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Bethany Christensen (middle), sophomore physical education major, plays hockey with Ozzy Loda (right), sophomore medical laboratory sciences major, and another student for Outdoor Adventures.

Outdoor Adventures encourages wellness and experience

By Taher Zeitoun | March 18, 2019

DeKALB — Outdoor Adventures, a program of the Recreation and Wellness Center, offers outdoor recreational experiences for the NIU community and general public. The program offers gear rental and team building services for organizations or groups among...

Senior marketing major Samantha Lupa holds her shirt blanket that she repurposed from old T-shirts.

Repurposed, used items can lead to green lifestyle

By Samantha Keck | April 25, 2016

After Earth Day leading an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle is fresh on everyone’s mind, but the first step is understanding your options to fulfill that lifestyle on a college budget.Here are a couple ways to reuse or recycle household items.Thrift...

Top Lifestyle Apps for Earth Day

By Jay Ibarra | April 21, 2016

Earth Day is on Friday, and it’s known globally as a day to preserve the earth and keep it clean, so use apps in your phone to be more eco-friendly.If you have yet to show your part by demonstrating how you keep this world clean, there are many lifestyle...

Students, locals clean up for Earth Day

Students, locals clean up for Earth Day

By Alex LaBee | April 22, 2015

(left to right) Special Education and Visual Impairments freshman, Samantha Smolka; freshman, accounting major Xiaofu 'Flora' Li; freshman biology major, Jenny Wayman picks up trash from the lagoon during Wednesday's Outdoor Adventures Lagoon Cleanup...

Rhodes College professor to talk plant-based lifestyle

By Northern Star staff | April 15, 2015

The Vegetarian Education Group will hold Food, Identity, and Politics: Lessons in Eating Green on April 19.Rebecca Tuvel, a philosophy professor at Rhodes College, will speak about obstacles that can prevent people from pursuing a plant-based lifestyle....

Gamers embrace Earth Week

By Josh Alfrey | April 21, 2013

With Earth Day slowly evolving into Earth Week, environmentalists aren’t the only ones who love a beautiful, clean and healthy environment--just ask any gamer. “A videogame’s environment can turn a game from a good story to an amazing world,”...

Local museum to host events for Earth Day

By Northern Star Staff | April 16, 2013

The Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., will host a weekend of Earth Day crafts and fun. On Saturday and Sunday the museum will teach participants how to make their own crayons and paper. “We will be using the stubs of old crayons,...

Green Lens Environmental Film Festival now accepting submissions

By Kia Clair | March 6, 2013
NIU will host the third-annual Green Lens Environmental Film Festival in celebration of Earth Day. The festival will run from April 20 to 25. The purpose of the event is to spur and encourage interest in environmental sustainable living. This year’s theme is Our Planet in Focus. Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film and Audience Choice. All festival films must be 30 minutes long or less and they must be submitted no later than April 1. A fee is required for submission. Films can be turned in at Film information and an online press pack must be included. DVDs can be mailed to 307 Lowden Hall. For more information, contact Melissa Burlingame at or visit

Earth Day celebrates 42nd year promoting environmental friendliness

By Lauren Dielman | April 18, 2012

Everyone is invited to take part in Earth Day on Sunday. Bob Carter , professor in the outdoor and environmental education department, said Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson in April 1970. “The original Earth Day was to have an...

Sycamore celebrates Earth Day the eco-friendly way

By Junae Bennett | April 20, 2011

Sycamore will kick off its Earth Day celebrations with a variety of events that aim to entertain and inform adults and kids on the benefits of being eco-friendly. Molly Holman, executive director of the Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State...