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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...