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NIU hockey poses with Santa during a postgame skate with the team after its 5-3 win over McKendree University on Dec. 3. (Photo courtesy of NIU hockey)

NIU hockey high effort, low profile, all heart

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Athletics is a staple of the university’s identity, with students and fans enjoying time with their friends and seizing an opportunity to watch high-quality athletes represent the school. NCAA college athletes at NIU go through rigorous...

Joyce DeFauw sitting at a sports game. At 89 years old, she is NIUs oldest student.

NIU’s oldest student set to graduate after 72 years

By Elisa Reamer and Jaylen Conwell | February 22, 2022

DeKALB — The university experience for many students is a seamless transition from high-schooler to college graduate in four to five years, but for others, the journey is unconventional. Joyce DeFauw started her journey at NIU in 1951 and is now currently...

Freshman tennis player inspires victory for team

By Thomas Hiley III | April 15, 2013

The men’s tennis team (14-8, 2-2 MAC) was able to get an important conference win last weekend against the Toledo Rockets (18-9, 0-3 MAC), 6-1. Those six wins all came from singles, and one of the players that helped in that victory was freshman Simon...

Randy Hultgren

Hultgren shares details about family and job

By Jessica Sabbah | February 9, 2011

This is part four of a five-part series in which the Northern Star interviews Congressman Randy Hultgren, who took office this January. NORTHERN STAR: So our readers can learn more about the man behind the title, how do you enjoy your free time? RANDY...

Life as the first ward Alderman

By Jessica Wells | October 4, 2010

First Ward Alderman Bertrand Simpson has served the city for three and a half years, but has been an important part of the community for much longer. Simpson, who has lived in DeKalb for 26 years, said he decided to become an alderman because he wanted...

Visitors at the DeKalb Cornfest inspect a B-17 aircraft brought to the fest by the Arizona branch of the Commemorative Air Force Saturday Aug. 21 at the DeKalb Municipal Airport.

Flying high above DeKalb: A first-hand account of a ride in a B-17 bomber

By Dan Martynowicz | August 24, 2010

As a child, one of my favorite games to play was running around the house with my model B-17 bomber, pretending to be the lead bomber over Nazi-occupied France. On Aug. 16, I was given the opportunity to fly in a B-17 over DeKalb and Northern Illinois...