best attire and had the opportunity to attend NIU’s All-Majors Internship and Job Fair Wednesday. Companies like Aldi, Heartland Bank and Trust, State Farm and Target were tabling...

A Togetherall page asks for a patients concerns. Togetherall is a mental health platform that NIU is partnering with. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU offers new mental health app for students

By Devin Oommen, News Reporter | February 20, 2024

DeKALB – NIU has partnered with a mental health company to provide students with a new resource that can be accessed any time. “Togetherall” is a web platform any NIU student can use if they feel they need someone to talk to. The application is...

NIU’s Human Resource Center and the DeKalb Water Tower sit brandished with NIU’s logo. The U.S. Geological Survey will relocate to the western part of campus from their current Peace Road location by the end of the semester. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Water research facility coming to campus

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | February 20, 2024

DeKALB – A new facility dedicated to joint water research efforts between Northern Illinois University and the United States Geological Survey is bringing a river of opportunity for students.  The Central Midwest Water Science Center of the USGS is...

A Career Fairs event poster sits outside of the Peters Campus Life Building. The All-Majors Internship and Job Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

NIU to host All-Majors Internship and Job Fair

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 19, 2024

DeKALB - NIU Career Services will host the All-Majors Internship and Job fair at the Convocation Center Wednesday.  The fair will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The fair is open for all NIU students and alumni to connect...

A red tub of water sits with water splashing out as students plunge into the tub. On Saturday, NIU and the Special Olympics Illinois put on the first huskie Polar Plunge. (Courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois)

NIU huskies make a splash for charity

By Tadeusz Sarrafian, News Reporter | February 19, 2024

DeKALB – The Polar Plunge, a fundraising tradition over 20-years-old, started not too far away in the Chicago suburbs where individuals or teams jump into cold water to raise money for the Special Olympics.  This year’s huskie Polar Plunge saw a...

Three people stand and gesture while talking at podiums. SGA met on Friday and appointed a new chief of staff, passed a new bill and approved a new club. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA appoints new Chief of Staff

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | February 19, 2024

DeKALB – After three months without a chief of staff, the Student Government Association’s senate voted on senior business major Z’Nyah Johnson. “I think the hardest part was finding someone, just because the chief of staff, you have to have...

Three information boxes float under the words “February Blood Drive.” ACS, Interfaith Legal Society, and Public Interest Law Society will host a blood drive on Monday. (Courtesy of ACS, Interfaith Legal Society, and Public Interest Law Society)

NIU to host February blood drive

By Hannah Soukup, Assistant News Editor | February 16, 2024

DeKALB – NIU will host a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross to support individuals dealing with blood-related issues and encourage donating blood on a regular basis. The American Constitution Society, Interfaith Legal Society and Public...

George Middlemist, vice president and chief financial officer discusses NIUs budget for the 2024 fiscal year between NIU President Lisa Freeman (left) and Dennis Barsema, board secretary of the NIU Board of Trustees. NIUs Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee approved the universitys quarterly financial projections on Feb. 15. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU to increase tuition, housing, student health insurance

By Rachel Cormier and Gabby Crabtree | February 16, 2024

DeKALB – While NIU expects a $2 million increase to its now budgeted $33.7 million deficit, the projected 2024 fiscal year deficit could bring the total down. NIU’s Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee met  Thursday to...

Angela Kaminski, Chase’s handler and clinical social worker for Counseling and Consultation Services, (left) and Madelaine Romito, a graduate research assistant in the Counseling and Consultation services, sit with two dogs, Chase, a golden retriever, and Marci, a cavalier king Charles spaniel. During Stevochella on Thursday, CCS brought therapy dogs for students to pet. (Northern Star | Kayla Martin)

Stevenson Residents enjoy valentines activities at Stevochella

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 16, 2024

DeKALB -  Blasting music kicked off Stevochella Thursday on the main floor of Stevenson Towers followed by a flurry of cotton candy, tile smashing and dog petting.  Stevochella is a two hour long event planned by the CA’s of Stevenson Towers and...