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Gabby Crabtree

Gabby Crabtree, News Editor

Gabby Crabtree is the news editor at the Northern Star. She is a first-year and a communication media studies major.

Gabby is a percussionist, plays in NIU's Steelband and is a member of NIU Signing Huskies, an ASL club at NIU.


All content by Gabby Crabtree
Keg & Kernel, located at 106 E. Lincoln Highway, sits open on Wednesday night. Keg & Kernel has announced it will be permanently closing April 28. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

[Photo] Keg & Kernel to close its doors

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor
April 17, 2024
The Student Government Association sign hangs on a wall in the Holmes Student Center in the OASIS pit in 2022. SGA is hosting a special election on Wednesday for 10 open legislative seats. (Northern Star File Photo)

SGA to hold special election

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
April 14, 2024
Students paint and relax during the Solar New Year event Thursday at the Asian American Resource Center. Students celebrated Solar New Year by watercolor painting and writing four accomplishments from the past solar year. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

AARC paints for Solar New Year

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
April 12, 2024
Ja’kobe Jones, SGA presidential candidate, speaks at a podium during the March 22 SGA debates. Jones won the SGA presidential ticket with 1,124 votes. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

SGA announces election winners

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
April 5, 2024
Olivia Rodrigo stands on stage in a silver outfit during her March 12 performance in St. Louis. Rodrigo has released five new songs on Friday. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

[Photo] Olivia Rodrigo spills 5 new ‘GUTS’ songs

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
March 24, 2024
The Amazon Hub sits on the ground floor of the Holmes Student Center around the corner from Huskie Books & Gear and the Depot C-store. The locker can be added to your address book on Amazon by selecting the aventura locker and opened with a unique code once delivered instead of shipping to your home or dorm. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Amazon Hub comes to Holmes

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
February 28, 2024
A margarita sits on the counter at Rositas in DeKalb. Rositas, along with the restaurants below, are great places to get a drink in DeKalb. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

[Photo] Margaritas, happy hours, great times

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer
February 22, 2024
Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donut’s building sits with advertisements for their Valentine’s Day specials hung on their windows. Multiple restaurants in DeKalb are having special deals for Valentine’s Day. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Sweet Deals on Valentine’s Day

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
February 13, 2024
Financial aid coordinator Sadie Barge sits behind a desk Tuesday in the lobby of NIUs Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. The office offers support for the newly-simplified FAFSA application that opened with the new year. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

FAFSA updated for 2024-2025

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
January 18, 2024
Freshman computer science major Sebastian Santellanes pushes a dorm move-in cart down the icy sidewalk Monday toward the southern entrance of Stevenson Towers. As classes begin Tuesday, the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory and expects a high temperature of minus 2 degrees on the first day back. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU students bundle up and move in

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
January 16, 2024
Students walk out of an NIU bus while it’s snowing. El Nino, a weather phenomena, can cause warmer and drier conditions during the winter. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

[Photo] Prepare for winter despite El Nino

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
November 26, 2023
Michael Embrey, a DeKalb resident and Air Force veteran, speaks at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Memorial Park. Embrey recognized members of the crowd who have helped DeKalb earn the title of National Veteran City of the Year. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Community gathers to honor veterans

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
November 11, 2023

Woman killed in DUI car crash

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
November 7, 2023
NIU law students partake in a game of craps. The SBA hosted a Casino Night at the Marshall Gallery in Swen Parson Hall. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

SBA hosts annual Casino Night

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
November 5, 2023
A police cars sirens flash their lights. Anthony Redd, a 40-year-old DeKalb resident, was arrested on felony charges of armed robbery, home invasion and unlawful restraint. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Armed robbery suspect caught

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
October 28, 2023
Angela Nyam-Ochir, president of Fencing Club, gives instructions to members on what skills to focus on and practice in Monday night’s meeting. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Unmasking NIU’s Fencing Club

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
October 5, 2023
A person holds their card in one hand and papers in the other. Impulsive spending can lead to debt, bad credit and other issues. (Getty Images)

Gen Z might be spending, not saving

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor
September 25, 2023
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