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Northern Star Staff

February 6, 2020

DeKALB — A public hearing is set for Monday night’s City Council meeting for residents to give their opinions on a five-year Community Development Block Grant.The Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded program aimed to increase housing, community and economic opportunities for low...

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

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

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, I’d grown up under the cloudy orange glow of...

Students on social media should verify information before sharing

In the age of social media, rumors of alleged threats can spread in seconds and be blown out of proportion.

Jordan Radloff

November 20, 2019

Any possible threat to campus should be taken seriously, but spreading rumors on social media about threats that aren’t proven to be true does more harm than good in making the student population feel safe. Students should have waited for the university police to determine if the alleged safety threat fr...

Library exhibits world cultures with 8 Countries in 1 Day

Noah Johnson

September 9, 2019

The DeKalb Public Library held 8 Countries in 1 Day Saturday, an annual sponsored event which aimed to celebrate culture.The countries presented to attendees were Norway, South Korea, Zimbabwe, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Italy and Canada.Stations representing each country were dispersed throughout the lib...

Nonprofit promotes community comradery

Public Relations Manager Elizabeth Warner (left), co-founder Kwamayne King and Project Phileo co-founder Brandon Soto (right) play pool Wednesday at American Legion, 1204 S. Fourth St.

Taher Zeitoun

February 6, 2019

DeKALB ­— Non-profit organization Project Phileo believes the key to promoting humanitarian aid through charity is by connecting like-minded individuals to work together in growing through empathy and common values.  Project Phileo was created by senior psychology major Kwamayne King and partner Bra...

Transfer of ownership to bring gym new equipment and programs

Senior OM&IS major Luis Montenegro works out his biceps at 9 a.m. by using the barebell Wednesday at Fitworkz, 1690 Sycamore Road, in DeKalb.

Taher Zeitoun

February 6, 2019

DeKALB — Fitworkz in DeKalb transferred ownership to locals who will be remodeling everything from training programs to floor layout and equipment.It was announced Jan. 10 on the Fitworkz Facebook page by owner Ray Binkowski that Fitworkz, 1690 Sycamore Road, would close. In addition to announcing...

Newly appointed city manager hopes to enhance city, university relationship

In this Jan. 14 photo, DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas sits at his desk and reviews documents after stepping into the position.

Taher Zeituoun

January 14, 2019

DeKalb — Bill Nicklas is hired as DeKalb city manager to help strengthen community budget and repair financial infrastructure.The goal of the city manager is to ensure City Council policies are implemented effectively by providing management in regard to all areas of city government, according to t...

Women explore generational gaps in communication and ways to bridge those gaps

Graduate student Mary Stamps contributed to the conversation Friday during the I Am Because She Is event in the Center for Black Studies.

Sophia Mullowney

December 4, 2018

DeKALB — Women gathered at the Center for Black Studies to discuss and repair generational gaps in communication Friday for I Am Because She Is, a forum hosted in collaboration by the Center for Black Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.Bettie Mattison, event organizer and graduat...

Autism Caregiver Group hosts first bike workshop featuring adaptable bikes

Participants adjust bikes to fit their measurements in demonstrating how to use the adapts-table bikes in the Health, Wellness and Literacy Center parking lot during the workshop Tuesday.

Kierra Frazier

October 11, 2018

DeKALB - The Autism Caregiver Group held its first bike workshop Tuesday, offering anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD] a chance to ride an adaptable bike specific to the rider’s needs.The Autism Caregiver Group is a group of professors who aim to help families affected by autism by providing educational i...

Sandwich Fair weekend returns

Northern Star Staff

August 30, 2018

The Sandwich Fair is returning for its 131st year delighting Sandwich , IL and surrounding areas with live music, carnival rides and vendors. The fair runs from Sept. 5 through Sep 9 at 15730 Pratt Road, Sandwich.The Fair began as a group of farmers trading livestock in 1880. 144 years later, the fair is an annual knockout, bringing in attendants from across the Northern Illinois region.This year, country artist Justin Moore is headlining the Sandwich Fair concert, playing songs off his latest record, “Kinda Don’t Care.” Tickets to the Moore performance range from $25 to $35, not including entry to the Fair.A central component to the Sandwich Fair is the roots of community trade that led to the event’s inception.To this day, vendors and exhibitors from across the Midwest come together to sell and trade their products, just as they did when the event first began in 1880.Tickets and information for the Sandwich Fair can be found at

Pass/Fail: Center informs about struggles of communities, No improvement on salary inequality

Hanna Markezich

March 31, 2016

PassNIU Center of the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality will be hosting a “Feminist Politics/Queer Methods” seminar that will give students insight in to the struggles of a community they are most likely unfamiliar with. The goal of the seminar is to educate students about the politics and resea...

Nicklas a model for NIU admin

Northern Star Editorial Board

November 3, 2014

Administrators should aim to have qualities similar to Bill Nicklas, former vice president of Operations and Community Relations: commitment to the student body and support for the community.Nicklas went above and beyond what was expected for an administrator and set a precedent.After the university...