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Michael Mollsen

Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor

Michael Mollsen (he/him) is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in history. He joined the Northern Star in the spring of 2023. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing hockey on his weekends, as well as working out.

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Three people stand talking and pointing. The Student Government Association discussed a petition to terminate the Chief Justice of the SGA Supreme Court. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA announces petition to terminate Chief Justice

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 29, 2024
Three people stand at podiums gesturing and speaking. The Student Government Association met on Friday to discuss potential constitutional bills about the Supreme Court and SGA stipends. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA Senate reworks constitutional bill

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 15, 2024
Three people stand at podiums talking and gesturing. SGA on Friday dismissed Anthony Heavens, the director of student life. (Northern Star graphic)

Director Heavens dismissed from SGA

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
March 25, 2024
Aidan O’Brien, a junior marketing major and student trustee candidate, stands and addresses the crowd. The Student Government Association held a debate on Thursday for students to get to know the candidates. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Students go head-to-head during SGA Debate

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
March 22, 2024
Three people stand and gesture while talking at podiums. SGA met on Friday and appointed a new chief of staff, passed a new bill and approved a new club. (Northern Star graphic)

SGA appoints new Chief of Staff

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 19, 2024
Three students stand at podiums talking and gesturing. SGA’s meeting on Friday reduced the number of students required in club, mandated training for club leaders and had an incident with a senator bringing in food. (Northern Star Graphic)

SGA lowers club member requirement

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 12, 2024
Speaker Cole Hensley speaks at Friday’s State of the SGA Address. Hensley noted the SGA’s approval of 22 organizations this year as one of their achievements. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

First State of the SGA, No attendees

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 5, 2024
Three students stand at a podium talking and gesturing. The Student Government Association met at 2 p.m on Jan. 26 where they appointed a new director of academic affairs, gave seven organizations recognition and a senator violated the University Student Conduct policy. (Northern Star Graphic)

SGA recognizes seven student organizations

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
January 29, 2024
Senior biochemistry major Konur Kivisto (left), freshman computer science major Jakob Kasarcik and sophomore finance major Ryan Kramer play chess Tuesday at the Spring Involvement Fair. The fair was the first of many events happening at NIU this semester. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Upcoming events, spring semester 2024

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
January 18, 2024
Jade Silva Tovar, NIUs new assistant vice president of DEI, stands in front of a dark background. Tovar discussed her goals for NIU in an interview with the Northern Star. (Courtesy of Jade Silva Tovar)

Meet new assistant vice president for DEI

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
December 4, 2023
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)

Prepare for winter despite El Nino

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
November 26, 2023
From left: Professor Abu Bah, Associate Professors Laura Heideman, Chess Thurber, Emily McKee and graduate student Nader Alghoul sitting on a panel Wednesday in the Regency Room at the Holmes Student Center to analyze the war between Israel and Hamas. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU panel discusses ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
November 9, 2023
Zombie Barbie dolls stand on Amy Forkells lawn. Forkell has over 800 zombie Barbies set out for Halloween this year. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

DeKalb resident creates zombie Barbie horde

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
October 29, 2023
The Egyptian Theatre sits under a cloudy sky. DeKalb county residents share their ghostly stories with the Northern Star. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

What’s so paranormal about the activity in DeKalb?

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
October 25, 2023
A student doodles while working on homework. NIU students spoke about their experience dealing with ADHD. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU students navigate college with ADHD

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
October 17, 2023
A calzone from D.P. Dough is ripped in two and has cheese pulling between halves. D.P. Dough, a new restaurant in DeKalb, had a soft opening on Tuesday. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

D.P. Dough brings calzones to DeKalb

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
September 26, 2023
Isiah Camarao, a sophomore biological sciences major, teaches a group at the Foreign Language Residence Program to speak Tagalog. The Foreign Language Residence Program helps to teach language through conversation. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

