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The NIU Huskie Pride Statue and Holmes Student Center are recognizable landmarks to help new students find their way around campus.

Firsthand account: Being involved on/off campus can change your life

Janyce-Monique Johnson, Columnist September 16, 2021

Getting involved on campus has changed my life by giving me enriching experiences, valuable skills and the ability to overcome obstacles. I started my university experience at The University of Texas at El Paso, and my first semester there was very...

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Ranked: Shrek series, pinnacle of American art

Yari Tapia, Opinion Editor September 15, 2021

In 2001, DreamWorks Animation created a meticulous, incredible masterpiece that would win the hearts of many lives. This gem of a series is none other than “Shrek.” With 2021 marking Shrek’s 20th anniversary, it’s time to give the films their...

Officer Larry Williams talks to student at the front desk of Stevenson Towers.

Editorial: Students lack involvement in police chief search

Northern Star Editorial Board September 15, 2021

Representatives from Public Sector Search and Consulting conducted two listening sessions from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 8-9 via Zoom to gather student input about what attributes the next NIU chief of police should possess. Outside of the two hosts and one guest,...

Beautiful young brunette woman  touching own face.

Pretty privilege is problematic

Janyce-Monique Johnson, Columnist September 14, 2021

Even though the beauty standard is being challenged every day, the idea that one deserves better treatment and more advantages based solely on their level of attractiveness is still prominent in our society, and it is problematic. I was scrolling through...

A parking lot with a few spaces left for drivers to park in.

Opinion: Rethink student parking

Parker Otto, Columnist September 13, 2021

For years, the only parking options for students living in residence halls were the orange parking lots  near New Hall and Grant and Stevenson Towers, meaning that residents of Neptune and Gilbert Hall had to park in lots which made accessing their vehicles...

A visitor to the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center, in Shanksville, Pa, stand on an observation platform overlooking the crash site of Flight 93 at sunset Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, as the nation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

That time I… went to the Flight 93 National Memorial

Parker Otto, Columnist September 11, 2021

As an Illinoisan who’s used to flat plains, the hills of Appalachia are quite a sight. But the lovely environment of a small town called Shanksville will forever be remembered infamously by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.  In July, my family...

Columnist Ally Formeller believes candy corn is the perfect seasonal treat for the fall.

Unpopular opinion: Candy corn tastes good

Ally Formeller, Columnist September 10, 2021

 As Halloween approaches, grocery stores start filling their displays with seasonal candy, candy corn included. Most customers ignore these displays and opt for something sweeter.  But candy corn is the perfect seasonal treat.  The biggest gripe...

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Laptop notes keep students from learning

Ally Formeller, Columnist September 10, 2021

Note taking sucks; it’s slow, tedious and easy to miss exactly what the professor said.  Taking the time to write your notes by hand, though, is actually how you learn— not with a blank page of Google Docs in front of you.  With laptops being...

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Internet helps mental health awareness

Yari Tapia, Opinion Editor September 10, 2021

Mental illness has been brutally stigmatized within society. Because of this, many people live without fully acknowledging their mental health concerns. However, there have been greater efforts put into education on mental health concerns via the internet....

Keearin Jackson (left) and Erin Grace in front of the Delta Gamma house ready to start the fall semester.

That time I … joined a sorority

Keearin Jackson, Columnist September 9, 2021

Joining a sorority can be scary, nervous and exciting all in one. For me, joining a sorority was actually surprising. Coming to NIU, I never thought I would be a part of such an amazing sisterhood.  In the second semester of my sophomore year, I got...

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That time I … was diagnosed with Lupus

Janyce-Monique Johnson, Columnist September 8, 2021

I was 14 when I first had symptoms. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, symptoms of Lupus develop in mostly women of ages 15-44. Symptoms began in 2013 when I was in the 8th grade. I had a presentation in English class, and I was nervous....

Pieces to the game Dungeons and Dragons

Tabletop gaming for the win

Parker Otto, Columnist September 8, 2021

As students adjust to in-person classes and interact with people in real life, it’s only natural to make up for all of those lost socialization opportunities. One activity friends and family can do together is tabletop gaming. While other elements of...

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