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There are many events this season to look out for, including a pet costume contest and a pumpkin rolling competition.

DeKalb Park District to spice up the city with 4 ‘spooky season’ celebrations

By Abigail Lamoreaux, Chief Copy Editor | October 7, 2022

DeKALB – Expect whimsy and family-friendly fun this Halloween season from the DeKalb Park District, which has four upcoming events planned for the community to enjoy, according to an Oct. 6 news release. DeKalb Halloween House Decorating Contest (Oct....

Northern Star Scavenger Hunt: Clue #3

By Northern Star staff | September 28, 2016

As I sit here and wait for someone to find me,Let me tell you all what I see.I see DuSable, Reavis, Cole and Zulauf Hall,Holmes Student Center and the campus mall.Scavenger hunt clues will be published on beginning today until Friday...

Costumed football fans have chance to win prize

By Salta Kendor | November 11, 2014

Today’s final home game for football will kick off with a costume contest for students, marking the first time this has been done to boost student engagement and game attendance.The idea for a costume contest occurred to Morris White, assistant director...

Library awaits contest results

By Keisha Howerth | January 15, 2014

DeKalb Library staff members hope their Christmas crafting and creativity land them a visit from author Alexander McCall Smith.The staff had to enter photos of a holiday display they created to win the contest. Samantha Hathaway, the library’s public...

NIU places second in Victoria Secret’s online contest

By Kelly Marshall | March 25, 2013

NIU’s red and black will soon have to move aside for PINK. NIU placed second in a Victoria’s Secret’s PINK Nation contest. The top 10 highest voted universities will get PINK representatives for their campuses. NIU received more than 12,600 votes....

Green Lens Environmental Film Festival now accepting submissions

By Kia Clair | March 7, 2013

NIU will host the third-annual Green Lens Environmental Film Festival in celebration of Earth Day.

The festival will run from April 20 to 25. The purpose of the event is to spur and encourage interest in environmental sustainable living. This year’s theme is Our Planet in Focus.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film and Audience Choice.

All festival films must be 30 minutes long or less and they must be submitted no later than April 1. A fee is required for submission.

Films can be turned in at Film information and an online press pack must be included. DVDs can be mailed to 307 Lowden Hall.

For more information, contact Melissa Burlingame at [email protected] or visit

NIU Society of Automotive Engineers to enter car contest

By Logan Love | February 12, 2013

The NIU Formula SAE team designs, builds and will enter a concept race car in competition this May. Every year, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) hosts a number of international collegiate design contests. The idea behind the contest is that a...

Blue Man Group looking for college representative

By Northern Star Staff | February 12, 2013

It’s not every day a widely-known music group calls upon college students for help. The Blue Man Group is doing just that. The group is holding a contest to search for its new collegiate correspondent for 2013. The contest runs until March 1. For this...

Northern PACT photo contest now open

By Jessi Haish | January 15, 2013

The Northern PACT photo contest, hosted by NIU’s Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, will be accepting student submissions until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. The photo should depict the student’s vision of a disciplined community. Winners...

Grad student competes on Danish TV show

By Chelsey Boutan | September 12, 2012

As Katy Bisby skimmed through Craigslist postings, she sent some links with funny content to her friends. But when she came across a listing for a Chicago casting call for a Danish reality show, the NIU art graduate student was intrigued. She had never...

Convocation Center to hold logo design contest

By Northern Star Staff | September 9, 2012

The Convocation Center will hold a logo design contest to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, according to a Convocation Center press release. The contest will give participants the opportunity to design a logo for the center’s anniversary campaign....

NIU may be ‘key’ to arriving at wedding destination

By Joseph Olmo | February 9, 2011

One NIU alumni needs the NIU Communiversity's help to win her dream wedding. Lara Ward, a 2000 graduate, and her fiance Bernie Sullivan entered a contest from Brides Magazine five months ago. Now, they are just a day away from learning if they will have...