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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...

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 26, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker has focused on revitalizing the campus through the Master Plan Thesis, but the results have been mixed: Total enrollment has continued to drop and projects are behind schedule, but NIU has seen gains in retention and international student enrollment while completing portions of...

In Focus: What are your thoughts on campus construction?

Northern Star Staff

July 20, 2014

Kevin BarteltI have mixed feelings about the campus construction this summer.I’m excited because the bike paths, a renovated Stevens building and removing Douglas are huge steps in renovating the campus. NIU will look noticeably better in the upcoming months.The end result of this construction wil...

Res. halls, parking lots get summer facelift

Construction continued Monday on the parking lot at the corner of Lucinda and Garden Avenue.

Ali Combs

July 29, 2013

Structural improvements are being made across campus, from major renovations like Gilbert Hall’s to smaller improvements like better parking lot lighting.According the NIU’s website, there are 64 major buildings on the main NIU campus in DeKalb. The majority of those buildings are undergoing impro...

New police station on track to fall completion

The new NIU Police Station as of April 16.

Brooke Shinberg

April 28, 2013

The goal for the new police station is to shorten response times. The new police station will continue with the final plan for the building. The final add-on was a communications tower, which was approved on April 8.. The new building will be much safer for officers and residents coming into the station, sa...

School of Theatre and Dance to move temporarily

Mariah Stubbs-Johnson

April 16, 2013

The School of Theatre and Dance will go under construction this summer, said Terrence McClellan, School of Theatre and Dance assistant director. The building was built in 1959. “There’s a number of issues,” McClellan said. “The heating and cooling utilities in this building [are] not good and that...

City Council to vote on budget for new police station

Ali Combs

April 7, 2013

City Council will vote on a bid of $86,766 to build the foundation and main component of a communications tower for the new police station at today’s meeting. The construction of the communications tower is a necessary step toward completing the police station, said city manager Mark Biernacki. The d...

Housing develoment project to be discussed at City Council meeting

Joe Palmer

January 29, 2013

A new 458-acre housing development project is set to be discussed at a special meeting of the DeKalb City Council at 6 p.m. today. The Council met Monday for its regular bi-monthly meeting, during which it passed an overhaul of the city’s liquor code and moved forward on the creation of two new TI...

New police station deemed as ‘necessary’ by some

Northern Star Staff

September 25, 2012

Construction continues on the new police station on Lincoln Highway. The new station, to be located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, will be funded by adjustments in the city budget. The City Council conducted a needs study and a sites study which took place over many years. The 700 W. Lincoln Highway site came ...

Construction continues on DeKalb roads

Northern Star Staff

September 25, 2012

A bridge replacement on Bethany Road and road widening of Annie Glidden Road are still in the works. The Bethany Road project began in spring of 2012 after being categorized as “functionally obsolete” by nationalbridges.com. The project on Annie Glidden Road was created in order to increase the number o...

Human resources parking lot closed for construction

Northern Star Staff

August 30, 2012

As part of the ongoing campus improvements, the Human Resource Services parking lot at West Lincoln Highway will close at 7 a.m. Thursday, according to an NIU Today article. On-campus employees are encouraged to use the Human Resource Service located at Swen Parson Hall, Room 110. The center is desig...

Sycamore Public Library renovations begin

The Sycamore Public Library will remain open during upcoming construction.

Felix Sarver

April 16, 2012

When people visit the main entrance of the Sycamore Library in the future, they won’t be greeted by a wall, but a desk of smiling staff members ready to serve them. The library, 103 E. State St., began construction Monday to make the facility more welcoming for patrons. The walls will be painted br...