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County logs first coronavirus-related death

Colored visualization of electron microscopy photo of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Northern Star Staff

April 6, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced the first death from the coronavirus in the county Monday. The person was in their 50s, and the county had announced when they tested positive for COVID-19, according to a health department release. "I want to express my deepest sympathy...

Turnout low for SGA elections

Turnout low for SGA elections

Dan Doren, Senior Reporter

April 4, 2020

The SGA spring elections saw a decrease in voter turnout compared to last year, with COVID-19 likely playing a role. Elections took place 9 a.m. March 24 to 6 p.m. March 25 online via HuskieLink, in which students cast their votes for the president, vice president, treasurer and student trustee, as well...

University reasserts policies against discrimination, harassment

University reasserts policies against discrimination, harassment

Justin Kelley, Reporter

April 4, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s Ethics and Compliance Office announced a COVID-19 update to remind students and faculty about its high priority to keep discrimination and harassment out of academic and work spaces. The update lets the campus community know that the office is still open and will be operating on a...

March cannabis sales in Illinois nearly $36M

March cannabis sales totaled nearly $36 million, a portion of which will go toward communities impacted by the war on drugs.

Brandon Soto, Reporter

April 4, 2020

DeKALB — Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Illinois for three months. Gov. J.B Pritzker and The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced in a Thursday news release that cannabis sales in March totaled $35.9 million. The figure excludes taxes levied on cann...

Holmes Student Center to be quarantine site

Holmes Student Center

Northern Star staff

April 3, 2020

DeKALB — The university will open the Holmes Student Center hotel to be used as alternative housing for those unable to self-quarantine, according to an email sent Friday by NIU President Lisa Freeman. Freeman said in the email that the DeKalb County Health Department asked the university to serv...

Guitar store hosts lessons through Facebook Messenger

Guitar store hosts lessons through Facebook Messenger

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

April 2, 2020

DeKALB — The local guitar store Ax in Hand has turned to Facebook Messenger to continue teaching students old, new and across the world how to play guitar. Ax in Hand, 817 W. Lincoln Highway Suite B, decided to use Facebook Messenger as a means of conducting lessons because it's something almost...

Summer classes to be held online

Summer classes to be held online

Northern Star staff

April 2, 2020

DeKALB — All 2020 summer courses for undergraduate, graduate and law students will be taught online instead of in-person due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a Thursday email sent out by NIU President Lisa Freeman. Summer courses will be evaluated on the traditional grading scale as the satisf...

University launches Student Emergency Fund

University launches Student Emergency Fund

Ahyen Labanan, Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2020

DeKALB — NIU has created a Student Emergency Fund, which launched Monday, in partnership with the NIU Foundation. This information was emailed to students Monday. The Student Emergency Fund was developed to provide resources to degree-seeking students in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund w...

Census Day: How students should fill out the census

April 1 is Census Day — a reference for those filling out census forms. However students should report based on where they lived prior to spring break.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

April 1, 2020

DeKALB — Census Day is observed nationwide to serve as a reminder for residents to take part in the decennial population count. Census Day is also used as a reference date for people filling out their forms who are asked to report where they live as of April 1. However, NIU students should fill out ...

Illinois’ stay-at-home order will be extended until April 30

 Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Monday at the Thompson Center in Chicago during the daily update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Northern Star Staff

March 31, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker will issue an executive order Wednesday to extend Illinois’ Disaster Proclamation, the stay-at-home order and the suspension of on-site learning at schools until April 30, Pritzker said at his 2:30 p.m. news conference. “If we can end these orders earlier, I’ll be the fi...

Statewide alert hits cell phones, asks healthcare workers to register in case of hospital surge

A statewide alert was issued to smartphones calling for healthcare workers to sign-up to fight COVID-19.

Northern Star Staff

March 31, 2020

DeKALB — Licensed healthcare workers have been called to sign-up with the state to fight COVID-19 by way of an emergency smartphone alert. The alert links to IllinoisHELPS.net. Healthcare workers that register through the website may be tapped to help during a hospital surge or to staff alterna...

SGA elections closed, winners announced

Northern Star Staff

March 31, 2020

The SGA elections are over and the list of winners has been posted to the SGA’s HuskieLink page. The election results are as follows: Executive Branch President: Antonio Johnson Vice President: Kyle Jacobson Treasurer: Devohn Hall Student Trustee : Aidan Shields Legislative Branch — Senators Di...