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Ask Madelaine: Response to Anonymous

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | January 25, 2022

Figuring out what to do after graduation can be a struggle for many. This week's advice column deals with the difficult decision of what to do next. I graduate in May and I'm tempted to just take my degree, find a job, and move to a city I've never...

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill to host rock-filled weekend

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill to host rock-filled weekend

By Parker Otto | February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Classic rock hits will be played at Hometown Sports Bar & Grill this weekend with the bands HiFi Superstar and Street Legal performing at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Stage Left by Hometown's Sports Bar & Grill music...

Chi-Town Showdown to be held at SeatGeek Stadium

Chi-Town Showdown to be held at SeatGeek Stadium

By James Krause | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — Director of Athletics Sean Fraizer announced the return of the Chi-Town Showdown, with the football team hosting Brigham Young University on Oct. 24 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.The announcement came Wednesday in a news release, with Fraizer...

Meth, of Chicago, performs Feb. 1 at the Rockness Sound Studio.

Midwest bands bring unforgettable night to Rockford

By Jacob Baker | February 9, 2020

DeKALB — Meth, Greet Death, Quilt Club and Livid delivered an unbelievable night to remember Feb. 1 at the Rockness Sound Studio in Rockford in a genre-mixed show.Meth, the headlining band from Chicago, is a perfect fusion of mathcore, drone, noisecore,...

Kris Bryants days on the Chicago Cubs are most likely numbered

Kris Bryant’s days on the Chicago Cubs are most likely numbered

By Aaron Doster | February 6, 2020

DeKALB — The Chicago Cubs might be looking to part ways with third baseman Kris Bryant amidst his denied grievance claim for service time manipulation. Bryant and his agent Scott Boras claimed the Cubs kept him off the opening day roster in 2015 so...

Protesters gather at a climate strike May 5 in Chicago to advocate for the federal government to focus on solving the climate change issue.

Youth need to be more involved in political advocacy

By Jordan Radloff | January 30, 2020

Local climate activist group 350Kishwaukee partnered Wednesday with Sunrise Movement to host a meeting at 1121 Loren Drive, urging local youth and college students to be more active in advocating for the Green New Deal. Events such as these are a reminder...

A plaque placed below the tree has Holmes name and dedication written on it for students and anyone who walks by.

Namesake: Holmes Student Center tree dedicated to fifth university president

By Parker Otto | January 27, 2020

On the East side of the Holmes Student Center, facing Normal Road, is an oak tree with a plaque dedicated to a man named Leslie A. Holmes from 1975. While this tree may go unnoticed at times, the oak and the student center behind it are both named in...

Alumnus devotes himself to music career

Alumnus devotes himself to music career

By Quentin Wilson | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — It can be a struggle to find yourself as an artist while attending college, but one Huskie graduate was able to successfully handle the pressures of both.In December, Stevon Odueze graduated from NIU with a bachelor’s degree in occupational...

Northern Star contributor Alma Garcia (fifth from left) stands in 2008 with native Malawian teenagers 2008 in Chitunda, Malawi.

That time I volunteered to build a school in Malawi, Africa

By Alma Garcia | January 15, 2020

I was 16 when I first felt one with nature. I was standing alone in the middle of the beautiful Malawi countryside under the brilliant glow of the moon and her stars. It was a stunning experience that I’d never thought possible.Being a kid from Chicago,...

That time I performed at the House of Blues

By Jack Baudoin | January 12, 2020

Getting up in front of a class for a speech can be a nerve-racking experience. Turn that 30-person class into a crowd of a couple hundred people at one of the most famous concert venues in Chicago, and those nerves get doubled, even tripled. However,...

Photos from a WNIJ public records request to the DeKalb County Health Department. Photos were sent to Health Department officials at various times via email since 2016. Photos and emails do not reflect internal remedial efforts made in response by Suburban management or maintenance crews, and it’s unclear whether management was made aware of tenant concerns before tenants reached out to the health department.

Tenants living in unincorporated apartments report health concerns to county

By Sarah Jesmer | December 9, 2019

Editor's note: This story is part of a collaboration with WNIJ. Listen to this story's radio broadcast here. Read News Editor Noah Thornburgh's story here. Listen to WNIJ's broadcast on why we came to this story here.DeKALB — County renters and landlords...

Huskies in the NFL: week 13 performance recap

By Kyle Mathas | December 5, 2019

DeKALB – Week 13 of the NFL season featured multiple former Huskie football players who represented NIU in big ways.Guard Max Scharping once again played every offensive snap when on Sunday night the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots...