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Solar energy to lower tenants’ ComEd bills

By Noah Thornburgh | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Read WNIJ Reporter Sarah Jesmer's story here and listen to her broadcast here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — On 19 acres of unincorporated DeKalb...

Echo chambers can create biases

By Anthony Parlogean | December 4, 2019

The news is constantly battling for our attention through our luminescent screens, as well as radio and print media. In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, this constant stream of information may be contributing to the creation and prolongation of echo...

NIU sexual violence reports increase, officials say could indicate more willingness to report

By Ashley Dwy | October 31, 2019

DeKALB — NIU saw an increase in reported Violence Against Women Act crimes in this year’s Clery Report, but officials say this could indicate an increasing willingness to report, not an increase in the total amount of crimes.Megan Sippel, director...

Polo G performs  9 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. 

Rappers kick off Homecoming with energetic show

By Quentin Wilson | October 23, 2019

DeKALB — Rapper Polo G kicked off Homecoming Week with a heartfelt performance 9 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. The event was hosted by the Campus Activities Board.Chicago rapper Queen Key and NIU students...

Poverty Simulation helps illustrate what millions go through every day

By Payton Higgins | September 24, 2019

Live Healthy DeKalb County Food Security Council and the University of Illinois extension worked together to host a Poverty Simulation on Friday at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building. The simulation taught participants about the harsh realities that...

Public comments to close on four policies

By Northern Star Staff | September 18, 2019

There are four proposed policies up for comment until Sept. 20 on NIU’s policy library website.The policy library catalogs university policies and allows anyone to comment on proposed changes online. All information is taken from the documents uploaded...

People need to care about gun violence

People need to care about gun violence

By Ashley Hines | March 18, 2019

There needs to be a change of attitude when dealing with the prioritization of drastic and progressive efforts and gun violence needs to top that list before it touches more lives.Six people were killed and six people were injured during the mass shooting...

Learning altered by textbook cost

By Ashley Hines | February 21, 2019

Students pay an exorbitant amount in collegiate fees to achieve a higher education. The needlessly high cost of textbooks erects barriers which prevent students from achieving their fullest academic potential.Since fall 2017, NIU and student association...

Ads are key platform for social issues

By Noah Thornburgh | January 27, 2019

Gillette’s recent “The Best Men Can Be” advertising campaign, released online Jan. 13, received a polarized reaction from the public. It has been praised for its anti-toxic masculinity stance and criticized as an inauthentic ploy to capitalize on...