Northern Star

That time I socially distanced myself from technology and the pandemic

Wisconsin welcome sign.

Jack Baudoin, Contributor

October 9, 2020

It seems no matter where you look today, you will constantly be reminded about the global pandemic. It is on the news, people are posting about it on social media.With the amount of technology that people use in a day, it will never be far from your mind. I recently had an experience that helped me es...

Editorial: Anyone can, should file FOIA requests to keep university accountable

The NIU Foundation has denied at least three FOIA requests since 2016.

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 7, 2020

The Illinois Attorney General’s office ruled Aug. 7 that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016. In the aftermath of this ruling, the Northern Star editorial board thinks students should know that they can keep ...

New parking options are a great convenience for dorm residents

The parking lot behind Gabel Hall sits empty Monday. During a typical semester, Lot 38 is usually full, but due to the NIU's campus shutting down, most of the parking lots are barren.

Parker Otto, Contributor

October 5, 2020

For years, the only option for students living in the residence halls to park their cars were the Orange lots by Grant and Stevenson Towers and New Hall. This gave students at Neptune and Gilbert Halls a disadvantage. This was until Campus Parking Services, on Sept. 18, notified students at the respec...

Enrollment increase is a positive sign for university

Enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester saw a 1% increase from last school year.

Jack Baudoin, Contributor

October 1, 2020

Many things have changed thanks to the global pandemic, and school is certainly one of them. When in person classes were stopped at the beginning of the pandemic, it was unclear just how much this would affect education in the country. In terms of NIU, things have been looking up for enrollment, and ...

The notorious RBG’s life and legacy is a great inspiration

RBG's memorial

Danielle Elliott, Contributor

September 30, 2020

On Sept. 18 I was on a Zoom call when my phone lit up with a notification. It read, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion of Gender Equality, Dies At 87.” My heart collapsed. As a woman interested in academia, RBG’s work is why I get to pursue my dreams. RBG’s life has inspired women like...

Virtual career fairs are still important and easily accessed

A power point ina virtual meeting introduces the virtual career fairs

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

September 25, 2020

It has been a new and unique experience for both students and administration to adjust to having interactions exclusively online this semester. Career Services has developed a way to continue hosting their career fairs, and attending these events is both easy and essential for students looking for employ...

Fill in the blank: Best online class platform

As the pandemic continues, students and professors have had to adapt to learning online.

Opinion Staff, Jack Baudoin, Summer Fitzgerald, and Danielle Elliott

September 20, 2020

The best platform or app for online classes and meetings is... Jack Baudoin: Microsoft Teams During this global pandemic, there are multiple platforms that I have been using to attend class. While they are all good and all attain the same goal, Microsoft Teams is by far the best. It has the easiest set...

Temporary in-person class shutdown is a positive move by university

5 more students test positive for COVID-19

Danielle Elliott, Contributor

September 17, 2020

NIU President Lisa Freeman sent out an email Friday to inform students that the university will temporarily be moving undergraduate courses online for two weeks due to the quick rise in students testing positive for COVID-19.  We are now nearly a week into the pause, and it seems to have been a smar...

Firsthand account: Living in a dorm during a pandemic

A door in Gilbert Residence Hall shows a sign stating No Visitors Allowed

Summer Fitzgerald, Contributor

September 13, 2020

Attending college during a pandemic was assuredly not on my bucket list for this lifetime, but it is now a reality that I have had to face and make the best of while living in Stevenson Residence Hall at NIU. Ever since March, I have been dreaming of the Fall 2020 semester signifying the pandemic...

Firsthand account: Commuting from home during a pandemic

The parking lot behind Gabel Hall sits empty Monday. During a typical semester, Lot 38 is usually full, but due to the NIU's campus shutting down, most of the parking lots are barren.

Jack Baudoin, Contributor

September 10, 2020

Even though we are in college, it does not always feel like it right now. We are not going to and sitting in class like we used to, and that is the exact opposite of what someone would think they would be doing in school. Many students still are experiencing a college lifestyle, whether they are ...

Firsthand account: Living in an apartment during a pandemic

Downtown DeKalb features several restaurants and shops for residents to explore.

Danielle Elliott, Contributor

September 8, 2020

I first transferred to NIU in January and struggled with deciding if I wanted to commute from my hometown of Plainfield or if I wanted to move into an apartment in DeKalb. After realizing my primary goal of coming to NIU was to connect with other students and professors, I knew that living near campus ...

Surveillance testing is a simple, necessary process

Free COVID-19 testing will be temporarily offered at Dekalb High School. Testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Jordan Radloff, Opinion Editor

September 3, 2020

This week the university’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program began. Increased testing for students attending on-campus classes and events will hopefully allow the university to conduct more effective contact tracing. Taking the nasal swab test was a simple process and all students selected to pa...