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A communal bathroom sits empty on the second floor of Neptune Hall West. Neptune experienced an issue with a boiler valve resulting in a lack of hot water. (Northern Star File Photo)

Neptune residents start semester without hot water

By Rachel Cormier and Michael Mollsen | January 17, 2024

DeKALB — A cold splash of reality brought Neptune East and West residents back from winter break when they were met with ice cold showers the weekend before the spring semester. Students reported freezing cold shower and sink temperatures as early...

A stack of unopened air conditioning units in the Neptune North main lobby. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Students react, first week of Neptune North

By Kathalina Bindas, News Reporter | September 4, 2023

DeKALB –  After closing its doors in Spring 2020 and spending two years being a quarantine facility, Neptune Hall North officially reopened its doors this Fall semester.  According to NIU, 14,364 student enrollments during the Spring of 2023, and...

Everett Barnett, a first-year majoring in computer science, stand with his mom Catherine in front of Grant Towers on Thursday. First-year and returning students moved over the weekend in preparation for the Fall semester. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

NIU move-in day beats the heat

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | August 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Housing and Residential Services as well as volunteers were able to beat the heat and help move in NIU’s incoming residents. During NIU’s move in, from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, a late summer heat wave hit DeKalb, reaching a high of 95...

A mural of The Beatles painted on the outside of a mock-up single dorm in Neptune North. Neptune North will be offering rooms starting Fall 2023. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Neptune Hall North open to students next year

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | May 1, 2023

DeKALB – Since Neptune Hall North closed its doors in Spring 2020, its entrance has stood vacant in the center of campus, but come Fall 2023, NIU will be opening the residence hall’s doors once again. “Housing and Residential Services is reopening...

The southern Grant Towers sit vacant on Saturday night as the northern Towers light up the surrounding parts of campus. The Grant Towers were built between 1965 and 1966, with the southern Towers most recently having been used for COVID-19 surveillance testing. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

What’s Up With: The South Grant Towers?

By Rachel Cormier and Joseph Howerton | February 5, 2023

Editor's note: This story is a part of the "What's Up With?" series. To submit a question for the Northern Star to see, fill out the form here. DeKALB – A quartet of towers stand resolute between the West Lagoon and Central Park. Grant Towers are...

Neptune East gets remodel

By Taher Zeitoun | April 19, 2019

DeKALB — Neptune East is undergoing a makeover, including the addition of air conditioning units to every room. The project is being financed by $5.4 million of the Build America Bonds as a part of the larger Holmes Student Center Capital Project. The...