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Terrance Gray’s contribution, American Gothic_Breaking Ground done with Gouache on Rives paper.

Art exhibit showcases the history of race relations in DeKalb

By Gabriel Fiorini | December 20, 2021

DeKALB — The DeKalb County History Center and the Ellwood House Museum have collaborated on a virtual exhibit entitled “Arts in Action,” investigating the history of race relations in DeKalb County through the artwork of nine visual artists and...

DeKalb mayor Cohen Barnes at the Aug. 23 City Council meeting.

City Council approves tax levy for 2021

By Elisa Reamer | December 14, 2021

DeKALB— The DeKalb City Council passed an ordinance 6-0 on Monday to approve the aggregate levy for 2021 of $9,521,416, which includes the City’s and the DeKalb Public Library’s levies.  This ordinance was considered at the City Council’s...

Student faces aggravated arson charges following Stevenson residence hall fire

By Northern Star Staff | February 22, 2020

DeKALB — A student is being accused of aggravated arson following a fire 5 a.m. Friday at Stevenson residence hall.Police say Paul Collins intentionally set the fire in an attempt to cover up the smell of marijuana. He is being charged with aggravated...

Footage released by DeKalb Police Department Sept. 1 shows two officers instructing Elonte McDowell, 25, of Aurora, to exit his vehicle.

Sgt. Weese suspended for choking McDowell

By Kierra Frazier | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — DeKalb Sgt. Jeff Weese will serve a 30-day unpaid suspension and undergo cultural competence and use of force training immediately for his actions during the Elonte McDowell arrest. A viral video released in August showed McDowell being choked...

‘Dialogue’ series begins

‘Dialogue’ series begins

By Ashley Dwy | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — The Student Government Association hosted a “Deliberative Dialogue” meeting about gun violence, where students discussed their opinions on gun control from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Holmes Student Center OASIS.There were three full tables...

Alumni share their stories of social change

By Dan Doren | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Five NIU alumni shared their personal stories of social change leadership both on- and off-campus at a university-hosted speaking event titled “125th Anniversary Dialogue on Diversity: Groundbreakers” 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sandburg Auditorium...

NIU Baseball to see upgrades

By Justin Kelley | February 19, 2020

DeKALB — NIU athletics announced Wednesday that the baseball program will be getting upgrades in the near future. NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced the plan will happen in four phases.“Over the past several...

Egyptian Theatre historic seminar gives construction update

By Parker Otto | February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Several features such as air-conditioning are being integrated into the 90-year-old structure as part of the current Egyptian Theatre’s expansion plan.The progress of the Egyptian Theatre’s ongoing expansion project was relayed to the general...

First ward alderperson Carolyn Morris speaks to students Wednesday at the Holmes Student Center, OASIS Commons, about getting involved with local government.

Officials discuss public service

By Dan Doren | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — In America, anyone can run for public office, regardless of political background. What is required is the commitment to making a difference, local government leaders said.Four local elected officials offered insight into pursuing a career in...

Hookah bar to allow pot

By Kierra Frazier | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — Students and residents who are 21 and older and aren’t able to use marijuana in their residence halls or apartments will soon be able to smoke cannabis at Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln Highway.Cameron Dye, an owner of Aromas Hookah Bar,...

Raising Cane’s to come to DeKalb

By Noah Johnson | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — The fast-food restaurant Raising Cane’s is coming to the DeKalb area soon, Principal Planner Dan Olson said.The restaurant will offer another food option for DeKalb residents, Olson said.“The Raising Cane’s will be a great addition to...

Hookah bar business could be increased by marijuana

By Jack Baudoin | February 16, 2020

The legal smoking age of tobacco was raised from 18 to 21 in December. Because of this, many hookah bars have found themselves struggling after a large portion of their customers became unable to partake in business. Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln...