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Students can still move out, despite stay-at-home order

Students walk back to their cars Wednesday after the university announced students had the option to move out or remain living in campus housing. Students are allowed to continue moving out by appointment through Sunday after the governor issued a stay-at-home order Friday.

Northern Star Staff

March 20, 2020

DeKALB — The university will continue to allow students to move out and pick up their personal items from campus through Sunday, according to a Friday email released by NIU President Lisa Freeman. This comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his statewide stay-at-home order. Students may move out...

Council to vote on temporary carry-out liquor license

City Manager Bill Nicklas speaks to DeKalb business owners Tuesday at an emergency meeting to address the state-wide ban on dine-in service.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 20, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb city council members will vote on an ordinance Monday that will allow restaurants with existing liquor licenses to sell alcohol with carry-out meals in light of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to close dine-in restaurants. City Manager Bill Nicklas recommended the short-term remed...

Statewide ‘stay-at-home’ order issued by Pritzker

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces that three more people have died in the state from from Covid-19 virus, two Illinois residents and one woman visiting from Florida, during a news conference Thursday in Chicago.

Northern Star Staff

March 20, 2020

DeKALB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday state residents are to stay at home starting 5 p.m. Saturday. The order will last until April 8. The stay-at-home order allows residents to go grocery stores, visit pharmacies or medical offices or get gas. Pick-up at restaurants will still be al...

Students must confirm their plans to remain in or leave on-campus housing

Students must confirm their plans to remain in or leave on-campus housing

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

March 19, 2020

DeKALB — Housing and Residential Services are requiring students who wish to leave campus to schedule a check-out time between Friday and Sunday to retrieve their belongings and plans to adjust housing and dining fees. The decision comes after the university has decided to end face-to-face classes and co...

Board votes to grant Freeman expanded authority during state of emergency

NIU President Lisa Freeman sits in her office at Altgeld Hall. The Board of Trustees granted her the power to suspend any board policies while Illinois is under a state of emergency.

Northern Star Staff

March 19, 2020

DeKALB — The Board of Trustees granted NIU President Lisa Freeman the authority to suspend any board policies and regulations governing campus operations Thursday in an emergency Board of Trustees meeting. The board met virtually, with most members calling in to a phone conference. Gov. J.B. Pritzk...

Police will respond to 911 calls, advises residents that officers may wear masks, gloves

Police will respond to 911 calls, advises residents that officers may wear masks, gloves

Northern Star Staff

March 19, 2020

DeKALB — The police department will close their lobby, 700 W. Lincoln Highway, and will continue responding to 911 calls and crimes in progress. A Thursday news release states responding officers may wear surgical masks, gloves or glasses in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Face-to-face crime reports ha...

Ready for online learning? Here’s what you need to know.

Students will have to use Blackboard, Microsoft Teams and Office365 tools to continue their classes for the semester.

Noah Thornburgh, Managing Editor

March 19, 2020

The university will switch to online-only learning for the rest of the semester starting Monday. The Northern Star has put together a guide answering key questions students may have, using university resources. The university has set up a Keep Learning page with resources to help students for the...

Kishwaukee Hospital is set up for remote COVID-19 tests, tests have not begun yet

A nurse looks out of the flap of a tarp tent erected outside Kishwaukee Hospital's emergency wing, 1 Kish Hospital Drive. A nurse on-site said they are currently swabbing patients with cold- and flu-like symptoms.

Noah Thornburgh, Managing Editor

March 19, 2020

DeKALB — Kishwaukee Hospital has erected a temporary structure that will allow for remote testing for COVID-19, according to a statement from Northwestern Medicine. The structure is not for walk-ups and is reserved for patients that have been referred by a physician. When testing begins, samples ...

Commencement postponed until August, university says

Commencement postponed until August, university says

Northern Star Staff

March 19, 2020

DeKALB — The university has postponed the May graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a March 19 email released by NIU President Lisa Freeman. The graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies have been rescheduled for Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, r...

SGA elections to be held online, as scheduled

SGA elections to be held online, as scheduled

Dan Doren, Senior Reporter

March 19, 2020

DeKALB — The SGA is planning to move forward with spring elections as scheduled, from 9 a.m. March 24 to 6 p.m. March 25. Students will be able to cast their votes online via HuskieLink. Article I of the SGA Bylaws’ election policy states that spring elections are to be held the last consecutive ...

Blood donations still needed despite concerns over COVID-19

Empty blood donation seats are seen at The American Red Cross donation center March 9 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Due to the flu season and new coronavirus, donations are down across the country.

Noah Johnson, Senior Reporter

March 18, 2020

DeKALB — In the wake of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends practicing social distancing. This has stopped some from going to classes, going to work, giving handshakes and even from giving blood. But blood donation is needed now more than ever, Emily Alanis, donor recruitment manager at the Ver...

Planet Fitness to close for two weeks amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Planet Fitness, 2560 Sycamore Rd, announced Tuesday that it will be closing for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Northern Star Staff

March 18, 2020

DeKALB — Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, Planet Fitness in DeKalb will be closing its doors through March 31. In an email sent to its members, Planet Fitness cited the health and well-being of its members, employees and community as a top priority. This is why the gym made the cautious decision...