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Three attendees stand around a memorial, which features a poster on the tree with a photo of Gracie Sasso-Cleveland and the words “We miss you Gracie.” (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Community mourns 15-year-old victim

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | May 9, 2023

DeKALB – Following the murder of Gracie Sasso-Cleveland, a 15-year-old DeKalb resident, community members and friends gathered on the 500 block of College Avenue to hold a vigil and share memories of her. The vigil took place during a light drizzle...

DeKalb police officers walking across a bridge on College Avenue. A 15-year-old girl was found dead on the 500 block of College Avenue. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Sex offender on parole charged with first degree murder of 15-year-old girl

By Northern Star Staff | May 7, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece was updated at 5:07 pm May 8 to reflect updates to the investigation. DeKALB – A convicted child sex offender Timothy Doll, on parole since April, has been charged in the murder of 15-year-old DeKalb High School student...

An NIU student died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Hall, according to an official university statement.

NIU student dies in Patterson Hall

By Northern Star Staff | October 14, 2022

DeKALB – An NIU student died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Hall, located in the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex, according to an official university statement sent to the Northern Star. The student’s name has not been confirmed by the...

Frankenstein discussion comes to Fatty’s

By Tyler Neal | October 21, 2018

The NIU STEAM organization is hosting a discussion on anatomy and synthetic biology 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Fatty’s Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, to celebrate the 200-year history of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein.” Admission is free,...

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Bogenberger family files lawsuit against Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

By Robert Baird | February 17, 2013

The family of David Bogenberger, a freshmen Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pledge who died Nov. 2, filed a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $100,000 against the fraternity on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. All 22 Pi Kappa Alpha members facing...

‘Darlin,’ only the good die young’

By Leah Spagnoli | July 9, 2012

Two and a half year ago my friend was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a small, round and rare tumor found in soft tissue or bone. The disease announced itself after my classmate, who is one of my best friends, finished his senior football season and...

Letter to the editor: Preparation for death has been around for ages

By Letter to the editor | March 6, 2012

In response to “Last one to die, make sure you hit the lights” by Linze Griebenow, I don’t know where our columnist has been all of her life, but such practices of death preparation are and always have been in place and are operating today at full...

Last one to die, turn the lights off

By Linze Griebenow | March 4, 2012

Several years ago I remember visiting my Great Aunt Nancy in her hometown of Jeffersonville, Ind. I always cherished those moments because the six-hour drive between us made it difficult to see each other once or twice a year, and her gentle southern...

Duties of dealing with the dead: DeKalb county coroner up for reelection, unopposed since 1984

By Linze Griebenow | November 3, 2011

Dealing with dead bodies is not typically part of the job description in most occupations. However, DeKalb County coroner Dennis Miller has been dealing with them for the last 32 years. Deaths in Dekalb County that are sudden with an unknown cause, violent...

How should journalists respond to bin Laden’s death?

By David Thomas | May 2, 2011

Can I celebrate Osama bin Laden's death? This question does not come out of my practicality side, but my philosophical. And it has nothing to do with my patriotism, but with my desired career path as a journalist. As a journalist, I am supposed to remain...

Looking back on the effects of 9/11 after bin Laden’s death

By Aaron Brooks | May 2, 2011

On September 11, 2001 I was in my high school welding class. Welding started at 7 a.m., and we were just getting ready to take off our leathers and go on a short break before resuming the second hour. Just before 8 a.m., Beau Caldwell, a classmate walked...

Life is too important to consider physician-assisted suicide

Life is too important to consider physician-assisted suicide

February 16, 2011

No matter how futile treatment may prove to be, no matter how expensive it may be or how much stress a relative's terminal illness may put on my family, they should fight until the end.Ending your life by choice, for any reason, completely contradicts...