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Documentary to be shown to spread sexual assult awareness

By Allison Krecek | April 16, 2014

Students will learn about sexual assault and its consequences while snacking on something sweet at Thursday’s Divas and Desserts.Attendees may enjoy dessert and light refreshments during a screening of “Red Blooded Men,” which will be followed by...

E.B.O.N.Y. award show raises $500

E.B.O.N.Y. award show raises $500

By Allison Krecek | April 13, 2014

E.B.O.N.Y. Women honored the popularity of social media at its Instagrammy Awards Thursday.The Instagrammys began on Instagram to get students’ attention about upcoming awards. Students could nominate Instagram users in categories like Best Instagram...

The Goosinator stands at the Grounds Building just south of Huskie Stadium. The device is a humane way to transfer geese populations from less desirable areas of the campus and East Lagoon to areas more suitable for geese.

There’s a new sheriff in town: Goosinator

By Lark Lewis & Allison Krecek | March 25, 2014

NIU has partnered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to decrease the number of geese on campus.The department and NIU are bringing in the Goosinator to solve the problem. The Goosinator, which costs $3,497 to buy and $300 to $400 a year...

Students pick up butts to protest cigarette smoking

By Allison Krecek | March 18, 2014

Locals are protesting the use of tobacco during the 19th annual Kick Butts Day.Kick Butts Day was created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. During this day, youth are encouraged to raise awareness of tobacco’s harm. The DeKalb County Department...

Temperature to range from 30 to 50 degrees

By Allison Krecek | March 18, 2014

Students might not need to wear their heavy winter jackets as temperatures rise this week.This winter, locals faced weather that often dropped into the negatives and was accompanied by brutal winds. Even when March hit, students still faced weather in...

150 students volunteer to serve, unite Chicago

By Allison Krecek | March 6, 2014

Students are gearing up to promote unity, peace and love this Friday in Chicago.Students were invited to volunteer for Save Chicago Day, which was created by Randiss Hopkins, senior music education and jazz performance major. Hopkins got the idea when...

Faculty chosen to help make Digital Lab

By Allison Krecek | February 27, 2014

Faculty are preparing to help the workforce in advanced manufacturing after they were chosen for a developing role for the Digital Lab for Manufacturing.The Digital Lab for Manufacturing was announced by President Barack Obama Tuesday and is to be built...

Retention woes trouble NIU

Retention woes trouble NIU

By Allison Krecek | February 26, 2014

Correction: In the Wednesday article “Retention woes trouble NIU,” the Northern Star incorrectly reported that NIU spokesman Paul Palian had said “part of the reason for the decrease in student enrollment is due to lack of communication among students...

Faculty featured in recital series

By Allison Krecek | February 25, 2014

Music professor Mark Ponzo helped create the Fox Valley Orchestra’s Principal Recital series — which began on Sunday — to feature the orchestra’s best players.Ponzo and music professor JeongSoo Kim performed in the first event of the series Sunday....

Acts of Kindness Day honors student’s life

By Allison Krecek | February 20, 2014

This Friday will be the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Day to honor Tim Getzelman and NIU student Lexi Weber, who died in a car crash in 2011.Tamara Getzelman, mother of Tim Getzelman, helped organize the day because she wants to keep the pair’s...

Summer schedule returns to 5 days

By Allison Krecek | February 17, 2014

Faculty and staff will change up their summer schedule to now work five days a week on campus.NIU has had a four-day schedule over the summer from Monday to Thursday. This year, it has been changed to a five-day schedule to accommodate current and prospective...

Revitalizing NIU a balancing game

By Allison Krecek | February 11, 2014

NIU’s Master Plan Thesis would transform the campus with “green” buildings and more activities for students, but the ideas don’t come without worries.The main goals of the Master Plan Thesis, developed under NIU President Doug Baker, are to add...