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The College Grind, a closed coffee shop, sits on the second level of the Holmes Student Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

What’s Up With: The College Grind cafe in Holmes

By Joseph Howerton and Evan Mellon | January 19, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece is the first story in the Northern Star’s new series: “What’s Up With?” You can fill out a submission form here for potential coverage. On an ordinary day, the College Grind, a cafe in the Holmes Student Center,...

Fill in the blank: My favorite spot on campus is…

By Northern Star Perspective Staff | January 31, 2019

Ashley Hines | Contributor... DuSable HallBeing a political science major, almost all of my classes the last two semesters have been in DuSable Hall. The building is the closest building to my dorm, which inherently makes it superior to any other building....

New coffee vendor gets SA approval

By Morgan Fink | January 26, 2017

DeKALB — A Just Brew is opening up shop on the main level of the Holmes Student Center today and will serve craft-brewed coffee to students on a budget.Its mission is to serve quality coffee on campuses at donation-based prices. This means that if a...

Students cheering on the NIU Huskies at the MAC championship football game last year.

Weekend Guide September 3

By Northern Star staff | September 3, 2015

Students cheering on the NIU Huskies at the MAC championship football game last year.

4 best places to get warm around campus

4 best places to get warm around campus

By Northern Star staff | February 23, 2015

It’s important to bundle up and avoid frostbite by stopping to warm up frequently.Here are the coziest and best places to warm up on campus and around DeKalb.Neptune CentralNeptune Central has fireplaces, relaxing piano music, comfy couches — what...

Weekend Guide: Feb. 12

By Northern Star staff | February 12, 2015

Unlike, the world doesn’t revolve around Valentine’s Day. Here are some weekend events that have nothing to do with pink or heart-shaped treats:TodayThe University Honors Program is hosting an open mic night where students will perform...

Pass/Fail: Novel writing month kicks off Saturday; Cafes host open mic night simultaneously

By Carl Nadig | October 30, 2014

Pass: Novel writing month kicks off SaturdayCreative minds can participate in a global writing marathon beginning Saturday and lasting until the end of November.National Novel Writing Month is a drawn-out project as participants write a 50,000-word novel...

Luke Underhill, Yorkville High School senior and co-host of open mic night, sings and plays acoustic guitar Monday at Fatty’s Pub, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway.

Open mic venues provide space for students to express creativity

By Carl Nadig | March 24, 2014

Monday night venues such as College Grind and Fatty’s, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, are places where students can express themselves with a stage and microphone.Any public forum is an opportunity for what a community has to offer students. For the purposes...

College Grind needs local performers

By Danny Cozzi | February 19, 2014

NIU needs a more integrated community. Let’s start with student musicians.The College Grind, a new coffee shop in the Holmes Student Center, hosts Live Music Mondays every week. Since its grand opening, I’ve considered the College Grind a place where...

Holmes cafe mixes live music into coffee

By James Green | February 4, 2014

The Holmes Student Center’s College Grind will host live music Monday nights for free.For the first three Mondays of every month, the Leftridge Sextet, led by Kenneth Leftridge, senior jazz studies major, will play at 8 p.m. at the cafe.A different...

BOT to discuss ‘College Grind’

By Northern Star Staff | September 14, 2011

The NIU Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. today in Altgeld Hall 315.Among items up for approval are the Fiscal Year 2012 internal budget, a report from the office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and discussion of Vision 2020.Items up...

Board of Trustees approves renovations to Holmes Student Center

By Felix Sarver | August 26, 2011

A plan for a new campus hangout on campus was presented to Board of Trustees committees alongside budget approvals and marketing innovations on Aug. 25.Jeff Daurer, director of capital budget and space planning, gave a presentation to the Finance, Facilities...