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

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

By 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,...

Echo chambers can create biases

By Anthony Parlogean | December 4, 2019

The news is constantly battling for our attention through our luminescent screens, as well as radio and print media. In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, this constant stream of information may be contributing to the creation and prolongation of echo...


That time I…was a videographer for a high school rapper

By Anthony Parlogean | November 6, 2019

I thoroughly enjoy hip hop music and the culture that follows this genre. Unfortunately, I have not been endowed with the necessary rhythmic abilities and mic skills needed to succeed in the rap game. I understood this in high school, and compensated...

Polo G performs  9 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. 

Rappers kick off Homecoming with energetic show

By Quentin Wilson | October 23, 2019

DeKALB — Rapper Polo G kicked off Homecoming Week with a heartfelt performance 9 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. The event was hosted by the Campus Activities Board.Chicago rapper Queen Key and NIU students...

Library exhibits world cultures with 8 Countries in 1 Day

By 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...

Visit a Christkindlmarket this holiday season

By Sarah Fischer | December 14, 2018

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we all have our own traditions practiced throughout the holiday season. Visiting Christkindlmarkets during the holidays is a wonderful way to learn about the ways Christmas is celebrated in other cultures, but it...

Knitting DIY: Winter Hat

By Sarah Lalond | December 14, 2018

Brace your friends against the cold DeKalb winter by crafting a cute, homemade Christmas present with a knit hat. Grab Your ToolsKnit hats are typically made with bigger, chunky stitches. Choose a skein that needs at least a nine mm needle.Walmart has...

Festive on a Budget: Christmas Holiday Table

By Sarah Lalond | December 12, 2018

There is a light at the end of the long tunnel of the semester. Exams are wrapping up, final papers are being drafted and break is almost here! Celebrate the end of the year by throwing a chic holiday bash on a budget.Sarah LaLond/Northern StarFor inexpensive...

Migrant caravan stirs politics

Migrant caravan stirs politics

By Chris Grask | November 4, 2018

A migrant caravan from central America is on a collision course with the U.S. military as they head toward the U.S-Mexico border. A massive influx of civilians coming in is a fake-hysteria story and should not be worried about. This caravan is a media...

Inclusive language inspires equality

By MacKenzie Meadows | November 4, 2018

Person-first language is important to the identity of those who have a physical or mental disability. Person-first language is the philosophy of putting the person before their disability in conversation, according to North Shore Pediatric Therapy. The...

Attendees of the Southeast Asia Lecture Series gathered in the Campus Life Building for Thai food and a featured speaker Friday.

Lecture series explores different Southeast Asian cultures

By Taher Zeitoun | October 31, 2018
Eric Jones, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, addressed participants of the Southeast Asia Lecture Series during the Oct. 19 lecture in the Campus Life Building.
The Center for Black Studies discusses culturally appropriate Halloween costumes

The Center for Black Studies discusses culturally appropriate Halloween costumes

By Kierra Frazier | October 29, 2018

DeKALB — The Center for Black Studies held a costume party Friday to start a conversation about cultural appropriation and appropriate Halloween costumes.The discussion was aimed to bring understanding to the difference between cultural appropriation...