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The May 4, 2022 print publication of the Northern Star marks the final weekly print edition of our paper. The first print edition came out in 1899.

Editorial: Northern Star welcomes new era of journalism

Since 1899, students at NIU have committed themselves to serving the greater populace of their campus by regularly putting out a newspaper. Now that over a century has since passed, the Northern Star as we know it today is moving to a more digital-based...

The time I... met my celebrity crush

The time I… met my celebrity crush

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle reporter | May 5, 2022

Growing up I watched Disney Channel a lot as I'm sure every kid did, but one of my favorites was Wizards of Waverly Place starring Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Gregg Sulkin and Jennifer Stone. I loved Alex Russo’s sassy attitude, the family dynamic and...

GUEST COLUMN: Future of journalism is digital

By Kelly Bauer | May 5, 2022

Editors note: Kelly Bauer was editor-in-chief at the Northern Star from 2012 to 2015. Currently, Bauer is breaking news editor at Block Club Chicago. I’ve always loved having a newspaper in my hands: flipping the pages, scanning the headlines, having...

Jordan Radloff (right) poses with other graduating seniors in the Star office.

Sports editor says goodbye

By Jordan Radloff, Sports Editor | May 5, 2022

My journey at the Northern Star has helped me grow not only as a student journalist, but also as a person. The life and work management skills that I have learned since I joined the staff at the start of my freshman year in Fall 2019 are invaluable and...

Transfer student reflects on two years at the Star

Transfer student reflects on two years at the Star

By Ally Formeller, Columnist | May 5, 2022

Being a transfer student during COVID, I didn’t get to spend as much time at the Northern Star as I would have liked.  I joined the Northern Star in my junior year. I wouldn’t call myself a seasoned journalist, but I’ve been a part of a few...

Brionna Belcher says goodbye to the Star as she prepares to graduate in May.

Managing editor contemplates self growth

By Brionna Belcher, Managing Editor | May 3, 2022

While I’ve learned a lot at the Star, the biggest lesson that I’ve taken away from my experience is to believe in myself.  As a journalism major, I considered applying to the Star many times, but I always thought that I wouldn't be good enough.  Thanks...

Parker Otto sits outside on NIUs campus.

Senior reporter excited for future

By Parker Otto, Columnist | May 3, 2022

At the time of this writing, it’s two in the morning and I am trying to summarize four years of working for the Northern Star. Being a writer often is made up of late evenings, fueled by Coca-Cola and a deadline. But as I write one of my final articles...

When it comes to investing in skincare, those with acne-prone skin are forced to spend way more money on products based on the ingredients and purposes.

Skincare should be affordable for all skin types

By Elisa Reamer, News Editor | May 2, 2022

Having acne-prone skin means having to spend thousands of dollars over your lifetime and constantly hearing, “Just drink more water!” “Do you wash your face?” and “You know, if you didn’t eat that, your skin would clear up.”  People...

Actor Johnny Depp stands in the courtroom after a break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, April 25, 2022. Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.

Men can be victims too 

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Columnist | April 28, 2022

TW: mention of sexual assault and domestic violence.  As Sexual Assult Awareness month comes to a close, we know anyone can be a victim of sexual assault and domestic violence, but there is one aspect that isn’t talked about enough: men can be victims...

Wes Sanderson poses for a photo after taking Huskie football photos for the Star.

Final Goodbye: Wes Sanderson

By Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief | April 27, 2022

Ask me to talk about the news, sports or issue of the day and I could talk to you for a good couple of hours. Ask me to talk about my relationship to the Northern Star, and I couldn’t even think where to begin. This semester has been a rollercoaster....

The word Matter from the phrase Black Lives Matter is painted in red letters along Castle Drive.

Editorial: Repaint Castle Drive BLM mural

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 27, 2022

What once served as a powerful recognition of the importance of Black lives is now barely visible as the words “Black Lives Matter” continue to fade on Castle Drive.  The Northern Star Editorial Board believes that the words Black Lives Matter...

Some believe that money cant buy happiness, but others argue that it can solve a lot of problems that cause stress.

Unpopular Opinion: Money can buy happiness 

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Columnist | April 27, 2022

Money is very important to happiness, especially in today’s society.  It is no secret that money causes stress for families and individuals. As a student we constantly have to think about finances whether it be saving to move out, a credit card,...

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