FLRP does not flop when it comes to learning a language

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
September 20, 2023
An American flag is placed on the World Trade Center memorial to honor one of the fallen from the Sept. 11 attacks. (Wes Sanderson | N.S. File photo)

The impact of 9/11 at NIU

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
September 10, 2023
A Sycamore student aged 17 died Sept. 7 after being stabbed. (Getty Images)

17-year-old student dies after stabbing in Sycamore

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
September 8, 2023
Students and community members carrying flags and parading through campus, celebrating the beginning of Latino Heritage Month on Sept. 15 2022. Latino heritage month runs from September 15 to October 15 each year. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Month-long Hispanic Heritage events kick off Sept. 13

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
September 6, 2023
NIUs observatory on Friday is located inside of Davis Hall. The observatory is open 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. ( Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Davis Hall Observatory reopened to NIU

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
August 29, 2023
Everett Barnett, a first-year majoring in computer science, stand with his mom Catherine in front of Grant Towers on Thursday. First-year and returning students moved over the weekend in preparation for the Fall semester. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

NIU move-in day beats the heat

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
August 27, 2023
DeKalb downtown welcomes a new wine and charcuterie restaurant Class VI, 214 E Lincoln Highway. The winery offers crafted cocktails and a wide variety of wine. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

New wine bar coming to DeKalb

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
May 3, 2023
Recently built garden beds near the Stevens Building. 100 new gardens beds have been built as part of the Edible Campus initiative.(Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

Edible Campus to promote sustainability

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
May 2, 2023
NIU Cares volunteers at the DeKalb County Community Garden lift wooden boards to move them to a different location. (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

NIU Cares provides service around DeKalb

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 22, 2023
Quinyatta Hutchinson was arrested for child sex abuse. (Courtesy of DeKalb Police Department)

NIU senior arrested for child sex abuse

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 20, 2023

Weather person Nicholas Gomez, a junior mechanical engineering major. Gomez has used the social media app Yik Yak to anonymously report the weather. (Bridgette Fox | Northern Star)

Who is the Yik Yak ‘weather person’

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 18, 2023
The palette covering up the broken window at The Fargo. The Fargo hosted an art event on April 14. (Savannah Lundberg | Northern Star)

Car crash leads to community art event

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 15, 2023
Multiple posters in Reavis Hall, one poster advising students to not skip class. NIU has been campaigning for students to stop missing class. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU’s response to skipping class

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
April 6, 2023
SGA Senate The Student Government Association Senate unanimously approved its first senator for the semester at Sunday’s meeting.

Results of SGA elections announced

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
March 31, 2023
The NIU Recreation Center during a snowy afternoon on campus. It is the perfect place for students to exercise before heading back to their dorm room. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

CAB to host a campus paint party

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
March 29, 2023
Downtown DeKalb’s Frost Parking Lot rests empty Friday at East Locust and Sixth Street. A new city ordinance will allow DeKalb commuters to park after 5 a.m. and take the 12 line bus to the Elburn train station. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Elburn bus route free for OneCard holders

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
March 19, 2023

SGA to host Women’s History Month brunch

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
March 6, 2023
Student Government Association Senators Dallas Douglass (left) and Chris English addressing other SGA senators. During the Feb. 24 meeting, the SGA approved legislation that requires all senators to pass at least one piece of legislation during their term. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

SGA now requires senators to write legislation

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 26, 2023
NIU womens basketball team huddled in a circle before the game on Feb. 18, 2023 against Ball State.  The Huskies defeated the University of Central Michigan on Saturday by a final score of 70- 57. (Northern Star file photo)

DeKalb day planner: Feb. 25

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 22, 2023

NIU crime log, Jan. 2023

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 15, 2023
The Netflix home page shows a list of trending shows on a laptop screen.

What I’m watching this weekend: Michael Mollsen

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
February 1, 2023
Devon Walker and Michael Longfellow. (Photo courtesy of NIU Media and Communications)

New SNL cast members to visit NIU

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor
January 25, 2023
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