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Drag Queen Miranda Kherr lip syncs Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) by ABBA on the runway Friday at the CAB Drag Show. Five drag queens lip synced and performed drag to pop songs in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Drag Queens come back to NIU

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 24, 2024

DeKALB – Friday night, NIU was greeted by royalty as five drag queens delivered a night of passion, glamor and excitement to an awaiting crowd. The queens arrived not in regal attire, but in sequins and thigh high boots. Whether the crowd was being...

Groups of students play poker at game tables. The NIU CAB hosted a Casino Night Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Over 173 students enjoy CAB’s casino night

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | March 9, 2024

In the dead of night, the distant howl of delighted yells and groans of despair echoed across the second floor of the Holmes Student Center.  While one might believe the cause to be a wandering spirit of the night or maybe even a student reacting...

First-year students Bhavya Sangoi and Abhishek Vallabhaneni roast marshmallows to make S’more. CAB’s Winter Wonderland event provided students with winter wonderland activities. (Sasha Norman | Northern Star)

Chilly night in wonderland

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | December 5, 2023

DeKALB – A chilly breeze passed, carrying a slight scent of smoke through the night. Despite the biting cold, some passerby stopped to check out the Winter Wonderland event.  The first annual CAB Winter Wonderland was held Monday at the Holmes Student...

Liz Wright (left), the executive assistant to the president, Matt Streb, the chief strategy officer and George Middlemist, vice president for administration and finance, trying out KA-BAO and Little Os frozen treats food trucks on Wednesday. Food Truck Wednesdays will be happening 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday on Normal Road until the end of September. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Food Truck Wednesday takes over Normal Road

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | August 30, 2023

DeKALB – Food Truck Wednesdays made a delicious debut Wednesday as the NIU community lined up for a taste.  Food Trucks were stationed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the closed portion of Normal Road where local vendors: Little O’s Frozen Treats, BattleAxe...

Zelina Azul posing during the Campus Activities Boards drag show. J.J. Hernandez, chairman of Huskies After Dark for CAB, said the event was held due to a recent lack of drag shows and the passing anti-drag and anti-transgender legislation. (Cheyenne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

‘The sun doesn’t ask permission to shine,’ the CAB drag show

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | March 26, 2023

DeKALB – A murder occurred on Thursday night: five queens slayed the stage in front of a fervid audience. At 8 p.m. Thursday, the Duke Ellington Ballroom held a free drag show. The crowd of nearly 400 people were treated to a night of music, performance,...

CAB to host free drag show for students

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | March 23, 2023

DeKALB – The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is hosting a free drag show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. The event will feature drag artists like Flicky Fourloko and Aleyna Couture, who will...

The Student Government Association is located in the Holmes Student Center ground floor in the OASIS space.

SGA distributes $171,000 in unspent funds, $75,000 to CAB

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | December 4, 2022

DeKALB – The Student Government Association has chosen to allocate $75,000 to the Campus Activities Board. The SGA did not spend the entirety of their funds from last year, meaning that the remaining funds moved over to the current year and are available...

A pajama themed night-in hosted by CAB, will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the Holmes Student Center. All NIU students are welcomed to join.

Holidays come to ‘A Night at Holmes’ on Dec. 1

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | November 30, 2022

The Northern Illinois University Campus Activities Board will be hosting A Night at Holmes event to celebrate the holidays. A Night at Holmes will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Holmes Student Center and is open to all NIU students. The event...

The list of the contents placed in the Huskies Care and Serve Blessing Bags. CAB will host these events every first and third Tuesday of the month.

Huskies Care and Serve program gives back to community

By Ally Formeller | February 9, 2022

DeKALB — Huskies Care and Serve is a volunteer program run by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) that allows students to work on projects that give back to the NIU and DeKalb communities. Tuesday’s event allowed students to fill bags with necessities...

Campus Activities Board hiring, apps due by Jan. 30

By Northern Star staff | January 22, 2015

Campus Activities Board is hiring for two positions, according to a post on its website.Open positions include a coordinator for Educational Leadership and a marketing intern/coordinator.The coordinator for Educational Leadership will run the committee...