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A young woman with a cu of coffee watering plants in front of a window in her dorm room.

Plants that can survive the dorm life

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | February 20, 2023

To spruce up that bare dorm room, consider bringing the outdoors in.  Bringing nature into your room not only makes for excellent interior design, but also proves to have physiological and psychological benefits. According to a study published by...

Communicating and hanging out with your roommate(s) is a good way to bond and form friendships.

How to build a good relationship with roommate(s)

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | September 12, 2022

Now that the semester has started and you’ve settled into a routine, getting along with your roommate might be the last thing on your mind. Sharing a space with a stranger can be awkward, but take it one day at a time and use these tips to build a good...

A door in Gilbert Residence Hall shows a sign stating No Visitors Allowed

Firsthand account: Living in a dorm during a pandemic

By Summer Fitzgerald | September 13, 2020

Attending college during a pandemic was assuredly not on my bucket list for this lifetime, but it is now a reality that I have had to face and make the best of while living in Stevenson Residence Hall at NIU. Ever since March, I have been dreaming...

There’s no place like home

By Kayla Nebel | October 1, 2012

After coughing up my weight’s worth of mucus and being curled up at home on a couch for six days, returning back to the dorm life was something I was looking forward to. I felt the warm feeling of coming home to a loving community and a fantastic room...