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A clinician uses a syringe to inject a  COVD-19 vaccine into a patient.

93% students, faculty vaccinated

By Elisa Reamer | January 20, 2022

DeKALB — Students and staff were required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or file an exemption for medical or religious purposes before Jan. 7. Students who did not submit a picture of their vaccine card were dropped from their in-person classes for...

Opinion Editor, Summer Fitzgerald, is stressed out looking at her computer screen.

COVID-19 impacts students’ mental and physical health

By Ally Formeller | January 19, 2022

DeKALB —The COVID-19 pandemic has created many obstacles for students, including mental and physical health challenges.  The consequences of the pandemic, including isolation, job loss and the closure of universities have contributed to anxiety...

A mask is taped to NIUs Olive Goyle statue next to Altgeld Hall June 3.

NIU students, faculty react to starting the semester online

By Elisa Reamer, Brionna Belcher, and Wes Sanderson | January 10, 2022

DeKALB— NIU students and faculty were given news that, while expected, might not have been the most encouraging to hear. Online learning will be returning for all courses Jan. 18-25.  As of the week of Jan. 4, the positivity rate is at 13% and the...

Wisconsin welcome sign.

That time I socially distanced myself from technology and the pandemic

By Jack Baudoin | October 9, 2020

It seems no matter where you look today, you will constantly be reminded about the global pandemic. It is on the news, people are posting about it on social media.With the amount of technology that people use in a day, it will never be far from your mind....

A COVID-19 awareness sign Sept. 2, posted in view of Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

10 students and one employee test positive for COVID-19

By Northern Star Staff | September 28, 2020

DeKALB — NIU announced Monday 10 students and one more employee have tested positive for COVID-19, and nine students have recovered, according to the Campus COVID-19 Dashboard. As of Monday, 83 students and three employees are currently positive for...

A door in Gilbert Residence Hall shows a sign stating No Visitors Allowed

Firsthand account: Living in a dorm during a pandemic

By Summer Fitzgerald | September 13, 2020

Attending college during a pandemic was assuredly not on my bucket list for this lifetime, but it is now a reality that I have had to face and make the best of while living in Stevenson Residence Hall at NIU. Ever since March, I have been dreaming...

Free COVID-19 testing will be temporarily offered at Dekalb High School. Testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Surveillance testing is a simple, necessary process

By Jordan Radloff | September 3, 2020

This week the university’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program began. Increased testing for students attending on-campus classes and events will hopefully allow the university to conduct more effective contact tracing. Taking the nasal swab test was...

Three students and no employees test positive for COVID-19.

Students must do better to stop spread of COVID-19

By Summer Fitzgerald | September 2, 2020

It is no secret that attending college during a pandemic is one of the most unexpected hardships to go through. Trying to balance community health while still attempting to live out the “best years of your life” is a struggle many young adults are...

Student organizations wait at tables to get students involved with them at NIUs involvement fair in August 2020.

NIU should have same responsibility as students in stopping virus spread

By Danielle Elliott | August 28, 2020

The Dean of Students office sent out an email Saturday to student organization representatives who were registered to participate in the involvement fair during the weekend. The email was sent as an effort to criticize some of the behaviors of representatives...

A desk with a 2020 Goals checklist

Fill in the blank: What I will do after quarantine ends

By Opinion Staff | June 17, 2020

Fill in the blank: Once the stay-at-home restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eased and Illinois moves into phase four of its reopening plan, I want to…   Jack Baudoin : Visit the people I care about I am a very social person....