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Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The entrance to the Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Attending the Zoo Lights is Opinion Editor Brionna Belchers most recent holiday tradition.

How I celebrate Christmas without religion

Brionna Belcher, Opinion Editor December 3, 2021

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. Between the music, the lights and the decorations, what’s not to love? While Christmas is a commemoration of the birth of Christ, the holiday is pretty secular for my family, and that’s OK.   Religion...

Finals week doesnt have to be stressful. The Northern Star staff offers our advice to students who feel apprehensive about this upcoming week.

Fill in the blank: My advice for finals week is…

Northern Star Staff December 3, 2021

... to take things one day at a time. Ally Formeller | Columnist Finals week inevitably means constantly studying for exams and finishing term papers. Looking at a full week’s worth of work is anxiety-inducing and stressful. It can become hard to...

Snow begins to melt around the East Lagoon.

Make the most of winter break

Parker Otto, Columnist December 2, 2021

With finals week rapidly approaching, students are eagerly anticipating winter break which lasts from Dec. 12 to Jan. 17. However, while there is a desperate need to relax during this time, it’s important to make the most of your break while celebrating...

Headshot of lifestyle editor, Jacob Baker.

Lifestyle editor’s goodbye

Jacob Baker, Lifestyle Editor December 1, 2021

I came to NIU after spending my first two years of college on two different campuses, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the College of Lake County. I committed to NIU based on the fact that their journalism program was one of Illinois’ best.  My...

Sports editor sends his thanks

Sports editor sends his thanks

James Krause, Sports Editor December 1, 2021

It’s not cliché to say that I’ve grown a ton since I first arrived at the Northern Star, in part because the Northern Star has been a part of my life since I was 15 years old. I first walked into the Northern Star offices in between my freshman...

Managing editor reflects on 3 and a half years

Managing editor reflects on 3 and a half years

Kierra Frazier, Managing Editor December 1, 2021

This fall has been my seventh and last semester at the Northern Star, and it’s nothing like I expected it to be.  This semester has drained me. It’s true that the Northern Star has been the biggest source of stress this year. It’s also true...

Cold showers arent the best, but they arent terrible either.

Cold showers are okay (sometimes)

Ally Formeller, Columnist November 29, 2021

I don’t like being cold. I get cold easily, and I’m usually sporting hoodies and fuzzy socks to keep warm.  Hot showers feel like heaven, especially after a long day or when I can’t warm up in the colder months.  But cold showers aren’t...

As we approach the end of the semester, dont be afraid to reward yourself for meeting big goals.

It’s okay to treat yourself

Parker Otto, Columnist November 27, 2021

As the end of the semester approaches, many students must face end-of-term projects, final exams and possibly graduation. College can be stressful during these last few weeks, so it’s important to remember that it’s okay to treat yourself, especially...

Various coins sit on a shelf.

Budgeting is key in learning financial responsibility

Parker Otto, Columnist November 23, 2021

Millennials are among the poorest generation of Americans, owning just 5.6% of American wealth compared to 28.6% of Generation X, according to The Federal Reserve. Around 40% of Americans have less than $300 in savings, according to GoBanking. With college...

A laptop displays a Cyber Monday webpage. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving. (Brionna Belcher | Northern Star)

Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday

Ally Formeller, Columnist November 21, 2021

In years past, Black Friday meant rushing to your favorite stores right after Thanksgiving dinner in order to get the best deals. Bundled up in puffy winter jackets, snow boots and wool gloves, shoppers would form a line that stretched across the parking...

Many college students will be heading home for Thanksgiving, but holiday break doesnt always go as planned.

6 tips for surviving Thanksgiving with your family

Brionna Belcher, Opinion Editor November 21, 2021

Thanksgiving is almost here, and many students will be heading home to spend time with their friends and family. Being back with your family can be challenging after spending so much time apart, so here are some tips on how to make your time at home go...

Graphic of a shadow of a man silencing a distraught woman by shushing her.

Stop invalidating women’s issues

Ally Formeller, Columnist November 19, 2021

Since the founding of the United States, women’s rights have been argued against, politicized, ignored and invalidated. Even in the 21st century, women’s rights seem to be backsliding, and it’s increasingly frustrating to see.  When women first...

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