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DeKalb firefighters to host chilli cook-off

By Faith Healy | November 18, 2011

Instead of putting out fires, the Dekalb Firefighters Local 1236 will be turning up the heat at its Chilli Cook-off this Sunday. The cook-off will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m Sunday at Sullivan’s Tavern, 722 E. Lincoln Highway. The money raised...

Students declaring majors earlier may have an easier time in college

By Faith Healy | November 14, 2011

At NIU, less freshmen are coming in as undecided majors, but more students are changing their majors to undecided, said Steven Barleen, associate director of the Academic Advising Center.This decrease in freshman coming in with undecided majors may be...

DeafPride hosts awareness week for hearing impaired

By Faith Healy | November 7, 2011

This week, DeafPride hosts Deaf Awareness Week, a celebration of deaf culture.DeafPride, a student group dedicated to raising awareness about deaf culture, holds the celebration during the first full week of November every year. An event is planned every...

President Barack Obama speaks about jobs, Wednesday, Nov. 2,
2011, at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. Obama is urging
Congress to pass the infrastructure piece of the American Jobs Act.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama’s loan plan may help NIU students

By Faith Healy | November 3, 2011

President Barack Obama's plan to help college students repay their loans may benefit some NIU students.Obama announced a new plan on Oct. 26 that will help college students with the repayment of their loans with no additional cost to taxpayers.According...

Caseys General Store, 1001 N. Annie Glidden Rd., is raffling
off a football autographed by the 2011 NIU Huskies football team.
The money raised for the football will go to St. Jude Childrens
Research Hospital. The winner will be drawn on November 1.

Huskies raise money for children’s hospital by donating autographed football

By Faith Healy | October 26, 2011

Casey's General Store is offering people a chance to win an autographed NIU game ball by donating $1 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.During October, Casey's General Store raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but the DeKalb...

Northern Star Sophomore finace major T.J. Wolfe checks out the
LGBT history display in the Holmes Student Center on Tuesday

LGBTQ history put on display

By Faith Healy | October 18, 2011

As part of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) history month, the NIU LGBT Resource Center is showing students who's gay in Hollywood. The LGBTQ Famous People in History display, located in the Holmes Student Center on the...

DeKalb community still feels Keller’s death

By Faith Healy | October 16, 2011

Friday marked one year since student Antinette ‘Toni' Keller disappeared. On Oct. 14, 2010, Keller, a freshman art major, went missing. Keller told her friends around noon Oct. 14 she was going to Prairie Park to work on an art project. She never returned....

Campus Recreation to host mid-semester Group Fitness Free Week

By Faith Healy | October 16, 2011

Starting today and ending Friday, the Campus Recreation will host its mid-semester Group Fitness Free Week. Students can try out any of the Campus Recreation's group fitness classes for free. The free classes will include Yoga, Body Combat, Cycle, Zumba,...

NGOLD to host open house Monday

By Faith Healy | October 9, 2011

NIU's Center for Nongovernmental Organizations Leadership and Development (NGOLD) will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Monday in Zulauf Hall 114.To coincide with the open house, NGOLD will host an information session on the new Community Leadership...

Industrial engineering major Alyssa Bramm encourages students to
donate shoes for children in Africa Tuesday afternoon in MLK
Commons. The event was a part of Engineers Without Borders A Day
Without Shoes.

Students go without shoes for a cause

By Faith Healy | October 4, 2011

Tuesday marked the Engineers Without Borders' (EWB) first annual "A Day Without Shoes" event.From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., members of several groups, including EWB, Alpha Phi Omega, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Institute of Industrial Engineers,...

Photo illustration - Social media sites such as Twitter are
beneficial to students to get their news, but can be a hindrance to
police investigations.

Social media can help or hinder information flow about events around campus

By Faith Healy | September 29, 2011

Social media websites can be both beneficial and a hindrance when providing information on events like Wednesday's shooting.Anna Kedyk, sophomore business administration major, heard about the shooting while on Facebook around noon Thursday."My friend...

University police reports six stolen NIU OneCards

By Faith Healy | September 25, 2011

The NIU Police Department blotter reported six stolen OneCards with unauthorized purchases made since the beginning of the semester.This number only includes cards reported missing, said NIU Sgt. Alan Smith, but many OneCards end up stolen or lost.Smith...